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Screenshot from the film "Cooking Out"

“Cooking Out” – Short Film (4K Video) Hamil Bros Studios

We never have a dull moment at Hamil Bros Studios and our most recent short, “Cooking Out”, really lends to that fact. A few weeks ago, we were doing some research and More »

The Sewell Lincoln Title Screen

Sewell Lincoln — A Night Out (video)

The Sewell Lincoln TV spot is finally out! Today marks the culmination of several months of planning, scripting, storyboarding, shot listing, shooting, editing, and coloring, as the Sewell Lincoln spot is approved More »

Title Shot from our Bullock's Spot "How to Cure THE Headache"

Bullock’s Jewelry “How to Cure THE Headache”

We at Hamil Bros Studios have been very lucky to accumulate a fantastic list of clients. One of the great clients we picked up is Bullock’s Jewelry (Bullock’s Facebook Page) in Roswell, New Mexico. Our More »

Permian Tennis Clay Shoot Title

Permian Tennis Guns and Glory Clay Shoot

    These past few weeks have been slightly less than murder for us. It’s been quite the journey even since our last blog post. A week ago we were contacted by More »

Byron Rogers: Owner of Disc O' Music, Inc

Client Review: Byron Rogers (Video 4k)

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New 4k Camera

Hamil Bros (Now in 4k)

                Wow. June was busy. July has proven to be just as busy and we’re only 5 days in. From the pictures, you can see More »

Blackmagic 4k, SmallHD monitors

Upgrades! June Update

Well, June is here and things are going as fast as they ever have here at Hamil Bros Studios. We currently have 11 jobs and 2 short films in progress. Needless to More »

Greg and Echo at Carter's Furniture

Hamil Bros Client Testimonial: Carter’s Furniture

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The Insane Inflatable 5k

The Insane Inflatable 5k Shoot Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over threeweeks since we shot the Insane Inflatable 5k down in Midland, TX. It was one of the most energetic More »

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Video Production: Rapid Progress

Your #1 Video Production Studio in Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa Well, after months and months of work on the ground and on the web, things are starting progress rapidly. Over the next More »

Video Production 2014 Demo Reel

Hamil Bros Studios Commercial Video Production Demo Reel

The New Video Production Demo Reel

It seems like only yesterday that we put out the first demo reel of our video production services. After watching it with several clients recently, it didn’t really seem to give off much of an idea of what we can really do. We do it all, from start to finish and we do our best to do it well.

 

Our Video Production Services

When it comes to our video production, we take every step seriously.

Within reason, there is nothing we can’t do and not much we won’t do. We take your project and see it from beginning to end.

It all starts with the script. A solid script is the foundation on which any production is based on and that is where we start.

Next comes the pre-production process of storyboarding and shot-listing. In order to maximize the time “on set,” up-front organization is absolutely necessary. It’s the grease that keeps the production machine moving.

The actual video production is where the fun really begins. There is a ton of set-up and a lot of prep work. This includes staging, removing distractions from the background, lighting the subject, sometimes lighting the background, and determining the shot composition. The other thing is camera movement.

Camera movement alone is a huge deal breaker. No movement or boring movement looks cheap and amateurish. Good fluid movement like that from a crane or a dolly is where your video production goes from looking local to looking like the big guys.

Once the production is wrapped up, the post production begins. This starts with culling the footage (trashing the worst takes).

From there, it’s all about the editing. With editing, pacing is the key. If the shot cadence is too slow, the video is boring. If the shots are too fast, the video is overwhelming and/or confusing.

Once the edit is locked, the visual effects and motion graphics start. This goes from painting or Photoshopping things out of the scene (see the picture below) to adding 3d titles that look like they are in the room.

Fixed Shot Larry Reeder Funeral Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

In this shot, there were some people walking down the road and a car that drove by and we had to take them out of the picture.

The VFX are then completed and it’s time for the color grade. This part is particularly fun, because this is where we take shots that already look good and really make them pop.

This is where the video production process comes to an end. The project is then rendered out to a master file and the youtube and broadcast versions are made from that where they are finally delivered to you.

At Hamil Bros Studios, we take our video production extremely seriously. We are not satisfied with video production that is “good enough” we want our production to be “great.”

 

The businesses that appear in the demo reel:
Carter’s Furniture
Alldredge Gardens (Midland)
Viridian Design Studios (Kerrville)
Spring Creek Ministries (Odessa and Midland)
Cash Register Services (Lubbock)
ABC Pro Rodeo (Lubbock)
Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock)
Security Standard (Midland)
Midland Christian School (Midland)

 

 

 

New Video Production Demo Reel – Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa Commercial

“Cooking Out” – Short Film (4K Video) Hamil Bros Studios

Screenshot from the film "Cooking Out"

We never have a dull moment at Hamil Bros Studios and our most recent short, “Cooking Out”, really lends to that fact.

A few weeks ago, we were doing some research and came across a competition hosted by a group known as Film Riot on youtube. The competition stated that you must make a short film (in the span of two weeks) that has a shootout take place. The duration could only be up to one minute and the weapons could really be anything. They could be prop guns, dollar store guns, water guns, finger guns, etc. The possibilities were endless! As I watched the video with all the information, a crazy plot exploded in my mind for the film “Cooking Out”.

I immediately called Ross (laughing so hard I was crying) to talk through the idea and make sure I wasn’t insane. Good news is, Ross is just as crazy as I am, and loved the idea! We basically took down plot points or comedic actions we wanted to see in a list and I compiled them into a script. This was pretty late at night and I was exhausted. Therefore, this film, “Cooking Out”, was even funnier than it should have been normally.

I was in Odessa when I scripted out the idea. The next day I headed to Lubbock for a wedding (as a friend and a guest, not a vendor). I had some other business to take care of, but was going to have a free afternoon and asked Ross if he would like to shoot “Cooking Out” with me. He told me he would be glad to! Production for “Cooking Out” took somewhere around 3 hours to shoot everything.

We have an incredible aunt, Alicia Rigney, whom we must honor for her incredible prosthetics work in “Cooking Out”. She crafted the bullet hole in my head with just a few household items, and did it in record time. The bullet hole construction took somewhere around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Shooting in 4K made for us having to make sure we  had everything down to the “t” before the camera was rolling. Once we got the bullet hole crafted to my forehead, we began shooting.

“Cooking Out” also debuts Alicia’s son and our cousin, Jackson Rigney, who was a phenomenal actor. He conveyed the ideas we had for him really well and we’ve received lots of feedback that his part in the film was most people’s favorite. Thanks Jackson!

Once shooting was done, Ross got me the footage for this film and I was honored to cut together my first ever short film for Hamil Bros Studios. I had a lot of fun doing the edits and sound design for “Cooking Out”!

We had a blast shooting “Cooking Out” We don’t know what will come next in the line of short films, but you can keep up with us on Facebook or Twitter. We appreciate your support as always and share the link with your friends!

~Jacob

 

Check out our Behind the Scenes photos of “Cooking Out”!

Ingredients for bullet hole.

Let’s Make a Bullet Hole!

Microphone for production audio

Sound recording for “Cooking out”

Bullet hole in Jacob's forehead

Makeup department!

BTS photo

Production BTS

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On set for “Cooking Out”

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The props for “Cooking Out”

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BTS of the editing process for “Cooking Out”

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Recording post production sound design for “Cooking Out.”

Cooking Out – Short Film (4K Video)- Hamil Bros Studios- Lubbock, TX 

Sewell Lincoln — A Night Out (video)

The Sewell Lincoln Title Screen

The Sewell Lincoln TV spot is finally out!

Today marks the culmination of several months of planning, scripting, storyboarding, shot listing, shooting, editing, and coloring, as the Sewell Lincoln spot is approved and getting sent out for delivery!

Several months ago, Jacob and I were going around to different businesses just trying to get our name and our work in front of people. Sewell was one of the places that we visited and the timing could not have been better. They were re-structuring the marketing division and looking for a production company. After our introductory meeting with them, they told us that we were what they were looking for.

Since the marketing division was only about a week old, we knew that it would be a little while before there would be any movement. After a couple of months, we finally got an email from our contact at Sewell and he wanted to have another meeting and discuss a few ideas and introduce us to their copywriter. The meeting went wonderfully and we walked away with 3 ideas, the first of which was the Sewell Lincoln ad.

We were given the concepts with the mission to script them out and make them production ready. I’m pretty sure that we had the majority of the script and shot list completed by the time we completed our journey back to Lubbock.

Once the scripting was done to my satisfaction on the Sewell Lincoln spot, I sent it to Sewell for further collaboration.  They came back with the go-ahead to start planning the shoot.

Once June rolled around, we nailed down production dates. The Sewell Lincoln shoot took a total of about three and a half days spread out over 3 weeks due to everyone’s summer schedule.

The Sewell Lincoln shoot was our first time to really put our new gear through their paces. We shot two days with the 33′ camera jib, and got to play with the MoVI, as well as setting up the 20′ dolly track.

The week before the Sewell Lincoln production commenced, we spent somewhere near 20 hours building and rigging our dolly track with a motor for a time-lapse shot. Now, when I say that “we” spent time, I mean that Jacob, our dad (Lonnie Hamil), and I all spent time. Without his help, that venture would have been a lost cause.

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During the Sewell Lincoln production, we had a really great team around us and we owe a debt of gratitude to a plethora of people (yes, I know what a “plethora” is for all of you fans of El Guapo). I am going to try to remember everyone here, if I forget someone, let me know and I will make sure you are added:

  • Shawn and Megan Miller – You guys gave us invaluable information on what needed to happen to get our business really going.
  • Kyle Bullock – You gave us the “how” to execute on the “what” and had you not given us a verbal butt-kicking to make us get out and meet businesses, this blog post would not be happening.
  • Tyler and Nick (Team Sewell) – You guys took a risk to place your bets on us as your production company and we are eternally grateful. You’ve been extremely encouraging and incredibly easy to work with.
  • Ashley Brooks – You have volunteered yourself  on more than one occasion and this time you volunteered your child. You’ve not only been extraordinarily supportive, you’ve helped us out of a bind a few times. You show up early, leave late and are always willing to lend a helping hand (like moving jib weights while you’re dressed up for a night on the town). We are sad to see you moving, but, we are excited for your new journey with your family. We also want to thank Alan for loaning you to us and for being cool headed about you having a different husband in every shoot you’re in for us ;)
  • BJ – You are a darn, fine-looking man and I’m pleased as can be that we got to use you for this commercial. We are thankful that you and Natalie gave up a couple of your evenings to help us out on this.
  • Gary and Jill Whitehead – Thank you for loaning us your house on a couple of occasions. It was the perfect location and you make it extremely accessible and were very gracious hosts.
  • Tray Dix – Thanks for loaning us your generator. It would have been dark and lonely without it.
  • Dad – You have helped us out more than we could ever thank you for. From building a motor mount for our dolly to sanding a guitar off the side of a trailer, you have gone above and beyond.
  • Mom – The list could go on forever. There is no hat that you haven’t worn for us: babysitter, hotel manager, housekeeping, caterer, sandbag maker, chef, cast & crew, bookkeeper, go-fer, banker, chauffeur, nurse, and mother (and that’s just in the last month!) I’m sure I’ve missed quite a bit of your duties, but, I think people get the idea. You are the glue that really holds this thing together.
  • Mom and Dad - Your work ethic has been passed on to Jacob and I. You can never do anything half-way and neither can we. You both have been supportive to a degree that neither Jacob or I can even imagine and you don’t really complain about it which is miraculous because Jacob and I tend to drive people bonkers.

If I missed anyone, please, let me know.

This Sewell Lincoln production has been an adventure and we are so blessed to have all of you here with us!

 

Sewell Lincoln — A Night Out (video)

Bullock’s Jewelry “How to Cure THE Headache”

Title Shot from our Bullock's Spot "How to Cure THE Headache"

We at Hamil Bros Studios have been very lucky to accumulate a fantastic list of clients. One of the great clients we picked up is Bullock’s Jewelry (Bullock’s Facebook Page) in Roswell, New Mexico.

Our story with Bullock’s Jewelry begins back in January of this year. I’ve had a long standing relationship with the Bullock’s Son, Kyle, with whom I became friends in college. We took a small, one day trip out to Roswell to cold call on some businesses to see if we could pick up some new clients. The trip was relatively easy, but not much of a turnout, with the exception of Bullock’s Jewelry. We sat down with the owner, Don, showed him our demo and began figuring out a course of action. We immediately clicked because of Don’s great appreciation for humor.

At the end of the day, Ross and I headed back to Lubbock. On our way back, we developed 3-6 scripts for Bullock’s Jewelry to check out. I’m sure there were a fair few crazy ideas we’ve kept to ourselves… for now… A few of our ideas did make it to an actual script, though.

In late January, we decided to shoot a spec spot for Bullock’s Jewelry, just so they could get an idea of how one of their productions would look. We sent it to Don and Kyle and they both loved the idea. After several months of communication between us, we got a production deal worked out with them that they could work with. Once we came to an agreement, Don was great to make sure we had the appropriate jewelry for each spot.

Little did we know that our spec spot (plus a small shoot to add in jewelry) would be their first spot to air in Roswell.

We did shoot a small behind the scenes video for this spot and that can be found here! That behind the scenes video was also featured on the Kadams Media Blog out of New York. Keep an eye out to see our future productions with Bullock’s Jewelry!

We always appreciate your support and if you want to keep up with our day to day progress, check out our Facebook or Twitter.

~Jacob

 

A few BTS photos from our shoots on “How to Cure THE Headache”

BTS from "How to Cure THE Headache" commercial.

BTS from “How to Cure THE Headache” commercial.

BTS of Bullock's Jewelry Set

BTS of Bullock’s Jewelry Set

Permian Tennis Guns and Glory Clay Shoot

Permian Tennis Clay Shoot Title

 

 

These past few weeks have been slightly less than murder for us. It’s been quite the journey even since our last blog post. A week ago we were contacted by the Permian Tennis Booster Club about a sponsored clay bird shoot they are hosting. They told us that they would need a fast shoot and an even faster turn around. We told them we were happy to assist them! Two days later, Ross packed up and headed to Odessa where he met up with me at our location. We had a member of the Booster Club, the Permian Tennis Coach, and three awesome players from the Permian Tennis team join us on set for a fun filled shoot! What’s more fun than tennis balls, racquets, and shotguns? I can tell you. Nothing is better than tennis balls, racquets, and shotguns. The shoot went relatively quickly but we got a ton of great material to use for their spot.

Ross immediately headed back to Lubbock where he started pulling the first draft of the TV spot together. The next evening, Ross had the first draft edit of the Permian Tennis spot ready for me to begin the sound design. This production would have been much more difficult on my end, had it not been for Video Copilot and their newest sound design product Motion Pulse! This sound design product really helped beef up the graphics and intensify the footage to a point with which we were happy.

Then came the music design. I needed something rough and gritty to portray the feeling of the Permian Tennis GUNS AND GLORY clay shoot. What better way to portray GUNS AND GLORY than with good hard rock? The answer is that there isn’t a better way, hehe. So I plugged in and tracked all the music. That music compiled with the awesome sound design elements made for one intense TV spot.

The Permian Tennis Guns & Glory commercial will air from July 28th through August 7th during hunting and fishing, news, and sports venues. So, be sure to catch it on TV and let us know what you think of it!

 

-Jacob

Here are a few behind the scenes shots from our shoot with the Permian Tennis Team.

 

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Client Review: Byron Rogers (Video 4k)

Byron Rogers: Owner of Disc O' Music, Inc

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Hamil Bros (Now in 4k)

New 4k Camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow. June was busy. July has proven to be just as busy and we’re only 5 days in.

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From the pictures, you can see that we have been up to a lot.

It started with making a ton of equipment upgrades, one of which was upgrading to a 4K video camera.

No doubt, by now, you’ve heard about the 4k video movement. TV’s are moving toward 4k, broadcast is trying to move toward 4k, Netflix is going to take the plunge into 4k. I have my qualms about 4K video as a delivery medium (that’s a conversation for another day), as an editor and visual effects artist, it is a huge deal. It also means that the quality of the end product is increased.

Another huge upgrade was the piece of equipment we have affectionately named “Ichabod”. We welcome our new 33-foot camera crane to West Texas. As far as we know, it is the longest crane between Dallas and Albuquerque.
The biggest caveat was that the instructions were completely in Chinese. That made for an interesting setup the first time. However, I’ve worked on a couple of crane jobs and had learned how to assemble a beast such as this.

Most of this equipment was purchased for use on our upcoming Sewell commercials which we started initial production on last Tuesday. We spent somewhere around 20 hours prepping for what turned into an 8.5-hour shoot. We tested out our new dolly track and our Dad (Lonnie Hamil) helped us rig a motor for a 2-hour long time-lapse. It took several tries to get the speed right, but, it worked.

In the midst of all of this, we bought some new lighting as well. We ended up using it for some more Bullock’s Jewelry commercials we have been shooting.

We have made some major headway in the equipment department that will only push us further.

Out of all of this, we are announcing our biggest change, we are getting out of doing weddings. We have found our niche in the commercial world and we haven’t done a single wedding this year and we really haven’t missed it. We might take on a wedding here and there, but, that will be at our discretion.

We hope that you continue to follow us as we make a ton of progress.

Hamil Bros (Now in 4k)

Upgrades! June Update

Blackmagic 4k, SmallHD monitors

Well, June is here and things are going as fast as they ever have here at Hamil Bros Studios.

We currently have 11 jobs and 2 short films in progress. Needless to say, it’s near insanity around here.

We’ve landed several new clients. Among them are the Sewell Family of Dealerships (Odessa), Signature Stag (Midland), The Diamond Company (Odessa), Bullock’s Jewelry (Roswell), and Covenant Health Systems (Lubbock). We are beyond excited about all of the work that has been making its way in. Within the next few weeks, you can expect to see several of these commercials flowing through here.

Blackmagic 4k, SmallHD monitors

Welcome to the newest members of our gear family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As our clientele continues to rise, so does our level of quality. With the major push in 4k in the television industry, we have made the plunge into 4k filmmaking. We are very excited to be expanding in that regard. Along with that, we are making some other extreme upgrades. I’m going to keep them quiet for now because you’ll just have to see them to believe them. Needless to say, we have an arsenal that was only a pipe dream for me a couple of years ago.

