Stand Up Guy


That show-off Travis Stevens keeps directing cool stuff. We’ve been working on a sketch comedy TV pilot for comedian Brian Regan since last summer, handling production and post. The last bit of principal photography wrapped recently and we are chugging through editorial¬†now. Scenes were shot in many locations throughout Los Angeles and feature guest stars such as Tim Bagley and Tara O-Brien. To tackle the challenges of the shoots, we embraced various shooting formats and approaches ranging from GH4s paired with Atomos Shoguns for multi-cam setups to RED Epic Dragon single-cam rigs. We are happy to help fill the world with more narrative funny entertainment. If you get the chance, see Brian live, it’s a good time.

By |2018-12-12T16:27:20-08:00April 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mad Cow and BBird Together Again



There’s nothing like working with creative people you love! We reunited with the incredibly talented Mad Cow team on a brand new television pilot for Nickelodeon called “The 5th Hour.”

The approach was brilliantly simple but hilarious: add a “Daily Show” take to the ubiquitous morning talk show format. We took over a studio familiar with daytime television sets, rocked four cameras and a Technocrane for a multi cam shoot, and then unleashed the comedic talents of Lauren Weedman and Molly Erdman on a host of real world guests.

Produced by Madeleine Smithberg and Sarah North
Execution by Mad Cow Productions and Butcher Bird Studios
Directed and Edited by Steven Calcote
Motion Graphics and Visual Effects by Jason Milligan

By |2016-03-29T09:34:30-07:00March 29th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mad Cow Teams with Butcher Bird


We just had a blast shooting a comedy-reality pilot presentation for Mad Cow Productions and BBC America. Can’t say too much about it yet.. On the QT and very Hush-Hush. I mean, we could tell you more, but then Butcher Bird Black Ops would have to come to your house…

By |2016-03-29T09:02:31-07:00June 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments