07/12/17

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The Adventures of Nunchuck Larry

A Letter Directly from the Director’s Dojo

This story, this script, this pilot…it came to me in a fever dream a few months ago.

It wasn’t until we were on set that it became clear where that dream came from. It was born from something not only inside of me, but inside of every man or woman, lion or child. It’s a feral rage-like emotion dressed in a leopard print vest with laser beam leggings. Larry is katanas and lightning bolts spewing from your eyes when you hear a maniacal electric guitar solo from across the dojo.

This perfectly timed scissor kick was made by a group of people who all looked inside themselves and found their own ‘chuck slinging mustachio’d warrior deep down, waiting for a full moon to be released on the world.

Portal A is all about making dope series that embrace the weirdness of the internet. The loud, epic, surprising videos that make us all stop in our tracks wherever we are to take part in something truly new. We want to see more of Larry, because he embodies these same values. He’s our spiit animal, and his adventures should be yelled from the mountaintops.

For all my comrades who helped create The Adventures of Nunchuck Larry: A Fascist Android Killed My Best Friend Sarge, there was a piece of common ground to stand on in perfect crane kick form. Larry was not a video or production. It was… and is… a way of life.

I’m proud to call everyone involved my family. The cast and the crew of…

The Adventures of Nunchuck Larry: A Fascist Android Killed My Best Friend Sarge

Created and Produced by Portal A
Written and Directed by Jacob Motz
Executive Producers: Nate Houghteling, Kai Hasson, Zach Blume, Jacob Motz
Co-Executive Producers: The Gregory Brothers

Team Larry
Producer: Kenji C. Green
Associate Producer: Bouket Fingerhut
Project Manager: Savana Vagueiro
Head of Originals: George Woolley
Head of Talent: Brittani Kagan
Associate Talent Producer: Ellie Loarca
1st Assistant Director: Jeff Sabin Matsumoto
Production Assistant: Daniel “Cheeks” Aguillon
Production Assistant: Antonio Olivera
Director of Photography: Arjun Prakash
1st AC: Brian White
2nd AC: Ryan Summersett
Sound Mixer: Justin Garcia
Gaffer: Doug Frerichs
Production Designer: Karleigh Engelbrecht
Art Director: Lauren Kim
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Crystal Gomez
Wardrobe Stylist: Ciara Whaley
Wardrobe Assistant: Tanisha Caple
Stunt Coordinator: Mickey Cassidy
Set Medic: Matthew Allende
Lead Editor: Art Morales
Assistant Editor/VFX Artist: Bee Rhodes
Additional Music: Megan McDuffee
Graphic, Strategy, Communications: Tess Hannel, Matt Ward, Chin Lu, Donna Nasserghodsi

Cast
Larry: Stevin Espinoza
Zeo: Michelle Waterson
Sarge: Joe Hursley
Ruby: Maya Washington
Teen: Bon Bon Centeno
Xixi: Kyle Mizono
Donatello, Pat, and Ricardo: The Gregory Brothers
Lawn Darts Man: Flula
Guard #1: Paul Seroka
Guard #2: Mayling Ng
Scientist: Howard Fong
Scientist Assistant: Bouket Sea China Nemer Akguc Fingerhut
Sherpa: Kenji C. Green
Guy in a Wheelchair with a Rocket Launcher: Jacob Motz

07/06/17

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That Feeling When...

You roll into the office after a long holiday weekend and find a gigantic & glorious new company logo on the front wall #alwaysbeposing

07/02/17

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NOW HIRING: Producer (SF or LA)

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. We are independently owned, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

We produce premium entertainment with breakthrough talent, dedicating ourselves to a single mission: inspire a new generation of viewers. We partner with some of the world’s leading brands – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Producer to our San Francisco or Los Angeles offices to lead exciting, diverse projects and oversee the production process on a number of projects simultaneously.

Responsibilities
• Building, managing, and actualizing production budgets
• Hiring and managing production teams (associate producers, production coordinators, production assistants)
• Keeping the production team on task and making sure we’re hitting deadlines
• Hiring and managing entire shoot crew
• Recommending and managing Directors and DP’s
• Working directly with Production Designer to manage art budgets and set design
• Working directly with Key Stylist to manage wardrobe budgets and wardrobe/costume design
• Working with the Director to put together script breakdowns, shot-lists, and storyboards
• Casting and managing relationships with talent
• Drafting and monitoring production weekly and daily schedules
• Booking locations, permits, and insurance
• Booking and monitoring all shoot gear
• All on-set producing
• Hiring post-production crew (editors, sound engineers, colorists, etc.) and managing post-production process
• Working daily with Project Manager to meet and exceed client expectations and deliverables
• Working hand-in-hand with the Creative Team to ensure production is hitting all notes in the Creative Bible and Script
• Working hand-in-hand with Executive Producer, Production Supervisor, and firm principals to ensure a finished product that is high quality, on time, and under budget

Skills/Qualifications
• 2-3 years of video production experience
• Detail-oriented to the extreme
• Able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects and clients at once
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Experience managing budgets, production teams, and film crews
• Experience in post producing including hiring and managing editors, sound engineers and colorists
• Willingness to work long hours in a start-up environment
• A network of freelancers — directors, editors, line producers, music composers, etc. — in place is a plus
• Experience with on-location filming and production
• Familiarity with production equipment, including cameras, lighting, and general production gear
• Familiarity with various production budgeting softwares
• General knowledge of editing/finishing software