On a different note, I wanted to send out some positive thoughts on one of our long-time clients, David Alldredge. David passed away last month from some ongoing health difficulties. I went to high school with his son, Brett, and we have done several commercials for his business, Alldredge Gardens. I did not personally know David very well, although he had spent time with us on set when we shot a couple of commercials in his lake home. The few hours I spent getting to know him were invaluable. Having grown his business from nothing and knowing the challenges of starting and growing a business, he provided insight and wisdom that I have carried since then.

He also introduced me to Breaking Bad. As silly as it may sound, he pointed me in the direction of, not only a great TV show, but, a wealth of knowledge as it pertains to our industry. Our thoughts and prayers continue for his family.

Many thanks to all who have been a part of this adventure and we can’t wait to take things to the next level.

Hamil Bros Client Testimonial: Carter’s Furniture

Greg and Echo at Carter's Furniture

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The Insane Inflatable 5k

The Insane Inflatable 5k Logo

The Insane Inflatable 5k Shoot

Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over threeweeks since we shot the Insane Inflatable 5k down in Midland, TX. It was one of the most energetic and tiring shoots we’ve had in a long time.

We started out the morning shooting a couple of time lapses from a crows-nest around 6:30 am. For us, that is really early. From there, it was on to (nearly) all candid shots. Jacob and I ran around for about 5 hours. At one point, I put on my GoPro chest mount and made my way through most of the obstacles. It was quite insane (as the name suggests).

I also got the Phantom Quad-copter out and flew it around with the GoPro to get some aerial footage. I was able to acquire some decent footage, but, the wind didn’t agree, so, that was a challenge.

All in all, the Insane Inflatable 5k was a blast and a very successful shoot.

The Insane Inflatable 5k Run

It is no secret that I’m not a runner nor have I ever (in my adult life) participated in any running events. The Insane Inflatable 5k, however, is one that you can bet I will be attending again.

It was an extremely fun atmosphere and it wasn’t intimidating at all.

When we got there, we really didn’t know what to expect. We knew it was a 5k run with bounce-houses. Boy, were we wrong. As you can see from the video, these aren’t your kids’ birthday jumpers. These took me back to the days of Discovery Zone when the obstacles were larger than life and you could eat an entire pizza and play the whole thing off before you left. These bouncy obstacles were huge and they were a blast.

I completely recommend anyone go out to the Insane Inflatable 5k if there is one coming near you and take the whole family. It is a family friendly environment and they do have dedicated “kids only” waves (of course if you’re a parent or guardian, you can run it with them).

For more information or two find a run near you and register, please visit www.InsaneInflatable5k.com.

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The Insane Inflatable 5k

Video Production: Rapid Progress

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Your #1 Video Production Studio in Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa

Well, after months and months of work on the ground and on the web, things are starting progress rapidly.

Over the next month, Jacob and I have lined up over 10 different video shoots. We’ve managed to land an extremely large client (for us) and are very excited to share with you what that will entail in the following weeks.

We recently shot a commercial for The Diamond Company in Odessa, TX and have done some work for the Insane Inflatable 5k run. We hope to be sharing the 5k video with you very soon.

As far as our commercial video production goes, this is the absolute busiest we’ve been since I opened this video production company in early 2011.

Our web presence

One thing that has been a challenge for us since the beginning has been our presence on the Web.

Well, after months of hard work, planning, and execution, we’ve finally ended up where we want to be.

Hamil Bros Studios Video Production Google Rank in Lubbock

Hamil Bros Studios Video Production Google Rank in Lubbock

Hamil Bros Studios Video Production Google Rank in Midland

Hamil Bros Studios Video Production Google Rank in Midland

We are finally Number 1 on Google for commercial and wedding video production in Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa!

Now, the last thing we want to do is brag about this, but, anyone who has done web SEO, knows that this is a huge accomplishment and we are super proud to have achieved this.

We are working hard to not only be the number 1 result on Google, but, to be the number 1 video production studio in West Texas.

We want to thank everyone who has encouraged us and pushed us beyond our comfort zones to help us reach a higher ground.

We also want to thank those who told us that we couldn’t do it, because you have given us incentive to prove you wrong.

We can’t wait to keep you all up to date with everything  as it comes our way and we cannot thank you all enough for the support.

 

The Diamond Company

The New Diamond Company Video Logo

The Diamond Company Commercial

Here is the most recent television commercial for The Diamond Company in Odessa, TX.

 

The Diamond Company Shoot

Ross Shooting with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera at The Diamond Company

Ross Shooting with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera at The Diamond Company

One of the nicest things about our job as video producers, is that no two shoots are ever the same and that means that things rarely get monotonous. The Diamond Company was no different. We’ve been producing TV commercials in Midland and Odessa for over 3 years and this is the first time we’ve shot any jewelry.

