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November 30, 2016 - No Comments!

Winter 2016

We care deeply for people and love to tell their tales.  As a team of storytellers, all we hope is to create work that each person we encounter can identify with in one way or another.

With that in mind, please say "hello" to our newly updated cinematography reel.

(music lovingly provided by the Soil & the Sun)

August 23, 2016 - No Comments!

Rye No: A Collaborative Beer

May 26, 2016 - No Comments!

A Bandit Story

Dark Horse Brewing Company has hosted their annual Louisiana Crawfish Boil for the past 15 years. Sadly, this year the DNR put a lock down on the importing of live LA Crawfish. Not sure if you know this, but it's pretty hard to throw a crawfish boil without any crawfish.

Lucky for us, of tragedy came opportunity in the form of creating a super fun PR video that would help break the bad news to the Dark Horse faithful.

This project came together quickly, because we have a stellar and trustworthy relationship with Dark Horse . We love it when a plan as outlandish as this one comes together.

Low Country Boil: Saturday, June 11th @ Dark Horse Brewing Co.

March 3, 2016 - No Comments!

Promo Video

The fellas at Green Door Distilling Company have quickly become friends of ours, and not only because there are a lot of whiskey-drinking Rhinos. We love helping small businesses tell their stories, especially when they're in Kalamazoo.

Green Door is the first distillery in Kalamazoo since prohibition, and they wanted to come up with a way to promote their hand-crafted whiskey. Because they're very close to opening (they're waiting on licenses and government approval), we wanted a creative way to get people excited about a product that's not yet in production.

We filmed at a local restaurant, Principle, over the course of four hours. We chose Principle because it had the vibe and the feel that complimented the soon-to-be Green Door bar. Our friend and fellow whiskey drinker David helped us out by playing the bartender.

We used an FS700 on the Kessler pocket jib to achieve a variety of shots in a short amount of time, and we filmed at 240 fps for the slow motion shots. The last shot of the video was filmed on a Black Magic Cinema Cam at 24 fps to change up the pace and sell the "coming soon" joke.

The only downside of the shoot was that we weren't able to shoot any whiskey pouring into a glass, which left us thirsty. We are very much looking forward to when Green Door Distilling has whiskey to be filmed and consumed.

February 8, 2016 - No Comments!

An Epic Quest

Western Michigan University asked us to create a short video to show off their beautiful residence halls… so we made this instead.

Thankfully they liked it too!

WMU came to us with a request to showcase their residence halls, especially their newest building, Western Heights, in an effort to show incoming and transfer students their options for living on campus. We countered with an idea to create a narrative short film that takes the characters and the audience around Western's campus. Also, we love buddy comedies here at Rhino.

We filmed Epic Quest over two-and-a-half unseasonably warm November days on WMU's campus (we definitely lucked out on that one), and everyone in the film is a student. The score is original and was created for this project by Rhino's own Ben Lau.

February 5, 2016 - No Comments!

Re-Vision

What do you do to re-tell the story of a hundred year-old company?

St. Julian Winery has been a Michigan staple for nearly 100 years.  They’ve built an incredibly loyal following, creating a diverse portfolio of wines and focusing on developing their farm and vineyard properties, all while using only Michigan product in their beverages. 

They reached out to us to help them tell their story in a new way, a way that would connect with a new generation of wine enthusiasts. 

St. Julian was a major beverage sponsor for the prestigious Grand Rapids art contest Art Prize. So the piece we we created played on a massive screen in Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids throughout the week. 

We believe in finding the right story for our clients, and we hope that you can see that bleed through this images and this video.

 

August 4, 2015 - No Comments!

A Damn Handsome story

 

We get fired up about a good small business success story, especially when it's in our hometown of Kalamazoo.

The crew at Damn Handsome Grooming Co have quickly become some of our best buds and we were excited to have the opportunity to produce a cinematic video that showcases the what, why, when and how of their growing business. They are in stores all over the country including Banana Republic, Martha Stewart Online and Urban Outfitters and have been featured in Men's Health, Forbes, Grayson Home and TONS more...

Our goal for this video was to capture beautiful and fun imagery that helps shape the Damn Handsome brand, without making it about any one person, but capture the feeling of the “Damn Handsome lifestyle”.

Lots of friends play cameo in the video including: Angel Arnold, Molly Combs, Nick Benitez, Cynthia Hernandez, Kristi Breisach, Jordan Hoke, Jared Barraco, Bisera Urdaverik, and Emily Plucinak.

Major ups to Tyler Appel, who Directed, DP’d and Edited and basically carried the team on his back.

Credits:
 Director/DP/Edit: Tyler Appel
 Camera: Tyler Appel, Nick Benitez
 Audio: Kevin Romeo
 Grip: Jordan Hoke
 Music: Jarrett Blackmon, Matty Allison
 Audio Mastering: Ben Lau

 

July 27, 2015 - No Comments!

Helping our friends in Nepal

In March, I had the extreme joy and honor of traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal with our friends from DharmaShop.com to capture the stories of the artisans who create incredible handmade products. I slept under the stars only a few miles from the Himalayan mountain range, filmed fabulously talented artisans, met wonderful friends and experienced first-hand the beautiful Nepalese culture (and probably said "Namaste" 5,000 times).

My heart ached when we all learned of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, leaving the region—and many of the friends I had made on the trip—devastated. The 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25 killed almost 9,000 people, destroyed nearly half a million houses and left thousands in need of food, clean water and shelter.

It’s hard for us to envision the full scope of this, because in America, we have infrastructure for disaster. We have the means and abilities to quickly clean the rubble, sort out the wreckage and search for the lost souls. In Kathmandu, it’s a totally different situation. Most people don’t even have access to garbage pickup—trash just accumulates on the side of the road and rubble from abandoned projects is omnipresent.

Already one of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal's economy relies heavily on tourism and the products they export. Peak tourist season is from late-September through November and typically brings in $1.6 bln annually.

Following the earthquakes, however, the FCO is still advising against all but essential travel to several regions across the country, which means bookings are down for adventure travel companies and hotels remain empty. A recently published post-disaster report commissioned by the government shows tourist numbers fell by 90% after the quake.

Despite all of this, our friends remain in good spirits and hopeful there will be a recovery.

I sent my friend Prajwol (Prashwall) a message on Facebook recently and asked if there was anything I could do to help. He told me the best thing I can do is to share the videos that we’ve created for DharmaShop and encourage people to buy Nepalese products, as this gives them a much needed cashflow and maybe more importantly, a job to do.

So that's why I'm sharing this. Check out DharmaShop.com, a Michigan-based, values-driven online retailer of Nepalese goods that you can shop confidently knowing they have a direct line in supporting Nepalese and Tibetan artists.

Thanks and "Namaste" (Nah-mah-stay),

Kevin

Prajwol buying a banana from a street vendor:

July 10, 2015 - No Comments!

Tampa, FL

2015BTS-348Recently we traveled to Tampa, Fl for 30 hours to pick up additional footage for a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School commercial. Our goal was to get relevant shots of Tampa, where the school has an enormous campus.

After landing at 9 a.m., we immediately found Cigar City Brewing and finally enjoyed a Jai Alai IPA.

We filmed everything on a Sony A7S on a MOVI M5 and sometimes out the roof of a rented GMC Terrain (as much as we would have liked to rent a Corvette).

When we weren’t working, we ate BBQ buffet at New World Brewery and burgers at Daily Eats; we drank beers at Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Company and New World Brewing; and we slept (briefly) at City Flats.

Rhino. Will travel for beer work.

Here's what we made: