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A Day Without Photonics: A modern horror story

Recently SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, approached our team to produce an educational video for their most recent national campaign highlighting career opportunities in optical engineering to high school students. As we love helping local organizations tell their story to the world, we gladly accepted the challenge!

The eight-minute video, A Day Without Photonics: A modern horror story was produced and filmed in Bellingham, WA using local talent and crew, including Binary Recording Studio for location audio recording.  Key members of Varvid’s post-production department, Colin Dalvit and Richard McLean, produced the special effects, music, and editing. And our own Director of Business Development, Drew Graham, was cast as the father.

Richard McLean, on working with local clients, “One of the best experiences of working on this project was going to Sehome High School and working with some awesome student actors.”

Since the video was posted to YouTube in April it is quickly approaching 1,000 views. To aid with views of the video SPIE has been doing an exceptional job with video social media promotions. Check out the Tweet below:


Here are some behind-the-scenes screen shots:

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A little bit about SPIE: Simply put, SPIE is an international not-for-profit society founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. SPIE is located in Cardiff, Wales and headquartered out of Bellingham, Washington. Click here to learn more about SPIE.

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Samsung KNOX 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Varvid recently produced a series of videos highlighting Samsung KNOX – a new Android-based security platform specifically designed to separate and manage personal and professional data. Samsung KNOX offers comprehensive protection against malware attacks and hacking with multi-layered security and industry-leading device management capabilities.

The videos were showcased at the 2014 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain. Notable keynote speakers at the conference included:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook
  • Virginia Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM
  • John Chambers, Cisco Chairman & CEO

Varvid’s crew captured footage at Samsung offices in San Francisco, San Diego, and Santa Clara, including interviews and B-roll vital to each project.

At Varvid headquarters in Bellingham, Skype calls were captured from Samsung offices in South Korea, Abu Dhabi, India, and Washington DC. Varvid’s editors worked closely with a Samsung Marketing representative to turn the projects around quickly.

International video production for 2014 World Wide Mobile Conference

Colin Dalvit added 2D & 3D animated opens and maps to help add to the overall production value.

International logo Animation for 2014 World Wide Mobile Conference

The videos were a very successful and integral part of the Samsung presentation and as a result, Varvid has been recognized as a Preferred Provider for Samsung Telecommunications America.

Click here to view our video presented at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.

How to Build a Zombie – A Varvid Animation by Colin Dalvit

If you haven’t already taken a look at the original video of our Halloween animation here’s another chance – watch it now!




Did you survive? … Good. Some viewers on social media thought Richard was wearing a mask, others were just too freaked out to notice the detail. Several of our followers on Facebook asked how we created the modeling for Richard’s face, so our lead animator Colin Dalvit put together a short piece to share his process with everyone!



Disclaimer: Watch at your own risk. No Richards harmed in the making of this video.