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Science. And Tech.

One of the many reasons we love what we do here at Sutro is the variety of projects, challenges, and ideas we creatively immerse ourselves in as we work with different clients around the world. This time around, we teamed up with MW Tech, a high-tech company in Porto, Portugal, who is quickly growing to becoming one of the most respected optic sources technology providers in the world.

With a current re-branding effort for the company, an upcoming website and multiple conference exhibits and talks, it was time to invest in a small video to introduce the products and services the company offers worldwide.

This last September we were in Portugal, and spent a whole day filming their high-tech labs and offices at Tecmaia, a pretty great and exciting tech campus venture in Portugal.

Our challenge this time was filming stages of product design and evolution of a very high-tech nature. Small details, tight spaces, machinery, and much more. We even had to use IR goggles for one of the shots, so you can see what is actually happening in front of you.

It was an amazing learning experience, and an incredible creative challenge, but thanks to the patience of our clients, and of course the tools we used to keep the workflow as effortless and productive as possible, we are now happy to share the final result with you all. Two videos were produced, one with simple animated text slides, and another one without.

Below, you can watch one of the versions. Everything was filmed mainly on the FS7, with cine gamma modes, and an amazing lens collection. ARRI LED lights were used to make sure we set up the shots properly, and of course, everything was edited in our Final Cut suite in Oakland. Final grading through DaVinci Resolve made sure we kept our cinematic quality we are known for already.

Thanks for the great adventure, and wishing MW Tech the best of success in the tech industry worldwide.

Keyboardio Kickstarter

UPDATE:

Our kickstarter video is now officially a kickstarter staff pick!


Update:

Our Kickstarter video campaign for Keyboard.io reached its goal of $120,000 in less than two hours!


With our previous Kickstarter success story of raising close to half a million dollars on GUSTIN jeans, we immediately fell in love with Keyboadio and knew we could help them be successful.
— Afonso Salcedo, Sutro Studios

We are very proud to finally share the work we've been doing for the past six months. Back in January 2015, we started working on a Kickstarter video campaign for Keyboard.io, a small startup from Oakland, CA who was building these amazing ergonomic keyboards, open sourced, with a maple wood enclosure.

From our first meeting, we immediately fell in love with the product, the Model 01 keyboard they had already designed and built. And we knew we had to help them out with their Kickstarter video.

Having worked another hugely successful Kickstarter campaign when we started our business two years ago (GUSTIN Jeans), we knew the kind of story we wanted to create. We wanted to show the passion of Jesse and Kaia, husband and wife, and how they created one of the most comfortable keyboards we have ever used. We started filming almost immediately back in January, and capturing as much footage as we could to use on telling their inspiring story.

The process was extremely intensive. Between some production delays on their end, and working some filming logistics on ours, and of course the back-and-forth of editing a cut together, it eventually finally launched this morning on Kickstarter.

 
 

Sutro Studios did all the filming, editing, color grading, and overall creative direction for the video. At one point, we hired our good friends and outstanding collaborators Jayson Carpenter and Max Savage at Noisy Savage here in San Francisco (http://www.noisysavage.com) to film one of the interviews for us, and our good friends and long-time collaborators Scott Mason from Oct28 Productions (http://oct28productions.com) in NYC to capture a couple of interviews on the East Coast. We also hired Sebastian Wendell to cover a user group meeting for Keyboardio, and he captured great footage throughout.

We couldn't be happier to have had access to such a talented team of people to help us out with this project.

Sutro Studios did all the filming, editing, color grading, and overall creative direction for the Kickstarter video.
— Afonso Salcedo, Sutro Studios

We always love collaborating and working with other teams of insanely talented artists, and knowing that we could count on Noisy Savage and Oct28 Productions to help us get all the footage we needed, only made everything better.

With a tight deadline fast-approaching, we constantly used frame.io as the main client review system for notes and comments on the video. With its easy- to-use interface, and great feedback system, it was easy to get timecode comments on each version of the video. Our productivity went through the roof with frame.io, and allowed us to create fast iterations.

Towards the end we used Slack as the main chat board for quick comments and discussions, between Sutro Studios and the Keyboardio team. We could immediately comment on everything, discuss ideas for the final cut of the video, and pin items that were urgent to fix. Slack is a super valuable tool to our business, and one that we will use much more in the future.

All editing was done on Mac Pros using Final Cut, and color grading using DaVinci Resolve. These have quickly become our go-to solutions for quick turnarounds and successful storytelling of cinematic content, and we couldn't be happier with our office suite.

