Author Archives: Randy Balsmeyer

She’s Gotta Have It

She’s Gotta Have It

Big Film Design is proud to have created all the visual effects and graphics for the new Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, which starts streaming Thanksgiving Day.

The team at BFD, led by Visual Effects Supervisor and Creative Director Randy Balsmeyer, completed nearly 400 shots for Spike Lee’s new Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It. BFD was the exclusive vendor for all graphics and effects in the series. Their work included screen replacements (phones, tablets, computers), cosmetic work, “floating” effects and tons of text graphics throughout the series. Balsmeyer is honored to have worked with Lee on every film of his since his second film, School Daze.

Director Spike Lee burst on to the American film scene in 1986 with She’s Gotta Have It. The film, which launched Lee’s career, was notable for it’s revolutionary portrayal of female sexuality by its main character, Nola Darling.

31 years later, Lee is reviving his seminal film as a Netflix series, but this time Darling (played by DeWanda Wise) is even more empowered. She declares herself a “sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual” who has never been concerned with the idea of monogamy. But, as she’ll remind you, “I’m not a freak, I’m not a sex addict, and I’m damn sure nobody’s property.”

Lee directed and produced the series with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee, who had the original vision to turn the movie into a television series.

This Thanksgiving, after you polish off the turkey and pumpkin pie, we hope you’ll settle back and binge on this hilarious, outrageous and moving series. Spoiler alert: the series builds to episode 10, which takes place on Thanksgiving 2016.

Watch the trailer here.

See a sneak peek here.

Girls Trip

Girls Trip

Big Film Design is proud to have created titles and graphics for Universal Pictures new release, Girls Trip, opening today in theaters nationwide.

Silence – Paterson

Silence – Paterson

Big Film Design is proud to have created titles and graphics for two amazing films opening this week, Silence and Paterson. The films could not be more different. Silence is Martin Scorsese’s epic, decades-in-the-making tale of Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan. Paterson is Jim Jarmusch’s intimate story of a bus driver/poet who lives inContinue Reading

Inferno

Inferno

In other news… The Criterion Collection, after 23 years, has released Robert Altman’s amazing Short Cuts on Blu-Ray disc. The film includes one of our favorite early title sequences. If you’ve never seen it, now’s your chance to finally see it in high definition.

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is the latest hilarious offering from the brilliant Coen brothers. The movie follows a day in the life of a Hollywood studio fixer in 1950, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars. In the course of the film, we visit the sets of several movies as they are beingContinue Reading

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

We are very excited to announce our biggest project of the year, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, opening in theaters this Friday, December 4. Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequences and over 150 visual effects shots, with BFD’s Randy Balsmeyer as on-set VFX Supervisor.

Spotlight, Love the Coopers, Unforgettable

Spotlight, Love the Coopers, Unforgettable

As the holidays approach, we here at BFD have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve been busy on several big projects that are now arriving for your viewing pleasure. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a chance to enjoy some of our recent work.

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequences for A Walk in the Woods, opening this week in theaters nationwide. This project was a labor of love for producer and star Robert Redford, based on the best-selling novel by Bill Bryson. The extraordinary cast, including Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, NickContinue Reading