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Month: July 2014

Partner Spotlight – Doron Gild

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Doron Gild!

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The Vitals

Name: Doron GIld

Location: Brooklyn, NY.

Year Founded: Started shooting post graduating from SVA in 2005

Specialties: Portraits and photo Illustrations

What was the first job someone hired you for?

The first notable job I got was for iD Mag (design not fashion) it was a portrait spread and a product feature (6 pages total) next one was a month later for the cover of same magazine.

How has the business changed since you started?

In a word: digital

Has the craft lost anything by going digital?

I would not say it’s lost anything, but it sure has gained about a million people who call themselves “photographers.” On second thought… it’s actually lost some exclusivity.

Which project is your most underrated?

I would say all my music work gets pushed to the side a little; I think it’s because I usually take things really far and the labels are frightened of that kind of stuff.

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What advice do you have for agency producers or creative?

Communicate and be honest, plus hire the photographers who created your inspiration not someone to recreate it!

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

I think I could say that Erik Johansson’s work is pretty mind blowing, not that I want to create that type of work but the creativity, imagination and skill is definitely an inspiration.

Any celebrity you’ve shot cooler than you expected?

Misha Barishnikov was so so chill and very funny (the dirty kind of funny).

What advice would you give to Regular Joe iPhone to take a better picture?

I kind of shoot everything all the time now that my phone is good enough to capture life’s little moments but if you’re using your phone don’t take it too seriously, yes the images can be beautiful but “taking” a photograph is by no means equivalent to “making” a photograph.

Where is the best bar in Brooklyn?

Maison Premiere

Any wild company party stories?

Every time I have a Halloween Party about 300 people have wild stories to tell!

El Rey

You can learn more about Doron Gild on VendorDB and at dorongild.com

New Companies This Week – July 28, 2014

After taking a week off for to announce the self-managed profile beta, we’re back with another new batch of awesome companies.

For VFX so good your brain won’t believe your eyeballs, check out Blur Studio, Splice Boys, and Alter Ego.

Need to harness the creative hive mind? Use Honey, a beautifully intuitive knowledge sharing tool.

And if your next project needs fine art caliber sculpture or fabrication look no further than Factice Studio.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

1635Film
76 Brand Films
Accordion Films
ADN Digital
Aggressive
Ai Media Group
Air Shuttle Productions
Alter Ego
An Ideal World
At The Post
Bas Production
BCIItv
Bikini Edit
BlahUSA
Blur Studio
Bolt Agency
Boomerang Productions
Bravo Media Inc
Brooke Thomas Casting
Bullet
BurritoBoards Creative
Cheshire Films
Cirro
Citizen Relations
Conspiração Filmes
Corbis
Creative License
Creative Taco
Crews Control
Crown Partners
Cycle Media
Davi-T
Definition 6
Denizen
Direktor Films
Eastern Talent Agency
Edithouse
Erik Johansson Photography
Factice Studio
Feed The Walrus
Ffake
Figliulo&Partners
Flavor
From Somebody Else
Globacore Interactive Technologies
Global Mechanic Media
Global Point
Gravity VFX & Design
GreenLight
Head Gear Animation
HEIST
Honey
Iamstatic
Icon
Jackfrancis Media Ltd
Jeffrey Mosier Photography
J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc.
Luma Pictures
Luxus
Mackenzie Cutler
Mackevision
Mamma Team
martyn pick
Masters & Savant Worldwide
McCann Truth Central
MCCP
Metro Productions
Michael Grecco Photography
Milestone Films
Mind Over Eye
Mirada
Monotype
Monster City Studios
Mr. President
Nathan Love
Neustar
NewsCred
Nomad Films
Nyne Studios
OB Management
Ogilvy & Mather China
Orange Films
Party
PCB Productions
PHD
Plan8
Posterscope
Real Productions
Rebolucion
Redd Creative
Renegade Animation
Rival Schools
Roof Studio
Sasha the Mensch
Scholz & Friends
SCPF
Scripted
Sharethrough
SheSays
Shine Studio
Siltanen & Partners Advertising
Six Point Harness
Smart Design
Somethin’ Else
sparks & honey
SpinVFX
Splice Boys
Spongecell
Studio Beige
Studio Opposite
Talent Partners
Talenthouse
TBWA Helsinki
Team Saatchi
Techdept.
The Brooklyn Brothers
The Good Film Co
The Jim Stengel Company
The Newtons Laboratory
Thjnk Dusseldorf
Transmission
Trigger
Turn
Vagabond
Vault49
Visual.ly
Weber Shandwick
Wildfire
Winton Dupont Films
Wix
Wolf Music
Wonder
WorldStage, Inc.
WYSIWYG*
Young & Hungry

