In this season of gratitude, one of the things that I am grateful for is Shark Pig. Shark Pig is a full service production company that began as a unique wedding videography company started by Brian Morrow, or Shang, as we call him (or Seng, as Jack calls him) specializing in super 8. After a year of Shang working like a manic, traveling the world and building an insanely successful wedding video company, he started getting inquiries to branch out in to the world of web content, behind-the-scenes, and commercials, that is when Lynch joined Shark Pig. These days the company has a wedding component that includes multiple shooters (all of whom are brilliant and a perfect addition to the Shark Pig family), and a thriving production company. As Jack grows I am excited to be more involved in the company, Shang and Lynch are generous in including me in the broad strokes, and letting me choose the pace that feels right to begin to work again.
I met Shang in college, he was one of those people I knew I wanted to be friends with instantly, he had such a winning sense of humor and easy charm about him. He used to wear an old soft hat that had belonged to his grandfather, he played the trumpet in his car and was the life of most social gatherings.
Shang and Lynch hit it off instantly as well. But I think their friendship was solidified over 24 hours of male bonding in which they ditched class, bought and donned cheap suits from the local thrift store while they drank 40′s in an abandoned box car on the railroad tracks, spilling their guts to each other (very John Steinbeck if you ask me.) Although their outward personalities are almost polar opposite they share a wild and sentimental streak that bonds.
After one particularly bad break up of Shangs, he made a list of the 100 movies he was ashamed to NOT have seen (especially as a film major) and posted it on his dorm room wall, classic movies like the “Godfather “and “Deer Hunter” made the list, to which I added “Singing In The Rain” and “Breakfast at Tiffanys.” We all hunkered down with him and watched about 3 movies a day, drank PBR and helped him nurse his broken heart. When Lynch and I started dating we did not enter in to it very gracefully, instead we kept it a secret, and we were constantly breaking up and getting back together. The only person who knew about our dramatic/ridiculous/ secret relationship was poor Shang and he had to listen to both of us expound upon it constantly!
When we weren’t engaged in exercising our teen angst, we were exploring our creativity by making films, doing theater, and producing parties and events. After college we all migrated to Los Angeles and worked odd jobs while we made our way in to commercial and film production, working together as much as possible, and with our other friends in production.
That has always been the dream, and that is the cornerstone of Shark Pig, not only to be able to DO what we want but with WHO we want. That was our dream when we were throwing rap shows in broken down barns in college, and that is still our dream today as Shark Pig produces amazing content. There is so much more that we want to accomplish as a company, the vision for the future is far reaching and vastly creative. It’s a heady thing to recognize that you are accomplishing what you always wanted.
Photographs by Lou Mora (one of our talented friends that we are pleased as punch to be working with.)