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Happy New Year’s Eve! We started a tradition in 2012 when we posted our Favorite Moments in a “Best of” blog post. Well, it’s New Years Eve again, so it’s time to take a look back on 2016. This year was incredible: we celebrated 13 years together, traveled from LA to Houston to New York, released six documentary films following artists, hosted our first artist-in-residence, and continued production on our debut feature film following the late artist Chuck Ramirez. Here are our 10 favorite projects from 2016 (in order of release date), enjoy!

Thorsten Brinkmann at Rice Gallery
1. Thorsten Brinkmann: The Great Cape Rinderhorn
Working primarily from objects found in Houston, Thorsten Brinkmann turned Rice Gallery into a place where the familiar is made strange as castaway goods are reimagined through Brinkmann’s idiosyncratic sensibility that combines assemblage sculptures with self-portrait and still life photography. Our film was selected as our 11th Vimeo Staff Pick and was featured on the National Geographic Short Film ShowcaseWatch the film.

Gary Sweeney Manhattan Beach Memoir
2. Gary Sweeney: A Manhattan Beach Memoir
As a tribute to his family, hometown, and father’s photography, artist Gary Sweeney covered the exterior of his childhood home with over one hundred large-scale family photographs. We traveled to Manhattan Beach, California to document the site-specific installation utilizing Gary’s childhood home, which had been in his family for 70 years. Watch the film.

Jimmy Kuehnle at Hudson River Museum
3. Tongue in Cheek: The Inflatable Art of Jimmy Kuehnle
The Hudson River Museum hosted Jimmy Kuehnle’s first large-scale solo exhibition in New York. Kuehnle designed new inflatable works that engaged the museum’s architecture and performed in his inflatable suits during the Museum’s Kite Festival. We had the pleasure of following Jimmy’s performances seven years ago and were so fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with his latest inflatable art. Watch the film.

Michael De Feo at Rice Gallery
4. Michael De Feo: Crosstown Traffic
Crosstown Traffic, an installation by Michael De Feo, featured works visible through the glass wall while Rice Gallery was closed for the summer. Known as “The Flower Guy,” De Feo is a painter with a penchant for street art, gaining international recognition for painting over outdoor fashion ads with buoyant floral patterns.  Watch the film.

Bad Idea Skate Crew
5. Bad Idea Skate Crew
We founded a skateboarding crew with a group of friends in early September. Used initially as an outlet for Angela’s life goal of learning how to skateboard, the crew quickly began collaborating on photo shoots, video projects, and overall tomfoolery. When we get together, it’s a bad idea. Follow our adventures on Instagram.

ChildSafe Salado Creek Overland Partners
6. ChildSafe
ChildSafe is a Children’s Advocacy Center — the only one in Bexar County — that provides specialized services to children and teenagers who have been abused, neglected, or sexually abused. ChildSafe is embarking on a bold new journey to build a state of the art facility that will be a national model for the treatment and care of abused children. We produced a short video highlighting the construction of the Salado Creek Campus. Watch the video.

Remy Bordas #WalleyResidency
7. Remy Bordas Artist Residency
In October we welcomed artist Remy Bordas into our home studio as our first artist-in-residence. He spent his month here developing and creating new work for his portfolio. We assisted in the production of Remy’s performance and installation pieces through photo and video documentation. We love following artists in their studios, but having Remy work under our roof was really incredible. We plan to exhibit Remy’s work at a gallery in 2017. Follow #WalleyResidency to learn more!

Jonathan Schipper at Rice Gallery
8. Jonathan Schipper: Cubicle
New York artist Jonathan Schipper is known for his time-based, kinetic installations that reveal the flow of time as imperceptible until, as in life, we see the physical evidence of its passing. Since Schipper’s installation changes over time, we will be producing an updated version of this documentary to include the final result. Until then, watch this film to learn more about Jonathan’s process and how Cubicle was made. Watch the film.

Margaret Craig The Albatross
9. Margaret Craig: The Albatross
The Albatross was an installation and performance piece by Margaret Craig at the Carver Community Cultural Center during Luminiaria 2016. We had a glimpse into Margaret’s art making practice four years ago in our short documentary Malleable Objects and were excited to follow her dynamic performance work. Watch the film.

Chuck Ramirez Documentary Timeline
10. Chuck Ramirez Documentary
We have been in production on our debut feature documentary following the late artist Chuck Ramirez throughout the year. To keep our sponsors updated we have posted five updates this year detailing our progress and revealing some behind the scenes. We will continue to post blog updates until the film’s completion in 2017. The McNay Art Museum will exhibit the first significant survey of Chuck’s work in the upcoming exhibition Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too organized by the McNay’s Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art René Paul Barilleaux and scheduled to run September 14, 2017 to January 14, 2018. The McNay has invited us and we have committed to screening the completed documentary film during the run of this exhibition. Visit TiaChuck.com to learn more about this upcoming film.

