The AO Blog

Epiphanie Bags & Ali Edwards Collaboration

Epiphanie Bags came to us to film a new camera bag collaboration with local Eugene artist, Ali Edwards. Ali's passion is memory keeping that's rooted in stories, photos and intentional embellishments. As fellow storytellers, we were excited for the opportunity to work together on this project. Owner, Maile Wilson, a professional photographer, launched Epiphanie in 2009 after searching for a fashionable and functional camera bag that would protect her gear without sacrificing her personal style. The goal for Ali's bag was to create something that was simple, with clean lines and came in modest colors. She wanted something that would fit into her lifestyle – Going from …

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Behind the Scenes: IDX Broker

In late April, we shot a video for a local tech company, IDX Broker. IDX wanted to showcase their fun and creative culture with a video highlighting a common workday which includes biking to the office, nerf gun battles, and an interactive robot. Filming at IDX was not only an awesome way to spend a ‘day at the office,' but their workspace and cooperative employees allowed us to get creative long shot with our shots. We chose to do a series of single take tracking shots with the Canon EOS-1D C and the Canon 14mm and 24mm Cinema lenses. For stabilization and practical use, …

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Connecting with Local Artist: Part 2

Earlier this week, the AO Team went back to the Lane Community College campus to visit local public artist and LCC professor, Lee Imonen. We met Lee a few months ago after noticing a public art piece he was displaying on the campus. After our initial conversation to learn more about the piece, we asked if he would be interested in letting us film him at work with his students, and include his thoughts into our internal documentary. The purpose of our documentary is to create awareness for the very issue that Lee has presented with his 2005 War Veteran sculpture: veterans do not receive the …

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Synergy Air: RV12 Build

In late February, we were asked to sit down with Dennis Schoenberg to document his first RV12 Build at Synergy Air in Eugene, Oregon. To be able to follow a man and watch his dream come true before our eyes was an incredible experience that will be hard to replicate. Dennis began working with the staff at Synergy Air to build his first RV12 aircraft in 2014. He referred to himself as an average craftsman, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to accomplish the build. Working alongside the synergy staff, he was able to build his first plane from start …

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Cycle of Freedom

We worked with the founders of the new non-profit veteran organization Warrior's Bridge, Ami Tucci Jones and Scot Spooner, to create this film. This was a very moving and emotional project for us, because it was a little different than other veteran-related films we've produced. It brought up the issue of the disconnect between the people who fight for our freedom, and the actual freedoms we are so lucky to have. Spooner explains that during World War II when the duty members returned home, they were "well-received" and "integrated easily back into society." However, today it is a lot harder when people return from war, …

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Generations

This video was a passion project produced by AO team member, Ryan Welch. This past weekend, while at the Oregon beach cabin that has been in his family for almost 80 years, he filmed a quick video capturing the "generations" that have experienced this amazing place. Welch mostly wanted to practice using the DEFY G12 gimbal, which worked perfect for this project to keep the shot steady while he ran alongside his family members. He filmed it in about 90 minutes using the Canon 1DC with a 24mm lens. Sometimes it's the personal side projects that recharge our creative spirits.

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Behind The Scenes: UO Track and Field

We worked with the University of Oregon Track and Field team to produce a video to promote their upcoming spring season. We purposely chose to shoot at night in order to set the tone the team was looking for: intense and competitive. The Oregon Track and Field team chose to promote their new apple-green track uniforms for the upcoming season. This worked in our favor in post production since there was already such a contrast with the black background and white graphics.   Only 30-minutes into shooting, our Arri Lights blew out most of the fuses around the entire track at Hayward …

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UO Track and Field: Strength in Numbers

Eugene, Oregon isn't called Track Town USA for nothing. It is the home of the renowned University of Oregon's Men and Women Track and Field team. We got the honor of working with two of the team's champions, Jenna Prandini and Edward Cheserek. Prandini is known for being a National Champion, eight-time All-American, and a five-time Pac-12 Champion. Cheserek is known for being a four-time NCAA Champion, five-time All-American, Bowerman Award Finalist, USTFCCCA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, USTFCCCA Cross Country Runner of the Year, Pac-12 Cross Country Runner of the Year, and the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. We filmed …

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Oregon Pit Crew: Not Your Average Student Section

Pit Crew is the ecstatic student section found at the University of Oregon basketball games in Matthew Knight Arena. Pit Crew is made up of the most dedicated (and loudest) Oregon Ducks. If you ever go to a game, you'll know them when you see (hear) them. They all have the same goal: to cheer on their beloved Ducks basketball team to victory. These students are impressive in their commitment to the UO Basketball Team. There really is no other student section like it.     We worked with these Ducks to make a "mockumentary" style commercial to show what Pit Crew is all about, along with highlighting the Oregon …

