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We recently posted a video in collaboration with Esther’s Follies cast. It was based on an act that was very well received by nightly audiences at the iconic Esther’s Follies, a local music, comedy & magic theater in the heart of downtown Austin. The video was a blast to make, the cast was amazing, and the video ended up shedding a fun, musical light on the Texas Senate Race on what has been a pretty ugly scene. `After tons of shares, comments, and reposts, the video has at least 2 million views and counting.
We recently posted a video in collaboration with Esther’s Follies cast. It was based on an act that was very well received by nightly audiences at the iconic Esther’s Follies, a local music, comedy & magic theater in the heart of downtown Austin. The video was a blast to make, the cast was amazing, and the video ended up shedding a fun, musical light on the Texas Senate Race on what has been a pretty ugly scene. `After tons of shares, comments, and reposts, the video has at least 2 million views and counting.
15 Feb 2020

BETOMANIAC: HOW OUR VIDEO WENT VIRAL

We recently posted a video in collaboration with Esther’s Follies cast. It was based on an act that was very…

A while back, the walls of the Originator studio went from their classic green to a baby blue to back again in a matter of days. Director Dorothy Bennett needed just the right backdrop for “Too Smooth”, the latest music video from Jane Ellen Bryant. If Bennett sounds familiar, it’s because she was also featured in the article for Shy Beast’s “Forever” video, alongside her husband and creative partner Andrew (eagle-eyed viewers will spot Andrew as the cabana boy in the video!).
A while back, the walls of the Originator studio went from their classic green to a baby blue to back again in a matter of days. Director Dorothy Bennett needed just the right backdrop for “Too Smooth”, the latest music video from Jane Ellen Bryant. If Bennett sounds familiar, it’s because she was also featured in the article for Shy Beast’s “Forever” video, alongside her husband and creative partner Andrew (eagle-eyed viewers will spot Andrew as the cabana boy in the video!).
02 Feb 2020

@ ORIGINATOR : “TOO SMOOTH” – JANE ELLEN BRYANT

A while back, the walls of the Originator studio went from their classic green to a baby blue to back…

“Forever”, the music video from local Austin band Shy Beast, is just one of the many projects that has been shot at Originator. The first half of the video features band leader and singer Mariclaire Glaeser conjuring delicate animated flairs with her dancerly movements. The lyrics, the motions, and the art all tie together perfectly. The second half of the video gets more of an edge with the introduction of the rest of the band. Viewers get a taste of Shy Beast’s live energy as they perform the second half of the song.
“Forever”, the music video from local Austin band Shy Beast, is just one of the many projects that has been shot at Originator. The first half of the video features band leader and singer Mariclaire Glaeser conjuring delicate animated flairs with her dancerly movements. The lyrics, the motions, and the art all tie together perfectly. The second half of the video gets more of an edge with the introduction of the rest of the band. Viewers get a taste of Shy Beast’s live energy as they perform the second half of the song.
20 Jan 2020

@ ORIGINATOR : “FOREVER” – SHY BEAST

“Forever”, the music video from local Austin band Shy Beast, is just one of the many projects that has been…

Kari Burke is afraid of heights. That’s exactly why she swings from a harness 200 feet in the air. She’s a dancer, aerialist, and our studio manager here at Originator. Burke performed in her first professional show at 16. She majored in dance at Hope College and studied everything from capoeira to tap. After working as a choreographer in a professional theatre company, she moved to Austin.
Kari Burke is afraid of heights. That’s exactly why she swings from a harness 200 feet in the air. She’s a dancer, aerialist, and our studio manager here at Originator. Burke performed in her first professional show at 16. She majored in dance at Hope College and studied everything from capoeira to tap. After working as a choreographer in a professional theatre company, she moved to Austin.
19 Jan 2020

@ ORIGINATOR : AERIAL BY KARI BURKE

Kari Burke is afraid of heights. That’s exactly why she swings from a harness 200 feet in the air. She’s…

The third tenant here at Originator Studios is Wise Visuals. Wise Visuals does everything from motion graphics to post production for a variety of clients. The brightly lit office is populated with art books and the personal style of Jon Mayo-Buttry. Jon is a soft-spoken personality with a workhorse attitude, and over the course of our conversation he taught me about not only the philosophy of Wise Visuals, but the importance of remaining flexible and making every moment count.
The third tenant here at Originator Studios is Wise Visuals. Wise Visuals does everything from motion graphics to post production for a variety of clients. The brightly lit office is populated with art books and the personal style of Jon Mayo-Buttry. Jon is a soft-spoken personality with a workhorse attitude, and over the course of our conversation he taught me about not only the philosophy of Wise Visuals, but the importance of remaining flexible and making every moment count.
10 Jan 2020

