FCTN_RVWS 003 | DJI Inspire 1

Out of the box, the DJI Inspire 1 is the biggest leap in consumer drones since the Phantom. Check out our review as we take this thing for a spin around the block.

FCTN_RVWS 002 | Atomos Shogun

We gave the Atomos Shogun 4k recorder a spin around the Fiction studio... check out our FCTN_RVWS 002.

FCTN_RVWS 001 | Sony a7s + MovCam

We've been using the Sony a7s a lot recently and decided to launch our new review series using it specifically as a video camera. Check it out fully rigged up with a Movcam cage kit.

2015 Addys

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We are super excited to have received a number of Addy's at the Orlando Addy Awards gala. It's really exciting to be a part of the growing creative community here in Orlando. The highlight of the night for Fiction was the judges  made up an entire category for our FCTN How To series so that we could win a best in show! Thanks to the Addy's and all of the other great winners. 

Drones, We Need To Talk

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The FAA is proposing a new set of rules that will regulate the friendly skies for drones. So what that means is, its time to have "The Talk" with our drones. You know that whole, “this has been fun but, is there really anything here?”. Do you really see yourself bringing your drone home to meet your parents, talking about it at work with your bros, whispering sweet nothings to it on Snapchat... for better or for worse its time to "Define The Relationship" with drones. Lets be honest though, we’ve needed to have this talk for a while. We’ve crossed over the friend zone and are now well into a full blown relationship with these machines. We bring them with us on nature hikes, we're always watching the sunset together, we're constantly posting beautiful photos we’ve taken together. Its time...time for us to either get serious or move onto something else. 

Breakfast @ ReBrand

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We've been sharing Breakfast @ videos for a little bit now but it was only recently that we took a look at the idea of creating an official identity for it. Knowing we were going to continue to explore the series, this was a great exercise for our team to get in the kitchen and cook up a logo and identity from scratch. 

Tebow’s Turkey Bowl

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Welcome ladies and gentleman to the 2014 Tebow Turkey Bowl. The Tebow Turkey Bowl is an event that’s held annually by none other than Tim Tebow, along with his crew of football loving family and friends, as a Thanksgiving tradition. This year, Fiction got an invite to join the festivities. Needless to say, we were excited and scared at the same time, knowing what fierce competitors the Tebow’s are.

Breakfast @: The Coop

For real ya'll, Breakfast @ The Coop! John Rivers, the man behind 4 Rivers & our new, local chicken joint The Coop invited us into his test kitchen to try out a few of his breakfast recipes. This is pretty much the ideal situation for us, showing up to a decked out kitchen full of delicious breakfast food! We did some work in that place and left with a ton of leftovers, as well as a great sense of accomplishment. Even Mr. Rivers said, "They just ate and ate and ate. I thought for sure they'd get full, but they didn't! We could've kept cooking!" Well sir, cook on we say! Stay tuned and follow The Coop because word is, they will be serving some of these delicious breakfast plates soon. 

FICTION SLINGSHOT NOMAD

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Its been a lil bit since the Stake Daddy and I have been out on the boat together. About the only thing that would get us out is to take the inaugural ride of our new custom FCTN Slingshot Nomad...

Noah Movie “Creation Clip”

Why We Like It: Its not a ground breaking effect, but the choice to use a stop motion type effect is a nice addition to an epic, over the top film like this. The fight sequence specifically is what caught our eye. Check it out in the sequence above, and read more to see the behind the scenes of building and shooting the ark on set.

Breakfast At Videri Chocolate Factory: The Fat Kid Benedict

We once took a trip to Raleigh NC, to visit Videri Chocolate Factory's new coffee bar. We realized that their factory is across the street from an Amtrak station. So is Fiction. We've dreamed of the day that we could just walk over, hop on the train and take it straight from the FCTN Mothership to Videri's chocolate heaven. Well my friends, not only did we do just that, but we also shared a breakfast like no other. This is Breakfast At Videri Chocolate. 

PinnyTown from New Balance Numeric

Why We Like It: One of the most impressive things at The NAB Show for us was watching the guy at the RED Digital Cinema booth printing directly off the RED Dragon. This is a really great example of how that could work in the field shooting video and photos with the same device at exactly the same time. 

