August 13, 2019
December 17, 2018
Planetarium, the latest short film from Picrow directing duo Zeitgeist, premiered on i-D Thursday, December 13th. Inspired by Adrienne Rich’s poem of the same name, the film (narrated by Maripol) succeeds in capturing the strength and resilience of women, particularly in the face of these unsettled — and unsettling— times. Liv and David sat down with Nicole DeMarco of i-D to discuss their inspiration for this extraordinary project — 100% shot on film!
Here are a couple of frame grabs from the film.
December 6, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is going back to the Golden Globe Awards with three nominations! Rachel Brosnahan — Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series, Alex Borstein — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best TV series — Musical or Comedy. Our heartfelt congratulations go out once again to MMM’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, all the producers and filmmakers — and to Rachel and Alex!
And speaking of the filmmakers, this New York Times article, penned by Todd Heisler, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how David Mullen, ASC (cinematographer), Bill Groom (production designer), Donna Zakowska (costume designer), and Patricia Regan (makeup department head), turn back time in their astonishing recreation of 1950s New York City.
November 6, 2018
All These Voices, the Student Academy Award winning short film by Picrow director David Henry Gerson, has been featured in this month’s issue of American Cinematographer magazine. The article, penned by Peter Tonguette in the Short Takes Department, details the close creative collaboration between David and his director of photography, Eli Ronen Arenson; their process and inspirations; and the challenges of making a period film set in post-WWII Poland. Congratulations, David and Eli! We look forward to the next one.
Here are a couple of wonderful stills by Arkasha Stevenson.
September 18, 2018
Oh, what a night! Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has won two Primetime Emmys — Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series. Rachel Brosnahan won for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series while Alex Borstein won Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series. And to top it all off, producer Daniel Palladino took the stage with Amy, Alex, and Rachel, and the entire cast, to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Congratulations to all the producers, the cast and crew, the nominees — and to Amy, Daniel, Alex, and Rachel.
We can’t wait for season two!
September 10, 2018
In a prelude to next week’s Primetime Emmys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel captured awards for Best Comedy Casting, Best Picture Editing, and Best Music Supervision. Congratulations to Meredith Tucker, Jeanie Bacharach, and Cindy Tolan, CSA, to Brian A. Kates, ACE, and to Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and Daniel Palladino. Stay tuned for more soon!
August 17, 2018
The cast and creators of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel recently sat down with Deadline Hollywood where they had the opportunity to reflect on the trials and triumphs of their creative endeavors, emphasized the modern-day resonance of their character’s experiences, and dropped a few hints on what we can expect in season two.
July 12, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been nominated for the 2018 Primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series. We cordially congratulate the entire cast and crew on your continued success. See the full list below.
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Outstanding Period Costumes
Outstanding Music Supervision
Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series—Rachel Brosnahan
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series—Tony Shalhoub
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series—Alex Borstein
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series—Jane Lynch
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
January 31, 2018
Picrow has signed directing duo Zeitgeist, featuring Danish writer/director Liv Colliander, director of the film Dryland, and David Henry Gerson, who recently won a Student Academy Award for his film, All These Voices. With a deep respect for the craft of filmmaking and a passion for putting more on the screen—whether in preproduction, on set or in post—they’re going to bring a new sense of quality and beauty to Picrow.
January 24, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel garnered more recognition and acclaim at this year’s Producer’s Guild of America Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Rachel Brosnahan. Our sincere congratulations to MMM’s producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and the entire cast and crew!
January 10, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has won two Golden Globe awards! Best TV series — Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series, Rachel Brosnahan. Congratulations to MMM’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, all the producers and filmmakers — and to Rachel! Keep on rocking!
October 19, 2017
Picrow folks went to the LA premiere of Wonderstruck Tuesday, October 17th, at the fabulous Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA (we've used it as a filming location, too!) — a marvelous time was had by all. Set in the 1970s and the 1920s, Wonderstruck tells two stories simultaneously that ultimately become one; the first is of a young boy in the Midwest in the 70s and the second, a young deaf girl in New York in the 1920s; the mystery of their connection is the heart of the film — and its magic. Writing in the Village Voice, Bilge Ebiri says 'Todd Haynes's out-of-time city symphony Wonderstruck lives up to its name … [and is] intoxicating and new.' Wonderstruck hits theaters October 20th!
