The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.
They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.
The Mast Brothers are now planning to navigate the mighty Atlantic, sailing to the Dominican Republic in search of beans and a deeper connection with the folks who grow them. Before they begin the next chapter, The Scout spent time with Rick and Michael documenting their story.
Behind the Scenes (camera, edit, color grading): Bart Pogoda / AFPHOTO.pl
model: Cara Delevingne
photographer: Mateusz Stankiewicz / AFPHOTO.pl
stylist : Karin Smeds
concept and production : afphoto.pl
hair stylist: Łukasz Pycior
make up: Wilson / Warsaw Creatives
styling assistant: Alicia Hansen
photography assistant: Maciej Ryter
director: Antek Nykowski
cinematographer: Michał Dąbal
music: We Draw A "Tears from the sun"
A nice little sit down conversation with Simon Muschinsky and Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild from the Danish band When The Saints Go Machine. Nikolaj doesn't mind performing in front of his Mom because she's short and Simon remembers playing at Trailerpark many years ago with a different band. In any case, they both feel a special connection with this festival because it's in their hometown.
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This mini-doc shares the story of Władysław Tomczyk, a gentleman we unexpectedly met in Katowice, Poland after wrapping a month-long commercial project throughout Europe. His hopeful message of creating life-work by honing one's natural ability is one we value to the core at Variable. What began as an insightful conversation, motivated us to extend our trip by 3 days so we could capture this inspiring man's life.
With no pre-developed story or shot-list, we let our curiosity & conversations with Wladyslaw guide the film. As a result, his outlook on life furthered our belief that contentment through self-acceptance trumps societal approval.
Free your mind.
Production Company: Variable
Cinematographers: Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb
Producer: Tyler Ginter
Art Director: Joseph Sciacca
Local Coordinator & Translator: Piotr Labercheck
Editorial & Color Grade: Salomon Ligthelm - ligthelm.tv