Thank you to everyone who supported us this year! We’re looking forward to a productive and fun 2017 :)

– Mark & Angela

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Rueben Singleterry #WalleyFilms
Meet Rueben Singleterry

We have just released a short documentary following my cousin, Rueben Singleterry. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since we’ve produced a short documentary film. We’ve been so busy working on Tía Chuck, our feature length documentary following artist Chuck Ramirez. We were actually in New York this past November filming interviews for Chuck’s documentary when I got the phone call from Rueben’s Mother, Roxanne, about this project. Roxanne told me that Rueben had gone through a difficult illness and they were trying figure out a way to share his story. In September Rueben had been diagnosed with encephalitis, a rare virus which causes inflammation in the brain and the resulting seizures he endured nearly took his life.

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Film Still, Rueben is cared for in a hospital ICU

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Film Still, Rueben’s Grandfather holds his hand in the hospital

I couldn’t believe this had happened to Rueben, but what amazed me most was how passionate he was about sharing his story. When we visited Rueben at the end of November, we were completely surprised by how much he had matured in the short time since we’d last seen him. He looked straight into our camera and began telling us what had happened to him the previous months. Mark and I were in awe of his grace and courage as he described to us his near death experience in the hospital.

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Film Still, Rueben Singleterry’s Interview

We have had the privilege of interviewing dozens of subjects over the past several years, but nothing could prepared us for the reality of what Rueben had to say. I cried several times as he spoke in his interview. He described all the details of his illness and his struggles to get back the life he had before he was diagnosed with encephalitis. We knew right away that this was going to be a very different film than we had ever made. It was going to follow my family as they worked together to support Rueben’s recovery and ultimately his passion to pursue basketball.

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Film Still, Rueben is examined by Jerry J. Tomasovic, MD

We followed a lot of emotional moments during the course of working on this film, the first was a visit with Dr. Tomasovic. Rueben had been waiting for months to find out if he was going to be physically able to play basketball again. His school required a release form and Rueben’s reaction to Dr. Tomasovic’s decision to write one for him was priceless. That note meant so much to the family, because they knew that not only was Rueben going to be able to pursue his passion for playing basketball, but that he was finally healthy enough to do so.

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Film Still, Mother and Son embrace after an important Doctor’s Visit

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Film Still, Jarrett Turner works with Rueben as part of his Mentoring Program Ballinisahabit

The first moments of film we captured with Rueben was a basketball practice he had with his trainer, Jarrett Turner. Jarrett and Rueben had already developed a close friendship when we began filming, so he was more than willing to come by and help us out on our first day. The pair worked on drills as the sun set in Rueben’s neighborhood. We continued to follow Rueben’s after school training with Jarrett as part of his Mentoring Program, Ballinisahabit. It was wonderful to see Jarrett as someone who could relate to Rueben on different levels, as a friend, a trainer, and a mentor. Jarrett was also one of the first people to learn about Rueben’s struggles and to become inspired by his dedication.

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Rueben holds a Basketball given to him by Jarrett Turner on his first High School game of the season

Another emotional moment was Rueben’s 15th birthday party. It reminded us of a scene from one of our favorite documentary films, Hoop Dreams, which chronicles the lives of two teenagers who dream of one day achieving NBA stardom. In both scenes you’re hit with the realization that these young men are very lucky to be able to blow out their candles.

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Film Still, Rueben on his 15th Birthday

“I hope that this inspires anyone who went through something like this or is going through a rough time or who has doubts or is losing faith in life, to never give up.”

– Rueben Singleterry

Rueben has such a natural charisma and confidence that made our job easier. I know he has a tremendous amount of potential that we just barely tapped into for this film. Thank you to my family, my friends, and everyone who supported this film and helped make it possible.

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Rueben Singleterry with Director Angela Walley

It means a lot to me to share a story from my family, so I hope you’ll find this film inspiring!

– Angela

WALLEY POS-86
Meet the WALLEY POS-86

Last fall we were invited by curator Hills Snyder to create an exhibition at artist-run space, Sala Diaz. We knew that we wanted to take the opportunity to step outside of our comfort zone and create work that was more than just video. After weeks of brainstorming, Mark came up with the idea of inventing an impossible camera. His idea would challenge us to build a camera sculpture, but allow us to stick to our strengths designing poster artwork and producing videos to promote the completed camera. We discussed how to approach the camera and then began coming up with features it would ideally include.