@ ORIGINATOR : WISE VISUALS

The third tenant here at Originator Studios is Wise Visuals. Wise Visuals does everything from motion graphics to post production…

After the success of last year’s Fruit Ninja tournament, Originator decided to tackle another competitive VR game: Beat Saber. In this game, players slash boxes to the rhythm of a song, while also dodging walls and bombs that rush toward them. Some of the players brought incredible energy, moving and dancing to the beat of the song. The crowd always enjoyed the competitors who brought a little extra flair. The competition was fierce, especially in the later rounds.
After the success of last year’s Fruit Ninja tournament, Originator decided to tackle another competitive VR game: Beat Saber. In this game, players slash boxes to the rhythm of a song, while also dodging walls and bombs that rush toward them. Some of the players brought incredible energy, moving and dancing to the beat of the song. The crowd always enjoyed the competitors who brought a little extra flair. The competition was fierce, especially in the later rounds.
19 Dec 2019

ORIGINATOR EVENTS : BEAT SABER TOURNAMENT

After the success of last year’s Fruit Ninja tournament, Originator decided to tackle another competitive VR game: Beat Saber. In…

The first door past the Originator lobby is home to photographer David Heisler. Friendly and knowledgeable, after our interview he spent fifteen minutes outside his office door talking to me about photography, finding your path, and working in the industry. And if there’s one thing he knows about, it’s the industry: Heisler got a job working for celebrity photographer Greg Gorman right after he graduated college in 2004, and formed his own independent photography company in 2007.
The first door past the Originator lobby is home to photographer David Heisler. Friendly and knowledgeable, after our interview he spent fifteen minutes outside his office door talking to me about photography, finding your path, and working in the industry. And if there’s one thing he knows about, it’s the industry: Heisler got a job working for celebrity photographer Greg Gorman right after he graduated college in 2004, and formed his own independent photography company in 2007.
12 Dec 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : DAVID HEISLER

The first door past the Originator lobby is home to photographer David Heisler. Friendly and knowledgeable, after our interview he…

Most children grow up watching the Wizard of Oz, but most children didn’t watch it the way Travis Hoggard did. “The first time I watched the Wizard of Oz on silent with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, or “Dark Side of Oz” if you will, I was a kid sitting on my mom’s bed,” Hoggard says. “I had seen Wizard of Oz before, and heard of Pink Floyd, but never knew they could go together like this. My mom had me sit down and watch it with her.
Most children grow up watching the Wizard of Oz, but most children didn’t watch it the way Travis Hoggard did. “The first time I watched the Wizard of Oz on silent with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, or “Dark Side of Oz” if you will, I was a kid sitting on my mom’s bed,” Hoggard says. “I had seen Wizard of Oz before, and heard of Pink Floyd, but never knew they could go together like this. My mom had me sit down and watch it with her.
08 Dec 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : “FLY HIGH”, DIRECTED BY TRAVIS HOGGARD

Most children grow up watching the Wizard of Oz, but most children didn’t watch it the way Travis Hoggard did.…

Recently a group of Austin creatives joined up with Downtown4Democracy and Midterms Matter to create a PSA video to encourage people to vote in this year’s mid term elections. Help us spread the word! Share, embed, tweet, and do all the things. Your voice matters! The deadline to register to vote has passed, but if you’ve registered and you’re ready to go, here’s some important dates and information for you:
Recently a group of Austin creatives joined up with Downtown4Democracy and Midterms Matter to create a PSA video to encourage people to vote in this year’s mid term elections. Help us spread the word! Share, embed, tweet, and do all the things. Your voice matters! The deadline to register to vote has passed, but if you’ve registered and you’re ready to go, here’s some important dates and information for you:
12 Nov 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : JUST VOTE!