July 18, 2017
Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent have been nominated for the 2017 Primetime Emmy awards for their second and third year in a row. With Mozart in the Jungle at a total of three nominations and Transparent at seven, we cordially congratulate you on your continued success.
Mozart in the Jungle
Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less)
Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
Sound Mixing For a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2)
Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less)
Casting for a Comedy Series
Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie
April 17, 2017
The Picrow office — what we like to think of as a mix of old Hollywood glamour, the erudition of Oxford's Bodleian Library, and an overgrown Elvish tree house — was recently featured on Frame.io. The collaborative video-editing platform regularly posts film and editing inspiration ranging from the scheduling strategies of SNL Editor Adam Epstein to the footage sharing tactics of the makers of IFC's Documentary Now. And lo and behold, amidst all of their work to make collaboration that much easier, you can find a glossy 30-plus image layout of our crib. Scroll through the images to get a feel for the place we call home, from the library, to the production suites, to the trees and koi that hold us in place. And if you look closely you might also gain a little insight into our hardware, our canine collaborators, and our reading lists.
April 16, 2017
We couldn't be happier to announce that Tiffany Caprice has joined the Picrow team as the Head of Marketing and New Business Development. Caprice comes to us by way of Sanford Casting and Dan Bell Cast. But she is no stranger; she previously assisted Picrow in casting the decade-long branding campaign for USAA Insurance and is now back to continue collaboration with our Founder/Director Peter Lang. Caprice is especially keen on working with our turnkey production collective The Hall.
April 7, 2017
Unforgettable — winner of Gold award for television commercial campaign.
Directors, The Hall: Ben Nussbaum, Joe Remerowski, Charles Son;
Producer, Lauren Cynkar;
Editors, Gregory Nussbaum, Ben Nussbaum, Joe Remerowski, Charles Son
Mickey Around The World won bronze in the integrated branded content category.
Directors, The Hall: Ben Nussabaum, Joe Remerowski, Charles Son;
Producer, Sharon Groh
Editor, Gregory Nussbaum
November 22, 2016
The Hall shot its way around the world with Mickey Mouse. Check out Mickey’s Birthday Trip Around the World 2016 — over 5 million views in 5 days and now more than 7 million. Seven countries, 18 days, dancing in every town — Los Angeles, Shanghai, Kyoto, Rome, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Cuzco. Happy Birthday Mickey!
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.”
★★★★ 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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
February 24, 2016
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."
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.
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).
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.
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
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
June 22, 2015
June 22, 2015
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
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.”
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.
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.’
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
January 28, 2015
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.
January 16, 2015
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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 —
July 16, 2014
Peter Lang Shoots Victors at the University of Michigan Health System.
June 25, 2014
The Hall recently shot two spots for Nemours Children’s Health System. Split-screen, the spots highlight the personal connection between a doctor, a nurse and their two young patients. Watch and read more in Shoot’s article about this campaign.
February 17, 2014
— from Kickstarter to splash at Sundance
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Zach Braff Kickstarts ‘Wish I Was Here’
Wish I Was Here: Sundance Review
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!
September 10, 2013
The Picrow team recently traveled to Copperas Cove, Texas to shoot an intimate profile of NFL superstar Robert Griffin III. Peter directed the digital short “This Field General Owes It All To Two Sergeants,” in which RG3 pays tribute to his Army veteran parents who instilled the values of discipline and dedication that serve him both on and off the field.
April 29, 2013
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.
April 19, 2013
Congratulations to Margaret Malandrucculo on receiving not one but two Juno Award nominations! Margaret’s music videos for Johnny Reid’s “Fire It Up” and Alan Doyle’s “Testify” were both nominated for Video of the Year . We think the odds are in her favor, and we’ll be rooting for her this Sunday. Check out the videos here: Fire It Up and Testify.
April 16, 2013
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
April 16, 2013
“The Innovation Lifecycle” was recognized again this week at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. Peter was delighted to accept the award, especially since it required a trip to Vegas. A director’s life is certainly rough!
January 28, 2013
The accolades keep coming in! Marc Silver has been named Winner of the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. For more links and info, check out our previous News Updates.
January 22, 2013
Marc Silver’s on a roll! Marc’s documentary, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is part of the first slate of films acquired by Mundial, a new joint venture by IM Global and Latin American producer and distributor, Canana. More info on Deadline and the LA Times. Read The Hollywood Reporter’s review here.
