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Tallgrass welcomes Campbell-Ewald and General Motors to San Diego for a “Traveling With Kids” social media shoot for the On Star product line.  


Art Directors Phil Foster and John Kalmar from CE were amazing collaborators, true pros”, said photographer Jeffrey Lamont Brown. “Brown said, “it was uncanny, on some shots it was like we had a Vulcan mind meld and they really know how to nuance the images to tell the brand story.”  2 days, tons of great images and GIF’s and beach bonfire wrap party. Woot!

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Tallgrass heads to Oregon



JB and Christiaan headed North to Portlandia to hang with some of the best agencies in the US.  Chillin with the hipsters, for great coffee and of course microbrews.  



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First stop: Wieden & Kennedy.  Shouts out to Grace, Mari, and Ben for making us feel right at home.  And if you didn’t know Oregon's state animal, you’ll be greeted by it when you walk in their office door   .


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Next, more coffee. Woot! Then on to R2C: Great to connect with Sara, Kristen, and Alison in a chill setting. They are on fire. Tons of productions, multiple buildings...taking over the world.    


Saving the best for last: CMD agency! Cindy Marks, you are our hero! Thanks for taking the meeting, even on crutches.  Double order of TGP hot sauce for you.




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Tallgrass Pictures Latest Broadcast Reel

We're excited to present our very latest broadcast reel. It's freshly cut, shinier than ever and, as always, filled with  hand-crafted stories.

At Tallgrass, we're passionate about making breathtaking films and photographs AND building nimble, high yield productions. 

Here's a sneak peek at the first page: 


Want to see the whole thing? Tallgrass Pictures Broadcast Reel





Show-n-Tell: Los Angeles

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Great trip to LA to visit Midnight Oil, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Ignited.

Midnight Oil:  40 ft tall superhero wraps, sick theater displays, posters, 3d builds. Amazing. Creative and manufacturing all in one bldg. A frickin huge building. 

Ignited: A creative community built by the power of curiosity. Hanging with Sam and showing our skills on the ping-pong table.

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Womack, Michael and Max for hookin it up.  Enjoyed spreading the MARDI GRAS love:  Hurricane style.


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"Mother's against gun violence" shoot, goes to the stage!

One of JB’s images will appear onstage in 'The Gospel of Loving Kindness” opening Dec 9th in Washington, D.C.

The play is a edgy, hymn-and-hip-hop-musical.  It’s about a 17 year old boy who sings for President Obama at the White House, and is shot to death 3 weeks later.

Produced by the Mosaic Theater Company (http://www.mosaictheater.org/), written by Marcus Gardley and directed by Jennifer L. Nelson.  Shout out to NJ Mitchell (Mosaic Board Member) for inviting us to participate.

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Tallgrass Films Unleashed! Commercial

In late September this year, Tallgrass went dog-gone mad! We had the pleasure of working with Vitro in creating a :15 sec TV spot for their client Unleashed! by Petco. The production was a blast and at the center of it all? Three very talented, adorable canines.

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The hilarious spot followed a chubby dog as he runs in for dinner...and sadly squeeze in through the doggie door. After weeks of searching for the perfect talent, we were very lucky to have Lola, Penny Lane and Spike join us on set.

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Tallgrass was joined by some talented folks in production, props, g&e, animal training and location management who really helped the day run smoothly and efficiently. We even had custom doors built thanks to our accomplished set constructors.
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At the end of the day, we had the chance to run through the spot with all 3 dogs to make sure our client’s creative got the best treatment.

Want to find out who made it into the final spot? Check it out below:


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And here's another version with JB's favorite pup - Spike:

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We’re so glad we got to collaborate with the great minds at Vitro and Unleashed! by Petco. Looking forward to our next one...fingers crossed for more new, furry friends!






"This Goes Out to You" Music Video

Tallgrass Pictures is lucky to have team members who are passionate about storytelling…and do it exceptionally well. Over the summer, our very own Gavin Filipiak (TGP Sr. Editor) was tapped to create a music video for San Diego rockers P.O.D. The project was commissioned by Universal Music Group, who reached out to Gavin after seeing his work on Vice - the music video “Young Gods” for Prayers and Blink 182’s Travis Barker.

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To kick-off production, Gavin and Nico first traveled east to Michigan for the Common Grounds Music Festival. Enthusiastic fans gathered around as P.O.D. performed, while Gavin and Nico maneuvered on stage to capture the energy from both the band and fans. Before and after the show, we were lucky enough to hang out with the band in a different setting: with their family.

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Then we were back to San Diego to finish up the rest of production. It was a blast getting to work with our local community. First stop: Undisputed Gym in downtown, where we were lucky enough to film San Diego boxing champs and learn how to throw a strong right hook from their trainers.

Next, we headed towards the Mexican-Californian border to capture the beautiful visuals of towering fence and explore the story of separated families. The weather fit the mood perfectly and our talented actors nailed the scene.

But our day was far from over...we were off to another location. Luckily, the sun peeked out for the rest of the day and we ended with a beautiful shot of 2 friends riding to Sunset Cliffs; celebrating the power of friendship on a motocross bike.

For the next scene, we were honored to be able to ride around town with the guys of Tribal Gear. We captured footage of their gorgeous low-riders cruising through the historic Barrio Logan district. To finish the day, we filmed the proud owners at a BBQ scene while enjoying delicious tacos, courtesy of San Diego Taco company.

