HBO Films
Shari Springer Berman
and Robert Pulcini


Live-action direction
Editing & Sound Design concept
Visual effects

Cinema Verite /
Broadcast Montage

While we were working on the main title sequence for Cinema Verite, directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini asked if we could come up with a montage for a section of their film. The sequence needed to show people around the country watching the Loud family’s lives unravel in the gripping 1973 PBS series, An American Family.

An American Family is a fascinating PBS documentary about Bill and Pat Loud living normal lives with their five children in Santa Barbara, California. That is, until the cameras began to roll for television viewers and changed their lives forever. The landmark series was a harbinger for reality TV shows to come.

For this montage sequence, we accumulated vintage TV sets, props, and furniture to stage our own period scenes. The location shoots were filmed on a stage as well as in various homes in Los Angeles and northern California in order to show a variety of architecture and neighborhoods across America. You might catch a shot of Jenny as one of the TV viewers. Other TV watchers were Gareth's mother, brother, cousins, and  friends. Our talented DP Philip Holahan helmed the shoots.

See more about the making-of this montage at this blog post.