Vern Moen and Long Beach Film Company recently collaborated with Jamie Thraves and the great Sophie Muller doing some editorial work on a few music videos. Here they are:
New video from Wallows is out on YouTube now. Directed by Vern Moen. Produced by Long Beach Film Company. Color grade by Grimace Films.
Here’s the new adventure commercial we did for local Long Beach legend, Woody, and his lobster diving company, Mutiny. We’re now editing a 5 minute mini-doc on the story and we’ll be releasing that in the next month or so as part of Gentlemen Of The World programming. Hope you enjoy it.
Director/DP/Producer: Vern Moen, Ryan Ford
Editor: Martin Víelma, Vern Moen
Sound: Dave Ross
Drone/Colorist/Things: Martín Vielma
The 40-minute documentary film, Material Of The Future, which explores humanities complicated relationship with plastic, is now available to the public on Amazon Video Direct. Narrated in part by Alec Baldwin, the film asks how this miracle material that can curb epidemics, land humans on the moon, and end wars, be then considered a single-use disposable product that is choking our world and poisoning our lives.
Directed by Vern Moen, Material Of The Future uses character driven vignettes from around the world to explore history’s most incredible invention - plastic. From Dixie Longate, the number one Tupperware salesperson (who just happens to be a sultry drag queen), to scientists, environmentalists, the American Chemistry Council, museum curators (the Plasticarium), artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, explorers, and doctors - it’s a very unexpected (and refreshing) environmental film in a sense that it doesn’t hit you over the head with human condemnation, but dances between the good and the bad. In fact, it’s difficult even calling it an “environmental film”.
“I wanted to make a film that captured the predicament that plastic itself is in. On one hand, it’s the most incredible material in the world - bar none. And then, here it is being treated like literal trash to the point we don’t even notice it. And that’s the real problem - we don’t even notice it anymore”, says Vern. “If people see this film, and then leave the theater, or couch, and notice the plastic straw that’s in their drink, then I’d consider the film a success.”
The production of the film, which originally premiered in 2014, has a storied past. Originally entitled Plastiki and the Material Of The Future, which premiered at Telluride MountainFilm Festival in 2012, and featuring footage of the trans-Pacific voyage of the experimental ship Plastiki (which Vern was a crew member of). The film was eventually separated into two films - one being just about the Plastiki voyage, and Material Of The Future being more about the science of plastic. Production took place in Begium, China, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, and USA.
“We make plastics because plastics make us feel like God.” Philippe Decelle
Unlike many environmental films that tend to lack any style, Material Of The Future features beautiful cinematography, smart editing, an all-star cast, and modern music by the late, great Richard Swift (as well as Animal Collective and Baths) making the film a bold, indie sleeper. “There’s strange space in the film that you don’t feel in many other films - space to think”, says Vern. “Given the fact that here we were making a film about something nobody notices, we knew we had to make bold choices to make our audience think.” And it does exactly that.
Material Of The Future was produced by Long Beach Film Company and premiered at Friday Harbor Film Festival in 2014. It features interviews with Captain Charles Moore (Algalita Marine Research), Dixie Longate, Susan Freinkel, Dr. Frederick Vom Saal, Dr. George Bittner, Dr. Theo Colburn (Endocrine Disruption Exchange), Greg Pronko, Judith Selby Lang, Manuel Maqueda (Plastic Pollution Coalition), Phillippe Decelle, Mike O’reilly, Stephen Joseph, Steve Russell (American Chemistry Council), Sylvia Earle, and Ulrich Reifenhauser. More information available at the film website: http://www.materialofthefuture.com or view the film here: https://www.amazon.com/v/longbeachfilmcompany
The 38-minute documentary, The Cannonball Ride, is now FREE and available on Amazon Video Direct (https://www.amazon.com/v/longbeachfilmcompany). The film follows a group of amateur cyclists as they attempt to compete in the world’s most difficult bicycle race - the Race Across America (RAAM).