From the Description: This video is beautifully shot on Red Digital Cinema cameras for New Balance Numeric with stills being pulled for a print article in Transworld Skateboarding Magazine. We grabbed a few from the magazines site, see below. 

Travel Log: Las Vegas

When we got home from The NAB Show in Vegas, we had all of this footage from our phones and travel cameras, a few time-lapse shots and ton of pics. We threw it all in a dropbox folder and sent it to our honorary Fiction travel crew @JonoSeneff, and he sent back this really fun edit that has us non stop smiling. Thanks Jono! Till next time Vegas...

COSMOS | Main Title Sequence

If you're going to remake one of the most influential educational series ever made, you have to do it at the right time, and with a lot of respect. Cosmos is a remake of Carl Sagan's 13 hour series that attempted to bring general scientific concepts to the masses during a time in our history when war and religious fundamentalists were ruling the airwaves. The remake of Cosmos has done a really great job of paying homage to this great show, and continues present the masses with visually stimulating illustrations of our current knowledge of science in a way that is digestible but also scientifically accurate. Check out the intro motion graphics of the show here and make sure you watch the rest of the series on the National Geographic Channel.

The Verge: The Future Is Now

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We had the amazing opportunity to be a part of Intel's "The Future is Now" series featured on The Verge. They featured our drone work and showed how we utilize these awesome tools. "The Future is Now is a 10-part video series that explores people and companies using Intel-powered technology to reinvent the future."

Special thanks goes out to Jordy KleinXCam Aerials, LLC for providing their rad custom RED helis. As well as a huge thanks to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Ronix Wake for letting us shoot at their amazing locations. 

Hope you guys dig!

Blank On Blank | PBS Digital Studios

Why We Like It: Fresh takes on vintage interview tapes from cultural icons. These animations give new life and keep you engaged to what may otherwise be just looked over or forgotten interviews. From Blank On Blank's description: "The future of journalism is remixing the past."

It's been rad y'all. See ya next time

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Freefly booth RC + black magic production camera in action.

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USB 3.0 flash drive

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Pretty cool to see Andrew Kramer from Video CoPilot. He's at the Adobe booth giving his insight on After Effects.

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Andrew Cramer at the adobe booth.

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This is 6k footage printed to IMAX film because no one make a 6k projector. RED is hands down the future of digital imaging.

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Red 6k theater

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The Aja Cion. Global shutter,4k, pro res.

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Really cool red run n gun set up.

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What Chase said.
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Holy freaking crap. These are printed images from the RED

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The black magic studio cam is a really cool design.

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There are 3 screens on this thing.

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The screen on the ursa is HUGE

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Te black magic booth is huge!

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Yuneek. A copter brand w android based remote. Set gps coordinates and let it fly. You just control camera.

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This drone is so legit.

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Day 2 NAB. We might dub this post production Tuesday. After we see a few more camera makers first.
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Welp, let's get this night started.

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The Sports are over! People are going nuts.
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And we're spent. See y'all tomorrow. Might wana check in tonight as things can get interesting.

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The Sony a7s. Super impressive.

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America Rising

"A wiser fellow than myself once said, 'Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes, well, the bar he eats you...'" Sometimes, in defeat, you can only hope to be left with a war wound - an interesting scar, something to talk about when seen, a mark that comes with not just a story, but a lesson as well.

An opportunity arose for Fiction to pitch a concept for one of the biggest political events of the year. Never being ones to pass up an opportunity, we decided it was worth it to put our full resources toward giving a creative pitch to obtain the job, meanwhile being mindful of one truth we’ve learned from jobs past...

Space Station Pitch

Here at Fiction, we believe that we can hang with the best of them when it comes to pitching. Visualizing the needs of a client, and how we can service them, is one of our favorite parts of any project. With that in mind, we would like to introduce to you our new series: Pitch Process. It will be a curated selection of the pitches that we've enjoyed producing most. We hope this series will give you an idea of not just what we do, but how we do.

