Today we take some time to send a shout out to a special collaborator of ours, the talented Greg Keuhn. Greg has been a very special sound designer and composer for us, and has worked with us for the past three years, always creating something unique and original out of nothing.
Greg got his start in a little band called T.S.O.L., who’s tunes have rocked the punk scene since the late 70s. We’re lucky to work with such a talented musician like Greg, and we’re always glad to see how well he’s doing.
To find out more about Greg Keuhn and his work, check out his website at http://www.peligromusic.com
Today we welcomed the lovely Jennifer Atlas into the family as our new script developer. And with that, we also just purchased the rights to two new scripts that we can’t wait to get started on: “Touring Toilets" and “American Sock". Stay tuned for more updates on these projects coming soon.
‘Tis the season to spend time with the ones you care about, so today at the Tallgrass studio we took a special three hour lunch to ring in the holiday season with our good friends at Oster &amp; Associates and our new friends from Parallel 16. We spent the morning fixin’ up holiday home cookings for our guests, complete with rotisserie chicken, scalloped sweet potatoes with creamy goat cheese, artisan mac and cheese, and Tsukuru’s Japanese masterpiece “Konnyaku" topped off with sweet pumpkin pie and hot coffee! Yum!
After a joyous and belt-loosening meal we were swamped with leftovers. We didn’t want it to go to waste, so we loaded up some plates and extended our “Friendsgiving" to those in need. From everyone here at Tallgrass Pictures, we hope you enjoy this holiday season with the ones you love!
We were all very proud of our Napa tourism commercial, and it turns out we are not the only ones. The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International awarded our spot a silver medal at their annual Adrian Awards! This one goes out to our dear friends at Burghardt+Doré who made it all possible.
With several SDSU alumni working at Tallgrass Pictures, returning to the campus to shoot our third commercial was a nice homecoming. This year the spot featured the lives of the 8 alumni who helped NASA land the “Curiosity” rover on Mars.
By focusing on SDSU’s talented aerospace and astronomy department, we captured some of the years of training and experiences that these alumni gained from their alma mater. We started right at the beginning with children dreaming of space, transitioning to college students studying in high tech labs, and finally launching their dreams into action inside NASA mission control, celebrating as the rover set down on Mars. It was truly a cinematic tribute to their hard work and accomplishments made possible by SDSU.
We had so much fun on this shoot. It's not too often that you get to play with giant telescopes, wind tunnels, and rockets. Many thanks to Jack Beresford and everyone at SDSU for letting us shoot for the stars!
Some things are inherently romantic: two chilled glasses of chardonnay, starry winter nights, and horse back riding at dusk. What better way to experience this then spending some quality time at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. This San Diego gem has been accommodating locals and tourist for over half a century and are currently going through a complete transformation. So, Tallgrass Pictures has been to ask to create some beautiful lifestyle still images to lure visitors to this brand new experience.
We had two shoot days, which consisted of capturing many activities the Inn has to offer, such as a romantic picnic, court side cocktails, lounging beside a sublime pool, and 5 star dining delights that made everyones stomach’s beg for a bite!
Don’t worry, we didn’t go hungry, the staff at IRSF spoiled us with exceptional dinners such as mouth watering filet mignon and local mussels cooked to perfection. Not only that, but they put us in their best rooms and allowed the crew to get a first hand feel of what the Inn is truely about.
Special thanks to Rob Stirling, Brad Copeland, The Starmack Group, and the entire staff at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe who made this so enjoyable. Stay tuned for our final photos that will be posted on www.tallgrasspictures.com.
We’ve all heard stories of awful Mondays spent in a cubicles staring at an Excel spreadsheet for hours on end, but we don’t believe in that here at Tallgrass.
This week we’re starting out our Monday doing a very special shoot of Mitsubishi Rayon golf shafts. They will be captured with an Innovision Probe snorkel lens that will give these shafts their ultimate close up. To give you an illustration of how amazing this lens is: it makes specks of dust appear Godzilla-sized!
With a bug’s eye view on these shafts we’re capturing something totally unique from a perspective you haven’t seen before, and boy is it going to be good!
We’re closing in on the end of 2012, and we’re going out strong! We’ve jam packed back-to-back-to-back productions, so everyone is kicking it into high gear to keep this barreling production on the tracks.
But our schedule is not the only thing we’ve jam packed; the whole studio has been taken over by shoots and pre-production. Even our old painting studio in the back has been put to good use as the new home base for the super powered pre-production ameoba. Everyone watch out, because we’re on fire!
"There I was, just a browsing along, checking out the word of the day, and BAM! There it was in the banner ads on the side of the screen! I was so excited to see it, especially because I usually don’t notice those ads. I guess this one is just so good that it stands out on the page."- Aly We’re happy we could collaborate with such a creative group as i.d.e.a.’s Amy Lorenzen, Kelly Day, and Adam Wagner who turned these landscape and interior stills into a "type" of living space, and a "bold" message about the luxury lifestyle of the Villages of La Costa. :)
In hopes of inspiring people with disabilities to take up para-sports to remain active, ad agency BBDO Toronto created an amazing commercial for the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The entire commercial was filmed in a single continuous shot without any CGI effects. In the commercial, an amputee runner (portrayed by Canadian paralympian Alister McQueen) is shown running past all the obstacles he had to overcome since his disability due to a car accident.-DesignTAXI.com
"Through the lens of the glasses, text messages, maps, weather information, and locations can be streamed in real-time. The glasses also records videos, take pictures, sends and receives messages, and makes video calls—all of which can be done through voice commands"- DesignTAXI
"Canon has recently unveiled a camera for astronomy enthusiasts—a camera designed specially to capture the beauty of the night sky. Called the Canon EOS 60Da DSLR Camera, the camera offers a “modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity”, the company wrote on its website"- DesignTAXI.com
"North Carolina-based artist Scott Hazard creates clouds, smoke and secret portals on photographs by tearing shapes into multiples prints of the same image. After tearing them, he then stacks the photographs on top of each other, creating a series of abstract images, which he calls ‘Photo Constructs’."- DesignTAXI.com
"Taking full advantage of April Fools’ Day as well was car brand MINI. The company ‘released’ camping solutions for MINI drivers, called the “Cowley Caravan” and “Swindon Roof Top Tent”, and a boating vehicle called “Mini Cooper Yachtsman”."- DesignTAXI
"Hi Cheril, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed yesterday’s class. Jeffrey was by far the best guest speaker I’ve had in any class this semester and I really enjoyed the class activity we did. I thought it was a realistic application of subjects we’ve discussed, and it was great to get the whole class involved in a creative process. Thanks for a great class!"
"An entrepreneur is someone who seeks opportunity with resources beyond their control."Love this because it opens the door for all of us to harness the spirit in our creative lives.
He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the airports almost deserted,
The snow disfigured the public statues;
The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
What instruments we have agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.
Far from his illness
The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests,
The peasant river was untempted by the fashionable quays;
By mourning tongues
The death of the poet was kept from his poems.
But for him it was his last afternoon as himself,
An afternoon of nurses and rumours;
The provinces of his body revolted,
The squares of his mind were empty,
Silence invaded the suburbs,
The current of his feeling failed; he became his admirers.
Now he is scattered among a hundred cities
And wholly given over to unfamiliar affections,
To find his happiness in another kind of wood
And be punished under a foreign code of conscience.
The words of a dead man
Are modified in the guts of the living.
But in the importance and noise of to-morrow
When the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the Bourse,
And the poor have the sufferings to which they are fairly accustomed,
And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom,
A few thousand will think of this day
As one thinks of a day when one did something slightly unusual.
What instruments we have agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.
You were silly like us; your gift survived it all:
The parish of rich women, physical decay,
Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its making where executives
Would never want to tamper, flows on south
From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
A way of happening, a mouth.
Earth, receive an honoured guest:
William Yeats is laid to rest.
Let the Irish vessel lie
Emptied of its poetry.
[Auden later deleted the next three stanzas.]
Time that is intolerant
Of the brave and the innocent,
And indifferent in a week
To a beautiful physique,
Worships language and forgives
Everyone by whom it lives;
Pardons cowardice, conceit,
Lays its honours at their feet.
Time that with this strange excuse
Pardoned Kipling and his views,
And will pardon Paul Claudel,
Pardons him for writing well.
In the nightmare of the dark
All the dogs of Europe bark,
And the living nations wait,
Each sequestered in its hate;
Stares from every human face,
And the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye.
Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night,
With your unconstraining voice
Still persuade us to rejoice.
With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress.
In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountains start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.