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San Jacinto College

This month, we had the opportunity to film a couple of spots for San Jacinto Community College. The spots featured graduates from some of their programs. We loved working with all of these amazing San Jac Certified graduates and being able to share their stories.

KHOU and Zen!

KHOU and Zen!

This year, KHOU and Zenfilm collaborated creating pieces visually telling Houston’s diverse narrative. KHOU Creative Director, Dale Lockett, and Zen’s Producer Rebecca Wells, and Director W. Ross Wells were at the helm of the creative team that composed two spots; “Conversation Starter”, a 60 second promotional spot for KHOU 11 Weather Image, and “We Stand”, a 30 second promotional spot for KHOU-11 News. Both of these spots won Emmys at the 2016 Lone Star Emmy Awards.

“We Stand”, the first spot of our poetry campaign, incorporated the artistic talents of Houston artists: Anat Ronen, muralist, and poet, Rain the Poet. The 30 second promotion won Rebecca Wells, Zenfilm’s amazing producer, her first Emmy. Aired during Super Bowl 50, it is the first of the Super Bowl Poetry Campaigns spot to be awarded. In our second iteration of our poetry campaign created with the promotions team at KHOU, “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” Houston poet Brother Said narrates visuals of the cities present while alluding to the grit of our past.

This campaign was an amazing opportunity for Zen to collaborate with artists of diverse mediums within our own city and express our pride.

Fear the Beard

This December, Zen got the opportunity to work with ad agency, Periscope and candy maker, Trolli in a shoot staring Rockets shooting guard, James Harden. Shot in the historic Houston Studios, W. Ross Wells was the Director of Photography for the playful shoot.

Greenpoint Pictures Finds Zen

Greenpoint Pictures Finds Zen

Left to right: Alex Levin, Rebecca Wells, W. Ross Wells, Tori Vallas-Cullen, Logan Roos, Willi Patton.

Congratulations to our client Greenpoint Pictures on the successful completion of their marathon (48 hour turnaround) Coca-Cola Commercial for the NCAA Final Four. Production took place during pre-game concerts on Saturday, post on Sunday and the spot aired Monday in the final game of the Final Four on CBS. Zenfilm provided production offices and post-production facilities for the Greenpoint team led by Producer Tori Vallas-Cullen and Director Logan Roos. Logan Roos, Alex Levin and Willi Patton rapidly reviewed and cut down 8 hours of footage from three Alexa cameras in our suites using an Adobe Premiere Pro workflow. Zenfilm’s W. Ross Wells colored the spot in our DaVinci Resolve suite. Super special thanks to our sister company SugarHill Studios for late night uplink support during the prolonged Comcast internet outage that befell us Sunday night.

Emmy Number Two!

Emmy Number Two!

UPS delivered a holiday package to Zenfilm on new year’s eve. Inside were very pleased an Emmy Award for the TV campaign we produced last year with KHOU TV.

The second installment in our “KHOU Stands for Houston” campaign features Lyle Lovett recording the theme song in his own inimitable style. The session was filmed during the final sessions for  Lyle’s 2012 album “Release Me” at Conway Recording Studios in West Hollywood, CA. The session was a who’s who of accomplished musicians and was a hell of a lot of fun to shoot.  As an added bonus, we may have a shot at being featured in Leland Sklar’s coffee table book of people flipping him the bird.

Special thanks to our fearless leader and head of promotions Dale Lockett for making it happen. Here is the cast:

Starring: Lyle Lovett, Jim Cox, Russ Kunkel, Dean Parks, Luke Bulla, Keith Sewell, Leland Sklar, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens.

Concept by Dale Lockett. Directed by W. Ross Wells. Lyle Lovett and Jim Cox arranged the music. Nate Kunkel was the producer.

Thanks everyone and congratulations!

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