Some More Awards

We hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for so many things: great clients, lots of work, family, friends, health, and…our new awards!

We recently won a 2012 Davey Award and 2, 2012 Pixie Awards. The Davey was a Gold in the category of Online Film/Video. It was in recognition of the marketing video we produced for Kanex titled “Meet Sydnee.” The Pixies were a Gold and Platinum in the Motion Graphics category. The Gold was for a trade show video we produced for a marketing company, and the Platinum was for a brand video we produced for an entertainment company.

The Davey Awards exclusively honor the “Davids” of creativity, the finest small firms, agencies and companies in the world. David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock – the sort of thing small firms do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets. The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition specifically for smaller firms, where firms compete with their peers to win the recognition they deserve. Please visit www.daveyawards.com for more information.

The Davey Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit www.iavisarts.org for a full member list and more information.

“This year’s winners truly represent a smart, nimble approach to creativity and embody the quick thinking, resourceful nature that make small agencies so unique” noted Linda Day, Executive Director of the IAVA. She added, “On behalf of the entire International Academy of Visual Arts, I want to thank this year’s Davey Awards entrants and winners for sharing their amazing capabilities and talents, allowing us to once again highlight the best small firms worldwide.”


And we say, “Thank you Linda!”

The Pixie Awards honors outstanding work in the areas of Motion Graphics, Effects, and Animation. Judging is done by professionals who have excelled in the moving pixel fields of animation, motion graphics and effects.

Lloyd Record, Digital Media Services at Lockheed Martin Space Systems says, “The American Pixel Academy Pixie Award sets a high standard in quality and innovation for animation and other motion graphic arts.” For more information on the Pixie Awards visit http://www.pixieawards.com/.

This is our 4th Pixie Award, and first Davey Award.

Being recognized for our work never gets old. It’s always something to celebrate and be thankful for!

Like Us on Facebook for Photographs, Updates, and More

As you know, we’re always hard at work to bring our clients the most innovative and compelling videos. If you’re curious to find out what goes on behind the scenes of one of our shoots, be sure to “like” our Facebook page to see photographs and get updates from set.

Sometimes, a simple status update doesn’t tell the whole story about the team that works around the clock to execute a superior video project. From start to finish, there’s lots of moving pieces on any video project. We try to capture pictures of that process, especially during production. Video is our passion, but digital photography and video go hand-in-hand. Production Assistants capture most of the pictures on set, but there’s usually a few taken by other crew with their iPhones in between takes.

Part of our philosophy is to produce collaborative, superior, creative work, while having fun. Our pictures reflect that philosophy, and offer a glimpse into the exciting and ever-evolving world of video production. Occasionally, we’ll shoot a time lapse video during production, such as this video of us setting up the first shot on a marketing video we produced for a technology company. This approach offers another unique way to let our fans and interested parties see how we work.

Find us on Facebook and like us to see what we’ve done and what we’re up to.

336 Productions’ Street Cred Rises

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When Bad Juju Games approached and asked us to film spray paint artists Sket One and Nick Sawyers paint a bus to promote the new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 video game, we jumped at the chance!  Our job was to document Sket One and Nick spray paint the bus, and edit the footage into a video that would be played at E3 2012.  This plan was hatched by Bad Juju Games as a way to announce Snoop Dogg’s involvement in the video game.  The game’s developer and publisher, Namco Bandai Games, would make the big announcement at E3, with Snoop pulling up to the conferencein this bus.  Our video played during Namco’s presentation at E3.

We filmed at a secret location since Snoop Dogg’s involvement in the game wasn’t going to be shared until E3, but it didn’t stop passers-by from pulling over in their cars and snapping pics.  Watching a good, old-fashioned street art session with Sket One and Nick was amazing.  They spray painted non-stop for three whole days under the intense sun.  Their mastery of the art was something to behold.  Fun fact: the bus was originally an American Idol tour bus, with American Idol graphics covering the whole thing.

Sket One is a well-known illustrator, painter, and designer, who has worked on campaigns for Ford, EMI and numerous other companies.  Nick Sawyers is a longtime artist as well, and currently holds the title of Senior 2D Art Director at Bad Juju Games.

Bad Juju Games is a Southern California based entertainment media company that focuses on mobile, console and portable game development.  They are one seriously cool group of artists and developers who are at the forefront of mobile gaming technology.  You can see their talent in the video – they created all the cool animations featured throughout it.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which came out for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 11, 2012, features Snoop Dogg in all his glory, with new music from the hip hop legend, as well as a special bonus Snoop Dogg level.

I know what you’re thinking, “did they get to meet Snoop?”  Sadly, no, but we’re not giving up hope that someday it will happen.

Working with the team at Bad Juju was a blast, and we plan to continue to collaborate with them on future video production projects.  Stay tuned for more updates on where and when we’ll be exploring new terrain with the Bad Juju team.

Upcoming Projects: The Golden Foodie Awards

336 Productions is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to produce several videos for the Golden Foodie Awards. Known in the culinary world as “The Golden Globe of food awards,” the Southern California awards ceremony recognizes the finest dining establishments in the region, and will be attended by notable food bloggers, top OC chefs and restaurateurs, and culinary experts.

GodenFoodieAwards.com says, “The Golden Foodie Awards is the first-ever glamorous red carpet food awards event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the local food industry. The Golden Foodie Awards will harness the collective power of the entire community of professionals in each area to recognize local excellence in the industry. We will encourage culinary tourism, support local chefs and restaurants, bring innovative culinary trends to local foodies and inspire the cooking of fabulous fare at home!”

