Clean Cuts Interactive is THRILLED to have wrapped another year of NBA2K with our friends at Visual Concepts 

This year for 2K24, we helped work on an all new beachside city, crafting immersive ambiences and layers of detailed audio to bring the world to life. Everything from recording walla, to creating SFX for the vehicles MP drives around the city. Our team, led by Cory Foley-Marsello, also mixed thousands of scenes that create the MyCareer story arc.  Check out the full case study below!

NBA 2K24

There was always something new and fun to design. So, as you explore this year’s awesome new features, keep your ears open for all the details we’ve added to create an immersive experience!


Our Lady of Lourdes is a private Catholic school based in Bethesda, Maryland, serving pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Gigawatt Group was approached by the school to design their new website, with the intended goal of making it look modern, mobile-friendly and user-centered.

Our team, led by Creative Director Jim McNulty, and Graphic Designer Yasmine Bouchlaghem, explored creative solutions to deliver an enhanced user experience for both the school’s faculty members and parents. The design process involved multiple phases from the discovery and user research to the creation of the prototypes and the website’s launch.

The team chose Squarespace as the hosting platform, based on its ease of use for future content authoring by the school administration, as well as its ability to integrate e-commerce into the site.  Gigawatt Group is a member of the Squarespace Circle partner program.

With both user experience and interface working hand-in-hand, the Gigawatt team was able to design a user-friendly and responsive website for the most optimal user experience, while still capturing the school’s culture, identity, and values.

“The team at Gigawatt was incredible. Their proactive, flexible and creative approach is wonderful. The results are fabulous.”
Principal, Our Lady of Lourdes

See the full case study at the link below.

A New Game Plan

The challenges of overcoming opioid use disorder

Rescue Agency and Three Seas embark on a mission to reach those struggling with an opioid use disorder to help break the vicious cycle

The visual experts at Three Seas, together with Rescue: The Behavior Change Agency, personify the struggle against opioid use disorder in “A New Game Plan.” This public service announcement is part of Rethink Recovery—a public education campaign in partnership between the Illinois Department of Human Services and Prevention First and Rescue Agency.

Too many people struggling with an opioid use disorder find themselves alone in a losing game,” laments the narrator in this 30-second PSA. “A New Game Plan” depicts this struggle as a lopsided, 4-on-1 basketball game with monsters representing the symptoms of the disorder that make the disease difficult to overcome. It features an actor who portrays a person with an opioid use disorder playing a skewed game of hoops against a team of 2-dimensional animated monsters.

In-house Director/Senior Editor Owen Lang and Senior Designer/Motion Graphics Artist Carmen Cothern collaborated with Rescue Agency to create this stark mash-up of real and imaginary worlds that reflects the reality that overcoming opioid use disorder is not a fair fight.
View the case study here.

“Certain stories are best portrayed beyond the confines of our physical world. This spring, we embarked on telling such a story when San Diego-based Rescue Agency approached us with a mission to reach those struggling with an opioid use disorder to help them break the vicious cycle,” says Owen Lang.

“The result highlights what we do best – collaborative, creative thinking resulting in successful narrative outcomes, and what we appreciate most – the chance to make a difference. We are extremely pleased with how the spot turned out. We invite you to check it out here,” says Lee Konen, CEO of Three Seas.

About Three Seas, Inc.

Three Seas is an award-winning collection of creative boutiques with studios in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Our four sister companies (Clean Cuts, Cerebral Lounge, Gigawatt Group, and Noise Distillery). Specialize in creative strategy, visual storytelling, digital/social media marketing, podcasting and audio, sound design, and custom music for film, TV, advertising, streaming services, AAA video games, and more.

About Rescue Agency

Rescue Agency is a social change advertising agency focused on promoting healthy behaviors for government agencies. Headquartered in San Diego, CA

Gigawatt Group Sparks Holiday Rush

Redwood + Co.
A Social E-Commerce Success Story

Let’s light this candle!

Redwood + Co. is a Virginia candle company that was looking to identify and retarget customers on social media who had engaged solely through influencer marketing without visiting their own social media pages.

Our team, led by Senior Digital Strategist Orlando Trott, used our proprietary attribution framework, FOURCORE, to identify how the brand’s audience was engaging across various web properties.

Next, we implemented a content strategy focused on vertical video, to be uploaded across Instagram Reels and TikTok.

We then extracted key data points to optimize marketing initiatives both on and offline.

