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.



Hosted by

Brian Newman


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.


Ben Proudfoot

Founder & CEO