Tag Archives: Winter

The Holidays with Charlie Brown and Co.

Tis the time of year when all festivities are apparent and ever-changing. From one month to next we are given holidays; beacons of excitement which guide us through the tumultuous days in-between. Unsurprisingly, this is one of our favorite times of year.

And who better to share in the spirit than The Peanuts? Like pleasantly recalled memories from our childhoods, each of their holiday movies encourage the nostalgia. We find Tom Whalen’s design work to be memorable, elegant, and all-encompassing when it comes to these classics, with each piece exhibits a tone and mood appropriate to their subject matter.

Like the jovial gathering of a Thanksgiving feast.

Or a child’s moving monologue of finding meaning in the materialism, in the beauty of a winters night.

And the mysterious excitement that comes with being a child on Halloween.

Times have changed, becoming more digital and less personal. And yet despite the changes, some things thankfully stay the same. They remain timeless, and undying.


Make It Happen

“I was directing before I knew it was called that.” -Guillermo Del Toro

Rebecca Noles:

      “I’ve been directing & producing since I was 10 years old and putting on Christmas pageants in the living room for my parents. I’ve learned a few things along the way and am offering them as advice to anyone interested or pursuing either field. I do, however, reserve the right to change this advice at any time in future blogs.

Directing

Directing is about need: What the script needs, what the crew needs, what the audience needs.

As a director, your only job is to acknowledge all the different needs within each department and guide them toward a finished product. Sometimes all the Director of Photography needs is to feel like he has permission to try something new. There are times an actor needs the director to take his/her eyes off the monitor and simply have a conversation with them. Sometimes an editor just needs you to get out of their way.

Acknowledge the need and work to fulfill it.

Producing

Being a producer at a small production company can be categorized into three main jobs:

  1. Make sure people have what they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
  2. Make sure everyone knows where & when to show up.
  3. Make sure the cast & crew members eat, sleep, are groomed, and stay caffeinated.
Being a producer is about serving the people who make the project happen.”

The Rare & Mysterious Snow Poodle

Marley, 2012

Our graphic designers dog, Marley, seems more like a snowy apparition than a poodle.


Big things, Small Packages

It’s quite a simple guideline, one little requirement with the possibility of a big return: Like Gradient Productions on Facebook.

Will you be the one to Win Big?


For those already enjoying our adventures, your entry is automatic and you need only cross your fingers.

The contest runs through the end of January, so increase the odds by “Sharing” with your friends, who will hopefully share with you if they win!


Simple Charity

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
~Aesop

As the days shorten and frost fills the air, it’s easy to get overwhelmed amongst the hustle and bustle of Christmas season. It is also a time of great need, where no act of kindness goes unnoticed. There’s much we can do individually, but collectively we can truly make a difference.

That’s where our friends at Riverview Community Bank come in. For every “Like” they receive of their Facebook page, Riverview will donate $1 to a local charity. Another $1 will be donated for each “Share” of their campaign.

Equally as important is the Fill-A-Bag Campaign. For Riverview, aiding local food banks is an important part in supporting the community. Last year the Gresham community donated 150,000 lbs of food to Fill-A-Bag. This year they hope to donate even more.

Help change lives this holiday season with one simple click and by spreading the word! Together we can make things a little more “Merry”!


Holiday Hearts

“It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.”
~Denis Norden

David Rodriguez-Age 3-Halloween 1993


I grew up in a southern California city called Moorpark, where every October 1st the atmosphere would change and my excitement would rise. The 31st was the one night that the world around me turned into what I so fondly imagined it in my head as: HalloweenTown. Ghouls, Ghosts, Monsters, and Mystery; those were and still are the things I love about it.

Alisha Noles-Age 5


Alisha: “After much deliberation I have decided that The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. This is for a couple reasons. My family has always put on a huge celebration that includes a competitive wiffle ball game, questionably legal fireworks, and a large selection of grilled food. It’s also during my favorite time of year (summer), and doesn’t include all the stress that comes along with Christmas (not that I don’t love Christmas!).”

Ethan Borden-Age 4


Ethan: “I love Christmas because of family traditions. I love browsing through the toy shops, watching the twinkling lights and excited kids running around the Christmas tree’s. It’s a really magical time where people share and bond and celebrate together.”

Rebecca Noles (right)-Age 3


Rebecca: “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it: the parade, the meal, family, friends, and kicking off the Christmas season!”

Josh Luna as Zorro-Age 6


Josh: “Halloween was the best as a kid because for one night at least I got to be whatever super hero I was obsessed with at the time and no one made fun of me for it.”

Nathanael Sams-Age 19


Nathanael: “There’s nothing like listing to Bing Crosby Records on vinyl when its Christmas time. I love the spirit of the month and celebrating the birth of Christ. I love the music, the decorations, the trees and the meaning of Christmas itself. I love movies like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas Vacation.”