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Big Machine Opens “Mysterious World” and “Rocket Rigs”

Completes motion graphics for Mike Mathis Productions and The Learning Channel (May 20, 2005)

Big Machine Design completes show openers for Learning Channel

Big Machine Design completes show openers for Learning Channel

Big Machine Design (BMD), a full-service creative services studio based in Hollywood, has completed original motion graphics for two TV shows airing on The Learning Channel. The shows are entitled “The Mysterious World of Alain Nu,” and “Rocket Rigs.” The announcement was made today by BMD co-founders Steve Petersen and Ken Carlson.

On behalf of client Mike Mathis Productions, and Lee Toft, the company’s Director of Post Production, BMD has delivered two visually stunning main title sequences for The Learning Channel.

“The Mysterious World of Alain Nu,” features the acclaimed illusionist/ESP performer. BMD’s main title sequence for "Alain Nu" places the illusionist in a moody world of intrigue and power. Is Alain observing or controlling the world around him? The highly stylized title sequence allows the viewer to decide.

"We shot Alain in front of a green screen in Washington, D.C., and did all of our design work and compositing in Los Angeles," said BMD Creative Director Ken Carlson. "It's always a challenge to get your talent to interact with an imaginary world, but Alain understood the concept and was a pleasure to work with."

BMD also completed the explosive main title sequence for a program called "Rocket Rigs.” The show profiles a family of inventive Kansas natives and their rocket-powered big rigs.

"Having always been big fans of the 80's TV cartoon ‘The Transformers,’ we thought it would be really cool if we showed a rocket from space transforming into a big rig as it headed toward Kansas," said BMD Executive Producer Steve Petersen.

"We had to create an entire 3D world, including a transforming rocket/big rig, in a very short amount of time,” adds Carlson. "Our goal was an over-the-top, outrageous main title open, complete with explosions, fire and popcorn."

The production credits for these projects were:

"The Mysterious World of Alain Nu"
Executive Producer - Steve Petersen
Creative Director - Ken Carlson
Associate Producer - Elaina Porter
Designer - Jason Dougherty

"Rocket Rigs"
Executive Producer - Steve Petersen
Creative Director - Ken Carlson
Associate Producer - Elaina Porter
3D modeling & animation - Steve Lawrence
2D compositing - Ming-Shian Wang

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About Big Machine Design:
Big Machine Design, located in Hollywood, California, was founded in 2003 by Steve Petersen and Ken Carlson. The two have diverse backgrounds in the entertainment industry and over 15 years of combined experience. Some of BMD’s recent clients include CBS, the ABC News show “20/20,” NBC, Fox, UPN, MTV, TLC, USA, Animal Planet, Fox Searchlight, MGM, Sony and, among many others.

BMD’s studio is located at 6860 Lexington Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. The company’s website, which posts its latest news, is To request a reel, please call BMD at 323.461.1943.


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