Project: No Mas NYC founder and agency partner Chris Isenberg and artist James Blagden created a short animated film about the legendary no-hitter former Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis threw while he was high on LSD. The film went on to become a viral smash and won critical acclaim at festivals worldwide.
Creative: In 2008, a year before the great Dock Ellis died at 63, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, recorded an interview in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Using their original radio documentary as the audio and inspiration, Isenberg commissioned an original animation from James Blagden whose incredible black and white illustrations, lo-fi animation and comic timing perfectly complemented Ellis’s masterful storytelling.
Result: Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Webby Awards. It’s been watched over 3 million times on YouTube, and has played at film festivals in London, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and many other cities around the globe. Isenberg and Blagden have continued contributed animation to Straight Outta L.A., a documentary about the Los Angeles Raiders directed by Ice Cube, as well as the title sequence, interior animations, and credits for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.