The results highlight Gigawatt Group’s ability to not only increase social engagement and brand visibility, but also execute a hands-on-keyboard approach to running a brand’s paid social across social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok—driving conversions both online and in-store, and generating increased sales.

“Advertising with Gigawatt not only helped our online strategy but jump started our in person traffic with many of the customers mentioning the ads when engaging with team members. In addition, we truly felt many in person customers were coming from far and wide specifically to buy from Redwood + Co. and making a weekend of their trip here in the Shenandoah Valley. Through online marketing efforts, Redwood + Co. has become a destination.”
CHRISTOPHER WOOD, Co-Founder & CEO, Redwood + Co.

We invite you to explore the full case study on Gigawatt Group’s website .

People Are Talking About Our Podcasts

Three Seas Podcast Production

Episode 1 | Big Names, Big Impact

We have been working on podcasts since 2005. In 2019 a friend of mine, White House Correspondent Brian Karem, asked if we could help him with his, called Just Ask The Question. I’ve been with Three Seas for almost three years, but I’ve been a non-fiction TV producer, writer and director for 30 years. Brian and I had worked together in the ‘90s at America’s Most Wanted in Washington, DC. Clean Cuts, our audio/sound design division, immediately improved the quality of his podcast in two ways – 1) By having him come into one of our acoustically treated studio sound booths to record with his guests; and 2) Having him in our booth would allow one of our audio engineers to oversee the recording sessions. Brian is usually on the run looking for stories, so when the opportunity to talk with someone on his podcast presented itself, he would often record wherever he happened to be, a hotel lobby, an empty office, a coffee shop, and so on. Not locations known for pristine sound recording. And he talked with some very big names: Mary Trump, Michael Cohen, Eric Swalwell, and more. While he focused mostly on politics, he also covered the entertainment and music industries. To help rebrand this long running series we had Richard Mijangos, a Graphic Designer from our video and graphics division, Cerebral Lounge, create new album art for his podcast. Now he was ready to move forward with a relaunch.

podcast over Just Ask The Question and recording room photo

Episode 2 | Developing Expertise

There is a LOT more to making a great podcast than people think. The entire Three Seas team’s knowledge and experience in this popular genre has really grown over the last couple of years. It takes hours of development and prep before one second of sound is recorded…Topic, format, talent and guests, style, research, pre-production, branding, distribution, and oh yeah, what are you going to call it?

As everyone knows, doing business during the pandemic has been challenging for obvious reasons. Everyone at Three Seas has adapted extremely well to working in new ways, from various locations, and by using different technology and methods. New tools were introduced, which helped us grow in the podcast and audio books world. Clean Cuts has recorded some very famous people, including Michelle & Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Sonia Sotomayor, James Comey, Susan Rice, Jane Fonda, José Andrés, Joe Theismann, Patton Oswalt, and John Mulaney. And we’ve recorded guests for some of the most popular podcasts, Pod Save America, Freakonomic, 544 Days, The Oath and Radiolab to name a few.

podcast covers Michelle Obama, Pod Save America, 544 Days Radio Lab

Episode 3 | Pivoting for the Market

Due to the pandemic, we put SAG/AFTRA-approved Covid protocols in place for in-person studio recording, but we also developed ways to record people wherever they feel safest – with the highest-quality sound possible. We recorded talent both in-person – in one of our ten studio audio booths, and remotely – at the talents’ homes or offices. To do that, Clean Cuts created customized remote mic kits that were shipped all across America. Then our audio engineers helped set up their new gear for optimal audio quality. During 2021 alone, we completed over 400 successful remote sessions, not only for podcasts, but for commercials, video games, audiobooks, corporate videos and more. Our longest running podcast, Real Estate Today, is one that Clean Cuts currently edits and mixes in collaboration with the National Association of Realtors (NAR). It was created during covid from the radio show of the same name that Clean Cuts has recorded and edited since 2016. After 251 radio episodes, the transition to podcast was seamless. To date, we’ve worked on over 316 radio shows and 62 podcast episodes for NAR.

