Bruton Stroube

This is a DSA

Let’s charge right into the week with a new piece we’ve been quietly working on in-between client work. This is a small personal project from Brian and his team that blends footage from our Red Epic-W and animation from Maya. Compositing was done in Nuke and rendered out with V-Ray.

Be careful out there folks.

Here’s a peak into the process:

This is a DSA

This is a DSA

 

Director: Tim Wilson 
DP: James McKenzie
AD: Dustin Carter
AC: Mike Dalton
Character animation: Dan Segarra  (check his blog here)
Camera tracking, texturing, lighitng, compositing: Brian Ellebracht
Sound Design: Steve Horne
Editor: Lucas Harger

NOW PLAYING: 3D/CGI Showreel

We’re pumped to officially introduce Brian Ellebracht and our new 3D & CGI showreel. Brian is a St. Louis native that bounced around the country working at small boutique Post Houses like DreamWorks over the last decade and a half before looking to come back to STL. When we heard he was looking for a job locally, we had to have him come by for an interview. We were not only impressed with his work (projects like Shrek and DOOM, what!) but also when we met him we found out he was just a really cool dude.

Brian will be leading the troops on projects requiring visual effects, animation, compositing, VR, set extensions, full CG scenes (or blending with live action) and even 3D printed assets. If he’s not locked up in his office banging out renders like a madman, you’ll probably find him over in the coffee shop perfecting his pour over technique. 

So for now sit back, relax, grab a cup of joe and enjoy.

BSS Motion Showreel

Hey everyone! We’re proud to present our motion production and post reel. A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our clients and friends – without your great concepts, vision and collaboration, none of this would be possible. Get comfy and enjoy!

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

Here’s some stills of the visual effects work shown in the reel:

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

BSS Motion Showreel

To see more of our work or to see the full-length spots, hop on over to our Vimeo page, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for a fresh feed of new work and bts.

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

We’re really excited to introduce “Spring is like a Perhaps Hand,” the first installment of a new project called the Dead Poets Series – short films about drinks and food inspired by poetry.

Brace yourself: This isn’t your goat-boy-galloping-down-the-lane-piping-a-piccolo-and-waking-the-daffodils video. Following the rhythm of E.E. Cummings’ “Spring is like a perhaps hand,” this short piece is a dark, creepy cocktail creation with allusions to a leather-booked study setting. The project is marked with interesting camera angles, fixed rigs, and sharp sound design. Put on your Vincent Price lenses and enjoy.

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

Dead Poet Series: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand

We’re completely open to suggestions for the series – if you have a favorite short poem, or you have a particular drink or dish you’d like to see broken down to a poem, hit us up on Facebook and share.

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Using a limited color palette, Greg Stroube created 6 new stills for his series of ‘Black, White, and Blue Foods.’ It’s a cool challenge, considering how unusual these colors are in the culinary context.


Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

That surface? Charred cedar. Greg took a torch to it in true ‘shou-sugi-ban’ fashion, a Japanese technique which preserves the wood and creates a unique finish.

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Greg incorporated a few spots of other colors here and there, allowing the color space to breathe while keeping the palette restrained.

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

Black, White, Blue – Food Photography Series by Greg Stroube

For more delicious beau-titious food photography by Greg, check out his Casual Dining series, or follow him on Instagram.

New Work: Just Right by Purina

We recently teamed up with the crew at Checkmark for a fully integrated production resulting in multiple spots and a library of candid editorial stills for Just Right by Purina. The idea behind the campaign was to meet with 3 groups of real customers that use Just Right for their dogs, giving them the chance to share their stories about why they use this personalized food for their pets. Basically: living, breathing (panting) testimonials.

The whole kit and caboodle took place over the course of a week and a half, and we used one day to film and shoot with each customer. The Stills and Motion teams covered a lot of ground together – 3 separate cities around the country – making the most of the limited time we had with each of the customers. We buddied up amongst stormy fields, cozy homes, and busy sidewalks to get the shots that complimented each other and showed off the genuine moments.

So without further ado, here’s the full doggie bag of goodies.

Penny, Hannah and Hal

New Work: Just Right by Purina

Our goal was to stay out of the way as much as possible and let the owners and their dogs interact naturally.