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Gavin and Nico created a truly authentic, compelling music video reflecting the anthemic song and a unique San Diego vibe. We’re proud of their work and invite you to check out the full video below  -







Tallgrass National Commercial on Monday Night Football

What’s great about Mondays? It could be one of two things:

1) Monday Night Football
2) A Tallgrass produced national commercial airing on ESPN during Monday night football

This week, we’re leaning towards #2. On Monday, we were stoked to see our spot UCI “We Believe” break on Monday Night Football. It was a fantastic collaboration with Skiver Advertising, University of California Irvine and Tallgrass Pictures.


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The 9 day production took us all around southern California, shooting everything from medical labs to ballerinas to farms...and we couldn’t be happier with the final result!



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JB worked closely with Sean, Rob and RG from Skiver to create a visually beautiful and compelling story about the incredible work coming from UCI - a place where great minds can truly shine brighter.

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From the initial creative to pre-production, production, post and final broadcast delivery - we’re thankful for such awesome collaborators! A special shout-out to the fantastic staff and students of UCI who shared their stories with us, inspiring us to make the commercial as authentic as possible.

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Missed our spot this Monday? Don’t worry, you can check it out below.

And keep a look-out for our second UCI spot “See Differently” made in collaboration with “We Believe”...breaking soon on a TV near you!



 

Go Aztecs! Tallgrass Shoots National Spot for SDSU

Our Aztec alumni at Tallgrass were stoked when SDSU came to us with a National TV Spot early this summer. Armed with the Tallgrass production prowess and a superb script written by Brandon Reif; we headed to San Diego State to craft another great spot for the Aztecs.

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On our first day we captured a private performance of The Great American Trailer Park by the TTF department. How lucky we felt to watch these big dreams in action. In fact, JB was so inspired...he decided to try out his own sweet dance moves.

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Then we visited the college of Engineering for a quick lesson in "body building". We filmed these Aztecs putting the final touches on their robot. For the robot stand-in, our awesome sound designer Josh bravely slipped into a green morph suit. 
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To finish up, we went networking...with "The Show" and the SDSU cheerleaders also known as the loudest, proudest Aztecs around. 

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These SDSU students will make you "Think Again" and be pleasantly surprise. Glad to have partnered with SDSU and our friend Greg Block for another spectacular shoot!


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Under My Roof wins at film fests

In the latest Weinbergian news, “Under My Roof” takes home two more film fest laurels.

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At the River Bend Film Festival in April, UMR won Best Independent Screenplay. At the Sacramento Film Festival, UMR won Best Comedy Screenplay. These are exciting wins for Jennifer de Poyen and Tallgrass.


It’s honor to see the UMR story making waves in the indie film fest circuits while still in development. Cheers to the little guy!

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Team TGP heads to the city of angels to take on 8 meetings with creative agencies in 2 days. 

Beforehand, the team prepped 40 gift boxes filled with prints, postcards and handpicked hot sauce. Our marketing rockstars also loaded up our iPads to display our latest reels, still photography and VFX projects. Then we sent JB, Katsie and Christiaan off to LA to meet with friends both new and old.

The first stop was Saatchi & Saatchi, meeting both the art buying and broadcast team. After a number of conversations on the phone, it was great to meet the Saatchi crew in person. They were impressed with JB’s work and the delicious San Diegan pastries. 

Next was a quick lunch at korean bbq ….but not too long after, Tallgrass was back on the road dropping off more gift boxes in the afternoon. Then the three hustled over for a quick meet with the talented minds at World Wide Minds. 

The last meeting of day 1 was with the awesome Innocean producers in Huntington beach. A great way to end the day - cocktails as the sun set.

Early the next morning, the 3 Tallgrassans hit the road for a meeting with Guthy-Renker for hot coffee and an introduction of our capabilities and work. Then it was off to lunch with friends from Deustch at Whiskey Red’s. After that delicious lunch was a late snack with Ignition. A short hop over and TGP was at Ignition with wraps from LYFE kitchen…yum! And to round out this group of new friends was Lenny from R&R partners….dropping off one last batch of goodies for the end of his day.

To wrap up the trip, they met up with an old friend - David Aktary - who helped connect us to our award-winning Hot Pockets project. An amazing 2 days….and we’re sure to be back soon!


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UMR: an official selection at the Sacramento International Film Festival

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In the latest "Under My Roof" news...The 2015 Sacramento International Film Festival chose the screenplay as an official selection. The screenplay, written by Jen de Poyen, is among just 50 scripts being reviewed for honors…a fantastic achievement! 


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Congrats to Jen and Jeffrey for developing the funny, ambitious and surprisingly tender storyline. “Under My Roof” is the first feature film for Jen, Jeffrey and the Tallgrass team. The story? Daniel Weinberg strikes a blow for freedom by planting a nuclear garden gnome in the front yard of his suburban home and seceding from the USA in order to protect his son when the draft age is lowered...to 13!


"Under My Roof" is currently in development. Keep up to date with Daniel and production for UMR by following Tallgrass. The SIFF runs from April 25th to May 3rd.


For now, here's a look at our latest test footage of the epic battle scene! #TeamDaniel

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"Leave With Me" scores with SD Film Consortium

Earlier this month, a few of the fine gentlemen at Tallgrass stepped out on to the red carpet for a night celebrating the filmmaking arts. The event? The 2015 San Diego Film Awards. Tallgrass Pictures' collaboration with Joshua Danyel on our first music video "Leave With Me" was up for 3 nominations - best cinematography, best editing AND best music video. Our director Jeffrey, senior editor Gavin and editor Nico shared a toast for the hardwork that went into that late night shoot! 
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After that, they hit the carpet enjoying the bubbly and company of some talented artists. 

