November 2022

“Don't chase money, for money runs
by being pursued. Money is the
result of value demonstrated, value perceived, and value captured.”

- Chris Do

November is the month of valuing the people who have influenced, and supported us. As a collective boutique of creative individuals who share a common passion for storytelling, we are first and foremost a family. The gifts and experiences from each team member have brought so many dear memories. We are truly grateful to our team and to our clients who have supported and collaborated with us on our journey.


What is new with us?

“ I wanted to build something thoughtful, portable, and sustainable that would help me easily revisit the amazing memories from my trip.”

In this month’s Meet the Creators podcast, we interview Kenny Azuma, who is the founder of Wanderclub, an E-commerce brand that helps people remember the places they have visited. It is a unique, portable way of keeping track of all your memories.

Their mission is to help people keep their travel memories alive while feeding children in need with every order placed. - For each purchase, they donate a meal to a child in need. 117,000 meals in 3.5 years.

This month’s spotlight we interview our very own co-founder, Mike Ogata. Mike is one of the key pieces to the triforce of our leadership team. He is a talented cinematographer, a super cool father and a collector who has eclectic taste in music, film, and art.

Crew Spotlight



Hello everybody, my name is Mike Ogata. I am a father first, cinematographer, and co-founder of flipbirdfilms.

Three words that describe yourself?


What motivates you to create?

There’s something inside me that makes me always want to create something. My mind always wanders and I’m always thinking of different ideas. I love filming and editing videos. I've been on this journey for more than 10 years.

Your inspiration?

I believe inspiration comes from everywhere. I draw inspiration from everyday conversations. I try to listen more and experience more. The act of observing, listening, and taking things in helps me visualize and create. Other inspiration comes from working with the great minds on my team. My talented team motivates and challenges me to be and do more.

My newfound inspiration and love for music has really taken my work to the next level. I collect and listen to a lot of vinyl records. I enjoy casual and more active listening sessions. I relax to music and also actively listen to how music is constructed from the assembly of notes to the pacing and builds of the song. My relationship with music and vinyl records really correlates with how I think about video editing.

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

I listen and watch a lot of things so I’ll try to just name a few fun ones to check out. Shintaro Sakamoto, he’s a Japanese musician, singer/songwriter who was the founding member of a Japanese psychedelic rock band Yura Yura Teikoku. He also released four solo albums. He took a lot of pride in how each instrument was recorded, the production really shows in his music.

Toro Y Moi, he’s a designer and a musician. He’s also half Filipino which makes him even more cool to me (cus I’m Filipino). I’m amazed with how multi-talented he is with his music, designs, and art. He’s got a fun psychedelic, jazz, rock, electronic style. The man’s versatility in the music industry is wild.

Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki – these two are like Jordan and Pippen. I love their films. They really mastered the use of the long take in their craft. The storytelling, lighting, and how the camera travels through space really draws you into their world. From Birdman, The Revenant, Children of Men, and Y Tu Mamá También. All great films.

Any projects coming up?

I’m moving this month into a house (from a 1 bedroom apartment) so I’m pretty excited to create a space in which I can live and work and manifest. There’s going to be a whole lot of plants, art, and music in my new home. From there, I will continue to grow flipbirdfilms and start a youtube channel highlighting my many hobbies: health, music, plants, and filmmaking.

Tell me about your favorite medium.

My favorite mediums are film photography and filmmaking. I love capturing others in their own element in space and time.

What are your hobbies/interests?

If it’s not obvious by now, I love listening and collecting music. Most Saturday’s my family goes to the Hayward farmer’s market then we round out the session at the Stack’s Record shop to hang out with the staff, dig through records, and talk shit about music.

My biggest love before music was basketball, I stopped playing when I became a father and the pandemic hit me. I hope to get my body right to play and compete again. I was truly addicted to playing basketball.

Lastly, the most important thing to me is my family. I love the moments with my family, playing with my son, cooking in the kitchen with my partner, and relaxing at the house listening to records.                                                                 

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