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‘Starfish’ Reviews Are Coming In

October 31, 2016

The reviews for Starfish are coming in, and we couldn’t be more proud!

Close-up Film says “This is a well made and beautifully acted low budget film which tells an interesting and moving real life story. It is a labour of love by writer/director Clark and his producers, one of whom is Froggatt herself, who all struggled for several years to bring it to the screen.”

More buzz about the film from:
The BBC Interview with Tom Riley
Rotten Tomatoes Says “Fresh”
The Guardian

★★★★ DAILY MAIL “Riley is terrific”
★★★★ TOTAL FILM “Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt give it their all”
★★★★ EMPIRE “xxxx”
★★★★ HEAT “A fascinating and affecting watch”
★★★★ RADIO TIMES “Undeniably affecting”
★★★★ FILM REVIEW DAILY “Outstanding performances”
★★★★ MOVIE REVIEW WORLD “One of the most affecting British films of the year”
★★★★ EYE FOR FILM “Froggatt and Riley… give finely calibrated performances”

Peter Lang, Claire Best, and Diana Phillips executive produced the film with Picrow's sister company, Unlimited Pictures.

‘Starfish’ Trailer Debuts

September 14, 2016

The trailer for Starfish, a new British indie feature, has debuted and a release date of October 28th has been announced. Peter Lang, Claire Best, and Diana Phillips executive produced the film with Picrow's sister company, Unlimited Pictures.

Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt star in the film, which is based on the true-life story of Tom and Nicola Ray, a young couple who fought to keep their family together when Tom was diagnosed with a rare and life-changing illness.

Starfish premieres in theaters October 28th.

Watch the Starfish trailer at www.starfish.film and follow the film news at facebook.com/starfishthefilm/ and twitter.com/starfishthefilm.

Emmy Nominations for ‘Transparent’ and ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

July 15, 2016

The 2016 Emmy Award Nominations have been announced and two Picrow-produced series for Amazon Studios received 11 nominations in total. Transparent has received 10 noms and Mozart In The Jungle secured a nomination for Sound Mixing. Here is the full list:

Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Judith Light
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Gaby Hoffmann
Outstanding Comedy Series – Transparent
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Jill Soloway, Man On The Land
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series – Eyde Belasco
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Bradley Whitford
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Melora Hardin
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-hour or less) – Kina Hora, The Book of Life, Man On The Land
     Cat Smith, Production Designer
     Macie Vener, Art Director
     Susan Mina Eschelbach, Set Decorator
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie – Kina Hora
     Marie Schley, Costume Designer
     Mark A. Summers, Costume Supervisor

Mozart In The Jungle
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-hour) and Animation – Nothing Resonates Like Rhinoceros Foreskin
     Andy D’Addario, Re-Recording Mixer
     Thomas Varga, Production Mixer
     Bill Higley, ADR Mixer
     Chris Navarro, ADR Mixer

Disney and Picrow Create Viral Hit

April 13, 2016

ADWEEK's ADFREAK column featured the Disney Parks “Unforgettable Stories” video piece highlighting the Mansfield Family. Picrow produced and directed this inspiring spot which introduces you to Shaylee, a young Deaf girl, and takes you along as she and her family meet Disney characters who use American Sign Language to talk with her. ADFREAK notes the tremendous success of the video which at the time of publication had over 11 million views across Facebook and YouTube.

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Disney-Unforgettable-The-Hall

From Picrow’s Edit Bay to Tribeca — Scott Stewart’s VR Film ‘Christmas VR’ to Premiere at the Festival

March 9, 2016

Tribeca Film Festival is expanding its slate of VR content with 23 exhibits and interactive installations at this year’s event. Picrow’s Gregory Nussbaum worked with writer/director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) to edit the film Christmas VR, his segment of the horror anthology film Holidays. Christmas VR is about a man who “stoops to dangerous new lows to get his son the ultimate VR headset for Christmas” and stars Seth Green (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Italian Job) and Clare Grant (Walk the Line). This film is produced along with virtual reality studio Wevr.

Read more about Christmas VR and the festival’s VR lineup on Tribecafilm.com and TheVerge.com.

Picrow Cuts CHRISTMAS VR For Writer/Director Scott Stewart

Picrow Cuts CHRISTMAS VR For Writer/Director Scott Stewart

 

An Unforgettable Project for The Hall

March 2, 2016

Yellow Shoes and The Hall's Unforgettable spot for Disney featuring the Mansfield family finally hit the internet on Monday after spending some time being featured as an in-theater promo before Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as a broadcast spot on the Disney Channel. In less than 72 hours online, it has racked up over 4.3 million views on Facebook — and judging by the comments, has touched almost as many hearts.

In their April 12 issue, Adweek notes Unforgettable has logged over 11 million views on Facebook and Youtube!

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The Hall's Unforgettable spot for Disney featuring the Mansfield family

Manny, Sheena, Shaylee, and Ivy were a dream to work with, and have kept us in the loop on how the piece is being received by the Deaf community which has been very important to us. So far, we're incredibly proud of the feedback, including this open letter from the California Association for the Deaf.

Here are links for Picrow's Facebook page, more work from the guys down The Hall, and some stuff from the rest of Picrow, here.

Picrow-produced Series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Wins Big at the Golden Globes

January 11, 2016

Amazon original series Mozart In the Jungle received two Golden Globe Awards including Best Television Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical for Mozart lead Gael García Bernal.

Following his win, Bernal praised Amazon Studios saying, "We get complete creative freedom, and that is such a luxury nowadays. To be able to experiment, to change things, to play around, it's lovely."

Peter Lang, Claire Best & Diana Phillips Executive Produce ‘Starfish’

December 28, 2015

Unlimited Pictures, sister company of Picrow, adds a new film to its lineup of active projects, as Peter Lang, Claire Best, and Diana Phillips take on executive producer roles for the British indie feature Starfish.

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) will produce and star in the film alongside Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons). Starfish is based on the true-life story of Tom and Nicola Ray, a young couple who fought to keep their family together when Tom was diagnosed with a rare and life-changing illness.

The film is written and directed by Bill Clark (Christmas Miracle Of Jonathan Toomey), produced by Genesius Pictures in association with Unlimited Pictures of a Starfish Pictures Limited production with Origami Films Ltd, CrossDay and What's the Story.

Producers are Pippa Cross (Chalet Girl, Bloody Sunday), Mel Paton and Ros Hubbard (A Hundred Streets). Additional executive producer credits include Debbie Gray (Northern Soul), Robbie Little and Julian Gleek for Genesius Pictures, Graeme Ough, Janette Day and Paul Fullagar.

The film has just wrapped principal photography.

Congrats to Amazon Studios on Five Emmy Awards for ‘Transparent’

September 21, 2015

Amazon Studios continues to break new ground with its darling series Transparent, which was awarded five Emmys. The show creator Jill Soloway was recognized for her directing role, receiving the award for outstanding directing in a comedy series. Jeffrey Tambor took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

Following Tambor's win he said, “This is bigger than me. It represents what Amazon has done and what the transgender community is doing and what our show is about.”

Emmys also went to Bradley Whitford (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series), Dustin O'Halloran (Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music) and Marie Schley & Nancy Jarzynko (Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series Limited Series or Movie).

Congrats to Amazon Studios on Five Emmy Awards for

Congrats to Amazon Studios on Five Emmy Awards for 'Transparent'

Amazon Wins First Emmy Awards

September 14, 2015

Amazon Studios’ acclaimed series Transparent won in three categories at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys. This is the first Emmy win for the streaming channel. Bradley Whitford’s award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series is the first Emmy Award for an actor playing a “trans” character. Transparent also took home awards for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music from Dustin O’Halloran and Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series from Marie Schley and Nancy Jarzynko.

