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EMB Films

EMB Films EMB Films is a boutique film production company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in visual storytelling with award winning cinematography, and ground breaking creativity.

We are a team of filmmakers (Cinematographer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, and Colorist) that love to help people tell their stories. We provide comprehensive film production services, aerial cinematography, & equipment rentals, audio-post production, color correction company.

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For the last 1.5 years, EMB Films has been a key participant in a small startup (Invair Systems) developing solutions fo...
09/10/2020
Safeflow Crowd Health Monitoring for Elevated Temperatures and Mask Wearing

For the last 1.5 years, EMB Films has been a key participant in a small startup (Invair Systems) developing solutions for helping to make our public infrastructure safer with technical imaging. We expanded that by responding to the current pandemic with solutions for self-made masks, and now imaging system that monitors for elevated body temperature and people not wearing masks in areas where that is required.

We are very proud to announce the rollout of this new system: Safeflow Monitoring.

Entrance and public area crowd monitoring for elevated temperature and mask wearing at the speed of business with no need to slow or halt human flow. www.safelowmonitoring.com

Here is something cool from Invair Systems, the company EMB Films has been working with for the last year+ doing aerial ...
04/09/2020

Here is something cool from Invair Systems, the company EMB Films has been working with for the last year+ doing aerial power infrastructure inspections.

04/03/2020

Its been about 1.5 years since my last post here. The World and EMB Films has been undergoing a lot of change, and I thought I'd let those that are interested know what we have been up to.

Mid-2018 we pulled out of our studio facility in Oakland and put much of our audio recording/producing and audio-post work in moth-balls. This was based on two factors.
1) the music studio industry has been killer hard to make a good living at, particularly for mid-sized facilities. Ultra premium studios will always have a place, but so many great tools and tech is available to anyone for not too much money its become hard to justify the costs for a multi-room facility, equipment maintenance, and upgrades to maintain relevancy. More and more audio post work is being done on a laptop or small edit desk.
2) after about 15 years sharing a recording space and equipment with another recording business, personality and style clashes made working together no fun.
So we took a hiatus from the audio world to reassess what we can do in that space.

On the Cinematography/filmmaking front, a similar re-tooling started around the same time. I’ve spent 20 years working in indie films as a freelancer, and have had a fair amount of success. But again, I felt the world changing around me. Having started to work with drones for areal cinematography, I expanded into mapping and inspection work. At the beginning of 2019, I took a full-time gig inspecting utility infrastructure for a large NorCal utility. That proved to be a very good fit for my skill-set and I was promoted several time to my current role as Operations Manager and Sr Systems Developer for a large drone inspection company. That was a crazy left turn for me, and not without some sadness at leaving indie-filmmaking in my taillights. But the rewards and challenges of being on the forefront of this emerging technology have made the transition pretty enjoyable for the most part.

On the Recording Studio front, we have just completed building a modest project studio with some choice gear that I believe is property sized for the business model we are pursuing. We can work at a very high level but without the huge overhead we had to support in our past incarnation. So I am very excited to announce that EMB Films v3.0 is alive and available for music recording/producing and audio post work! This is spearheaded by my business partner in crime Sr Recording Engineer, Winter.

For now, we are hunkered down, writing new songs and expanding our offerings as we wait for the the pandemic dust to hopefully settle. But we are able to work and record. So if you want to take advantage of this down time, give us a call and we can discuss how to work with the social distancing guidelines and still create inspiring music or scores.

I wish you all the best luck in weathering this difficult time.

Cheers,
Paul Nordin
Winter Jp Sichelschmidt

10/12/2018
Paul

Paul

I'm proud to announce that "Life and the Lady", a beautiful short film I was the cinematographer and colorist for, has won best experimental film at Toronto! Congratulations to Micha Dunston, the producer, director, and underwater DP! This one was a passion project extraordinaire...

The Valley is making a limited theatrical run!
05/20/2018

The Valley is making a limited theatrical run!

We are excited to announce that The Valley will be coming to select theaters in ten cities across the U.S.!!

Stay tuned for updates and ticket links at: https://www.thevalleyfilm.com/buy-tickets/

Distributed by Wavefront Pictures

#TheValleyMovie #EndTheStigma #BreakTheStigma #YouBelong #StopSuicide #WhyIsThisHappening #IndieFilm #StrongConnections #StopAndListen #WomenInFilm #ImmigrantVoices #WhoYouAreMatters #EmpathyMatters #YourVoiceMatters

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01/31/2018

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01/31/2018

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01/31/2018

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01/18/2018
EMB Studios Gear Report #2 - DJI X7 Camera

The FINAL version NEW and IMPROVED version of Gear Report #2 - DJI X7 Camera Tech Review. I

I had enough people asking for help interpreting some of the charts, particularly the wide-angle view distortion evaluation images, that I decided to make a new version of the video with visual aids to help interpret the charts, better music, b-roll, plus some corrections to the chart lower-thirds.

For those of you who have already viewed the video, if you could find it in your heart to visit this new version and like it on youtube, maybe even subscribe to the channel if you want to see more drone and cinematography related Gear Report videos, I would greatly appreciate it! So without further delay the final version of this X7 Technical Review!:

https://youtu.be/kHDnZBGaP64

This EMB Studio' Gear Report, is a technical evaluation of DJI's new Zenmuse X7 Super35 Camera and 4-lens set (16, 24, 35, 50mm) for the zDJI Inspire 2 drone...