Partner Spotlight – 14Four

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is 14Four!

 

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The Vitals

Name: 14Four
Location: Spokane
Year Founded: 2007
Specialties:  We’re a boutique digital shop rocking the sweet spot of creative technology and amazing problem-solving, we specialize in solutions. We love robust digital campaigns, banners, mobile development, interactive installations, and all manner of digital wizardry.

What inspired you to start your company?

We saw a real need among agencies who were still trying to understand digital. We knew we could step in and help them, not just with production, but as a collaborative technology partner.

Why Spokane?

Let’s hear it for Spokane! We grew up here, and in our humble opinion, it’s the undiscovered gem of the NW. Just good, clean, easy living.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

We’re lucky to have done such broad range from banners to mobile apps and installations, but our work with a stone skipping robotPepsi Halftime show or Birding the Net might be among our most popular creations.

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Birding the Net was pretty epic. How was it received?

The response to BTN was unreal and really tapped into the birding community – some of who may have even taken it a little too seriously. One lady even Tweeted us to to not release any birds for five minutes – so she could go to the bathroom. We had to make the clues harder as participation grew, as a community, people are so much smarter. Not only did it blow the social media metrics out the water, it made a real difference in spiking the Audubon’s donations by more than 52% – pretty cool to have that kind of bottom line impact for such a great cause.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

I think the biggest thing is to loop in the development team right from the start. The sooner we can provide input with the creative team, the better the product.

What is the best thing about working at 14Four?

A lot of shops would say this, but our culture really is awesome. Everyone’s supportive and collaborative, and the whole team just loves playing outside. Each new employee gets a new pair of Nike and Nike+ for running, and pretty much every lunch hour you can find most of the shop out putting in some miles on the nearby trails.

How competitive are the company runs?

Our team runs at lunch typically are pretty fun; everyone just enjoys breaking away from the computer screens for a bit and getting outside. From time to time, though, a few of the guys will put the hammer down and just destroy the newbies. Mike Kelsey, Eric Lewis and Jeff Oswalt can pretty easily leave most anyone in the dust if they want to. Fastest mile, not 100% sure who owns the title but we do have a handful of sub 5 minute milers.

Where is the best bar in Spokane?

Best drinks in town are at the Bon Bon. It’s inside an old movie theater, and their cocktails are just fantastic.

Any wild company party stories?

The 14Four team likes to go big, and while we won’t name names, it’s pretty rare for one of our summer or holiday parties to go without broken nosefisticuffskicked out of the barlost security deposit deep appreciation for our region’s amazing wine and microbrew culture.

 

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 You can learn more about 14Four on VendorDB and at 14four.com.

New Feature – Self-Managed Profiles

Ready to take charge of your VendorDB profile and be seen by a ton of amazing companies?

Well, the wait is over!

Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of self-managed profiles. Customize your imagery, company details, search tags and more.

Price? While we briefly considered making this yet another overpriced directory, the pills eventually wore off.

Managing your profile is 100% FREE. That’s right – we got you!

As this feature is still in beta, please submit your information to get started today.

We look forward to hearing what you think.

