1. Bronze Radio Return -- Wonder No More

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    www.eastwardfilms.com We've been friends with BRR for a long time, and there's this familiarity there. So when they called us with three days' notice and said 'hey we're shooting a music video in Hartford this weekend, you should come up,' we didn't really think about it. We just got in the truck. They had a concept ready, costumes rented, and a giant white retirement home shuttle bus. We came up with some shots, scrambled for locations, and car mounted our FS100 with a single suction cup and tension wire that we stripped off a Kessler Crane. My favorite moment was when we realized we could project footage we had already shot in the theatre we were using, and so we did our exterior first, and then ran up to the projection room, cabled a laptop into their system, did a quick color grade on the shot, and then shot the vampire scene with his actual footage playing in the background. The band cheered a little.

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    • Streetlight // Bethesda

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      1,164 Plays / / 12 Comments

      www.eastwardfilms.com Available light, no grade. 0-9db gain, Zeiss ZF.2 Primes. Really impressed with the camera's ability to handle a variety of light temperatures, the dynamic range, and the low noise. Color graded version coming at some point... Special thanks to Gwen and Dmitry.

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      • 30 Days to Life Trailer

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        www.eastwardfilms.com Every so often, we get to shoot a piece for Brian Swann's ongoing project, 30 Days to Life, and we have a ridiculously awesome time. Brian brings us these concepts, asks us to bring them to life, and the results have historically been some of our favorite pieces, and this is no exception. We shot the entire piece inside his apartment using only 150 watt lights, and it was refreshing to really pare down the kit and find organic on-set solutions (like using a ceiling fan as a revolving scrim). We also had a hilarious scramble to find a firearm and a cameo appearance by our faithful gaffer when we realized we needed a victim. The Zeiss 50mm ZF2 Macro is outrageously, ludicrously sharp. Breathing aside, it's becoming my favorite lens. And we can't wait to continue work on 30 Days to Life.

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        • Eastward Films -- Highlight 2013

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          www.eastwardfilms.com A collection from our second year. I get overwhelmed with gratitude when we edit our highlights together--in all the insanity of running a production company it's easy to forget just how outrageously lucky we are to be able to do what we do every day and call it a 'job'. To all of the daring, brilliant people who were a part of this: Thank you. 2013 is going to be our best yet. The boys of EWF, Jake, Jamie, Chris, Nick, and Amir.

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          • The Static - If These Walls Could Talk

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            www.eastwardfilms.com This is one of those pieces that's a little deceptive. You don't see the countless power failures and production delays and our sad little attempt to throw a can of paint against a wall that barely made it to the mural. Sometimes I think the goal of good production work is to just hide the flaws. That said, The Static can kill. They believe absolutely in their music, and deliver it in every moment. They have huge choruses, driving beats, and more hooks than a tacklebox. In producing their music video, more than anything we wanted their energy to translate on screen. At one point, we placed our tripods on pieces of plywood suspended above the floor, and when the band stomped and the kick drum hit, each beat translated into the camera. The result is the tremors that come in towards the end of the piece, done practically, rather than in post. China balls are your best friend when you've got crappy circuits.

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            • Rachel & Brian

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              www.eastwardfilms.com I don't think anyone has ever taken a really interesting picture of their own backyard. And in the same way, getting out of DC every once and a while is a healthy thing for our filmmaking. We made the small hike down to Charlottesville a day before Rachel and Brian got married. I think the sooner you can start your coverage, the better, it gives you a chance to build a context and depth for the narrative. There were the necessary shots of the landscape, but it gave us an entire day with the couple, and their surrounding cast of family and friends. We tried to create a piece that was both expansive and intimate, and I think the new location and extra time helped in that. Beautiful people who are hopelessly in love don't hurt either.

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              • Lydia Mountain Lodge 30 Second Spot

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                www.eastwardfilms.com We went into the woods because we wished to film deliberately. Two days of ziplines, ATVs, tubing, and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and bam, you've got a broadcast-ready commercial. We put a Zeiss ZE kit through it's paces, beat our Atlas10 like it owed us money (at one point Jake turned to me and said "If we do one more slider shot I think I'm going to barf) and came away with some really pretty stuff. Fantastic lighting by Chris Magruder. It was my first time directing a crowd, we had probably 20-30 extras come out for the concert shot (and the wide angle didn't even make the edit :/ ) It felt good. I told a joke to distract the audience. It bombed. Then, Karla, our lead actress, got up and told the following: A guy went to a psychiatrist. "Doc," he said, "I keep having these alternating recurring dreams. First I'm a teepee, then I'm a wigwam, then I'm a teepee, and then I'm a wigwam. It's driving me crazy. What's wrong with me?" The doctor replied, "It's very simple. You're two tents." That killed. Edited on-site, and then handed over for VO and scoring by Todd Googins and Attila Molnar, respectively. The Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar might be a perfect lens. --jamie

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                • Avery-Hess Testimonials

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                  • CHAPPO -- 'Come Home' Live

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                    www.eastwardfilms.com We met CHAPPO sort of incidentally, but were hooked right away-they have an incredible presence, and an immediate sound that gathers crowds. "Come Home" is the kind of song that's going to be big, and CHAPPO is the kind of band that's going to be even bigger. They're not just immensely talented, but immensely kind, to boot. Also if you're reading this before February 24th, and live in DC, go see them at Red Palace. With Ra Ra Rasputin.

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                    • Dance For The Dying -- Thug Love

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