AJ Russo

Editorial + Color + Motion Graphics + Graphic Design
Titles & Animation

Documentary Film, Disclosure: Title, Lower 3RDs & Color Correction

Disclosure is the latest documentary film (currently in production) from director, Sam Feder.

Role: Title, Lower 3RDs, Color Correction

Director: Sam Feder
Producers: Amy Scholder

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Documentary Film, Pizza Shop: Title, Lower 3RDs & End Credits

Pizza Shop is the latest documentary film from director, Antony Osso.

Role: Title, Lower 3RDs, End Credits, Social Media

PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria, Italy, who have run a wildly successful pizzeria and restaurant in a strip mall in northern New Jersey for nearly forty years.

Retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a short fuse and a soft center, while Fred is light-hearted and easy-going, a passionate chef and bon vivant. Growing up poor in post-war southern Italy, they could have never imagined how their lives would unfold, the challenges they’d face and the opportunities that awaited them.

Now in their seventies, they’re facing a forced relocation, construction of a new restaurant, their sons’ attempts to update the management style, and encroaching old age.

With humor, poignancy, and compassion, filmmaker Antony Osso (Charlie’s son) explores how a Mom-and-Pop Shop can be a vital hub for a community, the sacrifices parents make for their children, and what it means for immigrants when they fulfill the American dream.

Director:Antony Osso
Producers:Antony Osso & Laura Nespola
Editor: Nicolas Cuellar

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Documentary Film, Wounds of Waziristan: 2D/3D Animation

Role: Design Multiple animations for the film.

2D/3D map animation and composite for Madiha Tahir’s documentary film, Wounds of Waziristan.

Documentary Film + Trailer, American Autumn: Titles, Animation, Edit

Role: Edit, Color Correction/Color Grade, and Graphics.

*You can now rent or buy American Autumn: An OccuDoc on iTunes!

*Check out what Variety and The New York Times had to say about the movie.

I designed and implemented a complete graphics package including lower thirds, opening titles, end credits and a series of text-based animations for this feature-length, indie documentary about the Occupy movement. You can see the animations and excerpts from the movie on my vimeo page.

Founding member of the bands Minor Threat and Fugazi,  Ian MacKaye contributed several songs to the movie including the song, “Greed” from Fugazi’s, Repeater album which we used in the trailer.

Director/Producer: Dennis Trainor, Jr.

Documentary Film, Hunting in Wartime: Titles + Animation

Hunting in Wartime is the latest documentary film from director, Samantha Farinella.

Role: Titles, Animation, Color Correction, UpRes, Poster, DVD Case.

Director: Samantha Farinella
Editor: Erin Greenwell

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Documentary Film, MAJOR!: Titles + Animation

Role: Titles, Animation

Director: Annalise Ophelian
Co Producer/Editor: StormMiguel Florez

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Documentary Film, Left Lane: Trailer

Role: Edit, Color Correction, and Graphics for trailer.

Director: Samantha Farinella

Trailer for award winning documentary film, Left Lane from director Samantha Farinella.

News Package/Show Open: Mint Press News

Role: Animation, Color Grade, and Edit.

I designed and implemented a complete graphics package including customizable animated lower thirds, one-box/two-box/three-box frames, and animated show open for online broadcast journalist, Mnar Muhawesh and Mint Press News.

 

Documentary Short, Sticks & Stones: Color, Graphics, and Poster

Role: Titles, Animation, Color Correction, Poster Design.

Director: Silas Howard

 

Documentary Film, Miriam: Titles

Role: Opening Title, Lower Thirds, End Credits.

Director: Juliet Jordan

Documentary Film, Brass, Glass, & Steel: Titles

Role: Logo, Opening Titles, Lower Thirds, End Credits.

Directed by: Larry Milburn
Editor: William Hooke

 

 

Music Video, Justin Vivian Bond – Golden Age of Hustlers: Color + Titles

Role: Color grade and end credits.

“Golden Age of Hustlers” captures the 1970’s gay hustler scenes of pre-HIV/AIDS era on Polk St. in San Francisco from an insider’s experience.

Artist: Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
Song by: Bambi Lake
Co-Directors: Silas Howard & Erin Greenwell
Cinematographer: PJ Raval
Editor: Janis Vogel
Camera: ARRI Alexa

On Air Promo, Al Jazeera America: Titles + Animation

Role: Graphic/Motion Graphic design and implementation

Graphic/Motion Graphic design and implementation for global news organization Al Jazeera’s new U.S. channel, Al Jazeera America (AJAM).

 

Documentary Film, Wounds of Waziristan: Color, Titles, Animation, Trailer

Role (Film): Color correction/color grade and motion graphics

Role (Trailer): Color correction/color grade, motion graphics, and edit

Wounds of Waziristan highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan–in their own words.

