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Annuli – Double-Blind No.2 nominated for 2020 Motion Awards

November 5 2020

Motionographer, renowned online Motion Graphics networking platform, nominated the second Double-Blind Experiment for a 2020 Open Format – Experimental Motion Award.  Double Blind No.2  is one of four nominees for this year’s Open Format -Experimental Award. The winner will be announced on 10th December at The Motion Awards LIVE Virtual Event. The LIVE event will stream from the Motion Awards website.

LOVE (ISLAND) IN A PANDEMIC

October 23 2020

In a major breakthrough for reality TV production, Cutting Edge Technical Services [CETS] helped ITV America’s ITV Entertainment deliver the second season of Love Island (USA) from COVID lockdown. Love Island, like a lot of productions and events, met many obstacles in 2020. Initially scheduled for production on location in Fiji, pandemic-induced travel restrictions meant the ITV team needed to rethink how and where the show could be produced. ITV America’s Executive Vice President of Post Operations & Technology Danielle DiStefano oversaw post production on the project from conception to delivery and says every department faced “huge challenges” in creating and delivering the show during a pandemic. “Our biggest hurdle was how to enable our teams to work together and deliver shows in a short turnaround, while working remotely,” DiStefano said. The production made the decision to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada, occupying a number of spaces at Caesars hotel venues, including…

CETS left nothing on the field at ‘SAS: Who…

October 23 2020

All stations were a go for the Cutting Edge Technical Services [CETS] crew heading up on-site broadcast, post production and ingest services for Screentime Australia and  Channel 7’s, SAS: Australia production. The Australian franchise of the UK series, SAS: Who Dares Wins is a reality TV show where seventeen celebrities, athletes and stars are challenged to complete SAS selection course training. Special Forces trainers put contestants to the ultimate test of will power, strength of mind and physical endurance.

Play Is Serious

March 30 2020

In just a few short days the team at Cutting Edge turned around a cute animated spot for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The project shines a spotlight on an important cause amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a reminder not to forget those most vulnerable during the crisis.  Long, tough, scary days just got a whole lot harder for sick kids in hospital because of COVID-19. The Children’s Hospital Foundation works wonders by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing support and entertainment for children and their families. “We know that now is an important time to help give voice to causes such as this one”, says Creative Director, Zenon Kohler. “The work the Children’s Hospital Foundation does is hugely important, perhaps now more important than ever,” added Ian Anderson, Animation Director at Cutting Edge. Connor Anderson composed a track for the project, giving the spot the…

Zenon and Ian Talk Character Design

March 26 2020

Creative Director, Zenon Kohler, and Animation Director, Ian Anderson, are expert character designers having created beloved characters for Australian brands. We spoke with the guys about how they approach designing a character.   As a duo you have designed dozens of successful commercial characters including Wally (Rugby Australia), Steve (Betadine) and Borobi (Commonwealth Games). What’s the secret behind your partnership? Ian: I like to think we bring the best out in each other. We challenge each other as we strive for unique and fresh designs. But he’s still a dickhead.  Zenon: In a nutshell, our skill sets complement each other. We’ve worked together for nearly 10 years and when you collaborate with anyone for that long, you develop a kind of shorthand, a mutual respect for each others’ creative contribution to a project. Plus I say something nice and he calls me a dickhead.   What makes for ‘good’ character…

Fantasy Island

March 20 2020

The team’s contribution of more than 250 VFX shots on Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island included the addition of characters bleeding black from their eyes, CG sea snakes, and loads of blood and gore; the stuff of a great horror film.

The Invisible Man

March 20 2020

We delivered over 300 VFX shots for Director Leigh Whannell’s recent hit, ‘The Invisible Man’. The film’s a haunting take on domestic abuse and shines a spotlight on often unseen violence. It’s a theme that sets an unsettling tone. The Invisible man stars Elisabeth Moss, and is full of thrills. The tension, suspense and action are all brought together with the help of great VFX. Cutting Edge was the VFX lead vendor, and Supervisor Jonathan Dearing led the team to create a scary and often unseen tormentor.  The Invisible Man is now in cinemas and available through streaming services. 

Annuli: Double-Blind No.2

December 11 2019

The Double-Blind Experiments is a creative collective of VFX artists and sound designers who embarked on a quest to explore the depths of their own creativity. When they set off on each experiment they have no idea where they will end up or what they are creating. On their second outing they flipped the project on its head, changing the rules to see what it would mean to the end result. They assembled an expanded team of very talented people and got to work.  Annuli is the second experiment and follows the success of Double-Blind No.1. The first experiment was created by five VFX artists, a sound designer and editor from post house, Cutting Edge. Freeing the artists from the constraints of a client brief, they were able to find individual inspiration. Each artist followed their instincts, creating their own shots in isolation of the rest of the team. When…

scUber Gave Us the Ride of a Lifetime

November 27 2019

We had the pleasure of assisting Publicis Worldwide with a global campaign designed to drive awareness of the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and increase visitation. In a collaboration with Tourism and Events Queensland and Uber, lucky riders had the chance to cruise around the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine. The Reef is well known for its beauty and this was an opportunity to experience its rich marine life from the comfort of a ride sharing service. The Cutting Edge team created an on-location post production hub on Heron Island to facilitate the creation of content as events unfolded. Editorial was run around the clock in 24 shifts ensuring we captured and shared the once-in-a-lifetime scUber experience. The campaign was a great idea, executed well, and went on to take out ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s BADC Awards. 

Black Antenna: A Ten-Part Sci Fi Film

November 27 2019

This year Alice in Chains released a ten-part film set to their Grammy Award winning album ‘Rainier Fog’. The project was produced by Elizabeth Mason and Oscar-winning screenwriter Nick Vallelonga. The stylised sci-fi film saw a close collaboration between Cutting Edge and Director, Adam Mason.