THE FAMILY

THE FAMILY THE FAMILY is a multi-media studio of artists who care.

The Family is a full-service production studio that creates commercials, films, digital content, virtual reality, and live experiences. Lead by a desire to create lasting content through any medium possible.

Mission: This was always the idea. Not to hide in the woods to find creative solitude, but to open our arms and embrace collaboration. To defy the norm, expecting the good and embracing the bad. To know it's all going to happen way too fast, but we keep each other close. Not to become a company, but to stay a collective. To remind each other why we do what we do. To call ourselves the family because that's just what we are. To be different. To blow minds. To stay childish. To make art that can actually make the world a better place. And to never ever EVER be boring.

What's in the water you ask? Well, that depends. If you find yourself in the the Matsu archipelago off the coast of Chin...
04/22/2019

What's in the water you ask? Well, that depends. If you find yourself in the the Matsu archipelago off the coast of China in the beginning of summer on a dark cloudy night with the tide coming in, chances are you will catch a glimpse of Noctiluca scintillans, a bioluminescent dinoflagellate that lives in our oceans. Our work-in-progress installation about this, dubbed the same name as the Matsu natives call the phenomenon- Blue Tears– is an immersive film installation that blurs the lines between the ecological and the magical. We're currently seeking funding to finish the project and are looking for spaces to host it. Tell your friends who like sparkly things that we should talk. - YYL @ Matsu, Fu-Chien, Taiwan

Coachella!!This week in FAMILY history:“The year was 2016. The artist was Joey Bada$$. The stage was... the main one.A...
04/19/2019

Coachella!!

This week in FAMILY history:

“The year was 2016. The artist was Joey Bada$$. The stage was... the main one.

A few days before the show we arrived in LA to rehearse. Not knowing if Joey was going to stick to the setlist (this is Brooklyn hip-hop you better believe it’s all live) we had to prepare visuals for anything. Even the iconic moment when he yells “got dragon balls like my name was Vegeta” and we surprised him by throwing up a Vegeta on one of the biggest festival stages in America (seen in picture 2).

I even remember Joey playing us an unreleased song called “Devastated” that he was considering performing. It was stuck in our head for weeks and later went on to become a Platinum selling single. #OMWtogreatness

It was my first VJ gig and definitely wasn’t my last as we travelled the world performing live stage visuals with him for the next 2 years.”

-SD. @ Coachella, California

04/17/2019

It's finally warm in New York!

Have you seen the new Childism video? Peep @kian.brownfield's profile for the link and get the song stuck in your head
03/30/2019

Have you seen the new Childism video? Peep @kian.brownfield's profile for the link and get the song stuck in your head

03/28/2019

Childism video for @kian.brownfield out now! Directed by @itsyosquared Produced by @stevewithav Animation by @itsyosquared and @klinko_plinko

Join us Friday, February 22nd (5:30-9pm) at Facebook NY for a FREE event with Yo-Yo Lin, showcasing some truly special O...
02/08/2019
Oculus VR Series: Art Immersive

Join us Friday, February 22nd (5:30-9pm) at Facebook NY for a FREE event with Yo-Yo Lin, showcasing some truly special Oculus virtual reality projects.

Challenge the limits of your imagination at our fourth edition of the Oculus VR Series: Art Immersive! Join us on Friday, February 22 from 5:30PM-9:00PM at Facebook, NYC for a networking event with local artists pioneering in the VR space.Come see what artists are doing in 3D illustration, sculpture...

01/22/2019

Not many people have seen them, but we have a few projects that unofficially started THE FAMILY.

So let’s go into the vault because one of which was released 5 years ago today in collaboration with the artist formerly known as Tree. And to quote @noisey, “Tree starts off looking like Luke Skywalker before disrobing a la Channing Tatum in Magic Mike.”

This is the music video for Stuck Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole by Tree ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn.

@stevewithav, Director, Editor
Oliver Tree, Writer, Producer, Co-Director
@_imunimpressed, Cinematographer
@blynchography, 1st AC
Tinman Creative Studios, Animation
@nishimuraland, Color
Drew Grasso, Titles
Special Thanks, @santacruzflatheads, Snorricam by Snorri Bros

-SD

We now have a fully operational photo studio! Let us know if you have any exciting projects that you need a space for. D...
01/22/2019
Creative Studio with Photography + Video Equipment in Brooklyn

We now have a fully operational photo studio!

