From Perez Hilton to People, everyone is showing Jeff's incredible work (and Kelsea's AMAZING song) some love. Peep it belowwwwwwRead More
We've been creating :30 and :15 digital content for social media outlets and Spotify ads. Our fellas have tried to mix event coverage with styled product shots to recap the event and get people stoked for the next one.
Chris Zidek is shaking up Nashville one awesome wall mural or well crafted set at a time.Read More
We were on-location in Pittsburgh, PA filming and had a chance to explore the Steel City a bit. Check out a few photos in this blog post.Read More
Marki is eager to learn everything she can about the production world. What she didn't expect was to endure the ridiculousness of the Inkwell boys. Meet our bud, Marki!Read More
Our project in collaboration with CCA and Make A Wish was an incredibly inspiring and rewarding experience. Our friends, Kate Gazaway and Ryan Kanaly, provided some BTS stills from the production.Read More
Learn a little bit about one of our favorite people of all-time, Tyler Manuel.Read More
What drew you to Taylor's story?
Ben: Taylor and I have been friends since he transferred to Brooks High School his freshman year. I remember the days when he could barely chew bubble gum and roam the halls in his size 37 Nike Shox at the same time. So, it's been incredible to follow his football journey. He's become a great man and his belief in his dreams is absolutely inspiring. When Taylor got the call about his tryout, he immediately text a group chat of our closest friends. We all encouraged him to go for it and then he and I chatted about Inkwell following his journey.
Of course, I was all-in, but wasn't sure if the rest of the Inkwell boys would find the story as compelling as I did. Fortunately, Sam hopped on board immediately and we haven't looked back. Having him as a co-producer, co-writer, DP and associate editor has been amazing, Sam, Ben V and Tyler have been amazing to help get this project to ready for trailer release.
Why do you think people should care about a guy trying out for a football team?
Sam: What most people don't realize is that even though football players and athlete's are extremely talented and uniquely capable of playing their sport, that's just part of the full ingredient. The hard work and dedication that it takes to compete on the next level, to be become a professional, is remarkable. Hours of training and time in the gym. The personal sacrifices at home, the support of family and friends, it all adds up. Its also something that is rarely seen... Especially the impact it has on that athletes family. When someone watches this film, I hope it will shine some light on the sacrifices it takes to simply train and prepare for the next level.
Obviously, it's tough not to get attached to subjects when you spend time with them while filming a documentary. Did you feel nervous for Taylor before his big tryout? Or even after?
Sam: Once you become friends with someone, real legitimate friends, you always feel something for their successes and failures. I was definitely nervous and excited for Taylor on the day of his tryout. This story is about a good guy who is striving hard for his dream and his family... You can't help but root for him.
What was the best behind the scenes moment from this project? Maybe something us viewers won't se on screen.
Ben: Oh, man. There are so many memories from our two weeks with Taylor. My favorite has to be when we went him for the culmination of our film-- his tryout in Atlanta, GA. We were heading to the hotel and it was super late. We needed gas and stopped in this incredibly small town. This gas station, guys, holy cow. It was as if we'd stepped into a time machine that was caught between Mayberry and "Deliverance." Old school gas pumps, ancient signs from days past and a beat up truck next to us blaring mountain music. We were all pretty freaked out until we walked inside to pay and stumbled upon the greatest stash of Surge ever created. Seriously, cases of the stuff. The only thing we were going to die of that night was a sugar overdose. haha.
Here at WELD, Lindsey is the glue that holds the community together. She's always the first person to say hello, ask you what your working on and the last to share her personal work. She's selfless to a fault, and that's a shame, because her work is amazing! We sat down with Lindsey to hear her creative journey from childhood to adulthood. Nothing is ever given to us in life, and we've gotta remember that translates to our art as well. Just keep pushing!
We're all struggling to pay bills, keep our work fun and interesting and juggle the relationship with our clients. In those times of tipping the scale towards inspiring work, Judson Collier finds himself branching out to keep the ole mind sharp. We've gotta keep pushing the boundaries of what we're capable of doing creatively! Check out Episode 4 of our Creativity Series to see how Judson keeps his work fresh.
In episode 03 of "The Creativity Series," we get to hear a bit about the drive behind the owner of Picture Change, Kate Gazaway. Photography was something she didn't think of when dreaming up her career path. That all changed after a trip to Africa in 2005. She saw her photos tell stories ... and she was hooked.
-- By Ben Skipworth
In episode 02 of "The Creativity Series," we chat with Larry Kloess, Founder and CEO of Cause A Scene. He's got an incredible story that melds making imaginary basketball stat sheets as a kid and visiting mind-blowing concerts as a teen together to form the basis for his house show rocking, community building Nashville brainchild.
Larry didn't consider himself a creative. Then, he saw the community and connections he was building each and every day through his work. Seeing others grow together gives him a sense of responsibility to keep the inspiration flowing.
--By: Sam Siske
As creatives, we all have a muse. There’s something in our past that inspired us to dream and dream big. Here at Inkwell, we believe that imagination fosters personal growth. The Creativity Series will give you insight into what motivates each of us. We hope this will inspire you to delve into your creativity-- however that applies to you!
