Troika Design Group Shines a Spotlight on Polsky Films

razpr · November 23, 2009 12:50 am

Tags: 2D, 3D, Autodesk, Maya, Nicholas Cage, Polsky Films, Renderosity, Troika

One of Hollywood's hottest producing duos turns to Troika to rock its theatrical debut

Hollywood, CA (November 18, 2009)-Troika Design Group, a strategic branding and design agency for media and entertainment companies, has been tapped by Polsky Films, an independent feature film production company, to produce its signature logo animation. The production tag debuted at the LA premiere of Warner Herzog's "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," starring Nicolas Cage.

Polsky Films is an independent production company specializing in feature film development based on profound and edgy literary material. The studio turned to Troika Design Group for its expertise in developing memorable and compelling visual brand identities for entertainment companies. Troika was given a very tight turnaround - only one week - to conceptualize, design and produce an original production tag for theatrical release. Troika handled everything from storyboarding multiple concepts and designing and animating the production tag, as well as creating the signature sound design.

"The Polsky brothers, Alan and Gabe, wanted a production tag that broke from the clich├ęs and spoke to their creative process of nurturing projects through all the stages of production," said Dale Everett, creative director, Troika Design Group. "The concept produced took the idea of a growing seed and turned it into a blend of the real and unreal. The seed starts as a drop of ink on paper which fluidly grows into a mysterious, dimensional, tree-like shape that resolves into the Polsky Films logo."

The Troika team seamlessly blended multiple filmmaking techniques, incorporating live-action, 3D and 2D. Troika's workflow involved a live-action shoot to capture organic ink elements. The flowing tree and branches were animated in Maya. Finally, the captured ink elements and the Maya tree were composited together in After Effects to achieve an effect that blurs the line between techniques.

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Polsky Films Production tag
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About Troika Design Group

Troika is an award-winning design agency known for its memorable visual brand identities, strategic design and creative production for clients in entertainment, media and sports. Based in Hollywood, Troika combines a unique hybrid of skills with a team of more than 25 designers, producers, animators, editors and conceptual thinkers who specialize in network branding, show packaging and promotional and advertising campaigns. The agency was founded in 2001 and is led by industry veterans Dan Pappalardo and Chuck Carey. Troika's approach to design is innovative, sophisticated, clever and thoughtful, while delivering standout concepts that remain faithful to client brand ideals. The company has worked with top networks, including ESPN, NBC Sports, MSG, MSG Varsity, FOX, ABC, TNT, The CW, Starz, Telemundo, Animal Planet, Food Network, and VH1. For more information, please visit or call Robert Blatchford at 323.965.1650.


Executive Creative Director - Dan Pappalardo
Creative Director - Dale Everett
Assoc. Creative Director - Alex Adams
Art Director - Stan Lim

3D Maya Animator - Cory Strassburger
3D Maya Animator - Matt Johnson
2D Animator/ Compositor - Brad Mitchell

Music - Rob Cairns

Producer - Nicole Fina
Coordinator - Trevor Steadman

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