January 17, 2013
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.
December 14, 2012
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.
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.
November 15, 2012
Drinks are on us! Picrow’s creative and visually stunning IP & Science video for Thomson Reuters has been honored with a CLIO Award in Healthcare. Congrats to director, Peter Lang, the extraordinary animators, Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker, and everyone at Picrow who participated in the project. Way to go!
October 8, 2012
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.
September 19, 2012
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.
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…
August 17, 2012
Tackling a few national issues…
That looks strenuous.
We’d rather fly!
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! Learn more here.
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!
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.
November 7, 2011
Comments about Unwatchable, directed by Picrow’s Marc Hawker and DarkFibre:
Unwatchable: the war in DR Congo just got much closer to home
Unwatchable discussed on The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog
The Guardian’s Jane Martinson writes about Unwatchable
September 28, 2011
September 27, 2011
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
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.
September 23, 2011
September 22, 2011
June 27, 2011
Picrow’s own Joseph Remerowski edited the winning entry for the Audience Award for Best Music Video at the 2011 LA Filmfest. His winning music video was for the group Grum’s Can’t Shake This Feeling; an enjoyable commentary on indulgence and exploitation. Watch it!
March 31, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”
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!
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!
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.
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.
June 21, 2010
Director, 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!
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:
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:
Kudos to Canon’s Curiously Capable Capturing Contraption as well!
June 17, 2010
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!
June 15, 2010
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.
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.
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.
June 10, 2010
Malibu’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!
May 20, 2010
“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!
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.
Volunteers help restore an adobe at the Los Angeles Arboretum.
November 6, 2009
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!
November 4, 2009
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.
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.
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 run walk, 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.
September 21, 2009
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?
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!
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.
We’ve made Aaron’s fancy design book layout of the office available just for you.
May 21, 2009
The A.I.C.E Website
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.
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.
May 9, 2009
May 9, 2009
Elliott Roman Malandruccolo Nussbaum
May 2, 5:50pm
plus: Excellent Dancer
April 25, 2009
Misko Iho is picrow’s new director! Tervetuloa! Tervetuloa!
Misko won The Young Director’s Award, or so Peter likes to tell people, when in actuality he just made this spot for the award. Misko is a self-educated learn-as-you-go director from Finland who loves story telling and making films of any length. His other loves are dirt, night, shadows, rain, snow, dust, fog, weird characters, 14mm lens, unusual situations, pushing the limits, anything extraordinary, challenge, breaking the rules, hot sauna and jumping out of airplanes. But when the picrow scribe got down and dirty with him he let his true colors shine, or rather, he shone with these photos of his free-time activities parachuting.
In addition to floating high above the ground, Misko’s favorite visual artist is Tarsem Singh—remember that amazing opening sequence ni the Namibian deserts in “The Cell”? His favorite animal is, well what else, “probably something that flies” and his favorite picrow factoid has to do with our building’s famous history as housing early the early Monroe “Red Velvet” photo shoots.
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.
February 17, 2009
Cesar and Nicole are looking good on their latest CCI adventure to Sarasota, FL
February 6, 2009
Christoph 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!
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!
Also, here is our humble Picrow celebration of the inauguration. We are workaholics, but we are also rediscovering our patriotism–once lost, now found!
January 12, 2009
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.
January 9, 2009
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.
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…
October 27, 2008
This week at the Plavix shoot the falcon stole the show. He swooped by to keep all the birds away from the shoot, and instead was everyones favorite winged-thing in all of So Cal.
October 17, 2008
“This portrait is not an Indian” is the phrase Gerald Vizenor attaches to the famous Andy Warhol screen print of Native American activist Russell Means. Making an intervention into the way in which Native Americans have been frozen into place through the anthropological gaze, and the lens of the photographic portrait, Vizenor riffs off of Foucaults reading of the Ren Magritte painting, “Ceci n’est pas un pipe” articulating the disjoint between signifier and signified, and the power that is intrinsic in the process of bringing something into language, naming a pipe or an Indian as such. Now, ceci n’est pas un film. Forever relevant it seems.
