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19 Sep Ron Swanson Joins Studio B

Given his past, it was a big risk for Studio B Films to take on a guy like Ron Swanson, but David Collier, Owner and Director of Studio B, was willing to take a chance. Known as one of the most creative minds in the industry, Swanson made a name for himself after working as Executive Creative Director for all of the top ad agencies in New York and LA. When asked why he would give up the all of the Hollywood perks to work in Northern California, Swanson explained, “I was ready for a change. I enjoy the vibe…

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14 Sep GetSafe- A Little Bit of Comedy

When GetSafe asked us to come up with a video to help differentiate them from their competition, we developed three original treatments and were thrilled that they decided to go with a comedic approach.   The “do-it-yourself” home security product market is now a very competitive and crowded space so we needed GetSafe’s video stand out in the crowd. No better way than with a little bit of comedy! GetSafe’s story is told through a young couple and thee technologically-inept in-laws. Comical, yet relatable scenarios, intercut with shots of the product in action, engage the viewer- and allow us to…

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15 Jul Studio B and Grammarly are Back!

Have you seen our Grammarly video: First Day, Second Guess? With over 110-million views on the original project, we had the opportunity to work with Grammarly again. This time around, we shot 4 different videos featuring an eclectic cast of characters! Yes– we shot 4 different spots, each looking at featuring that one crazy colleague. The characters might have been a little hyperbolic, but that’s what makes them so fun! The videos featured a master knitter, an early adopter, a techie, and a couple of coffee snobs. Filming multiple videos in one day can be tricky, which means there has to be a lot…

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06 Jul Lessons Learned: A Year in the Life of an Educational Video Series

Last year, Studio B and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science teamed up to create an educational video series for middle schoolers. Headed up by UC Berkeley’s executive producer, Kathryn Quigley, the series consisted of  23 videos, spanning a wide range of subjects within the sciences.  Our challenge for the series was to spark the imagination of the students as we introduced these concepts. The experience was highly rewarding for the Studio B team!   Not only did we learn new scientific material, we learned what makes for a successful education video series. Here are our lessons learned: Research, research,…

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30 Jun FREE’s Broadcast Premiere on KQED

The documentary Free, directed by our founder, David Collier and his fiancée, Suzanne LaFetra, will be screened on KQED’s Truly CA. You can watch it on July 28th, at 8pm! FREE is a feature-length documentary following five teens through a year in an Oakland dance program. Their journey in the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company reveals how collaborative art can be a foundation for personal discovery. Learn more about FREE at http://www.freethedocumentary.com/

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18 Jan Stories from the Set: Studio B and Grammarly

Back in November, Studio B worked on a web and broadcast spot for Grammarly. Some of our team was already familiar with the plugin, so we were excited to be working with a company that we loved. For those who don’t know about Grammarly, it’s a free plugin that corrects grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, wherever you want to write! It’s pretty awesome. We showed how Grammarly can help in everyday life, through our protagonist, Lily. It’s her first day of work and Grammarly helps her “write at the speed of life” as she navigates customer emails, tweets, and Facebook messages….

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