Huffman Studio

Huffman Studio Huffman Studio is the home of Lukas and Jesse Huffman, a director/writer team known for creating incisive, action-driven narrative video content.

“Climate change — it’s real first of all. Everyone, especially us, needs to know about it so we can save our future.” — ...
06/09/2021

“Climate change — it’s real first of all. Everyone, especially us, needs to know about it so we can save our future.”
— NYC Middle School Student

More films on the way this summer with festival screenings from Poland to Australia starting next month!

Back in 2019, we started collaborating with @nationalwildlife on a film about NYC middle school students learning to combat coastal climate change, right at home in their city. As if fighting climate change wasn’t enough for these kids, COVID hit and rocked the student’s boat hard. They showed us what the perseverance of the next generation of climate activists looks like. We’re honored to share their story in IT’S OUR FUTURE. Screening details to come. #globalwarming #science

Night Music premier info coming soon, but we could not sit on this poster art any longer! So much appreciation to @v_ind...
05/25/2021

Night Music premier info coming soon, but we could not sit on this poster art any longer!

So much appreciation to @v_industries for graphically telling our entire story on one piece of paper with grace and power. Look closely, what do you see?

Night Music is a short film about John and Alan Lomax’s first field recordings of tradition music sung by American prisoners. This is 1933, these men and women are on chain gangs and at work farms. The grace and power of their story is untouchable, but we’ve made a humble attempt.

Stay tuned. #alanlomax #johnlomax #libraryofcongress #folkmusic #traditionalmusic

In 1933 the legendary father-son musicologist team, John and Alan Lomax, created some of the first field recordings insi...
03/09/2021

In 1933 the legendary father-son musicologist team, John and Alan Lomax, created some of the first field recordings inside American prisons and work camps. They were white guys recording work songs and spirituals with incarcerated black men and women. The recordings went on to influence pop music all over the world. Needless to say, it was fragile ethical territory. On one hand they were able to document what is arguably the most beautiful and important music in American history. On the other hand they’d played a part in the tragic story of appropriating black culture.

We’ve humbly made the effort of creating a film about some of the Lomax recording sessions. It’s set amongst this sketchy moral transaction between the Lomaxes and prisoners. If anything, it celebrates the wisdom and humanity in this music. We can not wait to share this with the world. For now, all we’ve got is some BTS magic. COVID compliant to a T.
Thanks to our super producer @lasaint_anthonyc
Our cast: Michael Potts, @david_patrick_kelly @kevinbreznahan @luke.slatts @manny_done

Intrepid production partners: @kategellercasting @michael_belcher_dp @ambikasubra @domflemons @ancillarypost BTS 📹@clayrodriguez

It’s a bit odd to cut a social media trailer for a film that’s intentionally slow, hypnotic, experimental and a wee bit ...
01/29/2021

It’s a bit odd to cut a social media trailer for a film that’s intentionally slow, hypnotic, experimental and a wee bit sad. But, a film about the waves of 2020 are all of those things and releasing a trailer is what you do. It’s been one of the most gratifying projects to work on; telling the story of how the @the_quarry_project dance ensemble grapples with postponing their 2020 premiere...and finds strength in this mess. Trailer in bio 🔝Full-length soon for your visual mediation! #dance #cinema #art

It’s a bit odd to cut a social media trailer for a film that’s intentionally slow, hypnotic, experimental and a wee bit sad. But, a film about the waves of 2020 are all of those things and releasing a trailer is what you do. It’s been one of the most gratifying projects to work on; telling the story of how the @the_quarry_project dance ensemble grapples with postponing their 2020 premiere...and finds strength in this mess. Trailer in bio 🔝Full-length soon for your visual mediation! #dance #cinema #art

Can a computer tell you the risk-value balance of hugging during a pandemic? We all know there's bias flaws in artificia...
12/22/2020

