The Making of the "Acrylic" Short Film

The project


Acrylic is a short film by Bhairav Valera and Raymond Parsons about an artist trying to re-discover his muse in Seattle.

the process


I worked with the crew over 3 weekends of shooting, capturing behind the scenes photos, conducting interviews and acting as a production assistant.

THE RESULT


At the end of the project, I delivered over 200 behind the scenes photos and a 32-minute video for the cast, crew and backers.

48 Hour Film Festival 2022

The project


The 48 Hour Film Project is a semi-annual event where local filmmakers are challenged to create a film in under 48 hours. The teams are assigned a category based on the genre (horror, for this project) and must concept, script, produce, shoot and edit the film within 48 hours. This year, I had the opportunity to work with local filmmakers in Seattle to capture behind the scenes content for the cast and crew.

the process


My general philosophy when it comes to photography and content capture is to be a fly on the wall and capture events as authentically as I can. Throughout the 10-hour shoot day, I captured both photo and video of the production. I embraced the 48-hour spirit with this project and delivered over 50 final edited stills, and a 10-minute behind the scenes video within a few days of the shoot.

Working with this crew was an absolute blast, and I'm excited to throw myself even further into the process next year.

BECU & WSU Crop Mural 2022

the problem


As a local not-for-profit credit union, BECU's brand awareness was at an all-time-high, but not for the eastern part of Washington State. As a part of launching WSU credit and debit cards, BECU needed to prove their dedication to the WSU community.

the solution


When you think of Washington State University, the setting is front and center. The Poluse that our WSU Cougs call home is rolling hills of grain and crops that's iconic to this region. So, what better way to celebrate Cougs than a mural in a crop field on the way to campus?

the process


Vendors were key for this project. The only way this creative idea could come to life was if we could assemble the right team who were up to the task. We found an earthwork artist who had been doing this kind of work for decades, and a video team that was onboard for this larger-than-life production.

The results


The first year of the crop mural was such a hit that the installation is now an annual tradition. While on-location in Pullman in 2021 and 2022, the mural was a topic of conversation around town, more than once. This project has instilled BECU as a part of the WSU community.

Day 1 - clients on set


Stan Herd and the video team at Resonate Pictures had been on-site on Jack Fulf's farm just outside of Pullman, Washington for a few days to get a head start on the earthwork. I gathered our clients at the Sea-Tac airport and we flew out to Pullman to meet the crew.

day 2 - Butch social shoot


As a part of this year's mural, we had a more involved social strategy which included teaser videos featuring the WSU mascot, Butch T. Coug. We scouted a few locations on-campus and then (somehow) managed to fit the flag and Butch in our rental car to get him to the mural.

DAY 3 - LAYING THE FLAG


Our final day in the Palouse, we were crossing our fingers that the wind died down enough for us to assemble the main attraction of this piece: a real canvas 80-foot-long WSU flag. Built from the same material that covers stadium seats during off-season, the flag and the anchored posts were designed to help keep it in place even in high gusts of wind.

This annual project was one of my favorites to work on with BECU. We brought the best in every side of production to make this possible, from the crop artist, the land-owner,the flag printer and even a local fencing company. The community spirit of this project continues to push the creativity further every year. You can learn more about previous crop mural projects here.