I think the complexity of filmmaking, the ability to tell a story and capture strong emotions through a combination of picture and sound makes it one of my favorite mediums to work with.  There is so much you can do to create a powerful experience for the viewer and leave a meaningful message and that’s what I love about it.  Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to produce, direct, design and help execute a number of exciting video projects with so many talented people. 

Film Projects

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Tom DeLonge: To The Stars

Tom DeLonge is best known as the guitarist and vocalist in the legendary band Blink-182. For nearly 20 years, he wrote popular Blink songs while amusing the fans and disturbing parents with his often X-rated stage antics.  Never one to settle and always seeking the next creative challenge, he formed more experimental bands like Boxcar Racer and eventually his present-day art project, Angels & Airwaves.

At this point in DeLonge’s life, it is hard to keep track of everything he has going on. It would seem as though everything he has done up to now has been preparing him for his most recent ventures. To anyone else, his ambitions may seem crazy and far-fetched. But to DeLonge, he is just a kid from the suburbs who dreamed of going to the stars.

 
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"The Suburban Kid Who Traveled to the Stars "

 

 

CREDITS

Produced & directed by Ben Giese
Director of photography Kyle Cowling
Edit & color by Kyle Cowling

Soundtrack by Angels & Airwaves
Production assistant Maggie Gulasey
Still photography by Jeff Stockwell

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Photos by Jeff Stockwell

 
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MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

This was a 14 page cover-story featured in Volume 014 of META. The goal was to represent Toms personality through vibrant colors of the photography by Jeff Stockwell and the black background which I felt was appropriate knowing Tom’s obsession with the mysteries of our universe.

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Equilibrium

Motorcycles should be simple. They should be exposed and unobstructed, much like the experience of riding them. Good design appears in the lines, stripping away all the unnecessary gimmicks to present the machine in its purest form. But great design … Great design appears in all the things you don’t notice. It’s not in the things you can see or touch; the magic of a great motorcycle should be something you can feel.

 
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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

 

 

CREDITS

Produced & directed by Ben Giese
Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese
Financial support from Husqvarna Motorcycles

Filmed & edited by Daniel Fickle
Areal cinematography by Ben McKinney
Still photography by Aaron Brimhall

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

Palm Springs, California is a cultural desert oasis hosting the world’s largest concentration of midcentury modern architecture. Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek homes that embrace the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic called Desert Modernism where the simplicity of the desert landscape is reflected in the simplicity of the architecture.

Notable for its use of glass, clean lines and minimal design, Desert Modernism evoked a lifestyle of simplicity and elegance. Influenced by the intensities of living in a desert climate, this style of architecture was naturally aimed to be the perfect combination between form and function. Much like the philosophy behind the innovative Husqvarna Vitpilen 701.

Working with Voca Films, our goal was to showcase the poetic relationship found between the mid-century modern Palm Springs architecture, the simplicity of the desert landscape and design philosophy behind the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. A striking connection of progressive form and functions.

 
 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Photos by Aaron Brimhall

 
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MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

This was a 14 page cover-story featured in Volume 012 of META. I wanted the layout to reflect the nature of the story which was all about clean lines an minimalism.  The layout is progressive, using plenty of white space and strategically overlapping the images and text.  And of course the beautiful photography by Aaron Brimhall brings this feature to the next level.

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The Electric

What if the conversation was no longer about the bikes and equipment? What if we only talked about the experience and remember what it was like when we all wanted to copy whatever Malcolm Smith was doing? 

What if I told you the most unlikely of companies is already subtly trying to get that message to you? Would you listen? 

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"Go quietly."

 

 

CREDITS

Director of Photography Dean Bradshaw
Produced by Ben Giese
Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese
Financial support from Alta Motors

Starring Jimmy Hill
Edited by David Andreini
Drone cinematography by Alex Fuller
Sound design by Lime Studios

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

The idea for this film was to portray the feeling of freedom, solitude and peaceful experience of riding ALTA’s silent electric motorcycle.  We wanted the message be about the silence and how it amplifies the natural world around you so that you can find yourself lost in that moment. 

