Getting Inspired with Adobe’s EDU Group

Lekker worked on a series of videos in the latter half of 2013 for Adobe’s EDU unit. We shot three videos with educators from high school through graduate studies.

It was a really upbeat, inspiring series to work on, mostly focused on the work these teachers are doing with their students, their thoughts on creativity and how they encourage their students to bring their own creativity to bear on their projects. Here’s the first one that came out with Gordon Silveria of the Academy of Art University.

You can also view the video on Adobe TV.

Thanks to Laura Feeney at Adobe, Ed Ng at Be Media, and Peggy Peralta for the excellent teamwork on the project!

“It’s a wrap!” Recent Adventures Filming Creative Educators

A thoughtful and well-documented posting on one of Lekker’s latest video projects for Adobe:

“It’s a wrap!” Recent Adventures Filming Creative Educators.

Thanks for the shoutout, lafeeney at blog Feeney & West!!

Happy to be along for the ride.

Documentary-Style!

We’ve been doing a lot of talking lately about the comedy work that Lekker Media is known for, and we thought we would take a look back at a few of our favorite short format documentary-style pieces we have done in the last year or so.

The California Senior Leaders Program was one of our favorite pieces, commissioned by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Not only did it highlight great work done by seniors for seniors, conveying a continuity in the lives of activists who turn their talents towards their situation as aging citizens, but we get a chance to spend time with these truly remarkable individuals and get a sense of how they approach their quietly remarkable lives.

Another favorite, done for Adobe, is a profile on design and game shop Trigger, an LA-based company that created The Green Hornet game for Sony Pictures using all Adobe tools. We had a lot of fun with this and DP Andreas Burgess and our LA-based crew did a fantastic job collaborating with us to come up with a unique look and style for this short doc profile.

Finally, this piece was strangely both an impressionistic, ultra-short documentary in spanish, as well as a PSA for the California Department of Public Health. The main character is a nurse, telling the true story of health professionals not seeing the signs of pertussis, or whooping cough in her child, leading to his demise. It was humbling to witness the personal strength and determination of this person in taking her family’s tragedy and using it to help the community at large.

Lekker Media's first entry into the feature-length world of filmmaking...!

Lekker Media’s first entry into the feature-length world of filmmaking…!

And now Lekker Media is taking the plunge into a feature-length project with The San Francisco Improv Festival to make the first documentary on The Committee, the San Francisco based improvisational and sketch comedy theater that took The City by storm with their biting, clear-eyed political comedy, and later Los Angeles, and New York’s Broadway.

Looks like we get to test all our strengths on this one – wish us luck…!

Social Media Overload: Short-form Comedy for Adobe (Episode 2)

Here’s the latest from Lekker Media, in support of Adobe’s 2013 Summit event for Digital Marketing. Written, produced and directed by Lekker Media Creative Director, Jamie Wright, the piece was created with others in a tight timeframe & budget to help spread the word on the event via related themes and a large helping of ridiculousness.

Featuring the talents of Bay Area improvisor Christy Daly, DP Peggy Peralta, Antoinette Yoka (Makeup), Jules Kobelin (Properties), and Lourdes Figueroa (Camera Assistant). Special thanks to Adobe’s Lynn Margherita & Matt Rozen.

Analyze the Analyst: Short-form Comedy for Adobe (Episode 1)

Here’s the first in a series of two videos in support of Adobe’s 2013 Summit event for Digital Marketing. Written, produced and directed by LekkerMedia Creative Director, Jamie Wright (that’s me!), the piece was created with others in a tight timeframe & budget to help spread the word on the event via related themes and a large helping of ridiculousness.

I generally like the ridiculous, which is why I think this works. When you have something super silly with a real premise, delivered in a totally committed way by a talented actor, you can get some great results.

Thanks to Bay Area improvisor Rebecca Poretsky for her performance and the work of DP Peggy Peralta, Antoinette Yoka (Makeup), Jules Kobelin (Properties), and Lourdes Figueroa (Camera Assistant). Special thanks to Adobe’s Lynn Margherita & Matt Rozen.

California Senior Leaders Program – a foray into documentary filmmaking

Lekker Media was asked to work with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to help train doctoral students in community filmmaking in 2011. As a result of this connection, I worked with the program to produce a documentary on the California Senior Leaders Program to help recognize 10 years as an organization.

It was a fantastic experience on a number of levels: One – I got to make a somewhat longer-form documentary piece than the usual profile for the web; Two – I was privileged to meet these fantastic and inspirational people who had been activists all their lives & now, because they are seniors, turned their skills and talents to solving the problems of our aging population.

Really amazing people & a really amazing program that the UC Berkeley School of Public Health has created with these people.

Lekker Media’s latest – Adobe’s big announcement @ CES 2011

Lekker Media created the support video for Adobe Systems‘ major CES 2011 announcement of their latest developments in their AIR for TV platform. Adobe’s technology is shipping inside every Samsung Smart LCD TV and Smart Blu-Ray player they will be making in 2011. This is Lekker’s second production in support of announcements on AIR for TV, and was completed within the space of two days. Check out the blog on the announcement and view the video here.

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