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The Quoddy workshop in Maine is an amazing place, the craftsman are extremely skilled and very friendly and open. Special thanks to Dan for giving such a great insight.

Filmed with a skeleton kit of the 5D with 24-70mm and gorilla pod. Audio recorded onto my iphone with the surprisingly good irig mic. Edited on the Mac book air 11".

quoddy.com

oliverwilkins.com

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  • DeVuzData 8 days ago
    Excellent work !!
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  • Christopher Morris plus 8 days ago
    Very nice indeed...
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  • karim shaaban 8 days ago
    Excellent man Great work as usual
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  • MFD 8 days ago
    Incredible, love it!
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  • Matt Brass plus 8 days ago
    Great piece! Great story!
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  • i like it :)
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  • Kaushik 8 days ago
    Great Craftsmanship! Enjoyed this watching. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Rabi Abonour plus 8 days ago
    I really enjoyed the interviews. Good clips, and good audio quality. You got some nice looking shots as well, but I really think you should have shot on a tripod. I shoot handheld a lot in the field, but with a calmer project like this I think it's worth using sticks. You have good shots, but they would look a lot better if they were steady.

    I liked the piece a lot overall, but that is the one complaint I have.
  • Anies Hassan 8 days ago
    I understand what you mean but I actually really like the mix between handheld and locked down shots, it works really well. Matter of taste I guess.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Thanks Rabi and Anies. Unfortunately I'm on the road with minimal kit so no proper tripod. Usually I would probably lock down most of these shots. I quite enjoy the freedom and speed of shooting hand held though, even is shaky.
  • Rabi Abonour plus 8 days ago
    If you're on the road, then that's perfectly understandable. I actually don't like using tripods, either (especially coming from a photojournalism background where tripods are useless), but I try to force myself to use them because I think it makes a big difference in quality.

    Anyways, I did quite like the video. I appreciate that you are willing to accept honest criticism without getting overly defensive.
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  • Vanessa Workman plus 8 days ago
    Great composition and color-correction, but just a little shaky. By the way, although there's plenty of interesting stuff going on in the States, I'm curious, what happened to the International Development work in Egypt?
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Hi Vanessa, I'm just having a summer/ ramadan break from Egypt. I will be back there in september. Really enjoying a bit of travel around the US, hoping to shoot something in SF next week.
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  • David Beglinger 8 days ago
    Quite a change from Africa, same deft hand, though. Well done, Oliver.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Thanks David, it's great to be exploring another part of the world... heading to Reno for breakfast
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  • Chris Allen plus 8 days ago
    WOW that was very inspiring... I've been keen to do some videos on craftsman like this!
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  • Jyri 8 days ago
    Excellent short doc again, Oliver!
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  • Olaf Henze 8 days ago
    job well done! like it!
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  • Stefan Geens 8 days ago
    Makes me want to buy those shoes...
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    they're damn nice shoes
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  • Daniel Gustafsson plus 8 days ago
    I enjoyed it! Good work! :)
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  • Mark Rigler plus 8 days ago
    nice one
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  • Ilyas Curtis plus 8 days ago
    Great Work, makes me want to buy my next pair from them.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    do, they are worth it
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  • Uli Hesse plus 8 days ago
    Nice one! Love the composition, colours and atmosphere. Very well done!
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Thanks Uli, hope all good
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  • Andonis Anthony plus 8 days ago
    Brilliant!
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  • Visiontime plus 8 days ago
    Very nicely done Oliver. Incredible how in the hands of a talented film maker, even the simplest stories come to life and become all that more interesting.

    It's heart warming to see that there are still some craft shops still surviving in the West and that not everything has been relegated to cheap, outsourced, polluting, abusive mass production. Thank you for capturing that and sharing it.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Thanks Aymen. I agree, it was a real pleasure to walk into a place where such values remain alive. A very vibrant and warm atmosphere. Dan is also a great character and hopefully his sense of humour comes across...
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  • Anies Hassan 8 days ago
    I really enjoyed that one. It's refreshing to see a short doc that doesn't need to use music to hide the fact that it is, essentially, boring; just use the natural sounds and voices. Also, shows that you really don't need a super fancy rig to tell a good story and get lovely images. Good job, mate!
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Thanks mate, it definitely would have been nice to spend more time collecting up different sounds. I would have liked to make the start a bit more mysterious with no obvious references to what they do, just curious sounds and images. Unfortunatley beaten by the clock.
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  • Amr Hassanein 8 days ago
    very nice, well done
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  • alembic.tv plus 8 days ago
    Hi Oliver - Well i'd totally agree with what Anies said just above. I have to say I just watched the piece and was amazed at the amount of work that goes into making these shoes. Any more stories to come out from the filming you did? It had the feel of a beginning. The filming style was natural and it looks great.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 8 days ago
    Hey, thanks for the comment. I would love to return and do a longer piece, Lewiston seemed like a great town with lots of stories. Unfortunately I was in a bit of a rush and had to drive to Montreal in the afternoon. I probably shot for three hours with my very basic travelling kit. I hadn't got any audio kit with me so I bought an irig mic for my iphone - seemed to work OK although not very directional. Gorilla pod pretty good although a bit fiddly to set up, it kind of helps with the hand held too...
  • alembic.tv plus 8 days ago
    So- what's the story behind the piece - did you get commissioned to make it? Do you know someone who works there?

