It's all too easy for creatives to get caught on the hamster wheel, saying "yes" to too much or for the wrong reasons. As we navigate this process, we look to our friends at Oat for a model on how to determine success by our own measurements. They've taught us that in the long run, the most meaningful and effective way of creating value is actually by creating creativity. Setting time aside to focus on what's honest to yourself, creatively fulfilling and meaningful, not just what's profitable, will actually pay off in the long run.
This summer I’ve been interning with Windy Films, a small Boston-based documentary film studio. In the mornings, I fittingly take the train to the Maverick station, heading towards Wonderland, and a slew of possibilities. That’s about where the day-to-day regularity ends; I never quite know what I’ll find when I walk into Studio 16.
Hello there! Harvey here with another installment of all things gear related!
A few years ago, during the production of Endless Abilities, we purchased an underwater housing for the Canon 5D Mark II. The end of the film culminated in some very important surfing scenes and occasionally went up against some pretty serious waves as well.
It's been a lot of hard work over the past seven months.
But all of the floor grinding and repainting has paid off. Sometimes it can feel a bit demoralizing to demolish a wall, only to rebuild it again. But we're very proud of our headquarters now, and we want nothing more than to share the space with other like - minded creative professionals now. In the warmer months, the garage door is usually open, so feel free to swing by and we'll take you over to KO next door for a pie and a pint.
THANK YOU to all of our friends and family who had the patience to let us disappear for sleepless nights and weekends to make this possible.
We talk a big game about the economics of the trailer, but having only driven it as far as DC from Boston, we've yet to really put it to the test. Last time we shot in LA in October, we flew with ten tubs of equipment and rented a sprinter van, and by the time we rebuilt our gear, it was realistically a day and a half affair. So for the next shoot on the west coast, we asked ourselves, is driving anywhere really more efficient?
We get the question all the time: “What makes you different from other film production companies?” Our answer, though ever-changing as we learn from each project, always includes something that has been unique to us from the beginning- our 16’ production trailer dubbed the “Breeze Machine."
We recently decided to part ways with our beloved Canon C100 and upgraded to the C500. We found a good price on a used C500 and couldn't pass it up. I love(d) the C100. It was lightweight, simple, and just ran all day without protest. In my mind, the C100 and its younger sibling, the C100 Mark II, are some of the best value documentary cameras that money can buy.