October 7, 2008
It is not uncommon in this day and age to see technology married to art. This is a less analog, more grainy and more immediate for of artwork. Some may say, no, and some may say yes. And we are here to say- sometimes no, but sometimes yes. Take for instance, our resident pixie, Kate Montgomery. Take this chat art, if you will, made with Kate on location in Austin, Texas and her Picrow comrades at home in Los Angeles. Might I suggest the aesthetics of immediacy?
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.
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?
The Billboard at the Beverly Center
The Sunset Bus passes under our Jaguar ad!
September 17, 2008
We bonded in Yosemite. And here are the photos to prove it.
We are one big happy picture in a row.
September 9, 2008
We simply must share these remaining photographs from The Langs Adirondack journey. Simple and Classic.
September 3, 2008
So you may have thought that the previous post on the Stealth Crew was all there was for their Tejas trip. Oh boy, were you wrong as ever. The Stealth Crew, like in the TV shows Bewitched, or Roseanne, had a cast change mid-season. Kate was replaced by the multi-talented Nicole Vaskell. You may think I flatter, but indeed beyond being stellar at everything production-related, Nicole can write with her toes! Serious business. Nicole also has a love of squirrels. They frolic around her. Stealth Crew Number Two also found some delicious Texan cuisine, and had a delicious likeness of them drawn. And not to worry folks, I am sure there will be more Stealth Crew shenanigans to report in the near future.
August 30, 2008
Apparently we have a new undercover Picrow employee. He has been spotted on multiple occasions selling fruits on the corner of Melrose and Vermont. Let us know if you see our secret Picrow-er! Take a picture and email it to us!
August 24, 2008
I would like to introduce the Stealth Crew version #1. This is Cesar, Kate, and Jason on location in Austin, Texas for CCI. And whilst working on the delicious task of following around CCI grads in their work places, they visited the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the nightly Bats fly. They shot guns at a local shooting range, did some more shooting, and finally did some more shooting.
August 19, 2008
Our favorite composer, Jeff MacDonald, in cahoots with Ben Nussbaum and Jerry Pyle made our ice creamery dreams come true! Today at lunch we had some folks from Ben & Jerry’s come to Picrow to setup an ice cream bar! Get it, Ben & Jerry! I think our favorite flavors are. Phish Food and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz this is a little hippy plus a little caffeine. This is sort of our look.
August 11, 2008
Kate Montgomery took some glamour shots of our Telly Awards.
She takes the shiniest & prettiest photos ever. She should start a photographer blographer!
August 8, 2008
At a recent trip to the mall Jerry Pyle did some poses for a new look! He hearts Hannah hardcore. Do we approve of the backpack? Or is he trying a little TOO hard to hold on to his youth?
August 5, 2008
Peter, Electra and the little Langs went on their annual trip to the Adirondacks and these are the photos he returned to share with the gang. They watched the sunset, relaxed on the lawn, and indulged in the sweeter things. But what is a mountain holiday without a little sport? And what is a Lang without a little movement? CROQUET!
July 26, 2008
Jason House in Tejas for CCI during hurricane Dolly! Everything in slow motion. and the street lamps look longingly to the sky.
July 16, 2008
hey. did we ever tell you all that it was official? like Ben Nussbaum actually for really real tied the knot? Well, he did! And there are beautiful pictures to prove it. And our other favorite Nussbaum was there too! Congratulations our fair prince, you have become a man. Official!
July 10, 2008
So, as it is known, we do not wear the most elaborate of outfits. we usually shoot for style over substance. but this week we decided that we needed to give the fancy fare a try. For your viewing pleasure, please find the outfits we adorned for Fancy Friday!
April 28, 2008
We are one! This weekend we went bowling in honor of our lovely colleagues and, well, it was also Joe Remerowski’s birthday which we celebrated with a giant Snickers cake. The ladies, once again, were winning everything- Dance Dance Revolution, Pool, and all the other games you can think of. Emmy Grinwis rejoiced at another whammy, or rather she rejoiced at the bowling equivalent of a whammy. Jerry Pyle had some emotions too. We encourage those here. But our favorite bowler and gamer of the evening was the very lovely, talented and oh-so-appreciated Nikki Reddix! Well, I guess “technically” Nikki doesn’t bowl, but she was there in spirit and we felt her vitual bowling skills flowing through the rest of us! At the end of the night we all got together for a lovefest group picture.