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Our senior editor Gavin was also in the running for his personal project - music video "Gothic Summer". We waited for the drumroll to finish and bam! Found ourselves with a shiny award. Best Cinematography to Jeffrey Lamont Brown for "Leave With Me". Gavin also won Best Music Video and Best Editing. 



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What a rockin' night with an award-winnin team! 



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Thank you to the SD Film Consortium for the fantastic night. 

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Under the sea & shooting it

Before founding Tallgrass Pictures 10 years ago, chief creative officer Jeffrey, was a solo photographer traveling the world and exploring the beauty of it all. He was able to photograph some of the world's most gorgeous places...and we're taking a look at one of those amazing experiences - these gorgeous photos from the Mentawai Islands.

For these shots, JB chartered a yacht and brought a few friends along for a week of shooting, surfing and swimming. A truly fantastic trip! He filmed underneath the waters for these shots using a Canon 1DMkIII and 16-35 lens. 

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For underwater shots, you'll need underwater housing to keep the camera dry...and a good set of lungs to stay under. 
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And the end result? Some amazing images....

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Those experiences allowed JB to build a company versed in many styles of work and trained in all sorts of terrain. We can't wait for our next under water project!

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"Under My Roof" wins 3rd place!

Roll out the red carpet because “Under My Roof” was just honored with 3rd place for Best Unpublished Screenplay from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2015! The award is going to the fantastic Jennifer de Poyen, screenwriter of “Under My Roof”.

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On the script itself, Jen says she was drawn to it because “It’s messy, it’s unwieldy kind of like life…but it’s so full of life.”  And this messy story of life will be Tallgrass Pictures’ first feature film; a project headed by Tallgrass Pictures founder & director Jeffrey Lamont Brown and screenwriter Jennifer de Poyen. 


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The feature tells the tale of Daniel Weinberg who protects his son Herbie the best way he knows how - he builds a nuke, hides it in a garden gnome, and secedes his suburban home from the USA to form the sovereign nation of Weinbergia.

Stay tuned for more updates on the messy adventure of the Weinbergs and production for UMR. 

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BTS: I Wanna See You Vogue

It was a another fine Friday in January and the Tallgrass studio had been taken over by fierce models for our fashion test shoot. The challenge: an enticing lingerie shoot, a Vogue inspired dance number, portraits embracing florals and this season's spring color palettes, and number in an elevator...all in just 24 hours. Madness? No, just another Friday in production.

 
To kick off the day was an Armani inspired lingerie shoot. One of our MUAs Hayley Havick and our VFX artist Rachel Alberto created tattoos for our model to complete the look. When the camera rolled, the fantastic Olga Glenn brought out her sultry side with a riveting performance. 
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The energy kept rolling along as our 2nd model Olivia Brower displayed her best “So You Think You Can Dance” moves. With Beyonce playing in the background; she showed off some moves that would make Queen Bee proud.

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Next up was Lizzy Grove, bringing disco back. We were back in the 70's with an "All Shiny Look" from SAKS Off Fifth.  She also rocked a series of fierce portraits with colorful flowers in hand...and mouth!
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As the sun went down and the evening approached, the lights were bright just like our next model. Aoydele delivered exquisite poses and looks - dripping with jewelry in her designer dress.
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To top off the studio shoot; was Jenny Purtee “wigging out” in hot pink with matching make-up and glitter. She was a vibrant beauty and was perfect for our mono-colored concept portrait.

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Did we finish all four concepts? Guess you’ll have to check back with us to see the finished product. 


Leave With Me at the Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Fest

Some exciting mid-week news: “Leave With Me” made it into the Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival in Oklahoma. Our first music video which we collaborated on with friend and musician Joshua Danyel is making it’s rounds on the film fest circuit and kicking butt!
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We're stoked to have had the chance to bring his musical story to life.
The Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival happens in April, but you can catch our music video here: 

North Island Credit Union: Capturing the San Diego lifestyle

4 days. 12 locations. As we reminisce on the fun we had in 2014, there's no forgetting the shoot that had us running all over sunny San Diego, showing off the greatness that is our beautiful city. We happily jumped into this collaboration with Fresh Form Interactive (the brilliant minds of Ali Palmer & Seth Gravette) and reunited with an old friend & Creative Director, Tracy Meiners.


Our goal: to create a beautiful photo library for use by North Island Credit Union (NICU).  With stops at places like Hodad's, OB Dog Beach, Mission Trails - each day brought it's own adventure....   

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Day 1: Undoubtedly, one of the greatest things about San Diego are our micro-breweries and killer food. Our gracious and wonderful hosts  Societe Brewing Co. & Hodad's in OB made our first day a real treat -

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Day 2: Carlton Oaks Golf Course showed us some real VIP treatment, as we zipped around in their golf carts from hole to hole. We also ventured to Mission Trails and Morley Park - with a few stops in between.

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Day 3: Shop til’ you drop!  A cute couple contemplated their first home and Tallgrass was there to capture that significant moment. The rest of the day was spent at the lovely boutiques in La Jolla and the North Park Farmer's Market.

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Day 4: When one of our locations fell through, we were saved and treated by our friends from Pappalecco, in Little Italy.  Pappalecco not only welcomed us with open arms but fed us like family. The rest of the day was filled with what San Diego is known for best - sunny, sandy, San Diego beaches.

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And of course, we stopped by North Island Credit Union to grab the brand shots. 

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This was a blast of a shoot - we hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!


