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Tallgrass Selected for 2013 Oaxaca FilmFest 2013!

Tallgrass’ Under My Roof has been selected for the 2013 Oaxaca FilmFest 2013! Referred to as “the Sundance of the South”, this festival aims to advance and create opportunities for filmmakers and writers in the international cinema community. It’s very competitive to get in; they only select 1 out of every 10 scripts received. 
JB & Jennifer will be traveling down to the beautiful city of Oaxaca for the festival in late September to take master classes on film distribution, network with fellow film buffs &, of course, attend a ritzy cocktail parties or two. With an opportunity like this, we can’t wait for the possibilities!

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As we gear up for our Ducati shoot, everyone in the studio can’t help but have a little fun with it. It all started when Jeni geared up in the new wardrobe. Then, of course, Gavin just had to show her up. We sure do enjoy our Fridays. :)

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Last week we had JB’s niece, Madeleine, in-house for a fashion shoot. As soon the shutter began snapping, it was evident that she was a natural. Maddy was confident under the spotlight and ready to strike stunning poses without direction. 

Maddy’s brother, Oliver, and JB’s son, Sacha, couldn’t resist the fun and hopped into the shoot with her, soon followed by Maddy’s mom, Catherine, and JB’s wife, Jen. It was a delight to see this young woman glow and appear ready to take on the world. Taking pictures is our joy, but to take them of the ones we love, that’s a treasure. 

Last week we had JB’s niece, Madeleine, in-house for a fashion shoot. As soon the shutter began snapping, it was evident that she was a natural. Maddy was confident under the spotlight and ready to strike stunning poses without direction. 

Maddy’s brother, Oliver, and JB’s son, Sacha, couldn’t resist the fun and hopped into the shoot with her, soon followed by Maddy’s mom, Catherine, and JB’s wife, Jen. It was a delight to see this young woman glow and appear ready to take on the world. Taking pictures is our joy, but to take them of the ones we love, that’s a treasure. 

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Congratulations to our digital effects master, Beau, on graduating from the Art Institute. You wrapped up your academic career with a speech that left your fellow graduates in tears and in a standing ovation; we feel so lucky to have you!

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Beau demonstrated how much he’s accomplished during his time at the Art Institute in their annual portfolio show today, where graduating seniors get to showcase their work. 

Beau shared work from both his internship here at Tallgrass and projects developed in classes, demonstrating highly advanced skills in programs such Maya Cut Pro and his color correction mastery. And, of course, he had his marvelous animation reel playing - dancing robots included.

We were pleased to show our beloved graphic effects artist just how proud by gifting him with a “masculine” bouquet of balloons and flowers. At the end of the day, holding his roses, Beau told us, “I felt like a queen for a day”. And we say, “As you should Beau, well deserved!”

 

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Aly, our fearless marketing director, headed to Chicago on Thursday for her annual marketing seminar. She went ready to absorb knowledge and, at the same time, meet up with some of our friends over in the windy city.
 
She is well-known for her energy and ambition, but really outdid herself by having a record-breaking 10 meetings across 2 days. Aly navigated through Chicago like a native, loving every minute of her Midwest adventure. :) She came back filled with new ideas and pumped for where Tallgrass is headed!

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Two Tallgrass team members just went from being San Diego State students to Aztec alumni. After four years of hard work and late nights in the on-campus library, we are very proud of our college graduates. 

Jeni, our television show buff, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Television & Film studies and, for fun, a minor in Political Science. Allison, our avid alliteration admirer, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English and minor in Marketing.

We know that they will carry their knowledge & success from university to even higher achievements at Tallgrass, where the learning never stops! 

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We’ve got a penchant for pizza and @theideabrand definitely has the hook-up! Thanks again for having us. #Tallgrass

We’ve got a penchant for pizza and definitely has the hook-up! Thanks again for having us.