Transparent, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

‘Transparent’, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios Premieres Its New Original Series ‘Hand of God’

September 4, 2015

Hand of God debuts today on Amazon Prime. It is the newest Picrow-produced drama from Amazon Studios. The series stars Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy) as the morally corrupt Judge Pernell Harris who suffers a breakdown and believes that God is speaking directly to him. This compels him onto a path of vigilante justice. Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives, Body of Proof) plays Pernell's wife Crystal Harris.

The series was created by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice) and directed by Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, World War Z).

Hand of God also stars Andre Royo (The Wire), Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Garret Dillahunt. Amazon subscribers in the U.S., UK, Austria and Germany can stream the show on Prime. Watch it here: Hand of God

Hand of God Premieres on Amazon

“Hand of God” Premieres on Amazon

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany star in Hand of God

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany star in “Hand of God”

‘Transparent’ Is Most Nominated Comedy at 2015 Emmys

July 16, 2015

11 Emmy Award nominations make Transparent the most nominated comedy series this year. Amazon, along with the other digital contenders, are challenging the traditional Emmy landscape and showing that they will continue to push TV’s creative boundaries.

As Television Academy chief Bruce Rosenblum said, “Television’s creativity, influence and impact continue to grow and have never been stronger.”

Picrow would like to congratulate Jill Soloway on her nods for both writing and directing, as well as the many other deserving nominees.

Transparent Emmy Award Nominations:
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series – Gaby Hoffman
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series – Bradley Whitford
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – Jill Soloway (Pilot)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – Jill Soloway (“Best New Girl”)
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) – “The Letting Go”
     Cat Smith, Production Designer
     Maria Baker, Art Director
     Nya Patrinos, Set Decorator
Outstanding Cast for a Comedy Series – Eyde Belasco, Casting Director
Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie – “Symbolic Exemplar”
     Marie Schley, Costume Designer
     Nancy Jarzynko, Costume Supervisor
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series – Catherine Haight, Editor (Pilot)
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – Dustin O’Halloran

"Transparent" Is Most Nominated Comedy at 2015 Emmys

“Transparent” Is Most Nominated Comedy at 2015 Emmys


"Transparent" Family Photo

“Transparent” Family Photo

‘3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets’ In Theaters June 26

June 19, 2015

Picrow Director Marc Silver is set to premiere his latest documentary, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, in theaters on June 26th. The film takes a closer look at the 2012 shooting death of Jordan Davis, a young black teenager, and the trial of his killer Michael Dunn, a white middle-aged male. The filmmaker intercuts powerful footage from the trial of Dunn with moments shared between Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy.

Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?) premiered the film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where HBO picked up the U.S. television rights. It will air in the fall following the theatrical run.

Get tickets here:
3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets Tickets

Marc Silver’s Uprising Radio Interview

HuffPost Live Interview with Marc and Jordan’s parents Ron Davis and Lucia McBath

Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

‘Women in Film’ Honors Jill Soloway

June 19, 2015

Jill Soloway was honored with the Lucy Award For Excellence In Television at Women in Film’s 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards. After receiving the award from Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light, Soloway recalled the advice given to her by Selma director Ava DuVernay encouraging her “to bring all the women filmmakers together.” The Transparent creator closed by saying, “Women speaking the truth is a revolutionary act, and it’ll change the world.”

Jill Soloway, honored with the Lucy Award For Excellence In Television

Jill Soloway, honored with the Lucy Award For Excellence In Television

ACLU Honors “Transparent” for Social Responsibility in the Media

June 10, 2015

Picrow thanks the ACLU Foundation of Southern California for honoring Transparent with the Social Responsibility in the Media Award. Transparent creator and showrunner, Jill Soloway, accepted the award at the 21st Annual Luncheon in Los Angeles. The afternoon was truly remarkable and Picrow was proud to have been a part of it.

ACLU Honors Jill Soloway

ACLU Honors Jill Soloway

ACLU Honors Jill Soloway and TRANSPARENT for Social Responsibility in the Media

ACLU Honors Jill Soloway and TRANSPARENT for Social Responsibility in the Media

21st Annual ACLU Luncheon Honoring Jill Soloway

21st Annual ACLU Luncheon Honoring Jill Soloway

Jeffrey Tambor Wins Critics’ Choice TV Award for “Transparent”

June 2, 2015

The Broadcast TV Journalists Association recognized Jeffrey Tambor, naming him Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Amazon Studios’ acclaimed series Transparent. Tambor’s award is another in a string of well-deserved accolades honoring the series over the past year.

The actor closed his speech during the ceremony by saying, ‘I’d like to close by saying I had an acting teacher who said ”when you act you have to act like your life depends on it.” I was given the gift of a role where I have to act and we have to act because other people’s lives depend upon it.’

Jeffrey Tambor Named Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor Named Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Amazon Studios Announces Music-driven Comedy “A History of Radness”

May 15, 2015

Picrow-produced musical comedy A History of Radness is among the six new kids pilots announced by Amazon Studios. The pilot, set to premiere this summer, guest stars Henry Rollins, features original music by Hutch Harris of The Thermals, an original score from Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, and narration by Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.

"A History of Radness" from Amazon Studios and Picrow

“A History of Radness” from Amazon Studios and Picrow

‘Transparent’ Leads the Comedy Category of the Critics’ Choice TV Awards with Four Nominations

May 15, 2015

Amazon Studios and Picrow picked up four nominations from the Broadcast Television Journalists Association for Transparent, including:

Best Comedy Series

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Judith Light

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series – Bradley Whitford

Marc Silver’s Doc “3 ½ Minutes” Receives International Representation and Distribution

April 10, 2015

Dogwoof, the UK’s leading documentary film distributor and sales agent, will handle international sales for Marc Silver’s award-winning documentary “3 ½ Minutes.” It will also distribute across all platforms in the UK and is planning a theatrical release for late 2015.

The film debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it received the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact. Domestically the doc will air on HBO following its U.S. theatrical release. “3 ½ Minutes” documents the shooting of black teenager Jordan Davis and the subsequent trial of his killer Michael Dunn.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Amazon Studios Debuts New Episodes of “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”

April 8, 2015

New episodes of the Picrow-produced series “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” debut on Amazon Instant Video. Gortimer (Sloane Morgan Siegel) and his friends Mel (Ashley Boettcher) and Ranger (Drew Justice) continue their adventures and solve new mysteries in this popular show from first-time writer/preschool teacher David Anaxagoras.

This Amazon Studios series has been well received by critics and fans alike, becoming one of the most streamed kids shows on the channel and receiving a second season order.

Director of Photography Eduardo Enrique Mayén has been nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award for his work on the show.

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street

Sloane Morgan Siegel

Sloane Morgan Siegel

Marc Silver Wins 2015 SIMA Award for “Who is Dayani Cristal?”

March 25, 2015

Marc Silver took home the 2015 Social Impact Media Award (SIMA) ‘Best Feature Documentary’ for his film “Who is Dayani Cristal?” In 2013, the Sundance Film Festival recognized his work on this film, along with Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart In the Jungle”), when they received the Cinematography Award and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize.

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Gael Garcia Bernal

Young Stars Recognized for “Transparent” & “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”

March 25, 2015

The Young Artist Foundation recognized three young stars from the Picrow-produced Amazon Studios’ hit series “Transparent” and “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.” Emily Robinson received the award Best Performance in a TV Series (Recurring Young Actress 14-16) for her role as teenage Ali in “Transparent” and Gortimer Gibbon’s star Sloane Morgan Siegel picked up the award Best Performance in a TV Series (Leading Young Actor – 13 and Under). The foundation also recognized Kiersey Clemons who was nominated for her role as Bianca in “Transparent.”

