• Lunacy Unlimited

    Lunacy Unlimited is a full service content creation company with offices in Santa Monica, CA and Louisville, KY.  We enjoy making films of all shapes and sizes that entertain and inspire. While our primary passions are feature level projects, we also have vast experience in short form work, including commercials, branded web content, improv comedy, and music videos. We also have a unique (and admittedly somewhat obsessive) love for visual nostalgia, and that becomes readily apparent when you see the work […]

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  • WHAT’S INSIDE: “Eleuthero”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. One such ingredient is ELEUTHERO (aka Siberian Ginseng), a classic adaptogen that has been shown to help with adrenal fatigue and oxygenation to the brain. Intrigued? Take a […]

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  • Bonus Content: Jack Ford’s Secret Sauce of Sales

    JACK FORD’S SECRET SAUCE OF SALES is a comedic commercial that details the unconventional steps to selling a used car, all personally guaranteed by Jack Ford himself.

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  • Myth #8 – TAKE OUT TEETH

    Comedy Web Series. Dr. Kent Bolus, one world’s most preeminent and persuasive oralogists, takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to debunk some common dental misconceptions. This episode contains our favorite outtakes from a bizarre but humorous day of shooting with the inimitable Dr. Bolus. CAST: Andy Blieden, Alexandra Jensen, Simmons Falk, Jake Blieden CREW: Directed and Edited by Stu Pollard, Produced by Pollard and Stephen Brown, Written by Pollard, Andy Blieden, and Alexandra Jensen, Directors of Photography – […]

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  • Session #4: “TOO CLOSE TO CALL”

    Improv Comedy/Web Series. In this episode of Parts & Actors, Nitai Aleksiewicz auditions for a small role in a new feature, but the director has his sights set on something bigger.

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  • Target 1: The Sitting Duck

    Web Series. WILL IT SHOTGUN is a comedic web series that stars a team of scientists, doctors, and a gun expert who analyze the before-and-after effects of shooting random objects with a shotgun. In this episode, the team prepares to shoot a stuffed duck. CAST: MacLeod Andrews, Phil Cherry, Chris Cottingim, Alexandra Jensen CREW: Directed by Stu Pollard, Produced by Stephen Brown, Written by Pollard, Alexandra Jensen, Scott Brody & Tyler Gunderson, Director of Photography – Tyler Gunderson & Patrick Yen, […]

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  • Part #1: “Why Acting?”

    Improv Comedy/Web Series. Inside the Actor’s Mind’s Eye is a four-part short documentary series that combines live-action interviews with clever animation to delve into some of the unusual challenges facing today’s working actors in Los Angeles. In part 1, we ask our ensemble, “Why did you become an actor?” Take a look and learn what drives these seemingly well-adjusted individuals to pursue a career that so often swerves into strange and irrational territory.

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  • Team Perry – 2013 Western Region Championship

    Charities. Here’s the wild and wacky fundraising video that Team Perry’s west coast teams joined forces to make in 2013 and 2014 to help support the Perry Zimmerman’s efforts to raise money for rare cancer research via the nationwide fundraiser Cycle for Survival. Learn more about Team Perry at: www.teamperry2014.info.

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  • SXSW 2011 Throwback, Pt 7: TV On the Radio

    Music/Web Series. Kyle Meredith, of the syndicated radio show The Weekly Feed, interviews Jaleel Bunton, Tunde Adimpe, and Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio at SXSW 2011. Hosted & produced by Kyle Meredith. Directed & shot by Stu Pollard. Edited by Scooter Downey. A Lunacy Unlimited Production.

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  • Unconditional

    Music video. As you might deduce from the title, this tune is about love of the non quantifiable variety. And in the spirit of that we thought it’d be fun to make a video with lots of cute kids and dogs.UNCONDITIONAL was the second music video from Stu Pollard’s debut album NEW TRICKS. The album is on sale at iTunes, Amazon,and loads of other internet retailers.

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  • Ep. 3: Common Scents

    Branded Content. Country Music legends Claybo & Downs point out what most brewers need to put into their beer while enjoying some fine Kentucky microbrews during a tour stop in Panama City, Florida. CAST: Brandon Moynihan, Matt Saunders CREW: Directed & Edited by Stu Pollard, Produced by Jennifer Sims and Jonna Walsh, Written by Matt Saunders, Brandon Moynihan & Stu Pollard, Director of Photography – Harry Frith, Music by Stephen Graziano, Grip/Sound – Casper Adams

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  • Where The Trees & The Stars Are

    Music video. Andrea’s Davidson’s fabulous song about Louisville WHERE THE TREES AND THE STARS ARE. Filmed in Louisville, KY, at the Clifton Art Center, Hermitage Farm, and River Road. Directed by Stu Pollard. Produced by Stephen Brown. Cinematography by Brennan Clark, Hunter Curry, Alexandra Jensen, and Tyler Gunderson. A Lunacy Unlimited Production.

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Links of Filmic Interest and Other Bits & Bloggables


  • Kentucky School of Art from Glass Label on Vimeo.



  • Papa Johns Effects and Color Break Down from Eric Stemen on Vimeo.

    A few effect break downs and also a before and after of the coloring done in resolve.

    Full Papa Johns video here.
    vimeo.com/115000823

    The edit was done in Premiere while the effects were done in After Effects.
    Color correction done in resolve.



  • Los Angeles from Ian Wood on Vimeo.