So... this creative marathon is done. And another huge success story for Sutro Studios. We couldn't be prouder of  Keyboardio, and they have been one of our favorite clients to work with.

We'll be updating this story throughout the campaign, over the next 30 days.

Premium Denim

As part of the Roadtrip effort Sutro Studios took with the guys from GUSTIN to document and create on-the-fly little videos telling this incredible journey in search of premium raw denim to add to their Kickstarter page, here's a video of highlights as they were choosing and carefully analyzing samples of all kinds of denim in LA. Shot on the FS700. Edited in Final Cut.


Success on Kickstarter

So it's been an adventurous whirlwind of 24 hours. Our clients, GUSTIN, had the most successful first day in Kickstarter's history for any fashion brand and of course, our work has been all over the Internet in all kinds of different blogs and news. If you haven't seen our video yet, check out below, or go to our promos/commercials page to see it. Keep reading for some behind-the-scenes on the making of this video. In less than 24 hours, GUSTIN surpassed their original goal of $20,000 and they are now just over $33,000, less than two full days up. How incredible is that? You can go to their Kickstarter page, or you can go to see the video here.

We are proud to have worked with such awesome clients like GUSTIN and couldn't be happier to see them succeed. If you want to hear more about how we can help YOU and your company, product or idea, send us a message.

So it all started when we sat down together early in the process for a first meeting. As soon as I saw the product that the GUSTIN guys brought along with them and I heard their history, what they wanted to achieve, their experience and everything, I knew that I wanted to help them out any way I can. And I knew that we could create something pretty great. They had ideas of a cinematic piece, which is always hard to do on a low budget, but fortunately it's what I like doing. From my experience in the film industry for over ten years, this would be a challenge that I would gladly accept.

So the process started. Lots of emails back and forth to maintain always a good brainstorm of ideas and know that we were all on the same page. Creating a Kickstarter campaign is not to be taken lightly, since a lot of the success of it comes from engaging the viewers, and potential clients and investors, in bidding on the actual product. And a product of high quality demands a campaign of high quality too.

Starting with the photos. I rented out a studio I tend to use for some photography shoots, which would provide plenty of space and conditions for a productive shoot. They brought a model who was patient enough to try different jeans and be photographed a gazillion times. We decided to go for something really simple, after all, we wanted to show the product. So all the photos were using a white seamless backdrop. After the photos were edited on Lightroom and Photoshop, we quickly had setup a private client space on this website so that GUSTIN could access, look at the photos and choose the ones they wanted at full-res immediately.

We then used DropBox for transferring all files as necessary.

jeans

jeans

While working on the photos, I kept studying ideas and doing tests with the camera to make sure of what could work or not when the actual film shoot took place. I decided that using a slider adds a lot of cinematic quality to any shoot, since it gives many more possibilities to create an added level of cinematography. And it would work with the kind of thing I had in mind for some of the shots. We used the KesslerCrane Cineslider for the shots and the Sony FS700 camera for the whole shoot.

carry

carry

The shoot itself was done over a period of five hours, on-location. The audio was a combination of wireless lav mics and a Zoom H4n to get some of the environment sound. And also, record the actual monologue that GUSTIN had decided to go with for the Kickstarter campaign. It was a very efficient shoot, a lot of fun, and despite the rain, it actually added a great level of grit to the feel of the video, which is exactly what we wanted.

machine

machine

Now that the video was shot, lots of editing and post-production to do. We did everything in Final Cut Pro, with grading through DaVinci Resolve. I actually added some film grain in post, to add even more to that old-school feel of the film, the denim and the music we chose through Smartsound.com, this great blues track that I just felt it was perfect for the film.

And since I wanted to take the cinematic level of this the best way we could, a great example of this is the opening shot, where you see the letters "San Francisco, CA", coming in on lower right.

opener

opener

To make them appear belonging more to the environment, I actually added them as a reflection in the street right below. Since it was raining and the ground was wet, this was perfectly justifiable, and even though it's very subtle it's one of those things that just makes it work even better.

But since I was doing that, it also means that the letters would be placed in space at precisely that spot. And since a car comes in from screen right towards the end of the shot, I had to make the letters go behind the car for a while. The car was rotoscoped using Apple Motion so that everything could be composited properly in the end.

The result is pretty subtle but it works really nicely with the piece visually. It adds a lot to the whole film and it's the kind of level of quality and professionalism that Sutro Studios will always provide.

We couldn't be more grateful on having worked with GUSTIN and looking forward to hopefully many more future collaborations.

You can see the whole video again below.