Sloane Morgan Siegel

Sloane Morgan Siegel

Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson

Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons

Jill Soloway Wins Best Comedy Director for Transparent

February 26, 2015

Jill Soloway received the DGA’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a comedy series for Transparent. As a new member of the Directors Guild, she called it “a great welcome gift.” Amazon Studios and Jill Soloway’s team have had a successful awards season for this hit show. Awards include two Golden Globes (Best Actor, Best TV Series), which marks an Amazon first, and Satellite Awards including Television Series (Comedy/Musical) and Actor in a Series (Comedy/Musical) for Jeffrey Tambor. Recognition also came from the Writers Guild with nominations in the categories TV Comedy Series, New Series and Episodic Comedy for the episode “The Wilderness.”

Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway

Mozart In The Jungle Season 2 and Just Add Magic Are Greenlit

February 18, 2015

Amazon Studios and the Picrow team gear up for production on Season 2 of the hit series Mozart in the Jungle. Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz will write this season, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters, and Peter Vack will all be back to take audiences behind the curtain of the New York Symphony.

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Picrow sprinkles a little magic on the Amazon Kids lineup with Just Add Magic, the series based on the book from best-selling author Cindy Callaghan, as adapted by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco. The show stars Olivia Sanabia, Abby Donnelly, Aubrey Miller, and Judah Bellamy.

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Marc Silver’s Documentary 3½ Minutes Finds a Home at HBO

February 1, 2015

Picrow congratulates Marc Silver on having his documentary 3½ Minutes recognized at Sundance with the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact and finding a home for his film at HBO. Marc commented on the news saying, “We are now certain that Jordan’s story will reach the widest, most diverse audience possible.”

Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films said, “By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

Marc Silver’s Documentary 3 ½ Minutes Acquired by HBO

Picrow Director Marc Silver Premieres His Documentary 3½ Minutes at Sundance Film Festival

January 21, 2015

Following the success of his first feature length film, Who is Dayani Cristal? which won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Festival 2013 and the Amnesty International Best Documentary award 2014, Marc Silver premieres his new documentary 3½ Minutes at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

In Marc’s words, the film “dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this systemic tragedy and contradictions within the American criminal justice system.” His intimate filmmaking approach to humanizing each character will surely capture the attention of festivalgoers and the subject matter will no doubt continue this important social discourse.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Marc Silver, Director

Marc Silver, Director

Six New Pilots from Picrow and Amazon Studios Now Streaming for 2015

January 16, 2015

The newest Amazon Studios pilots produced by Picrow are now showing on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review to help pick which shows get a full series order.

Cocked is an hour-long dramedy starring Sam Trammell (True Blood), Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), and Tony winner Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman).

Down Dog stars Josh Casaubon (I Just Want My Pants Back), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), and Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star) and takes a satirical look at LA’s yoga culture.

The Man In The High Castle, from producer Ridley Scott and director David Semel, is based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel.

Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998 is a half-hour comedy starring Leslie Bibb (About a Boy) and Rachel Dratch (SNL) and directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls).

Just Add Magic is based on the popular children’s book and stars Olivia Sanabia, Abby Donnelly, and Aubrey K. Miller.

Table 58 is a single-camera, live-action kids’ show written by May Chan (Phineas & Ferb) and directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek).

Picrow and Amazon Produce Pilots for 2015

Picrow and Amazon Produce Pilots for 2015

Picrow and Amazon Studios Win 2 Golden Globes for TRANSPARENT

January 12, 2015

The ground-breaking series, Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow made Golden Globes history on Sunday night. The show took home a Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical and Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a TV Comedy. Picrow is proud to have produced the first online series to win a Best Series award (comedy or drama), from the HFPA and to have contributed to Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe win.

Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow

Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow

Mozart in the Jungle Premieres

December 22, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle, the new series from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Bernadette Peters premieres December 23.

Mozart in the Jungle, from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppolla and Jason Schwartzman

Mozart in the Jungle, from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppolla and Jason Schwartzman

Mozart in the Jungle Series Premiere Billboard

Mozart in the Jungle Series Premiere Billboard

Golden Globe Nominations for Transparent, Picrow and Amazon Studios

December 11, 2014

Transparent, the comedy produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios, picks up Golden Globes nominations for Best TV Series Comedy/Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series Comedy/Musical for lead Jeffrey Tambor. This is Amazon Studios’ first nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Also this awards season, Picrow picked up Writers Guild TV nominations for Comedy Series, New Series and Episodic Comedy for the episode “The Wilderness.”

Transparent, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Transparent, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Picrow Partners with Amazon for More Original Content

September 19, 2014

Marc Forster’s Hand of God and Red Oaks, directed by David Gordon Green and executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh, are just two of the new Amazon pilots produced by Picrow for Amazon Pilot Season and now showing on Amazon Instant Video, where viewers can watch, rate, and review to help pick the next Amazon Original Series. Meanwhile Picrow-produced Alpha House, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Gortimer Gibbons, and The After will continue as series, several in their second season. Follow the links or click the posters to watch —

Red Oaks Pilot on Amazon, produced by Picrow

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Hand of God Pilot on Amazon, produced by Picrow


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You can vote for your favorites here.

Picrow Partners With Amazon for Original Content

December 2, 2013

Alpha House, political satire from Garry Trudeau, and Betas, a comedy about a Silicon Valley start-up from Josh Stoddard and Evan Endicott, are two new original series from Amazon produced by Picrow, and now showing on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Pilots for more Picrow-produced series including Mozart in the Jungle, The Rebels, The After, Gortimer Gibbons, and Transparent are being finished now. Pictures in a Row would like to thank everyone involved — well done!

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Original Series produced by Picrow and Amazon Prime Instant Video

‘Alpha House’ in the New York Times

‘Alpha House’ at IMDB

Forbes Reviews ‘Betas’ Original Series Produced by Amazon and Picrow

‘Betas’, Picrow and Amazon’s Original Series Reviewed at PC Magazine

Picrow Celebrates Independent Aging with SCAN

April 29, 2013

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At our shoot for SCAN last week, the Picrow team was inspired by Kathleen (73) and Joanne (74). Both are members of the SCAN Duals program and receive assistance allowing them to live independently at home instead of moving to a nursing facility. Kathleen is a grandmother of 25 and a great grandmother of over 20 more! Joanne wonders if SCAN might consider covering her dog, Mogley, since he is clearly a member of her family. We were delighted to meet both of these vibrant ladies.

 

Joanne

 

Picrow Signs Director Leonardo Ricagni

April 16, 2013

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Picrow has signed director/writer Leonardo Ricagni for commercials, digital and long-form projects. Ricagni is probably best known in the commercial realm for his emotionally charged UNICEF spot that debuted on the FIFA World Cup. Spots credits include work from Duracell, PPL, Hertz, Chase, Pfizer, Blue Shield and Coldwell Banker.

Coming to Picrow from The Artists Company, Ricagni is thrilled about garnering ad work that goes beyond traditional :30 fare. “There’s a whole other energy going on here at Picrow,” says Ricagni. “There’s multiple possibilities; commercials, web projects and television. I love to tell stories in different formats and now I’m able bring my other projects here. I love where advertising is going, storytelling using different platforms. It’s very appealing, very inspiring. Picrow is a seductive place to bring your ideas.” Read More

Picrow Rocks Out with “Rock While You Roll” Spots for Hyundai & “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

January 17, 2013

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The emphasis is on “rock” with these two :15 spots we shot for GreenLight Media & Marketing featuring a custom Hyundai Santa Fe. Since their debut in October, they have racked up a combined 4.5 million hits on YouTube, as viewers debated about the origin of the awesome soundtrack chosen by editor Joseph Remerowski. And he’s not telling! Check out the spots here and here or find out more info: Picrow Teams with GreenLight Media & Marketing for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Branded Content Shorts for Hyundai.