Can a computer tell you the risk-value balance of hugging during a pandemic? We all know there's bias flaws in artificial intelligence. But, what about AI's ability to provide empathy? In our latest film with the NYT Politics R&D team we shine a light the "editor in the loop." She's the human heart behind the algorithm of NYT search engines. We are honored to stuff some compassion into the matrix with this one. Watch here: https://rd.nytimes.com/projects/prioritizing-human-perspectives-in-natural-language-processing

“Masks work. We’ll show you how.” ...by developing an @instagram effect that literally takes you inside a N95 mask and r...
11/23/2020

“Masks work. We’ll show you how.”
...by developing an @instagram effect that literally takes you inside a N95 mask and redefines journalism along the way! For our latest collaboration with the @nytimes R&D team we help tell the story behind creating their most recent, mind-bending AR narrative experience. We recommend checking out the How Masks Work effect before watching the film in bio. #stopthespread #ar

11/17/2020
NYTimes R&D on Twitter

Have you stopped to consider how a N95 mask actually stops the spread of COVID? Our friends on the R&D team at The New York Times built an Instagram filter to show you how. We're always grateful to collaborate with the smartest people in the room to help tell their stories. Episode 1 of a new series is out on The New York Times. More tech to come. #nytimes #StopTheSpreadOfCOVID19 #technology #filmmaking

https://twitter.com/NYTimesRD/status/1323369397445165056

“We built animated sequences in AR to visualize how masks protect people from coronavirus. R&D Engineer @NickBartzokas describes the technical challenges of using Spark AR and Instagram to transport readers into the magnified fibers of an N95 mask. https://t.co/GEpmLWoyvW”

11/12/2020

The 90s are back with some vintage @whiteymcconnaughy Kingpin films. I was barely 18 when I started filming with this crew. I found myself riding with a few of my heroes; @17is @therealjp @deucepiece @daveengland... The entire crew was older, funnier, more aggro, and way more opinionated than anybody I’d met. Since I was such a tongue-tied dork, I tried to get their attention with riding as hard as I could. Luckily @whiteymcconnaughy noticed enough to put me in a few classics. If you don’t have a VHS player, you’re in luck - now they’re on the internet. #snowboarding #kingpin

11/12/2020

The 90s are back with some vintage @whiteymcconnaughy Kingpin films.

“I started smoking when I was thirteen years old. I remember exactly where I was smoking that first cigarette. In the wo...
09/25/2020

“I started smoking when I was thirteen years old. I remember exactly where I was smoking that first cigarette. In the woods behind my house with some friends.” - JUUL addict

How do you tell a personal story about someone’s struggle with ni****ne addiction? We went with black and white cinematography, some trippy ink tank shots and a few old fashioned dissolves. Huge appreciation to Sam for being vulnerable and sharing his journey with us. Link in bio! #to***coexposed

Cinematography: @dannythedp
Production: @slmbr_prty @roccocampanelli_
Edit: @edwardshore

“I don’t think I’ll ever go back to ci******es. I’m more concerned if I can ever quit va**ng. It’s a different feeling.”...
09/25/2020

“I don’t think I’ll ever go back to ci******es. I’m more concerned if I can ever quit va**ng. It’s a different feeling.” - JUUL addict

How do you tell a personal story about someone’s struggle with ni****ne addiction? We went with black and white cinematography, some ink tank shots and a few old fashioned dissolves. Huge appreciation to Sam for being vulnerable and sharing his journey with us. Link in bio!

