The work of creative practitioners the world over is becoming increasingly commoditised, and as a consequence valued less and less by clients. So argued Canadian business development consultant and author Blair Enns. He said that we can stop the rot if we have the confidence to take control of our creative businesses, reclaim the high ground in client relationships and abandon free pitching.
Crafted to last a lifetime, Barbour wax jackets see their owners through thick and thin. Memories of the
weight, the look, the feel of that first purchase remain tangible 30 years on and mean owners are reluctant to change.
This film is an intimate portrait of the relationship between Barbour and its customers seen through
the Customer Services Dept at South Shields who, like surgeons, bring them back to life.
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Co-produced & Directed by Jan Cawood & Magali Pettier for Tin Man Films UK http://www.tinmanfilms.co.uk/
Produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui,
of Lost & Found Films (lostfoundfilms.com).
Prime Burger Restaurant, in Midtown Manhattan
For many of the guys that work here, the restaurant is like a second home - some of them have been slinging burgers, making shakes, and waiting on customers at this location for decades. Opened in 1938, the place hasn't been altered since the early '60s, and it looks all the better for it.
Here the waiters and workers of Prime Burger discuss their views on their chosen profession, and the unique nature of the place itself.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
There's no place like home. It's where we live, work and dream. It's our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home, or places that function as home - workplaces, hang out spots, etc. We want to figure out what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them.
We're always on the lookout for dwellings of all sorts. If you've come across any curious or eccentric homes or other curious places, feel free to send them along.
"Pledging My Love" Johnny Tillotson
"Sit Down Servant" The Staple Singers
"Come and Save Us" Spiritual Singers
"The World is a Cafeteria" Mask Man & The Agents
Oak Street Bootmakers - Designed in Chicago, handmade in Maine.
The son of a cobbler, Oak Street Bootmakers founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed at his father’s shop where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Today, George seeks to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.
All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.
Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts, and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsmen and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.
Client - Oak Street Bootmakers
Agency - Common Machine Prod.
Produced and Directed by Brett O'Bourke
DP/Steadicam - Richard Patterson
Editor - Jorge Rubiera
Music - "Birds Fly South" by Jeff Zentner