April 16, 2008
Yes. Julien, Peter, Zach, Scotty, Emmy & Kristy all got to go to Legoland last week to do some shots and make sure we loved it as much in our hearts as we did in our heads! And we do! Is this enough proof for you? Or do you need more? Trust me when I tell you that we will surely be back!
April 10, 2008
There is a divide among the office nerds on the subject of BSG. And an art-nerd or a tech-nerd is decidedly a cool nerd these days. For the layman, BSG is Battlestar Galactica. Some of us think it is, to put it simply, lame. Others think it is the second coming.
Check out the new poster. Does it remind anyone of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper?” It makes us question the whole science/religion divide– like in a philosophy sort of way. Since we have all these fancy books at the office, I think we should all just re-read Adorno and Horkheimer’s tome, “Dialectic of Enlightenment,” and call it a night. no? Or maybe we should do a mini Picrow employee photo compilation in homage. I guess this will have to do.
April 3, 2008
do as the Europeans, Turkish, and friends do. Ride the carousel! It is unclear where the idea of the carousel, or the “first” carousel came from. But what is decidedly clear to us is that on a recent CCI trip to Orange County, we rode a carousel!! in the mall!! It was very valley of us! And plus, what could be more inspirational for the flow of our creative juices? Here is the photographic evidence from our hot little phones!! Mirrors and mirrors of our enthusiasm!
March 21, 2008
Today was Don’s last day! Or was his name Ben? Although the cake said Don, I believe that he was known around the office as Benjamin Nussbaum. At his farewell party there was much revelry including a Mr. Charles Butler falling into the bushes and some photos of Don and company. He will be sorely missed, although this will be a chance for others to begin to participate a little more fully in Picrow Ping Pong. Ben will be replaced by this guy, Zach Brewer Ball, who will actually be doing a totally different job. But maybe we should start calling him Don now. There has to be at least one Don- like the Darren’s from Bewitched or the Becky’s on Roseanne.
March 14, 2008
Amidst our many work days for the University of Michigan and co., we managed to work in The First Quarterly Picrow Ping Pong Championship. At the start of the show it looked as though Cesar Vega might take down our reigning champion, Ben Nussbaum. Ben was sweaty with butterfly palms thinking that he might be defeated at last. But in the end Cesar fell and Ben battled his way to the title of Pictures in a Row Champion only moments before he left the office for his exciting New York Wife and new New York life. Goodbye Ben, your courage and perseverance will go down in herstory!
March 6, 2008
One Pictures in a Row employee participated in a public art piece in New York City this week called I In the Sky. The piece consisted of twitchy portraits animated by Angeleno-born artist Raul Vincent Enriquez to provide the advertising mess that has become Times Square with a little eye-contact. If you go to the Public Art Website and look at the March 6th portraits, you will see a picrow-er with the last name of Brewer Ball.
February 29, 2008
We spent this years special day creating movie magic in an abandoned women’s correctional facility (The Sybil Brand Insitute for Women) home to none other than the dreamy Johnny Depp in the film Blow. Do tell us which Picrow employee is the culprit! Personally, I have my opinion of who is the most devious of the gang, and I will give you a hint! He is using his phone…
February 18, 2008
We are playing with legos! This week we got to do a legoland shoot in our warehouse. toys! toys! toys! It was like a sim-world game only in the lego flesh. We would show you all the gorgeous square-pegged landscapes, but i fear that you will have to wait for the spot to air before you get see that. But in the meantime I offer you this picture taken by our very own creative, Kate Montgomery, of Indiana Lang, I mean Peter looking a little like Indie Jones. I think it is either the hat or the fierce attitude. You decide!
February 11, 2008
Ingenious editor Jerry Pyle created this photographic montage tribute to his new haircut! His work was inspired by the myriad of Album cover bricolage created and posted on Sleeve Face. Well Done, Jerry! You are looking fine…and a little freaky!
February 5, 2008
The first order of business is that, in light of Jason, Cesar and company’s recent win at Mobius, you may want to revisit their adventures on the road that lead them to their beautiful Wyotech campaign!