    This is the city-wide follow up to my aerial exploration of downtown Los Angeles from last year (vimeo.com/101231747). And much like with downtown, I continue to be awe struck by how much of this vast city I have partially or completely overlooked before undertaking this video. And like most voyages of discovery, I’ve realize there’s so much more to find.

    Packing it all into one short-form video has been nigh impossible and much didn’t make it for safety, privacy or simply because I couldn’t make it 30 minutes long! Notably missing are: LAX Theme Building, both Gettys, some Lautner homes, numerous beautiful buildings, the Gabba gallery, many murals that vanished before I got to them, and much of downtown featured in last year’s video.

    A map of the locations is here: goo.gl/f4fq3U

    The music is BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis and is used with permission. I felt it fitting to a city of eclectic styles and influences, equal parts refined and rough edges. The version used here is my own extended edit. Download the original song here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-you-aint-never-had-the-blues/id1006196698?i=1006197030

    Droning For Good
    With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.

    My Drone Protocol
    - Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
    - Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
    - Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
    - No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
    - Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
    - Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
    - Avoid “loitering" next to residential homes and apts.
    - Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
    - Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.

    For queries regarding my aerial filming, please contact me by email, aerial@ianwood.com.



  • Pig Walk Loop from Andrew Wood on Vimeo.

    Early test for three-dimension pig model.


  • Filmmaking Hacks That Make Life Easier

    SP: And here’s a mighty fun list of places to help demystify some of the content creation process. Thanks to the Tongal gents for the compilation!

 

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  • Coach Art 2005

    Coach Art 2005

    Charities. Fundraising video created for Los Angeles based charity children’s charity CoachArt.

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  • Part #4: “Advice for New Directors”

    Part #4: “Advice for New Directors”

    Improv Comedy/Web Series. Inside the Actor’s Mind’s Eye is a four-part short documentary series that combines live-action interviews with clever animation to delve into some of the unusual challenges facing today’s working actors in Los Angeles. In Part 4, we turn the tables and ask our ensemble what advice they have for fledgling filmmakers to help them depressurize the process for everyone involved. CAST (in order of appearance): Sami Klein, Brandon Moynihan, Mitch Baker, Nitai Aleksiewicz, Mary Mather, Matt Saunders, Bernardo […]

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  • Part #3: “Dastardly Direction”

    Part #3: “Dastardly Direction”

    Improv Comedy/Web Series. Inside the Actor’s Mind’s Eye is a four-part short documentary series that combines live-action interviews with clever animation to delve into some of the unusual challenges facing today’s working actors in Los Angeles. In Part 3 we ask, “What’s the worst piece of direction you’ve ever received?” Our ensemble shares some stories about the less-than-crystal-clear direction dispensed by well-meaning filmmakers, casting directors, & producers – all of whom shall remain anonymous as far as you know. CAST (in […]

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  • Part #2: “Audition Weirdness”

    Part #2: “Audition Weirdness”

    Improv Comedy/Web Series. Inside the Actor’s Mind’s Eye is a four-part short documentary series that combines live-action interviews with clever animation to delve into some of the unusual challenges facing today’s working actors in Los Angeles. In Part 2, we ask our ensemble of actors about the most bizarre, memorable & awkward auditions they’ve ever had the pleasure – or pain – of attending. To see how some of these played out, see Lunacy’s complementary web series “Parts & Actors”. CAST […]

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  • Lyle Lovett Live at Hermitage Farm

    Lyle Lovett Live at Hermitage Farm

    Highlights from Lyle Lovett’s Derby eve concert at Kentucky’s Hermitage Farm in May of 2012. Photographs by Andrea Hughes.

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  • BRAIN TONIQ: “King Me”

    BRAIN TONIQ: “King Me”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this spot, we see a young pretty woman defeat a chess champion while enjoying a can of Brain Toniq.

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  • BRAIN TONIQ: “The Thinker”

    BRAIN TONIQ: “The Thinker”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this spot, we see the intelligent ingredients at work within an unlikely source.

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  • INSIDE THE CAN: “Bad Boys”

    INSIDE THE CAN: “Bad Boys”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this behind-the-scenes spot, three ingredients NOT found in Brain Toniq, CAFFEINE, TAURINE, and GLUCURONOLACTANE, awkwardly stand around and discuss their lack of productivity.

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  • GOOD CHEMISTRY: “Best Friends”

    GOOD CHEMISTRY: “Best Friends”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this spot, we see how two healthy ingredients, CHOLINE and DMAE, complement each other, helping to boost short-term and long-term memory, concentration, and greater problem solving ability.

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  • GOOD CHEMISTRY: “Ladies’ Man”

    GOOD CHEMISTRY: “Ladies’ Man”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this behind-the-scenes spot, DMAE and RHODIOLA ROOT prove that their enhancing abilities work on even the most unlikely sources.

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  • INSIDE THE CAN: “Different Strokes”

    INSIDE THE CAN: “Different Strokes”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this behind-the-scenes spot, two ingredients, CAFFEINE and ELEUTHERO, attempt to become friends although they have nothing in common.

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  • INSIDE THE CAN: “Surprise Guest”

    INSIDE THE CAN: “Surprise Guest”

    Branded Content/Web Series. Brain Toniq is the world’s first organic, botanical-based, non-caffeinated think tonic specifically designed for those who need more mental focus and clarity. Formulated out of plant extracts and natural compounds, the ingredients in Brain Toniq have a long, proven history for their effects on increasing brain power and cognition. In this spot, the healthy ingredients are hanging out on the set until they get a frightening surprise from an unwanted guest.

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