2015 Addys

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We are super excited to have received a number of Addy's at the Orlando Addy Awards gala. It's really exciting to be a part of the growing creative community here in Orlando. The highlight of the night for Fiction was the judges  made up an entire category for our FCTN How To series so that we could win a best in show! Thanks to the Addy's and all of the other great winners. 

Breakfast @ ReBrand

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We've been sharing Breakfast @ videos for a little bit now but it was only recently that we took a look at the idea of creating an official identity for it. Knowing we were going to continue to explore the series, this was a great exercise for our team to get in the kitchen and cook up a logo and identity from scratch. 

Tebow’s Turkey Bowl

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Welcome ladies and gentleman to the 2014 Tebow Turkey Bowl. The Tebow Turkey Bowl is an event that’s held annually by none other than Tim Tebow, along with his crew of football loving family and friends, as a Thanksgiving tradition. This year, Fiction got an invite to join the festivities. Needless to say, we were excited and scared at the same time, knowing what fierce competitors the Tebow’s are.

Breakfast @: The Coop

For real ya'll, Breakfast @ The Coop! John Rivers, the man behind 4 Rivers & our new, local chicken joint The Coop invited us into his test kitchen to try out a few of his breakfast recipes. This is pretty much the ideal situation for us, showing up to a decked out kitchen full of delicious breakfast food! We did some work in that place and left with a ton of leftovers, as well as a great sense of accomplishment. Even Mr. Rivers said, "They just ate and ate and ate. I thought for sure they'd get full, but they didn't! We could've kept cooking!" Well sir, cook on we say! Stay tuned and follow The Coop because word is, they will be serving some of these delicious breakfast plates soon. 

FICTION SLINGSHOT NOMAD

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Its been a lil bit since the Stake Daddy and I have been out on the boat together. About the only thing that would get us out is to take the inaugural ride of our new custom FCTN Slingshot Nomad...

Breakfast At Videri Chocolate Factory: The Fat Kid Benedict

We once took a trip to Raleigh NC, to visit Videri Chocolate Factory's new coffee bar. We realized that their factory is across the street from an Amtrak station. So is Fiction. We've dreamed of the day that we could just walk over, hop on the train and take it straight from the FCTN Mothership to Videri's chocolate heaven. Well my friends, not only did we do just that, but we also shared a breakfast like no other. This is Breakfast At Videri Chocolate. 

Travel Log: Las Vegas

When we got home from The NAB Show in Vegas, we had all of this footage from our phones and travel cameras, a few time-lapse shots and ton of pics. We threw it all in a dropbox folder and sent it to our honorary Fiction travel crew @JonoSeneff, and he sent back this really fun edit that has us non stop smiling. Thanks Jono! Till next time Vegas...

Close Encounters Of The Phantom Kind

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I've always loved the asthetic of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love how they used lights to imply the shapes of the UFO as opposed to spelling it out for the viewer. So I figured I would try to recreate a similar vibe with the DJI Phantom and see what would come of it. I attached some lights that I bought from Home Depot and shot some long exposure shots of the phantom flying around. I then brought them back into the computer and created some cool patterns in photoshop. Below are some of the comps I mocked up. I want to strap the worlds brightest flash light to it next and see what happens. Maybe fly it through a forest like a UFO with a tractor beam.

Fiction Wins Multiple ADDY’s

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Hey! We won some ADDY Awards. 4 awards out of 5 submissions aint bad. Although we did win every single thing we submitted last year which was....just Gallagher. We are very proud of the work our crew has done and happy to sit along side some really fantastic creative work coming out of Orlando. We're also quite pleased to have shown a grown man in a speedo as well as a business card for the worlds first Analrapist at the Addy Awards Gala.

FCTN Apparel Gift Box

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You may have noticed we just got all new Fiction shirts and hoodies. We want to share the love and give you a box full of the new swag. We are going to pick 10 lucky retweeters to win one. Just Retweet this post from @FCTN_LIFE and we will randomly select from the first 100 people to retweet this post. 

Fiction Apparel Look Book

FCTN Skateboards

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We've been wanting Fiction Skateboards for a very long time. So, when Chase came across Natural Log, we knew we had to get them to make us some decks. Instead of designing them ourselves, we sent them our logos and let them run wild. When the boxes came in we were totally blown away with what they did with the designs. We can't wait to thrash Winter Park with these things! Thanks again to Natural Log for the great work.

Craft A Brew

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We recently got a call from Craft A Brew, makers of a "brew your own beer" brew kit, who needed a demonstration video to help visualize the process of making your own beer. Now, clearly, we couldn't make a video showing how to use their kit without actually trying the product first. So, we acquired one of their American Pale Ale kits...

Happy Holidays From FICTION: Christmas Sweater Givaway

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Happy Holidays people! Everyone loves ugly Christmas sweaters...or do they? We decided to make our very own Fiction Christmas Sweater. Want to win one? We've got 10 extras with your names on them, just Retweet this post from @FCTN_LIFE and we will randomly select from the first 50 people to retweet this post. 

Breakfast At Black Bean Deli: Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Edition

If theres one holiday that will leave you with weeks worth of leftovers... its Thanksgiving. If you're too stuffed to have breakfast the day after, you're definitely making a leftover sandwich for lunch, now its up to you how creative you get. Most families and people we know stick to the classic white bread, mayo and turkey...nothing wrong with that. Our crew here at Fiction decided to ask the question, "What would the ultimate, leftover sandwich look like?" We asked our buddy Andre Corton, owner of the famous Orlando cuban joint Black Bean Deli, how he would make a leftover sandwich. Behold, the "Ultimate After Sanksgiving Leftover Monte Cristo Sandwich"...

Breakfast At Chase’s: Homemade Chick Fil A Chicken Biscuits

"Breakfast At Chase's" is the second installment of our Breakfast At series. Here, Chase takes on the famed Chick Fil A Chicken Biscuit by making it from scratch, complete with homemade buttermilk biscuits. The requirements for hosting a Breakfast At are simple, making us food and reminiscing about Breakfast At Blairs. Even if you were not there, Blair helps catch you up to date with talk of mash bags, hummus and all the meats. 

Chase has mapped out his recipe below in detail of how he made this masterpiece, as well as helpful hints about how to make your own.

Tobias Funke Business Card

main pic cropHere in the Fiction office, we kept kicking around ideas to celebrate the new Arrested Development season coming out on Netflix this weekend. Being that we are now in the Final Countdown, we decided to cruise over to Mamas Sauce and re-create Tobias Fünke's hilarious business card as a 3-color letterpress print on super thick 220# Lettra stock - HUZZAH!...you know, just for fun. It's an ongoing joke in the series, so if for some sad reason, you "blue" it and havent watched it (*clears throat...Chase), all of this is going to be really confusing. For all the fans, read more for a chance to have a card of your own. We're literally giving them away..its practically A FIRE...sale.  

We Cant Golf

closest to pin-1Each year, we sponsor and film the Tim Tebow Celebrity Golf Classic. The foundation does great things for a lot of kids around the world, to learn more go to www.timtebowfoundation.org. As a perk, we also get to play in it. It's always fun anticipation to see who's going to be our celebrity teammate. This time around, we were not let down, fore (get it) we were teamed up with Alfonso Ribeiro. You most likely know him as Carlton Banks, and he's a serious golfer, with some serious skills (2 Handicap).

Publix Vine Ripe Tomatos

title8There are two things we undeniably really love, the first, obviously, is food &  second is RC Helicopters. When we got the call from Publix to shoot one of their tomato farms, we were super pumped when they mentioned aerial footage. Essentially, this is a perfect tri-fecta for us, working with the team at Publix, eating, and flying RCs. 

Breakfast At Nicks

Welcome to our new series entitled "Breakfast At". It all started when our buddy Blair over at Hog Eat Hog invited us over to his Airstream to have "Breakfast At Blairs". It was an intimate gathering of friends that we didn't document very well because that was not the purpose. We liked the idea so much though that we wanted to start the tradition of having breakfast at different friends houses. We've had other breakfast gatherings of varying success but when it was Nicks turn to host, it was a true celebration. Enjoy the video and keep an eye out for more.

