I’m going to be honest. Before purchasing my Llama Butler Doorstop from uncommon goods, my life was incomplete.
But this little purchase has filled that void. Not only is it handy for holding doors open, but it is also soft and adorable. Look, it’s not just that I now have a Llama in my house or a doorstop. I have a butler. And that…makes me more special, than people who don’t have a Llama Butler Doorstop.
Full disclosure: While some who know me might argue, I would never buy a $32 doorstop shaped like a Llama. This thing belongs in one of those SkyMall catalogues.
Was pleased to edit this video for Donate Life PA and Gift of Life via Pavone, the agency I accepted a job with earlier this year. Diane has a powerful story.
Creative directors: John Gilbert, David Spink, Paul Murray
ECD: Jeff Odiorne
Producer: Matt Campbell
Agency team: Stef Gibney, Zach Gibson, Megan George, Lee Cichanowicz, Kendra Yoder, Greg Carney, Lindsay Abayasekara, Cara Breslin, Raven McKeal, Kammi Bredbenner, Brent Suereth, Mike Deegan, Ian Hutchinson, Ryan Houck.
The video was directed by a photographer from Pittsburgh who had a great crew with him, and a natural gift for interviewing talent.
Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)
We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.
Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)
Role: writer, director
Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.
Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)
Role: writer, director
This video recently crossed 100,000 views on YouTube without any advertising.
Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)
Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)
The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)
Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD.
Nike ID – Patty Cake :15
Role: Director, co-star
(producer: Jeff Selis, CD: Mike Byrne)
model: leah dirksen
music: squeeze me i squeak
assistance/creative consultant: dyrayll goad
Jason Roark is a cinematographer and director living in Portland, Oregon. He’s worked as a commercial DP for advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and is known for his music video work for bands like the Decemberists, Electric Six, Calexico and Black Prairie. When he’s not building jib arms, and messing around with his many cameras and gadgets, he also finds time to play in bands, and edit video content. And, while the two aren’t related, he’s probably the only camera/guitar pro you’ll find who has both opened for the B52’s and filmed Christopher Lloyd. You can see some of Jason’s videos here and and an Old Spice commercial he lensed below.
I think, as far as I can tell, that it’s about constantly coming back to the realization of how lucky we are, and keeping a positive attitude, even when the passage is difficult.