Since the drone attacks began in Pakistan in 2004, much of the focus has been on the technology. And, although the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan are endlessly debated and declared upon by journalists and pundits, the ordinary people who actually live there are rarely heard from. Wounds of Waziristan records the voices of those who have been either labeled “militants,” or summarily dismissed as “collateral damage.”

Wounds of Waziristan is the first of 2 short documentaries we are producing as part of this project. These docs illustrate the heavy cost borne by those who happen to live on the front-lines of the American “war on terror.” They contest the claims of the Obama administration, and they contest that there is–or can be–anything like a “surgical” strike.

Directed by Madiha Tahir
Edited by Messiah Rhodes

Prison University Project, San Quentin State Prison: Angelo

A series of short vignettes San Quentin State Prison’s Prison University Project. Directed by Shine Louise Houston.

Role: End Graphic, Lower 3RDs, Color Correction

Director: Shine Louise Houston

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Prison University Project, San Quentin State Prison: Mesro

A series of short vignettes San Quentin State Prison’s Prison University Project. Directed by Shine Louise Houston.

Role: End Graphic, Lower 3RDs, Color Correction

Director: Shine Louise Houston

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Demo Reel: Editorial + Motion Graphics

Demo Reel

Documentary Film, Wounds of Waziristan: Map Animation

Role: Design Multiple animations for the film.

2D/3D map animation and composite for Madiha Tahir’s documentary film, Wounds of Waziristan.

Documentary Film, Wounds of Waziristan: Graph

Role: Design Multiple animations for the film.

2D/3D map animation and composite for Madiha Tahir’s documentary film, Wounds of Waziristan.

National TV Ad, Rockwell Tools Sonicrafter: Motion Graphics

Role: Motion Graphic Design.

National television campaign for Rockwell Tools, Sonicrafter.

View national television ad for Rockwell Tools, Bladerunner from same campaign.

Produced by James Russo Active Image Group for GoConvergence in Orlando, Florida.

 

Direct Response Ad, Worx AreoCart: Motion Graphics

Role: Motion Graphic Design.

National/international direct response television campaign for Worx AeroCart.

Produced by James Russo Active Image Group for GoConvergence in Orlando, Florida.

Documentary Short, Hard Pressed: Edit, Color, Titles

Role: Motion graphics, edit, color grade

Shot with a small DSLR crew in Orlando, Florida.

About the Mama’s Sauce, The Letterpress Shop
Mama’s Sauce is a boutique print shop striving to keep tradition alive. Their work in the areas of letterpress and screen printing are what led us to them. We quickly came to find out that the way they do their work is as visually appealing as the prints themselves, lucky us. Shop owner, Nick Sambrato, walks us through their world as we make residence with them for days on end, and what our camera’s captured show that there isn’t a square inch of a traditional print shop lacking in visual appeal. Enjoy.

www.mamas-sauce.com

National TV Ad, Rockwell Tools BladeRunner: Motion Graphics

Role: Motion Graphic Design.

National TV commercial for Rockwell Tool’s, BladeRunner.

View national television ad for Rockwell Tools, Sonicrafter from same campaign.

Produced by James Russo Active Image Group for GoConvergence in Orlando, Florida.

 

Roxy US Snowboard Team: Erin Comstock

Roxy US Snowboard Team: Eric Comstock

Roxyland Animation

2D/3D animation created in After Effects for Roxy

Roxy Underwater Animation

2D/3D animation created in After Effects for Roxy

Corporate Branding: Donzi, Go-Fasts!

Role: Edit & Titles

Donzi shows why going fast is so much fun.

Producer: Jamie Smith of Active Image Group

Roxy US Snowboard Team: Amber Stackhouse

Roxy US Snowboard Team: Amber Stackhouse

Simrad Logo Animation

Role: Graphic Design

Cool logo animation for Simrad

Producer: Jamie Smith of Active Image Group

Nike Hyperdunk – Big Stuff

Nike Hyperdunk – Big Stuff

Roxy US Snowboard Team: Kjersti Buaas

Roxy US Snowboard Team, Kjersti Buaas

Roxy US Surf Team

A minute and a half of fun with the Roxy US Surf team

On Air Graphics Package: Best of the Caribbean

Role: Design Complete On-Air Graphics Package

Best of the Caribbean, On Air Graphics Package: Locator Map

Produced by James Russo of Active Image Group for Bonnier TV.

BoatingLAB Motion Graphics

BoatingLAB graphic design and motion graphics

Producer: Jamie Smith of Active Image Group

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Specializing in motion graphics, editorial, and design for broadcast and film.

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I’m available for full time, freelance and everything in between.

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Brooklyn, NY | Tel: 646-460-0483