2017 Studio Reel

[pexvimeo pex_attr_src=”https://vimeo.com/209247587″ pex_attr_width=”500″][/pexvimeo] Music: “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon (soundcloud.com/tri-tachyon) List of projects (in order of appearance): – National Trust for Historic Preservation (vimeo.com/64261807) – YMCA Basketball (vimeo.com/147455275) – Atlantic, “Fired Up” Obama Speech (vimeo.com/199940193) – Volkswagen, Agency: iStrategy Labs (dukeduck.com/portfolio/vw-social-video-mashup/) – Stages Smart Headphones (indiegogo.com/projects/stages-audio-change-how-you-listen-to-the-world-music-headphones#/) – Mobile Year in Review (vimeo.com/114273958) – CIT – Invest Americas – Funk Parade…

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You’re Not Helpless (Anti-Bullying PSA)

  [pexvimeo pex_attr_src=”https://vimeo.com/206166097″ pex_attr_width=”500″][/pexvimeo] Most of us have some experience with bullying either as a victim, a bystander, or a perpetrator. The National Academies of Science conducted the most comprehensive scientific review of the evidence behind why bullying happens and how to effectively intervene or prevent it. They put all that into an impressive report but they wanted to do more…

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Inspiring women in animation, 2017 edition

Happy International Women’s Day! All around the world people are celebrating the achievements of women, as well as bringing attention to issues still present. In film and animation, women make up only a small percentage of the industry. In film, only 17% of women filled the roles of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers (source). Animation is slightly…

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Filming 101– Video Interviews

Lights, Camera, Action! So you’ve seen our live action videos and you want one of your own. You’re totally sold, but what to actually post? Crappy iPhone video can often make a worse impression than nothing at all. No worries! The Duke & the Duck is here to help you out! Read our quick Filming 101 guide and take your…

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Introducing Erin Lisette!

Hello curious readers and storytelling enthusiasts!  My name is Erin Lisette and I am the newest member of The Duke & the Duck team! More specifically I am the new Marketing and Accounts Associate, which is just a fancy way of saying I will be the one pulling the strings behind The Duke & the Duck’s social media and I’ll be helping…

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Writing Scripts for Animated Explainer Videos

Scripts for movies, plays, and visual media are very different from other kinds of writing. They’re designed from the beginning to be performed, not read. And explainer scripts are still more specialized, which is why we put together this guide on writing for animated explainer videos. We’ve written hundreds of scripts over the years, and have learned a few things…

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Community Art/Animation Project at Funk Parade 2016

What happens when you get hundreds of people to collaborate on an animation celebrating the Funk Parade? Well, this happens:   The DC Funk Parade is an awesome celebration of DC music and culture. Being a DC-based creative firm, we felt like we needed to be involved and offered to film a 360 video of the festival. In exchange, the organizers offered us a free booth to do…

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5 Tips for Non-Professionals Shooting Interviews on a Budget

Above is a documentary-style interview video that we created for Bloomberg Philanthropies and their What Works Cities initiative. It was filmed by an experienced documentary crew and it shows, but sometimes you don’t have those kinds of resources available. For that reason, we’ve developed these 5 tips for shooting interviews on a budget. Interviews are an essential component to most corporate/brand…

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