Oct 172014


Benny in our custom made LED Light Suit

Benny in our custom made LED Light Suit

OMG! You have to watch the video below shot with the two LED Light Suits we custom made for the film!  It might be one of the most beautiful videos we have ever seen!

AFTERGLOW – Lightsuit Segment from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.

Watch the full 12 minute film Oct 19: www.philips.com/ambilight

Presented by Philips TV and Atomic Skis
Featuring: Pep Fujas, Eric Hjorleifson, Daron Rahlves, and Chris Benchetler

From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made. Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning, and civil engineering.

Filmed as a partnership between Sweetgrass Productions, Philips TV, and the Swedish Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren, it’s two parts creativity, one part branded content, and a pinch of masochism for good measure. Overall, it’s an incredibly unique partnership between our vision of skiing and the color and light technology behind the Philips Ambilight TV.

Supported by: Atomic, Freefly Systems (MOVI), NiteRider, Golden Alpine Holidays, Alyeska Resort & Talvista Lodge.

Shot on location at: Golden Alpine Holidays Sentry Lodge, Alyeska Resort, and the Alaskan Wilderness

Directed by Nick Waggoner & Mike Brown
Executive Producer Nick Waggoner
Produced by Zac Ramras, Mike Brown, and Max Santeusanio
Edited by Mike Brown
First AC Max Santeusanio
Aerial Cinematography by Nick Wolcott and Zac Ramras
Guides Cam McClellan and Ken Bibby
Gaffer Mark Stuen
Key Grip Kyle Metzger
Best Boy Grip Shane Treat
Cook AJ Frye
BTS Unit Jason Mannings

Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren
Account Director Ulf Ahlstrand
Creative Director Joakim Wållgren
Account Manager Helena Bengtsson
Associate Creative Director Cristopher Gedda Westrell
Art Director Johan Schonfeldt
Agency Producer Mark Baughen, Colony

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Oct 042014

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Michael_Lamb spiderWe have some fabulous costumes and Halloween Ideas to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming season. The first two, the amazing Maleficent and the spider web costumes are from Michael Lamb.

01_Derecho_costume_sketchIn addition, we have this working sketch and tutorial from our client, Vivian. It is a costume inspired by the violent Derecho storm that hit her area in June, 2012.

To create the costume, Vivian dressed all in black, with silver face makeup. The storm cloud was two white afro wigs that came prewired with flashing white lights on batteries. The lightning bolts were made with aqua Cool Neon Electroluminescent Wire, powered by portable battery packs, and sewn in lightning patterns down both arms and across her chest. They were set to flash in rhythm.

The tornadoes were represented by lime green Cool Neon Electroluminescent Wire wrapped around her legs, and held up (more or less) by elastic bands. The wind was shown two ways: she carried a leaf blower painted black she had blowing when she entered the room; and also she sewed cocktail umbrellas and little cars all over her petticoat, as a lot of her deck umbrellas went flying off during the storm. For some extra drama, she sewed a “dog collar” of flashing colored lights. This took a few weeks of planning, researching, and sewing, but it was worth it: it was the first time she had seen so many of her friends actually speechless! And she won First Prize for Best Costume. The only problem is: How is she going to top this next year?
mikaela Holmes orangeThen we have the talented Mikaela Holmes who makes fabulous costumes. You  can read more about her process and different looks in our prior post HERE.
dean2And do you remember this fabulous costume? You can read more about it HERE.

new stickmanAnd of course we have our STICKMAN TUTORIAL.

And don’t forget our COSTUME TUTORIAL, for a little additional help.

We hope you have a fabulous Halloween and please send photos to info@coolneon.com. We would love to share them.

Benny, Karen and the Elves

Aug 152014

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parasol with girls dale dawsonWe just love it when you send us photos and videos. Dale Dawson recently sent us these great photos of his gorgeous parasols. Aren’t they fabulous? He used 2.6 High Bright and for drivers he used one 35′ Fish with switch and one 50′ Strobe. And we knew you would want to see the video.


Dale also made this fabulous hat for New Years Eve one year. This is a photo of the back of a hat he made that hosts one of  Cool Neon’s Arduino Shields.

We love his work and look forward to seeing more of it.

Benny, Karen and the Elves