 
 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Photos by Dean Bradshaw

 
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MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

This was a 14 page cover-story featured in Volume 010 of META. I wanted the layout to be super clean and minimal so that Dean Bradshaw's beautiful images were the focus.  The images had a nice blue tone to them so I used a matching blue accent color for highlights and quotes throughout the article written by Brett Smith.

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Terra Incognita

Whether it is dreaming of the mystifying heavenly bodies looming above, experiencing otherworldly terrain here on Earth, or revealing the inner demons hiding deep within oneself, seeking the undiscovered is not for the faint of heart. Delving into those varying degrees of the unexplored, a lone traveler embarks on a quest accompanied only by her motorcycle and imagination. This terrestrial rocketeer will look, listen, and touch in order to obtain a more profound perspective on her place in the universe as she embarks on a personal adventure into the unknown.

 
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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

 
 

 

CREDITS

Starring Maggie Gulasey
Produced & directed by Ben Giese
Filmed & edited by Daniel Fickle
Key grip & arial footage by Ben McKinney

Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese
Sound design & color by Daniel Fickle
Soundtrack by Live Footage
Financial support from BMW & ATWYLD

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

Inspired by the unknown, this story came to fruition from a simple passion for the great mysteries of our universe. Thinking outside the box to create a truly unique piece of motorcycle journalism we decided to combine elements of the gold era of the space age with modern motorcycle exploration to tell the story of a terrestrial rocketeer exploring New Mexico's "Land of Enchantment" and using the motorcycle as a tool to gain a greater perspective on our place in the cosmos. I wanted this film to feel abstract, mysterious and spacey and I think it came out beautifully!

 
 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photography by Aaron Brimhall

 
 
 

MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

Taking the same approach with the design of the story as I did with the film, I really wanted the layout to compliment the essence of mystery and space travel.  Photographer, Aaron Brimhall shot alongside the crew at VOCA films and I directed him to capture the same images the film crew was capturing so that we could maintain consistency across both mediums.  Using the same typography treatment as used in the film titles and including plenty of white space the layout is both effective and aesthetically pleasing.  For this feature we even differentiated it with high gloss paper and metallic inks to give it a little extra pop and do the photos justice.

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Desierto

The desert is a strange paradox of terror and beauty. 

An arid wasteland that has been scorched and forsaken, riddled with death and decay.  The haunting silence and desolation found in the desert provides a right of passage for the troubled mind and a refuge for the wandering spirit to get lost with no intent on being found. It’s a grim environment, deprived of water and lavish with danger; but amongst all the unrelenting cruelties that define the desert, there is a great deal of majesty and solitude to be found here, and no better way to experience it than from the seat of a motorcycle.

 
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"The desert is our troubled state. It is the dwelling place of our demons. This is a land of illusions and thin air, the vision is so cleared at times that the truth itself is deceptive."

 
 

 

CREDITS

Directed, filmed & edited by Sebastien Zanella
Produced by Ben Giese & Nathon Verdugo
Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese

Sound design & color by Sebastien Zanella
Location Tabernas, Spain
Financial support from Scrambler Ducati

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

When Ducati invited me to the launch of their new Desert Sled in the Tabernas Desert of southern Spain I wanted to do something extra special for META.  So I invited photographer & director, Sebastien Zanella to join us and help create a short film and capture images for the magazine.

The concept for this film and story was is inspired by a series of haunting quotes taken from John C. Van Dyke’s 1901 book titled “The Desert”. 

 
 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photography by Sebastien Zanella

 
 
 

MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

Taking the same approach I do a lot of times when I have strong photography, I wanted the layout for this feature to be very simple to let Sebastien's images be the main focus.  This 14 page cover-story was broken up by a combination of text pages and series of photo spreads to really give the images room to breathe.

 
 
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Membah

After quietly admiring the work of Deus Temple in Bali, Indonesia, we ventured across the globe to explore their homeland in Bali, Indonesia. Two weeks, two islands, two volcanos, some custom dirtbikes, a few surfboards and a RED camera alongside some newfound friends. The trip of a lifetime.

