Lyft and Cut+Run Celebrate the Gender Spectrum with "Two Is Too Few"

A new video campaign via Lyft honors the spectrum of LGBTQ+ humanity with the fact that people should no longer have to define their gender by ticking one of only two boxes. The film, Two Is Too Few, edited by Ben McCambridge at Cut+Run, boldly celebrates this truth with striking beauty and the unapologetic stance that all expressions of gender identity should be recognized. Supporting the visual message is a music track recorded in 1969 by pioneering transgender soul singer Jackie Shane, who passed away earlier this year.

It’s not just talk, there’s action: Lyft is translating the conversation to activation by introducing pronouns to its passenger app, and is the first rideshare network to offer many gender and pronoun options, as well as the option to not state or list. In support of its transgender drivers, Lyft is offering free resources through National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) advising on the name change process, and are providing $200 financial support for name change fees, executed in partnership with NCTE.  Through Lyt’s program Round Up & Donate, Lyft passengers have raised $3 million to date for Human Rrights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

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 “We wanted to create a film both celebrating queer history while also demonstrating that gender has always existed outside of the male/female binary,” says Tori Main, Lyft Artistic Director. 

“The fight for equality is a community effort and this was our opportunity to model how brands can use their influence to create bodies of work that push the popular cultural narrative to amplify, uplift, and serve marginalized voices,” adds Jane Goodwin-Bell, Lyft Creative Copywriter.

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Almost Gold Shines With Major Studio Expansion & Talent Roster

Design-driven production studio Almost Gold is excited to unveil a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion comes as Almost Gold marks its five-year anniversary as a creative partner for agencies, brands and artists, producing content of the highest quality. 

Linas Jodwalis

Linas Jodwalis

Almost Gold’s new East Wing embodies the studio’s design expression where artist loft meets MidCentury style. Two bays wrapped in warm hardwood unite comfort and the latest technology to tackle full 4K throughput; Crushed gold velvet envelopes the funkiest VO recording booth in town, while a central conference room rounds out the space that expands Almost Gold to 3000sq/ft. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Almost Gold is a space to create. Find out more at http://www.almostgold.com/studio.pdf

Paul Klinke

Paul Klinke

Inspired by the concept of artists-in-residency, Almost Gold taps curated, premiere talent for multi-versed creative teams for project scope, style, and screen.

Creative Director Linas Jodwalis, who founded and designed the studio, explains the approach to Almost Gold’s creative amplification: “As we earned our clients’ trust in production and design, they’ve looked to us as a creative resource in expanded ways. The strategic decision to embrace a non-exclusive talent model allows us to stay lean and flexible while emphasizing quality and creativity with longtime creative collaborators.”

When asked what the future holds for Almost Gold, Executive Producer Paul Klinke had this to say,
“Just a few years ago, shared workspaces disrupted the small business world. Our idea was to design an environment where creativity can thrive; where people from various disciplines can come together to hatch interesting ideas and make them happen. That’s the future we are betting on, and one we think resonates with both creators and clients.”


Almost Gold’s represented artists are:

Senior Colorist Jeff Altman

Jeff is a Senior Colorist and Chicago native with over a decade of experience coloring national commercial campaigns, television series, and independent films. He has colored projects that have screened at SXSW, Sundance, Cannes, and TIFF, along with advertising campaigns for Capital One, Jeep, Toyota, Makers Mark, Michelob, Wendy’s, Disney, GE, Jack Daniels and more.

Senior Colorist Fred Keller
As a Senior Colorist working on commercials, music videos, and long-form programming, Fred is known for his talent and dedication to the craft. Working with leading agencies including Leo Burnett, DDB, FCB, BBDO, Havas and McGarryBowen, he has contributed to campaigns for McDonald’s, State Farm, Coors, Walmart, Alfa Romeo, Capital One, Skittles and many others.

Editor Dean Gonzalez
Throughout his career, Dean has been the go-to for musicians like Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, NAS, LL Cool J, Kid Rock, Nicki Minaj, and commercial clients such as Reebok, Nike, Bose, J Crew, Michelob, McDonald’s, Kohl’s and many more. Additionally, Dean somehow finds time to cut countless award winning Indie films, and documentaries. 

