About DURANT DESIGN

EXPERIENCE DESIGN + PRODUCTION

From opening ceremonies and halftime shows, to rock concerts, tours and television performances, I have a passion for live experiences. With twenty-five years of creative, technical and producing experience (specializing in storytelling, technical design and video content), I'm equally comfortable designing style frames and animations; drafting signal paths and UV maps; and scheduling and budgeting a production.

I’m typically responsible for integrating management, creative, and technical teams, so that each project is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest technical and creative standards.

Using design tools such as SketchUp and Adobe Creative Cloud, through Gantt and flow charts, to playback solutions such Resolume, Mbox and Catalyst, I communicate thoughts and feelings through visual and physical forms.

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Services

Concept

Devise a strategic solution for artist and audience, including technical & logistical considerations.

Design

Design the physical experience, including system, set, video and lighting design.

Production

Engage and supervise creatives and vendors to build systems, fabricate sets, produce video and develop lighting.

Management

Work on-site to manage installation, programming, testing, execution and operation.

Willie Nelson

As Creative Producer for the 2012 CMT Awards, I worked with Wicked Liquid to design the animated smoke dynamics for Willie Nelson’s performance of “Roll Me Up.”

Client: Dempsey Productions
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2012
Viewers: 3 Million

Daytime Emmys

We designed a lighting and particle look for Jimmy Fallon’s opening number.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2010
Viewers: 5.6 Million

Zac Brown

Our design for Zac Brown’s Grammy performance featured tattoos and radio frequencies.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2010
Viewers: 22 Million

Jeff Beck

We shot high-res photographs of classic guitars for Jeff Beck’s tribute to icon Les Paul.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2010
Viewers: 22 Million

Lexus

I wrote and directed this 3D intro video for Lexus’ 2010 National Dealer Meeting, where the new Lexus LFA was revealed to the sales force.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Creative Producer
Date: 2010

Battlefield: Hardline

I produced this live debut of Electronic Arts’ new first-person shooter, staged to match a scene from the game.

Client: g-NET Media
Role: Creative Producer
Date: 2014

Gears of War

I edited gameplay footage and other video elements for Sony’s E3 reveal of the new Gears of War.

Client: g-NET Media
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2011

Aretha Franklin Tribute

I created the video content for this Grammys tribute performance, featuring Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence Welch.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2011

Miranda Lambert

I designed the screen looks (tattoos and stained-glass windows) for Miranda Lambert’s performance at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role:
Date: 2010

Placido Domingo

I created the “Granada” backdrop for Placido Domingo’s performance at the 2010 Latin Grammys, where he received the Person of Year Award.

Client: M•Dots/Fontastics
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2010

Sir Paul McCartney

I was fortunate enough to work for the incomparable Sir Paul McCartney, creating the visual content for ‘Blackbird,’ for his OUT THERE tour. Production design by Roy Bennett of Seven Design Works.

Client: Seven Design Works
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2013

Bruno Mars

I designed the screen content for lighting/production designer Cory FitzGerald on Bruno Mars’ MOONSHINE JUNGLE tour.

Client: Seven Design Works
Role: Screens Designer
Date: 2013

OK Go “Hungry Ghosts” Tour

Working with the band, Mary Fagot and Peter Glantz, I helped to design and execute the stage experience for cult US band OK Go. The design included lighting (by Cory Fitzgerald and Alex Picard), video projection (front/downstage and rear/upstage), black light, bubble machines and, of course, lots of confetti.

Client: OK Go
Role: Creative Producer
Date: 2016

WTA Opening Ceremony

I designed and produced the field-of-play and screens content for the Opening Ceremonies of the Women’s Tennis Association Finals, 2014 and 2015.

Client: Fiur Productions
Role: Screens Producer
Date: 2015

Borgore

I designed and commissioned an illuminated DJ booth and marquee letters for Borgore’s 2015 tour.

Client: The Solidman Group
Role: Set Designer
Date: 2015

South-East Asian Games

I was PixMob’s producer and creative director at the 2015 South-East Asian Games in Singapore.

Client: PixMob
Role: Creative Director/Producer
Date: 2015

CalTech Gala

Working for Stratelyst Creative and producer Jill Aske, we created all the still and animated visual content for CalTech’s 2016 gala event, where it was projected onto the 140′ tall Millikan Library.