We started around 1:30 and finished up close to 4:30. The shoot took longer than we anticipated, but, The Diamond Company’s owner, Craig Bommersbach, is so friendly and was so excited about the shoot, that it was hard not to chat while we were working.

Another nice thing about our job is that we often get to see and experience things we’ve never seen before. In the case of The Diamond Company, we got to see them melt a gold nugget and see some jewelry repair.

As we were tying up the shoot, a long-time friend of ours showed up to buy a set of earrings for his wife for mother’s day. It was great to see how Craig interacts with customers.

As a side note, I would like to point something out. I am going to try to get better at taking more behind-the-scenes shots. It would appear that I am either a camera-hog or the only one who does any work. I would like to point out, that Jacob does a ton and I never take any pictures of him doing any of it. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him and the value he has brought to this business far surpasses what words can explain.

 

The Diamond Company

Jacob and I visited Craig several times before we nailed down a shoot date. On many of those occasions, we got to see Craig working with customers. He is not only great with customers, he knows what he is talking about. He and his father are gemologists. That means they know a lot more about this stuff than I do, but, for his customers, it means that they will leave the store either knowing what they need to know about the jewelry they have purchased or what they need to know to make an educated decision on their purchase.

You can visit The Diamond Company’s facebook page to stay up to date with all they have going on here

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The Diamond Company

Tomorrow: The Insane Inflatable 5k in Midland, TX

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Hamil Bros Studios is pleased to announce that tomorrow, we are introducing video production to the Insane Inflatable 5k in Midland, TX!

Early in the morning, Jacob and I are headed out to shoot some promotional video material for the Insane Inflatable 5k and we couldn’t be more excited. This is a 5k run that includes 10 inflatable obstacle courses much like the jump-houses you see at children’s birthday parties, except these are for everyone.

This is only the second race to happen in the U.S. and it’s looking to be huge. As of right now, the first several waves are already filled and it looks like the rest will continue to fill up fast.

I encourage you to click on the link above and go check it out. This looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun!

We hope to see several of you out there tomorrow and if we do, remember to smile for the camera!

 

Tomorrow: The Insane Inflatable 5k in Midland, TX

YPE Red Carpet Event (Video) at Signature Stag Midland TX

Young Professionals in Energy Red Carpet Event at Signature Stag Midland Tx

This last week, we had a great opportunity to be part of an evening event for the Young Professionals in Energy Midland Chapter at Signature Stag in Midland, TX.

The event was hosted by Natalie Pevehouse at her store (Signature Stag). Below is a video we put together for them as well as a slideshow of the “red carpet” photo-booth.

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This was our first time working with Natalie. We had visited her store several times to talk about doing commercial production work and had missed her every time. Finally, I received an email from her telling me that she had another project she would like to talk to us about.

I gave her a call and she told me about this “Red Carpet” event she was hosting at her store. They wanted a photo-booth-esque set up for taking pictures against a custom background they had ordered.

We allowed ourselves what we thought was a generous 2-hour set-up time before the festivities were supposed to start. As it turned out, the 2 hours ended up cutting things close.

The direction the backdrop was set up was not conducive to the familiar West-Texas wind. Luckily, we had a ton of sandbags (more on those here). We set about 250 pounds of sandbags and counter weights on the stand bases. It did very well holding and we only had one gust of wind that moved the backdrop and nearly killed our light-stand. Considering the how the wind can be, I would call that success.

Ranchland Hills provided the catering and the food was delicious. I (personally) tried their beef sliders and the chicken skewers. Just typing about it makes my mouth water.

The alcohol and other beverages were provided by Rebecca Creek Whiskey. While I can’t personally attest to the quality of the liquor, judging by the costuming in the photo-booth, I would say that it was pretty darn good.

Natalie made for a great hostess and her girls at Signature Stag made it an incredible event.

All in all, it was a great evening with great people and great food. We look forward to the chance to mingle with these individuals again.

 

Event Sponsors:

Catering: Ranchland Hills

Open Bar: Rebecca Creek Whiskey

Venue/Host: Signature Stag

 

 

YPE Red Carpet Event (Video) at Signature Stag Midland

Video Production April Update

Ross and Jacob Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

New Video Production Services

When it comes to video production, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Funeral Slideshows

While our video production typically do commercials, weddings, and short films, recently we have started offering funeral slideshows. This came from me (Ross) doing one for an extended family member and getting some referrals. The main complaint I’ve heard about them is that when the funeral homes do them, there’s nothing personal about it. We try to be as personal as possible during these difficult times.

