Introducing UPPAbaby’s 2015 line of strollers| Long Haul Films Boston video production company

October 15, 2014 by Melissa No comments »

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We don’t know much about babies ’round here at Long Haul HQ.  In fact, some of us are even a little scared of them (they’re so tiny and breakable!). So when UPPAbaby asked us to collaborate with them on a series of videos to showcase the features from their 2015 line of strollers, we wondered: Can we bring our filmmaking mojo to the world of kiddies?

When we met the folks at UPPAbaby, we knew they were an ideal client for us. They’re fun, creative and committed to doing things differently, and we loved that about them right away. They’re also crazily passionate and knowledgeable about what they do, and they taught us a lot about the art and science of designing the perfect strollers.

Our goal was to break the mold of the typical instructional video for strollers, and show not only how the strollers function; but also the fun, authentic moments that they enable between parents and their kids.

If any of you are parents or UPPAbaby stroller owners, we’d love to hear your feedback on the films. And extra special thanks to all the real Moms, Dads and kids who were a part of the process.

 

#ProjectAdventure Week 40: King Richard’s Faire

October 14, 2014 by Melissa 1 comment »

A couple of weeks ago, we had our good friends Chris and Lucy in town from jolly, old England. The focus of their trip was work, work, work (stay tuned for more on that), but we managed to sneak one, glorious autumn day off to go to King Richard’s Faire. My theory is, what better place to take visiting Brits than to an English Renaissance Fair? God save the king.

The last time I went to King Richard’s Faire, I was about 10 or 11. It blew me away, and fed the flame of my ever-growing Anglophilia. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that King Richard’s Faire is just as good to attend as an adult. It’s an unbelievably well-executed foray into 16th century England, with the perfect mix of swordplay and silliness.

Within minutes of passing through the gates and into the Enchanted Forest, our whole group was seized with the spirit of the age. Chris and Tom decided to pass the time throwing axes at targets, practicing archery and mocking the actor’s “authentic” British accents. We ladies found the perfect flower crowns and decided to get some very subtle face paint to augment our look.

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We also got to hang out with King Richard himself, and practice our blue steel…

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This year I’ve discovered that many of my favorite adventures involve acting like a big kid, and autumn seems to provide plenty of opportunities for doing just that. I’m really grateful that everyone around me seems to feel the same way….

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“Whatever comes in this world… you can face anything”: Alex and Mark’s Wedding | Long Haul Films Best of Boston Wedding Videography

October 10, 2014 by Melissa 3 comments »

For the past few years since starting Long Haul Films, I often feel the urge to pinch myself. Like, I’m definitely going to wake up one morning and realize it was all a dream and actually, I have to go to my soul-crushing job at an advertising agency. But then I don’t wake up, and it turns out I’m living the dream and I get to go film something cool yet again. Yeah, I’m the luckiest.

This feeling is especially strong when I get to film the wedding of people I already know and love. Alex falls into that category- our relationship goes way back to those advertising industry days when we worked together at a small and busy agency on projects that were defined by late nights, long hours, crazy clients, more than our fair share of stress and also a ton of great memories.

Since those days, we’ve both left the advertising world: me to pursue filmmaking and Alex to follow her dream of becoming a nurse. We’ve stayed in touch, and I was so happy when I found out that Alex and her boyfriend Mark got engaged and even happier when she asked if Long Haul could film the wedding.

And what a wedding it was, filled with all of the things we love the most. First, we had Alex and Mark, who are just pure fun to be around. We had the most perfect and personal setting: a beautifully decorated tent in the front yard of “Sparks’ Manor,” Alex’s family home in Rhode Island. Add in a heartfelt ceremony, a dreamy sunset on the beach and some of the best dance floor action we’ve seen all season; and well, let’s just say that I was pinching myself yet again.

Hugest of huge congrats to Alex and Mark on your wedding, and all of the other exciting things ahead in your lives and careers. I know that together, you two will be able to face anything!

We’d also like to thank all the great vendors we worked alongside, including:

  • Planning by True Event, who we’ve been lucky enough to work with twice this season. Sarah and her team did an amazing job and we can’t wait until our next wedding together
  • Band was The Sultans of Swing who were so bomb.com that I thought I was going to keel over from the amazingness. Lead female vocals were next level
  • Hair was Jamie from LaLa Luxe Salon
  • Make up by Emily Perkins
  • Photography by Josh Adam Photography

Song is “How to Love” by Jared Evers, licensed from The Music Bed.

 

Jon & Brigitte’s “I Love Us” | Long Haul Films New England video production company

October 3, 2014 by Megan No comments »

We here at Long Haul are the luckiest. We wake up and get to do what we love most EVERY.DAMN.DAY. We get excited about all projects we tackle and have such passion for all types of films, no matter how big or small. So when we meet a client or a couple that matches our enthusiasm for what we do, it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Jon and Brigitte are one of those amazing couples. Not only do they have such an appreciation for film, but they are simply some of the nicest people imaginable. Jon and Brigitte exude warmth and humor, ideas and creativity. From the moment we met them several months ago, we knew it was to be the beginning of a wonderful collaboration.

