Take a look at some of the projects I've done for movie studios, corporations, & ad agencies:
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PROFESSIONAL PROJECT DETAILS
I was hired to design and build complex domino projects for a major motion picture, "Collateral Beauty" (2016). This movie featured leading stars Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Kiera Knightly, and Ed Norton, and was directed by Oscar winner David Frankel. Along with assistant builders Nathan Heck and Shane O'Brien, I worked on a soundstage at Silvercup Studios, NYC, for 2 weeks building the domino structures for filming while working closely with the director and production designer. The dominoes acted as a metaphor representing crucial elements of the screenplay. See some of the dominoes in the movie trailer.
GRIP Limited, a Toronto-based ad agency was producing a series of short-form commercials for the new Honda Fit. They brought us up to a sound stage in Toronto to create a domino topple for one of the spots. For an additional long-form commercial I built a domino wall with the FIT logo for the intro; an interesting fact: The FIT domino wall was filmed entirely in front of a green screen and then seamlessly integrated with the car video footage during post-production using CGI. When the agency later published a behind-the-scenes “how it was done” featurette on YouTube, you can see the green screen production that was used for the intro. (6/2014)
Steve Price and I were hired to design and lead a team of 10 builders in building a massive 50,000 domino setup to celebrate the launch of Gillette's new service, Gillette On Demand. This project is a mix of dominoes and chain reaction tricks which took 3 days to set up.
On behalf of Ford Canada, the ad agency Group SJR reached out to me to create a domino video celebrating 50 years of pickup truck sales in Canada and the new release of the Ford's 2017 Super Duty. (3/2016)
Steve Price and I were hired to design and lead a team of 14 builders in building the World Record domino pizza. This video was to celebrate the launch of Pizza Hut's new Hut Rewards Program.
Kevin Jonas, now a music producer, contacted me to create a lyric video in dominoes for the new single "Need You Right Now" by YouTuber Bethany Mota. Yes, THAT Bethany Mota, famous from ABC's Dancing With The Stars. (10/2014)
Prudential Retirement Services holds annual conferences each year - one on each coast. For 2015, their advertising theme employed a unique domino metaphor to convey their marketing message; watch their original video commercial, "The Prudential Dominoes Experiment" here. I was hired to create a live domino topple for their East Coast event at Amelia Island, FL in May, and again for their West Coast conference in Scottsdale, AZ in September. For each event I set up over 7,000 dominoes in two days. The setup included a miniature of the giant domino topple from their original commercial. (5/2015 and 9/2015)
Hired by an independent production team in Los Angeles for a Campbell’s Soup TV commercial they produced on spec. Enter password: soup. The live action was filmed on location with our domino inventory, then stitched together with the ending Campbell's Soup domino field, which was done at home. (1/2013)
Juicebox Interactive, a digital agency in Des Moines, was making a 2014 holiday e-card for a client that wanted to evoke a sense of a city being built up – in this case Denver, CO. Deciding on a physical build that could be played in reverse, they settled on dominoes for the art form. This was a unique challenge because the entire design - which featured miniatures of Denver landmarks built with dominoes - had to consider reverse playback for each individual structure as well as the entire end-to-end setup, which required 6,000 dominoes. (11/2014)
Hired by Rio Bravo Pictures, a commercial film agency, for a TV commercial for AACT NOW! in Texas. The live action was filmed on location with our domino inventory, and then stitched together with the field at the end which was done in the home studio. (3/2013)
14 builders worked on this project for a week in Bursa, Turkey to celebrate Turkey's national holiday. This is the largest project I've been apart of with 300,000 dominoes.
250,000 Dominoes were toppled at Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine: Game On! This event features 3 new US domino records: largest domino field, largest domino structure, and largest overall domino project in America. 19 builders from 5 countries spent 7 days (over 1,200 combined hours) building this project.
Hired by digital ad agency Ressac Media in Montreal, Canada, to design and build a 25,000 domino setup for a large Canadian non-profit and several corporate sponsors in celebration (Opération Enfant Soleil Québec) of a milestone.(2/2013)
Global Citizen, a non-profit organization with 250,000 members worldwide, promotes and organizes initiatives to end global problems like poverty, health, education, and the environment. Members take action in various ways to achieve goals. Each September they put on the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, NYC. The 2014 lineup included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Sting, No Doubt, FUN., The Roots, and more. They contacted me to create 2 web videos to help raise awareness, you can view the second one here (8/2014)
The Oregon Health & Science University Research Center held a public event in Portland to celebrate a cancer research breakthrough, and to thank contributors for helping raise $1 billion in a fundraising campaign that will fund research to end cancer. They wanted a live demonstration that showed "cancer fall" in a collapsing domino display. (7/2015)
To help promote the new major motion picture Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paramount Pictures asked me to create a TMNT domino setup. Will Arnett, the popular actor and comedian, filmed a custom intro for the project where he challenges me to create “the world's coolest TMNT domino video.” Once the video went live Will Arnett (@arnettwill) and TMNTmovie tweeted it to their Twitter fans. (8/2014)
Advil sponsors the TV series "American Doers" as seen on People.com. They wanted to create a series of web commercials tying in the American Doers theme and artists who practice art forms that can be taxing on the body, sometimes requiring a pain killer. I was hired to create some domino structures that featured the brand.
Live Broadcast on The TODAY Show
Domino Effect (a group of four Domino Artists, myself and three building partners) competed on live television for the final spot on America's Got Talent Season 9 through TODAY’s Got Talent, a joint production with The TODAY Show. Our act was one of 3 chosen out of 5,000 entries vying for the most votes to move on to America's Got Talent. We set up 18,000 dominoes in less than 2 days, and the topple was broadcast live on The TODAY Show on NBC. Unfortunately, Domino Effect did not get enough votes out of the three acts to move on to America's Got Talent. (7/2014)
Res.net Speed Test
Res.net, a software developer, produced a series of “speed challenge” videos to promote how their solutions can help customers produce results quickly. For the second video they wanted a timed challenge where a subject raced against a domino topple to achieve a goal before the final domino fell. (8/2014)