For us, it's all about trust.
Our relationships with our clients and collaborators mean everything to us. The work they do is not always easy, and we understand that being in front of a camera can be tough. That's why every step of our process is about reducing our impact and presence, so that what our cameras capture is as honest as possible.
Three equal parts
At no point do we outsource the creative direction. We're the same team that maps out the story from the beginning in our Story Core process, that actually creates the image in production and refines the story in post-production. No handing-off to other mysterious cinematographers or editors, no dilution of vision.
We are proud to own all of the equipment we shoot with. It frees us to shoot more flexibly, understand our tools better, and build out exactly the kit we need for a specific shot in advance. Everything from suction cup mounts to remote controlled jibs to the stedicam has been custom built by our team.
We designed the studio and trailer to reflect our inclusive and integrated process. And we're proud to have constant communication and transparency with our collaborators - at no point are you left hanging with questions about our shared project. We work tirelessly to finish our work under budget and on time.
On the road, we produce, shoot and edit out of a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter cargo van and a 16' trailer. The van serves as secure storage for essentials like cameras and lenses. It draws power through our solar panels to charge the batteries and power hard drives. With wifi, HD monitors, and full insulation, we can control the climate and keep the street noise out to turn the van into an ideal mobile office or video village. For larger shoots, we pull the cargo trailer behind us, home to a quiver of larger gear, including two camera cranes, an underwater housing, the drone, camera dolly, full body wetsuits, sleeping bags and tents.
In the studio
Our headquarters is a 100 year-old fire station conveniently located between downtown Boston and Logan Airport. In pre-production, we have the space to spread out and create story boards and shot lists. We test out different camera set-ups and host brainstorming sessions with our clients. In production, the 2,500 studio offers a fully powered light grid in the ceiling and greater control of light and sound. And in post-production, we invite our clients and collaborators to see the cut in a 30 foot projection on the wall. With a new kitchen, editing suite and idea room, the studio allows us and our clients to stay comfortable and find inspiration as we take on big concepts.
Windy Films was started by three friends in 2012. When we picked up the cameras, we found ourselves drawn to stories of problem solvers. Since then, we've worked with organizations of all sizes, spanning collaborations directly with non-profits and foundations to larger corporations through advertising agencies.
In 2014 we released our first feature length documentary, Endless Abilities. In 2015, we moved into and renovated the studio. In 2016, we bought and customized the sprinter.
Along the way, we've continued to follow stories of those who create positive change, in both a documentary and commercial capacity. While the right arm works for-hire and the left arm not-for-hire, both feed the same heart and the same head. Our aim is to bring the same creative approach and passion to every story, regardless of its financing.
We've built a trusted team of photographers, musicians, illustrators, dog trainers, outdoorsmen, outdoorswomen, wheelchair racers, dancers, poets, graphic designers, writers, metal welders and wood workers. We work with our friends and we love what we do.
We're always searching for the next project. Please shoot us an email or give us a call if you've got a story to tell.