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Ultrabland Designs Promo Graphics For Robert Klein Special

Creates package for upcoming HBO comedy ?Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue? (December 06, 2005)

Ultrabland Designs Promo Graphics For Robert Klein HBO Special

Ultrabland Designs Promo Graphics For Robert Klein HBO Special

Ultrabland recently designed a promo graphics package for the upcoming HBO comedy special, Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue. The author, actor, storyteller and comedy legends autobiographical show chronicles his life as a middle-class kid growing up in the Bronx.

Ultrabland designer, Ryan Bramwell, teamed with HBO creative director, Chris Sitfel, and writer/producer, Suzanne Cooke, to come up with a design concept that integrated themes from Kleins show with visual elements from his old stomping grounds. Bramwell then created a graphic look for the campaign that placed the comedian back in his childhood environment in a new and visually innovative way.

Bramwell took a trip to Kleins old Bronx neighborhood and shot stills of the actual locations the comic talks about in his show, including the apartment building Klein lived in when he was a kid.

?Within the graphics, we chose to use cut-out poses of Robert Klein to heighten his character and integrate him into the Bronx environments, notes Bramwell.

?Stylistically, we gave the spot a classic feel that reflects the era of Kleins youth. The most symbolic elements of the neighborhood such as his childhood apartment, the store signs, lampposts, subway stop, and park that he was beat up in - are all represented, but in a surreal, hyper-stylized version reminiscent of the comedians boyhood years. To help the package integrate with footage from the show, the design and color scheme play off the shows set design with its use of warm, muted colors.

Ultrabland mixer, Victor Rice, created sound design for the graphic animations and mixed the finished promos. ?The animation was really strong, so we tried to bring the viewer in closer to the spot with subtle touches, like the sound of the old marquee lights. said Rice about the mix.

Ultrabland owner, Bennett Killmer noted, ?Robert Klein is a timeless comic who appeals to a wide range of demographics. It was important to create a graphics package that would appeal to fans who grew up with his wry brand of humor, as well as younger generations that are just discovering him.

Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue is slated to premier on HBO Saturday December 3rd. The shoe ties in to Kleins book, The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of The Fifties Looks Back, which was published earlier this year by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

HBO CREDITS: Creative Director: Chris Stifel, Writer/Producer: Suzanne Cooke, Edit: HBO Studio Productions. ULTRABLAND CREDITS: Designer: Ryan Bramwell, Mixer: Victor Rice.

About Ultrabland
Ultrabland is a uniquely specialized creative boutique dedicated to the art of creating high-end promos. Its award-winning talent provides seamlessly integrated editorial, design, and music services to some of the industrys most prestigious networks, including HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, MTV, USA, Lifetime, VH1, CourtTV, and Sci Fi Channel.

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