"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 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 in the city of angels

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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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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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!

 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:

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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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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'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!

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.

 

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!

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!

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"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)

 

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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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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: jewishfederations.org 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

Jeffrey is featured on Altpick.com today!

Check out this special feature of Jeffrey Lamont Brown at Altpick.com

Jeffrey Named Member of Advisory Committee at Kroc School of Peace Studies

Continuing with his commitment to social issues, Jeffrey has been named as an honorary member of the advisory committee for the Re-Imagining Border Photography Contest at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego. The contest will give young students and younger audiences a chance to explore border related issues and challenges. Jeffrey was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his photo essay which chronicled a young man’s migration across the border from Mexico to Chicago.

Chocolate covered bacon for all!

Del Mar Fair Lifestyle Shoot - Chocolate covered bacon for all! Thanks to Aly + Kate for the speedy pre production. And for our game-for-anything talent who rode tons of rides, ate crazy food and smiled through it all.