G.O. Get Outside Series Launched
Butcher Bird Studios’ 4 part web-series is live right now.
The time has come. Meet four everyday people who are passionate about their outdoor pursuits. Follow them as they go caving, hiking, canyoneering, and surfing. Learn how you too can get outside. See all four episodes right now at:
Thanks to all of you who helped this series come to life. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to watch it and hopefully share it. What outdoor activities would you like to see featured in future episodes.
1 September 2014. That is the day all four 5-minute episodes of G.O. Get Outside will go live. It has taken half a year to create these shorts pertaining to caving, hiking, surfing, and canyoneering. If you have ever had any interest in one of those activities or a yearning to get outdoors, tune in. Hopefully you will step away inspired to pursue one of them (or all of them) and informed on how to get started.
This summer, meet four everyday people who are passionate about their outdoor pursuits. Follow them as they go caving, hiking, canyoneering, and surfing. Learn how you too can get outside.
All four episodes are moving through editorial and we are eager to share them this summer. Final premiere dates have not been decided yet.
As of last weekend, all principal photography for Topsy McGee is complete. Several people have been donating time to build various miniature airships. Sunday, we hung them in front of a greenscreen and shot plates for the various effects scenes peppered throughout the short. Our favorite model was the insect-like villain ship masterfully constructed by Shawn Crosby. You can see it in action on Vine.
Production continues on our outdoor series. We have officially passed the half-way point on principal photography. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve wrapped one of our interviews and our canyoneering footage. Shooting also began on the surfing episode. Lots of people are helping make this happen and I am extremely grateful to all of them. More screengrabs below.
Production has begun on a series of shorts we are creating highlighting various outdoor activities. It will be a four episode web-series premiering later this year. Two weeks ago, a few of us traveled to Nevada with Karl Domangue and his Extreme Things Adventure Club to capture the excitement of caving. It was a weekend of caving, camping, and interviewing. Several screengrabs from the footage are posted below. After wrapping photography on the caving episode, we began preparations for our hiking episode. In an ironic turn of events, Southern California’s drought experienced a short reprieve as a storm poured across the area for a few days. We were able to shoot our interview portion, but had to reschedule shooting the rest of the episode until later this month. In a week, we will head out again, this time delving into the growing sport of canyoneering.
In addition to our other productions, Butcher Bird Studios is moving into outdoor and adventure video. The quadcopter is the latest tool we’ve adopted to aid in that pursuit and our other production work. In September of 2013 we ventured into the Ansel Adams Wilderness to test the copter and our own abilities.
We are taking many steps in 2014 to build and expand Butcher Bird Studios. One of my goals for awhile has been to move some of our productions into the world of outdoor/adventure sports. I am in the preproduction phase for a couple of such projects at the moment, but it will be some time before there is anything to share. In the meantime, you can get a taste for the sorts of activities I want to highlight by watching my annual GoPro compilation embedded above.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this. Earlier this year, my friend (and past documentary subject) John Brown recommended me for a Nerdist project. Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) was working on a math/comedy (mathedy?) series and needed someone to direct and post a short music video based around the mathematical constant pi. We shot all primary photography (Danica and ballerinas) in one day in June followed by a couple of short pick-up shoots throughout the summer to grab the various celebrity cameos. I handled all of the post: editing, color, compositing, animation, design, etc. As a sign of her appreciation, Danica brought me a homemade chocolate pecan pie afterwards. I’ve never had a client bake me a pastry before or deliver it to my somewhat secluded (by L.A. standards) residence. She is setting a high bar for all future clientele.
And, yes, she really did have the whole song memorized.