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It’s Science, Dude

This is the story of three people, all amazing athletes with big dreams, who came together to create scientifically-backed, healthy, delicious "real food bars" for the snacker and the athlete. Together, Jesse, Lauren, and Steph created Picky Bars. Their mission statement is not to eat extremely healthy, filling foods every day, but to live life to fullest, and to give your body the clean nutrients it needs to live that life. We loved creating this video for Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon about Picky Bars, not only because it is a direct result of Jesse obtaining his MBA at the Lundquist Center, but …

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Connecting with Local Public Artist

Earlier this week, the AO Team met up with local public artist and Lane Community College professor, Lee Imonen. In October of 2014, his 2005 War Veteran piece was put on display at the LCC campus and caught our attention.  In talking with Lee, he explained that the piece represents the experiences of returning Iraq War Veterans and the limited services that are provided to them upon their return home after active duty. As seen in the photos below, the metal human body mold creates flawless cement figures that represent all people going into war. Many of these people return as a crumbling, …

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InFocus 2015

InFocus is a conference for filmmakers by filmmakers. InFocus has yearly conferences bringing studios and filmmakers from around the world together to learn and share with one another. This event is for the filmmaker who cares more about authenticity, investing in others and doing kick ass work, rather than looking cool in front of their peers. The AO Team was first invited to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2014 to present on the subject of Freestyle Cinema. We shared our knowledge and our internal systems of capturing and creating cinematic films in documentary-type environments. In 2015 we were excited to return and travel to …

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Oregon Loves This Game

This was a personal project filmed by Ryan Rossman and Ryan Welch using the RED Epic Dragon with the Canon CN-E 35mm and CN-E 30-105mm lenses. It is meant to highlight how so many kids grow up being Oregon Duck fans, attending exciting games at Autzen Stadium, rain or shine, and watching their beloved Ducks play on TV. This video captures the essence of what it is like for kids to look up to these Oregon Duck football players, and to pretend that they are on the same grand stage that is Autzen Stadium. We hope you enjoy this video just as …

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The Warrior’s Bridge

In early October, we traveled across the country to North Carolina to meet with the passionate and motivating duo, Scot Spooner and Amy Tucci Jones. When we heard about their foundation, The Warrior's Bridge, we knew we wanted to get involved. The Warrior's Bridge website is finally up and running, and we made a video to introduce the world to this incredible organization. We hope to inspire others to support this cause.

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“I can do anything I want to do”

Those with special needs can be themselves and go on adventures with this amazing foundation. Trips Inc. provides all-inclusive, organized, chaperoned trips for people with special needs. Their trips range from experiencing the wonders of Disneyland, to venturing into the great outdoors. Their ultimate goal is to make the travelers feel independent and to have experiences like anyone else. It was a joy and a privilege to be able to travel with the group, and to see how Trips Inc. is touching these people's lives. We made a video for Trips Inc. that really shows what their company is all about, and …

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Law and Military Art

Tattoos can be one of the most meaningful forms of art. Many law and military personnel, as well as veterans, go to Scottsdale Tattoo to remind themselves of the meaningful lives they live, and to honor those they've lost in the line of duty. "It's there with them for life. People obviously are interested in tattoos and they ask about it. And it gives them a reason to bring up that person's name and tell them the story of what happened, and what that person meant to them," one of the parlor's owner says. It was impactful to see the tattoos that law and …

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Ben Lunak

Relationships are a huge part of what we do at AO Films. We love telling meaningful stories and the bonus is the relationships we get to build along the way. We were reminded of the importance of these connections this week while filming in Arizona. Nine months ago, while in Arizona filming for a Life of Duty documentary, we met a young veteran named Ben Lunak. He came to dinner with one of the principals of our story and we were amazed at what he told us. He is a Marine, and lost his leg in Iraq in 2005 when an …

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Spokane SWAT Sizzle

The only sounds we could hear were boots on the ground, the crackle of radio, fire power, and yelling. We received the opportunity to film the Spokane, Washington SWAT team's training session last May. We got quality B-roll of the team in action, so we thew together this sizzle reel. It was surreal to be in the middle of a training session, because it felt so realistic. It put us out in the field. We put together this sizzle reel to showcase the life of these brave men and women, and to give the everyday civilian a taste of what it is like …

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