On a hot, beautiful weekend in August, we traveled down to Connecticut  to spend a day with Jon and Brigitte filming their “I Love Us” film. It’s hard to not love these two, but add in an entire family of delightful people and one adorable dog, and it’s game over.

Jon and Brigitte–you two are THE BEST. We can’t wait to share more from the day!

Music is “Together” by The Analog Affair, licensed through The Music Bed.

 

The BIG Project Adventure recap: Looking back on weeks 33-39

October 1, 2014 by Melissa 1 comment »

Too. Much. Adventure.

At the end of 2013, I felt like my life was lacking in the Big A-word. That’s why I had the idea for Project Adventure, so I could commit myself to trying new things, living outside of my comfort zone and taking risks. The spirit of this project has so thoroughly infused my life and my work, that some weeks it’s hard to pick which event should count as my adventure.

It’s also hard to find the time to sit down and write about all of my adventures. So you know how sitcoms have those recap shows, where the characters reminisce about their favorite memories and then they show a whole montage of scenes? Yeah, well this is the blog equivalent….

Week 33: Salsa dancing

On a sultry mid-summer night, Tom and I rode our bikes to The South End and checked out the free salsa dancing lessons put on by Metamovements. We then stood on the sidelines watching all the expert dancers shake their things, and felt very, very uncoordinated. I don’t think Tom has ever seemed more white and English, but he was a good sport in coming along on this adventure with me, even though he usually needs 4-5 beers before feeling brave enough to cut loose.

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Week 34: FYF 

I vowed that I would make it to a music festival this year, but I ended up having to work the weekends of Coachella, Bonaroo, OutsideLands and even Boston Calling. But by some miracle, I wasn’t working the weekend of FYF… AND some of my favorite hipster electro indie bands were playing including Phoenix, Tanlines, Blood Orange, Flying Lotus and Little Dragon.  Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with LA and take any excuse to fly there, even for a whirlwind weekend.

I had an amazing time, partied a little too hard but didn’t fulfill my secret adventure goal of crowd surfing, so that’s still on the bucket list.

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Week 35: Hot air balloon over Boulder, Colorado

Yeah, this one was about as amazing as it sounds. It was hard to decide what my favorite part of the whole experience was. There was the thrill of watching the balloon being prepped in front of a beautiful Boulder sunrise. There was taking off, up and away into the air, and soaring thousands of feet above the ground. There was the incredible view, with the whole world below looking like it was in miniature.

But I think I’d have to go with the landing, which was the most adventurous part of the whole experience. Basically, the guy steering the balloon picks a place and kind of hopes the wind takes us there.  We aimed for the middle of a field, but ended up coming down with a big bump in the tall grass to the side of it, before the basket tipped over and we all ended up sideways. It was terrifying and awesome.

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Week 36: Paint Nite

I am so, so bad at painting, drawing, sketching. Like, other people say they’re bad but I’m just awful. So going to something like Paint Nite can be hard for me, because I have a perfectionist streak. The thing about adventure is that it’s messy, uncontrolled and not always perfect (see hot air balloon landing, above). The same could be said for Paint Nite, and the piece of “art” I created.

For some reason, I expected this was going to be an upmarket, elegant affair with wine, cheese and maybe a few people wearing berets. Instead, the whole event was kind of like a frat party, hosted by a painter who had a Boston accent thicker than the oil paints we were using and a tendency to interrupt the lesson to make us chant.

When I say Paint, you say Nite!

Attending Paint Nite with my GBF and drinking a lot of beer made for a truly great adventure. My painting? Mmmmm. I might stick to my day job, unless anyone is in the market for an artist who can make any building look like a phallic symbol.

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Week 37: 3 AM shoot

I’ve made an effort not to make many of my adventures work-related, because the whole point of this year-long project was to create some space for myself outside of running a business. Yet, one of the biggest impacts of Project Adventure has been on the spirit with which I approach my work. I want to try new things, take risks and not go for the easy option. Which is why we decided to set the alarm for 2:30 AM so we could capture the last mile of Kritika and Josh’s drive from Ohio to Boston a few days before their intimate ceremony in The Public Garden. Stay tuned for the video….

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Week 38- Orchard pit stop

I went from filming an elopement in Boston to a good friend’s wedding in Brooklyn and had one day to get back to Boston and get ready to fly to LA for a shoot. But thanks to #ProjectAdventure, I still made time to stop for cider donuts, pumpkins and some harvest-themed photography while on the road.

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Week 39- Bollywood dreams

We’ve filmed a number of Indian weddings, and every times I am SO JEALOUS of the beautiful saris, bindis and henna. I have been not so secretly wishing for a chance to experience it all for myself, and I have the lovely Kritia & Josh to thank. Kritika brought me a sari all the way from India and before we filmed her Indian reception, one of her aunts helped me make my way into it through a complex series of folding, pinning and tucking. Not only that, I got a bindi and at the end of the night, managed to sneak in some henna on my hands. Dream. Come. True.

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What will week 40 bring, people? I’m exhausted just thinking about it….