 
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"Our trip to Bali was like a flashback to a time during the late ’60s and ’70s in Southern California. It seems as if the boys at Deus Temple are reliving that era, their lives like a snapshot from the iconic Bruce Brown surf and moto films of the time, The Endless Summer and On Any Sunday."

 
 

 

CREDITS

Directed by Dustin Humphrey
Filmed & edited by Andy Gough
Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese

Produced by Ben Giese
Key grip & production assistant Sinyo Ipunk
Illustration by Evan Hecox

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

“Membah” is the Balinese word for flow, which became a reoccurring theme throughout this trip.  Motorcycles and surfboards are just a normal part go daily life on the island of Bali.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a board in the water or on a bike in the sand; the essence of flow, and the intimate connection with the landscape and Mother Nature, is virtually the same. 

 
 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photography by Tom Hawkins  & Keli Bow

 
 
 

MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

Throughout our two week adventure we captured a huge archive of amazing photos.  For this layout I chose to create more of a collage so that we would have space to include as many images as possible.  The text overlapping the images added a more dynamic and interesting design element, while maintaining plenty of white space for balance.  We commissioned world-renowned artist and my personal friend, Evan Hecox to illustrate the cover artwork, and I wrote the 16 page article featured inside Volume 007.

 
 
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Way-Out

Tyler Bereman is a free spirit and natural talent with an effortless style that radiates on and off the bike. For Tyler, happiness is found on the seat of his motorcycle, upside down at forth gear wide open.

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"Quit worrying about what everyone else wants you to do, and do what makes you happy."

 
 

 

Credits

Directed by Sebastien Zanella
Starring Tyler Bereman
Produced by Ben Giese

Creative direction by Ben Giese
Graphic design & titles by Ben Giese
Financial support from Fasthouse & 805 Beer

 

 

Way-Out

adjective, informal


1. advanced in style or technique
2. exotic or esoteric in character

 

 
 

Creative Direction

Over the past several years Tyler Bereman’s name has risen from obscurity and become synonymous with going big, and doing it in style. He’s decided to do things his own way, breaking the mold and carving his own path on two wheels.  I can appreciate that.  Combining his effortless natural ability on the motorcycle and a style that radiates both on and off the bike, I wanted Tyler's film to feel as raw, creative and free as his riding.

 
 

 

Behind the Scenes

Photos by Sebastien Zanella

 
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MAGAZINE STORY & LAYOUT

This was a cover-story I produced and designed for Volume 011 of META, written by Brett Smith and featuring photography by Sebastien Zanella.

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Mind Wide Open

At a point when man and machine become one, the world disappears and expands all at once. Shutting off your thoughts, washing away your troubles and losing yourself in that moment is the beauty that draws us to riding motorcycles. It's what we live for.

 
 
 

 

Credits

Starring Aaron McClintock
Filmed & edited by Dylan Wineland

Art direction & title design by Ben Giese
Narration by Bree Marshall

 

 
 

CREATIVE DIRECTION

My friend Dylan Wineland presented the idea for this project to me in the fall of 2014 and asked if META would like to be part of the project. The answer was an obvious YES and I had a great time helping Dylan with creative direction, post production, graphics and title design, marketing collateral, strategy and a roll-out plan. 

 
 
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DC Air.Craft

The very first DC TeamWorks video: Robbie Maddison's AIR.CRAFT.

Filmed in a military service airplane graveyard in Tucson, Arizona this short film showcases Robbie's legendary skills. From Step-ups to airborne shipping containers to backflips over planes, AIR.CRAFT is one wild ride.

 
 
 

 

CREDITS

Starring Robbie Maddison
Directed by Jose Gomez
Producers Brian Cassaro & Jeff Taylor
Produced by Shilo Studios
Editing & sound design by Justin Smith

DC Moto Team Manager Nate Hawley
Course Builder Randy Manning
DC creative director Deven Stephens
Storyboarding by Dave Kania
Design & marketing collateral by Ben Giese

 
 

GRAPHIC DESIGN & MARKETING COLLATERAL

For this exciting project I had the opportunity to develop a look and feel for the marketing campaign to support this film.  I laid out all the titles for the film, designed ads for print, web banners and social media as well as a landing page, newsletter, and assets for the premiere party at DC headquarters.  I was also on location to help set up product shots, and works closely with the editor, Justin Smith at Shilo Studios during post production.

