To promote the first season of The Bridge on FX, we were provided an illustration of a bisected body and tasked with producing a :15 sec ID/tone piece around this simple image. We did this using sequential photography, painted illustrations, and other live elements selected for their visual connection to the street exteriors of Ciudad Juárez. A matte painted look was sought and combined with in-camera diffusion while a shifting multi-plane arrangement separates and rejoins related elements.
The FX Networks series The Bridge follows two police detectives (one from Mexico, and one from the U.S.) in a joint effort to investigate a serial killer after a woman’s bisected body is found spanning the center of the bridge that links the United States and Mexico between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez.
Additional Stills and Credits
Four, three, two, one. Four mind bending seasons and then it’s done. Farewell Wilfred. We had a great time creatively straddling the line and hanging over the edge just a little bit with these packages. So to wrap it all up, we put together a couple short montages of the elements that comprised the episodic packages we delivered to FX and FXX for season three and four respectively.
“Everything has to do with everything.” -Wilfred
A roll of completely exposed Kodak Verichome film from over 70 years ago sits waiting to share its secrets.
After wrestling the film from the spool and into a processing tank, the chemical process can begin.
Once dry, the film gives up a story told only in images.
Overlapping exposures from a possibly malfunction camera populate the strip.
Fogging from years of radiation cloud the frames and soften the pictures.
With just a few simple chemicals, the power and persistence of analog capture is demonstrated nearly seventy years later.
Kodak HC-110, Dilution B. 8 minutes. Cold 62F.
It’s time for Yule Log 2.014, and to accompany our yule log loop we’ve stuffed your stocking with a holiday-ish, x-mas-ish, yule-ish sequence of squeaks and tweaks. Slightly foolish, we call it Yulish. Available to download via bandcamp.
Check out all of this year’s animated loops at watchyulelog.com
High fives to internet friends Daniel Savage, Oddfellows, and Wondersauce for putting this all together and for inviting us to be a part.