For the past several years, our chief creative AK Hottman has been hard at work on a short film titled, Chicken Suit.
Chicken Suit is a dark comedy about a man going on the run from a loan shark in order to protect his girlfriend from the disaster he's created. All while wearing a chicken suit.
It's a wild ride filled with scratch tickets, unconventional robberies, gas stations, road side make outs, fast food chicken, and the great American Southwest.
Chicken Suit won best comedy at the 2015 USC First Film Festival, was selected at the 2015 LA Shorts Fest & 2015 Newfilmmakers LA Festival. It also won the Audience Award at the 2015 Beijing Film Academy's Student Film Festival and is currently on a broadcast distribution run in Italy until 2018.
Here you will find the 19-minute short film itself as well as a 20-second trailer and a short Kickstarter film.
We hope you enjoy this fun, wild ride!
Check out the Chicken Suit Treatment.
We were brought on by our friends at New Belgium brewing to create three :15-second spots for their social media accounts in order to promote their 2016 Lost in the Woods party, the annual party in which they release their new sour beers for the year.
The objective was to come up with three spots that fit into the theme of the year's party: an ethereal, experimental, outer-spaced theme.
The original intended outlet for these spots was Instagram. We wanted to utilize Instagram's video loop feature and create stories that could loop endlessly. We thought it would be fun to experiment with a never-ending loop, in order to really drive home that ethereal, magical sensation, as if you were being sucked further and further in. The versions you'll see here only loop two times, but if you use your imagination, you can see them looping forever. And ever. And ever.
We were brought on by our friends at Sterling Rice Group to help bring to life these three pre-roll spots for the U.S. Potato Board and Potato Goodness. We were able to exceed SRG and the U.S. Potato Board's expectations by utilizing engaging and interesting visuals, as well as delivering voice performances that not only capture the uniquely colorful characters but that nail the comedic timing.
We were brought on by our friends at New Belgium Brewing to create this spot! We needed to come up with a fairly simple narrative told through stop-motion photographs that centers on the Snapshot bottle as the hero. We hope you enjoy our colorful adventure!
For this project we were brought on by the Boulder-based agency, Sterling Rice Group, to create these three spots for Punch Bowl Social's social media outlets. The original concept was simply to show an individual placing a record on a turntable and then through a series of reveals, show the entree now rotating on the turntable.
We had the idea of infusing a little more of a narrative as our characters toss out their old, gnarly sounding record, and settle in to listen to something a little more appealing. We wanted to accentuate each cut with a pop-zoom and an exaggerated sound effect in order to really drive home the fun energy of Punch Bowl Social. Then we slowed down on the key moments. We hope you enjoy!
We were hired to produce a series for CNN Money, titled "Ahead: Retire Your Way."
The concept was to find and tell stories about individuals who have an amazing retirement story, whether it be sailing the world, moving to a coffee farm in Costa Rica, or jumping out of airplanes. We were lucky to travel all over and meet with some incredible people to tell their stories.
The series premiered on CNN Money's Website as well as several broadcast dates. Episodes air as they are released each week on CNN's "New Day." CNN is also dedicating a 30-minute time-slot to air all seven episodes back-to-back on their Saturday morning show in early May.
We hope you enjoy this 7-part docu-series produced alongside our friends at BFD Productions.
We worked closely with K2 Sports on a fun new campaign titled SkiHab! Featuring K2's one-and-only DJ Mullet as Ski-habilitation specialist Dr. DJ Mullet, he is out to help those who are recovering from outdated ski gear and ski equipment.
We delivered a short film as well as nine 15 second teaser videos for use across all social media platforms. The campaign is aimed to get skiers to submit their friends and family for the "Ski-Hab" program where the individual who is struggling with outdated ski equipment will be given a brand new K2 Skis set up thanks to Dr. DJ Mullet!
For this particular campaign we worked incredibly close with K2 in order to help develop, produce, and ultimately deliver a final product that far surpassed their expectations.
Keep an eye out for more teasers to be released throughout the month of October!
We worked closely with K2 Sports to create two unique videos for their 2015 Digital Catalogue. These videos will serve as the "home page" for two of their sections within their digital catalogue. Rather than creating a traditional catalogue with traditional images, K2 wanted to have several small visual stories for the catalogue that break the mold of what you might typically find in a ski catalogue. As opposed to skis, snowboards and snow bunnies, we used everything from dinosaurs to sexy music and from miniature cars to a candle-lit shower.
They wanted a culinary time-lapse piece to showcase all of the ways in which almonds can be used to decorate a gingerbread house. Rather than just simply having a one camera set-up to capture the entire experience in exact chronological order, we decided to use lots of slow, steady camera moves and specific editing techniques in order to give the piece a somewhat narrative structure - building to the final climactic moment when the final pieces are added and the house is complete. We hope you enjoy and that it puts you in the holiday spirit!