Recently a group of Austin creatives joined up with Downtown4Democracy and Midterms Matter to create a PSA video to encourage…

While finding the Hunt, Gather office, I accidentally stumbled into their VR room, where a new project was being tested. I was kindly pointed in the correct direction and found myself in a sunny office space currently occupied by three people: creative director Kathy Horn, development director Jason Burks, and design director Lynna Bartosh, who diligently worked on an ad for an organic baby and toddler food company during the interview.
While finding the Hunt, Gather office, I accidentally stumbled into their VR room, where a new project was being tested. I was kindly pointed in the correct direction and found myself in a sunny office space currently occupied by three people: creative director Kathy Horn, development director Jason Burks, and design director Lynna Bartosh, who diligently worked on an ad for an organic baby and toddler food company during the interview.
07 Oct 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : HUNT, GATHER

While finding the Hunt, Gather office, I accidentally stumbled into their VR room, where a new project was being tested.…

We recorded 3 of Aimee's songs in hopes that we would get one great video, but we couldn't pick just one.  Check out the SEAMLESS playlist to view them all. The music was live-mixed and recorded by Austin-based musician and producer Mark Vazquez.  The series was produced and edited by our own Matthew Pearson. We had a blast with Aimee and her crew and are proud to release all three videos as a series. We have more to come, but are actively seeking funding for more!
We recorded 3 of Aimee's songs in hopes that we would get one great video, but we couldn't pick just one.  Check out the SEAMLESS playlist to view them all. The music was live-mixed and recorded by Austin-based musician and producer Mark Vazquez.  The series was produced and edited by our own Matthew Pearson. We had a blast with Aimee and her crew and are proud to release all three videos as a series. We have more to come, but are actively seeking funding for more!
20 Sep 2019

SEAMLESS : AIMEE BOBRUK

We recorded 3 of Aimee’s songs in hopes that we would get one great video, but we couldn’t pick just…

Originator has been home to a variety of events, from VR game nights to live music. One of the most unique events to be housed in the studio’s walls was “Icon Suburbia”, a multimedia art exhibit created by Sean Lopez. Guests would enter the studio and be surrounded by monitors and projections, all playing videos of Lopez’s creation. The event ran for one night only, but audiences were captivated.
Originator has been home to a variety of events, from VR game nights to live music. One of the most unique events to be housed in the studio’s walls was “Icon Suburbia”, a multimedia art exhibit created by Sean Lopez. Guests would enter the studio and be surrounded by monitors and projections, all playing videos of Lopez’s creation. The event ran for one night only, but audiences were captivated.
20 Sep 2019

ORIGINATOR EVENTS : “ICON SUBURBIA” BY SEAN LOPEZ

Originator has been home to a variety of events, from VR game nights to live music. One of the most…

“We knew we wanted the protagonist to be a willing participant in a ritual that involves her getting cleansed and then impregnated by alien objects,” director Melissa Cha says. “For me, it was always supposed to be really disturbing-- this women relinquishing her own body and agency for the benefit of an authority outside herself. And everyone moves through their roles though there's some sort of internal logic, but you never find out why any of it is happening. They all have blind faith in the king and queen, but who knows if they're benevolent or not?”
“We knew we wanted the protagonist to be a willing participant in a ritual that involves her getting cleansed and then impregnated by alien objects,” director Melissa Cha says. “For me, it was always supposed to be really disturbing-- this women relinquishing her own body and agency for the benefit of an authority outside herself. And everyone moves through their roles though there's some sort of internal logic, but you never find out why any of it is happening. They all have blind faith in the king and queen, but who knows if they're benevolent or not?”
19 Sep 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : “NOTHING” – TROLLER

“We knew we wanted the protagonist to be a willing participant in a ritual that involves her getting cleansed and…

Certainly one of the most unique projects to be filmed at Originator is Suplex Duplex Complex, a short directed by Todd Rohal. The premise is simple: two teams of tag team wrestlers live in a duplex and deal with landlords, noisy neighbors, and CPS taking away their children, with all the grace of 80s wrestlers. In this duplex, there isn’t a problem that can’t be solved by punching.
Certainly one of the most unique projects to be filmed at Originator is Suplex Duplex Complex, a short directed by Todd Rohal. The premise is simple: two teams of tag team wrestlers live in a duplex and deal with landlords, noisy neighbors, and CPS taking away their children, with all the grace of 80s wrestlers. In this duplex, there isn’t a problem that can’t be solved by punching.
15 Jun 2019

@ ORIGINATOR : TODD ROHAL’S SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX

Certainly one of the most unique projects to be filmed at Originator is Suplex Duplex Complex, a short directed by…

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