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Knack Factory

Knack Factory We are a production firm that specializes in commercial, creative and editorial content. We are based in Portland, Maine and Nashville, Tennessee.

We produce video, shoot photo, and develop content strategy.

Operating as usual

Behind the scenes of our most recent production with the wonderful folks at @mainepeoplesalliance.
06/30/2022

Behind the scenes of our most recent production with the wonderful folks at @mainepeoplesalliance.

Behind the scenes at our recent shoot with The Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 🦞 🌊 🎥
06/26/2022

Behind the scenes at our recent shoot with The Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

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A few more from our shoot last week with our friends from Bolo Bros.
06/16/2022

A few more from our shoot last week with our friends from Bolo Bros.

Behind the scenes shots from our recent production for Service Credit Union with our friends at Blaze Partners.
05/31/2022

Behind the scenes shots from our recent production for Service Credit Union with our friends at Blaze Partners.

Happy Birthday to the Big Boss Man (the producer, not the late professional wrestler) himself.
05/29/2022

Happy Birthday to the Big Boss Man (the producer, not the late professional wrestler) himself.

From our farewell lunch with the wonderful Lindsay Becker. (We’re going to see Lindsay this week so she’s not too far aw...
05/23/2022

From our farewell lunch with the wonderful Lindsay Becker. (We’re going to see Lindsay this week so she’s not too far away, but still… Raise a buffalo chicken drumstick to the great Lindsay Becker.

Lindsay Becker has been working with Knack Factory for 7 glorious years. And now! She is on her way to new, fantastic op...
05/18/2022

Lindsay Becker has been working with Knack Factory for 7 glorious years. And now! She is on her way to new, fantastic opportunities. Lindsay will be getting back to her roots in photography, plus continuing to work with our friends at bluShift Aerospace in an operations capacity.

Lindsay came to us as an intern and immediately blew our minds. She rose through the ranks of the company quickly, and at every step helped us to grow, to always reach for being better, and challenged us to always reach beyond our own definitions and expectations of what great work can be. If you know Lindsay, you know she is dynamic in all ways. We are so lucky to know her, and so lucky to have had her on our team. We are so excited for her. We are heartened to have had this run with her. We don’t want to over-use the word great, but Lindsay Heald is great and we are eternally grateful to her for everything she’s brought to this company.

From yesterday’s production for GWI with our friends at Blaze Partners. We are grateful for this small, extraordinarily ...
05/12/2022

From yesterday’s production for GWI with our friends at Blaze Partners. We are grateful for this small, extraordinarily talented crew with great on screen talent.

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Welcome aboard Mike Novelli! Mike will be working with us through this summer to expand our overall production capacity....
05/09/2022

Welcome aboard Mike Novelli!

Mike will be working with us through this summer to expand our overall production capacity. He has had a passion for filmmaking for over twenty years and loves producing story-driven films focusing on beautiful landscape and amazing people. According to Mike, when he is not working you'll find him trying all of the pizza, taking his mountain bike off some sweet jumps, and adventuring with his partner and their dogs.

We are excited to make some beautiful work with Mike!

Thomas oversees production on a set he literally built with his own hands. Another wonderful production day with a treme...
05/05/2022

Thomas oversees production on a set he literally built with his own hands. Another wonderful production day with a tremendous team for Maine Spirits with our friends at Blaze Partners.

It’s officially official! Welcome to the team, Derek Brigham! Derek has been working with us in post production for a wh...
05/03/2022

It’s officially official! Welcome to the team, Derek Brigham! Derek has been working with us in post production for a while now and we are so excited to bring him on to the team. Derek, of course, brings amazing skills in post to Knack Factory along with a seemingly always upbeat disposition and a velvety voice that we’ve used in at least one voiceover at this point. We are so lucky to have Derek on board.

Looking back on some of our work in higher education settings as we plan for (among other things) a Summer rich in even ...
04/22/2022

Looking back on some of our work in higher education settings as we plan for (among other things) a Summer rich in even more higher education productions.

