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Seattle Real Estate Video Series for Northwest Group Real Estate

Posted by Leonard on February, 1, 2016

Northwest Real Estate Group, had the highest per transaction value of any brokerage in the state of Washington with more than $250 million in sales last year, and when they wanted to showcase their leadership in the industry and tell their brand story, they turned to Pangeality Productions. The series showcases each piece of their impressive operation. The main video introduces NWG’s team of agents (12 of the 17 of whom are in the top 1% of brokers in WA, and #1 in sales volume per broker in WA), celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit behind the brand, giving perspective buyers and sellers a sense of who they’ll be working with and the values that form the foundation of the company. Other videos showcased their commitment to community, outlined their ‘Signature’ platform for taking listings to market, featured previous client testimonials, and highlighted individual property listings and neighborhoods. Each month we roll out a new video in the series focusing on a different facet of their business.

Northwest Group Real Estate – NWG from NWG Real Estate on Vimeo.

The Only Way To Sell Real Estate – Announcing NWG Signature! from NWG Real Estate on Vimeo.

NWG Real Estate Seattle – Client Testimonials from NWG Real Estate on Vimeo.

NWG COMMUNITY from NWG Real Estate on Vimeo.

Bridle Trails Custom presented by NWG Signature and MN Custom Homes from NWG Real Estate on Vimeo.

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New Seattle Restaurant Videos Showcasing Star Chefs Award Winning Chef and Bartender

Posted by Leonard on January, 26, 2016

NYC based Star Chefs hired Pangeality Productions to film 2 videos at Spur Gastro Pub in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Star Chefs was holding the Seattle edition of their Rising Star Awards, a giant gala event at McCaw Hall, and Spur chef Jeff Vance and bartender Seth Sempere were 2 of their awardees. The awards celebrate up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. ‘They have strong, compelling culinary philosophies and are committed to fostering a culinary community by sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals’. On the day before the big event, we filmed Vance preparing a rabbit liver paté dish, and Sempere creating a ‘Searider Falcon’ cocktail with ground satsuma peel and kefir leaf. This particular series was sponsored by Vitamix and both recipes involved extensive use of the machine, which i learned had a long history in American cooking, that included being the subject of the very first ever infomercial, as the first ever product filmed for TV. It’s also considered the industry standard best blender on the market.

Vitamix – Jeff Vance at Spur from StarChefs on Vimeo.

Vitamix – Seth Sempere at Spur from StarChefs on Vimeo.

SPUR Gastropub Bartender preparing kefir leaves and satsuma peel infused cocktail during Star Chefs video demo sponsored by Vitamix

SPUR Gastropub Bartender preparing kefir leaves and satsuma peel infused cocktail during Star Chefs video demo sponsored by Vitamix

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Safer Alternatives for Auto Repair Industry Video Training

Posted by Leonard on January, 24, 2016

Over the years Pangeality Productions has worked with The NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center on a variety of projects. Recently we wrapped work in support of their Safer Alternatives for the Automotive Industry online video training curriculum. The training curriculum focuses on helping automotive owners and technicians learn about safer alternatives, best management practices in a repair shop, and how to green your operations.

Incentive for the training comes from the fact that commonly-used cleaners in an automotive shop can be dangerous to your health and to the environment. In addition, many operations within an automotive shop (floor cleanup, antifreeze replacement, etc.) can lead to the mismanagement and misapplication of products and, therefore, may cause serious compliance issues for businesses. Therefore it’s important for owners and technicians in an automotive repair shop to be informed of the chemicals contained in the products they use as well as requiring good working habits to reduce liability and improve the business’s bottom line.