We went with Fast Company reporter Mark Wilson on an inside look into how the creative process at Taco Bell works.
This short episode is sure to make you laugh as you'll follow the overly-ambitious Mark through everyone's favorite Mexican fast-food restaurant.
We also created a 15 second teaser for Facebook and Instagram to garner up even more interest!
To read the Fast Company article and view the post on Fast Company's site, click here!
We wanted to capture the essence of The Salt Brothers in a way that was simple, unique, and delightfully tasty in it's characterization of our own brand. We wanted to communicate that we're a fun team that loves simple stories with refreshing characters.
Instead of creating a talking-head piece about who we are and what we do, we figured we would do what we do best. Create a visual story that's driven solely by an interesting character in an interesting environment with an interesting situation. With this piece, we weren't aiming to tell the world what we do, but instead who we are: lovers of all things salty.
We hope you enjoy this little piece starring our friend and character extraordinaire, Rocko Wheeler.
We worked with our good friends at BFD NYC to create a web series for Fast Company Magazine titled, "Who's Next."
We wanted to approach this series in a way that was completely different from the other content that Fast Company was producing. We wanted to tell stories about entrepreneurs that centered not only around the individual's business, but primarily we wanted the stories to center around the entrepreneurs personal life. We aimed to show how each individual's up bringing and life-decisions led them to a place of passion, and that their business was not only born out of an interest, but that their business is truly an extension of who they are as people through their struggles and choices.
We wanted to then layer these stories with beautifully composed interviews, colorful and exciting animation, and a tasteful collection of b-roll and found footage.
O'Gara Coach is a luxury car dealership that sells everything from Lamborghini to Aston Martin and from Bugatti to Bentley. If you want to buy a luxury vehicle in the Los Angeles area, odds are you're going to go to O'Gara Coach.
As such, we wanted to create video content that not only showcased the beauty of the vehicle itself, but that also exemplified the lifestyle. We wanted to create something that was sexy and sleek. It's easy to search the internet for an image of a Lamborghini but we wanted to give the audience an experience.
We wanted to create images that were almost jarring in their stark contrast: cutting from a very opaque, white image, to a very dark, black image. We also wanted to create a narrative structure that escalated to the most dramatic shot within the piece: a beautiful crane shot that carries us from an overhead, exterior shot down into the actual driver's seat. For the first time in the piece the audience is not only inside the car, but they're now placed directly into the driver's seat.
After we completed the Lamborghini piece we were asked to take existing footage from the car manufacturers and cut together a 30 second television spot to run in the Los Angeles area, which you will also see below.
For this entire piece, we worked with our good friends at Thirdfloor Media.
To see our process, check out the O'Gara Coach Animatic.
For "Hope" we wanted to create a music video that not only exemplified the themes of the song but that also exemplified the style and structure of the song itself.
In regards to the structure, we wanted to showcase the difference between the down-tempo verses and the up-tempo choruses. The best way to accomplish this we felt was to incorporate the use of slow-motion, over-cranked scenes for the verses and fast-cut, fast-shuttered photography for the choruses.
In regards to the content itself, the obvious theme of the song was "hope." We wanted to explore this idea through the eyes of a child, as there is no one more hopeful than a child. However, every story needs drama. So, from there we decided to create this tension between the bullies and the long-ranger-type hero.
All of this set in a fun, beautiful, Lord of the Rings type setting. Perfect for a cinematic story.
To see the treatment, check out the Development Page.
"Sneeze" was created as a spec piece.
For this particular commercial, we wanted to tell a simple, clearly-defined story that culminated to one specific joke. We also wanted to play off the idea of misinformation and miscommunication, something that is so relatable in daily interaction and something that can be so humorous, especially to an outsider looking in. I (AK) for one am always finding myself in situations where there is confusion over what exactly was said. This is that same idea but even more simplified to a single sneeze.
From there we thought it would be a lot of fun to up the stakes by setting the story as a first date in a classy, high-end restaurant.
To understand the process and ideation of this spot, visit the Development Page and click the "Sneeze" treatment.
"Paint Fight" was created for the Dorito's 2012 Crash The Superbowl and while it did not make it to the Top 5, we did receive a great deal of press and recognition for our spot.
We wanted to take the main tenants of so many Superbowl commercials; from physical humor, to fast action, to simple jokes, and create something that was very unique and specific to us. All of this leading up to a single moment of humorous misinterpretation.
The characters are also near and dear to our hearts; with our silly, sloppy, Dorito's loving villain and our overly-serious, perfectly organized, Dorito's loving artist.
Check out the Paint-Fight Animatic to see how the idea was developed!