Now I’m not saying that I’m Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street standing in front of all my coworkers shouting militantly “this is the greatest company in the world!” I’m a little too introverted for that to be honest and I’ve got nothing on DiCaprio. I’m also not trying to pull a Kanye and claim that we’re something we’re not. I’m not too sure why I opened with these references so I’d like to start again if I can:
Backyard is the greatest production company in the world. We just are, and I’m not really sorry if that offends you. That doubt and/or frustration you’re feeling is definitely valid and you’re probably thinking, who does this guy think he is? and that’s totally understandable too, just keep reading.
No other production company has better free-flowing energy than we do. Every single person who walks through our doors has a smile on their face and a heart on their sleeve. Production teams look forward to our phone calls and working under our roof because we’re not just some Death Star operation that treats its occupants like barcoded meat sacks. We have dogs running around the office, Kendrick Lamar bumpin' through our speakers, and hopefully some Razor scooters in the future or something because honestly, I think the walk to the bathroom could be more creative. When we feel restricted by our big, open offices we retreat with our laptops to either our common room lounge or our sunny rooftop deck to enjoy each other’s company. We have Nerf gun shooting competitions, bowling tournaments, Friday afternoon rooftop barbecues, and white-trash-themed babyshowers. We have Ugly Sweater Parties on hotel rooftops by the beach, we attend Porn Star Karaoke nights and we certainly aren’t afraid of a little wine and cheese, nah mean? We even have Puppy Parties-- which are exactly what they sound like.
Now if you’re still reading by this point and starting to think we’re a bunch of slackers, stop being jealous. We work hard, we play hard, and we’re filled to the brim with selfless people. There aren’t too many production companies that handwrite hundreds (and hundreds) of personalized holiday cards, complete with individualized gifts for all branches of the company’s family tree.
We take our work seriously, but not ourselves. That would be the copy at the end of our Backyard commercial if we ever made one.
So when I say we’re the Greatest Production Company In The World, I mean it. You can show me numbers and dollar signs as evidence all you want, but at the end of the day we don’t make commercials to make money, we make money to make more commercials. We haven't booked gigs with Nike or Mercedes in a while but we try to find new ways of getting their attention again every day. So we welcome the business; bring it on. We’re good people, and good people bend over backwards for their friends. In less than a hundred years from now, when our building is under two feet of Pacific Ocean, it’ll just be an empty cigar warehouse but until then, that rising tide is the only thing that’ll get us to leave willingly.
This is an actual photo from our 2013 Holiday Party lol wut
When I sat in the conference room, waiting to be interviewed for the Creative Coordinator position, I really didn’t know what to expect. After being asked if I filled out an interview questionnaire that didn’t exist, I started to think I was probably in the right place. Then I was asked what I ultimately wanted to do in this industry, a question that doesn’t come around too often. It was that question that made me realize I wanted to lend a good chunk of my early-twenties to this place. On the surface I was happy they wanted to know (and actually cared) that I wanted to be a director, but deep down it meant more to me that this was a place you could speak up and actually be heard. Isn’t that why we do this? Isn’t that why every single person in Southern California gets up in the morning? We all sit in the shittiest traffic in the country to be able to be asked what we want to do with our lives and for someone to genuinely care and do something about it.
So I didn’t set out to write this article with the intention of listing all the awesome stuff we do. That would be ridiculous, even with the title The Greatest Production Company In The World at the top. My point is that I have the platform and freedom to write this article in the first place. Which brings me back to my introduction about DiCaprio and Kanye I think; If you don’t speak up with confidence, how’s anybody supposed to know you exist?