 Dan, Chris & the VendorDB Team

Partner Spotlight – Rareview

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Rareview!

Rareview

The Vitals

Name: Rareview
Location: Orange County, CA.
Year Founded: 2002
Specialties: UX/UI Design, Interfaces, Web Apps, Websites, Web Development, Photography

What inspired you to start your company?

A real love for all things digital. We are designers and developers who wanted to create cool stuff on the Web. To this day, creating stuff drives us; it’s our passion. We enjoy the process of creating.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

When we were just starting out, we designed and built a small 2 page website for a couple hundred dollars. We can still say without a doubt that we were as passionate about creating that website as we are with our work today.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

Most recently, probably our work with Oracle. We helped them design their Social Network Web App.

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 How has the business changed since you started?

The Web has changed so much in the last 12 years. We can remember building sites with image maps, 1px GIFs, and tables! And using Classic ASP on the backend.

Interface design has also changed dramatically with the introduction of various devices and mobile, as well as a big shift towards clean and ultra simple design.

We love where things are now and we’re excited to explore what the future holds.

What is the best thing about working at Rareview?

The best thing about our space is being able to create new things for different companies in a variety of industries. Since we don’t work in one particular industry, it can be really challenging, but very rewarding working with new clients in various markets. Most of our clients give us a lot of freedom and leeway to explore and that is really fun. It keeps us on our toes, and pretty much means we never get complacent.

Rareview

You can learn more about Rareview on VendorDB and at rareview.com.

New Companies This Week – July 14, 2014

The VendorDB freight train keeps barreling down the tracks!  We couldn’t do it without all of your support and great company submissions.

Does your next spot need a celebrity? Ask the masters at CAA or Integral.

To make sure you’re tracking that earned media monster use TubeMogul, Unruly or Simian.

And if it failed to make a splash because the bosses whittled away your idea, send them to school with one of the best consultants in the biz: No Go Create or Idea Bakery.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

3 Monkeys Communications
BBDO Germany
Beach House Films
BEING
Big Blu Production
Big Fish
Big Picture Company
Black River FC
Brand MKRS
BrandOpus
Brave
Burson Marsteller
BVD
C3
CAA Marketing
Choueiri Group
Cirkus
Citizen Relations
Civolution
Clearchannel
CLM BBDO
Coley Porter Bell
Communisis
Cord Worldwide
Creature London
Cutwater
David Henry
DAVID
DDB Mundra Group
DDB New Zealand
Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi
Dinamo
Dror
Ebuzzing
Elmwood
Essence
exchangelab
eyeka
Farm Studios
Fat Bastards
Fetch
Fetish Film
FilmBrazil
FleishmanHillard
Flying Pig Studio
Fred & Farid
Frukt
Golin
Grouek
Grupo ABC
Hakuhodo
HarrimanSteel
Hatched
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Holiday Films
House of Brave
Idea Bakery
inMobi
Integral
Juniper Park
Karl Anders
Kettle
King
Kolle Rebbe
Lambie-Nairn
Lemz
Leo Burnett Canada
Lift
Liga 01 Computerfilm
Lin Pictures
Lippincott
Lowe Brindfors
Maud
memBrain
Mod/Op
Mofilm
Native
Neogama BBH
Now Go Create
Ogilvy & Mather South Africa
OgilvyOne UK
Performics
Pixxers
Pokeware
PostMillennium
Publicis Mexico
Publicis Mojo
QED Films
Rdesign
Ricall Music Licensing
Rufus Leonard
Saatchi & Saatchi Asia Pacific
Saatchi & Saatchi X
Sawa
Say Media
Sense Worldwide
Sentimental Films
Shackleton
Shine Group
Simian
Slles Chemistri
SocialMedialink
Sohnar
Stillking
Strategic Caravan International
Stripey Horse
Superheroes
Switch
Synkio
TBWA\London
TBWA\Thailand
The Alchemists
The Corner
The Fan Club
The Hallway
The North Alliance
The Project Factory
The Secret Little Agency
TheNetworkOne
Tigerspike
Time for Fun
Touche! PHD
Traktor
True[X] Media
TubeMogul
TwentyFour Seven
Unruly
Urban Airship
Videology
Virool
Vision Artists
VivaKi
Wanda
Warc
We Are From LA
WeFilm
Widescope Productions
Wieden & Kennedy Sao Paulo
Wildhorse
Windowseat
WMcCann Brazil
xAd
Y&R/Bravo
Yummi Media Group

Partner Spotlight – Leviathan

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is Leviathan!

