Friendsgiving 2013

To celebrate the season of thanks, we invited our friends from Digitaria over for Friendsgiving 2013. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the folks from this great company throughout the year and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our new friendship than with pink champagne & homemade crumble!

Each attendee arrived with their own home-cooked dish to impress. We had traditional Thanksgiving cuisine such as stuffing and green bean casserole, along with more unique dishes like Tsukuru’s nico jaga and Beau’s jambalaya. But the cherry on top, so to speak, had to be Sarah’s homemade apple pie.

After a fantastic meal and pink champagne, we headed to the main event...a slow motion booth! Earlier that day we’d built a set complete with a green screen and props, which included everything from confetti to silly string. We spent the next hour throwing glitter, blowing bubbles and dancing up a storm. 

The great thing about being a one-stop production company is that our team is able to build a set in-house incredibly quickly, and then edit the work right after. Our editing team took clips from the afternoon madness and used them to make one hilarious video. For your viewing pleasure, Tallgrass Pictures & Digitaria give you... Friendsgiving 2013: slow mo style! 

We're in the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival

Hilarious Tallgrass short, American Sock, has been selected to screen in the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival this Friday 12/13/13 at 10pm pacific standard time. Our film, and many other great short films will screen in this, the 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival. This Festival, unlike any other, takes place completely online and is simulcast live across the globe!

Join us this Friday in the Official Google+ Hangout.  

For more information about the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival click here.

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Unofficial Google+ Film Festival

Unofficial Google+ Film Festival

Hot Pockets: You Got What I Eat

San Diego, CA, Oct 14, 2013  -  Tallgrass Pictures just completed an ambitious 3D animation project in collaboration with Ferguson Presents for Nestle's Hot Pockets Brand Sandwiches on their latest music video titled,  “You Got What I Eat”. The spot is a mouth-watering spoof starring Snoop Dogg & Kate Upton, capturing the epic battle of Team Crust vs. Team Meat. 

Our task was to create 13 seconds of 3D animation that links two live action worlds.  Tallgrass Pictures’ lead animator, Beau Runnels, created an 8-bit world complete with pepperoni nunchuck fights and flying bad guys.  By taking frames from the live action footage and using them as a base for the animated characters, Beau was able to make a seamless transition from the dueling celebrities to the animated world and back.  When the animated character, Oliver, twirls his pepperoni nunchucks, our animators made sure that the motion was identical to the live action nunchucks. These smooth transitions that the team meticulously perfected are what give the viewer the feeling of floating along in a dream sequence. 

Within days of its release, the video was featured on a handful of leading news sites and reached #6 on the Ad Age Viral Video Chart with 3.3MM views. AdWeek named it one of the top ten commercials of the week. According to an AdWeek article about the video, it’s the combination of hilarious lines “and psychedelic imagery [that] produces a crispy finished product” that is being so well received.

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Animation: Tallgrass Pictures

Client: Nestle

Agency: Threshold Interactive

Director: John Montgomery

Copywriter: James Littlejohn

Producer: Jessica Mingo

Production Company: Ferguson Presents

Director: John Montgomery

Producer: Jesse Trott

Production Designer: Tomas Verde

Hair/Make up Designer: Stella Tzanidakis

Storyboard Artist: Rudi Liden

Editor: Cameron Rumford

Compositor: Ferguson Presents LLC

Creative Director: Michael Grgas


Tallgrass hits NYC

As a part of our ongoing efforts to meet new collaborators, our Head of Business Development, Aly Bucholz, traveled to New York last week. There she met with producers and creatives from 15 of the country's top advertising agencies, from Ogilvy to the Wall Street Journal. 

These stylish New Yorkers are always busy, but they have appreciation for seeing quality work, so they were more than happy to meet with Aly. During her visit, Aly found that the offices were impressive and the pace incredibly fast, yet all of the people were laid back. 

Besides making new friends and eating some great food, Aly enjoyed discussing the new and innovative projects underway at some of the world’s best ad shops. We are looking forward to working with them soon!

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La Jolla Cove Shoot

Once a month we concept and produce a shoot that is all our own. It gives us a chance to express our creativity and train our production team. This month it’s a water-based shoot at La Jolla Cove by our creative director, Brad Copeland.  The cove is an amazing location, full of wildlife and beautiful vistas. 

The greatest challenge on the shoot was managing a dozen cast and crew on paddleboards, kayaks & rafts, which was extremely demanding both technically and logistically. It was amazing to see how we kept everyone safe, had fun and kept $50,000 worth of cameras and equipment safe and dry. We got to do all of this in the company of several sea lions, some of them brushing us underwater!

Another obstacle we faced was the weather, as real world ocean conditions make for challenging shooting conditions. While paddling in these waves, JB broke a paddle. Jeni saved the day when she hooked his boat onto her paddleboard and towed him away from the cliffs.