With that in mind and in partnership with the WA Dept of Ecology, The City of Seattle, Seattle City Light, and Swedish Automotive, PPRC produced a multimedia training curriculum offered free online to help any automotive related business to green their opeation. Check out the training on the PPRC website here

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Seattle Green Building Slam Videos for Northwest Ecobuilding Guild

Posted by Leonard on January, 23, 2016

For the past 6 years Pangeality Productions has filmed and produced the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild’s annual Green Building Slam. The slam is 10 juried presenters giving 10 minute talks about their project featuring 10 slides each. The event is held at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall and growing each year in size is, now fills the room to almost capacity with close to 500 people in the crowd. Each year it’s an impressive variety of projects that span the green building spectrum of commercial and residential construction, from passive solar homes to cargo container accessory dwelling units (ADU). Regional green builders, architects, designers, planners, policy makers and people generally curious about green building gather to enjoy some tasty food and drinks, networking and great presentations. After recording the event, Pangeality Productions edits each video, integrating the slides in, adding logos and titles and making them available to both the presenter and the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild. Over time, the presentations have become a treasure trove of information highlighting and celebrating the evolution of the region’s green building leadership worldwide.

These were 4 of my favorite presentations from the event

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Seattle’s Leading House Cleaning Company Using Video to Find New Employees

Posted by Leonard on January, 21, 2016

April Lane’s Home Cleaning Seattle Link service is consistently one of the best house cleaning companies in Seattle and Bellevue. Their business is so in demand that they maintain a waiting list of homeowners wanting their services, because they can’t hire qualified cleaners fast enough. So when ALHC sought to hire new cleaners, they knew using video as a tool to find and recruit the right people was an efficient and effective method. What impresses me most about ALHC and we worked to reflect in the video series, is the approach the ownership takes toward supporting it’s employees. Beyond extensive paid training, they believe that happy healthy employees make for the best employees. One piece of that support is a program called ‘Spoil Me’ dollars, in which full time employees without missed days get monthly stipend cash that they can only used toward taking care of or spoiling themselves. That can be a massage, concert tickets, clothing, eating out or any other way in which they spend the money on themselves. There’s also ‘Spoil My Car’ dollars that go well beyond typical $/mile stipends. But more than additional stipends, it’s an overall culture of supporting employees physical and emotional well being, building community among the staff, and seeking to know and support they’re people in all ways.

Why Our Employees Love to Work Here – April Lane's Home Cleaning Seattle from April Lane's Home Cleaning on Vimeo.

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Livable Greenlake Uses Video to Rally Commmunity Against Planned Development with Limited Parking Spots

Posted by Leonard on January, 15, 2016

Livable Greenlake is a community organization representing East Greenlake. Recently they’ve rallied to oppose a proposed 45 unit apartment complex that will provide only 13 subcompact parking spaces. Pangeality Productions was hired to record a public meeting convened with representatives of the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development. Event planners invited people to ‘learn about the developer-paid traffic and parking study that Seattle DPD is supposed to review, listen to nearby business owners talk about the impact on their businesses and futures, and hear the stories of local residents who already struggle to find parking on their own street.’ It’s my understanding that the city was willing to allow this proposed project based on the proximity to East Greenlake being a transit hub, access to multiple buses and future Roosevelt light rail station therefor allowing new units to be built without designated parking as a way of increasing density. It’s a real Catch 22 as to whether or not allowing this type of development has the intended consequence of reducing reliance on automobiles or whether or not new owners simply park on street, leading to further congestion in areas such as this.

Public Meeting With Seattle DPD on the Environmental Impact of Proposed Project 417 NE 73RD ST from MacGillFhaolain on Vimeo.

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Food Love Video from Santa Tere Market, Guadalajara Mexico

Posted by Leonard on January, 15, 2016

When we visit my wife’s family in Guadalajara Mexico around New Years, I love to visit this market almost daily. We stay with my sister in law who lives close by and I love to go for some fresh green juice aka ‘Agua Versace’ that you see in the end of the piece, eat corn cake and Mexican popsicles called palletas. This tradition has been on for close to the last 15 years and by now I have a friendship with the 3 generations of women in the juice shop. They’ve had their business there for 62 years now and the matriarch, daughters and granddaughter work together side by side. I am also friends with a few of the vendor’s who surround them including the one who tastes the soup, is making the chile rellenos and the 2 sisters together smiling in the clip toward the end. I love the vibrancy of the scene, the informality, the fresh food, the variety and overall positive vibes and what feels like an old school market of which there are fewer and fewer as time passes. The soundtrack is by two musicians who happened to be entertaining diners at the moment I was there that day. I shot this latest video one afternoon on my iphone and look forward to sharing it with them.