But inside our four award-winning boutique divisions, we do much more than pump out podcast recording sessions, edits and mixes. We run the gamut on the kinds of services we perform for our ever growing list of clients. We have expanded into producing, writing, marketing, analytics analysis, distribution and hosting several podcast series.

remote sound audio equipment

Episode 4 | Three Seas Family Affair

The AFE Factor was the first podcast our in-house creative strategy agency, Gigawatt Group, created and produced for the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE). This was a multi-layered project led by Creative Director Jim McNulty, Producer Lauren Schild and Designer Dana Cohen. We produced, recorded and edited the podcast, designed the logo, landing page and album artwork, while also managing the reboot of their quarterly digital trade journal.

podcast covers AFE Factor, Crimes Against Children, America's Most Wanted

We worked with Bram Weinstein and his Ampire Media to create our own new podcast series with another former colleague from my America’s Most Wanted days, Avery Mann. Along with AMW, he also spent time at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Avery now owns SOS ThreeSixty with his wife Nicole, a company that helps independent schools be safer through training and strategies, so choosing a topic for our podcast was easy for both of us. We created and produce Making the Case: Crimes Against Kids. Avery hosts the show and we interview victims, family members and law enforcement. We also produced a spin-off special episode for Fox TV, Making the Case: Inside America’s Most Wanted, about their new limited series by interviewing the 2021 host Elizabeth Vargas and one of the new show’s Executive Producers, John Ferracane. Gigawatt Group created the album art and hosts this powerful, and often very emotional series.

Other podcasts we work on, Health Innovation Voices: Deeper Conversations and Confident Conversations on Retirement, tackle tough topics and important issues as well. Mental Health Trailblazers: Psychiatric Nurses Speak Up is from the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association. Clean Cuts and Gigawatt Group co-produce this informative series, as well as created the branding, the album artwork, and an audio teaser to help promote Season 1. Gigawatt also provides our client with detailed analytics to help shape, market and distribute the series. This provides them with valuable data: who is listening, for how long, where they are, and much more. We’re talking about doing a Season 2 for all of these amazing series, so stay tuned.

podcast covers Health Innovation Voices and Mental Health Trailblazers


Multiple Three Seas boutiques also help make The Shake Up podcast for Hubspot, a developer of business software products for inbound marketing, sales, and customer service. We provide production support, writing, recording and editing for them. And Austin Caughlin, Markus Huber and Rich Isaac, our original music team from Noise Distillery, composed a custom music package specifically for the series.

Episode 5 | The Future

Late last year we produced our first video podcast series using multiple cameras and one of our in-house DPs. We can’t reveal the name yet, but it is set for release in April 2022. Our Sound Designers with podcast experience include Andrew Eppig, Harry Evans, Cory Foley-Marsello, William Lowe, Jonathan Miller, Archie Moore, John Rigatuso, Mike Goehler, Adam Rooner, and Nick Sjostrom.

As you can see, there’s not much we can’t do to help a client realize their vision – by creating an exciting, popular, top notch podcast series that everyone will be proud of. Maybe it entertains and enlightens a certain audience. Maybe it even makes a difference in the crazy world we currently live in. Either way, all of the professionals at Three Seas, Inc. take great pride in what we produce and post. We love working with all kinds of people, companies, agencies and organizations who want to get their message out there, or who simply want to tell a story for 30 to 60 minutes an episode. What is your dream podcast all about? Let’s talk….

Brian Leonard
VP Development

Clean Cuts Interactive Launches New Website

Clean Cuts + Gigawatt Group Launch

Level Up Your Sound Experience

Born out of the Grammy®-Award winning studios of Clean Cuts, Clean Cuts Interactive forged into the world of interactive audio back in 2010, spearheaded by a group of passionate sound designers who wanted to challenge the boundaries of game audio, without compromising aesthetic and vision. 

We love what we do. We love blazing new trails.  And today, we’re excited to announce the launch of, designed and developed by our sister company, Gigawatt Group.

Tom Dao, who leads Clean Cuts Interactive, is excited to showcase how far they’ve come over the past decade. “Many times over the years we have been asked the question: ‘Do you guys really work on games?’ Or, ‘are games a focus for you?’  We hope this website answers the questions with a resounding, ‘Yes!’  And we are also pretty good at it.”

Gigawatt Group’s Creative Director, Jim McNulty, is incredibly proud of his team for how the site came together.  “From the very beginning of this project, we wanted this site to feel bold and future forward. The ambitious design created some opportunities to push our development limits.  It also allowed us to lean on our friends at Cerebral Lounge for some custom animation that really delivers a unique user experience.”

Clean Cuts Interactive is a part of Clean Cuts, which allows us to leverage each other’s strengths and resources for any project. We live on the bleeding edge of new technology and find innovative solutions for an industry that continues to push the envelope of what is possible. World class sound design, expert implementation and innovative original music all come together to deliver depth and personality to the environment.