Editor Nate Pence
For over 15 years, Nate has worked nationwide at leading post houses and design companies, editing distinguished and stand-out campaigns for Groupon with Tiffany Haddish, Intel’s collaborative launch with Tag Heuer, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Illinois Lottery, and Nike Air Society.

Editor/DP Kenneth Browne
Kenneth has made a career traveling the world creating and editing epic content that makes everyday life look cinematic. As an FAA licensed drone pilot, Kenneth has shot and edited from both poles of the planet, and everywhere in between. His clients include Toyota, MAC, SC Johnson, Red Bull, The Food Network, Samsung, Caterpillar and Jack Daniels.

Audio Engineer Sarah Krohn
Hailing from the rocky shores of Southern England, Sarah has been engineering audio on this side of the pond for agencies and post houses for nearly 10 years. Some notable clientele include: Google, Oscar Mayer, BCBS, Bud Light, Pepsi, Quaker, Samsung, SXSW Film Festival, Aleve, Wrigley, Hilton, Marriott, Disney, and CVS.

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Taking What If To What’s Next: Production, Design, Technology & Post Unite At Chapeau Studios
Karuna Venter, Lauren Mayer-Beug, Ben Looram, Chris Gunn, Jesse Hoy, José Nuñez.

Karuna Venter, Lauren Mayer-Beug, Ben Looram, Chris Gunn, Jesse Hoy, José Nuñez.

Chapeau FX has evolved into Chapeau Studios, expanding Chapeau’s core team from its VFX/animation foundation into production, design, and creative IP development (both for digital content & technology). Leading Chapeau Studios are Chapeau’s founders Ben Looram and Karuna Venter, along with Creative Director/Partner Lauren Mayer-Beug, Head of Creative Content Development Jesse Hoy, Head of Film/Video Production José Nuñez, and Business Strategist Chris Gunn. 

Founded by seasoned VFX supervisor Ben Looram, Chapeau’s DNA is wired for highly confidential, pixel-perfect, R&D-driven projects, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with any creative team in any capacity. Chapeau Studio’s expansion builds upon the leadership team’s effects, design, and user experience backgrounds, adding increased capabilities to take projects from creative concepting & look development, into technical development & live production, all the way through post and activation. 

Chapeau Studios was born out of Chapeau FX’s history of innovation which has helped bring to life category-defining and award-winning projects. Notably among them, Facebook’s customizable bespoke films - Friends Day, Birthday and Friendversary - for which Chapeau FX, led by Looram and Mayer-Beug, worked with Facebook engineers to develop a smooth, processing-light “dynamic compositing” methodology that rendered users’ personalized content into the films that Chapeau and Facebook created together. 

“In many ways, Chapeau Studios is a natural progression of what we’ve built with Chapeau FX. We’ve always worked outside of the lines, fearlessly investigating what-ifs and how-tos. That’s what we love, and Studios allows us to investigate and create from a deeper place,” explains Managing Partner/Experience Design Director Karuna Venter. 

“Along with traditional disciplines, like visual effects and live-action production, we can do integrated explorations and problem-solving across media disciplines,” she elaborates. “We believe that the future of content is multi-modal, and Chapeau Studios is here to help brands transition into their own futures.”

With an emphasis on discovery and solutions, Chapeau Studios provides an integrated approach to collaborations with agencies, brands, networks and other content distributors who wish to capture the hearts and minds of audiences in a fractured landscape. 

As Creative Director of Chapeau Studios, Lauren Mayer-Beug is able to create for a variety of media, in roles as varied as director, animator, photographer, designer, and conceptual lead. A RISD-trained artist and creative engineer, she is well-versed in illustration, design, and photography, which combine to inform her many years in animation and film.  Throughout her career spearheading visual effects and design campaigns at major design and VFX houses, as well as in-house at brands like Beats and Apple, Creative Director Mayer-Beug has played an instrumental role in creating wonder through visual storytelling. Keenly interested in ever-changing digital narrative formats, her honed eye & technical prowess pushed her to elevate creative for projects like Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor” and Canon’s “Project Imagination” short films, and proved uniquely valuable for the work she and Looram did for Facebook. For over 12 years, she has collaborated with Chapeau’s Looram on ground-breaking projects serving millions of views and activations across all platforms, and brings a new design leadership role to Chapeau Studios. 

