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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

We’ve had a busy, fun and productive week with multiple shoots over a number of locations. We were lucky to shoot at Lib...
10/14/2022

We’ve had a busy, fun and productive week with multiple shoots over a number of locations. We were lucky to shoot at Liberty National Gold Course in Jersey City, working with Paige Spiranac. We also had the pleasure of working with our frequent collaborators at the University of Maine at Farmington, where we shot throughout the state. We’re finishing out the week in Portsmouth with BerryDunn and with a second production with Colby College. A big thanks to our incredible team for making this week, and all of these productions, possible.

Thomas gets the shot in even the most pristine of locations. 🎥 🧪 🎥
09/19/2022

Thomas gets the shot in even the most pristine of locations. 🎥 🧪 🎥

A.B.G. (Always Be Getting [the shot])
09/08/2022

A.B.G. (Always Be Getting [the shot])

Capturing the waning summer with the fine folks at Visit Portland.
09/02/2022

Capturing the waning summer with the fine folks at Visit Portland.

Thomas prepares to get the shot with Notch Equipment.
08/29/2022

Thomas prepares to get the shot with Notch Equipment.

We had so much fun producing ASL accompaniments for a fabulous podcast last week. More info to come, but here's what the...
08/15/2022

We had so much fun producing ASL accompaniments for a fabulous podcast last week. More info to come, but here's what the studio looked like.

07/25/2022
Maine Spirits - Farm Fresh Summer Campaign

We teamed up with Maine Spirits and Blaze Partners in bringing cocktail recipes to life that include produce that are quite special here in Maine (blueberries, strawberries, and more!). Check out the final video below! 🍹🍸

Production note: KF's own Thomas Starkey built that Farm Stand set. 👀🙏

ATTENTION: CASTING CALL for an upcoming PAID photoshoot/production in August! 📸
07/18/2022

ATTENTION: CASTING CALL for an upcoming PAID photoshoot/production in August! 📸

Behind the scenes of our most recent shoot with Camp Agrawam.
07/15/2022

Behind the scenes of our most recent shoot with Camp Agrawam.

Happy Monday! As of last week, Kurt is the sole owner of Knack Factory! In an absolutely lovely coincidence, this was ma...
07/11/2022

Happy Monday! As of last week, Kurt is the sole owner of Knack Factory! In an absolutely lovely coincidence, this was made official with Alex selling his stake to Kurt on KF's 10th anniversary week.

This is an extremely exciting development for Knack Factory. Kurt has gone—over the past decade—from being a quiet part time founder to become our full time leader. He has been largely responsible for its growth over the past few years, and for honing and developing its reputation as a sophisticated commercial production company.


Kurt will be accompanied in management by Thomas Starkey, who has been working with us since before we officially incorporated over 10 years ago. Derek Brigham joined us in the capacity of full time post production. Mike Novelli and Kristan Vermeulen will continue to work with us closely in the capacity of producer and project manager respectively, and our family of collaborators and contractors is wonderful and ever-growing.

We are incredibly excited about this development. Alex will still be involved with the company in a support capacity, though will be largely focusing on endeavors in podcasting and talent management. Also, as he recently said to a client and friend, “I am going to focus on being an arty weirdo for a little while and see what happens.”


Thank you so much for everything. Thank you to everybody who has helped us to get to this place. We are incredibly grateful and we are excited for this moment and about the future.

Thomas “on set” at Camp Timonous. A beautiful Maine Summer day. 🌞 🌲 🌞
07/07/2022

Thomas “on set” at Camp Timonous. A beautiful Maine Summer day. 🌞 🌲 🌞

We are so grateful to be working with Kristan Vermeulen this Summer! Kristan is working with Knack Factory as a producer...
07/05/2022

We are so grateful to be working with Kristan Vermeulen this Summer! Kristan is working with Knack Factory as a producer.

Beyond her work as a producer, Kristan has a huge passion for supporting small businesses and makers across the nation and this community was her clientele through her PR business. She is also responsible for the great Makers of the USA podcast, where she highlights all sorts of makers from cut and sew, woodworkers, metalworkers, photographers, musicians, and more. She has appeared on a number of television shows, local and national, to discuss her Makers of the USA.

We are excited to be working with you, Kristan!

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

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

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 , who has been with us since before we even incorporated. We appreciate you so much, Tommy! Thanks fir...
04/14/2022

Happy Birthday to , 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  with our friends from .
04/13/2022

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

We had a lovely day shooting  at  with our friends at .
04/13/2022

We had a lovely day shooting at with our friends at .

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 .
03/25/2022

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

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 S**o 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.

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 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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You'll often hear us say that fishing is intrinsic to Maine, but what does that mean? We think it means that lobstering and fishing is essential to the heritage, culture, and future of Maine's identity.

It's important to our economy, but it also saturates our lives in other ways - from lobster t-shirts, to lobster buoys hanging on mailboxes, to lobster trap coffee tables, to book titles and music, too.

As a quintessential example, here's a great song, The Irene by The Mallett Brothers Band from their Lights Along the River album. Inspired by a contest (that may or may not have existed), they wrote the song about the hard work and commitment of Maine lobstermen.

"I worked on my father's old fiberglass diesel almost from the time I could stand... I was raised doing it the old way. I was made to spend my life on the sea. On this 40-ft lobstering vessel I call The Irene."

Together, we persevere.
Video by Knack Factory
Farm-to-table? We’re all about the “garden-to-glass” movement lately. This was the inspiration for our summer Maine Spirits campaign, celebrating all the local (incredible!) produce that Maine has to offer.

Maine Spirits Farm Fresh Campaign
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📍 High Output - Portland
📸 Lauren Lear Food Photographer + Stylist
Our new staff video is complete! Hear about Zachau Construction from the people who make us, well, us.

Video by the talented Knack Factory.

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.

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Happy holidays from the bluShift Team!

Thanks Knack Factory for this amazing video!
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"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.

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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!



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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!

New client campaign for Pineland Farms Natural Meats - featuring Chris Gould, chef and owner of Central Provisions and Tipo restaurants.
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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.

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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
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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

Happy birthday to the captain of our ship, MCFA board president, and Chebeague Island fisherman, Alex Todd. Thank you for all that you do to support MCFA, Maine's fisheries, and the working waterfront, Alex!

This is video is part of the Hard Tellin' series that MCFA did with Knack Factory a few years ago. The sentiment and images in the videos all still hold true.

Together, we persevere.
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