What makes a film Jewish? That’s a good question. Our good friends at the SFJFF have to answer it about 1000 times a year. So we condensed and dramatized years worth of actual discussions in this year’s trailer.
Production & Editorial: WTBR | Final Color & Mix: MFD
There’s a lot of hope invested in that mythical someday when people are free, systems are fair, opportunities are fair, and compensation is equitable. We were thrilled when Luna Bar asked us to help them document another step toward making that someday today.
Creative: Luna Bar | Editorial: WTBR | Final Color & Mix: MFD
You know what’s casual? When one of your favorite brands decides that the best course of action is to make a fake 70’s-esque talk show about sophisticated-yet-relaxing lifestyle choices.
Creative, Production, Post: WTBR | Final Color & Mix: MFD
You know what’s fun about a job with super heroes, cheeseburgers, and adorable kids? The super heroes. And the cheeseburgers. And the adorable kids. Thanks to the Pitch Agency for bringing us in on this one.
Creative & Post: Pitch Agency | Production: WTBR
How hard could it be to animate a CG shoe…for the record, it’s extremely difficult. We partnered up with our homies across the bay at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners to unleash the FJ Fury’s inner booty. A technical symphony that balances lightweight, responsive comfort with a powerful cushioning and form-fitting structure to create the ultimate golf shoe.
Creative: BSSP | 2D/3D Design & Animation: WTBR | Color: MFD
We’ve been working on some fun stuff during our “free” time and this little ditty is a result of some of that fun. Thank you to everyone who helped make this live.
Directed by WTBR | Design & Animation: Jake Pryor | Animation: Jessica Gibson, Gabriel Smetzer & Kyle Davidson | Music: Nicholas DeMatteo | Edit: Russel Fong | Special thanks to: Ryan Luse, Natasha Candelaria, Kyle Westbrook, Brady Baltezore, Nathan Shipley, Stephanie Sanchez
A beautiful reel by the one and only Simon Mowbray. There's nothing the man can't do.
Super stoked to have collaborated with our friends at Dropbox with this little tribute to the folks and crew members who make films possible.
Production & Editorial: WTBR | Color & Audio Mix: MFD
In what’s becoming an annual tradition, we got together with our good friends at barretSF and CPWM to riff on all the types of gifts you find yourself needing every holiday season.
Production: WTBR | Editorial: BarrettSF
A profile of one of the fastest-growing fashion accessory brands in the world — the latest in our series of docs for Dropbox, profiling people all over the world who need to share data and collaborate.
Production & Editorial: WTBR | Color : MFD | Audio Mix: Handsome Sound
This edition of our Dropbox doc series gives us an inside look at how the talented craftsfolk at Martin Sign Company do what they do.
Production & Editorial: WTBR | Color & Audio Mix: MFD
How should we use tech in education? We had the great fortune to spend some time with some great school kids, ages 5-17, to find out. We asked asked them some tough questions (e.g. What does the the nebula NGC 6543 look like?" and " What's the hydrologic cycle?"), and then gave them the tools to investigate for themselves. And while they found answers, what was more exciting was that they found inspiration to explore ideas which only minutes before seemed dry, abstract, and confusing.
Production & Editorial: WTBR
The ask: create a library of video content that can be sliced and diced into any number of lengths (60s, 30s, 15s, 06s, and GIFS), showcasing the diverse interests of different consumer groups and the food they love. The answer: lots of match cuts, and lots of costume changes. Special shout out to our production designers who turned a white kitchen yellow. And red. And also blue.
Production & Editorial: WTBR | Color & Audio Mix: MFD
Where would be without travel? It introduces us to new people, sparks new ideas, and helps us move forward. We’re proud to have worked with Airbnb to produce this piece in response to the Supreme Court’s recent upholding of the travel ban.
Editorial: WTBR Color & Audio Mix: MFD
The SFJFF asked us to help create a series of trailers expressing the broad appeal of their films, while also nodding to the undeniable impact of Jewish culture. And in shooting over 30 ad-libbed mini-scenes in 2 days, we had a blast doing it.
Creative, Production & Editorial: WTBR Color & Audio Mix: MFD
Our latest in a series of documentary profiles on collaboration for Dropbox. This time, we traveled to Lisbon to see how the folks at The Lonely Planet connect writers, designers, and developers all over the globe to produce the best travel guides in the business.
Production & Editorial: WTBR Color & Audio Mix: MFD
When you’ve got a big thirst, and only the best will do: Pull up a glass of California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and drink it down. This guy did. Also, fancy ladies can wear it as perfume. And it makes you want to dance. And it turns your house into a fancy restaurant.
