2014 was a big year for me. It was the year I began directing professionally. I intended to start off with a series of self-produced shorts to build up my reel, but just after completing Glory Days, things took off. First I directed a series of commercials for the Sounders 2014 season with Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and DeAndre Yedlin. Next up was a little music video for Fences + Macklemore called Arrows. Then I was off to Cincinnati for Vita Coco with Giovani Bernard. Which brings me to this video, the final project of the year. It was a labor of love, and well worth it, I might add.
My friends at Hammerquist Studios came to me with the idea of doing a pro bono video project for the 2015 International Children’s Film Festival Seattle put on by Northwest Film Forum. We had a blank slate, and the opportunity to create something great for a good cause could not be passed up. The first thing we did was get writer Jeff Siegel on board. He came up with about 6 really awesome ideas, but there was one that jumped out at all of us right away. Rather than read about it, you should really just watch how it turned out. There were over 50 people who generously gave their time, materials, creativity, and money to this project. I wish there was time to detail and describe the many amazing things each person did to make this happen. The energy on set was amazing because everyone was there because they truly wanted to be. Thank you to my amazing team, and thank you, Hammerquist and Northwest Film Forum, for trusting us to make this awesome video.
Directed by John Keatley
Written by Jeff Siegel
Agency / Hammerquist Studios
Starring Rachael Kevin and Everett Moss
Spencer Norris / DP and Editor
Produced by: Lillian Brunner, Taylor Reed, Nichelle Keatley, John Keatley
Art Direction: John Lavin, Becky Mohrlang
Cast: Sara Coates, Kathleen Boyle, Kunwar Singh, Julie Ellis, Aiden McCoy, Hallee Olsen, Cadence Whittle, Anthony Herrera, Etri Ajbour
Sound Designer: John Buroker
Sound: Sam Martinez
Music: Wesley Slover
Colorist: Kevin Adams
Voice Talent: Dave White
Gaffer: Scott Jonas
Costume Design: Ron Leamon, Gerard Parr
Hair & Makeup: Haley Olsen, Akemi Hart
Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Steinman
PA: Jonah Kozlowski
Casting Agent: Tami Wakasugi
Set Builders: Becky Mohrlang, Stephen Klineburger, Natalie Hammerquist, Sean Tully, Jeff Aitken, Adam Hunt
Special Thanks To: Vince Klimek, Kaleo Quenzer, Dave Drummond, Fremont Studios.