I’ve always wanted to feature Ben somehow and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I know how creative and awesome he is and I hope when people watch this, they’ll get a little taste of who Ben is.
If you know a super creative individual we should feature in a future episode, feel free to shoot us an email or comment below.
By: Ben Skipworth
Sam and I were shooting together about two months ago. We mic’d up the talent a few minutes before the cameras rolled. He walked off set until we were ready for him. Little did I know, our next short film would be born in that moment. After the shoot, Sam came up and said, “Dude, I’ve got an idea …” Now normally, when it comes to Inkwell ideas, I immediately start thinking of numbers and figures and how we’re going to pull it off. We’re usually dreaming Spielberg ideas with little to zero budget money.
The beauty of this idea is that it was obtainable. “What if a sound guy left his lav mic rolling and he overheard the two leads plotting a murder,” Sam told me. Of course, I was immediately thinking comedy, so when Sam confirmed that genre, I was jazzed up about the idea. He also graciously offered me the directing job. So, we’re shooting our in mid-August!
We’ve got some really good friends that are going to act in it, a big crew of pals we’re stoked to collaborate with and a partnership with NFI students to help them get some hands-on learning. It’s going to be a really fun project and we’re all excited to bring you into the process with us! Be on the lookout for more details over the following weeks. It’s going to be a fun ride …
Ant-Man shouldn’t work. Heck, it’s about a guy that shrinks and communicates with ants. Also, Paul Rudd is a superhero. Marvel’s latest offering had everything standing against it, but, in the end, it totally works.
Although Ant-Man is one of the longest running comic book heroes in their lineup, he’s had zero cinematic presence (or really a modern day following). The box office opening weekend numbers are in and Ant-Man hauled in $58 million, which wasn’t quite up to Marvel par, but should still be heralded as a massive accomplishment.
My expectation was maybe a 4/10. I left the theater completely and pleasantly surprised. Let me preface the next paragraph with a disclaimer: I am a DC fan. Whew, got that off my chest.
Marvel needs to keep it light. Yeah, yeah, I know the Captain America movies got a lot of hype, specifically “Winter Soldier,” but that doesn’t say Marvel to me. I’ve always really enjoyed the humor of “Iron Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The times Marvel tries to make a film a little darker, I immediately start to think, “Noooooo. Leave that to DC.” I feel these films really excel when they have a comedic element. “Avengers,” and the sequel, were really just explosions left and right with a troupe of heroes in the foreground. I’ll pass. I know that’s not a popular opinion to have, but whatevs.
Ant-Man obviously suffered from the script being passed among numerous writers, I’ll admit that, but I thoroughly enjoyed the humor that Paul Rudd brought to his role. It seemed that they really let him loose and times and that definitely made things fun. The fight sequences with him constantly shrinking and growing back to full size were awesome. I also thought Corey Stoll did a great job as Yellowjacket.
Now, I could delve into how terrible Marvel’s villains are in just about every movie (looking at ya, “Iron Man 2”), or how the movies that introduce us to a new character (like “Thor”) try to do too much, but I’ll save that for another day. This was the first villain out of maybe two other Marvel films that felt like he actually had some depth. It could also be due to the level of deceitfulness hidden under charm that Stoll brought to his character, though.
Bottom line: Don't have high expectations and you won’t be disappointed. It was also really fun seeing Paul Rudd make Ant-Man all his own.
Did you study editing in school?
I got my degree at the University of Tasmania - Bachelor of Time-Based Multimedia. My degree is split between the conservatorium of music and the Fine Arts School.
Video Art Installation
Art and Design Theory
Just to list a couple of subjects …
What was the first project you ever edited? How did it turn out?
First paid project was an editor for the Jewelled Nights Movie restoration.
Here is a wiki page about Jewelled Nights the silent film and a small amount of info on what we did at the bottom of the page under Restoration heading.
How did you wind up with Inkwell?
Wound up at inkwell because Ben S asked me to and I said, “Heck yeah!”
What's the best part of your job?
I enjoy working with the people at Inkwell first of all. Second, we are progressing as a company heading towards common goals-- increasing our skill along the way and always learning new skills on each new project. So, I never feel stagnant in my job.
If there's one Seinfeld episode that describes your life, which episode is it?
Not sure about my life as a Seinfeld episode. It is the greatest show of all time, still. On the 'Marine Biologist' episode when Kramer walks through the door with his golf clubs, spikes them on the ground, gives them a good kick and yells out "Anyone want these because I STINK.” I can relate to that.
Some people literally can’t function in the morning without a cup of coffee. We’d like to think your creativity needs a little jolt to get things going, too. Here’s what inspired us this week:
Vertical Love- short film by Miguel Diaz Pont
It’s a huge pet peeve of ours when people post vertical videos. This guy actually turned it into a cinematic beauty. (PS- It looks great on an iPhone!)
Suicide Squad Trailer
Uh, “Suicide Squad” trailer launched this week? Yes, please! Just wait til that Jared Leto Joker reveal at the end!
Paul Rudd Ant-Man promo on CONAN
Man, oh man. This never gets old.