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José Baselga, a documentary story

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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

Clutch Names Bean Labs as a Top Creative & Design Agency in New York

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Clutch Names Bean Labs as a Top Creative & Design Agency in New York

In this day and age, storytelling is something that most agencies neglect when it comes to creating designs and campaigns for digital marketing. Not with Bean Labs! We believe in the power of storytelling. Whether long form, short form, or bite sized social videos, our focus is to help our clients convey their stories and message effectively to their target audience.

Our company focuses on creating a storytelling ecosystem through various mediums such as live-action video, digital video, motion graphics, web, and app production. We don’t just make content to fulfill requirements and beat the deadlines. We make content that matters.

A good testament to our unwavering commitment is this award that we recently received from Clutch. We are named as a top creative and design agency in New York! Yes, you heard that correctly, their 2020 research says that we are among the top agencies in our state and we couldn’t be any prouder.

“We are excited to be named a Clutch Leader. We work hard to continually help our clients. We call them partners and we create content that matters. We are very thankful. All of this wouldn’t be possible without all of you!”  ~ Chris Valentino

We also would like to extend our gratitude to Clutch for this amazing award. Their valuable research and information are highly appreciated in the B2B industry. Their platform continues to help connect businesses to the right creatives.   

Take a look at some reviews from our profile on Clutch’s website:

“They take care of issues immediately, allows follow up, and deliver high-quality work. Chris is an example of how social media can help the nonprofit world. Their company has been generous and dedicated to us since we started working with them.”

  • Patricia Warner, Executive Director of Preston Center of Compassion

Come visit us or give us a quick call so we can start working on telling your story the right way! 

Branding. It has always been about ownership.

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Do you own your brand?

When it comes to your business — your brand comes first. But a brand, let’s be clear, is about more than just a logo. A brand is a way of doing, a way of connecting your story to your audience. Whether you are a small local shop or a fortune 100 business your brand matters.

I won’t go too deep into the history of branding nor will I post pictures of cattle and cowboys. I will quote an old colleague, Steve Poppe, whose signature phrase is “Is-Does.” Steve always looked at branding from the point of view “to understand what a brand is you have to understand what a brand does.” The “is-does.” Steve breaks down the idea of branding into this simple idiom. As a brand consultant he spends his waking hours breaking down and developing brand strategy. What I love about the simplicity of the “Is-Does” is that it is a simple two-step equation. Define what your business IS in a word or two, then define what your business DOES. Once you do this, you are on your way to developing winning brand strategies that will ultimately grow your business.

Branding Perspective by Chris Valentino

The “Is-Does” of Branding — a POV

Now if you dive deeper into Steve’s approach there is an aspect that is counter in many ways to mine. Steve focuses on the selling of a product as opposed to the selling of a story. These are two thoughts with one goal.

Let’s take the iPhone — what is Apple selling? It is a phone, yes, but it is a lifestyle more than that. The story behind the iPhone brand is one that showcases the best you. The person who is always in touch, the person who creates, who dances, who lives on the cutting edge, all the while holding a small device, that sometimes makes phone calls, in the palm of your hand. What Apple continues to do successfully is tell a consistent story across all of its brands. That story is about the consumer which in effect is about the brand. It’s like a pinwheel effect that once it starts spinning it works beautifully.

So let’s get back to ownership. In recent months we have seen many major brands reinvent themselves (goodbye, Aunt Jemima and hello, Princess and the Frog.) A sign of the times that was past due. As these brands look to overhaul their message and mission they will need to be consistent in their story. For Quaker Oats, that means looking across their entire branding portfolio. For Disney, the same, and they have a lot of ground to cover. In every aspect they will need to take ownership.

Taking ownership of your brand is important, and not just for the business owner or the marketer you may hire on occasion to help boost sales. Ownership needs to permeate through every aspect of your company down to every person who represents you. At every level, they should equally know and believe in your brand, in your story. By taking ownership, and understanding your “Is-Does” (read Branding) you can more effectively communicate your goals, your offerings, and your uniqueness.

Take ownership of your image, your tagline, your social, and be consistent.

An Afterword

When it comes to working with a Branding company there are a lot of talented and experienced professionals. Do your homework. If you haven’t made the decision to hire us, that is okay. It is sad, but okay. A great place to start a search is one of the many directories dedicated to Branding and Design. DesignRush featured us and is a great place to start.

Don’t be a Covid-iot – be set safe

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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.