Happy Birthday to @starkeyt2, who has been with us since before we even incorporated. We appreciate you so much, Tommy! ...
04/14/2022

Happy Birthday to @starkeyt2, who has been with us since before we even incorporated. We appreciate you so much, Tommy! Thanks fir everything you do!

We had a lovely day of production at @saltpumpclimbing with our friends from @blaze_partners.
04/13/2022

We had a lovely day of production at @saltpumpclimbing with our friends from @blaze_partners.

We had a lovely day shooting @sterlingrope at @saltpumpclimbing with our friends at @blaze_partners.
04/13/2022

We had a lovely day shooting @sterlingrope at @saltpumpclimbing with our friends at @blaze_partners.

As we’re enjoying this lovely spring day, we are looking back on some of our work for Sebago Clean Waters. 💦 💙 💦
04/11/2022

As we’re enjoying this lovely spring day, we are looking back on some of our work for Sebago Clean Waters.

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Looking back on some of our work with Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.
04/06/2022

Looking back on some of our work with Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Love this shot of Aaron Caldwell we captured while producing some videos for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Aaro...
03/28/2022

Love this shot of Aaron Caldwell we captured while producing some videos for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Aaron is lead organizer for Queeramics.

Another behind the scenes shot from our recent series of productions with @leonspeakers.
03/25/2022

Another behind the scenes shot from our recent series of productions with @leonspeakers.

Kurt, Colby’s eldest RA, busted for a noise complaint by campus security. We kid! Kurt directs a crew of Colby College s...
03/21/2022

Kurt, Colby’s eldest RA, busted for a noise complaint by campus security. We kid! Kurt directs a crew of Colby College students in a recent production.

A look back at some screenshots from of our work with Mixtiles.
03/16/2022

A look back at some screenshots from of our work with Mixtiles.

"I feel extremely blessed to be able to work with my team everyday. And we could not do what we do if it wasn’t for our ...
03/10/2022
Video Producer/Director Kurt Graser Speaks on Starting Local Business

"I feel extremely blessed to be able to work with my team everyday. And we could not do what we do if it wasn’t for our amazing employees and partners."

Kurt Graser was featured in this lovely profile by Saco and Biddeford Savings!

It all started while I was in college. On a whim, I took a video production class and just fell in love with the idea of doing that as a career... If I hadn’t spent over 15 years learning differ...

Tiny assistant. 🐈‍⬛ 🎥 🖤
03/04/2022

Tiny assistant. 🐈‍⬛ 🎥 🖤

02/28/2022

A quick peek at some of our recent work for our friends and clients at Chilton Furniture.

It’s Tadin’s last day with us here at Knack Factory. He’s heading out into the world to focus more on the filmmaking sid...
02/25/2022

It’s Tadin’s last day with us here at Knack Factory. He’s heading out into the world to focus more on the filmmaking side of his vast skillset and we are endlessly stoked for him. We have been the luckiest to get to work with Tadin for 4 years, see him grow, and have him help *us* grow and up our game and overall standards of production. It’s been a joy. Tadin, we love you, we are grateful for you, and look forward to collaborating when you’re able.

Goshspeed, friend!

Kurt—long lost member of Dropkick Murphys—being Kurt on set.
02/14/2022

Kurt—long lost member of Dropkick Murphys—being Kurt on set.

"In a career spanning more than six decades, Bryan's vibrantly colored collage and paper-cut illustrations adorned the p...
02/07/2022
Ashley Bryan, children's illustrator and author, has died at 98

"In a career spanning more than six decades, Bryan's vibrantly colored collage and paper-cut illustrations adorned the pages of some 50 books, folktales and poetry collections by such acclaimed writers as Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni and Walter Dean Myers. The books he wrote and illustrated himself include Infinite Hope about his experiences serving in the segregated Army during WWII, Beat the Story-Drum: Pum-Pum, his retelling of Nigerian tales and Beautiful Blackbird, a story that celebrates community and individuality."

We are so sad to learn of Ashley Bryan's passing. It was a tremendous honor to get to talk with him in our work on the Beautiful Black Bird Children's Book Festival. He was truly a giant.