Under My Roof VFX Test Shoot

Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re working on for “Under My Roof” - our very first Tallgrass Pictures feature film.

It was a fine Friday night for a test shoot…which is a favorite past time of Tallgrass Pictures. A test shoot is where our director and team experiment with  shots before a production to ensure high quality work. On this particular Friday night, the scene was set for Under My Roof’s big battle scene and a VFX test shoot was under way.

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Our very own TGP boys stepped in as the war heroes going against invisible helicopters and enemies:
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Meanwhile, our production coordinators helped set the mood by creating a flickering light through some very sophisticated dance moves:

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All in all, it was a very successful night with lots of fun. But this was just the first step. The footage is now in the tender hands of our VFX artists who are adding chaos and mayhem to the scene. Spoiler alert - there will be explosions galore.

We can’t wait for the finished footage. For now, we’ve got some great BTS videos to share. Check out how Tallgrass Pictures gets down on Friday nights:

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“Under My Roof” is a Tallgrass Pictures feature production scheduled for 2015.

Keep up with all the Under My Roof news and happenings in Weinbergia by following us!

2014 in the Life of Production At Tallgrass

Ever wonder what a year is like in the life of a production company?

As we head into the new year, we can’t help but spend a little time reminiscing on what 2014 held. From traveling the US to muddy productions, we’ve had a blast in 2014. We asked the Tallgrass team to share their favorite TGP moments from the year and here’s what they said….


Laurelena, our glowing graphic design intern ninja said:

“My favorite memory is decorating christmas stockings and seeing the surprises inside.”

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Christiaan, our battle dancing new account exec said:

“1. My favorite moment would have to be the time I had to shoot down a pretend helicopter with a super soaker. It was the first time being out with the crew shooting test shots for “Under my Roof”.

2. Surprise Bday up stairs. Was definitely surprised, took shots, and ate cake. 

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Katsie, our brand new ball of energy PC shared:

  “Some of my favorite Tallgrass moments from 2014:
- Helping on the TruGreen location shoot.
- Cooking for the Tallgrass team at the Wrap Beach Party for TruGreen
- Laurelena loving Spencer's cream filled pancakes
- The table read for UMR
- Making origami swans with Rachel for our shoot with Digitaria
- Watching JB fly the helicam for the first time"

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Spencer, our walkin' on sunshine 2nd AC said: 

"My favorite time at Tallgrass so far in my 1 3/4 months working here would have to be the Under My Roof test shoot.  It was a Friday so everyone was in good spirits and we got to get pretty creative with production because it was ours.  My favorite part of the night was when we had to tie a rope around Josh and pull him to the ground as if he got shot. Or having Jordan and Katsie dance in front of the Kino lights to simulate fire.  Also when Jordan sweetalked security because we didn't have a permit. Or when JB, Keith and I we  re blinded because Michael had to point the 1600 watt joker at the camera for a shot."


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Keith, our fierce and coffee addicted 1st AC said:

“Definitely flying out to Dallas, then coming back to JB’s street to find my car was parked in the middle of a destroyed street, perfectly on a tiny piece of pavement they had left. Erik and I had to drive through the rubble to get out. Haha."

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Angellyne, current blog author & digital marketing coordinator said: 

"My favorite moments would include - 
1. Being able to work on the digital marketing for our first feature movie; thinking of ways to promote it online & observing this story come to life.
2. Working as a production coordinator for Publicis Hawkeye for the TruGreen Project...a lot of stuff going on there but really enjoyed it all.:) Especially meeting awesome folks from Texas and seeing the advertising collateral from the other side.
3. A tiny part of me will always have to laugh at how I jumped in mud for a test shoot...see story below..."

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Jordan, our champion production coordinator said:

“If I had to choose a favorite moment here at Tallgrass - it would be tough, but one that makes me laugh every time I think about it was during our time test shooting for Spot Shot.
We created a mud pit up in the North 40 (our director’s expansive farm in the middle of urban San Diego) for kids and dogs to get crazy muddy for the day of the shoot. To make sure it was the right muddy consistency for maximized success during our shoot we decided to recruit a little help from our very own, adorably child size Angellyne - who thought we were joking when she accepted the task. 
As Angellyne sat in the muddy pool, JB felt that more mud was merrier…I was then tasked to muddy up Angellyne, and had to take a huge scoop of mud and plop it directly on top of Angellyne’s sad, beautiful head.”

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Beau, our senior VFX rockstar & Rachel, our VFX magician both agreed:

“Grip Olympics”*

*Grip Olympics was a friendly production competition on setting up and breaking down shoot equipment.*

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Nico, TGP’s one and only fantastic French editor:

“My best moments of 2014:
1. The whole CH in PA shoot
2. Spot Shot shoot day in the studio. I was a hybrid 1st AC, B camera operator and coffee/grease thrower for extra slo-mo shots
3. World Viz shoot in Santa Barbara
4. Ingram Micro Shoot”

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Gavin, our mix masterin' senior editor said:

“For me, it was Coordinated Health because it was close to home.”

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Aly, our expert socialite business development director said:

“The Addy Raid - we hosted the Addy Raid at the studio with a live green screen…helped with the Addy Awards promotional pieces, watched them play on the big screen in front of all the Addy Awards participants and cut the video announcing the new SDX.”

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And finally…our director, principal photographer & fearless founder JLB shares his top moments:

“Top TGP Memories from 2014:
PreProduction on Under My Roof (Script Development, American Film Market, Casting) 
Coordinated Health - meeting the great people of central Pennsylvania and the honor of filming student athletes. 
Spot Shot - a kickass shoot making big messes.”


