Evolve Studio

Case Studies

Draft Academy 2019

Draft Academy 2019

Original Content & Development, Live Action, Post
Client: ESPN+
Content: Episodic Series

Every year, thousands of football players are evaluated, tested, and interviewed for a chance to play on the ultimate stage: the NFL. The rigorous production schedule included 10 film crews, filming over 100 shoot days, across over 20 cities, a process that was the only way to capture the fast pace of this preparation period for the players. This, combined with our editorial team's diligence, resulted in an intentional, captivating storyline that gives audience members relevant content, right away, centered around one of the biggest events of the year in sports.

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The Boardroom

The Boardroom

Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: ESPN+
Content: Titles

In an era where sports icons are independently creating content, each desiring to share their unique style and voice, we put our heads together to communicate Kevin Durant’s in a strong, visual way. For the initial live-action pitch, we crafted rough storyboards timed out in an animatic, but little did we know that we were actually laying the groundwork for a fully animated approach. The end result is something we never could have anticipated.

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Zedd | One Strange Rock

Zedd | One Strange Rock

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: Universal | National Geographic
Content: Short Films

In an epic collaboration with Universal Music, we were able to mirror how “ONE STRANGE ROCK”, an episodic series produced by Darren Aronofsky & Nutopia, unravels the story of Planet Earth and guides viewers through a unique perspective. Leveraging the power of music and the infamous “Batman” cave, we tackled the creation of an integrated music video with projection-mapped visuals onto the interior walls to complement multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artist Zedd as he played original music piece on a grand piano.

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Chain of Command

Chain of Command

Live Action, Post
Client: National Geographic Studios
Content: Episodic Series

Making television history is not easy: it’s not to be taken lightly, and it comes with great responsibility. Chain of Command was uncharted territory in the world of documentary television. We united not only creative forces with the talented folks at National Geographic, but also allied with some of the most elite powers and committed personnel in charge of protecting our freedom. Spanning a two-year production period, four continents, and hundreds of collaborators, Chain of Command reached an unparalleled scope, scale & impact for an unscripted docu-series.

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GE Game Changers | Anthem

GE Game Changers | Anthem

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: BBDO
Content: Branded Content

When BBDO and Giraldi Media tapped us to produce this technology-driven GE campaign for the 2018 Winter Games, we were hit with a massive rush of creative dopamine. This global Olympic stage was a grand opportunity for Evolve and our co-production partners, and we soon found ourselves knee-deep in the elements on Austria’s formidable Hintertux Glacier, amid one of our most extensive location-scouting and casting expeditions ever.

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The Martyrs

The Martyrs

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: Bold Flame Entertainment
Content: Episodic Series, Titles

In trying to sell a show, we tried something new. Forgoing the traditional “sizzle” reel approach, we developed a poetic, compelling title sequence that integrated the show’s key narratives and protagonists. The Martyrs title sequence is 100% homegrown under our roof - built from a “pizza and beer” scrappy budget that resulted in something greater than we expected.

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Origins

Origins

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: National Geographic
Content: Episodic Series, Promo

What began as a cold call from Asylum Entertainment & National Geographic became an epic, end-to-end production enterprise that called on the greatest efforts from all phases of our creative team at Evolve. Following our production proposal, the approach to crafting these symphonies quickly evolved from an editorial execution to producing a massive archive of footage - from scratch.

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Earth Live with Jane Lynch

Earth Live with Jane Lynch

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: National Geographic
Content: Promo, Titles

Sometimes we get to work with fully live-action projects, other times we live in a pure-VFX world. In dream cases, we get to do both. National Geographic’s premium and innovative content space raised some promotional challenges for the team, as was the case with Earth Live: a studio-based show that cut to National Geographic cinematographers in real time around the world. We were tasked with the creation of a bold, punchy visual that captured the live essence of the final show.

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SyFy | Prototype

SyFy | Prototype

Live Action, Post, Motion Design | VFX
Client: SyFy / NBCUniversal
Content: Episodic Series, Promo

As SyFy prepared for their 2016 up-fronts, the network was excited to drop a new scripted original series called Prototype - a show in its preliminary stages with no pilot, no trailer, and no proof of concept. That’s where we came in.

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Killing Reagan | Collision

Killing Reagan | Collision

Live Action, Post
Client: National Geographic
Content: Promo

Sometimes a great opportunity presents itself. Killing Reagan proved itself to be a great opportunity to our creative team: take a high-profile, established property with a defined, iconic marketing aesthetic and remix it, Evolve style. When we heard from our clients that they didn’t see what we were seeing creatively, the pressure was on. So we put ourselves to work.

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Project Evergreen

Project Evergreen

Live Action
Client: National Geographic
Content: Branded Content

Every now and then, a project comes our way that’s just too good to be true - but Project Evergreen potentially takes the gold. Imagine getting a call from one of the most distinguished natural science, geography, and educational societies in modern history, only for them to ask, “We need you to shoot some gorgeous footage from around the world, are you guys in?!” When the dust settled, the plan was massively ambitious - and Evergreen had evolved into a project that would transform our company’s DNA.

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  1. Draft Academy 2019
  2. The Boardroom
  3. Zedd | One Strange Rock
  4. Chain of Command
  5. GE Game Changers | Anthem
  6. The Martyrs
  7. Origins
  8. Earth Live with Jane Lynch
  9. SyFy | Prototype
  10. Killing Reagan | Collision
  11. Project Evergreen