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A thousand miles and several Red Bulls later, we’re still spinning from a whirlwind commercial shoot in Baltimore with lacrosse star Paul Rabil!
Though just a few weeks ago we weren’t aware that there’s such a thing as Major League Lacrosse, we were thrilled to join Huffman Studios in telling the story of the MLL’s three-time MVP player in a 30-second spot for Warrior Sports. Daniel Cojanu performed miracles with a DSLR rig and natural lighting, while Elise Hugus handled the sound and “moto-dolly.”
While location scouting, we truly amazed to see so many kids playing lacrosse, everywhere from upper-class neighborhoods to more inner-city ones. From the parks to the warehouse gym Rabil works out in, the story is as much about the city as its most famous lacrosse champ.
With the MLL lacrosse season gearing up in May, you’ll be sure to hear about Rabil’s feats as midfielder for the Boston Cannons— and our commercial that’s set to go viral this spring!
Upon our return, we were honored to find ourselves on the front page of the local paper, The Falmouth Enterprise. Many thanks to reporter Chris Kazarian for his interest in our work! Read all about it in the online version.
Help director/producer Lukas Huffman and UnderCurrent Productions DP, Daniel Cojanu, accompany their film to the Short Film Corner at Cannes this May!
We’re bringing a little taste of glitz and glamor to Woods Hole with a red carpet fundraiser event at a private residence. Contact us at email@example.com for the secret location to be revealed!
From 5 to 6 PM on Sunday, April 29, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while Glenway Fripp sets the tone on the piano. Celebrities and paparazzi are rumored to be in attendance!
The film will be screened at 6 PM, followed by discussion with the filmmakers.
Shot entirely on 16 mm film, FIVE WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER is a series of vignettes featuring couples of all ages and backgrounds experiencing a seminal moment of departure. Only three of the five vignettes are going to France, but you’ll get to experience the director’s (i.e. uncut) version at this event!
A suggested donation of $25 is gratefully requested to help defray the cost of Lukas and Daniel’s trip, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cannes-worthy attire is a plus!
Limited street parking available. Please try to carpool and/or park in town.
Five Ways to Leave Your Lover, a collection of five vignettes partially shot by UnderCurrent cinematographer Daniel Cojanu, will have its world premiere at the Green Mountain Film Festival on March 17.
Shot entirely on 16 mm film, the short film features lovers of all ages and backgrounds in that seminal moment of departure. Daniel shot the vignettes set in Manhattan and Brighton Beach, Long Island.
Congratulations to Daniel and writer/director Lukas Huffman on what is sure to be the first of many festival appearances!
Please join us for the first public viewing of Rabbitat, a 7-minute film showcasing the artistic process of award-winning children’s book illustrator, Salley Mavor.
A reception will take place on July 10 at the Woods Hole Public Library from 5 to 7 PM. View Rabbitat both on screen and in person— and hear from the artist speak about what it takes to do her intricate, fabric-relief designs.
Filmed and edited by Daniel Cojanu with sound design by Elise Hugus, the film employs stop-motion animation, aided in no small part by Salley Mavor herself. The film also features a (partially) original soundtrack performed by Ensemble Pascagalia members.
It was a lot of work, but also lots of fun!
It was soon dubbed “the worst accidental oil spill in history,” but scientists have been as yet unable to pinpoint the precise amount of oil spilled or the impacts it will have on the Gulf ecosystem.
Working with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists and staff, UnderCurrent Production’s Daniel Cojanu and independent producer Jenette Restivo created a video “case study” outlining the institution’s involvement in solving one of the greatest environmental “crime scenes” in US history.
Published to coincide with the one-year anniversary after the disaster, the Science in a Time of Crisis tackles six important areas of oil spill research conducted by WHOI scientists.
The first, Oil Spill Pioneers, goes back to a 1969 oil spill that took place in Buzzards Bay, a stone’s throw away from UnderCurrent Productions (and WHOI) offices. Retired oceanographers John Farrington and George Hampson reflect on how they learned to identify an oil “fingerprint,” lessons that were employed— with slightly newer technology— by WHOI scientists Chris Reddy and Rich Camilli in their Gulf of Mexico investigation, just 40 years later.
The other videos show just how the scientists adapted technology to descend over two miles below the ocean surface to sample the oil, estimate its velocity, and track the plume of hydrocarbons flowing from the deepwater well.
Tracking the Currents follows scientists’ efforts to accurately model the elusive Loop Current, which made national headlines after the spill, due to fears that the oil would be carried around Florida and up the East Coast on this powerful ocean current.
Assessing the Impacts takes viewers to the ocean deep, where corals and other members of the marine ecosystem are in danger of serious damage from the oil and dispersants released in the deep ocean. Ongoing research continues to tackle the long-term effects of the oil spill, giving future scientists and policymakers the answers they’ll need to prevent similar disasters in the future.
Director of photography Daniel Cojanu was in New York this weekend, filming an “episode” of director Lukas Huffman’s upcoming film, Five Ways to Leave Your Lover.
Shot on 16 mm on location in Chinatown, the crew braved the cold and a 5 AM crew call to bring the story of two gay men struggling with trust & intimacy to life.
Five Ways to Leave Your Lover is a collection of five shorts, each featuring a different age couple from a different culture with a different romantic problem. Reaching across the generational and cultural divide, the film captures a diversity of ways people arrive at one emotionally charged moment.
With three out of five episodes (shot in New York and Romania) under wraps, stay tuned for the next “ways to leave your lover,” filmed in Italy and Japan!
We’re super thrilled to have our Icebot video hosted on the National Science Foundation’s Science 360 website this week, not long after its premiere on whoi.edu. The video gives viewers a unique view into the challenges of doing science in remote regions of the world– in this instance, on an ice floe off of Barrow, Alaska last March!
For all their trials and tribulations, the WHOI science and engineering team, along with their friends at the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, pulled off a stunning feat. They were able to test an underwater, autonomously-operated vehicle (AUV), under the shifting Arctic ice in one of the first trials of a robot of this kind. After some additional tweaks and some more tests, the vehicle will be put to good use in sniffing out changes in currents, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen far below the extent of winter sea ice. This will give scientists further information about changes to the sensitive Arctic climate that– until now– have been just beyond their reach.
Though we were not in Barrow on this shoot (thanks to the folks at BASC for capturing some tense moments on camera!) we hope to document this technology as it evolves. Let’s just hope the tent doesn’t fall through the ice next time!
Daniel is back from Seoul after shooting an interview with up-and-coming Korean fashion designer Juun J.. who is nominated for the Swiss Textile Award. Directed by Tolga Dilsiz, the video is one of six clips that will be presented at the Swiss Textile Federation in Zurich later this fall.
Traveling halfway around the world to shoot for just a day was worth it for Daniel, who returned with hundreds of images that show the beauty and vitality of Seoul, South Korea’s capital city. From the burgeoning textile markets of the Dongdaemun Market (whole stores filled with nothing but buttons! piles of shoes! skeins of fabric as high as the ceiling!) to the yummy Korean barbeque and kimchee, the scenes and faces Daniel collected tell a thousand words.
Even if you can’t speak a word of Korean!