There’s nothing we love more than teamwork. This month’s featured member(s) have been collaborating as a team for quite some time now. Owen Mack and brothers Mike and Doug Quill hail from Boston. They may all live in new cities but that hasn’t stopped them from collaborating on countless creative endeavors.
Recently snagging a top award for PBR we look forward to more videos from this trio!
Read on to learn more about this team and welcome them to the Zooppa Community!
1. Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
Owen Mack and brothers Mike and Doug Quill all hail from the Boston, MA area. Owen is still there…Mike’s in NYC and Doug’s in LA. We have collaborated on projects together for years: branded content, digital PR, music videos and narrative shorts. We like to shoot. Anything and everything. Creatively inspired by location scouting, found objects, patina, and DIY.
2. What brought you to the Zooppa community?
Owen brought this contest to our attention and it sounded like a lot of fun. Owen is a marketing geek and video guy who’s always been interested in distrubuted video production, “consumer generated media” and crowdsourcing. As a group we love producing video for big brands and we love drinking beer. Making a piece for PBR was a no brainer.
3. What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?
Crowdsourced film contests provide an opportunity to experiment and push yourself to do something different, and it’s important to find new venues to showcase your talent. Plus we thrive on competition and deadlines! It can be hard to self-motivate. Contests give you a target, and hey you might win some $$ and make some connections.
4. Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.
We especially love the work of Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, P.T. Anderson, and Vincent Moon.
5. Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your photography?
Owen went to Washington University in St. Louis where he studied graphic design and photography. He’s not positive the education was worth it but he did develop an eye. The Quill brothers went to Northeastern University in Boston, MA where they studied philosophy and communication. Taking full advantage of the University’s Co-op Program, the brothers got real world experience working for production companies learning the craft. Northeastern’s film department is a little light, so it gave them the opportunity to experiment and hone their talents.
7. What is your favorite genre of film to create?
Owen: Run and gun documentary/cinema-verite. Mike: Dark thrillers and slap-stick comedies. Doug: Psychological Thrillers.
8. Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
On a good day we’re out with the wind at our backs filming something new. Otherwise we’re at a coffee shop, walking dogs, working around the house, or machining custom camera parts.
9.Choose 5 words to describe your work.
Owen: Plan ahead. Shoot in the moment. Mike: Always be backlighting and hazing. Doug: Dark, edgy, bizarre, sexy, captivating.
10. What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?
We were all home for the holidays and we wanted to do something productive. And we love PBR! When Owen first got into video he did it in part with self-assigned PBR projects. So the brief caught our eye…we were pretty sure we could make something that looked great and was on-message. All of the actors in the commercial are our hometown friends so that made the experience that much more fun.
11. What is one piece of winning advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
You really need to think through the production details and push it hard to make a stand out piece. Utilize a great location and keep your concept simple. When doing commercial work you need to develop a strong sense for the right tone…you have to express the brand voice properly. Pool together your best talent and resources and get to work.
12. 10 years from now where will we see you and your films?
Owen: Running brand journalism video programs for global companies and organizations. Mike: Making features and commercials in New England. Doug: Up on the big screen, where else?