Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Each year, I’m challenged to help a friend find a striking photograph taken in Sheboygan County. The photo is combined with a quotation that reflects the temper of our time and is used for a New Year’s Card sent to his customers, clients, employees and friends all over the world.
For two consecutive years in a field of several hundred blind entries, my friend picked work from the same photographer. There was something about this particular photographer’s work he liked. Subject matter, composition, color quality and a variety of other things that only someone with a well-trained eye would appreciate. At any rate, when I told him that the photo he selected for 2010 was shot by the same photographer he’d selected the previous year, he’d asked who the photographer was and what he did for a living. After making a few calls, I’d discovered that the photo was shot by a 19 year young man who was starting a motion picture studio with his brother. Chris, the photographer, and his older brother Phil had taken an interest in making movies at the ages of 16 and 14 and were winning national awards within two years, and started their own motion pictures studio called Leclerc Brothers L.L.C. shortly thereafter. You can check out their work at www.leclercbrothers.com
In the last six months, I’ve gotten to be good friends with Phil and Chris and continue to be amazed at not only their talent, but their conviction to do great work in a great way for great causes. Two weeks ago, they joined the Jake’s Cafe creative community and aside from working on projects which have taken them on assignments all over the world, (http://vimeo.com/10282740) they’re planning the design and construction of a small movie theatre at Jake’s for their clients to see their work in a perfectly controlled sound/light environment. I love their passion.
Phil and Chris are on a mission to make a major motion picture. They will. And if you tune in to enjoy some of their work at www.leclercbrothers.com, you’ll understand exactly why I believe so strongly in them and their mission