“Chapeau Studios is about custom tailoring each experience for clients who increasingly come to us to make things from genesis stage,” adds Mayer-Beug. “We approach from the fusion mindset of artist and engineer, and feed off of invention. This is our happy place.”

Joining as Chapeau Studios’ Head of Creative Content Development is Jesse Hoy, most recently a content producer with Apple. As Director of Development at Superjacket Productions, Hoy developed TV show ideas, connected with new talent, and managed relationships with networks and buyers. He was also the showrunner for Big Breakfast’s Fatal Decision, and produced 52 four-minute episodes for Verizon’s Go90. 

Leading the live-action production expansion is José Nuñez, a veteran live-action producer known for his ability to plan and execute complex shoots across the globe for leading brands. He brings years of experience producing shoots for directors at companies like MPC, Caviar, and RSA to Chapeau Studios. He is also a founding partner of SpaceNative, specializing in immersive media and emerging technologies. 

On the forefront of business strategy is Chris Gunn, who has worked with clients across key digital media sectors both via his own consulting company and in-house at companies operating at the intersection of technology, communication and entertainment, including UFan8, Digital Communications Group, and Poynt. He has also held executive business development roles with both startups and well-established media companies, including an advisory role at Twitter. 

Together, this team leads a multidisciplinary studio of creatives who provide everything needed to get from What If to What’s Next. Find out more at www.chapeaustudios.com and follow via Instagram @chapeaustudios.

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Erin Serletic Named Executive Director Of Client Partnerships For The New Blank
Erin Serletic

Erin Serletic

The New Blank is excited to welcome Erin Serletic who joins the design and production studio as Executive Director Of Client Partnerships. Serletic brings industry acumen and a true passion for creative process to her business development and client management role.

“We’ve been big fans of each other for so long that joining forces feels very natural,” relays Serletic. “They are as wonderful as they are talented. Fun is how The New Blank defines each collaboration, even as they are incredibly serious about what they do. Holistic in approach and thoughtful in process - it’s a rare combination, which clients value as do I.”

“We’ve long admired what Erin has brought to each role and company, and have informally sought her astute advice over the years,” says The New Blank Co-Founder Sevrin Daniels. “For everyone, this is a connection point and collaboration made official at the perfect moment. We are excited to have her as our voice and ongoing presence in the national market.”

In addition to The New Blank, Serletic also heads up business development at Dark Burn, which specializes in game trailers. Her previous experience includes successful tenures at leading design and branding firms including Capacity and Trollbäck+Company.

Hostage Films Unites With OPTiONS
Ruben Latre

Ruben Latre

Production company and content creation studio HOSTAGE FILMS has signed Doug Sherin and Kim Griswold of OPTiONS to represent HOSTAGE FILMS on the West Coast. HOSTAGE FILMS is the director-driven production company of internationally acclaimed, award-winning talent Ruben Latre and founder/EP Melissa Beth.

Director/DP Latre applies production excellence in both live action and design to projects for agencies and brands. Hostage Films recently completed spots for Modelo with Constellation Brands in Chicago. Silence, a short film produced by Hostage and written and directed by Ruben Latre, is currently on the festival circuit and was just awarded Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Experimental Film at the European Cinematography Awards. Latre’s feature script, This Is Not The End, was awarded Best Screenplay at the LA Independent Film Festival and Best Action Screenplay at Festigious International Film Festival.

“Ruben’s work is unforgettable – nuanced, gorgeous, and with an astonishing level of care that results in stand-out work,” comments OPTiONS’ Doug Sherin. “With HOSTAGE, clients get cinematic level content, produced expertly by passionate people. That’s the kind of company and talent we are proud to represent.”

Find out more about Hostage at http://www.hostagefilms.com/.