Directed by Vern Moen and produced by Kyle Gilbertson, Mark DeNatale, and Jeff Caulway, the film follows the 4 racers (and their hodgepodge team) as they prepare for the race, and then set off on the grueling 3000 nonstop miles across America. “I think what most people don’t realize at first, and I was one of them, is that this race is literally nonstop across America”, says Vern.
Since it’s inception in 1982, the deadly Race Across America is considered the toughest bicycle race of any kind, in the world, having no stages and being 1000 miles longer than the Tour De France in less than a third of the time. It’s raced as 4-man teams, 2-man, and solo riders. The Cannonball Ride features Team BC+1 - a four man team of Boston College friends Mark DeNatale, Jeff Caulway, Matt Puomo, and Bob Willix, all avid but amateur cyclists in their late 40’s, who have long dreamt of competing in RAAM.
The film was captured by Vern and (Camera Operator) Miah Idema as they followed (er, chased) the riders in a rented minivan. “We quickly realized that it was going to be nonstop for us as well; that we would be driving a minivan across America at 30 miles per hour for 6 days”, recalls Vern. Just finding the racers along the course, which is not blocked off from regular traffic, has it’s own logistical issues; “We’d sleep on the side of the route, in our minivan, only to wake up not knowing if the racers had passed us or not; do we go left or right??”
The Cannonball Ride is a raw (but family friendly) look into the obstacles, logistics, drama, scenery, and camaraderie of undertaking such a huge endeavor. Broken bikes, injuries, exhaustion, rouge wildlife, allergic reactions, senior citizens, and a pesky RV door that won’t close are all part of the adventure. In addition to the physical aspects of the race, the film spends time looking at the various volunteers behind the racers (all characters of their own), their reasons for participating, and most importantly showing what goals can be accomplished through proper preparation.
“It’s a real opportunity for the kids to see if you set a goal, and you do proper preparation for it, you can achieve your dreams.” - Mark DeNatale
Award-winning short documentary film, A Shepherd (Dir. Vern Moen), was recently released to the public on Amazon Video Direct. Filmed in the Spring of 2016 in the Willamette Vally of Oregon, the film tells the story of Joe Wells, a young shepherd dealing with the modern struggles of his ancient trade.
“When I grow up, I want to be a shepherd.”, says Director Vern Moen, who originally bartered with Joe to teach him everything he knows in exchange for a short promo film. “I don’t have many real-world skills outside of filmmaking, so I had to trade what I do know for what I want to know.”
Together with Swedish Cinematographer Robin Asselmeyer, and Vern running sound, the two ate, drank, and slept in the barn with Joe for one week during lambing season - the busiest time on the farm as a shepherd must assist with lambing ewes at all times of the day and night.
“As we we're there, in the quiet of the dimly lit barn in middle of the night, the story started to unfold, and it was much more poetic, heart-wrenching, and beautiful than we expected - and we realized we had something a bit more special than a ‘promo’ film.”, says Vern.
The film is an incredibly intimate view into the quiet, concurrent human/animal struggles of life and death. It’s poetic, educational, and surprising as we see the workings of a young shepherd, his dog, and his flock.
A Shepherd is directed and produced by Vern Moen / Long Beach Film Company, cinematography by Robin Asselmeyer, edited by Andreas Arvidsson, Music by Joe Wells, and filmed on Red Dragon with vintage Nikon lenses. The film made it’s world premiere at Big Sky Film Festival, and went on to show at San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Telluride MountainFilm Festival, and Bend Film Festival where it won the Special Jury prize for best short film.
Vern still hopes to become a shepherd one day.
Vern Moen and Long Beach Film Company did mo st of the offline editing for Bebe's new music video, I'm A Mess - directed by the incomparable Sophie Muller. Thrilled to be a paart of such cool video.