We invite you to visit to hear some of the custom soundscapes we’ve developed for AAA Games such as the new NBA 2K21, and we look forward to helping you Level Up your next sound experience!

2k21 graphic

Level-Up Your Sound Experience

Have a project in mind?
Contact Tom Dao
Clean Cuts Interactive

Ready to energize your brand?

Contact Jim McNulty
Gigawatt Group
Branding | Websites | Digital Marketing

Playground Patrol Launch

Introducing Playground Patrol

Certified Playground Safety Inspections
from Unbiased, Independent, 3rd Party Inspectors

Playgrounds are supposed to be clean, safe & FUN!  That’s why Gigawatt Group is so excited to announce the launch of Playground Patrol, a Maryland startup founded by entrepreneur Keith Lively.  Keith’s new firm specializes in playground inspections, audits, cleaning, maintenance and restoration. He approached Gigawatt to help him launch his new company, asking us to leverage his 20+ years of experience in the playground industry as we worked together to develop his new the brand and marketing strategy from the ground up.

“Inspect • Correct • Protect”

“I had a plan for what I intended to do and a name for the company—the rest was going to need work,” Keith said.  “I’m so grateful for Jim, Dana, Orlando & the Team at Gigawatt Group for not only making this transition manageable but for helping take my ideas and concepts and bringing them to LIFE.”

Our designer, Dana Cohen, worked with Keith to identify the core values and goals for the new company before embarking on the initial design options. He wanted Playground Patrol to be a trusted partner to fit the needs of Builders / Developers, HOA’s, Property Managers, Residential Homeowners, Military Bases, Churches, Day Cares, Schools & Municipalities.

The team developed multiple options before Keith settled on the winning design and brand position. The branding for Playground Patrol is playful, unexpected and professional. The tagline succinctly encapsulates what Playground Patrol is all about.  And the design balances the fun of play with the professionalism and expertise of the company’s mission. The giraffe is a symbol of protection and the bright green captures the energy of children playing, bringing a spark of joy and life.  The crisp black and white and the warmth in the neutrals are timeless while the addition of lime green acts as the visual cue, assuring everyone that Playground Patrol has the area under its watchful eye.

brand identity graphics for Playground Patrol

Putting the Brand into Action

While Gigawatt Group typically offers hosted WordPress website & maintenance packages for its clients, with Playground Patrol, we determined that SquareSpace was a better solution for the startup looking to manage their own site. This platform allowed us to design and develop a custom template to best showcase the content on the site and allow Keith to make updates on his own. The Gigawatt team was able to design and develop the site within a six week timeline.

After completing a full buildout of the Playground Patrol website, our digital strategist, Orlando Trott, worked with Keith to begin implementing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM software) solution strategically matched to his preferred workflow. In addition, we customized Google Analytics to clearly report on all paid and organic visitor activity. 

Lastly, we created a search ad campaign using advanced, real time data and automated Google ad bidding to ensure the right ads are shown to the right people at the right time.

Keith officially launched Playground Patrol in September 2020, and has already begun booking appointments in the DMV area and implementing his new brand!

“We’re just getting started and I’m looking forward to seeing where all of our hard work takes us.  Because I didn’t just hire a website creator or a creative designer…I feel like I’m working with my Team.  Team Playground Patrol!”

picture of tank for Playground Patrol

View the full site here.

Playgrounds should be clean, safe and fun!

Ready to energize your brand?

Contact Jim McNulty
Phone: 202-888-0504

“Alexa, play Starfinder”

Audible contacted Clean Cuts Interactive about a new project kicking off with Amazon’s Alexa Games team

A first-of-its-kind, single player voice role-playing game for the Alexa family of devices called Starfinder.

Starfinder Alexa ad

Adapted from Paizo’s massively popular tabletop RPG of the same name, the Starfinder Alexa skill transports you to the futuristic science-fantasy streets of Absalom Station. Choose from one of five unique characters, begin your 25-minute adventure, and expose a conspiracy only YOU can unravel. With Alexa as your game master, navigate your way through this world of “rogue human misfits” and “menacing alien creatures” – with your decisions determining your own unique outcome. 

So with an exciting storyline written and top tier voice acting secured, Clean Cuts Interactive was tasked with bringing the Starfinder universe and all its inhabitants to life with sound design. So off we went.

hand playing piano with sound design equipment

In order to create a world that would resonate with Starfinder fans we first had to understand the game and characters. So we ordered our Starfinder Beginner’s Box and spent hours reading rulebooks, browsing gameplay catalogues, searching fan-art and of course, playing the game (R&D, obviously). 