 

 

“The Innovation Lifecycle” Wins Global Award

December 14, 2012

Picrow Wins Global Award for The Innovation Lifecycle

Picrow’s IP & Science video for Thomson Reuters has been honored with a Global Award for healthcare advertising. We’re delighted the video has been receiving so much attention, although EP Roger Hunt is getting rather worn out with traveling… Congrats once again to the Thomson Reuters team!

Want to see how the magic happened? Check out Picrow Goes Behind the Scenes of its Global Award-Winning Brand Film for Thomson Reuters “The Innovation Life Cycle”. View The Innovation Lifecycle directed by Peter Lang and Picrow.

“Who is Dayani Cristal?” Officially Selected for Sundance Film Festival 2013

December 4, 2012

Congratulations to director Marc Silver! Marc’s film “Who is Dayani Cristal?”, starring Gael García Bernal, will be one of the two documentaries to open Sundance Film Festival 2013. The film explores the debate over mass migration and our approaches to it, and is also a powerful human story that illustrates how the macro effect the micro globally.

Picrow Signs ABC Series Director Adam Feinstein

October 8, 2012

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Picrow has announced the addition of Adam Feinstein to its roster of directing talent. Recognized for his compelling, organic style and beautifully observed storytelling, Feinstein has distinguished himself in both long and short formats. This summer, millions of primetime viewers tuned into his ABC series “Final Witness” – a unique blend of dramatic filmmaking and crime documentary, and a format he helped originate.  As senior producer, and director of the first three episodes – Feinstein created the show’s painterly visual style, and its penetrating, emotional approach to story. Read more.

Picrow Signs Award-Winning Director Peter Lydon

September 19, 2012

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Picrow is proud to announce the addition of leading British director Peter Lydon to its roster. Acclaimed internationally for his strong visual style, and unique comedic sensibility, Lydon began his career directing award-winning documentaries for BBC Arena and The South Bank Show. His BAFTA nominated biography of Peter Sellers, “The Peter Sellers Story”, also won three major awards in the U.S. Read more.

It’s Better In Malibu

September 4, 2012

So, here are a few photos of Picrow’s new office…

 

No, unfortunately, not really.This is actually the stunning location for Margaret Malandruccolo’s upcoming music video for Dwight Yoakam! Check out Rolling Stone’s piece about the track “A Heart Like Mine” – co-produced with Beck – here. Updates and behind the scenes photos coming soon…

USAA: Obstacles

August 17, 2012

Tackling a few national issues…

 

That looks strenuous.

 

We’d rather fly!

 

 

Picrow Creates Stunning IP & Science Video for Thomson Reuters

August 6, 2012

The Picrow team brought the process of medical innovation to life in this creative and visually stunning video for Thomson Reuters. Featuring unique graphics by the extraordinary animators, Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker, the video used several actors to explain the lifecycle of a crucial new drug, from the moment it was discovered in the mind of a scientist, through the process of development and testing, to its lifesaving delivery to a patient. The amazing location is a closely guarded secret… We’re not telling! Check out the video here.

Stiegemeier Makes Our Ears Bleed With Kaskade and Skrillex!

May 8, 2012

Picrow congratulates Sean Stiegemeier on his innovative collaboration with music producers Kaskade and Skrillex. Sean set the video for “Lick It” in a small town in Iceland where a beautiful woman searches desperately for music that will save her life. The video’s distinctive look was achieved by shooting the stark, dramatic landscape in reverse. We’re especially impressed with Icelandic actress and soccer player, Aníta Lísa Svansdóttir, who spent the entire shoot running backward, on ice, uphill, while wearing a Doggicam camera rig and bleeding from her ears! Check out Kroq’s review here.

 

Picrow Work Adorns Taubman Health Center at UMHS

March 30, 2012

During a recent Picrow shoot for the University of Michigan Health System, we were thrilled to see giant posters featuring our work from the “Hail to the Conquering Heroes” and “Hail to the Little Victors” spots. You can see more of how we worked to turn a college fight song into a rallying cry for one of the leading research and education hospitals in the country at the Campbell-Ewald site showcasing UMHS.

More work by director Peter Lang of Picrow can be found here.

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UNWATCHABLE on the Net at Midnight

September 27, 2011

Click Here to Listen to DarkFibre’s Interview on the BBC’s The World

The UNWATCHABLE site — UNWATCHABLE Premieres Tonight at Midnight

UNWATCHABLE: Why We Made This

Why I work for Save the Congo – Vava Tampa: Why I Am A V-Man

Client: Save The Congo!
Written and Directed by: Marc Hawker for DarkFibre*
Production Company: Black Jack Films, DarkFibre Films
Producers: Tess Mitchell, Marc Hawker
Executive Producers: Jon Bains, Bradley Woodus
Cast: Thea Wellband – Teenage Girl, Angela Dixon – Mother, Guy Oliver Watts – Father, Kyarna Rose Shea – Child, Soldiers, James Alexander, Jack Bannell, Pete Garrett, Danny Kennedy, Michael Lindall, Andrew McHale, John Rackham
Film Editor: Nick Lofting
Director of Photography: Michael Bonvillian [Bonvillain]
Original Music: David Arnold
Sound Design: Joe Mount and Nick Lofting
Colourist: Simon Bourne @ Framestore
Flame Artist: Owen Saward
VFX: Rushes
Digital Intermediates: Ascent 142, Company3, Absolute Post
Sound Mix: Nick Del-Molino
Second Unit Director: Marc Wolff
Film Titles: Justin Blampied

Digital Strategy – Jon Bains @ To The Power of N

*DarkFibre is represented by Pictures in a Row in the U.S.


Picrow Featured on SourceEcreative

October 19, 2010

Pictures in a Row has been featured in a story on SourceEcreative, the renowned and respected resource for advertisers, ad agencies and production companies. You can see the Picrow story on their website, or read it in it’s entirety below:

Pictures In A Row Taps its Legacy to Integrate Production and Editorial
by Anthony Vagnoni

Founded by a director with a passion for editing, Picrow offers full up production and editorial – with all the benefits that entails – in an environment seeped in Hollywood tradition.

If there were ghosts running around the studio at Pictures in a Row, one thing is certain—they’d be famous ghosts. Maybe the young Marilyn Monroe, or Walter Koenig (that’s right, Ensign Chekov from “Star Trek”), or even the jut-jawed Robert Conrad, the star of the original 1970s TV series “The Wild, Wild West.” All have ties to the building in L.A. that Pictures in a Row calls home.

What’s this got to do with editing? Kind of everything and nothing. The connections to what the folks at PicRow, as they are commonly known, are doing are nothing more than ethereal. “There used to be optical benches back here where our editing bays are now,” says Pictures in a Row founder and director Peter Lang. Lang, a former editor himself who believes the legacy of the company’s location helps underscore its deep roots in production.
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Today, Pictures in a Row is a diverse studio that not only shoots TV spots for a range of top brands and agencies around the country, but also has a thriving post production arm that provides full service editorial for TV spots, music videos and other projects. Lang is the shop’s lead director, with Jason House also directing in as well as editing. House is one of a team of six editors that is lead by Gregory Nussbaum, a veteran whose work ranges from spots to features. While Nussbaum frequently collaborates with Lang on his work, he also cuts work for a range of other directors and agencies.