01/13/2018
EMBS Gear Report - DJI X7 Tech Test

2017 has been an exciting time at EMB Studios, with a lot of work in Drone-Aerial Cinematography. To that end, we just invested in the very new DJI Zenmuse X7 Super35 camera for our biggest drone. Here is my technical review of the camera and 4-lenses. If you like knowing objectively how the camera performs then this is a great video to start with. For best viewing of the charts, watch this in 4k.

WARNING: resolution charts are not for everyone! If you only want to know my opinion, jump past the chart section of the video. ALSO, this was my first attempt at vlogging with my iPhone....Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/XxKr5aWFg8U

This, the second EMB Studio' Gear Report, is a technical evaluation of DJI's new Zenmuse X7 Super35 Camera and 4-lens set (16, 24,35, 50mm) for the Inspire 2...

EMB Films
07/01/2017

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A great start to 2017 for EMB Studios!Congratulation to cinematographer Paul Nordin, andsound mixer Winter Jp Sichelschm...
02/13/2017

A great start to 2017 for EMB Studios!
Congratulation to cinematographer Paul Nordin, and
sound mixer Winter Jp Sichelschmidt

Pair of Barbetta Sona 41C Keyboard Amps/PAs
11/23/2016
Pair of Barbetta Sona 41C Keyboard Amps/PAs

Pair of Barbetta Sona 41C Keyboard Amps/PAs

I'm selling a pair of Barbetta Sona 41c Stage Amps. These great sounding keyboard amps have a wide sound field, and each have 2x10 speakers and a tweeter and put out a lot of clean sound. I've used...

EMB Studios produces new Sharon Knight Music Video
11/10/2015
EMB Studios produces new Sharon Knight Music Video

EMB Studios produces new Sharon Knight Music Video

On Nov 2, the recording artist Sharon Knight released the "PORCELAIN PRINCESS Music Video", which is the first music video off of her new upcoming album "PORTALS". EMB Studios is proud to have been...

EMB Films
07/04/2015

EMB Films

Paul Nordin signs on to shoot "August Falls"
05/19/2014
Paul Nordin signs on to shoot "August Falls"

Paul Nordin signs on to shoot "August Falls"

Paul Nordin has been signed on as Cinematographer for director, Sam Hancock's, sophomore feature film "August Falls".  The murder/suspense genre film, co-written by Hancock, is scheduled to go into...

01/29/2014

January at EMB Studios is all about music videos! We are shooting 6 of them! 4 songs for Glass House Music's new releases, "Soul Crusher" for George Anderson's "From Hell" album, and a "Revenge of the Nerds-Talent Show" spoof for Zazzle.com.
Are we having fun yet?! Heck Yeah!

Great news about a special movie to EMBS!
05/13/2013
"Us" Movie News

Great news about a special movie to EMBS!

We are thrilled to announce that Us will be making its world premiere at the historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, June 4th at 9:30 pm!

Samples from a photo shoot I did of Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer Tim Rayborn
05/09/2013

Samples from a photo shoot I did of Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer Tim Rayborn

Here is Ian Degner, my 1AC as he preps my Epic for the next shot of a feature I'm currently shooting called "After Ever ...
03/13/2013

Here is Ian Degner, my 1AC as he preps my Epic for the next shot of a feature I'm currently shooting called "After Ever After". We are 1/3 of the way through production and its been a great experience so far, working with a great crew, and production team.

EMB Studios produces whimsical video for UC Berkeley
08/12/2012
EMB Studios produces whimsical video for UC Berkeley

EMB Studios produces whimsical video for UC Berkeley

On August 12, EMBS completed principal photography of a video we are creating for UC Berkeley to celebrate the unveiling of their newly refurbished Berkeley Memorial Stadium. The video titled “Coming Home” will be featured during the pre-game show on the jumbotron for the Sept 1 opener of the 2012 Cal Bears football season. Talented [...]

04/28/2012
EMB Studios shoots feature film: “Illuminati Puppet”

EMB Studios shoots feature film: “Illuminati Puppet”

Cinematographer, Paul Nordin has started principal photography on a Science Fiction comedy feature film titled Illuminati Puppet.  Being shot mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area with EMB Studios’ wonderful Red Epic-M kit.   The film covers the take over bid of the world by lizard people disguised as humans from the perspective of a hapless Health Care Worker and his friend a popular novelist.  It is the second feature written and being directed...

04/04/2012

Our Red Epic & Illumina lenses just back from successfully shooting a spot for a fruity multi-billion dollar tech company!

03/01/2012

Recently sent a feature I shot and color corrected off to the distributor: "Obsidian Heart". Closure on these long projects (we started shooting in September 2010) is a special feeling of "f**king hell, finally!!!"

EMB Films's cover photo
03/01/2012

EMB Films's cover photo

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We are a team of filmmakers and musicians and adventurers that love to help people tell their stories and get their message out into the world with soaring and immersive videos. EMB Films was started in 1999 in San Francisco. Since then we have moved our business to Emeryville, won awards, set marketing records, made beauty, and been a part of many client’s dreams. We provide comprehensive film production services, aerial cinematography, & equipment rentals, editorial and audio-post production, and formed long lasting collaborative relationships with our clients.

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I'm proud to announce that "Life and the Lady", a beautiful short film I was the cinematographer and colorist for, has won best experimental film at Toronto! Congratulations to Micha Dunston, the producer, director, and underwater DP! This one was a passion project extraordinaire...