Concur //China Adventures

This past week, we returned from one of our most exciting work projects yet. One of our awesome clients, Concur, flew us out to China to shoot and produce a video for them in Shanghai. This is the first time that our company has ventured to another country, so we returned to Seattle able to say that VIA is now working internationally.

Our first week was dedicated to scouting the city of Shanghai, filming in multiple sites with our client, and editing footage into rough timelines. Here's a handful of behind the scenes shots taken of our setup and the awesome people we got to work with.

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Upon completing our first week in China, we headed out from Shanghai for some personal travel around various other regions, including the magical Zhangjiajie National Park and Beijing. Transportation (read: avoid getting utterly lost) and the language barrier proved to be quite the challenges during our travels, but we somehow always managed to make it work. It's a small miracle that nobody missed any flights and that we didn't get so lost that we couldn't find our way back, though some members did lose a few non essential items along the way. China is such an incredibly expansive country, there's no way we even scratched the surface of all that it has to offer. In the seven days of our traveling abroad after Shanghai, we felt like we got to see a lot but didn't really digest or reflect deeply upon it until returning. Its geodiversity is almost as incredible as the richness of its culture, and it goes without saying that there was amazing food.

We spent one of our first travel days in Tianmen Mountain, taking in the views of some jaw dropping cliff edges, foggy forests, and the massive Heaven's Gate (Tianmen Mountain's keyhole cave). This was probably one of our favorite locations that we visited in all of China.

Our remaining days were spent exploring other parts of the greater Zhangjiajie National Park, the inspiration for the Hallelujah floating mountains in James Cameron's "Avatar." It's a pretty enormous area that takes multiple different shuttles and buses to fully traverse. We made the mistake of exploring to the opposite end of the park from where we were staying and ended up getting slightly lost and stranded, but were fortunately able to get a taxi to take us the long way back to our home base in time to pack up for our flight. It was well worth it.

Before we left China for good, we were fortunate enough to get to spend a couple of days in Beijing as well as visit the Great Wall. This has been on our travel bucket list for a long time so we were incredibly excited to go. While we just barely missed the cutoff time to get into the Forbidden City, we still were able to walk around Tiananmen Square and explore the Temple of Heaven among other notable areas of the city.

Thanks for following along on our adventures in China!

- Team VIA

VIA Creatives // Rebrand

Greetings, everyone!

These past few years have truly been some exciting times for us here at VIA Creatives, from launching our brand in 2013 to working with a host of awesome new clients, traveling to various parts of the country to deepening partnerships and making new connections right here in the Pacific Northwest. With everything that’s been going on, we wanted to keep people updated on what VIA is going to look like in the upcoming future. As a company, we had early ties to wedding videography but quickly found ourselves immersed in the corporate world getting to work on some very exciting campaigns with recognizable brands as well as producing content for various local groups with a story to tell. As both components of our studio continue to grow, we’re excited to announce VIA’s rebrand!

We are establishing two independent brands to represent both the wedding and corporate work that we do: VIA Weddings and VIA Creatives.

In launching VIA Weddings as its own standalone identity under the greater VIA umbrella, our hopes are to more effectively communicate the brand that it stands for and the work that we do to share the unique stories of every couple’s wedding day.

Additionally, we have revamped and updated our websites to better represent the body of work that we do here at VIA. It’s been a joy getting to partner with so many different companies and brands over the years and we wanted our website to more effectively reflect that in the videos we showcase.

Take a look below!

www.viacreatives.com

www.viaweddings.com

 

Milgard // More than just Windows and Doors

One of the most interesting processes we were able to experience and learn about recently was how doors and windows are produced by one of the leading companies in the market, Milgard Windows and Doors. Over the past several years we have been able to explore and learn about so many different industries but Milgard was among the first groups that allowed us to dive into the realm of product and home manufacturing. From connecting with clients regarding the selection and purchasing process to actually producing the doors locally here in the Pacific Northwest, Milgard relayed to us the importance of creating a quality product backed with the best customer service in the game.

It was truly a unique experience getting to set foot on the manufacturing floor and watch the building process that each door in the Essence series goes through. The machinery and fast paced nature of the whole operation helped give us a strong foundation to build off for composing shots and creating a story of the Milgard process. The environment proved to be conducive for producing some visually stimulating shots utilizing our movi, though we still had challenges to work through such as moving around the floor without tripping over the metal shoe protectors we were required to wear for safety reasons.

Check out the film we made for them here:

All in all it was an awesome first project to connect with Milgard on and we are looking forward to working on future videos with them!

VIA Creatives // Aerial Highlight

VIA has taken to the skies this past year and we wanted to share some of the beautiful imagery we have had the privilege of capturing with our trusty quadcopter!

From the classic city skyline of our beloved Seattle to some of the most iconic regions in the Pacific Northwest, we had an absolute blast getting to capture some incredible scenics and look forward to sharing more in the future!

Christine + Alex // Love Story and Wedding Film

One of the best parts of being wedding cinematographers (in our opinion) is really getting to know about our couples and shooting with them on their special day. Every now and then we get the privilege of producing what we like to call a Love Story with them earlier on during their engagement. Filming a Love Story not only gives gives us the chance to get a better understanding of who our couple really is, but it let's us create an awesome and fun piece to show at their reception to all of their family and friends!

Enter Christine and Alex, our lovely couple that met at Gonzaga University and took us around the scenic area of Green Lake in Seattle for their Love Story shooting day. Alex is a witty, fun loving jokester and showed that he has a knack for clever one-liners and the ability to put a smile on just about anyone's face. Christine is a self-proclaimed mini narcoleptic that can fall asleep just about anywhere but loves to dance, is full of life, and had the intrepidness to ask Alex out on the first date. Alex describes her as a "beam of sunlight" and they both displayed such a magnetic and charming chemistry. See for yourself in their Love Story:

The showing of their short film was marked by plenty of smiles and laughter throughout the Alki venue of Salty's overlooking a gorgeous view of a sunset-lit Seattle past the Puget Sound, where the reception was held in the evening. Actually, smiles and laughs were plentiful the entire day as it was a truly joyful occasion for the family and friends of both Christine and Alex. A sunny morning of golf for the guys and prep time for the girls at a beautifully tucked away Mukilteo home led up to a heartwarming ceremony held at Villa Academy in Laurelhurst. After vows were spoken and rings were exchanged, a party bus took our newlywed couple and their wedding party to the reception where the night was danced away. Take a look at their whole wedding film:

If you know of anyone who would adore having a Love Story shown on their wedding day, send them our way and we'd be more than thrilled to make that happen! There's nothing quite like getting to be a part of such a unique experience and for that we thank you, Christine and Alex! Here's to the lovely couple and to all of our future couples who we have yet to meet!