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It's been a great time 2014...we're looking forward to more adventures and fun in 2015! 

Drones in commercial film magic

 

 It’s a bird, it’s plane…no it’s new filmmaking technology in action, right in the heart of Palm Springs Motors!

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In fact, it’s our director JLB using FPV (first person view) goggles for a production with Palm Springs Motors. With these goggles, JB was able to see live footage transmitted from a helicopter mounted GoPro that he controlled.

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What’s it like, you ask? Imagine taking a ride on a roller coaster and that feeling you get over that 1st big drop - a truly amazing experience! And the shots? Well, take a look for yourself. We were able to capture great aerial footage of the expansive Palm Springs Motors facility!

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This technology makes it possible for filmmakers to expand their creative reach (literally) and explore new views for storytelling success. We’re excited to have it in our filmmaking arsenal and glad we got to bust it out for our friends at Brandtailers. Many thanks to Cheril from Brandtailers for a cool project! And a special shout out to Juan, the fantastic porter, who moved over 500 cars for us - a true MVP of the shoot.


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(Cheers to getting some sweet footage!) 

 Mini-Coopers & Micro-Climates

What do mini-coopers & micro-climates have in common?

....a hilariously chaotic production with Tallgrass Pictures!

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Earlier this year, we shot a spot called “Climate Change” - a wacky concoction conceived by creative directors (and TGP friends) Robert Borges and Brad Copeland. In it, we find two scientists on a thrilling ride in a bright, red Mini.

For this shoot, the Tallgrass team took a little trip into the mountains of Julian, CA. Our action packed day included taking over Sunrise Highway with corrupt cops and then off-roading at Lake Cuyamaca (yes, in the mini cooper). We even sprinkled in some movie magic, literally - with a homemade rain machine! The rangers pumped water from the lake into the machine and created a whole new stormy scene for us - no rain dance needed - just PVC pipes and a little elbow grease. 


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We brought some devious fun to Julian mountains! Check out the full video below:

First Music Video Success

Tallgrass Pictures collaborates with Joshua Danyel to create a musical dream.

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One day. One song. One killer music video.

Tallgrass Pictures recently collaborated with musician and friend Joshua Danyel to create our very first music video for his song “Leave With Me”. With the vision of a Shakespearean world,our director and crew headed to Santa Barbara to make music video magic!

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Santa Barbara High School (our musician’s alma mater) generously gave us access to their grand theater as well as their fantastical props, wardrobe & stellar fog machines. The team was armed and ready for the one day production! Our director JB along with Jordan, Keith & Josh crafted a Midsummer Night set better than we could have dreamed up. From sunrise until midnight, they captured ethereal images creating a visual story for Joshua's passionate song.


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When they got back, it was our champion editors’ Nico & Gavin’s turn! Mixing together the images and sound, they finished the story in time for Josh’s album release party.


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And now we’re so excited to hear that our music video has been selected to be screened at the inaugural San Diego Fall Film Festival! Cheers to a beautiful collaboration coming together on the silver screen.



For your viewing pleasure, we present Joshua Danyel's "Leave With Me"



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Casting Under My Roof in Los Angeles, California

This Week Casting Under My Roof in Los Angeles with Gabrielle Schary 

The latest news at Tallgrass Pictures this week is that Jeni, Jennifer, JB, and casting director Gabrielle Schary are heading to Studios West in Santa Monica to cast the leads in Under My Roof. With hundreds of submissions our team is sure to have an action packed a couple of days. Over the next that week couple weeks the team will be casting in Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York. For more information about this casting find us on IMDB.

 

Stay tuned or more production updates @TallgrassFilms & @_UnderMyRoof 

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American Sock Now Available in 4K

Big things are happening at Youtube as 4K, or Ultra HD video becomes available on the prolific service. An article by Mashable’s Pete Pachal stated earlier this year that 4k, or Ultra HD footage will come in a new format called VP9, a royalty-free codec that will also reportedly offer a better experience with Google Hangouts, according to GigaOm. Pachal also states that the VP9 codec consumes considerably less data than other commercial codecs (such as H.265), letting the service stream higher-quality streams with less bandwidth.

For us at Tallgrass Pictures this is fantastic news! As a commercial production company, we produce everything from high speed motion capture, to aerial helicopter footage, computer generated graphics, and feature films all in High Definition.  

For Gavin, TGP senior Editor, his interest in UHD started at NAB last year when he got to screen video on an 8K tv. “It was like looking out a window” Gavin remembers while explaining the differences between 4k and 1080p mastering. According to Gavin,  there are not many differences in mastering 4k versus 1080p, except for increased render times and larger files; but beyond that 4k monitors are not household items, at least not yet. For us  this had meant that  the Ultra HD footage we’ve been shooting for 5 years can now finally be realized in online video, creating a richer viewing experience for our clients.

In the past with sites like Youtube our crisp, surreal imagery would lose and great deal of its luster when compressed to for web, it simply did not do it justice. Today that is a thing of the past, now with this new codec TGP and creators of all sorts are able to more easily share beautifully crafted content online!

This is exciting news to our team, and we’d like celebrate by sharing one of our Award Winning comedy shorts American Sock.

Enjoy!

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American Sock now available in 4k.

Under My Roof, A Tallgrass Production

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UNDER MY ROOF,  A TALLGRASS PRODUCTION 
Production begins this November!