The second order of business is that we have been looking to some old-time video art for inspiration and just happened to run across Vito Acconci’s brilliant 1973 piece Theme Song. Maybe some Acconci-inspired performance art should be our third order of business…
January 28, 2008
The awards ceremony took place in the Roosevelt Hotel, the very same location that hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony. Jason House and Cesar Vega strutted their stuff on stage in acceptance of the First-Place award for Television in Education for the “My School is Wyotech” campaign. Then the fellows, arm-in-arm with the rest of the team, celebrated Old-Hollywood style with glamor and glitz and pride for our fellow man. Here, Here! Viva Wyotech and the Picrow revolucin!
January 7, 2008
Watch Picrow on an endless one-sided strip! We’ve been granted a Mobius award for our work with Corinthian Colleges and Engle+Murphy in the “My School is Wyotech” campaign!
Led by Director/Cameraman Jason House and Producer Cesar Vega, Pictures in a Row was named the First-place entry for Television in the Education category. Editors Jerry Pyle, Joseph Remerowski, Charles Son and the entire Pictures in a Row Editorial staff share these accolades. Already impressed, well keep your socks on there’s more! We are also one of six finalists for the Best of Show competition. Stay tuned as the excitement reaches a crescendo on January 26th, when the announcement for the Television winner will be a concluding highlight of the awards presentations at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
We’re preparing a long list of those we want to thank at the ceremony (then we will paste it on a one-sided loop of paper folded-in on itself), but we know it must include Peter Waller, Bill Buchanan, Steve Patterson, Mara Schteinschraber, Kevin Murphy and last but not least, the Wyotech Eagle.
December 21, 2007
The supreme glamour that Electra Lang can pump out with her eyes closed is astonishing! In all seriousness, the lady is a creative visionary. For the holiday party, she and her little faeries transformed the warehouse into a winter wonderland. And at the center of Picrow Pleasure Island were both ping pong and foosball tables. Peruse the photographs to sample a bit of the staff flavors. There were baby bunnies, magicians, golden nymphs,a Don Juan, GoGo Dancers, Artistes, and last but Not Least, a Scrooge!
December 7, 2007
We welcome the lovely and talented Dawn Fanning to the Picrow family. She is our outstanding new producer with an even-eye and steady-hand. It seems her reign will be one of opulence and splendor. Dawn joins us from her very own independent production company, Lotus Films, and more recently from her previous role as producer at Interloper. We also share her with her 11-year-old son, the dauphin, Dylan. Please stand and throw your roses and gems into the air to commence the lovely rule of Dawn Fanning of Picrow land.
October 31, 2007
and his Victrola. As the autumn sun sets here at Picrow, we nap and work and play and listen. Oh, right, we often look really really good too. Is that wrong to admit?
September 15, 2007
Sorry ladies, supremo editor
Ben Nussmbaum is off the market. He recently got engaged to his lovely Brooklynite girlfriend! We are taking down all his online dating profiles. pronto!
July 12, 2007
So… as the story goes, a long long time ago, 1998 to be precise, we did a little spot that featured a mechanical lion’s head and Sean Hayes as a bell boy. The spot ran wild across Japan, and yet like the Velveteen Rabbit, was lost to us in our warehouse until only recently when we remembered how much we loved it. seriously, the adorably campy Sean Hayes, a lion in a tux, and our favorite downtown shooting spots.
Tell me you don’t think this is sort of the coolest thing ever!
June 18, 2007
Scott Duncan took some cameras and a Land Rover (the LR3) to the recent floods in Missouri to see if the motor vehicle could withstand the elements. And both Scott and the car came through the waters and the muds to create a fabulous shoot.
May 14, 2007
On a recent trip to get footage for CCI, Jason House and Cesar Vega had a little too much fun whilst getting the job done. Jason and Cesar started off their trip by shooting some bike racing action. Jason up against the wall and Cesar organizing photo ops.
May 5, 2007
On a recent afternoon at Pictures in a Row, a poll was taken of all employees, asking the question If you were a punctuation mark, what would you be? The answers ranged from the logical to the completely haphazard, with some people carefully considering their choices, and others horse-shoeing various words that sounded like punctuation marks until one stuck.
After some debate over what constituted a punctuation mark, nine people out of the fifteen people polled eventually made their selections, for a survey response rate of 60%.
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.
