Author Archives: karyim

Daily Dose “The Rough Cut”

“The rough cut is where the magic happens.” We all experience struggles with being creative, believing in ourselves, and finding the best language to share our ideas. There’s an infinite battle between the concept in our minds and what gets put to paper. This short is all about the creative process, and how vulnerable we are as artists.

Because this is a universal experience, we connected with friends from around the world and enlisted their help in telling this story. Oh, and we also used their true voices in the voiceover.”

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Daily Dose “The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks”

With the unrest in America lately it’s great to know the history and appreciate the progress we do have and how important it is to never give up until we have true “equality” for all.

“Throughout her life, Rosa Parks repeatedly challenged racial violence and the prejudiced systems protecting its perpetrators. But this work came at an enormous risk – and a personal price.”

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Daily Dose “Not My Job: How Trump Failed Us”

“Purely a passion project, here is a story bursting with intrigue complete with clandestine operations, back door deals and a total lack of leadership from the Trump Administration. But this isn’t a story. This happened. And the fact that Maryland, along with other state and local governments, had to James Bond their way into securing PPE and coronavirus testing is nothing short of shocking. We wanted this to feel real because it is real. The transitions needed to be smooth and the tone to be dark. We leaned into the visual styles of Oliver Stone’s JFK, The X-Files and high contrast illustration with strong single source lighting. By compositing 2D and flat shaded 3D elements, we were able to reap all the benefits of real world sweeping camera movements and parallax along with quick reading forms to draw the eye much like traditional illustration would. When deciding on the visuals, we were riding a fine line between journalism and entertainment. This is a fact based thriller, but a thriller no less. The same rang true for our choice of voiceover. We therefore enlisted Joe Madison, famed radio talk-show host, DMV local and political and social activist, to deliver a simultaneously serious and intriguing narration. At present, COVID-19 has sadly claimed over 115,000 American lives. Our recovery starts with the truth. Please, get tested and stay safe.”

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Daily Dose “Dalai Lama’s guide to happiness pt 2”

In this chaotic world, it’s pretty hard to be calm and happy. But listening to one of the wisest mind could help. This is a personal project I’m working on during my spare time based on The Dalai Lama’s speech on how to be happy.

All done by me.

Nguyen Tran Kien

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Daily Dose “[adult swim] – 6 Feet Apart PSA”

PSA’s and info-graphical projects are a huge part of the motion graphic artists client base. When its done well it’s so seem-less who can’t even tell its a PSA. haha

Produced by: Kingboss.tv
Designed and animated by: Bran Dougherty-Johnson

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Daily Dose “Adidas Superstar 50th”

“It’s already been 50 years since the streetwear legend Adidas Superstar was born. It seems like a good moment to remember its bright game-changing, team-working spirit.

We were invited to participate in this celebration under the executive creative direction of Hypebeast’s Enric Soldevila and The Others’s production, who asked us to direct this film belonging to the Superstar’s 50th Anniversary Campaign.”

Devices comment.
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Daily Dose “Eni + Luca”

Been a while since I wrote anything. I’ve been taking in everything happening around the globe like everyone who follows this blog. As a creative happy to be back highlighting the talented people I love to admire.

“Eni is making some major changes to contribute towards a sustainable future. But they’d like a little help from you — making small everyday changes like riding a bicycle to work. We pitched in with a hand-drawn campaign.

The project involved two live-action shoots, the creation of 3D vines and butterflies, lots of animation tests and some pretty intense frame-by-frame animation. We ended up with two commercials, a couple of cut-downs and print assets.

We wanted the actions of the protagonist to feel realistic and natural, so setting up a studio shoot was the best choice to capture natural movement.”

Making of..
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Daily Dose “Paper Trail”

A single spot prominently featuring motion design created to promote a television or streaming show

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Americans melds high stakes espionage with deadly spy craft and taut psychological drama. Morality, loyalty and deeply emotional internal conflicts dominate the story. But what sets the series apart is the portrayal of Philip and Elizabeth, who struggle to reconcile a life of secrets and deception while trying to raise and protect their family.

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