Ever Wonder if Mother Earth is Real?

Ever wonder if Mother Earth is real? Hestia Home Biogas just launched the commercial produced by Furman Pictures. It features a family surprised when the “magic” of biogas turns out to be real magical guest.

Hestia creates biogas generators that can convert compost into gas for cooking at home, powering generators or even fueling vehicles. Some cities are using Hestia’s industrial units to digest the city’s composed and in turn fuel their dump trucks. Hestia biogas generators are also on the roofs of some of a number of well know forward thinking companies across the country.

The production was filmed in Eugene, Oregon. Furman Pictures is based in the Northwest, serving Portland, Oregon and the world.

To see other behind the scenes clips from this project, visit Furman Pictures on Facebook.

On Location at Walla Walla University

We recently filmed marketing videos for Walla Walla University’s new School of Media Ministry. Filming took place in Walla Walla, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

On Location talking with Jason Satterlund

Furman Pictures interviewed filmmaker Jason Satterlund for a Walla Walla University promo. We also did this behind the scenes interview with Jason talking about an upcoming project, The Planet Tenders, a follow up to his previous steam punk angel project, The Record Keeper.

Furman Pictures On Location – Spirituality & Light

How do you illustrate spirituality? It’s a tough, if not impossible, task. We used light as a symbol of the divine in creating these church service intro and graphics.

5 Tips to Save Legal Fees On a Film or Video Project

5 Tips to Save Legal Fees On a Film or Video Project

By: Nikia Furman, Film Maker

1. Get signed contracts before you engage with others services or collaboration.

2. Write your own contract, or even make a simple list, with all the details you think are necessary and then email it to your attorney before meet in person or on the phone. It serves as a quick reference for you attorney and can save them a lot of time asking you what you want. They just have to fill in the details you may have overlooked.

3. Set a budget for legal fees. Treat them like every other crew member. If you are on a tight budget, keep looking for an attorney until you find one who agrees to the amount you are offering. They can adjust the services they offer to fit your budget. If you can’t find anyone that says yes, raise your budget and try again.

4. Fresh Meat: Use an attorney who is new to the film and video industry. They’ll sometimes work for half the price of other attorneys. It will give you some legal security and clout when negotiating contracts. Watch out though! They also tend to write unnecessarily large contracts and are prone to bill for more hours.

we could all live without attorneys if we simply communicated clearly

5. Anarchy! Some attorneys like to be really vague and make it seem like understanding legal contracts and the legal system is way above you. Anarchists believe that we don’t need third parties like government and attorney’s interfering. The truth is, we could all live without attorneys if we simply communicated clearly with each other, had perfect memories and were all honest.

Attorneys help people communicate more clearly with each other in documents that everyone can reference when they forget (whether on accident or on purpose) what they agreed to in the first place.

So, if an attorney isn’t being clear with you up front, or seems even moderately intimidating, save yourself trouble and find someone nicer. After all, its a free country!

One more thing, keep in mind that law is more of an art form than a science. Any contract is open to interpretation by the courts. More experienced attorneys will know what has worked in the past for all parties involved.

Canon C100 Mark II User Review

I did a quick on location review of the Canon C100 Mark II. Here’s what’s hot, what’s not.

WHAT’S HOT: The new flip-out monitor and viewfinder are great because you don’t have to use and external monitor to focus anymore. New controls on the flip-out monitor make it easier to access camera functions. New frame rates and the absence of confusing frame rate variations are also a plus.

WHAT’S NOT: Although the new controls on the flip-out monitor make it easier to access camera functions, it’s still a tedious process. Simple dials would be way easier to use. The 1/4 inch screw for the camera mount is located at the very front edge of the camera’s underside, making the camera very unstable.  the 3/8-16 UNC screw mount is the only way to go with this camera. Maybe a little pricy for what you get.

Nikia Furman
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Colorful Feedback

This has to be one of our favorite bits of feedback to date. It’s from one of our client’s sales representatives:

Holy s***, that is awesome. I love it, what a great tool!


Project Featured on CNBC

The Melissa Etheridge project Furman Pictures worked for HyperJamz was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box recently. Furman Pictures provided marketing video and Etheridge’s sound bites for the video came “Take My Number” Phone Book Challenge.

Melissa Etheridge & HyperJamz – Furman Pictures On Location

Go behind the scenes with Furman Pictures on a project for HyperJamz, HyperPower Game Group introducing her debut music video game, “Take My Number” Phone Book Challenge. Furman Pictures, LLC handled production, post and Melissa Etheridge’s sound bites for the game.

Miller’s Wheel Music Video

Nelson Wright liked our style and we liked his. He asked us to to create a music video that was timeless and emotive for his new album. Whether you’ve been following our On Location video posts or your see this for the first time, check it out.