Wunderkammer Bier is the brainchild of Vasilios Gletsos, (head brewer at the world renown Hill Farmstead Brewery) whose beers are based around the concept of Cabinet of Curiosity: merging “different ideas from anthropology and nature and other forms of art”. This translates into using ingredients directly from the woods of northern Vermont.
With each beer providing a completely unique story and concept, Vasilios’ hope is that when people drink his beers they will “feel connected to [those] places and experiences”.
We joined Vasili (hiking miles into the woods) to capture him foraging for mushrooms, goldenrod flower and bramble leaf for a new series of beers called Gathered - a beer which encapsulates a single time and place. Vasili, being a former art student, also hand prints the artwork for each label. Please enjoy this brewer profile for Wunderkammer!
Justin Korby is Stoneman Brewery. Located on a remote farm in Colrain, Massachusetts, Stoneman was a one-man brewing operation with a hyper focused goal of making beer while using all local ingredients (on a tiny one barrel brewing system at that). He also operated the first and only beer CSA in Massachusetts. A successful endeavor up until it wasn't. In this 4K 90 second piece we present the return of Stoneman Brewery who, after a hiatus, is determined to maintain his brewing philosophy through the benefit of contract brewing. Cheers!
The People’s Pint in Greenfield, Mass is a “small brewery producing something by hand from beginning to end” Once a year they brew up a very special concoction called Slippery Slope. Head brewer Chris Sellers calls it “a combination of a braggot, a cyser and a beer”. In this video we joined Chris over the course of several days as Slippery Slope is created. From the first barley malt mash to the challenges of transporting 2300 pounds of apple cider to the final steps of hand bottling. Enjoy!
A striking new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is touring the world and Ambient Film Production had the sincere pleasure of collaborating with Old Deerfield Productions (now Egg Tooth) on their groundbreaking new stageplay this past summer. The origin of this unique project started with one amazing location: The First National Bank in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts. A towering decades old abandoned bank now used for art, performance and education. Upon seeing the interior Linda McInerney (the project’s director) immediately knew that the space was destined for only one classic. And never was there a better laboratory for the disturbed doctor. The “creature” is played by Lindel Hart (who also adapted the novel for the stage) and Court Dorsey plays Victor Frankenstein (as well as three other roles including Elizabeth, William and De Lacey). Jane Williams plays the always observing Mary Shelley. The 200 year old tale is given a modern modification with the help of design/projection and videographer specialist Florian Canga, who provides panoramic video and animation which guides the story along and enhances the drama. The following 24 minute documentary brings the viewer face to face with the bizarre locations and haunting characters of this timeless tale.
Filmed in 4K
David Turner is a fashion photographer whose camera has taken him all over the world, from Los Angeles to New York to Milan. He's photographed Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta for starters. He is also an educator lending his experience to students learning his trade here in western Mass. Ambient Film Production had the pleasure of working with and interviewing Mr. Turner for the purpose of creating this short promo. In the video you'll see DT easily juggling two very different shoots: a highly stylized fashion shoot for a musician and a unique continuous lighting shoot for a Vietnam Veterans project. The music is licensed from the The Music Bed and we had help from some very hard working students at Hallmark! Enjoy!
We hadn’t worked with author Tony DiTerlizzi in many years so I was delighted when Simon & Schuster hired us to create 3 short videos centering around the release of his upcoming book: The Battle for WondLa. The first video is the “cover reveal”. In it Tony presents the final cover for the soon to be released book (the last in a trilogy) to his fans. He goes on to explain a bit of his creative process and how his fans helped guide the final result. The video premiered on Entertainment Weekly.com on October 17, which can be found here. As it exists now it runs about 2 minutes but there is a 5 minute version that will be available soon (look for it here and on Tony’s blog). The fantastic music was created by Maxwell’s Complex.
Joe was a pilot flying over the Solomon Islands when he was shot down during WWII. He spent the next two years as a prisoner of the Japanese. One of only seven survivors (out of 63 imprisoned) Joe’s tale is one of endurance and survival.
