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video // YOURS TRULY : Pure Bathing Culture

We’ve long admired the intimate, live music filmmaking that the folks at Yours Truly have been putting out for several years now.  We’ve recently had the opportunity to work with them filming and editing videos in Seattle.

The first to be released is this gorgeous song from the good people of Pure Bathing Culture (whom we’ve had the fortune of filming before, first as part of Vetiver’s band at the first Huichica Music Festival and second as part of Richard Swift’s band at the Huichica Music Festival the following year!)

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award-winning video // A Brief History of Merlot

First—credit where credit is due. Once upon a time a wonderful, whimsical, wry little nugget of a narrative seeded itself in the brain of Gundlach Bundschu Winery Marketing Director Susan Sueiro. Perhaps (just maybe) after sipping on a glass of Gun Bun Merlot—a come-hither, ruby slipper of a wine, that—under the right circumstances—transports you over the rainbow. It’s no laughing matter, this wine. It’s just, well, much maligned. How to tell its story with winks rather than winces?

After what we can only imagine was a richly inspirational foray sliding down various rainbows, one of the things Susan did after putting fingers to keyboard was to call us. And we’re so glad she did. Our own Art Director Peter and Susan together finessed the script and shot list so as to make it possible to capture in one day, Peter clicked his heels down to California and ta-dah, they did it. One day. By jove. Peter behind the lens, Susan directing, coordinating scenes, costumes, wings, prayers and wine.

Back home Peter edited, nipped, tucked and nipped some more. Refined the flow and polished the audio, added graphics and selected the songs. Creative Director Sarah said things like, “That looks good,” and “Nuh-uh” and “But…” (She was pregnant anyways.) Peter burned the midnight oil night after night. He felt he owed it to Merlot. And Susan. And rainbows.

Their efforts paid off. Last month A Brief History of Merlot nabbed Wine Spectator’s 2012 Annual Video Contest.

A Brief History of Merlot humorously depicts the trials and tribulations of a varietal misunderstood—even shunned—in the aftermath of the movie Sideways, before its redemptive return to greatness.

After its debut in March of this year, A Brief History of Merlot quickly went viral on YouTube—accruing nearly 20,000 hits in a matter of weeks as major media outlets and blogs across the wine world shared in collective laughter before passing it along. It currently boasts more than 36,000 views.

The video was then submitted to Wine Spectator’s sixth annual video contest this August, where it won the popular vote. According to Wine Spectator, this year’s competition drew entries from all over the world and broke the record for the largest number of voters.

So there you have it. The little Art Dept. video that could. Proving that anything is possible if you put a little blood, sweat and tears into it.

Thanks to all the voters out there who displayed phenomenal taste in choosing A Brief History of Merlot. Thanks to our creative friends at GunBun for having faith in us, for their good wine and their great storytelling.

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video // Musical Plates : Kris Orlowski

Third time’s indeed a charm for Seattle’s only (and best!) mobile food tour. This time around, Kris Orlowski‘s melodic pop complemented White Moustache’s four-wheeled foodie foray up, down and all over town into some of Seattle’s best kept culinary secrets.

We’re firm believers that White Moustache gastro-guide Bryce Lathrop is one part Bacchanalian storyteller, two parts food anthropologist and three parts epicurean shaman. Meaning, he has the epicure for all that ails you, and you’ll emerge from your food coma two days later boasting some anecdotal cultural history to boot.  On this particular tour, Bryce played raconteur and the band played songs catchier than hell and everyone filled their bellies with an all-vegetarian menu.

Above is a first glimpse at the night—the video we produced of Orlowski and co.’s performance at the delicious and sparkling Grub.

Here’s another clip we created as a survey of the entire evening:

If you like what you see, don’t hesitate to purchase tickets for the next Musical Plates food tour!

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music by
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video // Metropolitan Market celebrates local

We love supporting our local market—especially when they support local farms and producers.  Metropolitan Market has become a go-to source for excellent, locally-sourced foods and we’ve recently had the good fortune to work with them as a client.

A couple months ago they asked us to capture a few of nearby vendors for a series of short videos as part of a “Celebrate Local” campaign.  Visiting local farms, orchards and distilleries and learning a little about them while making a video was more like fun than work for us. Drinking a cold soda outside a circa 1935 grocery store in the middle of pastoral farmlands while waiting to meet a berry farmer—it’s right up our alley!

Take a look for yourselves:
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video // Cult Tacoma : Cathedrals Tacoma

The second much-anticipated Tacoma Cathedrals show, presented by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, filled Tacoma’s Immanual Presbyterian Church with the luminous sounds of local and independent musicians. We were on hand to film the event for Cult Tacoma.

Above, check out the arresting performance of headliner David Bazan‘s Strange Negotiations as backed with an original arrangement by Andrew Joslyn and his Passenger String Quartet.

Then watch the gorgeously executed performance by Pretty Broken Things:

music video // Apartment Lights : “The White River”

We’re pleased to present the debut music video of Apartment Lights—Tacoma, WA musician Grace Sullivan’s solo project.

You can stream her debut EP on the Apartment Lights bandcamp page . . .

photo by James Bailey

photo by James Bailey

 

 

 

video // Musical Plates : OK Sweetheart

Lucky, lucky us. We again had the good fortune of joining Seattle’s only (and best!) mobile food tour as it added a local band to the mix for a night of indie pop, mouthwatering eats and a four-wheeled foray up, down and all about town and into some of Seattle’s best kept culinary secrets.

We’re firm believers that White Moustache gastro-guide Bryce Lathrop is one part Bacchanalian storyteller, two parts food anthropologist and three parts epicurean shaman. Meaning, he has the epicure for all that ails you and you’ll emerge from your food coma two days later boasting some anecdotal food history to boot. In a perfect interlacing of the senses, he invited one of our favorite up-and-coming bands OK Sweetheart to serenade a busload of gleefully gluttonous traveling tastebuds.  Bryce played raconteur and the band played songs sweeter than milk and honey and everyone filled their bellies with cupcakes, barbecue, fried pickles and heaven.

Take a look at the video above (or the shorter videos below) for a glimpse at the night.

If you like what you see, don’t hesitate to purchase tickets for the next Musical Plates food tour!

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video // CULT TACOMA : Squeak + Squawk 2012

These are videos we recently produced for Cult Tacoma as part of their coverage of Tacoma’s recent Squeak + Squawk Festival.