    It's just amazing to see all the work being done by hand in this day and age in Western cultures.

    best

    mark
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 7 days ago
    Hey Mark,

    No commission - I was passing through Maine and wanted to do a quick short film. I remembered the Quoddy factory was close so dropped them a line - they were very helpful and accommodating. Wish I'd had longer than a morning.
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  • Maha Bazzy 8 days ago
    You do such great work Oliver! Always a great pleasure to watch.
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  • 33hirtz 8 days ago
    Awesome job Oliver, I really enjoyed watching this!
    :-))
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  • Yahyia Mahmoud 8 days ago
    Nicely done :-) I really liked the low angle shot . As usual you impress :-)
    So you back in Septemeber huh ! There is a lot of work in Egypt these days do you want to team up again?
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 3 days ago
    cool, thanks. you back in Egypt now?
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  • Oliver,
    I've been in that workshop, and seen the fascinating detail and craftsmanship that those sewers have. I think your short is fantastic. It duplicated the sensation I get when I'm there, and that is pretty hard to communicate. You did a wonderful job.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 4 days ago
    Many thanks James, great to hear that
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  • lovely. so inspiring to see craftsmen so patiently, professionally, lovingly creating goods. i'm so thankful to know that people still do that!!! thank you for sharing...
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 3 days ago
    So glad you enjoyed it. It is really inspiring to think that this type of craft and skill still has enormous value.
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  • Good interview and enlightening conversation about a disappearing craft.
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  • mr. jeff allen 6 days ago
    Second watch. Nicely done letting Dan start with his personal attachment to the job then letting his narration expand to wider shots of the factory and other lads. Angle looking up at him from a shoe’s perspective works too. Personally, I never buy handmade American—only mechanized and mass produced, especially if job-stealing robots are involved, the larger the factory the better too. The Red Sox Nation lives at Quoddy, you might want to make a Fenway Park film next year for the 100th anniversary.
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 3 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed it. Red Sox Nation, indeed...
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  • Micah Donahue 6 days ago
    Terrific docu, Oliver. We here at Mechanica know Quoddy's owner, and love your work on this film.

    And as you said, they're damn nice shoes to boot!
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 3 days ago
    agreed, they are beautiful things to hold in the hand. thanks for the support.
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  • Jamie Gallant 6 days ago
    Great job on this doc Oliver! Felt organic and genuine, doing New England proud!
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  • Mostafa Naguib 6 days ago
    great job, i really did love it.
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  • makbethi 6 days ago
    thnx man you just gave me the idea about my graduation
    film.
    i am going with smth simple....but effective
    beautiful work-
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  • Marko Visual 6 days ago
    Ollie, found this by scoping out staff picks and it was #1, did you shoot this before or after the Maine workshop? Good job btw, watched the whole thing before I looked up and saw it was you. Haha, be good my friend!
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 4 days ago
    Hey Bobby! I shot this just after the Maine workshop on the monday morning before driving up to Montreal. Glad you enjoyed it, it definitely helps being picked up by staff picks. I periodically send them a hamper to keep them sweet. Hope all good. O
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  • Santo W plus 5 days ago
    Very well done, Oliver! Nice pace and great cuts to the B-rolls.
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  • The Film Artist plus 5 days ago
    For some strange reason I feel the urge to take a needle and thread and sew something. The skills and craftsmanship in the western world are quickly dissapearing as they become outpriced by the cheaper nations, the youths meanwhile unable to find employment as government debts increases. Great film Oliver, love it! :)
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 3 days ago
    Ha, that's great. I know exactly how you feel. I really feel like using my hands more myself.
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  • Andrew Pearson 5 days ago
    Great job! Quoddy shoes are hard to come by in the UK. A few shops sell them which is good.
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  • david romero laure plus 5 days ago
    Fantastic work, Oliver!!
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  • Antonio Caldeira 4 days ago
    Good work. Thanks for sharing it with us Oliver.
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  • Am Jay 3 days ago
    Really amazing. Customized and hand made goods are getting as rare as ever.
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  • Isla Hansen plus 3 days ago
    YES! I am from Lewiston, Maine and had no idea this existed. But check out the shoes I made... vimeo.com/​27487308
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 1 day ago
    Ha, very interesting. You Lewiston folk really have a thing for shoes.
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  • Turker Mutlu 2 days ago
    I know it is really hard to shoot people working in their working area, it is really hard to reflect that hard working environment and the serious mood.. great job there, congratulations.
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  • Fares Abdel Kerim plus 2 days ago
    Great piece. As usual
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 2 days ago
    Cheers Fares, hope all good
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  • Chris Koelsch plus 2 days ago
    My grandpa was a shoemaker and had his own little studio in his garage. This really brings back some good memories. Shared on my blog, This 'n That: tandtfy.blogspot.com
  • Oliver Wilkins plus 2 days ago
    Thanks Chris, great to hear it brings back memories and thanks for posting.
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  • Fares Abdel Kerim plus 2 days ago
    Nice promotion for Apple products as well. It's time you started looking into some serious sponsor contracts with them.
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  • excellent piece on a great brand.
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  • Deny Chang 1 day ago
    What happens when you get a phone call or message on your iphone while recording the audio? An H4N would have been handy.
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  • very very nice, beautiful shots!!!
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