José Baselga was a remarkable man who has left a profound impact in the field of oncology research and patient care. His many accomplishments and accolades alone would earn an honored place in your mind, yet prior to receiving the call to direct a film honoring his legacy I did not know his name. I immediately began to research and explore every bit of information I could find. It was clear this would be no easy task and one that would bear the loss of his presence much like the field he left behind.
We have all been, it is safe to say, touched by cancer. The brutal disease is unforgiving and bears no prejudice to people of any age, race, or gender. José was driven in his pursuit to defeat cancer and I was driven by the discovery of what fueled his passion. I knew that I wanted to start with his family and that they would provide the thread to our story. They new a side of José that was far from the public eye and I believed they would provide the context for us to begin to peel away the layers of this man.
It was no easy task and there was no shortage of volunteers ready to share stories and insights. His life was not without controversy and as I learned more about the challenges he faced personally and professionally I began to develop a deeper respect and affection for him. As a filmmaker my job is often simply to listen and learn, to observe without judgement in the hopes of crafting a fair and balanced story that touches all the right places. I looked through hundreds of photographs, family videos and youtube recordings and what I noticed from the beginning was the very light, the spark in his eyes. He clearly loved what he was doing. He was on a path and determined to see it through.
I am thankful for the lessons José has taught me throughout this process. I wish I had the opportunity to know him personally.
– Chris Valentino
Fall is here. You can feel it in the air, at least on the East Coast where hurricanes and fires have not wrecked havoc of late. With everything going on and production easing back into a daily grind we have to remember to stay safe and smart, or we will be right back where we were a few short months ago.
Remember Danny Boyle’s 2002 film, 28 days later, well NY feels a lot like that lately. It seems it was only a few days ago that the world was shut down, toilet paper was in short supply, and the idea of hugging a relative was considered punishable by law. Thankfully, NYers and others across the country worked together to stay apart. Thought and care was put into numerous plans to get things, and people, working again.
Fortunately for us in the production world we have a number of organizations with dedicated people who have crafted guidelines to getting back safely.
The AICP published their COVID-19 WORKPLACE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS outline. Version 6 — Last Updated 9/07/20 is available as a PDF on their site. You can read more here.
On the other side of the fence, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) released their multi-union report on Covid-19 safety in “The Safe Way Forward.”
At Bean Labs, our team is ready and willing to get back to work safely. Let us know if we can give you a hand with anything.
Video production is the future of marketing. Videos capture audience attention with ease while relaying important information. However, they can be hard to create without the necessary business insight in the production world, alongside proven experience working with the creative video making processes.
That’s where Bean Labs strives. With us by their side, our clients only need to have their project purpose and vision; we take care of the rest. We provide support from the beginning ideation stages to the final distribution. For us, we place our clients as our priority and bring their visions into reality with complete integrity and attention.
It makes us extremely happy to see that our clients have enjoyed their experience working with us, as we maintain our 5-star average profile rating on Clutch. Clutch is a DC-based B2B platform that connects companies to solutions providers on the basis of ratings and reviews from former clients.
Our first review on the site comes from KZSW Advertising, a full-service ad agency. They requested our support in marketing materials, specifically TV commercials for the greater New York market. We worked alongside them from the very first step to successfully putting together multiple commercials over the course of several years. Throughout the process, it remains important to us that not only are satisfied results met, but that the client is able to collaborate with us at every point.
“The commercials we worked together on have been so successful over the last few years that the number of projects and the media budgets we have to deploy them have grown steadily, year after year.” -President and Creative Director, KZSW Advertising
One of our more recent reviews on Clutch is from The Canine Review, an online publication focused specifically on dogs within the pet industry. We helped them with a project that required branding ideation, positioning, and website design and build. We understand that marketing goes beyond just video projects, and strive to help our clients with whatever they may require assistance with in order to reach their desired target market. The process involved two separate mini-projects, between the ideation and branding, and then the overall discussion regarding the design and functions for the website. At the end, both these projects came together to fit the overall brand of The Canine Review.
“They were honest and ethical. The great thing about them is that they’re terrific about spontaneously starting a project when I give them a call. They’re great at putting together a reasonable plan. I highly recommend them for startups and publishers. They’re very reliable.” -Editor and Publisher, The Canine Review
Clutch also maintains a sister site, The Manifest. The Manifest is a supplemental tool to highlight top companies across various industries and regions so that partner-seekers can narrow their searches for the perfect match regarding an upcoming project.
If you are interested in working with us or learning more about our work, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know!
Video and photography go hand-in-hand it is why we have always championed a tandem photo shoot with every video production. We have a talented team of photographers who specialize in different types of imagery, from commercial to corporate, from architectural to behind the scenes and more. Whatever your need we can meet it. Before you start your next project talk with us about the different ways and mediums in which we can champion your story. It all starts with discovery and planning.
We love to tell stories, especially personal stories that uncover a person’s journey which can, in turn, help others in a similar situation. Earlier this year we had the opportunity to get to know Julie and her family as she shared her personal struggles and triumphs living with PAH.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare, progressive disorder characterized by high blood pressure (hypertension) in the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary artery) for no apparent reason. The pulmonary arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from the right side of the heart through the lungs.
Julie was a pleasure to work with and her family and we thank her for allowing us into her home and life if for only a short time.
Jason Cameron knows a thing or two about landscaping. This Licensed Home Improvement Contractor, Finish Carpenter, Personal Trainer, Writer, Actor, TV Personality and Fitness Model was a joy to work with and brought a lot of laughs to the set. (Thankfully, he left the sledgehammer at home).
Director Chris Valentino wrapped a promo shoot for DIY network and The Cider Company.
Catch Jason on DIY’s Desperate Landscapes and America’s Most Desperate Landscapes.
It goes without saying that the incredible talent at DIY knows how to have fun. We worked with DIY, The Cider Company and super-nice, award-winning host Scott McGillivray on some new promo campaigns. Chris Valentino directed the shoot for the Cider Company and DIY alongside the DIY design team. This shoot was a blast as it reunited many of our old crew people together at one of our favorite NY area locations. The shoot went incredibly well and we accomplished everything we hoped to. It was a memorable day. Our favorite highlight has to be Scott tossing a sledgehammer to Director, Chris Valentino while he wasn’t looking. Thankfully, Chris’ panther-like reflexes were on point. Lastly, we have to mention the shoot was shot by our talented and lovely DP, Mike Falasco. Kudos and thanks to Kim Bratt and team Cider for another fun assignment.
Recently Chris Valentino once again collaborated with The Cider Company to direct promos for one of our favorite shows, HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Having the opportunity to spend an August Summer day in Waco, TX should be on everyone’s to-do list.
Watch Fixer Upper on HGTV!
Recently Chris Valentino collaborated with The Cider Company to direct promos for Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Flip. The HGTV show has found its new home as the flagship program for Great America Country, the Scripps family’s latest network addition.
A great time was had by all on location at the Brimfield Antique Show and The Elephant’s Trunk. Both venues offered a look into the past and some truly amazing textures.
Lara is a pro and proved why she is so great at her job. She is passionate, driven and artistic.
Many thanks to The Cider Company and Kim Bratt for the opportunity.
We are very excited to share progress of our studio partner, Rain or Shine Studios. Opening this spring, Rain or Shine will offer a unique location and studio setting for film, photography and event production.
More to come.