Posts by Wade!

In the Works: The Muse Finds You Working

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: (4) (1) (6) (2)

Logline: A friendless writer unravels while a mysterious hole in her wall grows bigger and bigger. (11) (7) (5) (3)

By the way, aren’t GIFs the best? I think I love them so much because they remind me of the Daily Prophet. (8) (12) (9)

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!

Emma & Bubba

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.

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And here is their video!

Special thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for the big post today!

Blame — Some Know-How from an Ass-Kicking

I’m a stubborn man. Sometimes it gets me into trouble.

Earlier this year, I was hell-bent on shooting my first short film called ‘Blame’. It’s a comedy about the longterm effects of bullying. The words ‘bullying’ and ‘comedy’ do not often appear in the same sentence, for good reason. But I think laughter is a valuable medium for difficult subjects, and I have things to say.

I work for Shark Pig who has a wealth of knowledge from the commercial and film industries. I work hard, and I had money saved up. So I was suddenly in a position to write and direct a film! Exciting right? It was! But by the time it was done I felt like Ben here (this is a screenshot from the film).

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Why? Because I’m stubborn.

This film wreaked havoc on my financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. But that’s because I made classic mistakes that could have been avoided. Here’s an incomplete list of examples. For any professionals out there, these are probably no-brainers. But they weren’t for someone like me.

Writing explosions and car crashes
Leaving too much for post (not being practical)
Shooting without permits in private areas
Asking too many favors
Saying, “We’ll wing it.”
Producing, Writing, Directing, DP’ing, and Editing a 20-page script

However! This is not a blogpost about failures. On the contrary, this project marks a great success in my life. This film is complete. And because it exists, it is a win. Even though it was difficult, even if people think it sucks, the crew and I made something together. And people might like it!

So now I’m in a strange position where I, along with Shark Pig, can potentially lend some helpful do’s and don’t’s to filmmakers out there who are trying to do the same thing. It’s hard to give specific details without spilling the beans too soon, but the crew and I did something kind of impossible. Plus! We’re still hungry for more and we’re about to shoot my second short in November, and we’ll be able to see how we can put these lessons into practice.

Since the film is being submitted to festivals, we can’t put it online yet. So instead, Shark Pig and I will share sneak peaks here on the blog – along with a full list of the bonehead things I did to make this film happen – until we can share it.

If you’d like to follow along, just check in with this blog and follow me on instagram at @mrwadekoch. I’ll also post any festival successes.

In the meantime, here is a little preview: a synopsis, some stills, a list of cast + credits, and a short clip. Hope you dig, and thanks for reading!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to my friend Mylissa Fitzsimmons (more on her and the mind-blowing value of friendship to come) who is helping me navigate the festival world. Without her I’d be winging it right now. On top of that, she’s a talented and prolific filmmaker. Follow her on @mylissafitz to keep up with her films and festival appearances!


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A lot of talented people worked on this film! Here is a full list of credits.


Written & Directed by
Wade Koch

Benjamin Webb
Sean Harrison Jones
Murphy Martin
Schuyler Jeffress
Steve Pappin
Geoff Boothby


Gracyn Chamberlin
Brekkan Spens
Blake Perry
Shawn Kissinger
CJ Diehl

Produced by
Wade Koch

Executive Produced by
Shark Pig

Director of Photography
Wade Koch

Asst Camera
Corey Bienert

Art Director & Wardrobe
Allison Honeycutt

Makeup / Hair & FX Makeup
Chelsea Dorris

Max Nikoff

Sound Mixing
Michael Weinstein

Music by
Satern and Pond5

Edited by
Wade Koch

VFX Supervisor
Erik Tillmans

CG Artist
Jason Stovall

Hanny Boyer

Production Assistance
John Koch
Mandy Hobmeier
Robert Ingraham

Craft Services
Rainbeau Tharp

Special Thanks
Fast Toys, Inc
Atwater Village Tavern
Nordoff High School

Gregory Ignacio
Bobbi Hagan
Mylissa Fitzsimmons
Al Vuocolo
James Dorris
John Koch

YEAH! weddings reel

Have you ever seen the Perfect Storm by Wolfgang Peterson? It’s a super dramatic movie about three hurricanes crashing into each other and making Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and George Clooney really scared and then die. (SPOILER!) Anyway sorry, the reason we bring it up is that it’s a metaphor for this hype company we have called YEAH! Weddings. The basic deal with it is that if you book three or more of our services (photography, DJ, video, smilebooth) together, we give you a huge discount.

Here’s the thing. We like working together. And if you’ll let us do that, we’ll hook you up with an amazing discount. Does that make sense? You’re making our jobs more fun us, so we’re down to make things more affordable.

Not only is it more fun; it’s better. When we work together, our creativity feeds off each other, and the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. As you can probably tell… we’re not really into tradition. We have a reputation for making you dance, going WAY out of our way for breathtaking photography, loading your venue with furniture that both your grandpa and your niece will appreciate, printing photos that you’ll hide from your Mom, and making you cry every anniversary because you’ll get to revisit a fantastic day.

Check out this reel from the videography branch. We try and keep it fresh even though we’re all really a bunch of romantic saps. Our clients become our friends, so don’t be surprised if we invite you over for a drink and a movie. Maybe a weird nineties flick about a storm with George Clooney… with storms.

Individual Medley

I live in Atwater near The Flashdance headquarters. This location offers some benefits, such as: Tacos Villa Corona, Proof Bakery, The Juice LA, and a rad retail shop called Individual Medley. Shortly after I moved here, I became incapable of walking by this shop without staring awkwardly through the window, bombarding the register and leaving an hour later with a huge bag.

In short, this store rules.

There are many reasons for this. For example, Monica and Justin (the owners) are possibly the most mellow and friendly people who have ever owned a retail business. Check out this great interview they gave on Kinfolk. And they work with great artists. From clothing and accessories to beauty products to books and home stuff, Individual Medley has rallied some of the most talented and respected makers in LA and across the country.

We invited Individual Medley and their contributors over to our studio, The Social for a day. It created an opportunity for some of the artists to meet for the first time. What resulted was some good memories, some new friendships, and this video, where you’ll see a handful of talents showing off the products they make.

Individual Medley is located at 3176 Glendale Blvd. Go there.