SANTA TERE MARKET DRAFT from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

I’ve been making videos in this market for years…


2007 My wife’s family making a feast with initial scenes buying supplies in Santa Tere

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Puerto Vallarta Hotel and Wedding Drone Video

Posted by Leonard on December, 24, 2015

I recently returned from Puerto Vallarta where I was working on a series of tourism and travel promotion videos for a beachfront hotel there in connection with a Sammamish, WA based travel company that works primarily in Mexico. They were interested in promoting their property, and specifically their wedding services and hired Pangeality Productions to shoot some aerial footage of their grounds, building, beach area, wedding ceremony and reception. It was a blast coordinating with the wedding party who was pleasantly surprised that they’d be getting the complimentary service. Pangeality Productions has worked extensively in the tourism and travel industry around the world. Visit our page here for more info

You can see some of the clips featured here in our Drone Video demo reel.

Drone & Aerial Videography and Photography from Seattle & the Pacific Northwest from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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Houston Arts and Advocacy Nonprofit Features Pangeality Video in Refugee Awareness Event Kickoff

Posted by Leonard on December, 20, 2015

It was great to be recently contacted by a Houston based arts and advocacy nonprofit organization Vox Culture Link whose mission is ‘to connect the Houston community to social causes in creative ways’. They’d reached out to me to ask permission to include a short video I’d done as a part of an event that they were using to open up a yearlong focus on refugees in the Houston community.

My piece was about Seattle’s Bhutanese Refugee Community. I’d told the story of one newly arrived family that included a visit to the refugee camp in Nepal where they’d lived for the past 17 years, showing the cultural training they go through prior to departure, medical screenings, and the actual journey. Then to their new lives here in Seattle, their housing, jobs and assimilation experiences. With lots of misconceptions and lack of information about refugee resettlement overall in the US, and the Syrian refugee crisis dominating the news, they saw my piece as a good tool for educating Americans about what this process actually looks and feels like.

Back in 2009, I’d done a series of stories for my local TV station the Seattle Channel, connecting Seattle and Nepal. This was one of 3 stories, the other 2 being about a local nonprofit who works to battle the stigma of disability in Nepal, and another was about a young Tibetan monk who’d left his family in Seattle at a young age to follow in the family’s long lineage as a revered Buddhist teacher. The disability story was eventually nominated for a regional Emmy award.

From their inquiry:
The goal of our 2016 series, Connecting our Local and Global Neighbors, is to engage in a deeper conversation on the subject of refugees. Vox Culture will launch the series with an event featuring short films and an open dialogue session on topics related to Houston, refugees, and how we can work together towards the improvement and continued development of our own community. Please note that we are expecting around the range of 50-100 people (combination of our volunteers, community partners, and interested members of the public) in attendance, and that WE WILL NOT be charging our audience members NOR asking for any donations pertaining to the specific event. We would like to use this specific film as part of a point of general discussion that is to follow.