Their operation is housed together in one sprawling (metaphorically, at least) operation that’s part shooting stage, part production company, part creative editorial house—in a sense, it’s its own little commune. And it seems the locale is well-suited to Pictures in a Row’s eclectic offerings. Before the company occupied the space on Seward Avenue in Los Angeles, it was the home base of Ray Feeney, a special effects wizard who helped develop one of the first motion control rigs. Before that, it was the home of the Westheimer Company, a revered visual effects house that not only produced many of the practical effects seen on the original “Star Trek” TV series, but countless other gems of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. And prior to that, it was the studio of a photographer named Tom Kelley, whose shot of a nude Marilyn Monroe, sprawled across a ruby-colored satin sheet still causes a sensation, even in these days of pop stars wearing outfits made of raw meat.

Lang is a brainy, thoughtful yet engaging Harvard grad who ended up dropping architecture for a different kind of design and planning—that of film, not buildings. He got his start in the business as an editor, but quickly started shooting, and for a period of time early in his career cut most of his own work, much of it TV commercials for L.A.-based agencies.
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Fascinated by the existential meaning of what filmmaking represents—ask him to explain his thoughts on Rene Magritte and the ‘Treachery of Images’ and how movies are really just two-dimensional representations of real, three-dimensional objects and spaces—he’s also deeply vested in the interplay between editors and directors, and what that can produce in terms of work.

“This place has a legacy that’s so cool,” says Lang. “There even used to be Moviolas here, and flatbeds,” he says of the relics of creative editorial that used to be employed in the rooms where they now run Final Cut Pro. And Feeney, who won three Oscars for his visual effects technology, links the world of practical effects with the current world of digital effects, Lang notes—providing another layer to the PicRow back story.

What’s just as alluring to Lang is not only the bridge between the practical and digital realms of filmmaking, but the link between directing and editing. As he became busier and busier as a director, he was no longer able to edit his own work; hence, the studio brought in Nussbaum, who cut almost all of Lang’s work for a time. “There was a period when we were essentially a small production boutique with one director joined to a small editing boutique with one editor,” says Lang.

Eventually, as the company grew and Nussbaum began to cut work for other PicRow directors, as well as work from outside the company, he was less and less available for Lang—so the company, by necessity, grew its editorial capabilities and brought in additional talents.

The result has been a melting pot of talents—the blending of which is not all that accidental, says Lang. “The intermingling of people and skills here is really all about making this studio more than the sum of its parts,” he comments. “It’s a deliberate strategy designed to let us play off of each other’s strengths, both conceptually and in terms of our capabilities. There’s lots of sharing of ideas here between directors and editors, as well as with our designers and effects artists. We find the more points of view we have, the better the work turns out.”
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While the PicRow editorial crew often edits the work that PicRow directors shoot, it’s not all they do, says Executive Producer and Partner Electra Lang. “We edit work that other directors at other production companies shoot, and there’s work that we shoot that gets cut at other editorial houses,” she points out. “We enjoy working with everyone, and we benefit from these relationships in lots of ways. For example, even thought we can do finishing here, there are still times when we go to places like Company 3—Peter and Stefan Sonnenfeld have worked together many times, and have a great relationship.”

So what’s the biggest advantage of the PicRow one-stop model? “It’s a mix of things,” Electra says. “There’s not just the creative energy that comes out of our collaboration, but also an element of efficiency and convenience.”

Clients are also finding that the benefits of working in the PicRow style have advantages that are more intangible, says Electra. “Agencies are beginning to set up their own editorial bays, and they understand how you can work quickly and nimbly, with lots of direct creative feedback. When they come here and see a company that’s set up along similar lines—and producing high-end work in the process, not just the kind of bread-and-butter work that’s often associated with in-house facilities—they immediately see its appeal.”

A great example of how PicRow taps all its one-stop goodies in the service of agencies is a job it’s doing for USAA, a financial services company that offers products like insurance to the families of retired and active servicemen and women. The spot is being shot on the PicRow stage, which has been artfully made up to look like a high-tech battle command center (with Phasers set on stun, we’re sure), decked out in soldiers in full battle dress; Lang is shooting the job, which is being cut at PicRow as well.
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From the editor’s point of view, having this kind of input from the director—and this ability to weigh in on how best to approach a job early on in the process—is a thing of beauty. “We have a very collaborative, team atmosphere here,” says Nussbaum. “It works well on a number of levels. For example, I’m not stuck in a narrow definition of what I do.” There are times when he almost functions as an assistant (albeit one with a pretty advanced reel), he points out, supporting the work of the more junior editors on the staff, or working on executing graphics or effects for other jobs. “There are no egos here about who does what. It’s a lot of fun.”

This sharing attitude has helped PicRow smooth over areas in post production. An example of this is when Nussbaum took a break for a year to edit Frank Miller’s “The Spirit,” a 2008 futuristic thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, explains Electra Lang. “Gregory had been cutting most of our bigger jobs and all of Peter’s work, but when he went off to do the feature, another of our editors, Joe Remerowski, stepped in and picked up the slack.”

It helps that PicRow at times functions like a campus—in addition to the high spirits and the hijinks, along with a finely attuned sense of belonging, there’s also constant learning and professional development taking place.

“People are always getting together and pouring over cuts, seeing if there were ways to do things better,” says Nussbaum. “I just had some graphics work to do on a Honda spot, and I had another editor sitting with me while I was building comps, and that happens all the time here, that kind of hands-on training.”
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“And that’s how I learned—by working with Greg,” says Remerowski. “You learn more and more about filmmaking and editing here from working with Peter and Gregory. They’re always teaching.” Adds Nussbaum, “Peter is famous for that. Everyone here has spent hours and hours with him, learning to mix audio, learning to color correct, learning to Photoshop still images.”
“I think it surprises people a lot when they come to work here to learn that Peter will drop everything and sit in a room with you until 1 AM, to make sure that your sound mix is right,” says Remerowski. “Gregory will do the same. Everyone here helps chip in when they need to.”

Peter Lang’s abiding belief that editing should not be separated from filmmaking is behind all the efforts that the company has undertaken. This includes the investment in the stage, the editor corps, the gear and the capabilities. “The more points of view and the more contributions you can bring in from diverse sources, the better the final product is going to be,” says Lang, “and that holds true whether we’re cutting for one of our directors or not. The goal is always to get the best possible effect.”

thestealthcrew @ the tellys!

October 7, 2010

Director/Editor Jason House and Producer Cesar Vega alongside Production Manager Andrew Thompson and Editor Nicole Vaskell (collectively known at times under various names such as thestealthcrew) were awarded not one but TWO Telly Awards for their work on Ford’s “Trade up to a Ford” campaign and Corinthian College’s “Graduates Voices” commercial! Way to go guys!

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Picrow — Ready to Ride!

October 7, 2010

Here’s some pics from the set of the latest Honda Motorcycle commercial!  Director Jason House, DP Scott Kassenoff, Producer Cesar Vega and our wonderful team of merry pirates teamed up with the folks at Dailey to shoot twelve setups over two days all featuring somewhat single-minded Honda motorcycle riders who would much rather be riding their motorcycles . . . like all the time!
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Full Metal Hollywood

June 23, 2010

Hollywood being what it is, a frontal assault is sometimes necessary — the guys from Tactical media Group, Jon Barton’s outfit are the subject of a documentary being cooked up by the denizens of Picrow.

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On the Picrow Stage

June 22, 2010

A lot happens on the stage of 736 Seward.