Point being: it’s very good. And we’re super thrilled to have gotten the chance to work with the world’s friendliest olive people.
Production, Editorial & VFX: WTBR Color: MFD Mix: Handsome Sound
It’s always exciting when a brand wants to take a stand and show what they believe in. So when Airbnb asked us to help craft another piece about acceptance — this one what some have termed as “shithole” countries — to air before the president’s 2018 State of the Union address, we jumped at the chance.
Editorial: WTBR Color Grade & Audio Mix: MFD
Julian Edelman. New England Patriot. All-pro wide receiver. Two-time Super Bowl Champion. And children’s book author? That’s right. Taking a cue from “Flying High,” his book about a hard-working squirrel who learns to overcome physical limitations, we hauled our 16mm camera out and braved the subzero Boston winter to make this charming film for Dropbox.
Production & Editorial: WTBR Color Grade & Audio Mix: MFD
100% of WTBR staff learned to breakdance with Panasonic boom boxes. So we were pretty jazzed when they asked us to make a film celebrating their 100th birthday. We really went ham on this one, which feels a like a live action #fbf. It's ok if you have to look that one up.
Production & Editorial: WTBR Color & Mix: MFD
Some of our friends asked us if we wanted to help film an artsy dance film for the SF Dance Film Festival. We said yes, well, because there’s dancing. And arrows. And axes. Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand on this one, which is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.
Production: WTBR Editorial: Relish VFX: Tendril Color Grade: MFD
When a client asks if you want to make a Holiday film starring 20 puppies, you say yes.
And hey, if that that film turns out to be Hulu’s #1 movie Christmas week, beating out classics like Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and Die Hard, well, let’s just say maybe there really is a Santa Claus.
Agency: Muh-Tay-Zik Hof-Fer Production & Post: WTBR Color Grade & Audio Mix: MFD
A super fun in-store spot we put together for our friends at Google that interacted with the Home products in stores.
Creative: Google Animation & Editorial: WTBR
Thorn is a non-profit that brings together the sharpest minds in tech, government, non-profit, and law enforcement to stop the trafficking of children. We were honored to help them create this mission video announcing their new partnership with Intel to develop facial recognition AI.
Creative: Intel & Thorn Editorial & VFX: WTBR
Some might say it's a little early for holiday things, but we decided to lean into it with BarrettSF and made a few fun spots. With a woolly llama, a karate frog, and an introspective dinosaur–amongst others.
Agency: BarrettSF Production & Editorial : WTBR Final Color & Mix: MFD
We had the fantastic opportunity to create this special piece for Airbnb. It was a little bit crazy and a little bit rock n roll. Short story short, they bought a spot on Thursday morning and we delivered Thursday night. Pretty good.
Creative: Airbnb Animation & Editorial: WTBR
Director Ben Leavitt, DP David McMurry, and EP Tim Pries went around the world playing with this amazing L16 camera from Light, and made this, and no one at the office got jealous at all. Except all of us.
Director: Ben Leavitt DP: David McMurry Production, Editorial & Animation: WTBR Color & Mix: MFD
Sometimes, in life, you have to ask the big questions. The SETI Institute is asking one of the oldest: "Are we alone?" We partnered with Dropbox and the SETI Institute to capture a glimpse of how they're answering it. Which involved huge telescopes and the peering into the cosmic expanse. Pretty good.
Production & Editorial: WTBR Audio Mix & Color Grade: MFD
We couldn't imagine a better first project than a collaboration with a bunch of our favorite folks to pay tribute to our nation's Veterans. When our friends at Google told us they were bringing the Veteran's Day Parade to disabled veterans around the country using virtual reality, we were honored to have a part in the telling of that story. The film has been viewed over 15 million times on Facebook and YouTube, earning it the distinction of one of AdAge's top viral videos of the holiday season. Good things.
Director: Jonathan Zames NY Shoot & Edit: Lonely Leap CA Shoot: WTBR
When the work you do makes your 12-year-old self super proud. We had all the fun making these spots for WWE's Supercard game with Barrrett SF.
Agency: BarrettSF Animation & Editorial: WTBR
Meet Otto. The world’s smartest digital lock. And perhaps the most handsome. Rendered in glorious 3D with creative direction by our friends at Partners in Crime.
Creative: Partners in Crime Music: Songs for Film & T.V. Animation & Editorial: WTBR
We made some real special spots for our friends at Golfbook. Take a look and have a laugh.