He created stories centered on African and African American folk tales and his vibrantly colored collage and paper-cut illustrations adorned the pages of some 50 books.

"This theater, I feel like it has some magic about it, as cliché as it sounds. We come in here and it’s like a second ho...
02/04/2022
Smooth Feather Film School: 'This theater, I feel like it has some magic about it.'

"This theater, I feel like it has some magic about it, as cliché as it sounds. We come in here and it’s like a second home. We’re able to talk about these things, and feel safe, and get encouragement and literally be able to blossom under this roof ... It’s just amazing."

It's so great seeing Smooth Feather Youth get recognized in this WCSH6 report. We love supporting this wonderful endeavor.

The high school students wrote, directed, and acted in 'The Shadows We Speak', a film that was recently accepted into the Boston International Kids Film Festival.

02/01/2022

bluShift Aerospace has been an amazing client of ours for years, pushing us technically and creatively, to create compelling content for their bio-fuel-powered, Maine-made rockets. This movie trailer concept ended up being a ton of fun to script, shoot and edit, and was developed by our team from start to finish.

Special thanks to Neil Shelley for filming this with us. Drone shots by Thomas Starkey and editing by Tadin Jeongshin Brego 🙌

Making products shine ✨ 😎
01/28/2022

Making products shine ✨ 😎

01/19/2022

This was a fun little shoot for Might & Main and UNION Restaurant. Great branding and great food. We’re pretty lucky here in Portland, ME 😎

We’re especially excited about this year as it marks 10 years in business for us! We’ll have some fun flashbacks and new...
01/03/2022

We’re especially excited about this year as it marks 10 years in business for us! We’ll have some fun flashbacks and new work to share with you in the coming weeks. Thanks for your support in helping us reach this milestone. 🎦1️⃣0️⃣🎦

We got the shot.
12/22/2021

We got the shot.

What a fun week we had!! Last Thursday and Friday were all about playing and  experimenting and just enjoying what it me...
12/20/2021

What a fun week we had!! Last Thursday and Friday were all about playing and experimenting and just enjoying what it means to be in video production. All directed by the one and only Tadin Brego. With photos by Jacob Lewis Media
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#videoproduction #commercial #video #marketing #studio #videoshoot #filmmaking

It’s our first day filming in our own new studio! Bring in the studio shoots; we have a great space for it!
12/16/2021

It’s our first day filming in our own new studio! Bring in the studio shoots; we have a great space for it!

12/14/2021

It's always great working with MCFA. We get to help share stories like Randy's, a ground fishermen out of Port Clyde, ME.

PAID! This one will be fun!!! We’re filming a series of tourism videos at the end of January. We don’t have set dates ye...
12/09/2021

PAID! This one will be fun!!! We’re filming a series of tourism videos at the end of January. We don’t have set dates yet, but if you’re chosen, we’ll need you for a full day. Please follow the instructions here and do not DM us your info. Share with friends!

Dreaming of warm summer days where we follow Malley around in search of the perfect clay digging site. From a project wi...
12/07/2021

Dreaming of warm summer days where we follow Malley around in search of the perfect clay digging site. From a project with Watershed and Malley at Halloween Clay Works.
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#videoproduction #ceramics #watershed #diggingforclay #pottery #clay #maine

It’s all coming together 🪄
12/03/2021

It’s all coming together 🪄

12/02/2021

We love working with Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, and we love getting the opportunity to help tell these stories.

Lindsay gets the shot (and a few more) with our friends and clients at bluShift Aerospace. We have been fortunate to wor...
12/01/2021

Lindsay gets the shot (and a few more) with our friends and clients at bluShift Aerospace.

We have been fortunate to work with BluShift for the past several years, and to spend this past year in particular very closely documenting their growth. Each shoot is always an adventure.

11/23/2021

Looking to shop locally this holiday season, Maine?

Presented by Might & Main and Knack Factory, the Maine Gift Guide features nearly 500 items this year. FIVE HUNDRED!