Client: Stratelyst Creative
Role: Screens Designer
Date: April 28, 2016

Doritos #MixArcade

In association with Electronic Arts and Doritos, New Creatures built the world’s largest video arcade machine in downtown Los Angeles. Inside it, we previewed a couple of new video games, accompanied by artists such as Steve Aoki, Jazzy Jeff, and Empire of the Sun.

Client: New Creatures
Role: Show Producer
Date: June 14, 2016

SXSW Bold Stage

From 2012-13, the SXSW Bold Stage hosted headline artists such as Lady Gaga, Ludacris and LL Cool J, but also up-and-coming bands such as Young Fathers and Modestep. As show producer, I designed the stage layout and signal path; hired vendors; and supervised all aspects of the stage, from design, management and production; from concept through to show day.

Client: New Creatures
Role: Show Producer
Date: 2013

XXII Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

PixMob distributed 40,000 infra-red medallions to the Sochi audience, creating a massive LED screen across the Fisht stadium. As the team’s creative director and producer, I designed and operated the video content transmitted to the medallions, and coordinated with both the Olympic clients and the PixMob team to deliver the experience.

Client: PixMob
Role: Creative Producer
Date: 2014
Viewers: 31 Million

Steve Aoki “Aokify America” Tour

I worked with Steve and his Dim Mak Records team on three consecutive world tours. As tour director, I designed the set, comprised of five overhead LED screens; Versatile DJ booth; and of course his iconic A.O.K.I. LED letters. I also created the content to play in these surfaces. The tours were well received and helped establish Steve’s visual identity.

Client: Dim Mak
Role: Tour Director
Date: 2013

U. of Michigan Halftime Show

The 2013 season of night games gave the University of Michigan’s marching band an opportunity to intensify their football halftime show. Working with the band’s director and drill designer, I designed an LED lighting sequence for each of the band’s 400 performers. Using only the PixMob LED’s on each musician’s body, we created a memorable visual storyline for the 113,000 residents of “the Big House.”

Client: PixMob
Role: Creative Producer
Date: 2014

Clients

We are proud to have worked for and with designers, producers and directors such as: Butch Allen, Roy Bennett, Bob Bonniol, Mac Chan, Justin Collie, Ken Delvo, Michael Dempsey, Cory Fitzgerald, Michael Fiur, Laura Frank, Peter Glantz, Al Gurdon, Baz Halpin, Brock Hogan, Raj Kapoor, Tom Kenny, Chris Kuroda, Lee Lodge, Marilyn Lowey, John McGuire, Christien Methot, Shauna O’Brien, Martin Phillips, Juli Pritchard, Chris Smith, Amy Tinkham, and Allan Wells.

Selected clients include Arcade Fire, Ariana Grande, Borgore, BRMC, Bruno Mars, Chris Daughtry, Christina Aguilera, Classixx, Darius Rucker, Diddy, Drake, Esperanza Spalding, Fitz and the Tantrums, Florida Georgia Line, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Janelle Monae, Jeff Beck, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Laura Bell Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Mary Lambert, Matchbox Twenty, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Nelly Furtado, Sir Paul McCartney, Pistol Annies, Placido Domingo, Rihanna, Santana, Shinedown, Toby Keith, Train, Willie Nelson, Yuna, and the Zac Brown Band.

Credits

Broadcast

Facebook Live: A Day in the Life at Lincoln Center (2016)
Facebook Live: Stand Up to Cancer (2016)
You Oughta Know (2014)
Billboard Awards (2014)
Video Music Awards (2013)
Academy of Country Music Awards (2011-12)
Fashion Star (2011)
Grammy Awards (2014)
Primetime Emmy Awards (2010)
Video Game Awards (2010)

Corporate

7-Up
Doritos
Electronic Arts
Facebook Live
Intel
Lexus
Lincoln Center
Microsoft
NY Red Bulls
Sony
Stand Up to Cancer
Ubisoft
Victoria’s Secret

News & Blog

The Louvre

A surprisingly modern art wing at the Louvre.

Rooftop

Good times atop Capitol Records

S/Election

Very pleased to be part of this exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Mexico City

A cold night outside Mexico City.

Guwahati

A humbling day trip to the local temple.

Northeast United

Good luck tonight to the local Guwahatis!

Trim

Great to see old friends Harriet and Dom at their sweet new space. I especially liked their stairs.

Heathrow

Always good to be back in the UK.

L.A. Opera

A fascinating snoop around the LA Opera. Next stop: Macbeth.

Day 9: Venice

After almost 3,500 miles in nine days, we finally arrive in Venice. Durant Design is open for business!

Day 8: Snow Canyon SP

A long drive through Utah to a clear night sky over another beautiful State Park!

Day 7-8: The Golden Spike

I’ve always been fascinated by photography and the railroads, so had to stop at the Golden Spike National Museum, to see where Muybridge’s buddy Leland Stanford connected the nation’s railroads.

Day 6 Pt 2: Sinks Canyon SP

A beautiful detour in central Wyoming, to see a river that disappears underground.

Day 6 Pt 1: Mt. Rushmore

You can’t do a cross-country trip without seeing four giant president heads.

Day 5: Badlands NP

An amazing drive through the Badlands National Park ended in a remote campsite shared with buffalo.

Day 4: Jackson, MN

“I’m goin’ to Jackson, I’m gonna mess around,” sang Johnny Cash. That must have been a different Jackson, because I just cooked some carrots and couscous, and went to bed. I’ve officially used my camping stove more in four days than my Montréal apartment stove in six months.

Day 3: High Cliff SP

A medium-successful immigration attempt, followed by a detour to the beautiful High Cliff State Park on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago, WI. Rained like hell but enough dry time for Rupert to chase some wildlife.

Day 2: Sault Ste Marie

Our second day takes us 300 miles further west along the Ottawa River. Sault Ste. Marie is the border town: hopefully the USA immigration lines tomorrow will be shorter than in Tijuana.

Day 1: Renfrew, ON

A half-day drive to get the ball rolling, from Mile End to Renfrew, ON. We’re in our minicamperwagon, complete with bed, stove, cooler and curtains. Finished the day with a lake swim and campfire dinner.

Road Trip West

Our road trip back to LA starts today!

Decompression Part II

The last night of a great weekend in the Baja.

Decompression Part I

Thanks to the New Creatures family for some Baja R+R!

MixArcade

Thanks Doritos, Electronic Arts and New Creatures for a fantastic DTLA show at E3. Big shout out to DJ Jazzy Jeff for a great finale!

Degas @ MoMA

I’m in awe of Degas: in this case, capturing motion blur in monotype.

Duran Duran

So fantastic to see some of my teenage idols!

Road Trip Day 9: ON-QC

We finally made it to Montréal! Los Angeles, Tecopa, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon, Grand Junction, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Niagara Falls and Toronto – we thank you for your en-route hospitality!

Road Trip Day 8: MI-ON

Time for Rupert to enter Canadian airspace. He preferred Toronto’s hipster Coffin Factory apartment to Niagara Falls.

Road Trip Day 7: IN-MI

After a sweet pit stop at the Art Institute of Chicago, we stumbled across the off-road local ice-cream mother lode at Jollay Market. Finally arrived in wonderful Ann Arbor – our final American overnight! Note: Rupert was not a fan of Chicago’s L Train.

Road Trip Day 6: IA-IL

The trip’s second longest trail: from Omaha, across Iowa, to Chicago. Not a lot to see from the car, and not many opportunities to venture outside. Great pizza though.

Road Trip Day 5: CO-NE

After a tasty dinner and breakfast in Denver, a mammoth 550-mile marathon across Colorado and Nebraska to Omaha. Ouch. Luckily there’s some Johnny Cash on the stereo. No photos, so here’s a TBT (throwback to, um, Tuesday) of Rupert enjoying the Bryce Canyon snow.

    Where is Durant Design located?

We’re based in Venice Beach, California; but our projects take place across the USA, and recently in such countries as Canada, France, India, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

  P.O. Box 537, Venice, CA 90294
  Telephone: 323 527 0880
  Fax: 323 527 0881
  Email: tim@durant.design

    How long have you been in operation?

Formerly known as Battlecruiser Inc, Durant Design was founded in 2010; and I have over twenty years experience in visual design.

    What does Durant Design do?

As the creative producer of live events such as tours, concerts, ceremonies, halftime shows and awards events, I typically supervise video content and scenography; camera and lighting. I help management, creative and technical services collaborate to create quality user experiences; within stringent schedules and budgets; in custom venues and challenging locations.

    Who is Durant Design?

Durant Design is designer/producer Tim Durant, plus occasional full-time and freelance staff, as each project requires.

Durant Design • PO Box 537, Venice, CA 90294
©2016 by Durant Design, Inc | All Rights Reserved.

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