In Part 1 we learn of Joe’s capture and torture by the Japanese. Meeting and befriending his fellow inmates and how they passed the time…. how his family back home in Massachusetts took the news of his “death” while at the same time obtaining clues to his potential survival…. a grueling and horrific time spent housed in a tiny cave with 40+ prisoners….how Joe and others entertained the Japanese guards by putting on a “circus”… and finally the rapid decline and eventual death of so many close friends and fellow inmates.
In Part 2 we learn of an escape by the natural leader of the group John Murphy… the experiments that a Japanese doctor performed on Joe and other prisoners… how Joe narrowly escaped death right before the atomic bombs were dropped and the prisoners were liberated…. and finally we catch up with Joe to the present day, learning of a reunion of the remaining prisoners, a book Joe published about his experiences and his life spent with his wife Mary.
The Pilot 1:34
The Prisoner 5:26
The Camps 7:48
Passing the Time 11:44
Moving the Prisoners (The Cave) 18:13
The Circus 20:59
Losing Prisoners 23:29
Dr. Yamata 36:13
Postscript: Remembering 47:24
Postscript: Mary 54:56
Joe’s movie is part of an ongoing series by Ambient Film Production entitled “The War Generation”.
Over the years we’ve enjoyed working with local colleges and universities including the Five College Consortium. Either as support for overflow or in a collaborative effort for video services and promotion. Here we’ve included a promo for UMass Amherst Arts Extension’s 40th anniversary event and more recently a promo for The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College. Also recently uploaded is a testimonial video for the UMass Amherst BDIC department.
Samantha and Caroline are two young ladies straight out of photography school who, upon graduating, decided to combine their talents and start a business together In Wallingford, CT. Although the venture is only a year old they are non-stop busy photographing couples, families, children, high school seniors and more. In addition to an active schedule they've been generating a lot of buzz and have made more than a few local headlines for another reason: Sam and Caroline selflessly donate their time and energy photographing kids and families from Colin's Crew, a childhood cancer foundation. This is done expense free and is a wonderful offering to families experiencing such hardships. Ambient Film Production had the pleasure of capturing some of these Hero Sessions and meeting some of the wonderful families to assemble this video for Sam and Caroline. Enjoy!
The 7th annual Berkshire International Film Festival was a great success this year and Ambient Film Production was proud to be a part of it. We provided videographer services for the first ever “Filmmaker’s Summit”, which included a tour of Douglas Trumbull’s state of the art film studio, panel discussions among selected filmmakers and studio/distribution reps, and Q&A’s with artists such as Marina Abramovic, legendary photographer Gregory Crewdson along with filmmakers Matthew Akers and Ben Shapiro and others.
Here is some footage from the Q&A with Abramovic and Crewdson.
Ambient Film Production joined the students and staff of The Hallmark Institute of Photography (located in Turner’s Falls, MA) at the Northampton Airport in Northampton, MA. Every year the students have the opportunity to learn aerial photography. For many of the students it’s their first time in a small plane, so the task of shooting a specific target in downtown Springfield was somewhat daunting. Check out this short video we made about the challenges the students face and the new skills they acquire along the way. Featured here is legendary photographer (and the Artist-In-Residence at Hallmark) Gregory Heisler. With original music by Nick Cressotti.
ALSO: Two 30″ TV spots we did for Hallmark (again featuring Greg Heisler along with Derrick Zellmann). Since they were to appear on the Comcast Sports Network, the goal was to keep them sports oriented. Thanks for watching.
Ambient Film Production has had the privilege to work with Chef Ron & Robin Johnson of The Executive Chef Catering Co. on an exciting reality cooking show based out of Fairfield County, Connecticut and New York City. We have been shooting and editing this one-of-a-kind couple (along with their diverse “family” of co-workers) as they deal with the ins and outs of family life and the drama of high pressure careers in the catering business. Made with the participation of producer Karen Katz and After Five Productions (Emeril Live) here are two promos we made for Ron and Robin’s show.