How Breakwater Studios Never Stopped Shooting

Live on Zoom - Wednesday, July 1st at 12:00PM PST


Before coronavirus, award-winning filmmaker Ben Proudfoot and his production company Breakwater Studios were in high gear, flying around the globe creating more than 40 short documentaries a year for The New York Times, Charles Schwab & Co., Annapurna Pictures, Lululemon, Kelly Services and the LA Phil to name a few. Proudfoot is known for his humanist, interview-driven approach that has garnered two Webbies, an Emmy, and a 2020 James Beard Award.


Suddenly, the world changed. Planes were grounded, businesses were reduced to minimum basic operations, and Breakwater was forced to innovate a way to keep shooting its various projects without sacrificing quality. They developed a comprehensive Self-Isolated Protocol (S.I.P.) that has allowed them to capture interviews in their signature style and quality all over the world, and in a thoroughly COVID-safe manner. Since April 1, Breakwater Studios has now completed 7 S.I.P. productions in the United States, Canada, UK, and Myanmar.


In conversation with Sub-Genre’s Brian Newman, Proudfoot, who was honored as Forbes’ 2020 30 under 30, takes us inside Breakwater Studios’ camera department in Los Feliz, California to explain just how they did it.


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Brian Newman

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Sub-Genre Brian Newman consults on content development, distribution and marketing to help connect brands with filmmakers with audiences. Clients include: Patagonia, REI, IBM, Yeti Coolers, New York Times, Shopify Studios, Stripe, Unilever, and Zero Point Zero. Brian is the producer of The Outside Story (Tribeca Film Festival, 2020), and Love & Taxes, and executive producer of Shored Up. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, and is the founder of the Brand/Foundation Alliance.