There's something for everyone.

https://www.giftguidemaine.com/

Presented by the very fine folks at Might & Main (and us too!), the Maine Gift Guide is here and eagerly awaiting your p...
11/14/2021
Maine Gift Guide

Presented by the very fine folks at Might & Main (and us too!), the Maine Gift Guide is here and eagerly awaiting your perusal.

Gifts made in Maine, by Mainers. Presented by Knack Factory and Might & Main.

We are thrilled to be documenting this project! 😎 ⚽️ 🎥
11/12/2021

We are thrilled to be documenting this project! 😎 ⚽️ 🎥

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Westbrook, ME
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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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We are a production firm that specializes in commercial, creative and editorial content.

We are based in Portland, Maine and Nashville, Tennessee. We produce video, shoot photo, and develop content strategy.

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On a whim, I took a video production class in college and fell in love with the idea of doing that as a career. Back then, everything was still reel-to-reel, so I’ve seen a lot of changes in this industry. I started working at a small production company in Bridgeport, Connecticut and later worked for ESPN and NBC Sports. I worked in different sports arenas with athletes producing commercials, instructional videos and more. In 2008, I started working at Octagon, an athlete representation firm in Portland, Maine. For 8 years, I worked in the Olympic and Action Sports Division where I gained valuable skills and experience. While I enjoyed it there, I wanted to be doing something on my own terms. In 2011, I created “Food Coma TV” with a group of friends. The series centered around local food writer and personality Joe Ricchio. It had an “Anthony Bourdain meets Jackass” vibe. We spent a year traveling around Maine and checking out different food scenes throughout the state. Realizing we worked well together, the production team from that show began talking about the possibility of starting a company. In 2012 we formed Knack Factory, and by 2016 we were getting enough work and clients where I was able to leave my primary job at Octagon. If I hadn’t spent over 15 years learning different skills from various media jobs, Knack Factory wouldn’t have been possible. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but looking back I’ve had some crazy career moments. I filmed LeBron James and his entourage in a tiny, crowded room at the NBA All-Star game for ESPN, flew first class with Michael Phelps to Brazil, and filmed a Nintendo commercial with snowboarder Jamie Anderson as she played video games with life-size Mario and Sonic characters. Those moments helped me be a better human and content creator, and I’m so grateful for that. - Kurt Graser, Owner, Executive Producer and Creative Director at Knack Factory Read the full, unabridged interview here: https://bit.ly/3hUypia
From visionary entrepreneur Sascha Deri comes “Starless Rogue,” the long-awaited suborbital sounding rocket powered by a groundbreaking non-toxic, carbon-neutral, bio-derived solid fuel. Deri directs from a script by Knack Factory, based on real-life events and an ongoing, first-of-its-kind equity crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder. Rated R for Rockets. . . . . #InvestInbluShift #Maine #MaineRockets #aerospace #astropreneur #cinema #comingsoon #cubesat #entrepreneur #film #gogreen #movie #movies #premiere #scinews #sdgs #spacetech #trailer #trailers
Happy holidays from the bluShift Team! Thanks Knack Factory for this amazing video! . . . . #Maine #aerospace #celebrations #chanukah #cheer #christmas #cubesat #festive #festivus #hanukkah #happyholidays #holiday #holidays #holidayseason #kwanzaa #lights #miracle #navidad #noel #rocket #santa #seasonsgreetings #snow #space #spirit #tistheseason #vc #winter #xmas #yule
"I probably wouldn't be here talking to you today if it wasn't for the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, because they're looking out for guys like me. They're our voice at the end of the day. They're helping us in more ways than one." Randy Cushman, Port Clyde Fisherman MCFA works to support and empower fishermen like Randy who fight for sustainable fisheries, vibrant fishing communities, and opportunities for the next generation of Maine fishermen. Randy has been able to work with MCFA to help test gear, advocate for better science and data through camera monitoring, and has participated in our Fishermen Feeding Mainers program, which has just passed 320,000 donated meals! Randy inspires us every day and we hope he inspires you to join our community today. Currently, we are 90% of the way towards reaching our end-of-year fundraising goal of $25,000. THANK YOU to everyone who has already given. If you are able, please join us in making a donation today to support MCFA and fishermen like Randy Cushman. Visit our website to make a donation to our end-of-year campaign. www.mainecoastfishermen.org Together, We Persevere. Produced by Knack Factory #maine, #mainefishermen, #fishermen #eatmaineseafood #seafoodfrommaine #seafood #give #nonprofit