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The Vitals

Name: Leviathan
Location: Chicago
Year Founded: 2010
Specialties: Experiential, Motion Design, Out Of Home, Post Production, Production, Digital, Interactive

What inspired you to start your company?

The three partners at Leviathan had firm roots in broadcast design & production, having worked at animation studios and post houses, though in our younger years we also had a creative hand in building “physical” things. One of us engineered and programmed robots for a touring robotics troupe; one made his living selling his paintings and sculptures; and I was a project manager for A/V and interactive installations for tradeshows, museums and other environments. That blend of digital content and physical installations is what we all craved and had not seen much of, so this was the basis for founding Leviathan.

Why Chicago?

Though we got our start in Chicago, there were initially questions of whether the market could support our type of work as well as, say, New York or Los Angeles. We quickly ignored those questions and were right to do so…the projects we work on come from all over the world, including Chicago. To boot, it has firm roots in design and architecture, its people are very kind and generous, and the work ethic here is strong. Chicago is great for so many reasons…and if you can survive the winters, it’s worth staying.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

Our projection mapping for artist/DJ Amon Tobin is still our most recognized work, though that very same project gained us traction to land projects for the likes of Dodge, Microsoft, HP and the North Face.

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Which project is your most underrated?

We’ve now produced half a dozen projects with Disney’s Imagineering group, and they are ridiculously cool gigs in terms of the technology we get to engineer and implement. The trouble is, we’re not allowed to show any of it off, which is a shame indeed.

How has the business changed since you started?

When we formed Leviathan, the economy was just starting to come out of a recession, so thankfully our industry continues to support hybrid studios like ours that mix content and experiences. That said, with so many agencies trying to bring aspects of production, post and experiential work in-house, it makes companies like ours push innovation even further to stand apart from everyone else.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

The biggest advice: call on production partners early during concept development. So often we’re called upon to execute a concept that has very limited feasibility, time and budget (typical advertising issues, we know), but 15 minutes on the phone during creative development can save both sides a lot of stress when and if the project actually happens. Plus it allows both agency and production partner the opportunity to feel out if the other is a good fit long term.

What is the best thing about working at Leviathan?

The diversity of projects is pretty terrific. One day we’re pitching on a TV show title sequence to HBO, the next we’re flying to Disney World for an installation, and another day we’re creating CG content for a BMW gig. But the quality of the work is also balanced by wonderful people and a good quality of life. It’s a pretty terrific environment.

Where is the best bar in Chicago?

So many top restaurants and bars are within walking distance of our studio. We’re 2 blocks north of Randolph Street, affectionately known as “Restaurant Row”, so whether you prefer wine, whiskey or malört (just ask us), it’s not easy to pick a single favorite.

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 You can learn more about Leviathan on VendorDB and at lvthn.com.

New Companies This Week – July 7, 2014

Special thanks to Lindsey, Art & the VendorDB data team for hustling over the long holiday weekend and cutting their BBQ’s short to bring us another great batch of companies!

Looking for awesome branding, logos or visual identity? Try Heydays, Bibliothèque or Sawdust.

VendorDB is also a great spot to find tools: try Hootsuite for social media management, media.io for web-based file conversion or Flurry for deep mobile analytics.