Let us know if you have any exciting projects that you need a space for. Discounts available for students & independent artists.

-SD

Creative studio with full video & photography equipment for any creative endeavor or event. -Located near the beautiful Navy Yard wat

01/18/2019

Hey friends,

Today marks our third FAMiversary! 🎉 In honor of the artists, collaborators, and crazy ideas from these wonderful three years, we want to celebrate with a little birthday party. Anyone in New York next week?

Happy Friday.

-JM

01/07/2019

Let's keep 2018 alive for a little bit longer just to see some legendary stage visuals.

This is T-PAIN's 2018 FESTIVAL TOUR.

T-Pain, Music
Skylar Jessen, Creative Director / Art Director
Melisa Dougherty, Creative Director / Art Director
Yo-Yo Lin, Art Director
Steve Dabal, Film Director / VFX Artist
Kevin Kim, Producer
Randy Cano, 3D Animator
Tokyo Megaplex, 3D Animator
Stephanie Espinal, 3D Animator
Griffin Yu, Cinematographer
Realist, Video / Glitch Artist
Noa Bricklin, Production Designer
Janine Moody Bonnaroo Producer

THE FAMILY, Live Visuals + Design

01/05/2019

The 2018 hits keep coming. Here's some live visuals and stage design.

This is WALE: A @BET EXPERIENCE. A special evening of hip-hop and go-go.

@stevewithav, live visuals, vfx
@itsyosquared, live visuals, animation
@__emxem__, stage design consultant

Videos by the The Novo DTLA audience.

A 10-Part Documentary Series about the area code that forged some of the most influential champions of all time.
10/15/2018

A 10-Part Documentary Series about the area code that forged some of the most influential champions of all time.

01/03/2018
2017 Recap Reel

2017 was insane. It was the year that taught us the most about ourselves, our work, the realities of doing business. It was the year we built our own project out of nothing but the support of our friends and fellow artists. It was the year we moved from our apartment to an office. It was the year we learned how to say no. Every waking moment was a challenge but despite it all we're still here. Every single person in this video poured their heart and soul into every project, and we simply couldn't have done any of this without them. Here's to 2018, y'all. I think it's going to be a big one. -GY & the whole damn Fam

The Making of our biggest passion project yet!Photography by Jules Molly and The Family.
11/03/2017

The Making of our biggest passion project yet!

Photography by Jules Molly and The Family.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Manifest 1.0 last week! We're so proud of what we created together. -SD
10/30/2017
Manifest 1.0 is changing the way we experience music

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Manifest 1.0 last week! We're so proud of what we created together.

-SD

A new Brooklyn based space wants you to ditch your phone and social media filters, to experience the true magic of a live music performance.

This is the last week to come see Manifest 1.0. FREE PUBLIC GALLERY HOURS:Monday 10.23 - Friday 10.2711:00 am - 3:00 pm-...
10/23/2017
Manifest 1.0: A New Sonic and Sensory Immersion Experience

This is the last week to come see Manifest 1.0.

FREE PUBLIC GALLERY HOURS:
Monday 10.23 - Friday 10.27
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

-SD

Immersive experiences have become something of a rage. Recently, Darkfield produced Séance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Here in L.A., Big City Forum is offer...

Much love to Paper Magazine for sharing our Manifest 1.0 installation. We're officially SOLD OUT so tonight at 8pm we'll...
10/19/2017
10 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

Much love to Paper Magazine for sharing our Manifest 1.0 installation.

We're officially SOLD OUT so tonight at 8pm we'll release a few more... but then that's it!!

-SD

Open studios in Brooklyn and the LGBTQ community in Peru.

Manifest 1.0
10/06/2017

Manifest 1.0

Behind the Scenes of short film 'Peach on the Water'
10/06/2017

Behind the Scenes of short film 'Peach on the Water'

07/14/2017
Sean Price "Imperius Rex" (Official Music Video)

We've been up to some monkey business.🙊 We created an animated post-humous music video for Sean Price for his track "Imperius Rex." Directed by Steve Dabal and Josh Heineman.

"In a world taken over by gorillas and monkeys, there is one hero that leads them all- the great ape himself, P! Guiding his Gorilla Clik though the desolated streets of Brooklyn, this is how they spend their days- chin-checkin' a chimp and levelin' a lemur- bow down to the world-renowned Brownsville Jesus, P!"