Herbert Weinberg’s father is striking a blow for freedom. Implanting a nuclear device within a garden gnome in the front yard of their Southern California home, he’s declared independence from the U.S. The household is understandably is an uproar. Mother’s gone, the local weatherman has moved in, and 13-year-old Herbert is simultaneously a hostage and the Minister of Information. Even while troops surround the belligerent house-state of Weinbergia, the call to freedom has been sounded. The house is rapidly filling up with American refuseniks. Can the refrigerator hold out? Will Herbert’s and Daniel defeat imperialism and reunite the family?  Based on Aristophanes’s Archanians, Under My Roof is funny, ambitious film.

For more live updates and behind the scenes content through out production, follow @_UnderMyRoof on twitter and check us out on Facebook.


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Three New Faces!

The men are taking over Tallgrass Pictures!

We'd like to formally introduce a couple of the newest faces at Tallgrass. Please join us in welcoming Marvin, Keith and Josh to the Tallgrass Pictures team.

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Spot Shot TV Commercial: messy fun

Mud pits, coffee stains, and erupting marinara sauce. Some people may call this their worst nightmare, but Tallgrass Pictures calls it a great day at the office.

Over the summer, we filmed a commercial for Spot Shot carpet cleaner with the fun team at O'Leary & Partners. Our shoot was a wild ride including mud flinging from dogs and children, tossing mugs of coffee around the studio, to Zorro initiating a sword fight. 

Team members went home covered in mud, marinara, lipstick, and smiles. Thanks Spot Shot and O'Leary & Partners for a great shoot! 


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2-Day Roloxin Shoot

Kicking off a busy week of shoots was Roloxin Lift; a two-day shoot where we produced both a brand video and tutorial for Roloxin.

Day one focused on the Roloxin Lift brand video showcasing various women’s bathrooms. This shoot took place in Mission Viejo, CA at The Bath Company, a bathroom fixture superstore featuring several bathroom vignettes making it the perfect location for this shoot. After a little prop styling and strategic camera angling we had four beautiful bathrooms and you’d never know that we were in an operational store with looky-loo customers surrounding our set!

On day two, we were back at Tallgrass Pictures studio where Tsukuru built a working sink in the middle of the studio for the Roloxin tutorial! The natural light from our open studio made for beautiful imagery with light reflecting off each drop of water as our talent splashed water on her face.

The only thing more breathtaking than the shots were the instant results our talent got from Roloxin Lift itself. It left all of the women (and men) asking where they can get themselves some Roloxin!

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Guild Mortgage

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We got amazing time lapse footage in front of the building and captivating shots of the Guild Mortgage staff hard at work; all narrated by their President and CEO Mary Ann McGarry. We loved spending the day at such a beautiful location and working with everyone from Guild Mortgage who, we must say, are naturals in front the camera.

 

Filming into the Future with Ingram Micro

As part of a new brand video for Ingram Micro, we shot a futuristic scene of a young couple announcing an upcoming baby. How did we make the scene look like 2030 and not 2013? By shooting at a stunning, mostly glass, modern-style home at the top of Mt. Helix, a small mountain right here in San Diego.

We captured the soon-to-be grandfather video chatting with the expecting couple on a 2D holographic image projected on glass. Since it’s still 2014, we used blue lighting to create the visual effect of a hologram shining on the actor’s face. In post-production, our very talented Beau Runnells worked his magic with the footage, making the couple look as if they are the ones in the hologram!

We had a blast capturing the essence of a precious family moment and highlighting the role of Ingram Micro’s technology in creating it. All while getting to pretend it was high-tech 2030!

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A Proposal to Remember, Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro, a global Fortune 500 technology company, assigned us to collaborate on a brand essence video for use company wide capturing technology in life's biggest moments.


Ingram’s Dan Iorgulescu, Ewan Pidgeon and Jason Williams have been invaluable collaborators, writing a fantastic script based in human emotion and experience, being very helpful on set and in the editing bay. 

We shot footage from 3 continents including India and Africa, but one of our favorites? The Japanese Friendship Garden, where friendships grow! Set in the lovely Balboa park, this venue captured the perfect mood for the ultimate Geo Cache adventure. 

With two talent and one GPS, you’ll see a couple hunting for treasure with nothing but a set of coordinates. The prize you ask? A wedding proposal! Recording one of life’s biggest moments, and highlighting how GPS technology was able to help make this memorable moment come to life? Mission accomplished!  

Thank you to the Japanese Friendship Garden for allowing us to film at such a fantastic location!


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Masculinity: Concept Shoot

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We love shooting so much, once a month we become our own client, concepting and assigning a Tallgrass creative shoot for our ever-expanding portfolio. For March, beards tickled our fancy. Nothing is more classic than a man’s most masculine accessories—beards and ‘staches. 

There’s plenty of discussion on the ideal definition of femininity. But what about the men?! A beard or mustache can range from rugged and unruly to clean and defined. What an extraordinary range of expression that is displayed through facial hair. Here was a fun, creative shoot that had us glorifying not just our own studio of bearded men, but the diverse local talent that came in to help.

Check out our wicked bewhiskered final images!

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Graduating Tallgrass Style!

No more classes! No more books! No more teachers’ dirty looks! That’s right - we’re talking Grad Night at San Diego State University! And the Tallgrass Team was there to join in on the celebrations. We wanted to send the graduating class of 2014 off the funnest way we knew how, but also with something that really hit home and summarized their year.

At the studio we compiled the graduates’ pictures, memories and current events that defined this year, everything from the viral hit “What Does the Fox Say” to the election of Pope Francis. But we didn’t stop there. On campus we set up our Slow-Mo booth and armed graduates with silly-string, confetti and a bumpin’ beat to get down and party to! It was a joy to watch friends and classmates uniting, laughing, and celebrating over their grand accomplishment. 