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

Biscuit, Kristen

Andy DeVries was the Motion Editor on this whole project, and he was great as a collaborator with the clients on crafting the stories.

New Work: Just Right by Purina

Katie, Thomas and Pat

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

This island was a gorgeous location to shoot, and it made sure we were aware of its awesomeness – by rolling in a storm as we hit the fields. We were like JUST SHOOT! GO! as the clouds rumbled around us. Luckily Mother Nature took it easy on us, and we were able to wrap up the shoot without breaking out our umbrella hats.

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

New Work: Just Right by Purina

Swing by the site to see the live work over here: Just Right by Purina

Agency: Checkmark
Producer: Eric Sucher
Photographer: Brandon Voges
Director: Tim Wilson
DoP: James McKenzie
Editor: Andy DeVries
Sound Design & Mix: Steve Horne

Enterprise debuts Documentary on NBC Sports – “The Road Through Warroad: Hockeytown USA™”

Enterprise released the debut of its first documentary film, “The Road Through Warroad: Hockeytown USA™” written and developed by Cannonball, and produced by Bruton Stroube. The film presents a groundbreaking advertising model –  a 30-minute broadcast piece that isn’t an infomercial, but rather a brand-funded, agency-created, non-commercial short documentary film worthy of airing on a national sports network.

Here’s the full episode:

 
The film tells the story of Warroad, Minnesota –  a small town of less than 2,000 people that has produced seven Olympic hockey players, five NHL players and more than 80 Division I college players.

Bruton Stroube worked with Cannonball, Enterprise’s creative agency of record, to bring Warroad’s story to life.

“Enterprise is the rental car company that picks you up physically, and our approach to the brand’s digital storytelling is to pick you up emotionally, too,” says Matt Collins of Cannonball, who serves as Co-Creative Director with Travis Ulmer on Enterprise’s content initiatives. “Enterprise is an official sponsor of the NHL, and we feel this grassroots hockey story is exactly the kind of video that will connect with fans of the game,” continues Collins.

Initially, the plan was to develop a 2- or 3-minute web film like most branded content pieces. “After a couple days of shooting it became clear there was so much more to this story we should tell,” remarks Travis Ulmer. “After our first weeklong shoot, we drafted a long-form outline, shared it with Enterprise, and they eagerly sent us back to Warroad to complete the story.”

The mystique of Warroad’s legacy, coupled with Enterprise’s content strategy goals, presented us as a production studio with an exciting challenge. “Creating commercial content is usually very targeted –  you always have a clear objective in mind,” says Director Tim Wilson. “What was so freeing about this project was that we were able to let the story guide us. We just kept chasing what we felt like the strongest narratives were.”

Much of that chasing began with Producer Matt Siemer. “It’s one phone call at a time, one interview, one friend-of-a-friend network connection. You’re chasing down the heart of the story, but along the way you get to really know the people that live in the community.”

The film features interviews with current NHL winger T.J. Oshie, two-time Olympic silver medalist Gigi Marvin, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Henry Boucha, parents, neighbors, and multiple hockey professionals that returned to their hometown to encourage the next generation of hockey players. “That has been the real payoff for me on this piece,” continues Siemer, “to see firsthand the passion and dedication that makes Warroad such a special place.”

Bruton Stroube Editor Lucas Harger comments on developing the story through post production. “The nature of this specific story really allowed itself to have texture. We had this beautifully shot footage from the production days, mixed with great archival images, mixed with 8mm footage we transferred (some of which hasn’t been seen since it was developed), mixed with hours of VHS material, mixed with radio –  an ongoing list of elements. Once culled down, it was an exercise in transitioning through all these mediums, which informed the breadth and pace of the narrative.”

The new documentary premiered on NBCSN as part of the network’s Hockey Day in America coverage on Sunday, February 19, at Midnight ET/9 p.m. PT. You can watch the full episode now on NBCSports.com.

 

 

CREDITS
Producer: Matt Siemer
Director: Tim Wilson
Director of Photography: James McKenzie
Editor: Lucas Harger
Sound Design: Steve Horne

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

Prop Stylist/ Seeker Cathy Rauch has retired after 28 years working here at Bruton Stroube Studios. She’s been an absolute joy to work with day-in, day-out on too many projects to count.

