For over 25 years Michael Harris and Baby Wild Films have been creating compelling, cost-efficient, broadcast-quality content for corporations large and small. Our corporate clients have included Yahoo!, Nintendo, Eddie Bauer, Snoqualmie Entertainment, Trillium Corporation and Lenga Patagonia, and Liberty Media Corporation, parent company for Celebrate Express, Costume Express, BuyCostumes.com, and Birthday Express, one of the world's leading online and catalogue retailer serving families with young children.
Baby Wild Films also is a great resource for small companies (with small budgets) looking to get the word out with effective social media-friendly videos. And beginning this year, Michael was even hired to consult and be a Spokesperson for the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), an industry group representing 29 businesses in Washington State and British Columbia.
Michael Harris was asked to produce this short film documenting the opening of Yahoo!'s new energy-efficient data center in Lockport, New York, an event attended by "Chief Yahoo" Carol Bartz and emceed by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and New York Governor David Patterson. The project not only set a new standard for green building but created approximately 100 new jobs in the middle of the Great Recession.
We were asked to create a series of 3-5-minute "How-To" videos for Liberty Media Corporation, one of the world's leading online retailers. For a budget of less than $10,000 and working with an internally sourced host who hadn't done on-air work for years, in just one principal day of shooting, Baby Wild Films produced 16 vignettes for the web, marketing the company's top-selling Halloween decorating wares. And our talent, the beautiful and hard-working Cara Smith, did an outstanding job. Executive produced and written by Stacey Janes. Directed and edited by Michael Harris. Photography by Mike Maniglia and Josh Wells.
"Washington Dental Service"The Human Resources Department of Washington Dental Service (WDS) hired us to produce an internal film, used for new employee orientation. WDS sent us to its Seattle headquarters as well as its offices in Spokane and Colville, Washington, to document and articulate each of the company's components. Dental insurance is hardly rock-and-roll, but Baby Wild Films was able to make efficient use of a relatively small budget to create a fun, motivating piece for WDS employees.
Client: Nintendo. Baby Wild Film was entrusted by Nintendo and its public relations firm Golan Harris International to capture a unique attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records -- the most people simultaneously blowing a bubble. We had one chance to document the event -- and with only one camera, as we were given just $2,500 to shoot and edit the principal video ("B-Roll") sent to media around the world. The record attempt was successful, with 536 people blowing bubbles on the convention floor of the annual PAX Conference held in Seattle, WA. And as far as capturing that magic moment... we didn't blow it.
Client: Trillium Corporation and Lenga Patagonia. As with a number of our corporate clients, Baby Wild Films has been pursuing a concurrent broadcast and non-broadcast production strategy in its work over the last year in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina/Chile. As we continue to produce our feature-length network film covering its natural and cultural history and a proposed Atlantic-to-Pacific trail there, we've also been capturing and editing spectacular footage of Lenga Patagonia's extensive properties, an endeavor which has been extremely valuable to the company as it seeks South American partners -- and in fact, as LP continues to be a leader in helping to make this extraordinary 88-mile trail project a reality. Nothing tells a story like great picutres. Michael Harris has been a longtime friend and collaborator with Trillium, dating back some 25 years, creating a wide array of corporate films for the company.
Michael Harris was the principal documentarian for Redmond, Washington-based retailer Eddie Bauer Inc. at the height of its global success, producing a wide range of in-store and direct mail videos for the company founded in 1920. Some of his films even made it to broadcast, winning a number of industry awards. Projects included "Heroes for the Earth," which profiled individuals around the world working to save wildlife and the wild places on which they depend, from famed primatologist Birutė Galdikas and her efforts with orangutans in Borneo, to Michael Werikhe and his fight to save black rhinos in Africa. Michael also produced what was at the time the largest direct mail video campaign ever undertaken -- a behind-the-scenes look at an Eddie Bauer catalog shoot, which went out to over six million homes.
Snoqualmie Fireworks Supply (Snoqualmie Entertainment)
A quick-but-explosive corporate gig for Baby Wild Films -- to shoot and edit a series of in-store exhibits for Snoqualmie Fireworks Supply. With two local firetrucks standing by, our crew got one crack to capture each Great Grizzly product demonstration, with just two cameras.