Vern recently donned his editor hat for Sophie Muller's new video "Over My Head" by Echosmith. Here's the music video:
We're proud to announce the world premiere of our new documentary series teaser for Gentlemen Of The World, Ep. 101: Scotland. We realized the stories that happen behind the camera are often more interesting than what happen in front of the camera, so we made our own travel show. We filmed the series back in August 2017 in the northern highlands and islands of Scotland. Production was 10 days long, with an entirely unique, back- and 4th-wall breaking approach where the crew is also the cast. There were 5 crew TOTAL - 4 camera and 1 audio mixer. Each crew was hired for not only their creative capabilities, but equally, their personalities. We booked ZERO accommodations, and there was no script - meaning we had no idea where we were going to sleep, eat, or be every evening. To offset the chaos, we coordinated 4 specific experiences that would immerse us into Scottish culture: the woolen mills at Harris Tweed Hebrides, whisky tour at Talisker, scallop diving off a remote island, and a biodynamic brewery tour and lamb roast.
Additionally, we arranged to have two local chefs join us for a few days to introduce us to the food, culture, landscape, and inappropriate jokes. But other than that, the trip was allowed to unfold as it did and we did our best to keep up with it. This was all done in an attempt to have as pure of a cultural adventure as possible. We believe travel is about adventure and the unknown. Meeting people, learning things, and jumping in with our pants off.
The series was Directed, Filmed, and Produced by Vern Moen, Martín Vielma, Matthew Ryan Ford, and Steve Ryan. The sound mixer is Dave Ross. Music for the Teaser was provided by Jesse Ruppe. We are currently looking for distribution, but in the meantime - enjoy the teaser!
We were recently asked to film an intimate live recording with The Kills for their 15th Anniversary. We traveled from L ong Beach to the great Electric Lady Studios in New York for the three camera / three person crew (Vern Moen, Steve Ryan, Martín Vielma) setup. Many of the mirrored images you see in the final product we're capture d in-camera by shooting through planes of glass we "borrowed" from picture frames in the studiio. We edited the performance into three individual songs and they recently premiered on the good ol internet. Hope you enjoy them.
One year ago, Vern Moen and Miah Idema saddled up into a silver minivan and drove cross country to tell the story of a band of misfiits who attempt to compete in the longest and hardest bicycle race in the world - The Race Across America.
Many, including our own familiies, aren't clear what our job description is. Here it is from that week in June one year ago: Drive a Dodge Caravan across America at 20mph for 6 days. Sleep in tha t same caravan for about 4 hours per day. Fly a remote control alien spaceship that takes videos. Predi ct the future. Don't shower. Get lost. Eat corn nuts. Drink Red Bull. Reformat cards. Crash alien spaceship. And film real people kiicking ass. Hope that clear s it up.
The film is now being submitted to film festivals and we'll keep you posted on it's premiere. If you'd like more info, here's the website for the film: The Cannonball Ride
Here's a new video we produced for Spotify featuring the one and only Alanis Morissette. You might rec ognize her from some hits like all of the 90's. She's ce lebrating the 20th annniversary of Jagged LIttle Pill and we got to talk to her about all dat. Directed / Produced by Vern MOen. Cam Op by Martin Vielma. Sound by Dave Ross
We're pleased to be screening our 40-min documentary film at the 2015 Ojai Film Festival. There will be two screenings: Friday, Nov 7 @ 11:45am and Saturday, Nov 14 @ 2:30pm. We plan on attending the Saturday screening and look forward to meeting some new peoplle..
Here's the trailer:
our brand new hour loong special for excellent band Broken Bells is airing Saturday, Sept. 26th on Palladia at 9pm ET. We're thrilled to watch it on the medium screen as we're are quite proud of this one. Here's the Rolling Stones article. The show was Directed / DP'd / edited by Vern Moen and produced by Luke Barber. Long Beach Film Co. handled all the production, offline/online edit, and color grade.
we've had the same site for a long tiime and decided, while very cool, it didn't communicate enough of this whole "professional" thing that people keep talking about. so here you go.