Occasionally, when it’s more convenient for us to multi-task during a shoot, we shoot on our stage here at Picrow (the same stage where Joseph Westheimer shot some of the original Star Trek effects of the USS Enterprise). Here is an image of the early Starship Enterprise from the 1960’s.
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And below, check out the photos from our recent use of the stage to film a talk radio spot. It is difficult to believe it is the same space, and nearly 50 years later.
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Pulse Slither kids tell it true

June 21, 2010

slither_1slither_3slither_4slither_2Director, Ben Nussbaum, DP Scott Kassenoff and producer Bo Clancey hopped on the Pulse Slither to find inspiration for a way to share this funtastic vehicle with the greater public. For weeks the whole picrow staff was riding 30 different Slithers around the office. But what Ben and editor Joe Remerowski came up with was simple: let the kids tell the slither story!

Lights Out — Camera — Action!

June 19, 2010

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Most of the days we reflect upon the pace of technological advancement it seems a steady workmanlike climb — then there are days you stumble upon a vista and gaze awestruck. No this isn’t cold fusion or personal jetpacks; but it IS the next best thing.  Yes I’m talking about extreme low-light sensitive HDDSLRs.

From Vincent Laforet’s Blog:

Here is the main point that I hope you take into account: the short film you are about to watch was shot in pretty much the very worst light that I could possibly find in an evening urban landscape.  I did not chose “pretty lighting” in a mall or under neon signs.  That would have been cheating in my book.

The short was shot near East 6th and Mateo St. in Los Angeles – in an industrial part of the city.   If you live in the area – go check out the area – you won’t believe the video you see below came from the poor lighting in that area.   Sodium and mercury vapor lights.   That’s it.  Really awful lighting.

To find out how they (Vincent Laforet, Stu Maschwitz, David Nelson) managed to do that check out the rest of his blog:

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They threw together something worthy in 72 hours with very short notice and Pictures in a Row’s Benjamin Nussbaum cut it into the stylish spot “Nocturne” featured below.  Let’s give our Benjamin Nussbaum a shameless plug:

From Stu Maschwitz’s blog at Prolost.com:

It’s one thing to shoot a film in two nights, but its another thing entirely to post it in a week. Editor Benjamin Nussbaum at Pictures in a Row is a total rock star. He took our hectic collection of footage and made it sing. If you need your shit cut good, go to Pictures in a Row. Seriously.

The rest is at:

Stu’s Blog — Prolost.com

Kudos to Canon’s Curiously Capable Capturing Contraption as well!


Morgan Freeman and Picrow shine a light

June 17, 2010

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Morgan Freeman, Amnesty International, and YouTube joined forces with Peter Lang to shoot a call to arms. For International Human Rights Day we are asking video artists and activists, filmmakers, artists, and rabble-rousers to create a video about a non-profit of your choice, concerning a Human Rights Issue that is close to your heart. Shot by Peter Lang here at the Picrow stage and edited by Joe Remerowski, this spot encourages others to take inspiration from stories of leaders like Nelson Mandela, and to use the medium of YouTube to spread that inspiration. Spread the word to help protect Human Rights by going to http://www.youtube.com/videovolunteers and submitting your powerful story of individuals coming together! Siyahamba!

A wooden F-16 and a great bunch of guys for USAA

June 15, 2010

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Watch the Brotherhood Spot

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Pictures in a Row’s Ray Baum, Gus Vasquez, and Steven Kellebrew (along with John Eggette from Producer’s Air Force and a few other people) put together Chuck Hood’s wooden mock-up of an F-16 and put it to work in the Air Force part of a spot for USAA, the insurance giant that caters to US service members and their families — Baum and company managed to curb their natural interest in what would happen if they installed a jet engine, and carted the whole thing out to the former Norton Air Force base, where ex-Air Force fighter pilot Chris Vasquez and Navy Blue Angel Len Anderson teamed-up to make a convincing show of a living breathing base attached to the tactical air command. That day, and the other three days of the shoot were all about making a paean to the men and women in the armed services — two spots, a :60 and a :30, as tribute and praise, with a little of what it means to serve thrown in.

The rest of the shoot relied heavily on an incredible group of guys brought by Jonathan Barton of Tactical Media — JB’s people rose to the challenge of recreating documentary-style footage of people in the field in Afghanistan and Iraq or on board ship absolutely wonderfully and with tremendous esprit de corps — all without any help from the military. Jon Barton’s people — and Jon himself — were phenomenal. Bob Hope’s old ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains and inner Lytle Creek at the 5000-foot level stood in for Afghanistan, as did Blue Sky Ranch in Santa Clarita. The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum played the part of a more modern carrier.

Peter Lang was the director, Sharon Groh produced, with David Quartararo executive producing, but much credit should be given to Jon Barton and everyone he brought — Brett Lynch (former Navy Seal), Marvin Jordan, Zach McCall, Dotan Baer, Santiago Zapata, Darius Cottrell, Matt Anderson, Robert Garcia, Wade Harlan, to mention a few — all were great. We couldn’t have done it without their tireless invention and willingness to do anything for the shot.

The agency was Campbell-Ewald, and we had a wonderful, engaged team: Al Majewski, art director, Jeff Warner, copy writer, producer Laura McGowan (!!!), and creative directors Jon Stewart and Doug Blanchard. START Editorial in Detroit handled the cuts with editor Louis Lyne at the helm. Eric Maurer from Postique Detroit did the color. All succeeded in accomplishing remarkable work in a very short time.

USAA was founded in the 1920’s under the name United States Army Automobile Association by a group of army officers who were refused automobile insurance as a result of having been enlisted in the army. In an effort to provide themselves with auto insurance, they began the USAA, and today it is a Fortune-500 company, consistently rated highest in consumer surveys. This is their first venture into broadcast. Picrow is proud to have been a part of it.

Westheimer Studios

June 13, 2010

The first interracial kiss on TV seems to come from Nancy Sinatra’s 1967 variety show Movin’ with Nancy, but the first scripted interracial kiss on tv, the one that is etched into our popular imagination comes from Star Trek when Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, famously kissed William Shatner’s Captain James T. Kirk in 1968. We might agree that Science Fiction, while it is often criticized as being formulaic and downright cheesy, continues to make some rather radical statements as is evinced in this year’s underdog blockbuster District 9. And while Pictures in a Row is not currently in development on any Science Fiction extravaganzas, we can say that our history extends from this future-leaning genre.

In 1955, Westheimer Company was one of the most respected visual effects houses.  For 30 years its studio doors were open to industry. Providing Hollywood effects for The Empire Strikes Back, The Heart is a Lonley Hunter, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Dynasty, and Lassie, among others. The Westheimer Company was an important presence and industry training ground in the field of visual effects. Founder, Joseph Westheimer, was born in Los Angeles and grew up playing on the Warner Brothers lot where his aunt was a secretary to production manager Bryan Foy. At the tender age of 15, Westheimer began working as a studio messenger and then he eventually moved to the prop department. After obtaining a degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Westheimer went back to Warner Bros where he got a job in the special effects department—at the time the largest department of its kind. At Warner, Westheimer worked with other top special effects people including Edwin DuPar, Hans Koenekamp, and Warren Lynch. After starting the Westheimer Company, he continued to actively develop new special effects styles, propelling him to win an Emmy Award in 1968 for Individual Achievements in Cinematography and winning an Academy Class III Scientific or Technical Award in 1975 “for the development of a device to obtain shadowed titles on motion picture film.”