DC//SF

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On a recent trip to San Francisco to announce the Shepard Fairey Mission Patch at the Engadget Expand Conference, we had to make a quick stop in Washington DC for some super important meetings. The first of which was with Shelton the Barber...

Videri Coffee Bar

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Our buds at Videri Chocolate Factory in Raleigh, North Carolina just opened their new coffee bar exclusively serving Stumptown Coffee. ( If you are unfamiliar with Videri check out our video here ). They really know how to get our attention, throwing a party with free local Trophy beer, free chocolate samples, Stumptown coffee...umm yeah, we were not going to miss this. They also had artist Sean Marlin showing and hanging out. Needless to say it was a great time...

New Publix Sub

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Fiction Apparel

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Casis Mission Patch: By Shepard Fairey

Part of our philosophy at Fiction is when we do something creative, we try to do something different and better than it has ever been done before. So, when our client CASIS  told us that they wanted us to do the mission patch for their inaugural flight, we knew that we not only had an amazing opportunity, but we really wanted to make sure we delivered something that represented forward thinking and relevance. When we started thinking about it internally, we knew that we had the ability to design the patch, but we wanted to think bigger than our circle of influence. When we sat down to talk about it in our creative meeting, the first words that came out of my mouth were, "Shepard Fairey should do this". Thinking this was just a shot in the dark idea, we all kind of looked at each other and said " well, we at least have to try ".  Nick, being the sophisticated pitch man he is, reached out to Shepard Fairey's team that day, and much to everyone's amazement, he responded very promptly with his interest in the project.

Friday Moment of ZEN

I always love when Jon Stewart does his Moment of Zen at the end of The Daily Show...this is sort of our version featuring Shop Dog Steve. Happy Friday.

Neon Graveyard

Recently while checking out all the new gadgets at CES in Las Vegas, a couple of us broke off and ventured towards old downtown Las Vegas to visit The Neon Museum. We figured it was a good idea to get away from the Roulette tables and flyer jockeys for a bit and have some good ol fashioned tourist museum fun. We were not really into the idea of going on the tour they make you go on but im glad we did...hearing the history and insane paranoid competiveness of the old casinos was really fascinating. Plus it was a fun to shoot the Canon EOS Mirrorless camera with touchscreen. Edited with VSCO 02 in Lightroom 4.

Polaroids: Impossible 8X10

Our photographer pal Bear stopped by on our first day back to work after the holidays with his Deardorff 8x10. He's been sitting on a pack of Impossible 8X10 polaroids waiting to test them out on a clearly, well rested FICTION crew. Besides the ladies, we definitely look like the morning after New Years Eve. If you remember our Ghostly Polaroids, these are similar but a lot sharper and impressively much larger, shot with a 360mm Super Symmer lens.

Cracker Challenge

At lunch our DP Matt Staker casually challenged Chase to eating 5 Saltine Crackers in a minute. Chase ate 5 in 35 seconds leaving us confused if we were even doing the right challenge...he made it looks so easy. Scary easy. He said he could eat 10 in a minute, so we brought it back to the office to find out...

Best Of 2012

Here are few tunes and videos we've enjoyed passing around the office. Our hope is you find something new that may have slipped passed you, or just laugh again at one of these ridiculous videos. Who's ready for NYE?

2012: A Space Oddity

This space suit arrived the day before our crew was set to start a commercial ad shoot for our client CASIS. We couldn't resist taking it out for a stroll in our neighborhood. It was unreal the equal response of people freaking out at the sight of a space man walking down the street, and the complete opposite of people continuing on, like seeing a space man is a part of their every day norm. Here are just a few images we grabbed as the space man descended upon Winter Park, FL in search of the meaning of life.

Ethiopia: Part II

When we left the Ape Shit Squad last, they were galavanting across the plains of Ethiopia. We catch up with them in Axum, an ancient city that dates back to biblical times. Chase is involved with a school in this area so we wanted to see the progress, and get to know some of the kids.

Halloween At The FCTN Office

No one is safe, even without scary masks!