Once we felt properly initiated into the Starfinder Society, we got to work on the sound. 

For the pilot episode, our workload fell into two main categories:

1 | SFX Assets: Standalone sound effects that are called dynamically by code during gameplay. These include weapons, UI sounds, background loops, and anything else that is played outside of the narrated scenes. 

2 | Linear Scenes: Segments of narration and dialog that make up the storyline. The scenes are recorded and edited by Audible, then the narration files are sent to Clean Cuts Interactive for sound design and mixing. 

Starting with the weapons assets, we shot straight for the stars…heavily layered plasma rifles, floor shaking sonic boom grenades, ripping flamethrowers! We couldn’t wait to hear them in the game! So off went the first batch of sounds to the Alexa Games team to implement and we pulled up the skill on our Echo and…the sounds fell flat. We were encountering the first of several creative and technical challenges: creating detailed sound design that holds up under the compression and speaker quality of the Alexa devices.

We quickly found that the compression algorithm required by these types of devices has a stronger-than-expected impact on the sound quality. What sounds rich and textured on studio monitors can quickly turn blurry and unimpactful when played through the device. However with this being an audio-only interaction, texture and nuance in the sound are the only tools we have to create an experience for the user. 

Our new challenge: build a soundtrack with energy and subtlety that conveys under heavy compression, but still sounds huge and impactful in full resolution in the event that higher audio quality is supported in the future.. 

Challenge accepted and on we went, back and forth with the Alexa Games team, refining our sounds with creative mixing techniques to achieve the energy and detail we wanted to hear. Eventually we struck just the right balance and the weapons felt right.  

creation of sound design Clean Cuts Interactive studio

Meanwhile, the narration files were arriving from the Audible team. There were over 250 total scenes in the pilot episode, driven by descriptive narration and unique voice over characters. Groups of scenes make up sequences, with each sequence taking place in a unique environment with its own obstacles and alien creatures.  

The storytelling and voice acting is incredible, We created rich ambient layers to bring each location to life, and used Foley to mimic the actions described by the narrator. We developed unique sound profiles for each character that helped strengthen the connection to the player. If you listen closely, you’ll even hear some of our engineers lending their voices as goblins or aliens in a few scenes.

audio design studio CCI

Throughout the entire pilot, the Clean Cuts Interactive team was in constant contact with the Alexa Games and Audible teams. The Starfinder skill is a new concept, and this close collaboration was instrumental in creating such a great product. Whether it was managing the recording, editing and delivery of huge amounts of files, keeping three teams (in two time zones) on schedule with multiple progress tracking spreadsheets, or even programming the skill on the fly to create a more ideal functionality, everyone played an important role in making this such a successful launch.

Starfinder Alexa

And a successful launch it was! The pilot episode was released in November of 2019, with the next batch of episodes already in production. Dubbed “the future of voice gaming”, Starfinder has been met with rave reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Clean Cuts Interactive is proud to be a part of this new gaming experience, and look forward to a long run in the Starfinder Society! 

Since the pilot episode launch, our team has continued refining the sounds for subsequent episodes. Not to mention pivoting from in-studio to a completely remote workflow as stay at home orders went into effect in March and April. We went from owning 50% of the audio production process to 80%, expanding to include session scheduling, pre-session tech checks, in-session engineering, and post-session naming, clean-up, and transfer to Audible. In total the production will span 600 pages, 120k words and over 2,500 individual audio files, allowing players to experience over 8 hours of gameplay depending on their choices.

Clean Cuts Interactive is proud to be a part of this new gaming experience, and look forward to a long run in the Starfinder Society!

In the meantime, you can play the Pilot episode for free right now! 

Just say “Alexa, play Starfinder.”

Sound Like You Mean It

Clean Cuts is an award-winning creative boutique producing inspired, emotional audio and sound design for all media.

Have a project in mind? Contact Paul Perret.

Hero Elementary

Hero Elementary Is Here to Save the Day!

still from cartoon hero elementary

We are big believers in teamwork. It is a value that we at Cerebral Lounge strive to put at the core of everything we do. So, we were incredibly excited when our good friend, Marisa Nalevanko of PBS KIDS asked us to collaborate with her on the launch of their new multi-platform animated series, Hero Elementary!