Everybody was super stoked…“Thank you so much JB. I knew you guys would pull it off but this truly exceeded my expectations. You guys are amazing” said Melissa Henss, the Assistant Director of Presidential Events at San Diego Staten University.

Congratulations Class of 2014, and good luck from all of us here at Tallgrass!

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Game of Thrones: Concept Shoot



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Who was elated for the Season Premiere of Game of Thrones?

Spoiler Alert: the Tallgrass Pictures Team! And who could cast blame upon us?! In honor of the upcoming premiere, we held this TV show inspired shoot. With the help of some local talent and a fantastic makeup artist - we were ready to get our Game of Thrones on! 

Our quest: To create portraits that mimicked the creative lighting effects found in the third season’s promo-posters. It was an entirely experimental shoot. A chance for us to have fun, get creative and practice with some new technology and different effects.

  Our holy grail? These final images!

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Welcome Summer Interns!

Please join us in welcoming our newest interns for Summer 2014.


On the marketing team, we have: Kendra, Angellyne, Jordan and Greice.


Supporting the production team are Chloe and David.


Assisting with editing and production is Steffen.


We have a ton of fresh faces at Tallgrass Pictures and we’re thrilled to have such wonderful talent on our team this summer.

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EPIC Series

Tallgrass Pictures got a crash course in what it means to be EPIC this past weekend, at the EPIC Series Fitness Challenge Course. Athletes of all levels gathered Saturday & Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to compete in a workout like no other. No mud, no long runs - just intense plyometric, strongman inspired, challenge course fun! 

Our goal: To capture the EPIC adventure for all future participants. Alex, Rachel, Gavin and Nico were appropriately decked-out with our RedEpic cameras to capture every moment that unfolded throughout the day. While Tsukuru and our pilot Russell, strapped a Go-Pro to our Heli to seize a truly EPIC view. 

We didn’t even compete yet the course left us exhausted and exhilarated by the end of the day.

Check out the tractor pulling, tire flipping, even wall climbing insanity!



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Aly & Allison take on S.F.

 

Here’s to new friends and old! Ten meetings. Two days. Aly and Allison rocked their way through San Francisco, ’wining and dining’ with SF’s top ad agencies and mastering its public transport. 

By BART, bus, trolley and foot, these ladies made it everywhere from the beautiful shorelines of the Embarcadero to the historical docks of Fisherman's Wharf! Our friend, Angus at Dolby, welcomed us by taking us back to school. Wait, we mean Skool - a delightful lunch spot in SF where the menus were appropriately printed on binder paper! While our new friends at First Person were introduced to us over cocktails at a hip speakeasy bar named Local Edition. 

We also had the opportunity to meet with Doremus, Eleven Inc., and OneWorld…just to name a few. Everyone is so busy! So it was a great time for our team to see what these agencies are working on, and share our own work as well.

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Harrah’s “See it up close”

Filming at Harrah's Resort, Southern California what a blast! A strong collaboration between I.D.E.A. creatives Ryan Berman and Joe Nafziger, Harrah’s Ryan Thompson and Jeffrey Lamont Brown. With 9 setups in one day, we were lucky to have the incredible Nicole Miller, Amy Lorenzen and Harrah’s very own Patty Olvera making everything flow as smooth as the lazy river.

The concept: “See it up close” opens with extreme closeups of guests enjoying the key amenities of the property. Massage, juicy steak, beautiful hotel room, lazy river and a win in the casino. We cover a lot of ground in 30 seconds with this spot. And oh yeah, we shot some cool slow-mo helicopter footage of the new hotel tower for the end card!

Look out for this television commercial; it’s enough to make you say, “DAMN!”

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He blinded us with Science!

Bigger, Better, Faster! Tallgrass

Over here at Tallgrass not only are we picture people, but every once in a while we build a computer! A spiffy new animation workstation at that…

Stay tuned for more about our graphics and animation capabilities! 

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Time Lapse San Diego

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Tsukuru has been shooting a ton of beautiful time lapses around San Diego with our new Kessler Crane.


Check out this sample of the awesome results he is getting!

 

Congratulations Tallgrass Pictures Interns

Congratulations are in order for our student filmmakers Monica Nguyen & Alex Drachnik!

Check out their films below or you can attend the showcase at San Diego State University this Thursday, May 15th!


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Tallgrass Pictures at the San Diego Film Awards

It was a great time last night at the first ever San Diego Film Awards, and we're happy to announce that Tallgrass short American Sock took home an award for Best Writing! So we'd like to send out a big thanks to screenwriter Jason K. Allen, the Film Consortium of San Diego, and our wonderful team!

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Behind the scenes, Oscar Vine Parodies

The 86th Academy Awards are tomorrow so we at Tallgrass figured it be fun do Oscar Vine Parodies with a few of our new interns.

Enjoy these behind the scenes photos and be sure to mark your calendar for March 2, 2014 because we'll be live tweeting the Oscars at @TallgrassFilms and you don’t want to miss our Best Picture Vine Parodies!

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 Check out our :30 version on Youtube! 

ADDY Awards Gala!

Happy awards season everyone!  Yes, it that time of year once again. Time for the annual round up of everything awesome in advertising, the ADDYs! Every year the American Advertising Federation hosts an event to showcase the best in the business and this year Tallgrass Pictures is a big part of the festivities.  The local chapter of San Diego's AD Club enlisted our help  in hosting their annual ADDY Raid, we were to  happy to oblige. (Stay tuned for the behind the scenes photos)

 

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The ADDY's awards gala is this Friday at 6pm at the Gaslamp's US Grant Hotel, this  Gatsby themed event promises to be swinging time! 