Ethiopia: Part I

The Ape Shit Squad is a crew of 5 travelers who traverse the globe in search of the most real experiences a human can have, we call it "Riding the Yeti". Our latest trip was to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a land of many beautiful sites, smells, and people. For a couple of us, it was our first time, so the idea was to tour the country and look at the sites, some manufacturing processes, and visit a School that Chase is involved with in the northern part of Ethiopia.

Shop Dog: Theo

Shop Dog Theo is a Newfoundland. Theo likes sleeping, slobbering, and being regal. His favorite Disney character is Eore, and his favorite food is whatever is in the trash. Theo enjoys saving people in the swimming pool, and farting in his sleep. His favorite color is baby blue and when he grows up he wants to explore the other side of the lake.

Mr. Carter

We received a last-minute call from Alliance Visual Experiences requesting our DP to shoot an interview with Lil Wayne at his skatepark in Miami. Luckily, Matt just received his pilots license and was able to get to the job quickly. We shot this using a Red Scarlet with a Canon mount on a dolly, and a Canon 5D for B camera.

Half Day @FCTN_LIFE

This is what happens when we watch surf videos in the office, we take a half day and drive to the coast. Here's to hoping it becomes a regular series, especially after seeing the new Hero 3 Black Edition from GoPro. 

For more shenanigans follow our Twitter and Instagram.

Shop Dog: Steve

The first installment in our shop dog series is with Steve. Steve is a french bulldog who likes being a jerk, itching his front foot with his back claw, and snoring. Steve has a tattoo on his penis, and weighs about 30 lbs. Steve's favorite color is purple, and his favorite band is the Henry Rollins Band. 

Client Perks

When one of your clients manages the International Space Station, you get the privilage to see first-hand the rockets that supply it. We are working on some incredible stuff for CASIS and they arranged for us to see the Falcon 9 a few days before it delivers a payload to the Space Station. This particular rocket is owned and operated by Space X, which you've probably heard mentioned in the news as it was started by Tesla Motors, and PayPal founder, Elon Musk.

Look forward to the Falcon launching Sunday, Oct 7 at 8:30pm, if weather permits. 

My Week with Gallagher

How do you say no to Gallagher when the phone call comes in that he’ll be down a week ahead of schedule? What does one do with ten days of Gallagher-time exactly? And, more importantly, how many life lessons does one learn, both directly and indirectly, from a 66-year-old veteran of comedy who once was the biggest name in the game? In order: You don’t say no, jump at any opportunity that leaves you with stories for life. Next, do whatever you would normally do for 10-days, only with Gallagher tagging along. The short answer to the latter; it’s immeasurable.

FCTN_RVWS 003 | DJI Inspire 1

Out of the box, the DJI Inspire 1 is the biggest leap in consumer drones since the Phantom. Check out our review as we take this thing for a spin around the block.

FCTN_RVWS 002 | Atomos Shogun

We gave the Atomos Shogun 4k recorder a spin around the Fiction studio... check out our FCTN_RVWS 002.

FCTN_RVWS 001 | Sony a7s + MovCam

We've been using the Sony a7s a lot recently and decided to launch our new review series using it specifically as a video camera. Check it out fully rigged up with a Movcam cage kit.

Drones, We Need To Talk

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The FAA is proposing a new set of rules that will regulate the friendly skies for drones. So what that means is, its time to have "The Talk" with our drones. You know that whole, “this has been fun but, is there really anything here?”. Do you really see yourself bringing your drone home to meet your parents, talking about it at work with your bros, whispering sweet nothings to it on Snapchat... for better or for worse its time to "Define The Relationship" with drones. Lets be honest though, we’ve needed to have this talk for a while. We’ve crossed over the friend zone and are now well into a full blown relationship with these machines. We bring them with us on nature hikes, we're always watching the sunset together, we're constantly posting beautiful photos we’ve taken together. Its time...time for us to either get serious or move onto something else. 

The Verge: The Future Is Now

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We had the amazing opportunity to be a part of Intel's "The Future is Now" series featured on The Verge. They featured our drone work and showed how we utilize these awesome tools. "The Future is Now is a 10-part video series that explores people and companies using Intel-powered technology to reinvent the future."