Partners in Crime ECD: Stephen Goldblatt Director: Brian L. Perkins DP: Brett Simms Production & Editorial: WTBR Audio Mix & Color: Mission Film & Design
Here we have some spots displaying some new fashion just in time for awkward Easter photos.
GSP Producer: Mallory Guraya GSP Creative: Jeff Gillette Director: Brian L. Perkins DP: Brett Simms Production & Editorial: WTBR Audio Mix & Color: Mission Film & Design
We made some f&*$#ing hilarious holiday spots with our friends at Sodastream. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
SodaStream Producer: Emma Froelich-She Director: Brian L. Perkins Production & Editorial: WTBR DP: Ethan Indorf Color & Mix: MFD
We had the great pleasure of shooting and putting together this anthem film for Togetherhood. Learn more about how they are connecting families with quirky kids here.
DP: David McMurry | Production & Editorial: WTBR
A super fun spot we did for Adobe documenting a collaboration between a sign painter/glass gilder and a stained glass/tattoo artist as they build an art piece to their hero, Lemmy Kilmister.
Edelman Producer: Kirsten Golden Edelman Creative: Tony Johnson Production & Editorial: WTBR DP: Brett Simms Audio & Mix: MFD
We had the wonderful pleasure of working on this trailer with Google for the National Parks Service's Centennial.
Google EP: Eloise Harper Connolly | Google Director: Nick Carbonaro | Production Company: Stink Digital | Director/DP: Adam Newport Berra | Editorial & Title Animations: WTBR | Audio & Mix: Silver Sound
It was an honor to have worked with A Life Story Foundation to bring such a powerful story to the world. Big thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to help make this happen. You guys are the best.
For more info on ALS and how you can help, check out A Life Story Foundation's website.
Director: Nico Carbonaro | DP: David McMurry | Edit: David Goldstein | Music & Audio Mix: JR Narrows | Color: MFD
Drop us a note if you'd like to inquire about our services or just chat about life; we'd be happy to talk. We can't say we have the answers to everything, but we'll be smiling while trying our best.
firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 891-3263
We had the pleasure and honor of helping Google spotlight women during International Women's Day. It was one of the most successful Google Doodles ever and we had so much fun shooting and cutting this inspiring piece together.
SF Director: Amanda Micheli SF Shoot: WTBR Editorial: David Goldstein Sound & Audio Mix: MFD Animation: Google Doodle Team
This was a fun collaboration with the boys over at The Pursuit where we had a chance to capture Billiam's story on how and why he (they) are pursuing denim tailoring.
Director & DP: Nico Carbonaro | Editorial: WTBR | Sound & Music: JR Narrows | Photo: Ben Lebovitz
When technology catches up with the future, we get closer to reality. We had a blast shooting this product reveal with our friends at Google. We hope you get a giggle out of it.
Director: Jonathan Zames Edit: Garin Glassy Production: WTBR Color: Nice Shoes Music: Headquarters Audio Mix: JR Narrows
A renaissance man with talents in painting, photography, music and cooking, to name a few. Chase is a craftful editor who shares his laid back and light hearted enthusiasm with everyone he meets. He can also pull off a pretty solid cannonball.
A former sponsored skateboarder and professional team roper who may or may not have gotten kicked out of high school, PJ eventually got his shit together and founded one of the country’s first interactive agencies -- Frank Advertising -- in 1995. Since then, he’s worked as a VP of Development at the Artist Colony, a producer at Radium, and EP at eLevel (GSP’s internal production company co).
PJ founded WTBR in 2015 with Tim Pries, and still looks fantastic in a cowboy hat.
Cover Photo: Chase Roselli
Like the soft cool breeze on a hot summers day or the tickling of a light feather under your foot, the little joys that come from the beauty of life are what make the world go round. Simply put, Tim Pries is joy in life, he is a laugh in the early morning or the creative spark that fuels the fire. A true individual in every positive form of the word; helping shape the world around him into a better, more creative, fun-loving place. It’s no wonder people gravitate to him and the projects he is involved in. They are all based around good values and flat out enjoyment. Have a little fun, make some stuff, and pass it on; the world will be a better place (these are probably his words if he hasn’t said them already).
With a background in architecture, Jess is a talented Animator...and Baker. She creates magic on the screen and enjoys baking fresh treats for the team every Monday morning, which leaves us in need of extra naps and walks throughout the day.
A man who is constantly moving and in the know. Phil followed his pursuits across the country on his motorcycle with cohort Ben, to put together a handbound book of this Nation's great craftsmen and women. When he's not on his motorcycle he wears the many hats it takes to help make everything run here at WTBR.
The sign says so.
Personal Photo: Jess Gibson