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 signal flow and UV maps, to playback solutions such Resolume, Mbox and Catalyst, I communicate thoughts and feelings through visual and physical forms.

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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

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: Roy Bennett, 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, Martin Phillips, Juli Pritchard, Chris Smith, 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

Television

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
Intel
Lexus
Microsoft
NY Red Bulls
Sony
Ubisoft

News & Blog

Road Trip Day 7: IN-MI

After a sweet pit stop at the Art Institute of Chicago, it was back on the road into Indiana and Michigan. Stumbled across the mother lode of local ice cream 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.

Road Trip Day 4: CO

An incredible 250-mile drive from Grand Junction (4,597 ft) to Denver (5,130 ft), via I-70’s Eisenhower Tunnel (11,158 ft). Crossing the Continental Divide and leaving the West behind, accompanied by more Morricone – this time, the Hateful Eight score. Am I John Ruth, and Rupert Daisy Domergue, or is it the other way around?

Road Trip Day 3: UT

An epic 450-mile journey from Cedar City to Grand Junction, via an astonishing detour to Bryce Canyon’s highest, Rainbow Point (9,115 ft). Ennio Morricone’s score for Once Upon a Time in the West on the stereo.

Road Trip Day 2: NV-AZ-UT

A 260-mile sprint across the California-Nevada-Arizona-Utah quad-state nexus, or something like that. Rupert saw snow for the first time and needs further convincing of its merits.

Road Trip Day 1: CA

A 270-mile trip across California, ending with a night in a desert hot spring, to boil my old bones. Listening to Pavement.

Crossroads

Our last day at the wonderful Crossroads of the World! Thanks to the management team, our neighbors and crew for four wonderful years!

Road Trip!

Rupert isn’t airplane-friendly, so it’s time for a 3000-mile road trip to Montréal! If you live along this route, hit me up and we’ll stop by for tea!

DURANT DESIGN

After five years, Battlecruiser Inc has a new name, address and website! Please check out our new work at DURANT DESIGN, and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook. Many thanks to all our clients and collaborators for five wonderful years so far – here’s to many more!

Baby Shark

I cannot wait to wear my Baby Shark onesie again. Quebecois good times at the PixMob holiday party!

Art Basel

I went to Art Basel in Miami. I guess I got there a little early.

Nike Store

Very pleased to see some great work in NYC, by our friends Ethan Shaftel and Laura Frank. Nice!

Kabuki Time

It’s Kabuki Time! Super happy to see another chapter in the Chushingura cycle – that’s two Tokyo episodes in two years…

Fine Dining

Had one of the best meals of my life in Tokyo tonight. Thanks for the advice, Cory-san!

Tokyo Midtown

There ain’t no light-up like a Tokyo light-up. Congratulations to our friends at Komaden on a great show!

Comic-Con SLC

There were so many things here that I didn’t know were a thing.

FoLAR Fandango

Looking forward to seeing this Los Angeles space all dressed up for the FoLAR Fandango in October!

Taylor Swift

Congratulations to Baz Halpin, Eric Marchwinski and the PixMob team on an amazing Los Angeles show!

    Where is Durant Design located?

We’re based in Hollywood, California; but our projects take place across the USA, and in such countries as Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Russia Federation, Saudi Arabia and Singapore (in 2014-15 alone).

  P.O. Box 931150, Los Angeles, CA 90093
  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?

I work at the intersection between management, creative and technical. I typically work with each group to optimize its engagement with the other two: management to achieve creative and technical objectives; creative to utilize technology to tell the story; technical to install and optimize the necessary equipment. I typically design the overall concept of an experience, leaning towards video and technical aspects. And while lighting and special effects are part of this overall design, I usually hire specialists to bring these parts to life.

    Who is Durant Design?

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

Durant Design • P.O. Box 931150, Los Angeles, CA 90093
©2016 by Durant Design, Inc | All Rights Reserved.

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