Westheimer also trained respected effects editor Richard Edlund, who is reported to have done everything at the studio from sweeping the floor, to rotoscoping the USS Enterprise, to playing “Thing” in The Addams Family title sequence. After four years studying under his “mentor,” Joseph Westheimer, Edlund went on to join George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic team and win two Academy Awards for Star Wars (1977) and Raiders of the Lost Arc (1981) and two Special Achievement Awards for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Imagine, if you will, watching the USS Starship Enterprise flying across the night sky, all the intergalactic characters it holds and all the places it would go. Now imagine that 11-foot long and 200-pound model sitting in what is now the Picrow stage. The model, designed by Walter Matta Jefferies and built by Richard C. Datin Jr., signifies both our film world past as-well-as our imagined future. Visual Effects make their way into many films these days, but it would seem that they started out in genre, which is to say that they began in action, science-fiction, and horror flicks. What is unique about VFX in cinema and television is that they show us what we can only imagine, they make these fantastical realities come to life, and they creatively provide us with new ways to see the potential of film as well as the world itself. From the miniatures that were shot here on Seward Street to the computer graphic lighting and texturing that comes into the scene in post-production, VFX has come along way and with no small thanks to Westheimer and his studio’s pioneering work.

Star Trek: the first scripted inter-racial kiss on television

Star Trek: the first scripted inter-racial kiss on television

Wesheimer Studios' Starship Enterprise on Seward Street

Wesheimer Studios’ Starship Enterprise on Seward Street

Planet Maquette at Westheimer Studios

Planet Maquette at Westheimer Studios

Picrow Director Peter Lang Waxes Rhapsodic on the Medium of Film for Kodak

June 12, 2010

Film or digital? That is the question. Or is it? Kodak talked to some people who know, including Director and Cinematographer Peter Lang of Pictures in a Row. Appearing alongside Lang in this segment are Florence Buchanan, Creative Director BBDO/NY, Tricia Lentini, Producer BBDO/NY, and David Perry, Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi (New York). The film is by Henry Corra, of Corra Films (New York), and was produced by Celia Maysles.

In these clip all illustrations were created by Director/Cinematographer Peter Lang

— Watch Peter Lang Speak on the Magical Medium of Film
— See the Full Chapter on YouTube
— See it on Kodak’s Site (a longer loading time)

View the Print Version of Kodak’s “Film. No Compromise.” Here..

Tom Hackett drives his Ford Edge to Mammoth

June 10, 2010

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IMG_1793-1Malibu’s R.E. star, Tom Hackett, is an active guy!  This is why, at the request of Southern California Ford and with Director Jason House behind the camera, we followed Hackett in the Ford Edge Crossover across the California landscape — from Malibu to Mammoth Mountain!  Over the course of two separate shoot days— and with the aide of  intrepid Stealth Crew all stars Cesar Vega, Nicole Vaskell, and Andrew Thompson (not to mention the rest of the wonderful crew!) — we proved just how much one can accomplish while still making a small footprint (not to mention staying warm in freezing temps!) Most people would say you couldn’t shoot all of those locations and do running footage all at the same, but with the crew, the car, and the can-do attitude — we did just that!

Heald Stories

May 20, 2010

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“There’s no script, you can’t say the wrong thing; just relax and be yourself”—With those words, a new campaign for Heald Colleges via Corinthian was born, and the Stealth Crew came together to make it happen. With Cesar Vega producing, Jason House behind the camera directing and shooting, Andrew Thompson coordinating, and a guest appearance by second camera maven, Joe Remerowski, the team was up to their usual guerilla-style/small footprint approach, shooting interviews with real graduates of the school, and having fun all the while — all in all, a good day out!

The US Navy promotes volunteerism

March 10, 2010

Recently Picrow filmed a public service announcement to promote volunteerism sponsored by—believe it or not—the US Navy! The Navy is promoting volunteerism at the individual and organizational level. We followed some of their volunteers around Los Angeles to see all of the important different things that we can all give our time to.

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Volunteers help restore an adobe at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

Picrow teams up with Coronet Films for “LIFTED”

November 6, 2009

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Here are some pictures of Uriah, the star of Lexi Alexander and Gregory Nussbaum’s new film LIFTED. Produced by Deborah del Prete and Coronet Films: starring Uriah Shelton, Ruben Studdard, Trace Adkins and Nicki Aycox this is the story of a kid who is LIFTED through a passion for R&B music that he shares with his father!

PSAs for Human Rights Watch

November 4, 2009

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Charles Butler just edited a 5-minute PSA for the Human Rights Watch Gala. It was a powerful piece about the work the HRW does to advocate for juvenile rights. One of the driving stories follows a girl named Sara K. who at the age of 16 was sentenced to Life without parole for killing a man who raped her at the age of 13. Focusing on the Juvenile Life without Parole (JLWOP) sentence, which in 39 states can sentence juvenile offenders to Life without the possibility of parole, the piece tells the story of why and how the HRW advocates for fair sentences for youth offenders. Scotty K. shot the interviews of Elizabeth Calvin, the Senior Advocate, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Tamar Chafets, Co-Chair, Los Angeles Network; and Chaplain Javier Stauring, Recipient of the 2003 Human Rights Watch Defender Award to try to explain why it is that the U.S. is the only country where is it legal to sentence a juvenile who cannot legally smoke, drive, or drink to a life and death in prison.

McCann sends director Peter Lang back in time

November 2, 2009

Director Peter Lang of Hollywood based Pictures in a Row just returned from 18th century Virginia where he shot 2 spots for Colonial Williamsburg. He spent the past week with brick makers, silversmiths, fife and drum corps and George Washington, and came back with the beautiful pictures to prove it! Fresh out of the leaves and pumpkins of a Virginia Fall, and amidst the pride of a William and Mary College Reunion, Peter Lang got his living history on.

Picrow knows WHO, WHAT, WEAR!

November 1, 2009

So yes, we do want to know, NEED to know, what to do with oversized sweaters, metallic leggings, and hair accessories to best compliment our Brenda Walsh-inspired bangs this Fall. So, just like everyone else we tune into the website Who, What, Wear. And thankfully Resident stylistas Joe Remerowski and Scotty K (a.k.a. Scott Kassenoff) have made it much, much easier for us to get the fashion tips we have been craving! Joe and Scotty shot 6 webisodes for Who What Wear’s “Schooled in Style” series, with Joe, Jerry Pyle, Joel McWilliams, and Lisa Rucker on editorial and Adam working his usual magic graphics. Then to really ice our runwalk, Joe continued to work his look, this time teaming-up with Ben Nussbaum to shoot 4 episodes of “Ask a Stylist.” with Joe, Joel and Lisa on editorial, and Adam on graphics. And what can we say without sounding overly confident? I mean, it looks good.

Summer Photos

September 21, 2009

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As the sun begins to set a little bit earlier and moves into the sign of Libra. As the Los Angeles heat dissipates a bit, and our lazy days become busy working-girl ones, we would like to take a chance to reflect back on the summer loving we have all done with our cameras. The New York Times has just posted another one of their user-generated collections of photographs of the summer, and maybe we should do the same… Calling all Picrowers, what did you do on your summer staycation?

Nikki Is Engaged!!!

July 27, 2009

This past Saturday at the Griffith Park Observatory Nikki’s most charming fiance, Daniel Ferguson, in a dapper white suit got on one knee and proposed! Thirty of Nikki’s friends and family hidden in the wings and buttresses emerged to surprise Nikki right before the proposal! The answer, we are pleased to report, was a resounding YES! They are planning the wedding festivities summer. After the proposal everyone went back to the site where the romance all began—The House of Pies to celebrate the young couples bright bright future!

736 Seward Design Team

June 22, 2009

Much went into the careful planning and designing of that which we now know as the Pictures in a Row headquarters. Although parts of the final product have been revealed to those of you that have recently visited Picrow—recently like in the past year, but not until now is the design team revealing it’s work on the world wide web. Aaron Kuehn, also known as Aarline Designs drew the plans for 736 Seward, along with senior designer Keith Greco and visionaries Peter and Electra Lang.