Hero Elementary is an incredible school where superhero kids learn how to master their super powers in a supportive environment. They are taught to work together to help those in need and to also use the “SUPER POWERS OF SCIENCE” to solve problems.

Editor JP Hertel cut together a series of character teasers, series sells and additional video assets to introduce the audience to these amazing superheroes in training. Producer, Olya Dougherty and Assistant Editor, Caitlyn Green provided support along the way. Archie Moore, from our sister company Clean Cuts, handled the sound design and mix.

We are incredibly proud to help launch a series that celebrates teamwork, diversity, empathy and scientific observation and we hope it encourages kids to want to help the world around them.

Check out the Case Study!

Bringing your stories to life

No matter the scope of the project or size of the budget, Cerebral Lounge works with producers, directors, networks, agencies, and other creatives to bring your stories to life.

Have a project in mind? Contact Mia Regalado.

Phone: 301-495-9000

Gigawatt Group Launches Howard Bank Campaign Featuring Remote Recording

Campaign Features Contributions from Every Three Seas Boutique

Gigawatt Group is proud to partner once again with our long-time client, Howard Bank, on their latest broadcast and digital marketing campaign. The campaign features Zoom interviews of current Howard Bank business banking clients, conducted by our creative director, Jim McNulty.

“This project really highlights our ability to continue providing creative solutions for our clients, even with pandemic restrictions still in place,” McNulty said.

Gigawatt was able to leverage the entire Three Seas portfolio on this campaign, with Lauren Schild and Ellie Kunzig from the Three Seas team establishing the work flow for testing and recording the virtual interviews, Cerebral Lounge’s Giles D’Souza designing the animation, and Jonathan Hodges handling the editing and color correction.  Harry Evans from Clean Cuts provided the sound design and mix that featured a custom Xplodr music pack created by Noise Distillery.

Gigawatt Group’s digital strategist, Orlando Trott, implemented a social media campaign that combines both organic and paid media, and features a combination of :15 and :30 commercials combined with extended-length digital content.  Each creative element drives to, a custom microsite developed by Gigawatt Group’s senior web developer, Amir Mishani.

Ready to energize your brand?

Contact Jim McNulty
Phone: 202-888-0504

Cerebral Lounge joins the fight against Covid-19

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” – Fred Rogers

still image from a Covid 19 animation created by Cerebral Lounge


These are strange times. At Cerebral Lounge it means we’re looking at each other through a camera instead of over a cup of coffee. We’re emailing, and texting and chatting with folks, but we’re not wearing pants.

Regardless, we’re still hard at work, trying to do our part to make this world a better place. That’s when longtime friends Meredith Light and Beth Ruoff contacted us to help create an informative PSA about slowing the spread of Covid-19 for Gillman Communications, sponsored by the Gates Foundation and Public Health Seattle & King County. Needless to say, we jumped right in.

Creative Director Giles D’Souza came up with a geometric approach that was “…simple and expressive… The circles needed to emote. The simplicity added to the inclusive nature of the messaging.” With support from designer Richard Mijangos, Giles created a powerful, elegant animation that amplified steps we can all take to save lives, and leveraged the elementary nature of the geometry to deliver easy to understand messaging about how to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Harry Evans, Senior Sound Designer and Mixer with our sister company Clean Cuts, took inspiration from the animation approach and utilized subtle musical elements to reinforce the message; placing low reversed piano behind every mention of Covid-19 and adding synths and bells to punctuate movement and ideas. Harry’s signature musicianship proved advantageous allowing him to create a new melody for the close of the spots.

We’re keeping our spirits up during this scary time by watching the helpers, and doing anything we can to fall into that group ourselves. Stay safe everyone, we’ll only beat this if we all do our part.

Destination DC

Cerebral Lounge Celebrates the District!

happy couple in Washington DC, still image from Cerebral Lounge work


Here at Cerebral Lounge, we love DC – half smokes, museums, championships, mmm…. it’s a good time to be in the district. So, when Destination DC brought us back to follow up our work on their 2016 summer anthem spots, we strapped on our ice skates, and prepared to showcase a weekend in Washington’s winter wonderland.

Owen Lang directed the action, packed everyone into a couple of vans and took our cast and crew on a carefully and cleverly orchestrated whirlwind tour. Over a span of two days we shot 20 locations featuring the fun, food and culture DC has to offer, even when the temperature is low. We watched pandas goofing off at the zoo! We went ice skating by the mall! We warmed our toes in the Botanic Garden! We ate too much, drank too much and were very, very merry.

