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Watch out for this guy, he’s fast.

Monkey & Tellys Enhanced

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, stopped by Red Door this week, to celebrate Chinese New Year of all things. Never mind he was four months late —  he’s been busy, just like us!  Anyway, Sun coveted a couple of our 80-some Telly’s — especially the bronze we just won for Spirit Mountain Casino’s “Real Fun” campaign. What was it like to shoot? Duh, it was real fun!


What a crew! Kevin Lewis, Producer; Russell Eaton, DP; Jack Devries, Art Director; Sarge & Coach Fleskes, Gaffer & Key; Critter Pierce, Stylist; Terri Lodge, Make-up — and so many more of Portland’s best, too many to list here.

And what a cast! Tabitha Bastien, Sarah Carroll, Kelsey Tucker and Dani Michael Miller in “Dive Bar” — Nadine Nzagamatsu in “Smart Phone” — Eric Newsmen & Kristin Coleman in “Crazy 8s” — Murri Lazaroff-Babin in “TV Dinner”— “Naia Schroder and Evan Honer in “Shuffleboard.” Stellar performers in every way, capable of amazing transformations!

Here’s a link to the spots. Enjoy their handiwork!


BTW, Sun is a master of 72 methods of transformation and can leap 33,554 miles in a single somersault!  Luckily, we grabbed our Telly’s before he leapt away. His visit did remind us, however, to wish you all a stellar Fire Monkey Year (even if we are half way through it already).

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What would you do with 9 new Tellys?

We dressed them up to party.

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We recently wrote and produced six spots for Spirit Mountain Casino, and five spots and four mini-docs for Goodwill of the Columbia-Willamette. The projects couldn’t have been more different. For one, it was comedy bungee jumps and zip lines and carnival rides. For the other, heartfelt stories about real people making the best out of life.

9 Tellys out of 14 entries!  Of 11 entries for Goodwill, 8 were awarded Tellys (the linked titles are airing now):

What Goes Around — TV:30 — Silver
Stacey’s Story — Webisode — Silver
Graciela’s Story — Webisode —Bronze
Pete — TV:30 — Bronze
Abby — TV:30 — Bronze
Abby’s Story — Webisode —Bronze
Graciela’s Story — Webisode — Bronze
Mission Campaign — TV:30 series — Bronze

Of 3 entries for Spirit Mountain, Roller won a Bronze. (You can bet we’ll be entering the remaining spots in the campaign next year, after they air. Check out Zip Line and Bungee. They’re contenders!)

A wonderful cast. In the starring roles for “Dare To Have Fun,” Dino Castagno (Ryan Artists) and Alexa Simone (Sports Unlimited) experience some pretty precarious adventures, then find “real fun” at Spirit Mountain. Imagine taking a selfie on a bungee jump! For Goodwill, we captured the everyday lives of real people who inspire us with their dedication, hard work, love and respect. It’s a blast working with Spirit Mountain to create so much fun, and a joy working with Goodwill to tell stories that resonate with so much heart.

A stellar team. While there are too many to list here, the combined production teams involved over forty of Portland’s finest crew members. David Poulshock, Writer/Director. Goodwill: Dan Gorczyca, Producer; Mark Petersen, DP. Spirit Mountain: Kevin Lewis, Producer; Reed Harkness, DP. Editors: Nancy Anderson of Bingo Lewis and David Poulshock. Color correction by Bingo Lewis’ Rob Anderson. Sound design by Richard Moore and Randy Johnson of Tag Team Audio. Original music by Cal Scott. VO on Spirit Mountain, October Moore. VO on Goodwill’s “What Goes Around,” David Poulshock.