 

Print ad featured in Transworld Motocross & Racer X Illustrated

 

Web banners, site skins & digital takeovers featured on all major motocross media outlets

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Edited by Dan Shetron

 
 
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War Machines

Our attention is drawn to those magnetic. Athletes...but with soul; artists with outward aggression whose masterpieces have yet to be painted or finished. Sculpted into the Eastern European foothills we found paradise - and came back again to rediscover it on our home turf. Our roster is stacked deep with talent, but more importantly, they’re brimming with heart. From savage mini riders all the way to the sports’ elite, they lay tracks on pristine landscapes worldwide with an intensity matched by the 12,000 heartbeats per minute of their motorcycle. This film is raw. It’s passionate and aggressive. We set out to leave no stone unturned, no night of rest exchanged for a lost opportunity to dig deeper and shoot somewhere new. 

 
 
 

 

CREDITS

Directed & edited by Wes Williams
Cinematography by Wes Williams & Danny Stuart

Creative direction & design by Ben Giese
Produced by Vurbmoto

 
 
 
 

Creative Direction & DVD PACKAGING

Inspired by the name "War Machines" I took a graphic approach inspired by both vintage war propaganda and more contemporary propaganda artwork by renowned artist, Shepard Fairey.

I was responsible for designing everything from the DVD packaging to the marketing collateral, titles and motion graphics in the film.

 
 
 

 

MARKETING COLLATERAL

 

Web Banners

 

Social Media Assets

 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photography by David bummer, Chelsea Stratso & Wes Williams

 
 
 
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Jeffery Herlings Platinum

The bad boy of the World Motocross GP series, Jeffrey Herlings graces the screen in this 12-minute motocross spectacular. They call him “The Bullit”, with speed and natural ability that are only matched by his no-holds-barred reputation. Watch the two-time world champion do what he does best, on seven different tracks spanning five countries, and see exactly what earned him the reputation as the fastest sand rider on the planet.

 
 
 

 

Credits

Directed & edited by Wes Williams
Cinematography by Wes Williams & AXOM Cinema

Art direction & title design by Ben Giese
Produced by Vurbmoto

 

 
 
 

Project Scope

I really dislike the direction that the director went with this trailer, but I am still showing it because I think the titles, graphics & marketing collateral  I designed for this project came together nicely.

 
 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photography by Garth Milan, Chelsea Stratso & Ben Giese

 
 
 

MARKETING COLLATERAL

Marketing collateral design for this project included graphics, web banners, site skins, social media assets and a landing page for iTunes.

 
 
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Web Banners

 
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Social Media

 
 
 

DC Shoes: Tyler Bereman

DC moto athlete Tyler Bereman has always dreamed of participating in X Games and in 2013 his dreams finally came true as he recieved an invite to participate in Men's Moto X racing at X Games Los Angeles. We created this edit of Tyler ripping at Zaca Station and the famous Castillo Ranch in anticipation of the upcoming event and used the assets to also advertise DC's "Council" shoe within the 2013 "Defined by DC" campaign.

 
 
 

 

Credits

Starring Tyler Bereman
Filmed by Justin Smith & Dan Shetron

Edited & sound design by Justin Smith
Creative direction & graphic design by Ben Giese

 

 
 

Design & Marketing Collateral

For this project I was on location with the film team and photographers providing creative direction and support.  I designed all the titles, graphics, digital banners and print ads for this project.

 
 
 

Behind the Scenes

Photos by Steven Treboux & Garth Milan

 
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DC Shoes: Moto Team Video 2013

For 2013 DC took a new approach to the Moto team video. The best riders in the best locations...This is Moto Defined by DC.

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CREDITS

Produced & directed by Justin Smith
Producers Brian Cassaro & Nate Hawley
Editors Justin Smith & Dan Shetron

Creative direction by Ben Giese
Graphic design by Ben Giese
Assistant editor Eldrich Legaspio

 

 

Behind The Scenes

Photos by Steven Truboux