Bhutanese Refugee Story

Bhutanese Refugee Story – From Nepal to Seattle's Rainier Valley from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

Vox Culture, Houston based arts and advocacy nonprofit opening yearlong refugee focus with Pangeality Productions video about Seattle refugee population

Vox Culture, Houston based arts and advocacy nonprofit opening yearlong refugee focus with Pangeality Productions video about Seattle refugee population

Fighting the Stigma of Disability in Nepal

Challenging The Stigma of Disability in Nepal with The Rose International Fund for Children TRIFC from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

Young Lama and Future Tibetan Spiritual Leader

Young Lama & Future Tibetan Spiritual Leader, Asanga Sakya Rinpoche from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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Seattle Artist Documentary Shoot at Metal Studio in Ballard

Posted by Leonard on December, 15, 2015

I’ve been working on a short documentary promotional piece with Seattle based visual artist Jonathan Clarren. He approached me with an interest in showcasing his work, specifically his sculpture pieces. The idea was a documentary short for architects, designers and developers in the planning stages of designing buildings and both interior and exterior spaces to have an opportunity to learn about his work, his process, and the materials he creates with. His goal is to connect with the right people, to get commissioned to build large scale art installations.

At first, we did a series of shoots at his home studio, where he works with wood, glass, paints on large canvases and smaller metal projects. We also shot at a metal studio at the soon to be demolished Fenpro Building in Ballard where he’s piecing together a huge metal sphere that will hang on the side of a building. The building is part of a construction trend in Ballard, and will be replaced by a $50 million+ Nordic Heritage Museum. It was amazing being in a hive of studios that will soon cease to exist, erasing a piece of Ballard art history and an enclave of industrial creativity. Jon has been working with Denny in this metal studio over the years to produce a variety of large scale metal sculptures he’s created.

The studio was an incredibly visually rich environment, with metal pieces strewn about, sparks flying, gritty tools everywhere, and the freedom to climb around and get unique angles as they worked their craft. Denny was rocking the metal lathe, and Jon was standing on top of a table, assembling the half sphere comprised of strips of elaborately carved metal in his signature keyhole pattern (see video below).

This is a short video I made of Jon doddling in this signature style. Eventually these patterns get translated into materials that get sculpted into original pieces.

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The Lookout – Solace in Mountain Solitude Exhibit Video

Posted by Leonard on November, 25, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to film a lecture given by a dear friend. Tori Karpenko’s exhibit ‘The Lookout – Solace in Mountain Solitude’ at the Traver Gallery in Seattle is a uniquely beautiful collection of paintings, spread around a to scale model of an actual forest fire lookout. Tori built the lookout in Twisp WA where he lives, and reconstructed inside the downtown Seattle art gallery. In the wake of his divorce and his young son moving 4 hours away, he sought solace from the emotional crisis in the North Cascades mountains. In his words, “The vast silence of raw wilderness gave me a place to bring calm to a troubled mind. Empowering solitude led me to the stories of three poets; Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen, and Jack Kerouac, who spent summers in the 1950’s as fire lookouts experiencing their own profound personal transformations. The simple Lookout cabin, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic hermitages, became a crystalized form that could encapsulate the sanctuary that I too found in the high peaks.” On this special night in mid December, Tori discussed his collection of paintings which were anchored in the gallery by the lookout itself, landscapes of the local mt wilderness, familiar to hikers of this region, heavy on reflective lakes and streams, the foliage and geology of our local mountains where I too love to spend time hiking and backpacking. This particular night had a focus on poetry, with Tori reading some of the beat poetry he was inspired by and special guest Saul Weisberg, the co-founder and executive director of the North Cascades Institute Link reading some of his own poetry and reflecting on his own journey in the North Cascades over time and the poetry and prose it inspired in him. It was a lovely night, a full house with a lively QnA that I was happy to have recorded on video, to help Tori tell his story and promote his work, and the lecture simply as a beautiful portrait of an artist.