Also worth noting is Aaron’s fancy design book layout of the office.

Doritos Guy & Jaguar win AICE award!

May 21, 2009

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AICE (The Association of Independent Creative Editors) just announced the award-winners for this year and Joe Remerowski and Charles Son are the big Spec Spot editorial winners for Frito-Lay’s “Doritos Guy” (directed by Son). The video is a play on you-tube fandom and our all-around love for Dorito snack foods. The piece features not only the Pictures In a Row conference room, but also Picrow staff members hidden in plain sight.

And if that weren’t enough, the Peter-Lang-directed spot for Jaguar’s “XKR-S” won Neil Gust of Outside Editorial, N.Y., the top editor spot in the New/Emerging/Alternative Media category. The video is engrossing, pulling the viewer into Mad Max-meets-The Matrix with white sand desert roads and the shock waves of driving fast and hard.

A THING FOR LANGUAGE

May 18, 2009

The Museum of Modern Art has a show up right now called Tangled Alphabets—Latin American artists Léon Ferrari and Mira Schendel who used the visuality of language as more than the vehicle for communication but as the thing to be shaped and molded itself. If you know Peter Lang & co, then you know Pictures in a Row is a more than attentive to the various font possibilities. In other words, if you are attached to Picrow, then you better choose your font carefully. So then, might we all agree that language itself is art.

Robotics Therapy in the Northeast

February 21, 2009

Picrow-ers went to New York and Boston this week to visit some rehab facilities that are using robotics therapy to help children with Cerebral Palsy. The first stop on the trip was the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Here we met the two doctors involved with Lokomat trails, Dr. Paulo Bonato and Dr. Ben Patritti. The Lokomat, as they explained it, is used to help perform therapy on the lower extremities. It is robot-assisted walking therapy. The children that we met seemed to greatly benefit from using the Lokomat—one girl, Allie, went from using a walker to being able to use crutches, and another boy, Evan, learned to walk without the use of his crutches. We also spoke with Dr. Donna Nimec, a specialist in this field, who told us that she was initially skeptical about the usefulness of the machine, but after using the Lokomat herself and seeing the results with the patients, she became a convert. The parents that we spoke with were all very pleased with the increased mobility of their children thanks to the Lokomat, and they expressed and desire for more of them in more locations. But before our departure, the Spaulding Rehabilitation folks showed us another therapy machine, the Armeo, which is currently being used only on adults. The Armeo is an task-oriented therapy robot to help gain control of the upper extremities. It is currently mostly used in stroke patients, but with more research they are hopeful that the Armeo can be used to help kids with Cerebral Palsy as well.

The next stop on our trip was the Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, NY. Burke had a large array of therapy robots, the histories of which we had the privilege of learning about from Dr. Bruce Volpe. From Burke we went to the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester, NY. Here we met with Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs, winner of the 2009 Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award, who was involved in some of the early studies of robotics therapy. Krebs collaborated with Dr. Fletcher McDowell and Dr. Mindy Aisen in robotics therapy’s early days to stuff rehabilitation in stroke patients. Based on the success of their initial work, they moved on to try robotics therapy for people with similar impairments, such as children with cerebral palsy.

At Blythedale we also met with Dr. Joelle Mast who filled us in on some current studies that were being conducted with the MIT Manus, which focuses on therapy for the arm. Finally, we caught-up with Dr. McDowell to learn a little more about how robotics came into use. McDowell got his inspiration from an article he had read about a doctor who had suffered a stoke and felt that when his arm was moved repetitively for a long period of time, he would start to feel like he could move it himself. After hearing about the robotics being developed to do just these sorts of movement repetitions, McDowell got involved in studies on stroke patients at Burke Rehabilitation Center.

Last but not least we met with Paul Volcker, the CPIRF Chairman of the Board and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, to talk about his personal relationship to Cerebral Palsy. Volcker’s son has cerebral palsy as well as four of his grandchildren, and because of this he remains deeply committed to robotics research.

Director Peter Lang with Michael, future cameraman

Director Peter Lang with Michael, future cameraman

Lisa Rucker Trying Out the Robotics Equipment

Lisa Rucker Trying Out the Robotics Equipment

Picrow and the Cerebral Palsy Staff at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center

Picrow and the Cerebral Palsy Staff at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center

Volcker, Chairman of the Board of CPRH and Peter Lang, Director, Discuss Robotics Technology

Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Board of CPIRF, and Peter Lang, Director, talk about the importance of robotics research

Lego art

February 6, 2009

07manhattanChristoph Niemann’s lego art “Abstract City” was featured in the NY Times this week! He takes legos and re-imagines them as part of the New York cityscape! It is brilliant in it’s simplicity!

I charge all Picrowers to make simple lego art in some way representing Picrow!

Listen, I know you are capable. In fact, I have a distinct memory of one Zach Brewer Ball in 9th grade making a video reinterpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey with Star-Wars -themed music and LEGOS boats and sirens. So, I at least expect a submission from him!

Inauguration Morning

January 20, 2009

It is as if The New York Times were reading our minds! This is like a Pictures in a Row does Obama spread. Basically, NYT put out a call for photographs commemorating Obama’s inauguration. The pictures they received truly run the gamut from people present at the inauguration to people holding babies up to signs that say Obama or holding puppies against the TV screen. We love it!

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Also, here is our humble Picrow celebration of the inauguration.  We are workaholics, but we are also rediscovering our patriotism–once lost, now found!

Frame and Film Curriculum

January 12, 2009

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David Frame has just finished post on the second curriculum package DVD for the Story of Movies–part of The Film Foundation that puts together classic movie curriculums for in-depth study of  fine classic films. Congratulations Mr. Frame.

p.s. Say Goodbye to David Frame’s Avid as it is sadly wheeled out the Picrow office door.

New Year! New Success!

January 9, 2009

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CONGRATULATIONS JULIAN LANG! Today he received The Student of the Month Award! He clearly deserves it and we are beyond proud—plus a little jealous.

Joyeux Joyeux

December 24, 2008

Holidaze are upon us. As we gear up for the new year we all just wanted to wish you a fabulous 2009 and thank all the picrow-ers and friends for a great oh eight! Picrow party pictures to come…

Picrow Client Services are #1

September 30, 2008

Joe, Jason, Ben and Peter got together to show our new client the ideas that run the Picrow train of aesthetic genius. Jason and Ben gave a little pitch. And before the day was out, Peter shared some of our organic cuisine (below) with the client saying, in effect, we are in this world together.

 

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Jaguar Ads. Gone but not forgotten!

September 17, 2008

It is true that once upon a time we did a flashy shoot for Jaguar. There were lights, cameras, and actions. But mostly there were lights and fast cars. Truly my favorite thing about these pictures is the lights. Did I mention that? The silver car with the criss-cross Hollywood searchlight format hit the Beverly Center with a vengance. Here are some of the pictures we took. Do you like?

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The Billboard at the Beverly Center

 

 

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The Sunset Bus passes under our Jaguar ad!

Moving to Marilyns Old Jamm

March 21, 2007

We are moving to 736 Seward Street, just a couple of blocks South of our current location, so that we can spread-out and stare lovingly into each others eyes as we work. And as if this werent exciting and new enough, get this, our new office is where Ms. Marilyn Monroe shot her very scandalous and very sexy Red Velvet Photo Series at the age of 22. Yes indeed, we will be walking the halls with the ghost of a young Marilyn who began it all in our office with photographer Tom Kelley on May 27, 1949. We cant escape old Hollywood glamour as we trade-in John Wayne for double M herself in the midst of our Seward St. dreamscape of fountains and courtyards.