Love is Alive. Maybe it doesn’t seem like it, but it’s true. The Shark Pig Weddings team has traveled all over the world in search of Love, and we found it. We found it living in many forms, and in many people. We watched it make people laugh and dance and cry and kiss. We’ve observed the way that Love brings people together. It can turn two families into one. It heals and transforms. Amongst all our differences as humans, Love is a commonality. It joins us. People have tried to describe Love in all kinds of terms. We prefer to describe with image and music.
In a time where there’s a lot of hate, Love is alive. This is the proof.
This beautiful song is “Fountain of Youth” by a band called Local Natives, a few members of which make an appearance in this video. We’ve now memorized every nuance and note of it, and we still really really like it. You should check out (and buy) their new album. It’s awesome.
At Shark Pig, each of us brings something to the table. For example, years before we joined the company some of us studied filmmaking while some of us meditated in Iowa, made LP’s, or even freelanced in the commercial and film worlds. Brian in particular has had an incredible range of occupations and world travels. Anyway, for almost all of us, commercial work and hobbyist filmmaking are still a big part of our lives.
Last year, I decided to give myself a crash course in independent filmmaking by writing, producing and directing two short films. It was an ass kicking. And one of the films still isn’t finished yet. But I learned a lot, made a few connections and a lot of new friends.
As for the first one, the one that’s finished, I’m still waiting to hear back from a few festivals, then I plan to post it online for anyone who’d like to watch it. In the meantime, it recently played on a big screen in downtown LA and even won a couple of recognitions.
As for the second one, admittedly it’s my fault at this point that it isn’t done…It’s just sitting there on my computer. But it’s wedding season right now and every weekend I’m out there traveling, filming, dancing and helping Shark Pig grow. And on the weekdays I’m crafting those fancy little documentaries on the almighty subject of love.
It’s totally not my intention to make my wedding work sound like a burden. I love my job. My point is to give a hearty shoutout to everyone that worked on the unfinished project and let them know that it’s still coming – and I think everyone will be pleased when they see the final product.
Here’s a few of my favorite visuals, along with some details:
Logline: A friendless writer unravels while a mysterious hole in her wall grows bigger and bigger.
By the way, aren’t GIFs the best? I think I love them so much because they remind me of the Daily Prophet.
The Muse Finds You Working is an experimental existential piece with no dialogue, one character and one location.
It evolved a few times. For example, it’s original title was Circles, but the film is so odd that I thought it would be helpful to use the title as a signpost for my intentions. I do hope that people derive their own meanings from it but I also want my ideas to be received clearly.
This project benefited from an exceptionally talented and hard working crew, and it’s still benefiting from a couple of outstanding FX and sound artists. I will be so, so stoked to send it out to festivals and the rest of the world very soon. Thanks for reading!
We’ve been waiting a while to share this project we did with our friends Combatant Gentlemen , and now that their Summit Collection has officially launched, we can finally show you what we got to do this year:
And it basically changed our lives. We spent one sweltering hot week in Italy, drinking cappuccinos (before lunch, never after), touring the wool capitol of the world, and getting a blunt lesson in how Italians view life. Their overwhelming passion for food, style, tradition was so inspiring and beautiful, we couldn’t help but walk away with a fresh perspective, and a desire to incorporate some of their ideals in to our daily life. The most obvious transformation being that we’re Suit Guys now.
In what we like to call a social experiment, we’ve challenged ourselves and each other to introduce a little passion in to how we get dressed every morning before we go out in to the world. While I can’t speak for the other bros, the difference in my life has been undeniable, and honestly pretty fascinating. It’s a lifestyle that invites confidence, respect, and appreciation, just by putting in some effort in the morning…which makes it really fun. The positive effects are rewarding enough that I can really get behind the mission Combatant Gentlemen is on. They’re doing a pretty damn good job of making this lifestyle choice a possibility for more and more people, and I’m proud to be helping them get the message out by making videos like this.
Anyway, I’m stoked I got to do this for work. Here are some photos we took in Italy of some amazing people and places.
Our lovely bed and breakfast hosts. They gave us a bed, and the mosquitos ate our hot sweaty bodies for breakfast.
This is Muriel. She was our guide to Italian shaming. Here she is teaching me how to properly talk with my hands. She would also refuse to let me consume milk after lunch, and was very honest about how unimpressed she was with our production fashion. We love her because it was the kick in the ass we needed to step our game up.
Our friend Max, on the left, gave us an additional tour of a Silk distributer in Como. It was beyond.
I’m so proud that Shark Pig has an ongoing relationship with Leisure Society. This is my 4th short film for the luxury eye wear brand, and they always give me so much creative freedom. It’s also not terrible to hang out on a big yacht with beautiful people all day. Check it out!
Emmadime, the talented graphic designer and blogger, used to work in The Flashdance office with all of us until one day a handsome young scientist named Bubba swept her off her feet and all the way to San Francisco. Not long after, they got hitched.
As for the wedding, they generously gave photographer Jennifer Emerling and I TONS of time for portraiture, so we drove them all over the city. Because of that, and because her wedding was genuinely one of the most intimate and special events we’ve seen, we are excited and proud to finally show off our work and celebrate this couple.
Seriously, just look at these two random photos I just snagged from Jenn’s new website. Oh, by the way, Jenn just launched a brand spankin’ new website (designed by Emma, and it’s super dope). There you will find all of the photos. We suggest looking at them, but fair warning – your eyeballs might explode.