Solesearching Travel Videos

Commercial + Travel Video

Solesearching

Solesearching - Commercial + Travel Video

Travel the world for free? Twist my arm, will ya? That’s how we felt when we got commissioned by Holor Media to travel the world filming with their latest 360 Virtual Reality cameras. However, after awhile, we got itchy – Shooting VR was interesting and all, but leaving a camera standing in cool locations wasn’t the most engaging.

So we did what we did best and started shooting travel content for fun while waiting for the 360 cameras to do their thing. Not thinking much of it, we started to slowly edit the hours upon hours of footage we shot into a coherent montage. We came up with a super simple story narrated via voiceover about how our literal soles helped free our metaphorical souls via travel when Condé Nast approached us to enter their “Shorties” competition. 

Not thinking much of it, we submitted anyway and lo and behold ended up winning the grand prize and were voted by audiences and judges alike to be the Best Travel Video of the year. We were floored and happily accepted their offer to fly us to South Africa later that year to shoot more content. 

Shot by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Kymber Lim, Marty Kovalsky
Edited by: Trevor Hollander
Voiceover: Miles Allen
Special Thanks: Willard Tressel

We were floored to win Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Travel Video award at their annual Shorties festival where they threw us a big party and we got to meet the staff behind the magazine and had an award ceremony with Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán.

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ILA Swimwear with avian ku

Commercial

ILA Swimwear w/ Avian

Behind the Scenes

ILA Swimwear with avian ku - commercial

There’s a reason why they call Hawaii paradise and it was with no reservations that we took on this project for ILA Swim, the new swimwear company started by Avian Ku of Netflix’s Terrace House fame. Brown and bred in Hawaii, she wanted the commercials to feel more lifestyle and wanderlust inspired rather than overtly branded. In essence: it had to feel genuine and authentic. Not staged.

Not being any strangers to travel videos, we were more than happy to oblige. Shot over a week on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu, we went all the way to the North Shore then to Waikiki and everything in-between to capture the beauty and elegance of the girls and the island. Set to a backdrop of Reinchez Ng’s island-themed score, we crafted a music video esque montage of three girls (in ILA Swimwear) having the time of their lives and enjoying the best Hawaii has to offer. 

Starring: Avian Ku, Virgina Taylor, Stephanie 
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Avian Ku
Shot & Edited by: Trevor Hollander
Production Assistant: Richard Lee
Music by: Reinchez Ng
Special Thanks: Christopher K. Ahn, Mikey Inoye, Ocean Ramsey, One Ocean Diving

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Los Angeles 90034

Mpact Music Video: “Guillotine”

Music Video

M-PACT Music Video

M-PACT: "Guillotine" - Music Video

Lights, camera… Fire? We were inspired by the very elemental nature of fire and wanted to make it the backdrop of our first music video, “Guillotine” a cover by the renown acapella music video group, M-Pact. Working in conjunction with our amazing hosts at Electric Pony Studios, we were able to not only film the singers on-location but also with a real fire dancer with pyrotechnics – Talk about a sizzling performance! 

Starring: Drew Tablak, Aaron Schumacher, Andy Degan, Jeff Smith, Jamond McCoy, Tracy Robertson
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT” & Jess T. Johnston
Edited by: Jess T. Johnston
Cinematography by: Louis Mayo
Produced by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”, Derek Sherwood, Jeff Smith
Production Coordinator: Dave Penner
Camera Assistant: Trevor Hollander
B-Camera Operator: Jess T. Johnston
Production Designer: Jess T. Johnston
Gaffer: Alex Evans
Key Grip/BTS Video:  Jeremy Gay
Production Assistants: James Lafortezza, Steven Porfiri, Zak Bakai, Michaela McLeod, Roupanshee Sharma
Make Up: Jocelyn Navarette, Silvia Lamarque
Stylist: Carima Robinson
Fire Dancer: Heidi Kallen
Location by: Wrapal
Special Thanks: Electric Pony Studios, Aputure Lights, Ted Sim, Nerris Nassiri, Jen Berkowitz, Leila Mitchell

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Fencing in Laikipia

Public Service Announcement + Travel Video

Fencing in Laikipia

Fencing in Laikipia, Kenya
public service announcement + Travel Video

Man and animal have always coexisted peacefully, but because of man’s ever-expanding footprint, human-wildlife conflicts in Laikipia, Kenya have increased. Normally, fences are associated with segregation and separation. But here in Laikipia, fences don’t offend – they defend and this commercial highlights the importance of fences, why they’re needed, what needs to be done to help increase their number throughout Laikipia.

This was one of the most engaging Public Service Announcements (PSAs) + travel videos we’ve ever undertaken here at Long Story Short – Not only did we fly more than 20+ hours to reach our location in Kenya, Africa but had no idea what to expect when we landed. There were a few touch and go moments including being nearly chased out of a Kenyan village, encountering the tracks of some elephant poachers and filming out of a doorless safari airplane for some arial shots, but we wouldn’t have traded it for the world. 

One particularly touching moment was getting to meet and hold the last two Northern White Rhinos in existence on the planet. Sobering and sad, we made it a point to feature them prominently in the video as it occurred to us we were one of the last film crews that would ever get to document these now-extinct creatures ever on camera again. Truly unforgettable.

Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Music by: Cody Westheimer
Produced by: Joan Nthiga & Paul Benson
Executive Producer: Peter Hetz
Voiceover by: Joan Nthiga
Camera Assistant: Soraya Rais
Production Assistant: Denis Ndegwa
Edited by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”, AJ Brandtneris
Post Production Coordinator: Derek Sherwood
Post Production Assistants: Eduardo Estrada, Natsha Walker, Migwa Nthiga
Special thanks: Nature in Stock, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya Wildlife Service, Ol Maisor Ranch, Matigari Community Fence Committee, Mathira Community Fence Committee, ADC Mutara, Tropic Air, Kenneth R. McVay, Michael Dyer, US Aid

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Los Angeles 90034