Holbrooks is headed for Canada

Blacklist Director Holbrooks is heading north this September! Their project for the Red Cross entitled “Parcel” has been nominated in the Promotional Animation Category.

The monochromatic tone throughout the film helps convey its serious message while a neutral backdrop makes the Red Cross emblem pop.

Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation. “Parcel” was chosen for this year’s competition out of 1,924 submissions from 76 different countries.

The festival trailer, shot at OIAF 12 by Ottawa’s Entertainment Arts

“We’ve had a great response from both the press and from our peers about the spot,” commented Holbrooks Director Tom Brown. “It’s added a great visual style to our repertoire that we are still exploring.”

The team employed a mix of cel animation and 3D camera work on the spot to balance handcrafted warmth with dynamic storytelling. Holbrooks took advantage of being located in both New York City and Budapest to maximize production days, working around the clock with the New Zealand client to manage the compressed production schedule.

The festival schedule also includes 98 short films, 8 feature films and 50 showcase films to represent the efforts of the Canadian, International, and Student communities.

Get your tickets now!

Check out the recent feature on Communication Arts!

Rdio PR Round Up

Happy Thursday y’all! We’re getting so much media attention for our new Rdio spots from Holbrooks and Tendril that we thought it wise to post some links for you here. All of the interest is most definitely a result of the almost total creative freedom that our teams have had in the process. The Rdio crew has been super rad and we are psyched to be working together! Check out both spots above and the accolades down below  :D


Polynoid Up for an Emmy

Production company Blacklist and their wunderkind animation team Polynoid collaborated with 343 Industries last fall to create five atmospheric and frenetic openers for “Forward Unto Dawn,” the highly successful web series promoting “Halo 4.”
And now they’re up for an Outstanding Main Title Design Emmy

Polynoid’s microfilms illustrate the intense relationship between Cortana, an artificial intelligence entity and indispensable aide to Master Chief, the long-time hero of the Halo series.

With elegantly framed shots, drifting cameras and gloomy lighting, Polynoid emphasized the soul-crushing loneliness aboard the nearly empty spacecraft. To effectively communicate the passing of time, Polynoid switched from the relative calm of zero-gravity to intense time-lapsed action.

For additional concept art and styleframe imagery please visit POLYNOID.



In case you missed it on the Blacklist homepage, Studio AKA director page, Facebook, Twitter, and any other random internet outlet, we just finished up some lovely new work for Blue Diamond with the ever wonderful Studio AKA. The team worked on two TV spots, ‘Breezeville’ and ‘Iced Coffee’ (that’s them above), a bit of print work, and some digital banners to round out the world. There is a lot more information on our microsite, enjoy!

James Turrell at The Guggenheim


James Turrell’s new exhibition at the Guggenheim is on the top of my list of exhibitions to see right now. Admittedly, I don’t love Turrell’s work but after seeing his permanent piece at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and reading this great article on him in the NYT Magazine, I’m intrigued. Though it is incredibly unlikely that any of us will ever be invited to Roden Crater, it sounds like his piece at the Guggenheim may be a glimpse of the grandiosity of which this guy is capable.