Cinematography: @dannythedp
Production: @slmbr_prty @roccocampanelli_
Edit: @edwardshore
#to***coexposed

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collab...
07/31/2020

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collaboration with choreographer Hannah Dennison. New film to come, made from projections on the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, VT. 🎥&📸 @shemispheres

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collab...
07/31/2020

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collaboration with choreographer Hannah Dennison. Look close to see our crew down there. New film to come, made from projections on the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, VT. 🎥&📸 @shemispheres

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collab...
07/31/2020

New work in progress. New materials; raft, trolling motor, projector, 80 foot rock wall. Some BTS from our latest collaboration with choreographer Hannah Dennison. New film to come, made from projections on the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, VT. 🎥&📸 @shemispheres

04/02/2020

We’ve been collaborating with the Vermont choreographer, Hannah Dennison, for over 10 years. It’s always a rare opportunity to stretch our visual and narrative vocabulary and rattle ourselves as ‘creatives.’ Our latest has been creating a series of films during the rehearsal sessions of her opus, The Quarry Project. The choreography is staged on the surface of the “world’s latest deep-hole dimension granite quarry.” It’s 600 feet deep. Staged, filmed and edited before COVID-19, there’s something eerily resonate about her work now. The full film is surfacing soon. The final dance performance was slated for August 2020. Stay safe please. #rockofagesgranitequarry

Around 2007 Renzo Piano designed the @nytimes tower with an exoskeleton that bounces sunlight around the rooms and helps...
01/21/2020

Around 2007 Renzo Piano designed the @nytimes tower with an exoskeleton that bounces sunlight around the rooms and helps maximize solar heating. Thirteen years later we find ourselves filming on the 15th floor in awe of the shadows the building throws. Thank you @rpbw_architects for the lighting design on our series for the NYT R&D team about the future of digital journalism! New episodes out soon! #newyork #newyorktimes #photogrammetry

Fresh air always does the body and mind good. As Vermonters, we’re always happy to help tell VT stories, especially when...
06/03/2019

Fresh air always does the body and mind good. As Vermonters, we’re always happy to help tell VT stories, especially when they’re about empowering youth. New work is out on the True North Wilderness Program site. Thanks to our intrepid collaborators braving the wilds on this one; @pablo_durana @with_the_whim @morganjwaters @afterhours.creative @edwardshore @cora_siragna @ Waitsfield, Vermont

Juuling, va**ng, e-cigs, heat-not-burn; call it what you will, the to***co industry has blood on their hands once again....
05/15/2019

Juuling, va**ng, e-cigs, heat-not-burn; call it what you will, the to***co industry has blood on their hands once again. We’ve been toiling away the past few months with our partners at @vice and @slmbr_prty on ‘The Promise,’ an investigative film about big to***co’s deceiving messaging behind all these new smokeless products. It’s been a fairly secretive production, but now that there’s posters for the film at London bus stops and in the Underground, I guess we can post. Coming Soon to the Internet near you! #v**e

When filming a long form documentary we find it’s good to have a pretty long camera (or two) in order to capture all the...
02/04/2019

When filming a long form documentary we find it’s good to have a pretty long camera (or two) in order to capture all the plot twists and turns. It’s been a pleasure and privilege shooting on the new Panavision DXL2 for our next film. Here’s the talented @dannythedp not letting his hair down on set. #panavision #youcanifyouthinkyoucan

People are always asking @huffmanstudio what inspires us... just kidding!!! Nobody ever asks that, but we are going to t...
12/29/2018

People are always asking @huffmanstudio what inspires us... just kidding!!! Nobody ever asks that, but we are going to tell you anyway. In order of inspirational potency;
1. Family.
2. A new year.
3. Sunsets at our local Prospect Park.
Here’s one of the last sunsets of 2018 at our local park. Thanks to all our collaborators for a crazy year. #prospectpark #inspirationalquotes

A flying car, a drone taxi, octocopter - call it what you will, we took a glimpse into the future of your daily commute ...
12/14/2018

A flying car, a drone taxi, octocopter - call it what you will, we took a glimpse into the future of your daily commute and... there’s gonna be some airspace issues. Our recent @vice collaboration takes place about 70 feet off the ground where we check-in on the race to create a flying car (our personal favorite). Full-link in bio👆🏻BTS 📸 by our intrepid creative producer @ethan_fudge #transportation #commute #future #aviation