February 10, 2007
In an overview of this years Super Bowl commercials for the New York Times, one financial columnist found Peter Langs latest Prudential show-stopper, well, a little punny. Searching for some remnant of a conversation regarding the Iraq war in the commercial extravaganza that is Super Bowl Sunday he wrote, whenever the announcer said, a rock invoking the Prudential logo, the rock of Gibraltar it sounded as if he were saying, yes, Iraq. And there you have it. Why not? We love this crazed theory, like Dark Side of the Moon played backwards in tandem with The Wizard of Oz. So from now on we plan to watch all out spots on fast-forward to find hidden words to share with business writers across the country.
January 1, 2007
Jonathan Brown has arrived! The noted cameraman and cinematographer that once sat on the lap of Stanley Kubrick while his father, Garret Brown the inventor of the Steadicam, was filming The Shining, is at Picrow. JB was a camera operator on Slums of Beverly Hills, Sling Blade, and Gattaca to name but a few. He also served as cinematographer on The Pink Panther, The Family Stone, and Mamas Boy (forthcoming). Truly, the list of JBs accomplishments is altogether far too long to list here. Lets put it this way, we are like certain unnamed female celebrities in that we want JB and only JB to shoot our close-ups. He knows all the angles.
July 24, 2004
What Teddy at FCB SoCal sees from the top of the Sunset Landmark!
December 12, 2003
Did you know that when caffeine mixes with early morning hours true genius somehow floats to the surface?
Well, we didn’t either nor do we think it’s true genius, just kinda neat.
See our very own Picrow Gazette here.
September 23, 2003
Liz Smith, syndicated gossip hound for the New York Post, cornered Picrow’s favorite spokesman John Stamos at the MAC/Interview Magazine party last week. Her thoughts…
John, the very definition of accessible charm, took congratulations on his Nine casting, but received equal kudos for those terrifically entertaining TV spots for a phone service. These little 10-10-987 vingettes, wherein John seemingly free-associates and rambles on, have given the actor a re-newed [sic] visibility, causing a lot of people to take notice. What is usually just one of the ordinary vagaries of a career – a TV commerical – has turned into an ongoing reminder of how appealing a presence this guy is.
Glad we’re not the only ones who know how great he is!
April 15, 2003
In a development known only to a few well-placed sources in the government’s top-secret planetary-regime change through covert-ops sector, Ashley Moser was abducted by aliens on April 5, 2003 while riding her bike down the Venice Beach boardwalk in the mid-afternoon. What the extraterrestrials wanted from Ashley was and still is unknown, but, in Peter and Courtney’s desperate attempt to find somebody who could replace Ashley they stumbled upon Chris.
While sitting at home Chris received an urgent call from Jennifer Grife, a production assistant working with Pictures in a Row on yet another brilliant commercial. She sounded frantic and bemused.
Chris you gotta hear this, but not now, oh no.. oh no I can’t talk now but you got to hear this later. Meet me at the bell-tower tonight at midnight. The phone hung up.
Now Chris was confused, sitting alone in his bedroom listening to the sounds of the old Asian women downstairs talking to herself .
Around 1:30 a.m. Jennifer arrived at the apartment. Chris had not shown up at the bell-tower. Actually, he went to the wrong bell tower and assumed because of Jennifer’s hysterical phone call she had been killed by Japanese assassins, also known as ninjas. So he was home and asleep when Jennifer pounded on his apartment door waking him up.
They walked through the halls of Chris’s Silver Lake mansion, through the west-wing and into a small study mottled with world maps and rare antiques from around the planet.
You got to see this! Jennifer exclaimed reaching into her pockets with shaking hands.
She pulled out a folded piece of paper
that appeared to be stained with coffee and some kind of mustard.
Just read it. You won’t believe this. It’s incredible!
She handed the
paper to Chris who unfolded and read it. His eyes widened and he stumbled losing his balance almost knocking over an Egyptian first dynasty statuette of Osiris standing in a warrior pose. When he finished reading and wiping the
tears from his eyes he took the paper, walked over to the wall and tacked it next to a remnant of an original page of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Chris then fell to his knees and cried out to God.
I must meet the masterminds behind this work. I must. If you do exist you will give me the opportunity to meet these people. Prove that you exist.
Chris then started rambling in some sort of primordial language and started speaking in tongues. The doors and the windows in the study started to open and close by themselves. Books flew off the shelf. One even hit Jennifer in the face. The room then grew calm and Jennifer told Chris she would arrange a meeting with Peter and Courtney.
See the incredible treatment here.