SpecialGuest

SpecialGuest SpecialGuest is an art and communication company. SpecialGuest is a communication and arts company that gets people thinking. We partner with thought leader clientele who are aiming to change the world, re-think things, or disrupt a category.
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Qualities of our work are experimentation, thoughtfulness, cleverness, and sophistication, resulting in inventive work that is built in discovery and makes the work satisfying and memorable. We practice a tightly-knit collaboration between our clientele and community of artists, directors, writers, inventors, engineers, scientists, designers, technologists, coders, and academics plus a range of other specialists; all who bring smart strategic thinking to everything we do.

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Rag  & bone, Why Can’t We Get Along, Rig Film For their Spring/Summer ‘18 collection, Rag & bone partnered with SpecialG...
12/11/2020
“WHY CAN’T WE GET ALONG” (2018) - a rag & bone films production

Rag & bone, Why Can’t We Get Along, Rig Film For their Spring/Summer ‘18 collection, Rag & bone partnered with SpecialGuest to create “Why Can’t We Get Along,” a short film starring Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, co-directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington. Taking inspiration from the innovative work of Tony Hill, SpecialGuest developed a concept that invites viewers to experience a new way of seeing not just the clothes, but the world around them. With cinematography by Darius Khondji, the film features five sculptural camera rigs that capture content in unique and unexpected ways. Dancers from backgrounds as varied as ballet, parkour, and YouTube stardom move through the rigs and interact with them to showcase the different looks. Throughout the film, an original track by Thom Yorke poses the question, “Why Can’t We Get Along?” The rigs are an answer to this question. Different perspectives are disorienting, but if we could see the world from each other’s points of view, maybe we would get along.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hz1HXWF8ZE&feature=youtu.be

rag & bone presents “Why Can’t We Get Along”, a ‘rag & bone Films’ Production starring Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort.The new short film, which was shot in one d...

At the beginning of 2010, Parisian Love played during the Super Bowl as Google’s first ever TV commercial. Since then, w...
11/19/2020
Parisian Love

At the beginning of 2010, Parisian Love played during the Super Bowl as Google’s first ever TV commercial. Since then, we have heard over and over again from Google folks that this video continues to act as a guiding document for the brand. Later that year it was inducted into the MoMA’s archive for the Art and Technique of the American Commercial and is considered to be one of the top Super Bowl commercials of the 21st century. More importantly, this video popularized interface storytelling, which became a major trend in marketing as well as a feature film medium for movies like “Searching”. The project has been written about in several marketing books and we still have people telling us their professors use it as a case study in their marketing classes. One of the lasting effects of Parisian Love is the abstract close up of the blinking cursor at the start. It became a hallmark of Google story telling and is still used today.

#google #specialguest #specialguesthistory #superbowl #UIstorytelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnsSUqgkDwU

An American finds love in Paris. Watch more Search Stories by Google at http://youtube.com/searchstories Search On.

SpecialGuest is introducing a new social media series, “SpecialGuestbook”. In these dark times, we all can appreciate so...
09/04/2020

SpecialGuest is introducing a new social media series, “SpecialGuestbook”. In these dark times, we all can appreciate something that brings us joy. So we’ve decided to highlight different artist each week whose work is innovative and fresh

This week we will be highlighting Vfx artist @buttercupbeck (Rebecca More) More is a student at RMIT , Living in Melbourne Australia. She was inspired by our collaboration with the music group @okgo Writing On The Wall Music Video. who almost frame for frame remade our music video for OKGO in LEGOS. The attention to detail required to do this is quite mind-blowing, especially give that we were on set to build all this stuff in real life and the illusions are complicated. Rebecca replicated each illusion so that they actually work. Wow. Here's to the students, especially during Corona time, that are never the less clearly ready to take the creative industry by storm.