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National Spot for San Diego State

Tallgrass Pictures shoots it’s fourth national spot for San Diego State University. The assignment: To highlight the research and science opportunities the school has to offer. Boring you say? Not! We open the spot to a lab full of students making bionic limbs; then walk directly onto the deck of a 100ft boat doing cutting-edge virus research, launch the Mars Rover, and end with an ensemble cast at Hepner Hall, all in one continuous shot. Cheers to our CGI team for all their hard work to make those transitions flawless! 

Shooting at sea can be rough and even seasick we didn’t fall overboard. The team stayed strong and got incredible footage. Great job! It was a combination of every team members’ individual efforts that let us get so many shots that appeared effortless. 

We also couldn’t have accomplished getting that warm atmosphere of campus without the Aztec students who volunteered as extras. We’re excited to premier the SDSU spot; look out for it this coming spring! 

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Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort

Our recent shoot at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort was like the great casino itself, big and bold. It was a nicely sized production with 30 cast & crew. We shot with a couple of RED epics, capturing both stills and video. The stills looked amazing and, at 50 MB, huge. Harrah’s also hooked us up with their amazing buffet, providing steak and lobster for everybody. (Many thanks for Ryan, Amber & Patty for that!)
 
Production base was composed of 2 of the casino’s largest suites, jacuzzis included. This housed all the wardrobe and the equipment that we couldn’t haul to our 8 shooting locations. It was certainly our first time having hair, make up & wardrobe in the same room as a jacuzzi.
 
In our assignment, we illustrated Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort's transition to a luxury resort, so we spent the day capturing several of their upgraded amenities, like Dive, their new outdoor pool area, which is complete with lazy river, swim up bar and spa. By wrap time, we had shot 10 talent in 8 places in 12 hours, and had plenty of great footage to show for it.

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Mitsubishi Rayon Golf Shafts

We were thrilled when our friends at Simpler & Simpler asked us to do another video shoot for Mitsubishi Rayon Golf Shafts. Last year we found and executed a unique way to capture this company’s premium and super-premium golf shafts golf shafts, and we were ready to step up to the challenge once again.

For this shoot we took a normal-sized production and made it miniature. We shot the golf clubs with macro lenses, which let us make the products appear far bigger than their actual size. This made the shots very dramatic because of the great level of detail these cameras capture. Making slight lighting adjustments or moving the camera a mere 1 mm would change the composition. 

With the hands of “surgeons”, we were able to get all the shots we wanted with great precision. The videos, once edited & finalized, will be used in both the American and Japanese markets.

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Christmas Week Lifestyle Shoot Day 3

On our last day of our lifestyle shoot Christmas week, we headed to the cliffs of Torrey Pines, where we had 2 cameras right at the cliff’s edge. Our talent were champions, running up narrow goat trails and posing in stretching positions above the legendary Black's Beach. 

We ended the week of shooting in the chic offices of Digitaria. We capture amazing views of both our talent and "aerials" down into PETCO park baseball stadium at sunset. To get so many great images in such a variety of places took complete commitment from everyone involved, and, wrapping that day, everyone felt extremely proud to be a part of this dedicated team. 

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Christmas Week Lifestyle Shoot Day 2

Day 2: Downtown San Diego. We were immersed in San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp quarter. The weather was sunny and beautiful for shooting, but so warm that it posed a threat to the "Ice Cream" scene. APC Britney, literally ran from the ice cream shop to our set to keep the tub of cones from melting! 

By the time the sun was setting that same day, we decided to capture some extra shots at our final location: Goorin Brothers, a stylish downtown hat shop loaded with Fedoras, Boaters and many other cool hats. To get enough light in the store’s second floor terrace, G+E  stood in the street with shiny boards to capture the remaining sunlight. Inside, JB shot above from a bird’s eye view, while Gavin rolled low angle "B" camera.   By the time the sun had gone down, we knew our clients were going to be spoiled.

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Christmas Week Lifestyle Shoot Day 1

With 3 days notice, we pulled together a rocking 3 day lifestyle shoot the week of Christmas. From the Torrey Pines cliffs to downtown, our crew of 13 shot 14 talent in 8 locations in 3 days. 

The first day we shot at beautiful home in Bay Ho, a cool neighborhood overlooking Mission Bay, where our team had fun assembling our largest prop to date, a 14 ft trampoline. It was a great team building exercise to build it "on the day" with agency/client in the house. Our "boss" set dec team took the house from Christmas to "Season Agnostic" and back to it's festive state. JB and the A + B camera teams rocked it, keeping 4 kids (and "Parents") happy throughout the day. One 5 year old had so much fun her mom sent this email. "Alana had such a great day today!  In the car she told me that she wishes she could wake up "at night" and do this every single day.

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New Year, New Interns. Welcome Lauren, Monica & Alex!

Say hello to our new nuggets Monica, Alex, & Lauren! We’re so happy to have these wonderful ladies in the studio.
All SDSU students, Lauren joins our marketing team, and Monica & Alex come on in production. Welcome Ladies!

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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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Follow the Tallgrass Pictures Google+ & Youtube pages.  

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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.

To keep updated on our activities, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest or visit our main site at tallgrasspictures.com

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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. :) 

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'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

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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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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!
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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

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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!

Enjoy!

"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

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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!

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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.