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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 

View ALL episodes of LIFE, IT JUST KEEPS HAPPENING!

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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|

Kigurumi in the Wild

We’re happier than a hippo in a mud bath to announce that a segment we created for Nat Geo Wild will be airing as part of their comedy variety special, Wild After Dark this Saturday, June 30th at 8pm PT/ 11pm ET.

The project began when the Tongal creative agency challenged content-makers around the world to come up with “off-the-wall and experimental animal-centric shorts” for National Geographic’s special, Wild After Dark. The timeline was short and the budget was tight, but this was an opportunity we didn’t want to pass up.

Our concept was to shoot a series of true-to-form nature documentaries with dry, David Attenborough-style narration, stunning stock footage, and entertaining yet informative animal factoids. The only difference? The subjects wouldn’t be actual animals, they’d be people in Japanese kigurumi animal costumes.

Tongal and National Geographic were delighted by the concept, and asked us to deliver two three-minute kigurumi sketches in just under four weeks (which also happens to be the average gestation time of platypus eggs.)  However in the world of production, this was the equivalent of a cheetah’s top velocity while chasing a gazelle.

We pitched the general concept on a Tuesday, it was approved at 5 PM that Friday, and we turned around the two complete (factually accurate!) scripts for the sketches just three days later.

After the National Geographic research team vetted our content for accuracy (and ensured that any references to lobster urine would be tastefully executed), both pieces were shot in a single production day a week later. Post was complete a mere week after that.

Filming on location at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park and on our soundstage in Glendale, we simulated both the wilds of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and the bottom of the ocean for our respective skits,  traveling to the heart of Africa and the deepest depths of coastal Maine in a single day. Thanks to our talented team of comedic actors in front of the camera and our hardworking crew behind the scenes, everything came together exactly as we dreamed, and we’re thrilled to be able to share the results with the world.

Make sure to tune in Saturday night for a fun (and educational) evening.  We’ll have bats, baboons and other adorable fuzzy surprises all on Nat Geo Wild at 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET!

By |June 27th, 2018|

Capturing Wildlife With A Lens

The Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy (AFC) is an organization dedicated to protecting wild land in Southern California in a way that is beneficial for humans and wildlife alike. They often work with camera trappers—citizen scientists who capture candid photos of animals with subject-triggered cameras—to acquire images of local wildlife and compile data about their activities. Descanso Gardens, a Los Angeles botanical museum, will be featuring the work of these camera trappers in their newest exhibit, “Growing Habitat, LA’s Wildlife & Descanso.”

Enter Butcher Bird Studios. AFC contacted us because of our previous work with camera trapper Johanna Turner for the TYLT Untethered: My Passion project. We were brought in to create the video linked above sharing insight into the world of camera trapping and how it benefits organizations like the AFC and society as a whole.

The “Growing Habitat” exhibit will be open to the public May 21st through August 19th at Descanso Gardens. Stop by to see the work of Johanna Turner and Denis Callet and our video about their hard work and artistry. Learn more here.

By |May 22nd, 2018|