It’s adventures like these that demonstrate how the Tallgrass team is always there for one another. We’re excited that the product of our teamwork on this shoot is a collection of fantastic photos for our ever-changing portfolio.

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Huntington Beach Ad

We're thrilled to announce that Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau is going to be using one of our photographs from our Huntington Beach shoot in several of their media outlets. The ad will first be released on the State of CA Visitor Guide and then in various magazines like Sunset and Coastal Living. 
The bureau's director of marketing and communications, Madison, had us blushing when she said, "This Image is absolutely stunning and really makes the ad! You guys are just so darn talented." We are honored for such a compliment and can't wait to see the ad come out. :) 

Huntington Beach Sunset

'American Sock' wins Best Narrative at Barrio Film Festival 2013

Over the past weekend AMERICAN SOCK was screened at the 2nd Annual Barrio Film Festival to a crowd of giggling audience members.  Although the highlight of the festival was getting to meet and share our work with local filmmakers, we have admit that winning ‘Best Narrative’ was the icing on the cake!

If you haven't gotten the chance to see AMERICAN SOCK, check out the link below!

Meetings in the City of Angels

Screening at SaatchiLA
In an effort to start the month of September off right, a quartet of Tallgrassers travelled up the coast to meet, greet, and mingle with Los Angeles’ hottest creative shops. First stop on the Tallgrass express was Saatchi & Saatchi LA. There we screened our latest lifestyle and automotive work while getting to know more about their pleasant Art Production team.  

For lunch we were joined the by the lovely Danixa Diaz, executive producer at iartists. Not only were our meals fantastic, but we had a wonderful time exchanging stories and sharing experiences. After we had thoroughly satisfied our hunger, we made way over Omelet LA. There we met a trio of creative celebrities and screened our very own comedy short film, American Sock. 

To round out our day, we met with Kristy Davis the creative team at RAPP to discuss an upcoming shoot for Flemings Restaurants. We also took a tour of their office, and their sophisticated coffee machine, before brainstorming shoot ideas. 

All in all, it was beautiful excursion through the City of Angels and our team is already itching to get back! 

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Lunch  at J. Nichols
Client Meeting at RAPP
Client Meeting at RAPP

Tallgrass Pictures is moving into pre-production on a new short film!

Nuclear attack.  There is not a soul left on this earth besides me.  Where am I?  Trapped in this abandoned fallout shelter.  If only I could get more than static on the f***ing radio.  Wait.  What is that?  It sounds like...breathing.  Who is in here with me? 

Stay tuned as we move into pre-production on our new short, FALLOUT.


Jeffrey's Travels

Jeffrey is currently traveling with his family across Italy, Singapore & Thailand on a well-deserved vacation. Though he was able to take time away from California, he couldn't take time off from being a photographer. He's captured some truly amazing images, and we can't wait to see more of them upon his return!

Congratulations to Jennifer de Poyen!

Tallgrass’ UNDER MY ROOF has just been selected for the 2013 Oaxaca Film Festival!  Written by the lovely Jennifer de Poyen, UNDER MY ROOF is the story of a young boy who, with his father, builds a nuclear weapon in order to secede from the United States.  The screenplay is based on the satirical novel of the same name written by author Nick Mamatas.  Jen has created a messy dystopian future full of complex characters that will translate to the screen beautifully.

We’re so proud of what Jen has done and could not be more thrilled to have UNDER MY ROOF recognized by the Oaxaca Film Festival.  As this is Tallgrass' first feature, we're looking forward to the opportunity to meet potential collaborators for the project.

Check out our ‘Meet the Screenwriter’ segment and stay tuned for more information as we continue developing UNDER MY ROOF!

UPDATE! Driver Wanted is now in post-production.

DRIVER WANTED, which recently wrapped filming on July 24th, is about senatorial candidate, Kirk Wakeman and his search for a new driver; however, he comes to find out that this is no ordinary job interview.  

We are happy to share the news that Alex has just finished doctoring the RED footage (the term is called one-lighting for those who are more tech savvy) and is now cutting away!  This time around we used three cameras meaning we have three angles of the same take allowing our editor to flow from shot to shot seamlessly.  Pretty awesome, right?

Speaking of awesome: Tom Gurnee who played the role of Kirk Wakeman in DRIVER WANTED sent us the most beautiful note about working with the Tallgrass team and we had to share it with you all!  


“Thank you as well for treating the three of us with such dignity and respect.  Thank you for your hospitality there at the studio and for being so gracious to set us up with accommodations and with such wonderful food... Absolute first class from the get-go.”

