Butcher Bird Featured on the Faster Together Podcast

Steven Calcote and Luis Reyes spend some time with our friends at Lumaforge breaking down the new media landscape, and how brands can break through in live and interactive engagement when more traditional forms of media are becoming less effective

Watch Luma Forge Faster Together Podcast Episode 2 with Buthcer Bird!

By |2020-03-03T13:36:07-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Okay, so we just did something a little crazy—and now that it’s all over, we’re finally allowed to talk  about it…

On July 15th and July 16th , otherwise known as Amazon Prime Day (AKA one of the biggest global sales events this side of Christmas), Butcher Bird Studios teamed up with live-stream-gaming juggernaut Twitch to produce a live QVC-style home-shopping show lovingly titled TWITCH SELLS OUT: A Prime Day Special Event. 

TWITCH SELLS OUT was hosted by a rogue’s gallery of Twitch’s top streamers including JERICHO, AnneMunition, Ezekiel_III (and many more) who ballyhooed over 100 Prime Day products and deals over the course of an uninterrupted 36 hour live stream from our Glendale studio. 

Collaborating with Twitch’s creative team,  Butcher Bird Studios wrote, produced, and executed this commercial extravaganza utilizing three overlapping production units and the latest in live-streaming know-how.  Throughout the stream, we kept Twitch’s fervent audience engaged with interactive polls, games and chat integration. The result was an unprecedented cocktail of direct marketing, influencer muscle and spontaneous live silliness. 


During the witching hours between 10PM – 10AM, selling out took a rest, but we kept the stream going with a night of periodic gags which ranged from the subtle to the weird. Highlights included a live reading of Moby Dick, a ghost haunting and an interactive midnight snack. 

Butcher Bird also produced the video promo campaign leading up to the main event which ran on Twitch’s ad stream and social channels. Finally, we created a series of pre-recorded interstitials and merch commercials which played periodically throughout the show, as well as generating social content on the fly. 

When all was said, sold and done, TWITCH SELLS OUT exceeded expectations in key metrics. Stay tuned for a further case study write-up, but in the meanwhile, our (purple) hats are off to all of our many collaborators and illustrious magic-making crew who made this possible.


By |2019-07-29T12:24:01-07:00July 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-04-05T13:47:26-07:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-04-03T18:28:46-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-11T19:03:33-07:00March 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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





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 





By |2019-02-11T17:47:19-08:00January 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-20T18:04:11-07:00July 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-01-03T22:14:27-08:00July 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-01-03T16:36:54-08:00June 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2019-01-03T16:38:54-08:00May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments