22 Sep 2020

I remember it very clearly. Home from college on easter break, I dragged my parents to the cinema to watch Magnolia. Three hours and eight minutes, but my eyes were glued to the screen for the entire time. Wild horses (or raining frogs) could not have dragged me away….

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15 Sep 2020

We took a little hiatus from blogging this summer, but we’re back and want to talk about a documentary short we filmed in 2016 that keeps finding new audiences in 2020. Nothing Compares follows Julian Stefoni, the lead singer of a Prince tribute band, in the months following Prince’s…

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24 Jun 2020

This week we have a guest post from Drew Gula over at Soundstripe, one of our favorite music libraries, all about building trust with branded content. Branded content is a means of indirect advertising. In other words, it’s a way of spreading brand awareness without having to push a…

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27 May 2020

Here’s a question that’s been on our minds a lot the past few weeks; what does film production look like going forward? First we’ll state the obvious: the video and film production industries have been hit hard by the impacts of coronavirus. At the same time, there has been…

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07 May 2020

Earlier this year, we got the opportunity to collaborate with a new client, ColorProof ColorCare Authority, a line of professional luxury products designed for color-treated hair. Having spent a lot of the winter working on a verité documentary set in the tech world, this was a great opportunity to…

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29 Apr 2020

One thing that has really inspired us during the COVID lockdown has been how people have shared their experience, insight and talents online. From DJ sets by Questlove and D-Nice to webinars from award-winning filmmakers to Ryan Heffington’s Instagram-live dance classes/parties, we’ve been really enjoying all of the amazing…

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15 Apr 2020

With the rise in popularity of video as a tool to convey your organization’s mission and values, chances are that at some point, you’ll have to sit down for an on-camera interview. Recently, we shared 5 tips to help you prepare for your interview, and we wanted to delve…

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08 Apr 2020

We’ve interviewed hundreds of people over the years at Long Haul Films: everyone from small business owners to global CEOs. While some people love the limelight, we’ve found that the majority of people experience at least a little bit of apprehension in front of the camera. With the rise…

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01 Apr 2020

This week we’re releasing a new promo video for the Going Deeper eBook and wanted to share it here first. Don’t forget you can download the book here: longhaulfilms.com/going-deeper-book and it’s completely free.

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25 Mar 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. There is no single industry that loves jargon and made-up names quite like the film industry. If you’ve ever been asked to C-47 some…

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18 Mar 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. There is no single industry that loves jargon and made-up names quite like the film industry. If you’ve ever been asked to C-47 some…

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11 Mar 2020

We wrote a book! Going Deeper is for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of how to craft engaging, truly entertaining videos that will catch people’s attention and communicate something meaningful about their product or service. This is a guide for marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, social media…

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04 Mar 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. There is no single industry that loves jargon and made-up names quite like the film industry. If you’ve ever been asked to C-47 some…

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26 Feb 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. A little ad spend goes a long way Funny how all these platforms are all about relevance and engagement until you have a little…

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19 Feb 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Our expertise definitely lies on the production side of things, so if you’re serious about making the most of your investment into a branded…

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17 Feb 2020

Deeper Connections: MJ Dubarr

Deeper Connections is a regular series where we get the chance to introduce you to friends and colleagues whose work we love, and who we love to work with. You may meet them if you collaborate with us, you may want to hire them yourself, and you’ll definitely want…

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12 Feb 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at all the factors that we would consider when putting together a proposal for our fictional prospective…

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05 Feb 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Before the production company can write up the bid, they will need to take a few things into consideration: Time Needed In pre-pro the…

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29 Jan 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a look at what branded content costs to produce by running through our example project…

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22 Jan 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. This week we’ll look at the feedback process – the part between delivering v1, making updates and then producing the final deliverable version. The…

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15 Jan 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we started our look at the post-production phase of the project. This week we’ll look at some essential steps as we get…

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08 Jan 2020

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. We’re back from hiatus and hope you all had a fabulous festive season and a positive start to this new decade. Before the break,…

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11 Dec 2019

We love to get reflective at the end of the year, and with a decade coming to a close, we can’t help but look back. Ten years ago, Long Haul Films was a wild dream. We never imagined that a decade later, we’d be flying around the world to…

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02 Dec 2019

Going Deeper: On Hiatus

Aaaargh. We’re sorry. We’ve gone radio silence the last few weeks on Going Deeper, and the truth is that we’ve been practicing what we preach – we’ve been crazy busy with amazing client projects and the holidays and everything else. So we’re going to take a little break between…

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06 Nov 2019

Going Deeper: Shooting b-roll

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week looked at how to conduct interviews as one part of a successful branded content shoot. The counterpart to interviews is b-roll, the…

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30 Oct 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. On many branded content shoots, the production phase will be split up into two main parts: interviews and b-roll. Let’s take a deep dive…

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23 Oct 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we started to look at some of the on-set roles you can expect to see during a branded content shoot. This week…

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16 Oct 2019

The key to a seamless production phase is having a clear division of roles and responsibilities, so let’s break those down here. Director The Director is the ultimate decision-maker when it comes to executing the production. While they will certainly seek advice from other key personnel, the buck stops…

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09 Oct 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we started looking at what the pre-production process can look like for branded content. This week we’ll wrap up…

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02 Oct 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. As we’ve seen, there are many types of branded content, and just as many ways to approach them. But there are…

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25 Sep 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. If you have a specific budget you’re looking to stay within, don’t be shy – tell your prospective production partners. We…

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19 Sep 2019

Welcome to Deeper Connections, a new monthly series where we’ll introduce you to friends and colleagues whose work we love, and who we love to work with. You may meet them if you collaborate with us, you may want to hire them yourself, and you’ll definitely want to learn…

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18 Sep 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. As we mentioned last week, you should be prepared, at the bidding stage, to provide a written brief. Not only is…

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11 Sep 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. When you have a shortlist of companies you might want to work with, it’s often best to meet up in person…

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04 Sep 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we looked at two ways to find potential production companies to work with on your branded content project. This…

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28 Aug 2019

Last week we concluded our list of reasons why you might want to be thinking about branded content as part of your marketing mix, and hopefully we were persuasive in our arguments, and so your natural next question will be how you go about actually procuring some branded content.

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21 Aug 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we talked about two reasons why branded content could be a great idea for you: traditional advertising is struggling,…

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14 Aug 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. There are many reasons why branded content has grown in popularity over the last decade, and why many marketers are thinking…

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07 Aug 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. In the past two weeks we’ve looked at documentary-style content and brand mission content. The final type of branded content we…

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01 Aug 2019
corporate video production - iRestore laser therapy

Case Study: iRestore Pro commercial

iRestore is a laser hair therapy company based in Orange County, and just last month they launched their newest product, the iRestore Professional – a new, higher-end device that represents a step-up from their original laser helmet device. This shoot was all about the up-level. The client had produced…

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31 Jul 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. Last week we looked one of the possible forms of branded content, documentary-style content. This week we’re diving into another –…

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24 Jul 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why. This week we’re looking at one of the possible forms that branded content can take: documentary-style content. We live in a…

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17 Jul 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why? Last week we delved into the question of what is branded content. This week we’re going a little deeper, and we’re…

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10 Jul 2019

This post is part of an ongoing series called Going Deeper where we look at branded content production through the lens of the world’s most important question: why? In 2018, Forbes ran an article called Branded Content Is The Future And It’s Already Much Bigger Than You Realize. It…

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08 Jul 2019

Most of the work we do for our clients is what we would term branded content. It’s a phrase that’s going to become more important for marketers, as audiences tune out blatant promotion in favor of authentic storytelling that conveys mission and values, and provides meaning and value. That’s…

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18 Jun 2019
Behind the scenes photo- Blue Suede

Creativity is our word of 2019 and nothing is more creative than making a music video. That’s why we decided to hold a competition this year and choose one artist to work with FOR FREE on a music video. We received some incredible submissions, and the decision wan’t easy….

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13 Jun 2019
On location Los Angeles

Sometimes the only way forward is to go back. I’ve been asking myself a lot about my influences, and how the art and culture of my youth shaped the stories I need to tell. I’m a 90s kid, and as I was coming of age, the art that blew…

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22 Apr 2019

The day we filmed Orchid Quartet’s music video Summertime felt like the first day of spring after an unusually cool and rainy Los Angeles winter. Two days before the shoot, the city was doused by an all-day storm. Yet, somehow, the day of our shoot broke clear and sunny….

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05 Apr 2019

Last year, we decided to create a statement of core values that could be shared with free lance crew members and new clients. This felt like an important thing to do in the age of #metoo. I’m a woman who runs a company and directs movies. I believe in…

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21 Feb 2019

Last year, South by Southwest identified the rise of short form documentary video content as a major trend. We love when a client says they’d like to commission a documentary, which is happening more frequently as brands become aware of the power of sharing their stories, rather than advertising…

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20 Feb 2019

Female Forward Filmmaking

Since the start of Long Haul Films, we’ve done something quite naturally that has evolved into a bigger practice that we call “female forward filmmaking”. It’s a focus on featuring strong and empowered women in front of the camera, and working with them behind the camera.  As with most…

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19 Feb 2019

We’ve been working with Opportunity Education since 2016, and in 2018 embarked on a large project to showcase their work through the Quest Forward Learning system and its implementation in Quest Forward Academies.

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