“If I may say, one thing that really impressed me was your team and how well all of you work together.  There's an amazing and unique synergy happening with all of you there and I believe it to come from your professional leadership and obvious, excellent management skills.”


Thank you Tom, William, and Nicole for your hard-work and dedication to the story.  Can’t wait to work with each of you again!

Creative Commando - Bradley Copeland

Creative Comando: Bradley Copeland

Creative Comando: Bradley Copeland

Today at Tallgrass we were honored to welcome our new Creative Director Brad Copeland.  Brad comes to us hot off scintillating a career in advertising, and after 20 plus years in art direction Brad is to pumped to join the Tallgrass team. Working on accounts like California Pizza Kitchen, Asics, Oakley, Red Bull and Newcastle Brown Ale he is a welcomed addition to this passionate bunch of picture makers. Citing the creative freedom and flexibility that this position offers Brad is gladly assumes his role on this side of production.  

A true creative thinker Brad notes his background  art and musical appreciation as his source of inspiration. This free spirit bikes to work to clear his mind and hates being tethered to a desk, he certainly brings a lot to our team and we can’t wait for him to get his hands dirty.  

Audio Training Time


We have always been proud to say that everyone here gets to wear many hats. A marketing team being cross-trained on microphones and booms just happens to be the perfect example. :)

Today Yoshi set up an equipped station to train the whole studio, pair by pair, on the fundamentals of capturing audio on a production. Whether a video intern or an animation artist, everybody learned how to handle the basics so that they can now step into that role on any given shoot.

Drumroll, Please! A new Tallgrass Pictures Short Film

Tallgrass Pictures could not be more excited to announce the release of AMERICAN SOCK, a short film of a woman looking to find love online only to fall in love with a sock puppet.

From the witty mind of writer Jason K. Allen and brought to life by the zany crew at Tallgrass Pictures, we are proud to present Angela Gulner and Sto Strouss in AMERICAN SOCK!


"I love it!  Seriously, you all did fantastic work - it turned out better than I could have imagined.  Very clever with the graphics, title page, closing credits, music, etc.  The whole piece just has a lot of energy to it - fun and lighthearted, just what I was hoping for.  Good acting, too.  Yep, I'm certain I made the right decision giving the script over to you guys.  Thanks for everything - it was great working with you.  Who knows, maybe we'll work together again someday.  In the meantime, I'll continue to be a big Tallgrass Pictures fan and I look forward to seeing what you do next."

-Jason Allen (writer)


Workbook uses our astronaut image for promotion

A the backstory on the image from Jeffrey's perspective:
Being fascinated with Battlestar Galactica as a sci-fi fanatic growing up in the mid-70s, astronauts were like knights and Neil Armstrong was my King Arthur. To rekindle my childhood fantasy, I designed a shoot that my 7-year old imagination would’ve been proud of. I found a antique Russian space suit and strategically captured the right angle inside of an old bomber plane’s cockpit at the Air & Science Museum to make it look like the inside of a space station. I may not have become an astronaut, but that day I certainly felt like one.

That's A Wrap!

Does a self-absorbed politician, a vendetta and a can opener sound like a recipe for disaster?  Here at Tallgrass Pictures we think it sounds like a recipe for a brilliant short film!

One day, three cameras and many brilliant minds came together to produce what is known as our new short entitled, “Driver Wanted.” 

Unbelievably we shot the whole thing in one day. Starting at sunrise and ending late into the night, the Tallgrass team made it appear as if the film happened within only 15 minutes.  How you might ask?  Although light changes throughout the day, we rigged lights into all the windows making it appear to be 5:00pm for the entire shoot.  Crazy, right?!

Stay tuned for more updates as we move into post-production.  You’re not going to want to miss anything!

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Tallgrass has a new Motion Graphics Reel!

Check it out here: Tallgrass Pictures NEW GFX Reel 2013

Beau, Gavin, and Yoshi have produced a great new GFX reel for Tallgrass Pictures. Nice job, guys!

Maddy's Fashion Shoot

Last week we had JB’s niece, Madeleine, in-house for a fashion shoot. As soon the shutter began snapping, the natural model came out! Maddy was confident under the spotlight and striking stunning poses without direction.    Maddy’s brother, Oliver, and JB’s son, Sacha, couldn’t resist the fun and hopped into the shoot with her, soon followed by Maddy’s mom, Catherine, and JB’s wife, Jen. It was a delight to see this young woman glow and look ready to take on the world. Taking pictures is our joy, but to take them of the ones we love, that’s a treasure.   

