AJ Russo

Editorial + Color + Motion Graphics + Graphic Design
Posts Tagged ‘indie film’

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, Kate Bornstein is A Queer + Pleasant Danger: Poster

Role: Design multiple poster’s for the film.

Poster art for Sam Feder’s documentary film, Kate Bornstein is A Queer & Pleasant Danger.

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


Documentary Film, MAJOR!: Titles + Animation

Role: Titles, Animation

Director: Annalise Ophelian
Co Producer/Editor: StormMiguel Florez


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.

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

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

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.

Documentary Film, Wounds of Waziristan: Poster

Role: Design Multiple posters for the film.

Poster art for Madiha Tahir’s documentary film, Wounds of Waziristan.

Documentary Film, American Autumn: Poster

The feature-length documentary film, American Autumn: An Occudoc I worked on in the spring of 2012 is getting ready to hit iTunes and Netflix in the spring of 2013. I created a new poster and DVD cover for the release.

Check out what Variety had to say about the movie.

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.


Short Film, Blink: Poster

Role: Design multiple posters for the short film, Blink.

Directed by: Silas Howard
Cast: Heather Acs, Ben Foster, and Julia Weldon

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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