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Because it's There

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand


This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

Local note. Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at the Art Institute. Highly recommended. A big, beautifully organized exhibition. Great writing too. jc-11.26

The making of London's new Design Museum, by Rebecca Fulleylove. jc-11.26

So you know, what Astronauts eat on Thanksgiving. ms-11.23

Trailer for the new film from Martin Scorsese, Silence. ms-11.23

1992: the year the New York Times discovered grunge and American Hero Megan Jasper harshed their realm, hard. bb-11.22

A video essay about control rooms in film and television since the 1970s. The Cinematic Control Room 1971- 2015. ms-11.22

Re-link because it's a favorite, the opening scene for Touch of Evil. ms-11.22

A fan-made trailer that is damned good, for a Boba Fett "Anthology" film. jc-11.21

A peek in new studio. jc-11.21

From the "Things Attached to Drones" department, a studio strobe light. jc-11.21

Animated interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights. Fantastic at full-screen. ms-11.21

DREAM: "Hey MS, where do you live? "Kew House, Cambridge Road, Richmond Upon Thames." *sigh* ms-11.21

Of course this exists. The Hipster Nativity Set. mcj-11.21

So you know, how to eat as much food as humanly possible this Thanksgiving. ms-11.21

"If you have worked on a film set, you know. What we do is all about doing everything you have to with all the gear you don't have. Here's to all the horrible things we have done with our gear to get the shot we need." Obvs for SD & BB. ms-11.21

Hmm, wonder if I can order one of these for the crew for lunch? ms-11.21

"Intercourse, according to Noyes, should be an 'innocent and useful communion,' a 'joyful act of fellowship,' and a 'purely social affair,' comparable to a stroll in the park..." Reinventing Sex, by Peter von Ziegesar. jc-11.21

Layered House in Saroma-Cho, Japan, by Igarashi Architects. jc-11.21

My kind of museum, the Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses. ms-11.21

"Past Perfect: I have cocktailed." F. Scott Fitzgerald Conjugates "to Cocktail". jc-11.18

There Are Rules in My Bar — Yes, Even You, Who Called Yourself the Angel of Death, by Rosie Schaap. jc-11.18

So you know, the 2016 nominees for Bad Sex in Fiction have been announced. Cows chewing grass? Winner, hands down. ms-11.18

Trailer for the documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai. ms-11.18

Another addition to my dream house portfolio, the Lafayette Loft. ms-11.18

Scotch Trooper. ms-11.18

"And just like that, Redgrave knew who her next TA would be. She drank him in, the combination of nubility and fragile academic curiosity and knew he'd fall for her wise advisor act. Kid had mommy issues written all over him. This semester was looking up." ms-11.18

Behind-the-scene trailer for Rogue One. ms-11.18

Intricate illustrations by Javier Arres. dw-11.17

Birds of Note. dw-11.17

911 DISPATCHER: Margaret, what's happening? CALLER: Really, I prefer Peggy. My son - he swallowed my Pinterest pins! 911 DISPATCHER: Is he breathing, ma'am? CALLER: Yes, he is Living, Loving, Breathing on a piece of distressed, recycled wood. ms-11.17

I thought my to-do list was pretty long, then I took a look at Thomas Edison's 1888 to-do list. Feeling pretty inadequate right about now. ms-11.17

So you know, Ways To Die That Are More Awful Than Dissolving In A Scalding Acid Bath, Ranked. mcj-11.17

Debate rages over the authenticity of recently found notebooks by Van Gogh. ms-11.17

Can an airport make a good ad? Yes. Yes they can. ms-11.17

Bentley the Bulldog's Helicopter Adventure. That is one chill dog. ms-11.17

Soyuz vs Supermoon . ms-11.17

Ballet in the streets of Mexico City. Fantastic photography by Omar Robles. jc-11.17

So you know, how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. ms-11.17

Dylan Mason, everyday. "A composite self-portrait merges 5 years of selfies into a single image using a vertical slice from every day. Additional images use slices and median blending techniques to convey individual years between 2011 and 2016." jc-11.17

Film-tech geek alert. Check Steve Yedlin's Film vs. Digital Tests, plus this series of tweets from Rian Johnson who is directing SW Episode VIII with Yedlin as DP, and finally this conversation about the matter. Fantastic. jc-11.17

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