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, curious, full of creativity and optimism, with a strong desire to innovate
• Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and collaborative
• Our team structure is flat and non-hierarchical, with opportunities to grow into leadership and contribute at various layers of the process
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage and commuter benefits
• Flexible vacation and work-from-home policies, including multiple WFH days a month.
• A casual work environment
• The chance to be at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, complex creative and strategic industries – original and commercial online video
• Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
• Weekly lunches catered on the company
• Matching charitable donations at year-end
• Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
• The freshest Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)
• Travel stipends between our LA and SF offices
• Reimbursed cell phone expenses

How to apply
Email [email protected] with your resume, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “PRODUCER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

07/01/17

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NOW HIRING: Talent Coordinator (Los Angeles)

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. We are independently owned, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

We produce premium entertainment with breakthrough talent, dedicating ourselves to a single mission: inspire a new generation of viewers. We partner with some of the world’s leading brands – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

Our team is looking to hire a Talent Coordinator based in our LA office who will work closely with our production, creative, and development teams to support talent outreach, ideation, and communication.

Responsibilities
• Manage talent tracking and project-specific status updates
• Generate talent ideas for multiple scripted and unscripted projects
• Contribute to talent outreach and communication
• Create character breakdowns and post casting notices
• Coordinate scheduling, book travel, create call sheets, assist talent on set
• Collaborate with creative team to develop show and role ideas for key talent
• Research digital talent trends to relay to the team
• Help organize fun experiences for talent on set, and help manage relationships for the long-term

Skills/Qualifications
• 1-2 years of talent agency, management, or MCN experience in a creative environment
• Excellent writing, communication, and administrative skills a must
• Detail-oriented to the extreme
• Experience with talent outreach and tracking
• Able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects at once
• Active and experienced in digital media, personally and/or professionally
• Strong team building, collaborative, and interpersonal skills
• Strong ability to establish priorities and work under time constraints
• Willingness to work on a collaborative team in a startup environment
• Proficiency in Excel and Google Docs/Sheets
• Social media strategy knowledge a plus

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, curious, full of creativity and optimism, with a strong desire to innovate
• Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and collaborative
• Our team structure is flat and non-hierarchical, with opportunities to grow into leadership and contribute at various layers of the process
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage and commuter benefits
• Flexible vacation and work-from-home policies, including multiple WFH days a month.
• A casual work environment
• The chance to be at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, complex creative and strategic industries – original and commercial online video
• Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
• Weekly lunches catered on the company
• Matching charitable donations at year-end
• Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
• The freshest Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)
• Travel stipends between our LA and SF offices
• Reimbursed cell phone expenses

How to apply

Email [email protected] with your resume, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “TALENT COORDINATOR” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

06/30/17

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NOW HIRING: Junior Designer

Portal A is an award-winning digital studio that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the digital age. We are independently owned, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

We produce premium entertainment with breakthrough talent, dedicating ourselves to a single mission: inspire a new generation of viewers. We partner with some of the world’s leading brands – YouTube, Google, Lenovo, Amazon, Clorox, and more – and develop and produce original entertainment for the web and television.

Our team is looking to hire a Junior Designer to work closely with our Senior Designer and Creative team on a variety of projects.

Responsibilities
•  Assist Senior Designer in partnering with creative, production, and strategy teams to execute and bring to life a creative vision through design
•  Concept and design a wide variety of presentations, decks, creative pitches, etc.
•  Concept and design campaign-specific materials – custom YouTube channels, thumbnails, social media imagery, GIFs, logos, posters, etc
•  Design graphics, logos, backgrounds, titles, and misc. design elements to be animated for use throughout specific video projects
•  Update and organize internal templates and style guidelines for various production, creative, and company documents
•  Concept and design one sheets, presentations, and decks for original show pitches

Skills/Qualifications
•  2+ years of design experience
•  An understanding of (and passion for) design, composition, and typography
•  Advanced proficiency in programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, WordPress
•  A fluency with Google Docs, Powerpoint, Keynote, etc.
•  The ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work on a variety of dynamic projects at once
•  Experience creating content for digital channels like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
•  A passion for video, pop culture, the internet
•  Willingness to work on a collaborative team in a startup environment

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A
• Our team is fun, curious, full of creativity and optimism, with a strong desire to innovate
• Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, focused, and collaborative
• Our team structure is flat and non-hierarchical, with opportunities to grow into leadership and contribute at various layers of the process
• We offer competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and generous bonuses
• Benefits include a matching 401K plan, medical, dental and vision group coverage and commuter benefits
• Flexible vacation and work-from-home policies, including multiple WFH days a month.
• A casual work environment
• The chance to be at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, complex creative and strategic industries – original and commercial online video
• Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
• Weekly lunches catered on the company
• Matching charitable donations at year-end
• Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
• The freshest Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)
• Travel stipends between our LA and SF offices
• Reimbursed cell phone expenses

How to apply
Email [email protected] with your resume, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “JUNIOR DESIGNER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

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