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Documentary Style Promo Videos with Keyboard Legend Peter levin in NYC

Posted by Leonard on November, 16, 2015

In November I made a trip to NYC to work on some new promo videos for my old friend Peter Levin. Pete is currently playing in the Greg Allman Band, after years touring the world with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Over the last 20+ years during my own journeys, we’ve connected in endless cities where I’ve been at the time and he’s passed through on tour with all kinds of bands. Pete’s a killer keyboard, piano and organ player who’s performed with if you can believe it Allen Toussaint, Crosby Stills & Nash, Aaron Neville, Levon Helm, The Doobie Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Lou Reed, Joan Osbourne, Yo La Tengo, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Christian McBride, Merl Saunders, Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, Vasser Clements, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

We spent 5 days at his studio in Brooklyn filming daytime sessions with an assortment of players, and then he played each night as part of a weeklong run at The Winery in Manhattan with the Greg Allman Band which I also got to enjoy as his guest. The new materials will showcase some of his solo work with a variety of artists, featuring him playing on an incredible collection of keyboards, synthesizers and his grand piano that he keeps in his studio. Was a great time connecting with an old friend and will be exciting to put the content together over the coming weeks.

This is a similar style of piece we did 7 years back

and a clip of Pete playing Amazing Grace with The Allman Brothers Band and The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Beacon Theater in NYC

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UW Dental Conference Career Planning Video

Posted by Leonard on November, 1, 2015

Pangeality Production was recently hired by a motivational speaker from out of state, coming to Seattle to present at a conference of dental students from around the country. Though his business is about preventing divorce by helping build healthy marriages and providing tools and exercises for repairing broken ones, his talk to students was about future planning. The majority of them were graduate students who would soon begin their professional lives, and he teaches that the 3 pillars upon which a successful career rests are Vison, Expectations, and Support. He’d found Pangeality Productions online and hired me to film his hourlong training and presentation, that he could then share within his own social media channels and website.

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Drone Filming Salmon Fishing in Seattle Harbor, Puget Sound

Posted by Leonard on October, 27, 2015

Earlier this week I had the as always awesome opportunity to join friends and clients Pete and Dylan Knutson of Loki Fish out salmon fishing on Puget Sound. The fall window for fishing keta salmon comes each early October and on their boats the Loki and the Njord they’re literally at the mouth of Elliot Bay in Seattle’s harbor pulling in keta salmon about to leave the ocean, entering the rivers that lead to their natal streams where they’ll spawn and die. On this particular night I was out to get some drone footage of the boats in action. It was a gorgeous warm October night with the sun spraying amazing colors out above the Olympics. It was the first time I’d both had to hand catch the drone and flying out exclusively over water. It was a smooth shoot and a solid night of fishing. I then met them the following morning on the docks at fishermen’s terminal to bring in the catch, joining the other boats in their fleet to unload and get the fish out into the community. The fillets were available in regional farmers markets and restaurants literally in less than 36 hours. An amazing turn around of basically the freshest catch possible. Loki’s been using video as a tool to tell their story and promote their business since we first met and started working together in 2007. This particular media was an opportunity to get a really unique perspective of exactly where they’re fishing and it’s proximity to Seattle. That angle from the drone shows both the boat and Seattle skyline in the background. We put together some unique sound bites about the old and new, about this fishing ‘run’ being active for perhaps thousands of years originally by the native population and now commercially as well. And then identifying that with the rise of Seattle’s tech sector and the growing presence of drones in America and their growing applications. To learn more and/or purchase some amazing wild Alaskan or locally caught salmon or to see more of the media we’ve previously produced, visit their site at


Landing a Drone on a Salmon Fishing Boat in Seattle's Harbor from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.


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Filming TreePAC Seattle City Council Candidate Forum on Open Space and Urban Forestry Policy

Posted by Leonard on October, 7, 2015

Seattle city council candidates from throughout the city at TreePAC forum on Open Space and Urban Forestry Issues[/caption]Over the years I’ve done a lot of work with local nonprofit Plant Amnesty, who’s dedicated to ‘eradicating the senseless torture of trees and shrubs through malpruning’. TreePAC is the political arm of their work and they recently held a forum for city council candidates at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. 17 candidates representing all district races and the at large council seats addressed zoning issues and other policy related to open space and urban forestry management. The video is now publicly available, enabling those interested parties locally, regionally and nationally to understand the dialog taking place in the Emerald City, looked to around the world for leadership in these kinds of issues.
For more information and to see the video, visit and

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