Pre-order the Sean Price 'Imperius Rex' bundles right now at SHOPDUCKDOWN.com

-YYL

The Sean Price legacy continues with his highly anticipated posthumous release of 'Imperius Rex,' available worldwide on August 8th. This marks Sean Price's ...

Pro.Era
04/07/2017

Pro.Era

The highly anticipated sophomore album from Joey Badass is now available. Stream & download "All-Amerikkkan Bada$$" below ⬇️
https://joeybadass.lnk.to/AABA

Please join us for BeingWith_Bodies. An immersive empathy driven experience with a very special installation by our desi...
04/06/2017
BeingWith_OurBodies - Splash

Please join us for BeingWith_Bodies.

An immersive empathy driven experience with a very special installation by our designer Melisa Jane Dougherty. As always, we're so happy to collaborate with our BeingWith family.

04.26.17

Come for inspiration, leave with community.
-SD

This is an immersive and transformational experience that uses performance, neuroscience, and meditation to open up conversation about our personal and collective relationship with the body and reimagine this relationship with greater empathy, self-acceptance, and pleasure. Throughout the night, we…

Our most recent film shoot in California brought us from the gritty streets of San Francisco to the endless voids of Los...
03/29/2017
TheFamily.tv

Our most recent film shoot in California brought us from the gritty streets of San Francisco to the endless voids of Los Angeles. Here's a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into what's to come from our newest project: Manifest 1.0

Please check out a new Augmented Reality project that some of our Fam contributed to! -SD
03/04/2017
Refrakt

Please check out a new Augmented Reality project that some of our Fam contributed to! -SD

NEW PROJECT!
We collaborated with Tony Grayson and created an online exhibition as a platform for 30 artist to respond to the climate of our times. Scan either the deconstructed flag, the artist’s individual trigger images or the $1 bill with our app to see their artworks in augmented reality!

While 2016 has been rough on the world, we're starting this next year on a good note! 100% of the proceeds from Trump Si...
01/02/2017

While 2016 has been rough on the world, we're starting this next year on a good note! 100% of the proceeds from Trump Simulator VR have been donated to the International Rescue Committee, turning your laughs at Trump into dollars for refugees!

Thanks to all who supported this game, either buying on Steam or voting for its green light.

If you have an HTC VIVE, check it out so we can all continue to support those in need: http://store.steampowered.com/app/547850/

Happy New Year!

-CB, AW, & The Family

New song by our favorite composer, Michael Matchen. Album art by Filippo Nesci.Family stays close together.-SD
12/10/2016
MAIDN

New song by our favorite composer, Michael Matchen.

Album art by Filippo Nesci.

Family stays close together.

-SD

Here's a new song I wrote. It's called "My Name Is America, King of Kings"

It is sort of about recent events but mostly about the history of my country and all the people we've killed.

Heavy stuff. You can download it from Soundcloud if you like.

BeingWith has been THE most fascinating of creative endeavors. Our relationship with Museum of Healing began in the line...
11/21/2016
In Brooklyn, Art and Conversation Are an Antidote to Uncertain Times | The Creators Project

BeingWith has been THE most fascinating of creative endeavors. Our relationship with Museum of Healing began in the line of a food truck at SXSW and from there we knew it was destiny. This project has explored so much within all of us and with each event we get all feels. Seriously, we challenge you to come and not get emotion.

It has (and continues to be) such a privilege to be so heavily involved in the event production, artistic translation, filming, and installations of this beautiful empathy revolution.

Please, support your local food trucks, talk to strangers, and we hope to see you at the next event!

-SD

BeingWith is an event series that aims to heal unspoken vulnerabilities.

This Friday come out to Human Resources in Chinatown, LA for some New Media goodness in the form of talks, gallery insta...
11/18/2016
Celebrating LA Women Working in VR and New Media - VRScout

This Friday come out to Human Resources in Chinatown, LA for some New Media goodness in the form of talks, gallery installs, and VR experiences. Thanks VRScout San Tong for the lovely write-up and Kate Parsons for curating. Femmebit 2016 is going to be lady lit.

