The Tale Continues…

You may have caught wind of a new company launched by Passion Pictures called Strange Beast. Like Psyop’s Blacklist, Strange Beast has built a roster of (mostly young) international talent that’s hard to fit into existing categories. Their initial lineup is strong: Encyclopedia Pictura, Amautalab, Lorenzo Fonda, The Blackheart Gang, Takeo, James Price—

Wait a tick! Back up. Was that The Blackheart Gang I saw? Indeed it was!


It’s been about a year and a half since we posted TBG’s Hieronymus Bosch-inspired mini-opera, “The Tale of How.” After hearing nothing about them since that time, I’d assumed they’d disbanded and sold their souls to commercial interests. But it appears I was too hasty.

Not only is the merry bunch still around, they’re planning an epic sequel entitled “The Tale of Then.” Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. More information can be found on their blog.

Their site holds further gems in the Work section, where you can review what the Gang has been up to since their big debut. Their projects are satisfyingly epic, odd and charming—often at the same time.

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Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.


Big City

That’s pretty damn exciting. All of these folks are super-impressive separately, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with together.


dont get all excited, its business as usual. they are merely getting rep’ed. could result in some cool stuff.
with psyop cashing in, its smart to do as they do.

Big City


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