If a job requires puppets look no further than the wickedly talented Ben&Julia or if you need branded content with hard to get musical talent, call Yours Truly right away.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

1DA
22Feet Tribal Worldwide
Ace and Son Moving Picture Company
Advertolog
ais London
Almacén
America Filmworks
Amp London
Analog
APM Music
Aquent
Area 17
ARGONAUT
Arthur London
Atmosphere Proximity
Audio Network
Babel
Bang Bang Films
Basecamp
Bash Graphics
BBC Advertising
BBD Perfect Storm
BD Network
Behance
Ben&Julia
Bespoke Events London
Bibliothèque
Blast Design Ltd
Blaxland Productions
Blue Productora
BlueBoltVFX
Brand Union
Brandimage
Brandwidth Group
BrightRoll
Brooklyn Brothers
Build
Cava Interactive
Cherry Advertising
Chocolat Rouge Films
Circle Agency
City Films
Clemenger BBDO
Contrapunto BBDO
Corcoise Films
Creativeland Asia
Cutaway Creative
Dejavu
Dentsu Creative X
DesignStudio
Dieste
Digital Cinema Media
DM9 DDB
Duda
Enter Creative Agency
Exponential
Fabula Creative Studio
Flightpath
Flurry
Folke von Folke
Forward PR
Freytag Anderson
Fueled
fuseproject
Futurice
Giant Studios
Glitche.rs
GoodGate Productions
GroupM Entertainment
GSP Ltd
Hancomm
Hanlon Creative
HeLo
Hey
Heydays
Hitlist Music
Holborn Studios
Hootsuite
Hotcow
Hunt Lascaris
Hype Production
iD
Inhouse
Instinct Studios
Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Irusoin
IV2 Sound Branding
Jellyfish Pictures
Juice Media
Jungle
Kent Lyons
Kiip
LatinWorks
Leagas Delaney
Let There Be Dragons
Libertine London Ltd
LOOKER
Loveurope
Mad Box
Magpie Studio
Match & Candle
Matchstic Branding
M&C Saatchi
media.io
Milk Visual Effects
Mirriad
Moonbot Studios
Moxie
MR. X INC.
MSLGroup
Mucho
N2O Brand Activation
NB Studio
Next Big Thing
Nomint
Nvizible
O Positive Films
ODD London
Offroad Films
Ogilvy Paris
Otto
Outside Line
Outsider
Parana Films
Pirate Toronto
Primo
Private View
Proud Creative
Riley Hayes
Rocket Science VFX
RPM Ltd
Sawdust
Schaffer Rogers
SEA Design
Sell! Sell!
Sense London
Sledge Ltd
Soho VFX
Soundscape Music
Southpaw
Stack
The Film House Group
The Gate
THE STATION
Think Tank Media
Thrive
Vine FX
Vitamin T
Walter Pictures
We Are Branch
Work & Co
Yours Truly

Partner Spotlight – Magnetic

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is Magnetic!

Magnetic

The Vitals

Name: Magnetic Collaborative

Location: New York City

Year Founded: 2012

Specialties: Magnetic creates meaningful events and brand experiences

What inspired you to start your company?

The love for producing great work. We started Magnetic to assist great creative brands and agencies execute experiential live media.

Why New York?

Because the city does not sleep.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

Touring music events with a tweet for ticket concept that laddered up into a massive social media experience.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

All of them are, that is why they call Magnetic. The more challenging the better.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

We try to stay unknown and let our brands and agencies shine.

Which project is your most underrated?

Jordan Hologram Flight Lab.

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How has the business changed since you started?

Experiential was secondary to traditional advertising. Over the past several years it has become a part of the integrated mix.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

3D Printing, iBeacon, UAV’s, Robots and Live Reality Content.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Everything is possible.

What is the best thing about working at Magnetic?

Being part of a family.

Where is the best bar in Chelsea?

The Black Door.

Care to share a joke?

Ask Brooks about the time he stole a car on production.

 

Magnetic

 You can learn more about Magnetic on VendorDB and at weremagnetic.com.

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