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Gold ADDY Award - Korean War Veterans / 03/04/2018 12:00 am

Korean War Veterans

Korean War Veterans

James Patrick Photography

Category: Visual > 83 - Still Photography > 83D - Campaign
Award: Gold ADDY Award
Client Company Name: James Patrick Photography
Title: Korean War Veterans

Credits:
James Patrick, Photographer
Kelly Spartonos, Photo Assistant

Gold ADDY Award - Exxon Baton Rouge / 03/04/2018 12:00 am

Exxon Baton Rouge

Abbott Animation

Category: Film & Video > 86 - Animation, Special Effects or Motion Graphics > 86B - CGI
Award: Gold ADDY Award
Client Company Name: Chemical Safety Board
Title: Exxon Baton Rouge

Credits:
Don Abbott, Owner / Creative Director
Josiah Grennell, Lead Animator
Charles Rorke, Animator
Siavash Tehrani, Animator

Gold ADDY Award - Rejoice! / 03/04/2018 12:00 am

Rejoice!

Crown Chimp Productions

Category: Film & Video > 85 - Cinematography
Award: Silver ADDY Award + AAF District 12 Silver ADDY Award
Client Company Name: China Mobile
Title: Rejoice!

Credits:
Nickolas Duarte, Director
Joplin Wu, Director of Photography
Drew Grubich, 1st AD
Sarah Horsman, Voice Over

Nickolas Duarte - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:10 pm

Nickolas Duarte Nickolas Duarte has always loved films. He was born in Tucson, AZ and became interested in film while making videos to get out of writing essays in high school. He studied film-making at Pima Community College and in 2008, started Crown Chimp Productions, where he is a film, commercial and series writer/director.

Nickolas’s internationally recognized films and commercials hone in on portraying compelling human narratives with an aim to find truth in every moment. His work is characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery. Nickolas believes in infusing his sets with the jazz principle of freedom within form,” and this collaborative spirit has elicited strong, nuanced performances across the spectrum of his work.

Nickolas has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, eBay, Caterpillar, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, and Western Union.

He has earned over 60 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, 3 National Communicator awards, 2 W3 awards, an international Davey, a Museum of Modern Art nomination and a shortlist nod for the ADC Young Guns. Beyond the commercial space, he is a two-time NALIP Fellowship recipient and his scripted, documentary, and experimental work has played in festivals to international acclaim.

Nickolas is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ad2. The Crown Chimp team provides production to Ad2 public service messages, as well other pro-bono projects for various non-profits throughout the year.

Balfour Walker - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:06 pm

Balfour Walker Balfour Walker was born in Philadelphia. Son of a serious amateur photographer, he spent many hours watching his dad print pictures and talk photography. The craft was always there for him. As soon as he took a photo class in high school, the camera became part of his life. “I knew I wanted to be a photographer”. 

When his brother moved from Philadelphia to Tucson, Balfour followed to attend the University of Arizona.

During those years in college, he worked on photography technique and studied the best, always having a darkroom in each rental house. In 1971, he completed his business degree and was ready to move forward.

Directly after college, Balf was hired to go to Europe to do photographs for the Speed Merchants, the first of Michael Keyser's 10 books on motor racing.  This was his introduction to Formula One and sports racing cars. Returning to the relative sanity of Tucson, he showed his car photos and immediately got assignment work in photography for advertising, which turned into a fulfilling career.

There was one more trip to Europe in '73 and '74 to work for Graham Hill and then James Hunt's Formula One teams.  Then back to the desert for good.  He landed in the black building on Sixth and Campbell and formed a partnership with the very talented Chris Mooney.  One of the best people, with a solid work ethic, Chris proved to be a great partner. Balfour Walker/Chris Mooney Photography, Inc. flourished during Tucson's boom years and did just fine during Tucson's slow years.  Right in the middle, there was 6 years of photographing aircraft interiors for Bombardier Aerospace.  

Balf’s work spans the spectrum – from aviation and architecture to food, optics and people, plus in-studio and on-location shoots. Over the year, he has had the pleasure to work with many of the best ad agencies in Tucson, including Taylor Advertising, Wettstein Advertising, Bolchalk Frey, Dubs Tyau, Boelts Brothers, Hilton Myers, LP&G, Strongpoint Marketing and Caliber Group. Together, they have won numerous awards, including Addys, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Show, Judges Choice and Prisma.

“This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a lifestyle. I go to sleep thinking about photography and I wake up thinking about photography. I keep up with the latest trends and technologies. I experiment. I love challenging assignments. This is my passion!”