 Mission/Not-for-profit Documentaries

Churches and Non-Profit Organizations are always raising money for different projects that they are drawn to supporting. Having gone to church my whole life and seeing (or more accurately not seeing) how these things work, it has been hard to put money into something like this.

Every time someone leaves the country, state, or visits an inner-city area, more often than not, a slideshow is shown afterward to “report” on what went on.

The fundamental problem is that these pictures are mostly an after-thought. The people who go on these mission trips are there to work and serve, not to take pictures/video production which leads to the secondary problem: an accurate depiction of the events that took place is not captured.

I cannot tell you how many times I went on a mission trip, came back, and put a slideshow together only to give off the impression that all we did was play and have fun and maybe a little bit of work. Even though we may have hauled more than 10 20-foot trailers-full loads of tree branches to the landfill after trimming all of said trees to help some elderly people meet New Mexico Fire Code, or spent an entire day passing out food to children in Mexico whose family is so poor that the only thing they can afford to feed these children is candy.

This is where we come in. People who give money to these missions and charities want to know that their money is being used accordingly. When you have a dedicated video production crew there to document the events, you get the whole story. When you get the whole story and donors see how their money is helping other people, they give more.

Short Film #1 (Untitled)

Since before Christmas, we have been working on pre-production for a short film written by one of our good friends. The progress seems to have slowed down as other things have come up. However, this film is more or less for fun and the closer we get to production, the more it scares me because it is absolutely something that NEEDS to be done well. The casting has to be perfect and the directing needs to be as well. We were hoping for a spring start time, but, since spring is here, that may be delayed. We are, however, doing a casting call for this video production.

Short Film #2 – “Sorry I’m Late”

This is a new short film that was written by Jacob. This video production is a little more pressing because we are entering it in a competition and those have deadlines. The moral of this story is “never, for any reason, be late to a first date.” It is going to be an action/comedy (more action than comedy, but, hey, it’s our film, we’ll label it however we want).
We had our first production meeting with the cast and crew on Monday night.
This particular project is going to be a different challenge because there are fight scenes that need to be choreographed. That should make for a humorous behind-the-scenes video production.

Unleash the Video Monster

One of the things I’m most excited about, is that this Friday (April 11th, 2014), I am free from the bondage of slavery. Not really, but, my video production non-compete agreement with my previous employer expires. This means that Lubbock and surrounding areas are fair game for our video production. Since I tendered my resignation back in October, we have been a bit handicapped by a non-compete agreement that I was under and couldn’t do much video production within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock.

This is huge for us because we can start focusing on working closer to home. Again, I’m super excited to be freed up to start improving television in the Lubbock market.

 

Well, that just about wraps things up for this post. Stay tuned because we should be launching our newly updated demo reel today and hopefully that will blow a few minds in the process.

 

Until next time,
Ross

April Video Production Update – Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa Commercial Videographer

Carter’s Furniture- Midland, Tx- Video Production

Carter's Television Commercial Video Production Logo Midland

Welcome back to Midland

Well, we are finally back in the commercial game and we can’t think of a better client to come out with than Carter’s Furniture in Midland, TX.

We have been working with Carter’s for about a month and a half leading up to shooting these television commercials for them.

A couple weeks ago, we finally settled on a date that we could come in and video their store. We started a day early and got video of a beautiful 1955 Chevy Bel-Air to with which to open the commercials (courtesy of B.D Berryhill).

The next day, we arrived at the store at about 3:45 pm and started with a shot of the front of the store. From there we got inside and met with Tim (owner) and Greg (manager) to get things lined out for the rest of the video production.

The shoot took several hours but, the video footage we ended up with was incredible. We are so grateful to Carter’s for being great hosts while we were there and for being great to work with.

Please enjoy the tv commercial video below.

Carter’s Furniture Generic

Carter’s Furniture – Community Driven

Carter’s Furniture – Competitive Prices

Carter’s Furniture – Customer Satisfaction

 

 

Carter’s Furniture – Midland, Tx Television Video Production Lubbock, Odessa Commercial

Lubbock- Byron Rogers Cantata Concert Available Now!

Byron Rogers Video Production Commercial Lubbock

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we would be doing some video production for a dear friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University.

The camera setup was a little intense. Five cameras were set up at different locations in the Moody Auditorium for optimized coverage of the entire concert.

The performers were tested by the intensity and difficulty of the music, but made a memorable performance that was beautifully executed.  The program went very well and was well received by the audience in attendance!

Dr. Rogers range of reach far exceeds those who were able attend and that was partly why we made a video production of the event. We’re very happy to announce that Sales for the Byron Rogers Cantata are up and running, per Dr. Rogers request! You can find them here.

Also if you would like to purchase them via cash or check please email us at sales@hamilbrosstudios.com .

