Bigstar recently teamed up with Alex Gibney and Blair Foster at Jigsaw Productions to create graphics for their new documentary which examines New York City's economically stratified society. The film will air on Nov. 12th on PBS as a part of their Independent Lens series and is available for free on Hulu as of today. To watch the film, click here.
FixFood and Consumer's Union have launched their Meat Without Drugs campaign to address the rampant misuse of antibiotics by factory farms. In coordination with the launch, Kenner Films has released a short video depicting how the overuse of antibiotics is making consumers vulnerable to "superbugs." The video was designed and animated by BigStar and narrated by Bill Paxton, with music by Mark Adler and sound design by AnEFX. Take a look at www.meatwithoutdrugs.org for more info.
BigStar partnered with Left/Right on the new History Channel show "United Stats of America" which premiered May 8th and has been garnering excellent reviews. Hosted by identical twins and stand-up comedians, Randy and Jason Sklar, the series relates the stories behind interesting and surprising statistics in American history. Future episodes reveal stats on how much money we make and what we spend it on; how long we will live; what we do with our free time and much more.
Feature documentary "Knuckleball!" premieres April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival. Acclaimed documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg deconstruct the unpredictable and erratic pitching style known as the knuckleball in this highly entertaining and enlightening sports doc. A classic sports story from its glorious highs to its crushing lows, this energetic documentary explores the knuckleball phenomenon with a level of reverence and detail that would make a true baseball aficionado proud. More info and tickets can be found here.
Wagner's Dream, for which BigStar created the opening title sequence, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th. Shot over five years, Susan Froemke's documentary captures the challenges of bringing visionary director Robert Lepage's electrifying production of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring Cycle to life at the Metropolitan Opera. Featuring such opera luminaries as Deborah Voigt, the film is an engrossing look at the artistic process. More info about the film and the premiere at Tribeca can be found here.
We are proud to announce that Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the final installment about the West Memphis 3, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The third and final installment in this award-winning HBO documentary series spawned a worldwide movement to free the West Memphis 3 for wrongful murder convictions. "Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary..." - Variety Magazine
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the final installment about the West Memphis 3, premieres January 12th on HBO at 9pm. The third and final installment in this award-winning HBO documentary series spawned a worldwide movement to free the West Memphis 3 for wrongful murder convictions. We are proud to have been a part of this project, hailed by Variety Magazine as "Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary..." For more information, click here.
HBO engages BigStar from concept to completion for the Season 2 teaser trailer of the network's most-watched show, "Game of Thrones". Inspired by themes of ambition and destruction, the graphics, FX, and editorial offer a sweeping view of characters old and new, the changes of Westeros, and the conquering of foes on the rise to the top. Sound Design: Mike Vitacco / Plush
BigStar receives praise for its graphic titles work on the documentary film Last Call at the Oasis, an examination of the looming global water shortage, the latest installment from Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc.) "...The opening credits sequence, a kind of aqueous ballet, is worth the trip to the theater." -Variety Check out the article here.
NOMINATION ... For the second consecutive year BigStar has been nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors, which recognizes exemplary work in the world of nonfiction film. The nomination comes for BigStar's graphic effects work on Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, a documentary about the global economic collapse of 2008. The 2011 Cinema Eye Honors ceremony will be held January 18 at New York City's Museum of the Moving Image.
BGSTR in the News ... Yesterday's Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times featured an interview with BigStar President and Executive Creative Director Josh Norton in light of the company's recent motion graphics work on Alex Gibney's new documentary Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. Check out the article here.
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson's gripping new documentary about the global economic crisis of 2008, which BigStar provided film design and motion graphics for, premieres at the 48th New York Film Festival tonight. Congratulations to Charles Ferguson, Producer Audrey Marrs, and everyone else who made this very important film possible.