JP Hertel, our multi-talented editor, immersed himself in the footage, collaborated with our clients at Destination DC and created a series of spots highlighting the best ways to spend a winter weekend within the beltway. Colorist Rob Brown put the finishing touches on all the spots and mix was handled by our sister company, Clean Cuts.

From planning to producing, we always have fun showcasing what DC has to offer. Click below to see how the final spots turned out.

Jump In And Battle It Out

Clean Cuts is proud to announce the work our team has done for the release of two new games that are making waves in the gaming world!


The Clean Cuts team has finally come up for air after three years working on the highly anticipated Oculus Rift/Rift S exclusive “Asgard’s Wrath.” In this epic VR action-adventure RPG game inspired by Norse mythology, you play as a fledgling god, possess mortal heroes, and transform animals into loyal warriors.

This is the sixth release with our long time friends at Sanzaru Games as their dedicated audio team. Our collaboration has grown over the years and we all worked hard to make sure the soundscape is every bit as rich as the immersive visual world.

“Asgard’s Wrath is a fantastic action-adventure RPG that can stand with the best of them on consoles and PC, but the fact that it’s meticulously crafted for VR means it sits in a league of its own”
– Gabriel Moss, IGN

Our audio lead Jared Bartlett and sound designer Tristan Panniers took the reigns on sound design, FMOD implementation and the overall mix. Everyone on the Clean Cuts team touched some part of the project in order to make the (virtual) reality come true. We crafted everything you hear across the six sagas in the game: unique weapons, intimidating creature voices, and lush ambiences.

Creating the assets for the 30+ hour epic was half the challenge but the step of FMOD implementation and mixing breathed life into every sound and immersed the player fully into the world of Asgard’s Wrath.


NBA 2K20

Clean Cuts is proud to have continued its 6th year of collaboration with Visual Concepts and 2k Sports for the release of NBA 2k20. This is the 20th installment of the world’s best selling NBA video game series– it has been critically acclaimed and nominated for numerous awards since 1999. This year’s game features celebrities such as Idris Elba, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson, and Lebron James!

“On the court, NBA 2K20 is a dazzling experience that matches the energy and presentation of its real-life counterpart”
– Ben Vollmer, IGN

Lead by Cory Marsello and Jonathan Miller, our team provided sound design and mixed all the MyCareer cinematics, following MyPlayer’s path from college all the way through the championship parade.

Along the journey we created dynamic locker room chatter, edited radio shows, crafted ambiences, and added detailed layers of audio for the Live Locker Room that changed based on how My Player performs. This was the most immersive year yet!

Be sure to check out all of our hard work, and the work of our friends at Visual Concepts in this year’s game, released on September 6th!


Clean Cuts is an award-winning creative boutique producing inspired, emotional audio and sound design for all media.

Have a project in mind? Contact Tom Dao.

Behind Every Hero: L2 Defense

banner image for L2 Defense


One of the risks of exponential growth for many SMEs is maintaining the same passion, purpose and values which were the catalyst for the company’s ascension in the first place. As one of the fastest-growing companies in Baltimore, L2 identified the need to develop a brand architecture that ensured the core values of the company remained front of mind for employees as they expanded, as well as attract new talent to join the company.

creative banner design by Gigawatt Group at L2 Defense event

Supported by powerful creative crafted by the Gigawatt design team, L2’s brand messaging was launched at an event attended by high-ranking public figures, members of the military, and first responders.

We are so proud to have partnered with an organization that has such a powerful story and vital role in supporting our nation’s heroes.

Ready to energize your brand?

Contact Jim McNulty
Phone: 202-888-0504

Clean Cuts And Fast Cars

cover of Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

Clean Cuts is proud to have provided audio post services for MotorTrend’s new series “Fastest Cars in the Dirty South.”

Produced by Flying Scoop M&E, this series dives into the exciting world of grudge racing, a hot rod racing sport for big cash and even bigger engines.

Our engineers Jonathan MillerArchie Moore and resident motorhead Andrew Eppig spearheaded the final mixes often getting help with sound design, dialogue and music editing, backgrounds, and noise reduction from the rest of the team.

Keeping the sounds authentic throughout the series was important, so having Andrew on our team helped ensure that every engine note, tire screech, and gear shift was on point.

Collaboration with Flying Scoop M&E couldn’t have been easier. They set up offline suites in our Silver Spring office, where Cerebral Lounge’s Rob Brown was on hand for color correction.