 

Byron Rogers Video Production Available Now Hamil Bros Studios Lubbock and Midland, TX

The Byron Rogers Cantata, “This Man Receives Sinners”- Video Production

Byron Rogers Commercial Video Production Sales Lubbock

Today we’re excited to do some video production for a great family friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University.

A chemistry professor by trade, Byron has always held a big place for music in his heart. Over the last few years he has worked towards his Masters in Music Composition at Texas Tech University. Tonight, in the McDonald Moody Auditorium on LCU campus at 7:30 will be the culmination of his Masters work, “This Man Receives Sinners.” This performance is a cantata based on the Book of Luke, chapter 15. It features the Lubbock Christian University Chamber Singers, a small instrumental ensemble from Texas Tech University, and five soloists all under the direct of Dr. Philip Camp of Lubbock Christian University.

We hope you look forward to seeing the video production of several pieces Byron has written previous to his cantata as well as his cantata.

A special thank you to Nathan Anderson of LCU Marcom for doing an amazing job with the audio for the video production.

We want to thank Byron especially for allowing us to capture this event. He has had a major impact on our lives and we want to be able to give back to him.

Again, the concert begins at 7:30 in the McDonald Moody Auditorium located on the Lubbock Christian University Campus.

We will hopefully have the video soon after the cantata so keep in touch and we’ll keep you updated!

Byron Rogers Cantata, “This Man Receives Sinners” Hamil Bros Studios Video Production, Lubbock, Odessa, and Midland, TX Commercial

 

 

Video Production- The Price you Pay (Video)

Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Camera Comparison

Busting the video production myth

Myth :In order for you to have a good looking TV commercial that will compete with national television commercials, you have to have an enormous production budget.

Truth: FALSE! You can have nice video production on your TV ad without going broke. Is it free? No, but, it is worth the investment (more on that in the next myth).

Myth: If I buy airtime from the television stations, I can get my commercials done for free.

Truth: Yes. In most cases, you can get the spot done for free, however, free comes at a steep price. What’s the price? The TV station’s video production is bottom line. Here is what they don’t tell you. Your free commercial is being produced by someone who is working for minimum wage and may have no experience in video production (disclaimer: I have applied for commercial production positions at several TV stations in the Lubbock area and the job requirements were minimum wage and no experience required. There is only 1 broadcast group that requires experience and doesn’t pay minimum wage. They however charge for production). The cheaper they can do your commercial for, the more profit they can take out of the sale and they are willing to sacrifice making your business look good to do it. Quantity over quality.

Myth: The television stations have the best equipment and the most experience for video production. After all, this is what they do.

Truth: The television stations’ video production rigs are purchased for speed and ease of use. Often times, that translates to poor visual quality. Take a look at the following example.

Which one looks better? Camera A or Camera B?

Camera A represents the image from an $8,000 broadcast video camera that the TV stations use. Camera B is the image from a $600 camera that Hamil Bros Studios uses. Nothing was done to either image. Those are straight out of the camera.

You are now asking yourself, why would the TV stations use an $8,000 camera that can’t compete with the $600? Again, quantity over quality. Camera A is great to work with if you have little or no experience, or are just plain lazy.

Either way, at Hamil Bros Studios, we opt for the better image quality in our video production. If you shot the same commercial with both cameras which one says that you are proud of your business? So, what’s the price you pay for free video production? You could be driving potential customers away. How does that benefit you at all?

The Price you Pay for Video Production (video)- Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Short Film in the Works

HB-Jets-Logo Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

Hey all!

First off, we want to thank you for the support you show us every day. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the encouragement we receive.

A week or so ago, we saw someone tweet a video about a really sweet short film contest for Rode Microphones out of Australia. I got really excited, but had to remind myself to read the rules and regulations before I got too many ideas in my head. So, after reading the rules, we continued to be exited about the film opportunities!

The rules state that the film may be up to 5 minutes long and must have an accompanying behind the scenes video showing that we used Rode products during production. Easy, right?

So we began writing a script and it’s very near completion. With the script, we more or less signed off on some of the scenes allowing me to begin storyboarding. I’m tremendously excited about this film, as it’s my first major script to write. Ross has been extremely helpful in suggesting and editing, as well as writing probably the biggest key point in the whole film.

The process has been slow and time consuming but the pre-production is going to really play a major part once the production begins. This film is rather intense and is going to take a fair amount of practical and visual effects to pull it off.

We’ve had unbelievable collaboration around the Lubbock area down to Houston, and even into New Mexico. We’re excited to see how it will turn out and hope you all stay up to date with the blog. We should be posting videos and updates as we go through the production phase.

Make sure to keep up with us on facebook and on Twitter so you receive the updates!

 

Short Film in the Works Hamil Bros Studios, Lubbock, TX - Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

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