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Declan Zimmermann Gets In the Game with L.A. Times Piece

The surprising reasons L.A. doesn’t have an NFL team were explained in this branded content piece produced by TimeTravlr Creative for the L.A. Times.

Working from a script provided by Time Travlr, we contributed visual creative direction, design and animation for the video, using newsprint’s half-tone look as a visual jumping off point for a story told with archival headlines and images.

Production and Script: Matt Landfield and Sophia Betz, Time Travlr Creative
Visual Direction, Design and Animation: Declan Zimmermann

Published! 4 Secrets to Getting Hired …and Hired Back

An article I authored is live on Freelancers Union blog. Check it out here.

I’ve recently been in conversation with a lot of freelancers about the ins and outs of our business, including some great monthly meetings of the Freelancers Union Spark events.

Insights from those conversations led to this article on the factors that get you hired (hint: your reel may not be as important as you think!) I look forward to writing more.

My gratitude to interviewees Laurea De Ocampo, Scott Patterson and Victoria Jordan for sharing their insights.

Quartz The Next Billion: London Event Graphics

For the fourth Next Billion forum the team at Quartz wanted to take the event space to the next level with an immersive, branded environment that included animations in the main hall at One Marylebone in London.

The Quartz creative team brought us on board to design and animate site-specific motion elements, which we were thrilled to find popping up on Twitter and Instagram. We love the way our animations worked with the lighting design by Full Circle and site graphics by Pureworks. The total effect was truly greater than the sum of the parts.

The process involved tight collaboration with Associate Design Director Eric Trott (who designed all the Next Billion graphic elements) and Event Manager Maggee Dorsey (who worked closely with Eric on the design and look of the space.) Event Producer Laurea de Ocampo was instrumental in facilitating seamless coordination with the tech team across the pond, ensuring all went down without a hitch on event day.

Event Photos

(All photos by Holly Clark, taken at Quartz’s The Next Billion London, used by permission.)

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The stage is set with our looping spirals framing the presentation slides.

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Quartz Editor in Chief Bobby Ghosh in front of the main screen flourish.
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Event Graphics live today in London!

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Quartz brought us on to design motion graphics to dress up the space for The Next Billion event today in London.

Live feed and pictures here.

We created animations based on the logo-mark for projection in the event space at One Marylebone including loops that played in the arches in the main hall, and that frame the presentation screen.

It was a pleasure working with the top-notch creatives at Quartz.

We’ll have more pictures of the event and perhaps some animations to show off shortly.

Photo by Gideon Litchfield.

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and all the best in 2015!

Photo (c) Declan Zimmermann

Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes 30

Yes, it’s not yet Thanksgiving but the Holiday spots are on the air, and we made one of ’em.

Pureworks Studio’s Victoria Jordan hired Declan last month for a quick-turnaround, mograph-driven 30-second commercial for the Delta Airlines & Radio City Christmas Spectacular Sweepstakes.

We knocked this out in less than a week taking our inspiration from Vicky’s designs for the program and adding an airplane than makes snow.

Creative Direction: Victoria Jordan
Motion Design, Art Direction, Animation: Declan Zimmermann
Additional Animation: Haley Saner
Voice: Erin Setch
Software: After Effects with Element 3D and Trapcode Particular