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7 Cylinders Studio is your creative engine. We create customized video projects for clients to share their stories, strengthen their outreach strategies and communicate more effectively.
7CS also produces independent documentaries.
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From Beijing to Detroit
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This 7CS video was created for a U-M Museum of Art exhibition to take gallery-goers behind-the-scenes with Beijing artist Wang Qingsong as he reaches across the world to work with a community in Highland Park, MI.
Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species
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This fun “how-to” video we produced for the Huron River Watershed Council will help train volunteers in waterways across the State of Michigan, in order to prevent the spread of harmful, invasive aquatic species. Features the voice of Michigan Radio’s Rebecca Williams, illustrations by artist Danijel Matanic and an awesome crew of HRWC volunteers!
Painting the Town
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Many of Ann Arbor’s downtown storefronts are magically brought to life each holiday season thanks to the artistic strokes of The Brush Monkeys—a crew of awesome area artists. This short portrait takes us behind-the-scenes for a fun, colorful peek into their public process, including featured artists: John Copley, Mary Thiefels, Danijel Matanic and David Zinn.
Nurturing our Next Generation of Leaders
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The mission of Girls Group in Ann Arbor is simple and so very powerful—supporting girls to become successful young women. This short portrait of Micah illustrates how profoundly these kinds of efforts can help create more inspiring individuals.
What’s Really Going on with Our Water?
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The Huron River Watershed Council is one of the country's leading stewards and protectors of regional water quality. This micro doc features their extensive water monitoring and testing efforts, powered by many community volunteers and partnering organizations.
Voting Matters
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We produced this 4-part "How to Vote in Michigan" series for Washtenaw County, as a nonpartisan effort to educate newer voters on the nuts and bolts of the voting system. Participation in politics is important for democracy to function and we were fortunate to have ten fantastic young people from our area help make this series fun and informative!
New Generations of Farming
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We were thrilled to get to know Alex Ball of Old City Acres as an illustration of Growing Hope's Building Blocks program of free, educational workshops aimed at helping newer farmers and food producers build their businesses. Check out those gorgeous radishes!
A Stimulating Cup
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See how to make a matcha latte with our friends at Arbor Teas, as part of the how-to series of videos they created with 7 Cylinders Studio.
Standing the Test of Time
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This 5-part educational series we created for the Piquette Avenue Plant is part of their latest "secret lab" exhibition (created by Flutter & Wow). Historian Bob Casey knows his way around a Model T!
Catching Color in the Wild
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We got to catch area artist Mary Thiefels in several stages of her process for painting a new mural in Ypsilanti's Frog Island Park. This project is part of a renovated canoe/kayak launch along the 104 mile Huron River national water trail.
Spike’s AFS Success Story
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Radio personality Spike, from the popular Detroit show Mojo in the Morning, shares his AFS success story. From the station to the gym, he's a guy on the go, and loves how AFS has helped him stay fit.
Street Art in Ann Arbor
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The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities featured two Greek artists with graffiti murals in downtown Ann Arbor as part of its year long Global Graffiti Project. This 7CS piece shares some insights into each artists' approach.
Artist Portrait: Mary Mattingly
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New York-based artist Mary Mattingly explores the life cycle of products of our consumer society within the complex webs of how they're created. This short video portrait 7 Cylinders Studio produced reveals some of the connections across the landscape of Mattingly's work, from scrap yard to museum.
A Story of Girls Group
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This short portrait shares the story of Mariah, as she is excited to attend a debutante ball and graduate from high school. She is one of many young women participating in Girls Group, a non-profit that provides tremendous support for girls to become the first generation of their family to graduate from college.
Breathe into Being: Larry Nisson, Glass Artist
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Artist Larry Nisson describes his process of working with the material of glass and his vision for inspiring others.
PLAY Project Autism Intervention
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Dr. Rick Solomon's PLAY Project creates opportunities for parents to engage with their children on the autism spectrum and make tangible, lasting developmental progress. 7 Cylinders Studio is excited to share some of their remarkable work through several hands-on, real-world sessions recorded with the families' permission.
Ypsilanti Community Schools @ Work
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7 Cylinders Studio is proud to highlight the YCS @ Work program. This short portrait features the cool and kinetic dynamic that was built by Ray'Jon Jackson Williams, senior at Ypsilanti Community High, and Mike Nix, owner of the Ypsilanti Running Company.
Birds Coming Back
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The 4th RiverUp! video produced for the Huron River Watershed Council features a success story of the osprey. Forced from the area in the 1970s due to toxins and pollution, they have been returning as the work of the HRWC and others has significantly cleaned the watershed. Osprey platform "perches" are one part of the effort to restore a healthy habitat for the region.
Tuning Into Teen Health
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The Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan Health System has partnered with 7 Cylinders Studio since 2014 to produce a series of videos with TAC TAC – The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council. This fun white board video features four members of TAC TAC and their talented illustrator friend Karen, pointing out ways health clinics can be set up to better serve teens.
A Hundred Tons of Hummus
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Ali Ramlawi, owner of the Jerusalem Garden restaurant in Ann Arbor, provides a peak into both the art and the operation of making hummus on a large scale. Ali has single-handedly made all of JG's hummus since at least 2002, which estimates place at nearly 1,000 tons of hummus.
Sustainable Packaging Success Story
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Arbor Teas sources the finest loose leaf organic teas from around the world. When they finally found a 100% sustainable solution to deliver their product– fully backyard compostable packaging – they brought 7 Cylinders Studio onboard to share the story.
Comics Across Conversation
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This portrait of acclaimed comic artist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel for the U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery provided 7 Cylinders Studio a special (FX) opportunity to collaborate in some creative ways.
The RiverUp! Video Series
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7 Cylinders Studio is proud to partner with the Huron River Watershed Council to produce a series of short RiverUp! films that share stories of the Huron River. The first piece focuses on fly fishing through the enthusiastic efforts of Mike Schultz, whose downtown Ypsilanti outfitting shop has contributed to a revitalized business community and wildly growing popularity of fly fishing on the Huron.
Beyond the Business: Leon Speakers
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Leon Speakers makes custom, handcrafted high-end audio systems in Ann Arbor, MI. They're a business that's part bohemia and art, part manufacturing and precision. So they turned to 7 Cylinders Studio to create a video manifesto that shares the philosophy of Leon and the story of their people, products and process.
What is the Summer Game?
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The Ann Arbor District Library is blazing a trail on the leading edge of patron participation with their super fun Summer Game. 7 Cylinders Studio produced this short video to share what makes this one-of-a-kind game so special (includes hidden game codes for players!).