Cat Cinemagraph Woodsy Style Shoot

 
cinemagraph of white cat in armchair with forest in background
 

Last night we couldn’t resist and used one of our other cats, Scribbles in a cinemagraph at our home studio in Los Angeles. We were doing a product shoot and after we were done with the product photos, we decided to plop her on the table. It took a minute for her to settle down but once she did, it felt like she knew we were recording her and just “dealt” with it. I’m glad she puts up with us sometimes, I know we can be difficult pet owners that make her do ridiculous things. But…i mean, look at her….shes just so fluffy.

5 Fashion Cinemagraphs + Videos from Big Bear Lake

cinemagraph animated gif of witch girl swinging birdcage in forest

…..and into the woods we went.  Living in Los Angeles, sometimes a change of scenery is hard to come by. Thankfully, there are some beautiful natural landscapes just a few hours away. We had the luxury of traveling to Big Bear Lake, CA to put together a collection of eerie editorial photographs and cinemagraphs. We were very lucky to have our frequent collaborators Youth Juice Creative as producers. Enjoy!


Cinemagraph Animated GIF of Girl with Toy Sail Boat in Water
cinemagraph animated gif of gypsy with glowing orbs and moving tassels
cinemagraph animated gif of girl with dog and dartboard
Cinemagraph Animated GIF of Girl by Fireplace

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VR 360 Fashion Film "Maypole"

Our first venture into the world of virtual reality was a fashion film entitled "Maypole". The idea was to put the viewer in the center of a strange maypole dance, like the British folk festival tradition. Appropriately, we shot in Edinburgh, Scotland with our frequent collaborators YoutheJuice Creative at their amazing space The Biscuit Factory. We wanted to add surreal contrast to industrial scene by mounting foliage to simulate abandoned overgrowth, as per Drew Johanna's signature art direction style. We shot on a homemade rig with 5 GoPros What originally started as a stitching issue in post turned out to be a boon for us, as the ghost trails on the dancers added an ephemeral quality that would have otherwise not been there. 

The song is the single "Which Way" from our friends French Royalty. We employed the extremely talented aerialist SkinnyRedhead for a solo rope performance. Click and drag on the video below, but watch with a headset to get the full 360 VR effect.

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Signature Craft Cocktail Cinemagraphs + Recipe

The bar program at a wedding is normally a big deal to many guests, so why not get creative? We designed our signature cocktails to personify us and fit the overall aesthetic concept of the day. For us the bar decor was as important as the drinks themselves. We had the luxury of being friends with the lovely Taylor Francis who designed our "apothecary" bar sign for our botanical themed signature cocktails. We decided later on to extend our gratitude and make some fun bar sign cinemagraphs in our studio.

cinemagraph animated gif of custom bar sign and stirring cocktail drink
cinemagraph animated gif of custom bar sign and fizzing cocktail drink

Brushfire Signature Cocktail Recipe

The name came first. I knew I wanted 3 key aromatic elements: smokiness, woodiness, and herbaceousness. I decided on the smoky Black Grouse as my base spirit. I did some research and discovered a blog post about a local drink - “Smoked Rose” at Sassafras in Hollywood. The snifter was smoked using rosemary over a candle, something that wasn’t practical for my bartenders. Instead I steeped some lapsang souchong in everclear and dropped it into an atomizer that could be quickly sprayed over top. I brewed some simple syrup with rosemary from the garden. I replaced green for yellow Chartreuse for a more herbal hit, and added bitters for dimension. The result was exactly what I hoped for, and it killed.

Ingredients:

  • 2oz. The Black Grouse Wiskey
  • .5oz. Green Chartreuse
  • .25oz. Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • generous dash of Crude “Rizzo” Rosemary/Grapefruit/Peppercorn Bitters
  • spritz of Smoke Tincture (from atomizer) 
  • rosemary for garnish

for Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 rosemary sprigs

Mix sugar in water in a small pot and heat on medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Once sugar is dissolved remove from heat and add rosemary sprigs.  Let sit and steep for 5-10 minutes, up to an hour for more woodiness. Strain, bottle, and store cold.

for Smoke Tincture:

  • .5 cup high-proof grain alcohol
  • .25 cup lapsang souchong loose tea

Combine the two ingredients in an airtight glass container. Let sit for a week in a cool, dark place. Gently shaking every few days. After a week, strain with a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter placed inside.

Assembly:

Add first 4 four ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until cold. Strain into a coupe, spritz the top with smoke tincture from atomizer. Garnish with rosemary sprig and serve.

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Wedding Cinemagraph Ideas From Our Big Day in Malibu

Our wedding design was incredibly important to us. We figured out every detail from props, the perfect malibu location, to each individual setting to create the right atmosphere for our close family and friends. It took us almost two years to put together one of the most memorable days of our life and we are very grateful to our event planner, Carly from Carly Rae Weddings for helping us fully realize our vision. Nick edited a lovely video of our special day that you can watch below, and we were lucky to find some footage we could turn into cinemagraphs.

cinemagraph animated gif of pouring whisky into glasses on pool table at wedding
cinemagraph animated gif of wedding ceremony couple at altar with moving water
cinemagraph animated gif of wedding reception head table with hanging Edison light bulbs

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3 Avant-Garde Cinemagraph Examples from Joshua Tree

We went on an adventure with the talented Paige Califano to the California High Dessert. We shot and produced a music video for her project French Royalty’s single "Palm Tree Sadness". It's always fun to collaborate even if its over 104 degrees F during the day. We wanted to mix a dreamlike aesthetic with crime genre tropes, so we drew inspiration from Hitchcock's oneiric use of color and some of his motifs. To turn the water in the pool black we used food dye-a litle went a long way! We were able to pull some cool cinemagraphs directly from the footage.

cinemagraph animated gif of girl in sleep mask
cinemagraph animated gif of girl holding dripping popsicle
cinemagraph animated gif of girl upside down blinking

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Baroque Still Life Cinemagraph Ideas

cinemagraph animated gif of dried boquet fire and deer skull

Art direction in any form is one of Drew’s specialties, so of course these type of style shoots are always fun. When we photograph still lifes we both gravitate towards the aesthetic inspiration of baroque paintings and the Flemish Vanitas. The opposing elements of water and fire both make for great cinemagraphic movement. This also marked the first time either of us had ever used a fire extinguisher, which turned out to be a great way to crate a dust effect. At least we didn't set the apartment ablaze!


cinemagraph animated gif of still life and pouring water

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Cinemagraph Portrait Of Ilford The Cat

cinemagraph animated gif of cat and vintage record player

The cat love is real in this cinemagraph. We decided to use one of our pet cats, Ilford as inspiration and photograph him in our Los Angeles home. We wanted to use two different yet consistent movements in the GIF and that’s where our record player came in nicely.  Then it became clear that we wanted to mix daylight and tungsten to add that moody yet nostalgic quality of gazing out the window while the sun had just gone down. Over all we can not get over how patient our fuzzy Norwegian Forest Cat was during the process. Big shout out to our Ilfy.

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We are a boutique creative services agency based in Los Angeles CA.  We specialize in custom made cinemagraphs, 360 degree VR films, photography, video, and branded original content marketing campaigns. Drop us a line.