Be sure to check out the exciting and gritty world of grudge racer Eric Malone, his partner Brant Arnold, and their Team 256 on demand through MotorTrend’s website or mobile app. The series will also be airing on MotorTrend’s cable network in November.


Clean Cuts is an award-winning creative boutique producing inspired, emotional audio and sound design for all media.

Have a project in mind? Contact Tom Dao.

Family Reunion

Cerebral Lounge Makes Its Netflix Debut!

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Our team of animators, led by Creative Director Giles D’Souza and Editor Ian Corey, had the exciting opportunity to create the main title design for “Family Reunion,” a new Netflix Original family sitcom.

We are very proud of this project and the marketing materials that followed, including web videos and a billboard promoting the series in Times Square. The project was directed by Lee Konen, who traveled west to capture the fabulous cast having fun on a green screen at the world-renowned Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

This footage was used to create a vibrant, graphic environment that sets the tone and tells the backstory for the series. “Family Reunion” is now available for streaming on Netflix!

Bringing your stories to life

No matter the scope of the project or size of the budget, Cerebral Lounge works with producers, directors, networks, agencies, and other creatives to bring your stories to life.

Have a project in mind? Contact Mia Regalado.

Phone: 301-495-9000

How to brand a bank that cares.


Howard Bank recently relaunched their brand with a campaign that reflected their commitment in helping build legacies for the people, businesses and communities they serve and centered around their new tagline: “We Care About Here.” We were thrilled to contribute.


After conducting a thorough research and discovery phase, our team led a full overhaul of their brand architecture. This overhaul laid the groundwork for us to create a through the line campaign that included television, digital, social media, and a microsite as well as a full range of branded collateral. Check out the microsite.

We were honored to partner with them at every stage, helping to evolve their brand through this emotive, powerful campaign that leveraged the talents of each of our creative boutiques. It’s always a privilege to work on a campaign you truly believe in, because if you’ve ever worked with us, you know that we care too.

Looking for branding guidance? Contact Jim McNulty.

Phone: 202-888-0504

Gigawatt Group Takes on Burney Wealth Management

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Burney Company, an SEC established investment advisor company recently launched a wealth management brand and were looking for a branding agency to craft a brand architecture that resonates with their target audience, build out a visual identity that reflects the brand then apply this to collateral and a brand new website.


We began by identifying the attributes that collectively differentiated Burney in the market: independence from industry convention and original thinking, sophisticated in-house expertise, a true sense of trust and security and the promise of acting as truly invested partners. Building on a foundation of solid research and insights, we were then able to craft a robust brand architecture that articulated their value proposition while communicating a compelling brand story that leaves a lasting impression on their audience. We then pushed ahead with the development of a new logo, font, color scheme and other branded elements. Finally we built a full custom website from the ground up, with a backend tailored to suit their needs, a design that reflected their aesthetic and messaging that reflected their brand. We even produced an anthem video to feature on the homepage which reinforces their brand promise.


Building a brand experience from the ground up gave us an opportunity to play to our biggest strengths, which is crafting fully connected brands, then producing content, collateral and websites that reflect and enhance the brand identity.


Gigawatt Group. Clever together.

Knock, Knock. It’s Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels: A Gigawatt Group Case Study


Script, shoot, edit and deliver a 60-second spot that convinces one of the world’s biggest philanthropic organizations to invest in Meals on Wheels. In one week.


Mobilizing all of the capabilities of Three Seas in a moment’s notice, we were able to ideate and present four solid creative ideas to MOW. The same day, they signed off “House Down the Street”, a live action spot that uses sound design, color and copy to deliver a poignant message of hope and an emotive call to action.


We scripted and shot the piece in three days, then edited, mixed, color corrected and added graphics in just two days to deliver a day early and well within budget.

Gigawatt Group. Clever Together.

Unconventional Percussion

NDBucket Concerto: A Noise Distillery Case Study

Create an original piece of music for a series of UMUC spots. The music needed to reflect the energy and diversity of the college, and a decision was made to use percussion as the creative focus. But the client wanted something a little different.

Using a combination of close microphones and room microphones, we recorded multiple rhythmic patterns using buckets, trash cans, hand claps, foot stomps and other unconventional percussion instruments. Those patterns were then combined in various ways to post score the spots. We removed all sonic treatments from the recording space to make the room as loud and bombastic as possible.

An organic, original and powerful piece of music that reflects the college and the student body; and one happy client.

Noise Distillery. Sound Like No Other.