General Motors Photoshoot



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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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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'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!

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)

 

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.   

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!”  

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!

We love pizza...

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

Tallgrass' newest project...an 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!