11/20/2018
The Champion Mountain Biker Turned Drug Smuggler

How do you tell a true crime story without the moral finger-wagging? Stick to the facts: in the mid-90s the downhill mountain bike champion, Missy 'The Missile' Giove, busted down doors for female action sport athletes. Then she was arrested smuggling over a million dollars worth of ma*****na. After serving time, she's taking care of her wife who has stage 4 breast cancer. It was an honor for Huffman Studio be trusted by Missy herself and the U.S. DEA to handle this story with care for VICE and RYOT. This one is a bumpy ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbQAJMOr4-w&t=3s

VICE's Red Cards meets one of downhill biking's all-time biggest names, Missy "The Missile" Giove. One of the first women to break out on the mountain biking...

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10/15/2018

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10/08/2018
Inside The Most Precise Atomic Clock in the World

Can we hear the echo of the Big Bang coming back to Earth...?

Hang on to your seats as our next Huffman Studio & VICE collaboration goes under the hood of the most accurate atomic clock ever built. Physicist Jun Ye uses his invention to ask questions about space and time. Yes - this is some #interstellar #quantumphysics time-travel business. @edwardshore @okxavwegetit @meretemueller

The full episode is up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5sTxL-vvGU

From his basement lab in Boulder, Colorado, physicist Jun Ye and his team have built the world’s most precise atomic clock. The clock is so powerful it can m...

08/23/2018
The Most Unknown (Feature Film Official Trailer) | Exclusive Episodes Coming to YouTube August 23

100% NERD ALERT

Huffman Studio got called by the mad scientists at the VICE MOTHERBOARD content lab to help remix their award-winning feature length documentary, "The Most Unknown" into bite-sized internet pieces. The entire series airs this week, so find your thinking cap! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htk30zpNalM

Watch the full-length, feature film available now on Netflix! Nine episodes with exclusive bonus material are releasing on Motherboard YouTube starting this ...

07/30/2018
The Most Unknown (Official Documentary Trailer)

...Big Questions... Exciting Science... Life in Space... Life at the Bottom of the Ocean... We had the honor of helping VICE turn their feature documentary into a web series that will be launching soon. Start holding your breath. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtUaZk3_Njk&t=10s

JUNE SCREENING DATES for The Most Unknown are live. Please visit themostunknown.com for theater info and more details: 06/04 Anchorage, AK 06/05 Sedona, AZ 0...

Inside the IFP Labs - - IFP
02/09/2018
Inside the IFP Labs - - IFP

Inside the IFP Labs - - IFP

The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.

10/20/2017
Dear Future (Trailer)

Huffman Studio has been grinding hard with VICE MOTHERBOARD on a series about... nothing-less than The Future. The trailer just dropped and it's good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TN6lMGrDPI

Dear Future is Motherboard and CNET's new documentary series built on the premise that technology and science are still capable of wowing us. Fusion energy, ...

07/14/2017
Samsung Global

We've teamed up with our friends at R/GA to direct some summer content for Samsung Mobile. What'd we do? Shoot the biggest ice cream in NYC!

The taller the food, the higher the stakes. Capture all the flavor with the #GalaxyS8’s Food Mode.

Congrats to the entire When the Ocean Met the Sky team!
07/14/2017
Calgary International Film Festival

Congrats to the entire When the Ocean Met the Sky team!

As the Canada Day celebrations amp up, we wanted to share some of our favourite Canadian titles that have graced the Calgary Film lineup and helped take Canadian cinema to the next level!

Institutional scandals, drone farming, beer. It's been a big year at Huffman Studio and we put it all in one place. Enjo...
05/18/2017
REEL

Institutional scandals, drone farming, beer. It's been a big year at Huffman Studio and we put it all in one place. Enjoy the new reel: http://huffmanstudio.tv/reel

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Huffman Studio is an award-winning digital content studio. Founded by former professional snowboarders turned media professionals, the Huffman brothers bring an unconventional mindset to their visually moving and emotionally resonant storytelling.

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