Made Fresh

Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has a chance to tell that story.  Made Fresh was first dreamt up by director Brad Watanabe as a result of losing his grandfather to a medical complication following a “routine” surgery.  He never had a chance to capture the story of his pineapple growing, golf club swinging, fisherman of a grandfather before he passed away.  As a result, documenting untold stories of people who might never have their stories told became a personal passion of his, and Made Fresh was born.

This is a series devoted to those who are making fresh and amazing things or doing traditional things in a fresh and innovative way.  If you know any makers that need to have their story told, please email us with a brief synopsis of the fresh maker you have in mind.  madefresh@beradstudio.com

Mochi is an internationally enjoyed Japanese food made from steamed, pounded and formed balls of rice. Over the centuries, it’s become a product of mass production made by machines rather than men and women.

Decades ago, the Nakamura family from Pearl City, Hawaii decided to start a tradition of pounding mochi the traditional Japanese way with a wooden mallet (Kine) and a stone bowl (Usu). It’s a tradition their family has faithfully continued since World War II and one that they hope the new generations will pass on to their keiki (children).

It’s a good reminder that some of the freshest things we can do is preserve the traditions that make our families unique.

Director + Camera: Brad Watanabe
Editor + Sound: Mauna Burgess

Gear used:
Camera Gear used:
Camera: Red Scarlet-W
Lenses: Leica-R Prime lens kit + Sigma Art 18-35 Art
Manfrotto Video Monopod
Sachtler DV6 Tripod
Rode NTG3 boom kit
Rode Lavalier
Tascam DR70
Sanyo Enloop Batteries
ThinkTank Camera Backpack

 

Made Fresh: Erin Kanno Uehara

This episode of Made Fresh features Mililani native, chocoholic Erin Kanno Uehara. A few years back, Erin found a way to turn a divine appointment into a truffle-filled career when she co-founded Choco le’a LLC (a boutique chocolate shop in Manoa, Hawaii) with her family.

Erin’s journey is an inspiring one of humble beginnings and chocolate-covered dreams. We were honored to document and share her story.

Camera Gear used:
Camera: Red Scarlet-W
Lenses: Leica-R Prime lens kit
Manfrotto Video Monopod
Sachtler DV6 Tripod
Manfrotto 502HD Head
Rode NTG3 boom kit
Rode Lavalier
Tascam DR70
Sanyo Enloop Batteries
ThinkTank Camera Backpack

Made Fresh: Raina Amey

This episode of Made Fresh features Kauai-born, Kailua resident Raina Amey. As the daughter of a single father, who was a woodworking construction worker by trade, it was no wonder that Raina found a passion for crafting works of art from planks of wood.

From her pallet artwork to her work bench, up-cycling and sustainability are a way of life for the Amey ohana. Even her kids are taking after her fresh makery and it awesome watching them all work together.

Made Fresh is a video series produced by Berad Studio that features artists and artisans making fresh things in fresh ways here in Hawaii.

Camera Gear used:
Camera: Red Scarlet-W
Lenses: Leica-R Prime lens kit
Manfrotto Video Monopod
Sachtler DV6 Tripod
Manfrotto 502HD Head
Rode NTG3 boom kit
Rode Lavalier
Tascam DR70
Sanyo Enloop Batteries
ThinkTank Camera Backpack