Today is the first day of the state waters scallop season in Maine. We wanted to share a video MCFA did with Knack Factory and Alex Todd about the fishery. Good luck out there everyone! #eatmaineseafood #seafoodfrommaine #maineseafood #scallops Vessel Services, Inc. Portland Fish Exchange Harbor Fish Market SoPo Seafood Sheehan's Seafood Chebeague Island Inn Portland Old Port Maine Public Maine Department of Marine Resources
QUITTER is out this Friday 11/19! That’s only 3 more sleeps away! So we wanted to share one more NEW SINGLE with all of you called —-Everything Is Better—-! This track is a band favorite from the record and we had the best time filming this video with Knack Factory (all the rad performance stuff) and Bob Sweeney (all the rad super 8 beach footage)! Enjoy our little dystopian beach party! While you’re at it make sure to pre-save/order Quitter! 🏖 🌊 🏝 Video: https://youtu.be/zCQdvnLabh4 Pre-save/order Quitter: https://orcd.co/everythingisbetter
We're really excited about the Knack Factory documentary project about the development of USL to Portland, and we look forward to potentially being involved in a storyline about soccer in Maine! #RSC2050 #ChopWoodCarryWater
New client campaign for Pineland Farms Natural Meats - featuring Chris Gould, chef and owner of Central Provisions and Tipo restaurants. 🎥:Knack Factory
Tonight Brooklyn, NY w/Microwave Elder Brother Taking Meds SOLD OUT at Knitting Knack Factory!! If you managed to snag some tickets doors at 6pm we kick things off right at 7pm! C u there. 📸: @parshallytheredotcom
NEW MUSIC ALERT!!!! We're very excited to announce that our New LP “Quitter” will be out Nov 19th on Don Giovanni Records and Big Scary Monsters (excited to join the Big Scary roster🥳) !!! Pre-save/pre-order link:http://dongiovanni.co/quitter. You can listen to and watch the music video for the title track “Quitter” now !! https://youtu.be/ZevkADNUU3I. Writing and recording this record over the last year and a half has been such a trip! We're so so so excited to finally be able to share a piece of it with everyone! Hopefully you'll love these songs as much as we do, we put our whole hearts into them ❤️🥳. Huge thanks to Knack Factory for bringing this amazing video to life!! And FuntownSplashtown U.S.A for giving us free reign letting us be kids again in your park.
One month away from playing shows again!! We’ll be supporting out pals Microwave with Elder Brother and Taking Meds!! Did you get your tickets? www.weakenedfriends.com/tour Maybe you’ll have something new to sing along to? Gah It’s all happening. Get the vax, get tested, and get a mask so we can all hang at these gigs. 9/25/2021 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell) 9/27/2021 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands 9/29/2021 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme 10/1/2021 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge 10/2/2021 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch 10/3/2021 - Lakewood, OH - Mahalls 10/4/2021 - Pittsburgh, PA - Craft House 10/5/2021 - Buffalo, NY - Rec Room 10/7/2021 - Asbury Park, NJ - House of Independents 10/8/2021 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory 10/9/2021 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 10/11/2021 - Baltimore, MD ottobar 10/12/2021 - Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger 10/13/2021 -Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern 10/15/2021 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge . . . . . Photo: Tadin @ Knack Factory
Maine Fishermen are working hard on the water to support their families and bring you the best seafood in the world. With your investment, MCFA can continue to work hard for them here on shore to ensure we have vibrant fishing communities for future generations. Together, we are making a difference for the Gulf of Maine, working waterfront communities, and Maine's fishermen. Together, we Persevere. Make your donation today at www.mainecoastfishermen.org video produced by Knack Factory #fishing #seafood #maine #workingwaterfront #eatlocal