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Collecting parts for the WALLEY POS-86

We began by collecting materials we owned, such as a broken handy cam, LED light, microphones, and vintage camera lenses, before visiting recycling centers and resale stores for low price electronics. We had a lot of fun rummaging through our local recycling center for visually interesting computer parts. Another great resource was Havel Camera Repair Services, who gave us a box of scrap camera parts to use.

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An old TV device switcher became the Compact MultiChannel Recording Unit for the QuadOptic™ Lens System

After collecting all our materials we spent time tearing them apart, matching the pieces to camera functions, and designing how all the parts would all come together. The main body of the camera is an old computer tower which we painted black and filled with found electronic parts.

WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Diagrams (2 of 4)
WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Side Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

Angela’s favorite aspects of the camera are the ones that are subtle but took a lot of time to get right. There is a red light ON indicator and QuadOptic™ Lens Switcher that she made “function”, meaning the light turned on and the buttons pushed in. There is also an 8-pin Retractable Transfer Cable that actually retracts, a record button you could press, and a Power ON / OFF Toggle Joystick you could play with on the back of the camera. These details weren’t featured in the completed promo video, but they made the camera feel more “real” to us.

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WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Back Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

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WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Top Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

After spending two weeks inhaling adhesive, we had the majority of the camera completed. With help from Mark’s brother, we attached our four 8mm camera lenses to the front the camera. The lenses suddenly made a computer tower a believable camera. Since the camera was near completion, we started writing our promo video script. After watching a series of Apple promo videos, we knew we needed a combination of cool guy and technical guy to sell our camera. Our friend, artist Mark Menjivar was the perfect for the role of “Senior Marketing Director”.

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Mark Menjivar, WALLEY POS-86 Senior Marketing Director

Mark knew exactly what we were talking about in terms of delivery and enthusiasm. As a professional photographer, we’re sure he is very aware of the endless production and marketing of cameras. He kept us laughing throughout the entire “interview”. Next we needed the perfect couple to demonstrate the power of the camera. Our friends John Totman and Sara Frantz fit the role perfectly.

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The most marketable couple we know, John and Sara

Sara and John let us chase them around the Japanese Tea Gardens on a rainy, cold afternoon. The public park gave us a beautiful backdrop for our film. We had access to a large open-air pagoda, exotic vegetation, sprawling koi ponds, charming bridges, and a picturesque waterfall.

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This shot made us very nervous, but John is a pro

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John films the koi ponds at the Japanese Tea Gardens

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Japanese Tea Garden Waterfall, as filmed by the WALLEY-POS 86

Our second location was Roosevelt park which gave us access to a public basketball court and playground. Those scenes were written so the audience could see just how versatile and fun the camera is.

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It was freezing cold and that camera really is 25 lbs, Sara is the best

Our third location was Sara’s home studio. (Check out Sara’s incredible artwork on her portfolio site). We hadn’t completely planned the scene, but the natural lighting and space worked out perfectly. It gave us a chance to feature one of our favorite aspects of the camera, the TIVO Keypad system.

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Sara working in her studio, as filmed by the WALLEY-POS 86

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Soft Skin Filter, just one of the 700 4-Digit code commands on the TIVO Keypad System

The ideas behind this project were inspired by Mark’s research for our most recent camera purchase, the Canon C100. There is a whole world dedicated to the technical side of filmmaking that can become overwhelming. Technology has made our work possible, but at the same time, we feel that story telling is the most important aspect of our work. Yes, the technical specifications of products and productions are important, but making work that you believe in should always come first.

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One of the POS’s more popular features, the State-of-the-Art Media Capture Hard Drive

Our exhibition at Sala Diaz was entitled “Creation to Consumption” and ran from December 13th, 2013 – January 17th, 2014. We had a wonderful reception and enjoyed some great feedback from the San Antonio art community.

Creation to Consumption Statement:

Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley dive into the worlds of video camera invention and commercial marketing for their upcoming exhibition Creation to Consumption at Sala Diaz. The gallery space will be transformed into a product showroom to unveil and demonstrate the WALLEY POS-86, an impossible video camera that represents a reverse trend in consumer electronics. Through the use of sculpture, video, and design, Creation to Consumption satirizes the seemingly interminable production and distribution of new retail electronics.

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Promotional Poster for the WALLEY POS-86

Two days ago, we released the WALLEY POS-86 Promotional Commercial. The film has already been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks, No Film School, FStoppers, Cinescopophilia, Premium Beat, and Studio Daily.

We’re so grateful to be part of such a supportive online creative community. Thank you to everyone who has watched, liked, shared, and commented on our video!

Check out more images on our WALLEY POS-86 Flickr Album.

-M&A