Swipe left to see the image comparison from of the animated version to live shot. Click link in bio to watch the full video.
#specialguestbook #animators #writtingonthewall #okgo #rebeccamore
#mtvawards #musicvideo #specialguest #itsallinthedetails
#specialproject
#Specialwork
#specialminds
#standout
#lego

05/01/2020
Pets Bring Us Together

As featured on Ad Age, Chewy and creative agency, SpecialGuest made a plan to capture a bit of joy while we all shelter in place. See more of the making process in our BTS! https://specialguest.co/blog
#PetsBringUsTogether #chewy #petplaydate

05/19/2019

SpecialGuest invites an AI to dinner for rag & bone.

02/22/2018

We just updated our reel on our website with new+exiting projects! Go to our about page to view the full video! Also check out our SpecialTeam’s weird side! 🔥🔥
#specialguest
#wearespecialguest
#creative

Congratulations to @spotify on the in-house agency of the year win!! 🎉🎉 It was a dream to partner and push creativity to...
02/20/2018

Congratulations to @spotify on the in-house agency of the year win!! 🎉🎉 It was a dream to partner and push creativity together for both RapCaviar Pantheon and RapCaviar Money Phone. 👏👏

We will be live streaming a discussion on the making of rag & bone's latest film, "Why can't we get along?" from some of...
02/10/2018

We will be live streaming a discussion on the making of rag & bone's latest film, "Why can't we get along?" from some of the creative minds behind the project in a few moments! Co-directors Aaron Duffy and Bob Partington will join rig master legend, Tony Hill, and VP of creative at rag & bone, Marissa Kraxberger, to break down the creation of this film and the camera rigs that bring it to life.

If you are in the area please join us at 170 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10009.

Come hear about the making of rag & bone's latest film, "Why can't we get along?" from some of the creative minds behind...
02/08/2018

Come hear about the making of rag & bone's latest film, "Why can't we get along?" from some of the creative minds behind the project. Co-directors Aaron Duffy and Bob Partington will join rig master legend, Tony Hill, and VP of creative at rag & bone, Marissa Kraxberger, to break down the creation of this film and the camera rigs that bring it to life. The panel will be 45 min and moderated by Gregg Kaysen, with demonstrations of the rigs in the gallery. If you can't make it make sure you tune into our livestream on Feb 10 3:00pm EST.

170 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10009

We just updated our website with photos of our #SpecialTeam. Make sure you go to our website and try rotating the image ...
02/07/2018

We just updated our website with photos of our #SpecialTeam. Make sure you go to our website and try rotating the image to see our weird side. 📸 @ruslanpelykh

02/06/2018
Why Can't We Get Along

Why Can’t We Get Along?

Special Guest, rag & bone, Aaron Duffy, Bob Partington, Benjamin Millepied, Thom Yorke, Kate Mara, Ansel Elgort, Kandi Reign Darius Khondji, Melanie Ward, 1stAveMachine

See the full film here: https://youtu.be/4Hz1HXWF8ZE

Featured in:

The New York Time: https://nyti.ms/2GCgzMS

LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-rag-bone-short-film-ss18-story.html

Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/40522297/rag-bone-is-right-your-fashion-show-is-stupid

Creativity: http://creativity-online.com/work/rag--bone-why-cant-we-get-along/53837

And many others.

02/05/2018

The Future Day Spa, a collaboration with @lucymcrae won the World Technology Award for Arts!! Congrats!! 🎉🎈🍾

We updated our website with photos&bios of our SpecialTeam members. Check out each profile and try rotating the image to...
02/02/2018
SpecialGuest - A Communications and Art Company

We updated our website with photos&bios of our SpecialTeam members. Check out each profile and try rotating the image to see our weird side and take a peek at our new rag & bone collaboration.

@themuseumofmodernart is hosting  Music Video Night: Is Fashion Modern? With one of our creative director @theburbslife ...
01/17/2018

@themuseumofmodernart is hosting Music Video Night: Is Fashion Modern? With one of our creative director @theburbslife feat. @upscale_vandal ! through mix of screening and conversation, the event will highlight the complex, groundbreaking relationship between fashion, music video, and NYC’s streetwear culture! 👏👏👏

11/15/2017
MONTREALITY

Spotify approached SpecialGuest with the vision to create a real MoneyPhone for artists and super fans. Holding cash like a phone has been a phenomenon in hip-hop culture; even Jay-Z mentioned it on his latest album. But the stack of cash has never supported a real phone, until now.