336 is producing several video packages that will play at the awards show. We’ve been working closely with Pamela Waitt, creator of the Golden Foodie Awards and president of the OC Restaurant Association, and the rest of the GFA team to produce videos that will entertain and engage the audience. Our video production team filmed at some of OC’s top restaurants, including Javier’s, Tamarind of London, French 75, Savannah Chop House, The Playground, Anaheim White House, The Winery and Blue Water Grill. It was the most-mouth watering shoot we’ve ever had! Thankfully, we were able to taste some of the incredible food they made for the shoot. We’ll also be filming the red carpet arrivals, behind-the-scenes of the ceremony, commentary from the winners in the green room and of course, the GFA all-star after party.

We encourage you to log on to www.goldenfoodieawards.com to learn more about this unique Orange County event and check out the nominees of the 30 categories.

Join us as we embark on a culinary adventure, documenting all the drama and excitement of the ceremonies. Follow us on Facebook for photos and updates live from the awards ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, September 30th at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

336 Productions Wins a Telly Award

This year marked the 33rd annual Telly Awards, and we’re proud to announce that we won an award in the category of Film/Video: Non-Broadcast Productions for our work on a video for SAPreflecting the benefits of their company’s business communications management (BCM) software.  Our corporate video production was selected out of more than 12,000 submissions from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Watch as Russell and Joe separately try to book their annual golfing trips, and note how a positive customer service experience impacts the enjoyment of the trip.  We oversaw the B2B video from concept to completion. SAP is currently using the video for internal corporate purposes, online marketing campaigns, and customer facing meetings.  Tony Fassette, Global Vice President of SAP BCM sent us this testimonial about his experience with us, and impact the video is having:

[blockquote_message]Hello 336 Productions, I wanted to follow up to once again thank you for putting together a fantastic video and to give you some updates. As you know, we were looking to produce an engaging video to share our product’s unique selling points with our prospects and customers. The video you produced exceeded our expectations and is delivering strong results. We use the video to lead off all customer facing meetings (trade shows, events, etc.). This not only helps quickly highlight our unique selling point, but it also sets the tone for open and engaging dialogue. For sure the tone comes from the smart, tasteful humor that you made part of the video. We also use the video for our viral marketing campaigns. It can be seen on our SAP CRM Youtube channel, (Customer Service: A Tale of Two Cities). I appreciate your collaboration, professionalism and guidance throughout the project. Your team is extremely talented and easy to work with and I am convinced that the success of the video lies solely with your unique ability to see and deliver the big picture. I look forward to an opportunity to collaborate on a new video in the future.[/blockquote_message]

At 336 Productions, we strive to take a product or brand’s special qualities, and highlight them using our creativity and high quality video productions. In addition, it’s critical to us that our videos make a lasting impact on our client’s audience.  We are happy that we were able to do that with the SAP video, and to top it off, to be honored with a Telly Award.  We like to think our Telly Award is a testament to our dedication to storytelling and top-notch digital video and commercial video production, and is a milestone in the growth and development of our company.

The Telly Awards were first produced in 1979, and are designed to celebrate achievements in local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films.

Producing Corporate Video For SAP

We first worked with SAP in 2009. It was then that we produced three promos for their BCM (Business Communication Management) software. The theme of the campaign was “Virtual Call Center.” The campaign was a success. SAP used the videos internally, to kick off meetings and seminars, and also to show customers, in person and on the web.

Our new video for SAP is entitled “Split Screen,” and like the first three videos we produced, it promotes BCM. The video tells the story of Russell and Joe. Two guys both trying to book the annual golf trip they take with their friends. One receives extremely poor customer service, while the other receives top notch service – SAP’s BCM.

We took the project from concept to completion. The video was shot at a residence in Rancho Santa Margarita, and at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point.

Platinum and Gold Pixie Award Winners

The 2012 Pixie Awards336 Productions has won two Pixie Awards. A gold Pixie for motion graphics, and a platinum Pixie for Opening Title Sequence.  The work submitted for the motion graphics category was a trade show video we did for a technology company.  The Opening Title Sequence category was won in recognition of our work on the opening title sequence for the film, Monster Heroes.  This is an important award for us because it adds to the list of elements and categories we’ve won awards win.

Interestingly, 92% of all video productions now use motion graphics, effects, or animation.  Unlike the  other awards we’ve won, these awards recognize excellence in only those categories.  Graphics, animations, and effects play a critical in the effectiveness of a video.  They can be used to teach, highlight a point or idea, or showcase branding (logos, color palettes, mottos, etc.).  They can also give videos style and pazazz.  Graphics, animations, and effects can be in your face, or subdued, it’s all a matter of what the videos look, feel,  messaging, and purpose is.  You can see the power of graphics, animations, and effects in 100% of the videos we produce.

W³ Award Winners (for the second time)

We’re so happy to announce we’ve won another W³ Award.  Not just because this award has the coolest statuette, but because this time we won for excellence in branded content.  We won the first one in 2009 for excellence in web marketing.

The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, marketing programs, and video work created for the web. In honoring outstanding websites, web advertising, web video, & Mobile Apps.  The W³ Awards is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

In its sixth year the W³ Awards received over 3,000 entries from Ad agencies, Public Relations Firms, Interactive Agencies, In-house creative professionals, Web Designers, Graphic designers and Web Enthusiasts.

2011 Reel Released

We’ve been meaning to update our reel for a while now, but we’ve been so busy this year (wooo!) that we had to put it on the back burner.  Finally though, this September, we were able to give it the time it needed, and got to work.  It includes a lot of new work, and an opening and closing sequence we shot in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Irvine, California.  You’ll see corporate videos, trade show videos, film trailers, web promos, commercials, and other branded video.  There’s clips from over 28 different projects.  This reel won’t need updating till 2012…2 months from now!?