Huntington Beach Testimonial

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Here at Tallgrass we love what we do. Every partner, every meeting, every project is a special experience where clients become family whose interests become our interests, whose priorities become our goals. We forge bonds and build relationships because that’s how you create great work; and thats why we’re here. We put our everything into each project. And with we are honored and humbled to share this feedback from our recent commercial shoot for the Huntington Beach Visitors Bureau: 


We didn’t think it was possible to have the emotion, feel and vibe of Huntington Beach captured so beautifully on film, but Jeffrey and his incredibly hard working team at Tallgrass Pictures managed to do just that, and far beyond. They thought outside of the box for us to ensure that our video was special, unique and would stand out from a sea of other destination videos. The team over delivered on that promise and far exceeded our expectations. In addition to being creatively talented, the entire crew at Tallgrass has been so easy and enjoyable to work with, making a process (that would normally be very tedious), a fun, exciting, and incredibly seamless one.

-Steve Bone, President & CEO, Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau

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Way to go, Beau!

Congratulations to our digital effects master, Beau, on graduating from the Art Institute. You wrapped up your academic career with a speech that left your fellow graduates in tears and in a standing ovation; we feel so lucky to have you!

Beau shared his work at AI's annual portfolio show!

Beau demonstrated how much he’s accomplished during his time at the Art Institute in their annual portfolio show today, where graduating seniors get to showcase their work.    Beau shared work from both his internship here at Tallgrass and projects developed in classes, demonstrating highly advanced skills in programs such Maya Cut Pro and his color correction mastery. And, of course, he had his marvelous animation reel playing - dancing robots included.   We were pleased to show our beloved graphic effects artist just how proud by gifting him with a “masculine” bouquet of balloons and flowers. At the end of the day, holding his roses, Beau told us, “I felt like a queen for a day”. And we say, “As you should Beau, well deserved!”  

Road Trip! LA Meetings

Marketing team at Deutsch LA

Marketing team at Deutsch LA

Marketing team & Mara Serdans

After meeting with Art Buyer, Mara Serdans

Mini golf at ignited

Putting around the mini course at Ignited

Art Producers TWBA/Chiat/Day

Aly sharing with Art Producers at TBWA/Chiat/Day

A trio of us tenacious Tallgrassers traveled to the City of Angeles today meet & share with with agency creatives, and what a day it was! Always happy to spread the good news about Tallgrass, We went all over, everywhere from Santa Monica to El Segundo.

First stop on the Tallgrass Express was Baker Brand Communications, where Senior Designer Eric Graves charmed our team with tales of projects past 

We then sashayed on over to the architectural eye candy that is TBWA/Chiat/Day where we linked up with Parvin Guiv & the Art Department, as well as our digital pen pal Joe Haldeman from the Broadcast team. It was a great time getting the scoop on their current events. After lunch we a took a tour of the campus and almost started a rousing game of hoops on their indoor basketball court, which is brilliantly situated next to a facade adorned by a print of Lee Clow’s Beard! 

After soaking in all the TBWA/Chiat/Day goodness we met with Sam Helphand & Diego Espana at Ignited. After a sparkling discussion of all things film & broadcast we played a mini round of golf on the in-office green near their huge waterfall; it too was a great time.  

To keep the good times rolling, we caught up with Mara Serdans at Deutsch and per her suggestion were able to find the quaintest restaurant for dinner; Gjelina. Marketing team at Deutsch LA

Later while sampling the delicious appetizers at Gjelina, we sat down with Adam Bright & old friend John Carpio of SpinachLA for cocktails. The only thing that makes a great meal and good drinks grand is even better company, and we found that with these two gents! 

All in all it was an eventful day! One filled with the kind of excitement and camaraderie we cherish here at Tallgrass. Until next time Los Angeles! 


Aly takes on the Windy City!

Aly, our fearless marketing director, headed to Chicago on Thursday for her annual marketing seminar. She went ready to absorb knowledge and, at the same time, met up with some of our friends over in the windy city.
She is well-known for her energy and ambition, but really outdid herself by having a record-breaking 10 meetings across 2 days. Aly navigated through Chicago like a native, loving every minute of her Midwest adventure. :) She came back filled with new ideas and pumped for where Tallgrass is headed!

From SDSU students to Aztec Alum...Congrats Jeni and Allison!

Two Tallgrass team members just went from being San Diego State students to Aztec alumni. After four years of hard work and late nights in the on-campus library, we are very proud of our college graduates.    Jeni, our television show buff, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Television & Film studies and, for fun, a minor in Political Science. Allison, our avid alliteration admirer, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English and minor in Marketing.   We know that they will carry their knowledge & success from university to even higher achievements at Tallgrass, where the learning never stops! 

We love pizza...

We’ve got a penchant for pizza and definitely has the hook-up! Thanks again for having us.

We made "Image of the Day" on DesignTAXI yesterday! :)

We made "Image of the Day" on DesignTAXI yesterday! :)

Tallgrass + Coffee = Love

If there’s one thing Tallgrass loves, it’s coffee. There’s nothing better than coming into the studio and filling up your favorite mug with a big cup of caffeinated goodness. Hence, panic struck in everyone’s hearts when the news spread…The coffee maker was out of order.    We contemplated all possible substitutions. Tea. Red bull. 5 hour energy. None came close to our true craving, but we bravely carried on. (And by carried on, I mean there was a Starbucks run.)    The team was fading slowly, trying to use grapes for glucose & pump 80s jams to raise our energy levels. It wasn’t until 4 pm that JB asked us: “Guys, don’t you know there’s another coffee pot? It’s on top of the fridge.”   The moral of the story is…You learn something new every day!

Tallgrass' newest animated short film!

Jenny and Beau have made some major headway on Tallgrass’ newest project: an animated short film. They’ve been hard at work turning the idea into reality today through some rough sketches that will lead us into the animatic phase. Here’s the plot…The tale is set in an elementary school classroom, but we find ourselves in a World War II like battle when a paper airplane fued transforms into a 2D B-52 attack between the fighter pilot of love and the Japanese zeros. “War: a Love Story” is something very new for Tallgrass. We enjoy trying new things, so this new animated short film is raising the excitement of the studio…this is something you don’t want to miss!

Wonderful Machine featured us on their blog!

View from the top. Photo by Jeffrey Lamont Brown

Puppy Love.

  The Tallgrass team has been hit with a bad case of puppy love. Two of our team members adopted puppies over the weekend, and we were pumped to have them join us in the studio today.  These two new additions to the Tallgrass family are Ada and Olive. Ada’s a social one; her hobbies include cuddling on peoples’ laps and playing with her toy dinosaur. Olive is a little more on the shy side; she’s sweet as can be and can usually be found by her owner’s side. One simply cannot help but smile when seeing either of these two darlings.   With puppies in the studio, our working environment is just that much more enjoyable. They say that a happy worker is a productive worker, and with these pups here, we’re elated. So watch out world, Tallgrass is about to take things to a whole new level!

Potlucks turn into Photoshoots

We’ve been long awaiting having lunch with our friends at I.D.E.A. It’s been a very busy time for both parties, so we were excited when we finally found a date that worked. We just finished our second day of shooting for Huntington Beach Tourism yesterday, and what better way to celebrate than having a potluck? In preparation, the Tallgrass team came together to create a mouth-watering menu. All of the team’s different cultures came out on the table. There was everything from Southern boudin to Greek salad to tiramisu. Gavin brought party crackers, a British party favor in which two people pull at either end and the winner gets the prize inside. After we ate, everybody ended up in the colorful crowns hidden in the crackers. This quickly led to a highly energized photo shoot, props and fake mustaches included! Why go through so much effort for one lunch? We love to stay in touch people in the industry. We’ve been privileged in the companies we’ve worked with, but it’s the one-on-one interactions that make us go above and beyond!   

Tallgrass greets Surf City USA with flying drone helicopters!

Guess who drew crowds all over Huntington Beach yesterday? If you were thinking it was Tallgrass Pictures flying drone helicopters to and from on the downtown strip, you would be right. We had the privilege of shooting commercial footage, care of Surf City USA, and it was blast! In this, our second shoot in Huntington Beach we highlighted the other more professional side of the renown surf city. It was a beautifully long and sunny day, full of unexpected challenges but we always triumphantly pull through.   Honestly, it’s pretty hard to have a bad time in Huntington Beach when we’re all out there doing what we love to do. In addition to the fun and sunshine, we got a chance to work with awesome talent, Noel and Josh: our heli-cam cinematographer and pilot, and our wonderful clients: John and Briton from Surf City USA. All in all it was a fantastic shoot, and we got some great footage that we can’t wait to share!

Happy Birthday, JB!!!!

Saturday was none other than JB’s 46th b-day. Friday we brought in a classic Cookie Monster cake to celebrate the occasion & dye our tongues blue!
Today the festivities continued when we implemented our secret mission with one objection: to decorate JB’s office as insanely as possible.
We converted his chair into a throne of crazy colors, covered the floor in balloons that had funny messages written on them, then we had strobe lights flashing at maximum capacity, the mission was deemed successful by JB’s first reaction, " HOLY $#@! I got glitter bombed!!" 
The final aspect of our endeavor? A little birdie told us that Jeffrey has some interest in photography. We wanted support his interest in the hobby, so we found him the perfect gift… a disposable Kodak camera! Complete with film! :) 

We're excited that Brandtailers has awarded us another shoot for Palm Springs Ford Motors!

Looking forward to collaborating with Kate Szalay again, and of course, Dane and Cheril!

We are Family! I got JB, Tallgrass, and Britney!

