DUCK Signs Ben & Julia
In the latest move in their ongoing expansion, DUCK has signed French-Swiss directing and art directing duo Ben & Julia. The duo, who run Ben&Julia Studios in Berlin, are multidisciplinary talents specializing in colorful and creative work, including mixing animations, shooting live footage, producing drawings, and manufacturing puppetry for commercials, virals, music videos and animations.
"When Ben & Julia sent me their work, the email was titled 'Ben & Julia Like DUCK Studios,'" noted DUCK EP Mark Medernach. "When I checked out their portfolio, I was knocked out by the original design and quirkiness. Everything was so fresh and colorful that I just knew I needed to talk to them some more. So I wrote back 'DUCK Likes Ben & Julia.' We chatted and I just fell in love with their approach and how they can take the simplest things and make them look so out of the ordinary."
The pair's global client base includes MTV, Swatch, Tissot, RATP, the Olympic Museum, Atari, Microsoft, SEGA and Electronic Arts. Their work has been featured in books, magazines and websites, including Pictoplasma's Characters in Motion vol.3, Digital Arts, Promo News, Motionographer, Videos Antville, Computer Arts, Computerlove and IdN.
Ben & Julia first joined forces in 2006. Prior to this, Julia spent time as an associate producer and graphic designer for MTV and as an art director for TV and press. Ben worked as a director, editor and VFX artist for various agencies in Paris.
Los Angeles-based DUCK is a continually evolving creative studio producing commercials, music videos, short films and web content. DUCK offers a wide range of services, including live action and integration, character design, film title design, 2D and 3D animation, digital compositing, digital/traditional ink & paint. In recent years, the studio has expanded, adding an original content division that works with writers and animators on unique ideas for film and TV.