She got her start here on an odd project. I’ll let Tom Stringer, President Emeritus and guy-who-was-there, do the talking.
“In the late 80’s, there was the Spuds MacKenzie campaign – an English Bull Terrier who was always dressed in various costumes and almost always accompanied by one or more Beer Babes. We were charged with the task of photographing these Beer Ladies in custom-made costumes – brightly colored one-piece jumpsuits complete with beer logos – form-fitted, usually to a size 1 bottom and a size 44 top – all in Spandex. I needed somebody to make all this stuff, and I was in a bind. Thankfully, my wife Vikki, who was more resourceful than I, suggested we call Cathy, who was at the time a seamstress and an all-around craftsperson. Thus Cathy’s genesis with us was as a premier seamstress designing and making weird clothes for a dog and for uniquely built women.

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

Her craftsmanship was beyond excellent.

When I offered Cathy the job 28 years ago, little did she know I was offering her the worst job in history. The job description of a prop stylist could be stated as follows:
• You will be asked to find something that often does not exist.
• If it does exist, you won’t have enough time to find it.
• If you find it, you won’t have enough budget to pay for it.
• Then, once you find and deliver the perfect item, in time, for a cost we can afford, the photographer won’t really like it.
• But we might live with it if you can’t find something better.
• And if not, you’ll have to return it.
• Then, after we shoot the item, you will have to find a home for it along with the other 200 items we needed to present to the client.
You will be asked to do this over and over, often for several projects simultaneously.

That’s the job description I did not tell her. If I had, Cathy may not have taken the job. But I didn’t. And she did take the job. And she mastered that job and much more. She did an exceptional job turning seemingly impossible situations into commercial successes.â€

Cathy defined her role, she owned it, and she showed all of us how important her work is to the industry. If that’s not enough, she made everyone who was in touch with a project feel at ease, and she handled situations with grace, kindness, and levity. That’s a rare quality in the business.

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

A Fond Farewell To our Favorite Seeker

I think there’s still one question on all of our minds – how is it possible, in 28 years, that she could do her job, so well… drinking only decaf coffee? It doesn’t seem physically possible.

We’re gonna miss you Cathy! Have a blast conquering the world!

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Reenacting a love story can be sweet and cheezy and riotously embarrassing, and we have some behind the scenes proof. If you haven’t seen the video/ card, head on over: “A Bruton Stroube Holiday Love Story”

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Here’s the original post we did on that fateful Pointersaurus Challenge. Ah, true love in the making.

Credits
Brainstormers: The entire Bruton Stroube Crew
Directed by Tim Wilson
Director of Photography: James McKenzie
Written by Tim Wilson, Eric Sucher, and Sam Iba
Editor, Colorist: Andy DeVries
Sound Design and Mix: Steve Horne
Producers: Eric Sucher, Sam Iba
VO: Bill Stultz

Behind the Scenes: 2016 Holiday Card

Bey says stay safe out there. Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Two of our producers got married this past weekend – to each other! Sam Iba and Eric Sucher met here and we’ve watched their love story unfold in real time from the beginning. We thought it’d be fun to recapture their holiday-trimmed tale of togetherness in our 2016 holiday video card.

Now, if you’ve met Sam, you probably know at least 2 basic things about her: she loves Christmas and she loves Eric. And Beyonce. Ok, yes, I see that that’s 3 things, but just know that they did send a wedding invitation to Beyonce* and that she did make an appearance**.

*unverified
**in life-size cardboard cutout form

From all of us at Bruton Stroube, thank you for making this an amazing year. We wish you and yours Happy Holidays! Snuggle up to your nearest/dearest and enjoy “A Bruton Stroube Holiday Love Story.”

Oh, and here’s some behind the scenes silliness to get you through that winter chill.

Our previous holiday videos/cards, if you feel like browsing:
2015 Holiday Card
2014 Holiday Card (2014 BTS)
2013 Holiday Card & BTS
2012 Holiday Card (2012 BTS)
2011 Holiday Card (2011 BTS)
2010 Holiday Card
2009 Holiday Card (2009 BTS, 2009 Testing)
2008 Holiday Card
2007 Holiday Card
2006 Holiday Card
2005 Holiday Card