Today we welcomed a new member to the Tallgrass Team, our new creative marketing assistant, Britney! With a background in marketing, photography and graphic design, this enthusiastic lady is going to bring a lot to the table. (Literally; on Friday she’s cooking her first family lunch for the team!) 
Fun facts about Britney: If there’s one things she loves, it’s lions. If there’s one thing she loves more, it’s Beyonce. :)

Jeffrey, Gavin & Tsukuru report back from the 2013 NAB Show!

Jeffrey, Gavin & Tsukuru journeyed to Las Vegas last week to attend the NAB Show, an event boasting ten city blocks of the latest broadcasting technologies. This industry is always changing, and Tallgrass loves keeping up to date on the new and exciting developments. (As you can tell from the video, these innovations really bring out the inner-children in Gavin & Tsukuru.) Some of the favorites Jeffrey highlights in the report include the Red Dragon 6K Sensors, the green friendly LED Lights that produce amazing quality for very little energy and the increased energies of digital workflows. And of course, as you’ve seen on our blog, the helicopter drones that we’ve recently introduced in our regime! 

Aly takes on Grapevine, Texas!

Here at Tallgrass, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve in every facet of every department. Part of that improvement is investing in new technology, new methodology, and the top notch training by leading experts. Our marketing director, Aly Bucholz, just returned from a 3-day seminar program in Grapevine, TX where she filled up on knowledge of new marketing strategies and sales techniques that she’s ready to share with the team. With this new found knowledge, we intend on enhancing out outreach skills and better satisfying the needs of our clients.

SDSU features our commercial in their newspaper!

One of our interns, a current student at San Diego State, was power walking to class when she spotted something unexpected. It was the cover story on the front page of the Daily Aztec, the university’s newspaper. She had seen this work before, here at Tallgrass Pictures as a matter of fact!

The Mars Rover commercial featuring the alumni of SDSU was a national spot Tallgrass Pictures proudly released this year. The article says that “Our students go big places and do big things”.

That was the intended message, and we’re thrilled to see the school and its students proud to air our commercial!

2 days and 27 shot locations in Burbank.

Over the weekend Tallgrass Pictures had the privilege of working with Scott Phillips and Donna Mulgrew of Agency 51 producing a shoot for Burbank Hospitality Association. This dynamic shoot intended to give you the best of “the town behind the tinsel”. With that idea in mind, two teams set out on this 2 day shoot and shot 27 locations exploring unique Burbank experiences such as their downtown art fair with incredible sidewalk masterpieces and their annual Monster Palooza! 
Despite working with great people, in beautiful places, good vibes are no match for bad weather. Ultimately, we were able to retreat indoors during the worst of it, and with a little post production no one will believe a cloud ever passes over Southern California. And next Tuesday (4/23) we will be back to do all over again, this time with talent in studio, so stay tuned!

Agency 51 Awards Tallgrass Pictures Production Contract for Burbank Tourism

Allison volunteers in Guatemala for Spring Break!

Last week our studio was one person short due to a case of the travel bug. Our creative marketing intern, Allison, headed off to Guatemala for spring break with a group of inspired SDSU students whose mission was to volunteer at an elementary school in a rural village.

They spent the week transforming the drab grey school into a declaration of gold and maroon, and compiling school supplies for 200 students. When they weren’t bringing color and joy to the children, Allison was exploring Guatemala, hiking ceremonial Mayan caves, zip lining through the forest and walking the cobblestoned streets of Antigua.

She came back rejuvenated from her amazing experience with the kids, sporting a tan and even more in love with guacamole!

The boys are in Las Vegas today!

The boys are in Las Vegas today, getting their geek on at the 2013 NAB Show! As you can see, they’re very excited to explore all the cool new tech devices out there and just discovered a box from black magic that converts 2D footage into 3D automatically! The rest of us here at the studio anxiously await news updates and have our fingers crossed for new state-of-the-art gear. It feels like Christmas!

Tallgrass Pictures Documents Passover Seder

The Jewish Federation of North America assigned us with a very special assignment: to document photographs of Passover Seder for their website: Seder is a religious ceremony and feast that marks the beginning of Passover, the Jewish holiday. But this isn’t just any-old family get together dinner - each piece of food in the meal is symbolic, and there’s a special ritual that celebrates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  For this ceremony, the Sisk family had their entire extended family over, which meant the house was packed full of life, laughter, and song. It wasn’t hard to capture a great moment with this family, and we managed to shoot over 2500 images in just 6 hours! It was a great experience and we were happy to collaborate with our friends at Jewish Federations of North America again - thanks for the great opportunity! image

The Mustache Marvels are at it AGAIN!

