Alex Brehm : The Homebrewer

We've got a new portfolio piece to share with you today! A short documentary featuring Alex Brehm: The Homebrewer. We met Alex through our really awesome business BFF Caitlin Brehm and quickly discovered his love for beer. We hung out at their house a few times trying all the new types of beer he was crafting and creating and holy shit was it delicious.

This project has Cody's name all over it. He seriously has amazing cinematography skills and can really tell a story well. I promise I'm not talking him up just cause I love him and I'm supposed to.. but, he really adds a magic touch to everything he creates. He seriously inspires me!

Moving on..for this post I really wanted Cody's thoughts on this project since he had been working on it solo, I think I used the gopro for a couple shots and taste tested the beer. Since Cody is not much of a writer and he puts me in charge of writing all of our blog posts I figured out the perfect way to get him to share his thoughts! Ask him questions! So, I am going to post all of them interview style below the video. But first, watch it! Also follow Alex Brehm on instagram where he shares all of his new concoctions of home brewed beer.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ALEX'S HOMEBREWING HOBBY?

Lexi and I were over at their house playing games and testing out their beers and Alex had invited us over to have a "brew day". We figured we could create a cool story out of it. I've never really seen the process of home brewing and I thought it was really interesting. I love beer and seeing how it was made while filming it and watching it during editing was a cool way to see the process. I truly got a behind the scenes look on what it is like to be a home brewer.

WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART ABOUT SHOOTING THIS SHORT FILM?

It was really cool seeing how much energy that went behind the craftsmanship of brewing beer, how much attention to detail you have to use, and how creative of a hobby it really is. It has to brew for a certain amount of time and it's so scientific. I really enjoyed learning and hearing about someone else's story.

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING?

We were shooting in Alex's house which is in Portland. The kitchens in those older Portland buildings are always a little tighter than you'd think. We had to really figure out how to get certain shots without knocking something over or accidentally being in the shot. Another challenging part was creating continuity in the story line but I overcame that by piecing different shots together during editing. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. If it doesn't work I just take it out and always make sure that it flows together before I progressed to another part of the film.

WAS IT FUN TO WORK WITH ALEX? WHAT WAS IT LIKE?

Alex is cool, I like him and he was very knowledgeable about what he was doing. He is a great teacher and I was so engaged. At first I wanted to create a story about him and not the process of making beer. He was dying to tell me the process of creating the beer which is awesome and it was so exciting to get to know him more and learn about how he does it. There was a lot of beer samples. We got a little drunk. hah. Um, I just enjoy hanging with Alex and Caitlin because they are always in a great mood and always doing something interesting.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM CREATING THIS?

I learned mostly about editing. I gained more skills by being challenged in certain aspects and I also had more practice with storytelling. I also learned that sound is always a really big deal, I am a sound producer but did not have the time to create our own soundtrack for this film so it was a little difficult to find some royalty free music. I also think working with someone else and connecting with them on a deeper level to tell a story was one of the greatest things to learn.

HOW DID YOU GET THOSE AWESOME CINEMATOGRAPHY SHOTS?

I saw an opportunity and I seized it. For the shots in the brewery, I used a track slider and I went around to a few places in Portland and asked them if I could take some shots. They were more than happy to allow me in. Another important thing is framing. You can't just shoot, you have to frame it beforehand and use good composition and evaluate what will look good what what wont. Studying film has really helped me see these type of shots in my head before I actually press record. There were times I wish I had gotten more shots but that's how it is with any project. You work with what you can get and in the editing process, you can piece it all together so that it flows smoothly and transitions well between each scene.

If you want to follow along Alex's home brewing stories check him out on Instagram!