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If there’s one thing Tallgrass loves, it’s coffee. There’s nothing better than coming into the studio and filling up your favorite mug with a big cup of caffeinated goodness. Hence, panic struck in everyone’s hearts when the news spread…The coffee maker was out of order. 

We contemplated all possible substitutions. Tea. Red bull. 5 hour energy. None came close to our true craving, but we bravely carried on. (And by carried on, I mean there was a Starbucks run.) 

The team was fading slowly, trying to use grapes for glucose & pump 80s jams to raise our energy levels. It wasn’t until 4 pm that JB asked us: “Guys, don’t you know there’s another coffee pot? It’s on top of the fridge.”

The moral of the story is…You learn something new every day!

If there’s one thing Tallgrass loves, it’s coffee. There’s nothing better than coming into the studio and filling up your favorite mug with a big cup of caffeinated goodness. Hence, panic struck in everyone’s hearts when the news spread…The coffee maker was out of order. 

We contemplated all possible substitutions. Tea. Red bull. 5 hour energy. None came close to our true craving, but we bravely carried on. (And by carried on, I mean there was a Starbucks run.) 

The team was fading slowly, trying to use grapes for glucose & pump 80s jams to raise our energy levels. It wasn’t until 4 pm that JB asked us: “Guys, don’t you know there’s another coffee pot? It’s on top of the fridge.”

The moral of the story is…You learn something new every day!

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Jenny and Beau have made some major headway on Tallgrass’ newest project: an animated short film. They’ve been hard at work turning the idea into reality today through some rough sketches that will lead us into the animatic phase. 


Here’s the plot…The tale is set in an elementary school classroom, but we find ourselves in a World War II like battle when a paper airplane fued transforms into a 2D B-52 attack between the fighter pilot of love and the Japanese zeros. “War: a Love Story” is something very new for Tallgrass. We enjoy trying new things, so this new animated short film is raising the excitement of the studio…this is something you don’t want to miss!

Jenny and Beau have made some major headway on Tallgrass’ newest project: an animated short film. They’ve been hard at work turning the idea into reality today through some rough sketches that will lead us into the animatic phase. 

Here’s the plot…The tale is set in an elementary school classroom, but we find ourselves in a World War II like battle when a paper airplane fued transforms into a 2D B-52 attack between the fighter pilot of love and the Japanese zeros. “War: a Love Story” is something very new for Tallgrass. We enjoy trying new things, so this new animated short film is raising the excitement of the studio…this is something you don’t want to miss!

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View from the top. Photo by Jeffrey Lamont Brown

wonderfulmachine:

View from the top. Photo by Jeffrey Lamont Brown

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The Tallgrass team has been hit with a bad case of puppy love. Two of our team members adopted puppies over the weekend, and we were pumped to have them join us in the studio today. 

These two new additions to the Tallgrass family are Ada and Olive. Ada’s a social one; her hobbies include cuddling on peoples’ laps and playing with her toy dinosaur. Olive is a little more on the shy side; she’s sweet as can be and can usually be found by her owner’s side. One simply cannot help but smile when seeing either of these two darlings.  

With puppies in the studio, our working environment is just that much more enjoyable. They say that a happy worker is a productive worker, and with these pups here, we’re elated. So watch out world, Tallgrass is about to take things to a whole new level!


The Tallgrass team has been hit with a bad case of puppy love. Two of our team members adopted puppies over the weekend, and we were pumped to have them join us in the studio today. 

These two new additions to the Tallgrass family are Ada and Olive. Ada’s a social one; her hobbies include cuddling on peoples’ laps and playing with her toy dinosaur. Olive is a little more on the shy side; she’s sweet as can be and can usually be found by her owner’s side. One simply cannot help but smile when seeing either of these two darlings.  

With puppies in the studio, our working environment is just that much more enjoyable. They say that a happy worker is a productive worker, and with these pups here, we’re elated. So watch out world, Tallgrass is about to take things to a whole new level!