ARRI Alexa Mini

ARRI Alexa Mini

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Excited to announce that we now have the Alexa Mini in our toolkit. This will add to the quality of our productions and bring a great filmic look for our clients. The Mini is perfect for agency work and can be assembled in many different ways, for whatever the job requires. From shoulder rig, to gimbal mount, we're even more ready to tell some great stories. We will be pairing this with cinema lenses from vintage to anamorphic to spherical glass. The ARRI is simply one of the best cameras in the world right now, and we're proud to offer it to you and the Midwest community of filmmakers. It will be available for rental as well.

 Collin Martin, AC brought his lenses to test out on the Alexa

Collin Martin, AC brought his lenses to test out on the Alexa

 Lens: Zeiss Standard Speed 135mm  Colorgrade: ARRI 709C w/ slight increase to the blues/aquas

Lens: Zeiss Standard Speed 135mm

Colorgrade: ARRI 709C w/ slight increase to the blues/aquas

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Preservation Project in Post-Production

Preservation Project in Post-Production

We've shot with several producers in the Kansas City area and although have not completed filming, we aim to finish with post-production by the end of this year (2018). The series will be 6 short episodes on local food producers who do things the "right way" according to our host and Chef Pat McCroy. Each small food producer believes in integrity, conservation, local sourcing, and delivering a high-quality end product to their customers; BUT that comes with a cost. Pat wanted to see if this is economically sustainable. Coming from the restaurant world, he had seen so many "mom and pop" types struggle with the ability to charge enough for the level of service they were giving. Competition in the marketplace vs quality of goods has always been a problem in society, but has it gotten worse in recent years as large food producers move away from local production? We will find out soon enough.

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Stop Motion Video

Stop Motion Video

Stop-motion is a great way to be creative with your company's approach to marketing. It could simply be a t-shirt un-scrunching itself (surely not a word), like the video below, or it could be a 30-60 second featurette with many moving parts. If this is something you might be interested in, let us know!

Muse at the Museum | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Muse at the Museum | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Our crew volunteered our time and most of our equipment to shoot and edit this for the Nelson in Kansas City. We were very excited to be awarded the project by the board. Super thrilled with how this turned out, especially considering this all had to be shot in about 4 hours across the grounds of the Nelson with models and extras and costume changes. 

Thanks to Courtney Hopkins, Tim Zook, Katie Pattison, and Samantha DeCanio for helping out as well as Annelene Caruso who headed up the project for the Muse team! 

Models: Emerald Tom, Weston Owen, Krystal Heib, Darrell Vanterpool, Hilari Holt, Jon Marzette

Shot on FS7, lit with LitePanels Gemini and Aputure 300

 

Here are some BTS photos shot by Katie Pattison and Samantha DeCanio...

Tamba Hali | Promo Commercial

Tamba Hali | Promo Commercial

Worked on this promo edit for former Kansas City Chief, Tamba Hali. We wrote the script, hired the VO actor, Kansas City's own, Michael Ashcraft, and recorded his audio. Dropped it in the timeline, created graphics to match the already shot video and turned this around in about a week. Check it out!

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Zachary Arlan

Zachary Arlan

Zach Arlan is a painter who uses quadrilateral shapes and an old technique called Trompe-loeil to force perspective and color and form onto the viewer. When standing at a specific spot in the room, one can view the artwork and see only straight lines. Although the artwork doesn't necessarily only work from this single point, he invites viewers to experience this illusion.

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Coast-to-Coast with a Corporate Client

Coast-to-Coast with a Corporate Client

2017 was full of travel and new opportunities. Garney Construction, head-quartered here in Kansas City was in need of a new marketing video. They wanted to highlight several different types of work their crews in the field could perform. They have several offices around the country. That meant travel. We started with our script, making sure we knew what type of b-roll we would need. We edited it down until we had just the essentials. As we wanted the video to be 2-3 minutes in length, this meant paring down our voiceover and making sure we weren't adding too many details for our audience.

At the same time their marketing team had shared a few video examples from other companies that they liked. We discussed emotion and tone and look, voice over talent, etc. We wanted the grittiness of the construction industry but mixed with the beauty of the locations they work in.

From coast to coast, we traveled over a non-consecutive 3 week period. From Northern California to Colorado to Texas to Florida to Georgia, we highlit many of the builds their crews were working on. This also meant timing of when certain major build days were occurring. In Denver, we had to be up at 3 am to make sure we started our night to day time-lapse during a pivotal concrete pour. Construction crews typically work from 6a to 3p so we had early mornings and then late nights organizing footage and readying gear for the next day's shoot.

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We also had travel days. We actually shot in Colorado one morning, packed and headed for the airport, flew to Oakland, CA, hurried (as much as you can in CA traffic) to the job site, finished shooting before they wrapped for the day, and then drove down the PCH to get into our next location.

So after a few months of planning and shooting, we hit the edit phase of our video. We had recorded our VO post shoot because we already had our script. I started on an initial draft based on our discussions and outline. Probably about a minute's worth of footage just to make sure we were all on the same page. Then after a round of notes, I got to work on our first edit. Fast-forward to five months later (I was out of town for 2 months of that, which the client knew about), we have come to our final edit. We finished the video off with a color grade and gfx, made some final tweaks and voila, a finished video.

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I'm super proud of the effort all around to get this done. It takes a team of people to accomplish even a run-and-gun video where there are no actors or set talent. Take a look at the final product...

Westside Storey

Westside Storey

Westside Storey located in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City recently reached out to have us help with their social media marketing. We're excited to help them further their growth in the KC community. From photo shoots to stop motion videos, we'll be adding our flavor to the mix. Here's a recent flatlay stop-motion Instagram post we worked on.

My HS Alma Mater Hired Me!

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2017 came to a close with some great excitement. My high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas ('08) (Overland Park, KS) had an interesting fundraising campaign goal that they needed help with. A well-known private donor in the Kansas City area was offering to match $500,000 if the school could raise the same amount before Dec 31st. A lofty goal, but one that brought a feeling of belonging for me. I hustled to shoot as many Saints events in about 3 weeks time and quickly edited a piece together of which the school could be proud. OK so football, cheerleading, Can Food Drive, opening night of the play, interviews with students, alumni, all-school Mass, classrooms, lunch, etc.!!! OK now only a few days to edit before I left on a 2 month trip (a story for another time). It was a whirlwind, but it really brought me back and reminded me of why I take on these challenges. The people inside the school really have great intentions for how to better the school, which they knew was/is in need of an update.

I watched as the school released the video, confident, but unsure what our alumni were capable of. Then I left for my trip and heard nothing. I was cut off technologically and would have to wait to see the results. It was a long time to be away. But as I returned, I emailed the school to see how we did and with almost an immediate response I heard, "we met the goal." and "We hit our goal and give credit to the video"!! I was elated. I'm so proud we succeeded but also so excited to have been asked to work with my school. It means a lot.

Our team (the school and I) did such a great job of scheduling interviews and giving me access to cover the school. It couldn't have been done without a lot of help and of course the great community of Saints that pitched in to hit the goal. Well done and I can't wait to work on the next project for STA. Go Saints! You can still go to the sta website to get involved or donate to the school's various funds.

Here is the video for your viewing...