Reception a bit fuzzy with Cardi B.

Also, Editor's Pick on Creativity http://creativity-online.com/work/spotify-rapcaviar-moneyphone/53201

Cardi B receives an actual money stack phone case 💸😂

SpecialGuest&GOOD won a Gold Shorty Award in Live Streaming Video !!
05/12/2017

SpecialGuest&GOOD won a Gold Shorty Award in Live Streaming Video !!

04/23/2017
D.R.A.M. performs Broccoli | GOODFest SEA Earth

Celebrating this Earth Day with a performance by DRAM playing for Earth at GOODFest in support of 350 Seattle. We had a blast collaborating with GOOD on the video content and tech dev surrounding this festival series for good. "Good can be done in this world." #earthday #goodfest #wearespecialguest

In the fight for climate justice and in support of 350 Seattle, D.R.A.M. played a concert for Earth at Neumos in Seattle, Washington on December 12th. A cele...

10/20/2016
The Key to Innovation: Creative Problem Making

SpecialGuest is doing a panel at SXSW on The Key to Innovation: Creative Problem Making. Learn more and spread the word: http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/PP61328. Creators shouldn’t just solve problems; they should make them. Solutions to existing problems are often derivative. Innovation happens by making problems. To prove our point, we will make and solve a problem on stage, inviting an influential YouTube creator to join us.

10/06/2016

SpecialGuest collaborated with Young Gun & Levine/Leavitt "Artist in Residence,” Pablo Delcan, to develop a new visual identity and a baller new website going live today. The site was built by Blake Rutledge who’s been a long time SG family member since he was an intern in 2014. Many thanks to Pablo and Blake.

07/12/2016

To help build awareness and reach a younger audience for 113-year-old Chinese brewer Tsingtao in the U.S., SpecialGuest created a brand film called “New Friends are Everywhere.” The film focuses on the beauty of making new friends with a bottle of beer as the conduit.

05/05/2016

Celebrating strong at our creative partner's beautiful new space! #Squarespace

03/28/2016

We collaborated with Sagmeister & Walsh, Karim Zariffa, and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan for our second Frooti spot! It was a ton of fun getting to jump back into #TheFrootiLife. Choos the mango! #wearespecialguest

03/09/2016

We collaborated w/the amazingly talented artist/director, Marcos Lutyens to create a beautiful, sensorial, kaleidoscopic art installation we’re traveling to SXSW and that’ll travel to other events. Participants will be invited to step inside a memory and go on a journey through the senses and the meaning of moments in the digital age.

The beautiful short film we created with Lucy McRae and Inventor Lab was recently featured on Wired! Congrats Lucy!
02/11/2016
Lucy McRae: the body architect (Wired UK)

The beautiful short film we created with Lucy McRae and Inventor Lab was recently featured on Wired! Congrats Lucy!

Body architect and artist Lucy McRae is fascinated by the reciprocal relationship between humans and technology

01/05/2016

We are so excited for the new year and even more exciting work to come! In the mean time, here's one of our collaborations with Squarespace. #2016 #BuilditBeautiful #WeAreSpecialGuest

12/08/2015
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Review: WHIPPED CREAM How-To (for Awesome Stuff Week: Gift Grab!)

The holidays are fast approaching! For some gift giving inspiration, we whipped up some videos for Awesome Stuff Week- including a few with Feast of Fiction! #whippedcreambeard #AwesomeStuffWeek #WeAreSpecialGuest

Learn how to make Homemade WHIPPED CREAM in a stand mixer! Thanks to YouTube, Jimmy and Ashley got to review four kitchen products for Awesome Stuff Week: Gi...

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