Portugal. The Man, "Evil Friends" Tour 2013 - Tour & Stage Design
Portugal. The Man commissioned Dirt Empire, John Frattalone and Ben Silverstein to create their new stage experience for the Summer and Fall tour. We created, designed and fabricated an immersive projection mapped video sculpture that travelled with them for 4 months. The experience was a 40' foot modular, abstracted mountain surface with two hours of fully synced animated content and light show. This video was the teaser for the tour. The BTS is on it's way! Here's a timelapse of the stage being built at the Wiltern Theater in LA. PTM Stage Build.
TARGET + FEED USA LAUNCH EVENT
Extra Extra hired Meta Agency artists Dirt Empire and [namethemachine] to create custom motion graphics integrate with real-time data visualization. The content was displayed on the LED stage screen at Target's launch event with charity organization FEED Projects. The FEED USA collection at Target helps benefit Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity that supports more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children.
NEON LEGION - TWIN
Dirt Empire directed and co-produced the music video "Twin" from Neon Legion´s self titled debut album. A cursed love-story aboard a research space station orbiting Earth, it echoes Tarkovsky’s Solyaris, boasts a bio-sphere, geo-orbital derangement and stylishly-retro science fiction production design.
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CENTRAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND CONFERENCE VIDEO
In just one year the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $460 million in funding to allow UN agencies and humanitarian partners to provide aid in nearly 50 countries and territories including Syria, Jordan and Niger. Dirt Empire helped spread awareness by designing and directing a flagship animation piece to articulate CERF’s global mission and as a container for several journalistic segments documenting the fund’s impact in key regions.
World Humanitarian Day - Projection Performance at the United Nations
Dirt Empire was invited by director Kenzo Digital, in partnership with UN OCHA, Droga5 and Ridley Scott & Associates, to produce and direct the animation for a performance in the UN General Assembly Hall. The goal, using Droga's Thunderclap platform, was to reach one billion people with Beyonce’s U.N. performance.
Brazilian interactive studio SuperUber engineered all technology. Motion studio Founding Fathers generated key animation for the final piece. Projected onto the biggest indoor projection screen ever constructed. Visit WHD-IWASHERE.org
Ecological Sequestration Trust
The Ecological Sequestration Trust is a global non-profit that advocated the construction of integrated utility sites to capture carbon and reintegrate it into Biomass. Dirt Empire was brought on by the strategic media company Kontentreal to create an engineering visualization of the processes this would require.
Pop Montreal 2011
Dirt Empire collaborates with Montreal Artists Conner Willumsen and Edward Kwong on this animated spot for the Pop Montreal Music Festival.
Dirt Empire was hired by Kenzo Digital to design content and art direct animation for the groundbreaking Beyonce's grounbreaking projection performance at the 2011 Billboard awards. It was produced in collaboration with Breathe Editing.
The Drop was a collaborative piece between Dirt Empire and artist Michelle Mayer. It was conceived as a microcosmic journey through a moss, verdant forest. Designed specifically for the video wall in the lobby of IAC center in New York City, it was shot at an incredibly high resolution, 12,000 x 1200 pixels to fit across the 120 foot video wall. We deliberately shot the piece with hi-resolution still cameras and macro lenses to generate a lush, larger-than life visual experience. It was created in conjunction with the ITP design program at NYU.
Think Before You Write
This piece was commissioned by DBA, a New York based design company founded with the goal of developing unique beautifully designed, sustainable, consumer products. Dirt Empire, designed and directed “Think Before You Write” as a promotional piece discussing DBA's first product, the DBA 98 Pen. The commercial was intended to visually parallel the pen's mission statement: to demonstrate “an alternative to the wasteful and often toxic pens we use almost every day”. It was drawn and rendered entirely in 3D with a style that reflected the simplicity of a hand drawn line.
The Underglow - Projection Installation for Chris Doyle
The Underglow is a luminous sculpture, a field of glowing mushrooms slowly growing, then glowing and pulsing.The field becomes a kind of primitive screen for a series of animated drawings, animations reminiscent of drawings in Paleolithic caves, of herds of animals running across the field. Projected from a window of the US ambassadorial residence, this project illuminated a snow covered city park everyday through Stockholm's sunless months.