The Mustache Marvels are at it AGAIN! :) As we start the branding process of our new hot sauce, we realized that it was time for a new team photo for the label. So we’ve upgraded our new photo with our favorite element - mustaches! Keep your eyes out for our new hot sauce labels coming soon…

Sneak Peek: Huntington Beach Tourism

Our behind the scenes video from HB tourism is finally available for your viewing pleasure! Check it out… there’s some sneak peaks of the actual spot in here! Shhh, don’t tell anyone ;)

Watch the SDSU Mars Landing :30 TV Spot!

Here it is!!! The SDSU Mars Landing :30TV spot, airing now during SDSU sports games on ESPN. We had so much fun putting this production together, we can’t wait for the next SDSU spot! Thanks goes out to Jack Beresford and all those who helped make this commercial possible!

Happy Birthday Yoshi!!!!

Our audio engineer is turning __ today! Rumor has it he’s mid 20’s… we’ll let you guess for yourself. image Thanks for keeping us entertained with your Keanu Reeves impersonations! :) On behalf of the whole Tallgrass family, we love you and wish you a happy birthday! Cheers

SDSU Awards Tallgrass Pictures Another Spot!

We’re excited to announce that right after finishing the Mars spot, we’ve been awarded to do another spot for SDSU titled “Vignette", which we’ll be gearing up the pre-production for very soon. We can’t wait to get started!

Thanks Alana & Joi!

Today we were feeling the love here at the studio. Our models from the beach & surf shoot last week sent us wonderful letters to say how much they enjoyed working with the team and thanked us for our “kindness and professionalism”.  :) We always strive to create a positive environment with great energy for our shoots, & we’re glad it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thanks Alana & Joi, for filling our hearts with happiness and our bellies with cake pops!

Vanquishing the Flames

It’s going to a big, balloon-filled week at the Tallgrass Pictures studio. We have both senior editor Gavin Filipiak and audio master Yoshi Kameyama gearing up for birthdays in the next few days.   Ready to utilize their wishes this year, both of these guys have been practicing blowing out candles for weeks now. You wouldn’t believe countless extra hours these men have dedicated to the cause. So let’s all have our fingers crossed, to hoping that after all their hard work, they can vanquish all the candles’ flames in one attempt! 

Freshening up our beach portfolio!

With summer right around the corner, we figured now is a good time to freshen up our beach portfolio work. Yesterday, we headed out to a secret surf spot in La Jolla to do a lifestyle shoot based on a simple concept - having an utterly-amazing day at the beach! The kind of shoot that makes you wish that there were 8 days in a week; the last one to be saved for a day in the sun.  It turned out to be a foggy day, but that didn’t stop us from chugging on and catching some great photos and footy. The models, whose ages ranged from 6 years old to adult, were total troopers. They splashed about in the frigid ocean and leapt into chilly tide pools with nothing but smiles and positivity.  As we have steadily gotten more into Travel & Tourism, this shoot was a great way to add to our repertoire. It may have been a little colder than we anticipated, but with enough hot chocolate and hot coffee coursing through us, anything is possible. 

We like playing with drone helicopters...

What does one do on a rainy day in typically sunny San Diego? Here at Tallgrass, we like to work on perfecting our aviation skills with our latest camera equipment - drone helicopters.    After hearing an alluring newscast on NPR, Jeffrey eagerly purchased two of these nifty new gadgets this week. He mastered the remote control himself, and then the rest of the Tallgrass team each stepped up to play pilot.    The bigger of the two is the Hexacopter 3DR ArduCopter. This baby can house a GoPro camera for capturing photographs at high elevations, is GPS enabled, has built-in stabilizers, is telemetric and can even fly itself!    Not only is the drone helicopter going to take our work to a whole new level and bring a great new perspective, but it’s just a cool f**king toy!” - JB

Sneak Peek: San Diego State's new "Mars Landing" commercial

Check out this behind the scenes video of our collaboration with San Diego State on the new “Mars Landing" commercial!

We felt pretty macho using a massive 24-foot long jib in our shoot...

Last week we were back in the house with our great friends over at Brandtailers, this time for a shoot at Cerritos Ford to show off their brand new dealership. Our mission for this production was to shoot enough content for four spots in one day. Not only did we accomplish that, but we were also able to capture some footage for their B-roll Library. Our favorite part of the shoot was working with the massive 24-foot long JIB we used inside and outside of the dealership… made us feel pretty macho. Another fun part was going out for margaritas afterwards with Brandtailers new Creative Director Dane Larsen to celebrate our success. *Cheers to Dane and our friends at Brandtailers for another great collaboration!*

Tallgrass Pictures came out with not 1...but 8 awards

'Tis the season of award events. The Oscars, The Golden Globes, and for us… The San Diego ADDY awards. Walking the walk in both photography and broadcast, Tallgrass Pictures came out of the event with eight awards - one gold, four silvers and three bronzes.    Earning silver we had : Showreel  Snow Adventures Marie Antoinette And earning bronze we had: Legendary Napa Valley Salton Sea   Our collaboration with I.D.E.A. on the Villages of La Costa earned us a Silver and Bronze.   Although we are simply bursting to share which piece won gold, our lips have to remain sealed. Who knew production work was such top secret business?! It feels good to have our hard work recognized.