- YYL

Femmebit is a curated festival showcasing an all-female roster of LA-based creators cultivating the field of video art and new media. FEMMEBIT, a showcase of the video art and new media work of LA-based female creators will feature live VR exhibition and a live broadcast via Navel.live this Friday,…

We made Yo-Yo Lin famous! A huge congratulations to everyone at Film Independent's recent panel on virtual reality explo...
11/16/2016

We made Yo-Yo Lin famous!

A huge congratulations to everyone at Film Independent's recent panel on virtual reality exploration that we had the pleasure of participating in.

(L-R) Skip Rizzo, Medical Virtual Reality Institute for Creative Technologies, filmmaker Sheldon Candis, Julie Young, Co-Founder of SH//FT, Yo-Yo Lin, Installation Director/Animator for Ricerca VR, Tyler Hurd, creator of 'Old Friend' and artist/filmmaker Kel O'Neil attend the 'Agents of Change: Part 2 'Exploring VR' portion of the Film Independent Forum at the DGA Theater on October 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

-SD

11/09/2016

Artists in America,

I would like to personally open our arms, hearts, and resources to ANYONE who wants to create a passion project for social change. Right now is the time when we need to channel our emotions into art. As a company, we feel a moral obligation to help. We have resources in tech, virtual reality, film, and a plethora of talented artists.

If you are an artist who feels the desire to create social change through your craft, please let us help how we can help.

Because right now all we have is family.

-Steve & The Fam

11/08/2016
UploadVR

In honor of the election, please GO VOTE and then watch Upload VR playing our Trump Simulator game LIVE!

Will they get to the bonus game?

-SD

Happy Election Day! In honor of today, we are playing the newest Presidential Election-inspired VR games, 'Trump Simulator' and 'Whack-a-Vote' on the HTC VIVE.

Happy Halloween!! The scariest game you'll ever play was released this week. If you have a HTC VIVE, check out our Trump...
10/31/2016
UploadVR

Happy Halloween!!

The scariest game you'll ever play was released this week. If you have a HTC VIVE, check out our Trump Simulator!

Developed by mastermind Christine Barron.

Spooky.

-SD

Here are all of this week's newest releases for the HTC VIVE. And don't worry Halloween-lovers, there are several scary games to satisfy your thirst for horror.

Dear Virtual Reality lovers,Our first experimentation into the world of video games has arrived. It is fun, it is cheap,...
10/27/2016
Trump Simulator VR on Steam

Dear Virtual Reality lovers,

Our first experimentation into the world of video games has arrived. It is fun, it is cheap, and it might be the best halloween game you'll ever play.

#TrumpVR

-SD

Help Donald get ready for his big day. The weight of the world rests in his tiny little hands.

Ricerca was one of the very first experiences on the Viveport virtual reality platform which is recently opening up to m...
10/20/2016
Exclusive: HTC Makes Big Play For VR Content Distribution In China

Ricerca was one of the very first experiences on the Viveport virtual reality platform which is recently opening up to mobile users in China.

As you can see by that beautifully featured thumbnail, this not-so-little installation can be viewed all around the world. What a time to be alive.

"CHINA!"

-SD

HTC announces Mobile VR platform, Viveport M, for China alongside an arcade "publishing" model for developers worldwide and content partnership with Alibaba.

Are you in Los Angeles? Are you interested in Virtual Reality? Do you want to hear about the future?Well, join Yo-Yo Lin...
10/18/2016
Forum Speakers - Film Independent

Are you in Los Angeles? Are you interested in Virtual Reality? Do you want to hear about the future?

Well, join Yo-Yo Lin at Film Independent's Agents of Change: Exploring VR. October 22nd at 2:45 pm.

#makeyoyofamous

-SD

As much as virtual reality has developed for companies like us, VR has yet to become self-actualized as an art medium an...
10/05/2016
Interview: Steve Dabal, Founder & Creative Director of The Family

As much as virtual reality has developed for companies like us, VR has yet to become self-actualized as an art medium and a practical tool for creators and businesses.

In the meantime, we have smart ones like Lindsey and Steve to problem solve the hell out of what VR can/ should do.

-YYL

By: Steve Dabal, Founder & Creative Director of The Family Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your background? Is it your first business? My name is Steve Dabal, I’m the Founder & Creative Director of a multi-media company called The Family (www.thefamily.tv). Our most recent VR project be...

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