Posts Tagged ‘bellingham film production’

Bellingham State of Mind

September 17, 2010

We gots to give some major domo props to ‘Bellingham State of Mind’ – a really fun video directed by Chris Patton and starring Nathan Cox and Rashawn Scott. Further proof that with minimal gear and a flamethrower full of imagination, you can create something truly spectacular. Respect.


Hand Crank Films Tapped for Ground Zero Mosque PSA’s

September 1, 2010

Why were we in the Big Apple last week? To shoot a series of spots for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to highlight the fact that people of all colors and religions were tragically affected by 9/11. This includes Muslims.

Check out the first of 3  spots here. We think they’re pretty powerful.

Thoughts? Ideas? We’d love to hear from you.

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Knocking on the Doors of Perception

August 31, 2010

Google doesn’t have a lock on ingenuity. But it does own at least a full city block as reflected in their latest Google Labs experiment with HTML 5, film and music video, and the band Arcade Fire. The accomplishment? Folding your world into their story.

Check out the future of story-telling here:

Suggestion: Use the Google Chrome Browser with high connection speeds. If the address of your childhood home doesn’t have enough info via Google Maps, pick another location you know well.

Enjoy the trip. (Kudos to filmmaker Chris Milk)

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Taking a Bite of the Big Apple

August 24, 2010

A few of the HCF team are off to NYC this week to create some PSA’s centered around the whole ‘Mosque at Ground Zero’ debate. The spots promise to be thought provoking, especially given the media attention and overall heat this topic has generated the last few weeks.

Stay tuned for more late breaking news. In the meantime, you can always watch Ol’ Blue Eyes wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep.

Call to Arms – The Pickford Film Center

August 9, 2010

Everyone over at Hand Crank Films is a big fan of The Pickford Film Center. And to say they’re close to reaching their funding goal to open their new space is an understatement. If we all can get just get 1000 people to donate $10/mo for one year, the film Center will open by the end of 2010.

You heard me right. 2010.  A new facility that will bring us the best films, drive downtown business, and further Bellingham’s reputation as a premier destination will be up and running this year.

It’s a small price to pay to make this happen. So help us in one last push. Plus, its just another feather in your cap.

To donate, click here.

Still not convinced? Check out what the Pickford has to say here.

PeaceHealth Saint Joseph Medical Center

July 15, 2010

I’m pretty jazzed to post this new ad – which was done in concert with advertising agency Baron & Co (props to Chris Bothell and Jason Glover). Be sure to go full screen:

This was shot on the Red camera, and shows just how high digital quality has gotten over the last few years. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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The Beauty of Simplicity

July 9, 2010

File this under ‘Cool Stuff We Are Watching – and Learning From’. Open to wide screen to view:

This is a brilliant spot that doesn’t use a lot of trickery or special effects beyond a split screen. Instead, the story is told beautifully, slowly, elegantly. Oh yeah, and the music helps too.

Hats off to Radiohead, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), and Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale and director Steve Rogers. Some serious major props here.

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Seeing Red: The Red EPIC Camera Back in Action

July 7, 2010

Over here at HCF, we’re known to get pretty excited when something as minor as a new version of iTunes is released. So imagine our general giddiness when we learned that the Red EPIC camera – perhaps the most advanced digital motion picture camera in the world – is back on track to deliver to our offices by Fall. High-end camera manufacturer RED announced that the software “bug” holding up production of their new EPIC and Scarlet cameras has been identified and squashed. Eureka.

What does this mean to our customers and partners? Combining powerful storytelling with advanced technology is key to what we do. Read the entire story about the camera here.

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TV Spot Shot on an iPhone 4

July 2, 2010

Here’s an interesting test by FLF Films: check out what is being billed as the first national TV commercial shot on an iPhone. What’s especially interesting is the shot taken from a remote control helicopter.

You can only see 360 video on the iPhone itself, but connect it to a PC and it outputs full 720p.  (Hat Tip to Tim Wilson on the Creative Cow Blogs):

The verdict? The iPhone’s not going to replace the RED or even the Canon 7D anytime soon, but it’s a fun experiment, especially with a piece of hardware you can carry in your hip pocket. And make a phone call with. And…….

Yes, Virginia, there is an app for that. What do you think?

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HCF Blog: The Editorial Calendar

July 1, 2010

Sure, Hand Crank Films is a film production company. But what we’re really about is telling stories and making the connection. Engaging people just enough so that they feel inclined to take the next step, to act, to do.

We have the same goal with this blog. Not only do we want to sharpen our own craft by exploring new ideas and hearing from our community, but we want to share things that we find especially interesting – not just to film makers but to marketers and other story tellers as well. So that we grow in the work we accomplish.

To that end – we’ve come up with a simple Editorial Calendar. This calendar will not only help us keep on track and provide some structure to what we want to say – but it will give our audience some sense of what you can expect as well.

So right now we plan on posting about 3 X a week, with the following as a guideline:

  • Monday: Marketing Conversation – how to perpetuate story.
  • Wednesday: What we find of note in the tech world, both in film and elsewhere.
  • Friday: Good Work – content we’ve ran across in the last week or so that we find inspiring and useful.

Now doubt we’ll stray now and again – but this should provide us with a good starting point. Any other ideas?

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