Pyro, steam machines and ingredients falling from the sky = huge success with our second shoot with BJ's restaurants!

Our second TV commercial shoot with BJ’s restaurants was a huge success, we’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations. Our challenge was to get 10 shots in one shoot day, with every shot having several moving parts: pyro, steam mechanics, ingredients falling from the sky! It took the complete effort of 14 team members, but we did it! The spot will air in selected markets in the US on March 17th… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy birthday, Lily!!!!

Sunday marks the birthday of our spunky script-skimming intern, Lilianna, which gave us a good excuse to get all secret-agent-like & covertly pass around a birthday card without her knowing, then sneak a cake in the studio before she could realize we were up to something! You see, we’re cross-trained over here at Tallgrass Pictures. We’re good at production, creative planning, sneaky cake smuggling & birthday surprises! Happy birthday Lily!

Yoshi is testing out our Zaxcom Digital Wireless System!

Today Yoshi, our master of all things audio, was testing our Zaxcom Digital Wireless System. In order to do this, he asked two of our Tallgrass team members to read off the latest scripts they have been reading, in the Alvin and the Chipmunk voices of course. ;-) The Zaxcom company is a pioneer of professional audio equipment, and Tallgrass is excited to be utilizing this ground breaking technology. As you can see, Yoshi is configuring the wireless system to work with our RED Digital Cinema cameras, bringing our overall filming quality to a whole new level.

The newest addition to the family: Lola.

 There’s been a new and energized addition to the Tallgrass studio this week, one with a lot of zest and a lot of wag in her tail. Her name is Lolo; She likes long walks on the beach, her hobbies include chewing on shoes… and well, chewing on everything.  Welcome to the family Lolo!

Marketing Muscle sets high and colorful goals

The Tallgrass marketing team is, pardon the sports metaphor, setting goals and hitting them out of the park. We’ve developed a fun and effective way of tracking our progress by utilizing a giant white board as a palette for canny illustrations of each of our forms of outreach. By tracking our efforts in this colorful manner, we’re able to visually monitor the progress of our marketing strategies - both individually and as a team. When we’re able to see the progress & results of a specific campaign - it’s easier to see where to enhance the focus. Not to mention, it is that much more motivating to achieve a goal when it means you get to color with fun markers afterwards. :-)

Mitsubishi Rayon web commercial is released in Golf World today!

Mitsubishi Rayon web commercial is released in Golf World today! This shoot was a new, unique experience and one that we very much enjoyed. It’s great to see the final product released… especially because we’ve been waiting to share it with all of you!!! :) We hope you enjoy.



It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap!  Last weekend we finished shooting AMERICAN SOCK and the footage looks fantastic! The project has now been passed on to post-production for them to work their magic and assemble the final product.  Thank you to Gavin who snuck us a few stills from the film to share with you guys… Enjoy!

"The Sockfather"

This week we are finally filming the long anticipated short AMERICAN SOCK which means our studio is overflowing with sock puppets and very random props for the film (some which include a wholly trash can…)
One of our favorite props for this film (besides our star Bob, or course) is our “Sockfather” poster.  This set piece took about an hour to create and will only have about 2 seconds of screen time!
Stay tuned for more funny updates as we film this hilarious little number :)

Bring out the plates!

BJ’s Restaurants awards production contract to Tallgrass Pictures for another :30TV spot! We’re looking forward to this second annual shoot and we’re excited to create another beautiful spot that will make their ratings go even higher than the spot from last year! Check out our spot from last year…  

Palm Springs Motors: Round 8!

We produced another TV spot for Palm Springs Motors in collaboration with our amazing friends at Brandtailers. The spot is airing now in Palm Springs… so keep your eyes peeled! ;)

"Shoot For The Stars" Makes PDN's Newsletter

Love "Socks"

We all know the dating scene can be quite rough. That’s why in this digital age the use of dating websites has skyrocketed in hopes to weed out incompatible mates. But what would you do if you got a message from…a sock puppet? Yes, a sock puppet. And that sock puppet turned out to be everything you’ve been searching for in your wildest dreams. Here at TGP we’ve been having a blast gearing up for our new short film, “American Sock." We’ve had great laughs watching team members stand in as characters in the film, test shooting everything from dinner scenes with the sock puppet, to green screen tests, and even “sexy" bedroom scenes. So stay tuned for “American Sock." We hope you’ll have just as much fun watching it as we’ve had making it!