This was a really fun one to put together and has been a long time coming, with scenes shot in LA, New York, and San Francisco. We’ve done most of Eli’s videos and love working with him, and this one was a particularly rad opportunity to work with some amazing dancer friends as well. Thanks again to everyone who worked on it with us. We hope you like it!
We couldn’t be more excited to get Mr. Jon Voight’s perspective on Hal Ashby for our film “Once I Was”. Even though he’s been nominated many times, his only Oscar win is from collaborating with Ashby on Coming Home. He came to our little studio, and shook hands with everyone, kind of sizing us up. Of course we were all a little intimidated – not because we weren’t ready to do our jobs well, but just because he’s such a full blown movie star. It carries some weight with it. After meeting everyone he said, “So do you guys all know each other? You work together on this?” and we explained how we are connected to him. He took a second sitting in the make up chair and then said, “I think that Hal would approve of this crew.” Which made me feel really REALLY hype.
He stayed and talked with us for a long time, and was truly a person who could articulate his impressions of Hal. That’s not always the case with these guys. Jon was super passionate about Ashby, saying “You’re asking me to describe the indescribable, and that’s what he was.” Voight had a big part in the writing on both Coming Home and Lookin’ to Get Out, which is now being reevaluated as a kind of cult classic. He talked a lot about how much Hal made actors feel free to try anything, and took their ideas seriously. He teared up a little at one point, and I think everyone in the room did too.
When he was leaving, I walked him out. He asked me for directions to the 5 and then strolled off saying, “Good luck, kid.” I stood there on the loading dock for a moment and enjoyed how surreal that was.
-Written by Brian Morrow & Lisa Janssen Images by Rainbeau Tharp
Combatant Gentlemen trusted us to have a little fun with their new “About Us” video. We pitched a creative treatment that involved vertical beds, falling backdrops, black morph “invisible men” suits, a table top portal device, a relatively tedious wardrobe stop motion sequence, and they were STILL totally down. Pretty awesome to be developing relationships with clients like these guys (and girls).
We pulled this project together from script to delivery in exactly 2 weeks time. We had an awesome crew and great support all the way through (Stratostorm totally rocked the visual effects, we’re stoked on that Portal), which allowed us to come up with something that we’re all pretty proud of.
Also, add Sheep to the “Animals Pappin has Directed” list. Working our way to Tigers and maybe even a Giraffe. A Rhino would be cool, too.
We’re talking to our good buddy Tyler Parkford about doing another music video project with him. This time for his band Mini Mansions for their new album. Did you ever see this weird ass one that we made for his solo project Mister Goodnite? It’s strange. Check it out. ( if you want )
We worked with Tyler at our shared office space in Atwater Village for I don’t know how damn long before we finally pried it out of him that he was a musician. And yeah I know that everyone in LA is either a musician or an actor or working on a screenplay, but Tyler is so SO talented. He’s bonafide. I got the chance to preview the new Mini Mansions record while writing director’s treatments, and I’m blown away. Check it out when it drops, and definitely check out the Mister Goodnite tape if you haven’t. Old school crooning over dusty samples. Pretty catchy!
Director: Brian Morrow // Producers: Jonathan Lynch, Brian Deutsch, Louise Lynch // Director of Photography: Jonathon Narducci // Effects Make Up: Corrine Foster // Stylist: Anne Sage // On Set Stills: Rainbeau Tharp
Our Charming & Talented Cast:
Tyler Parkford, Alex Nicolaou, Michael Q Schmidt, Chelsea Heath, Cheryl Nichols, Laina Miller, Bill Caruso
Here’s a cute little diddy that our new kid, Raj did with Tal from Pharmacie. I’m not totally sure it explains that tricky last step of the knot, but it does have a good ending.
Our continued gratitude goes out to those wonderful gals over at 100 Layer Cake for always putting our dumb videos up on their awesome site. And thanks to Tal for always getting us drunk.