Special thanks goes out to Jordy KleinXCam Aerials, LLC for providing their rad custom RED helis. As well as a huge thanks to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Ronix Wake for letting us shoot at their amazing locations. 

Hope you guys dig!

NAB Show 2014: Live Blog April 7 & 8

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We're live at the NAB Show. Follow along as we wander the many rad happenings in the world of video production and technology. If you want us to check out something or more importantly, if you want us to go to In & Out while we're out here tweet us @fctn_life

Field Test: iPhone 5s Slo Mo

OK, So first and foremost its important to note that this is a camera on your cell phone. Secondly…. THIS IS A CAMERA ON YOUR FREAKING CELL PHONE!!!! When we saw the 30th Anniversary Apple commercial shot entirely on the iPhone, we were inspired to go out and test the slow mo capabilities of the iPhone 5s. What we found was not only surprisingly impressive, but also its kind of mind blowing when you think that only 5 years ago the iPhone was introduced without video capabilities and is now shooting higher frame rates than the majority of prosumer video cameras on the market. So go ahead and push play on the first of our new series called "Fiction Field Tests". We will be taking all kinds of new technologies out into the field with us and posting fun content for you to nibble on in the up coming months. Hope you guys enjoy and stay tuned for more!

Live From CES 2014

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We're at the International Consumer Electronic Show, socially known as #CES2014, live blogging all of the new gadgets and tools as well as anything from the show that strikes our fancy, which could literally be anything...

SOUL Electronics: Combat Series

Recently, we had the opportunity to produce the Tim Tebow portion of Soul Electronic's video campaign for their new Combat Series headphones.  Not only are the performance-specific headphones legit, but we had a great time shooting with Tim, as always.  Check out some BTS photos from our shoot.

DJI Phantom: What Is It And Why You Need One

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I've been flying RC Airplanes for almost a decade now, always hoping that some day my love for RC flying and shooting images would come together and make beautiful aerial footage babies. Well people, that day is here! That's not to say that RC heli shooting hasn't been around, but to get into it required a professional level of experience in building and flying the machines, not to mention it being expensive. DJI has built the Phantom to cater to people just like me, who want a ready-to-fly machine that is easy and built for shooting. I decided to jump in and see what this thing was all about, and here is our official review of the DJI Phantom.

FCTN Product Test 003: DJI Phantom

Lately, we've been really into RC helicopters and the amazing footage that they are capable of capturing. We decided to test out the DJI Phantom to see what this thing could really do and were pleasantly surprised when combining this easy-to-use quad copter with a Go Pro Hero 3. While traveling to places like The Isle of Man, Hawaii, the East Coast of Florida, and in our backyard in Winter Park over the last 4 months, we made sure to bring the DJI Phantom along with us.  Here is a reel we put together of some of our favorite footage. Let us know what you think...

Webby Honoree

g webby3The 17th Annual Webby Awards received 11,000 entries from all 50 US states and over 60 countries worldwide. Gallagher In Slow Motion was chosen along with only 9 other entries as an Honoree! There are 5 nominees in our category you can still vote on, we are happy to be in such a distinguished group, check out the other 9 Honorees here.

Welcome Josh McWilliams

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We are psyched to have Josh on our team as our newest Director. He just completed his first project for Fiction directing videos for Barn Light Electric, an incredibly cool lighting manufacturer and retailer based right here in Florida. We produced 3 videos highlighting what they do & how they do it. See the videos here.

iPHONE 5 vs CANON EOS M: Best Travel Camera

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The world of shooting and sharing photos has changed a lot in the last 5 years. The size of the screen that you view your photos on is getting increasingly smaller and the line between phone camera and amazing image quality is becoming increasingly blurry. I travel quite a bit and I have constantly been on the hunt for the perfect travel camera, and as loads of mega pixels become more and more portable, I struggle with whether its even worth it to bring a larger format camera or even a point and shoot camera on a trip with me. I took a couple of trips the first quarter of 2013 and decided to do a comparison of the Canon EOSM vs the iPhone 5 to give myself and hopefully you, the reader, a little clarity as to whether or not your smart phone camera is really all it's cracked up to be, and to answer the question, "Is shooting on a superior image really worth it, if at the end of the day people are only experiencing your photos on a 4 X 2.5 inch screen? "

Creative Mornings Orlando: Nick Sambrato

This past February our VP Nick Sambrato was asked to speak on the theme of MONEY at Creative Mornings Orlando. If you are unfamiliar with Creative Mornings, its a monthly breakfast lecture series that focuses on a specific topic each month. There are chapters around the world from New York to Stockholm to Singapore, all contributing to the global conversation. Orlando being in this mix really says a lot about our community here and the talent that we have in the area.   

