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IN A FOREIGN TOWN Premieres Internationally and Drops a TRAILER!

We are  delighted to announce (or as we say in French, “Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer”)  that IN A FOREIGN TOWN, our short horror film based on the works Thomas Ligotti, will be having its International Premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF).

Since not everyone we know can make it to Brussels… we’ve decided to release the trailer for the film to the world for the very first time. You can check it out below.

 

For those who are able to make it to Belgium, the screening will take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 PM at the Bozar Palace in Brussels.

TICKETS can be purchased on the BIFFF website.

Written and Directed by Michael Shlain, IN A FOREIGN TOWN stars Yuri Lowenthal (SPIDER-MAN PS4), Tony Amendola (ONCE UPON A TIME, ANNABELLE), David Rees Snell (S.W.A.T., THE SHIELD) and Jack McGraw (GODLESS).

The short is a proof-of-concept prequel for an anthology series that we are developing and will be presenting at the Canneseries In Development Forum next week.

In the meantime, to learn more about Thomas Ligotti and order his books, visit Penguin Random House.

 

By |April 5th, 2019|

Butcher Bird Studios Changes Media Landscape Forever with EARTH SHATTERING Interactive Cat Pee Video!!!1

Check out our newest interactive project for client Buzzfeed via innovative interactive platform Eko, “Pickles goes to Silverlake”.

In quite possibly the most important piece of creative we’ve ever taken on, Pickles the Cat needs to get to Silverlake to pee in his litterbox, and the viewer uses the interactive platform Eko to navigate Pickles through a harrowing incident with the police, a painful conversation with an eco-conscious hipster, and clogged LA freeways. 

Director Jason Milligan took 5 minutes off from saving the planet to say this about the video; “I fought through my cat allergies to complete this project because I knew that this is a video that the world NEEDED TO SEE. The lessons the audience learns while helping Pickles drive a car to pee in a nice place are so pivotal, primal, and profitable to the people whom inhabit this rock we call Earth that I was willing to risk my own life in order to make this happen.”

We built over 20 nodes for this interactive video so that each viewer will have a unique adventure with Pickles. This means that your decisions MATTER, and that this is not a task that you should take lightly, because if you cause Pickles to eat CBD infused cat-nip at the wrong time, the cat could end up in jail, living with an annoying hipster, or even worse, peeing all over the side of the road. Give it a whirl here to see if you are able to get Pickles to Silverlake before the cat’s bladder bursts!

By |April 3rd, 2019|

IN A FOREIGN TOWN goes to Cannes

We are deliriously elated to announce that IN A FOREIGN TOWN has been officially selected as one of 6 projects to participate in the 2019 In Development creative forum in Cannes, co-organized by MIPTV and CANNESERIES.

Created by Michael Shlain and based on the stories of acclaimed author Thomas Ligotti, IN A FOREIGN TOWN is a surreal horror anthology that explores the hidden anxieties of modern existence.

Our proof-of-concept short film of the same name premiered at the 2018 LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and is currently making festival rounds worldwide.

In Development is designed to act as an accelerator for content discovery and development, and offers the opportunity to producers and creators to fast-track new drama projects at an international level.

We look forward to working with the CANNESERIES and MIPTV team, and to bringing Thomas Ligotti’s terrifying and timely vision to an international audience.

 

By |March 11th, 2019|

Reggie Watts Spacetalk Interactive ADR Video Challenge

Butcher Bird Studios Presents

The Reggie Watts’ SpaceTalk Interactive

ADR Video Challenge

We made a PSA for Reggie Watts on a spaceship. It needed some ADR. We had an idea.

Why don’t we reach out to you and see how you complete the sketch by performing with Reggie and dropping in your own audio?

Reggie recorded a version with his friend Michael Portnoy, which you can check out HERE.

Now why don’t you try one for yourself!

It’s easy!

  1. Download THIS video
  2. Add your own half of the conversation with Reggie Watts
  3. Post your video to Instagram with the hashtags #reggievideochallenge

 

DOWNLOAD VIDEO HERE

[https://we.tl/t-dOJQZbRJrK]

 

If we really like your video, we may reach out to you about including it on REGGIE’S YOUTUBE PAGE  sometime in the next few weeks.

 

And of course, be sure to follow Reggie on INSTAGRAM 

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By |January 23rd, 2019|

Revolutionizing Post-Production with Lumaforge

 

Thanks to our friends at Lumaforge and their spectacular editorial server product Jellyfish, we were able to create a revolutionary collaborative workflow during post-production on a project for Airbnb and National Geographic. You can find a full case-study for the project here on the Lumaforge website and learn how we triumphed over a ferociously tight timeline.

By |July 30th, 2018|

Thomas Ligotti’s IN A FOREIGN TOWN premieres at LA Shorts

We are thrilled to announce that IN A FOREIGN TOWN, our short film based on the works of acclaimed author Thomas Ligotti, will be having its World Premiere at the LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

The screening will take place on Saturday, July 28th at 3:15 at the Laemmle NoHO7 in North Hollywood.

TICKETS can be purchased at the Laemmle’s website. Please reference Program #16

Written and Directed by Michael Shlain, IN A FOREIGN TOWN stars Yuri Lowenthal (SPIDER-MAN PS4, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS), Tony Amendola (ONCE UPON A TIME, ANNABELLE), David Rees Snell (S.W.A.T., THE SHIELD) and Jack McGraw (GODLESS).

The short film was created as a proof-of-concept for a television series currently in development.

Stay tuned to your favorite Butcher Bird news feed for more updates on the short film, the series and how you can get involved to help us bring existential horror to the world.

In the meantime, to learn more about Thomas Ligotti and order his books, visit Penguin Random House.

Do not avert your eyes. This is no dream. You’re all going to see everything.

By |July 18th, 2018|