14May

On Being A Green Web Company

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I was asked last week if we were a green web design and video production company. The answer is yes, and we’ve been quietly yet decidedly green for a long time. The very nature of our industry lends itself to being environmentally aware and friendly, but we’ve always made a point to go the extra mile. After all, we’d like the planet to be around for a while.

A lot of companies talk the green talk, but then you’ll find out all that means is they recycle some of the tons of office paper they burn through each month. That’s not us. Here’s a list of things we do that help us stay lean and green: Read More »

14May

More Nikon D5000 Video Tests

Here’s another YouTube video test I made using our Nikon D5000’s video capabilities. All shots were handheld (sorry bout that), no post processing was done to any of them besides slowing a few clips down. The lens was a manual 105mm prime lens. Only available light was used, and fstops ranged from f1.8 to f5.6.

The event was the Jazz Singers Alumni concert rehearsal for Paris Rutherford’s 30 Years of Vocal Jazz, at UNT in Denton Texas. Read More »

8May

Article: Becoming A Green Web Design Company

While we’re on the environmentally-friendly business topic, our founder wrote an article recently on running a green web design company:

What started as a fringe movement has finally gone mainstream as people have realized that “going green” is not only good for the planet, but great for business. Hooray!

But how do you get your web design company on the train to green-town? It’s easy, here’s a few ideas we put into place at PatrickOrtman, Inc. in Los Angeles (Read More @ Mint Articles)

6May

Another New Website Design

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We’ve embarked on a pretty cool little web design project for our good friend and sometimes partner Kathi Funston. She’s getting a much-deserved website redesign, and it includes all sorts of cool stuff.

First of all, the CMS for the site is ModX (of course, because ModX rocks!). Kathi’s got tech skills, but her time is best spent doing what she does best: creating cool content. ModX lets Kathi log in, make her updates, and go back to creating.

We’re also adding some really fun functionality based on a few plugins for JQuery, like SuperSized and ThickBox.

I (Patrick) conceived the design as a punk rock look, based on one of the client’s publicity photos. Punk, yes, but cluttered, no. The design has an appealing simplicity, and creates a nice framework to hang Kathi’s content on. And boy, does she have a lot of content to put up.

29Apr

Nikon D5000 Movie/Video Tests, Takes One & Two

Here’s the first two tests, right out of the box, of our new Nikon D5000 in movie mode. You’ll notice that in the first clip there’s a lot of noise (look at the red kettle to the right, although the H264 compression on the YouTube video masks a lot of the noise). The ISO was set to 1600 and it’s a relatively dark room with no additional lights. Read More »

25Apr

Video Production ShowReel Posted

We’re happy to show off our brand-new ShowReel for Summer, 2009. This reel includes bits and pieces of our video production work, including TV commercials, web video, original entertainment, industrials, and viral videos.

The awesome indie band from NYC Hot Seconds is the music.

25Apr

Preview: Summer 2009 ShowReel

We just finished our summer 2009 ShowReel, and it’s up on our Film page. Check it out!

It’s going to be up in HD on YouTube shortly, so we’ll be embedding that here soon.

The video features the Hot Seconds song “Excuse Me”, and we love the tight indie “f-you” vibe of the song. Learn more about Hot Seconds here.

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