We were really proud of Nick and think he had a fresh take on how to raise the bar for our local creative class that is very applicable to all communities. 

2013 Gold Addy

Very proud of our FICTION team for winning a Gold Addy Award for Gallagher In Slow Motion. It was really cool to watch the video in a room full of people that probably hadnt seen it before. 

Love Letters

We are happy to present this video we contributed in helping Hamilton Wood Type + Print Museum. They are of great significance to the design world and are in need of assistance raising money for their forced relocation. Our friends at Mamas Sauce put together such a ridiculous cast of talented designers to create "Love Letters", a project that donates all proceeds toward Hamilton's very expensive move. It's a set of 7 letterpressed coasters: A, E, I , O, U, &, Y, all neatly packaged and available for purchase here. Huge thanks to Keegan Dewitt for helping us and contributing music for this video.

Read more for a special 'Things have come full-circle' story below...

FICTION’s Best Of CES

When we decided to go to CES this year it, was for 2 reasons. One, we love the future and companies that push it, and two, these things called " gadgets " are what we use to produce the work we love doing. CES is a hyper fusion of consumer electronics like TV's, car audio, and iPhone cases mixed with a massive number of professional camera companies like Canon, Sony, and Nikon, to name a few. The Fiction crew went to the conference, so we only thought it fitting to give you our best, worst, and most fun parts of what some people call CES, but what we call "Nerdfest 2013".

Fiction Artist Series 001: Blair Sligar of Hog Eat Hog

Part of what makes Fiction what, and who it is, are the talented artists we call friends. We've commissioned a handful of people to help create an atmosphere here at the Fiction Headquarters that reflects our tastes, and also allows the artist to shine at what they do best. We commissioned Blair to bring our brand out of the digital world and into the physical world by outfitting our work spaces and installing art pieces. This is the first installment of our Artist Series.

This is the work of Blair Sligar, lead designer and owner of Hog Eat Hog

Fiction Product Test 002: Scarlet Low Light Test

After many years of blissfully-ignorant happiness in the world of DSLR video capture, we here at Fiction have seen the light. What light is that? The beautiful light of RED 4k Raw footage imported directly into premiere and edited with no transcoding. It's a beautiful thing I must say. 

Fiction Product Test 001: The Phantom Miro Starring Gallagher

When we ran into the Phantom Miro at NAB this year, we knew we had to come up with the perfect subject to put its capabilities to the test. Enter Gallagher: 80's icon and nemesis to watermelons the world over. He's a master smasher, word-smith, and complete science geek extraordinaire with a work ethic that brought him to us early and had him staying late... It's hard to actually put into words what 10 days with Gallagher is like. In reality, it isn't much different than the video shows. Sometimes it feels like everything is 3,200 fps and sometimes it's ramped faster than reality. No matter what, it's a smashing good time.

Making Scout

THE INSPIRATION

While location scouting for one of our Fiction shoots, I thought to myself "there has got to be a better way to do this." The iPhone, and all of its super functional hardware, really is the perfect tool for providing location data: amazing photo quality, video capture, GPS information, 4G connection sharing instantly. Realizing that I had a strong desire and need for such a tool, coupled with the fact that it had yet to be been done properly, I instantly put out a facebook post searching for developers. I sifted through everything from freelance developers to high end mobile dev tech companies, and eventually landed somewhere in the middle with a reasonably priced local mobile company that I felt confident could handle the development of this idea. I then enlisted my friend and brilliant designer Bobby Sattler to create the brand, and design the UI alongside me.