- Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019
Tomorrow is #PiDay, and while many across the globe celebrate the Greek letter “π” - in English, “pi” - those in the know immediately get hungry and think of one thing: “Pie.” Serving up a cinematic slice in honor of the holiday is The Cabinet, the SF-based production house whose collaborations with brands and agencies like LEGO, Doremus, Argonaut, Twitter, Salesforce and more are celebrated year-round. Written by The Cabinet’s Partner/Director/Editor Doug Cox and Partner/CEO David Verhoef, “Pie” tells the story of a man looking for happiness in the face of...well, a pie in the face, each and every day. The short film was directed by Cox and co-director Patrick Lundberg. “Pie” was a family affair, with The Cabinet team contributing to the project in front of the camera and behind the scenes. To underscore its commitment to the release of “Pie” as an event film, The Cabinet has set up www.pie-film.com, which is now live.
“This was an idea I had when I was a copywriter years ago that died on the vine because there was fear it couldn’t be sold to the client,” Cox recalled. Years later, he remains mum on exactly which client it was (however, it almost certainly was a savory breakfast chain going up against one that favored the sweet and sugary).
In the film, a man (Cox) puts his life before the cameras, mockumentary-style, sharing details of the loneliness and tribulations associated with a predictable yet inexplicable daily pie in the face.
“Doug’s story was so simple and hilarious. The basic premise just cracked me up,” said Verhoef. “We spitballed ideas and wrote it together. I always like rooting for the hero that can’t catch a break. It’s the hope that it’s always going to get better that makes me giggle.”
To see whether the hero of this film does get a break, you’ll have to decipher the most famous constant in math and physics, the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. Or you could just watch “Pie.”
Cox is currently shooting his second campaign for Chime with BarrettSF. The Cabinet recently helped Funworks kick off the tax season with Credit Karma, introduced "Kona Mode" with Kona Brewery out of Duncan Channon and cleaned up with Clorox and FCB West.
About The Cabinet
The Cabinet is an independent collective of minds and skillsets. A league of production and post-production artists who each bring something to the table. A team sport for content. We continue to offer content solutions for agency and direct client partners. Solutions, that today are like monetary Rubik’s cubes. Finding the balance between art and finance is like tuning a piano. It’s a delicate task but when tightened and struck just right, we can play a beautiful note. We exist to collaborate with you. We love telling stories. We love hearing stories. We direct content. We edit content. We make content pretty. Let’s play.
Film Title: “Pie”
First Air Date: March 14, 2019
Directors: Doug Cox / Patrick Lundberg
Writers: Doug Cox / David Verhoef
Director of Photography: Nick Mahar
Executive Producer: David Verhoef
Line Producer: Scott Wickman
Starring: Doug Cox, David Verhoef, Baily Hopkins, Scott Wickman, Tiffany Byrd, Cruz Lopez, Katrina Firenze, Joanna Kay
Production Designer: Amanda Fletcher
Set Dresser: Kim Cover
Makeup/Hair: Emily Rose Jones
Gaffer: Joe Seiler
Key Grip: Sultan Thomas
Sound: Stephen Thorpe / Sage Bilderback
Production Manager: Gillian Entin
PAs: Frankie Padilla / Kimberly Martinez
Editor: Stu Barnes
Assistant Editor: Scott Lieberman
Colorist: Chris Martin
Sound Design/Mix: Isaac Olsen
Visual Effects: Mark Everson
Finish: Ivan Miller
Special thanks to: Marta Navarrete, Gabrielle Verhoef, Mo Zeismer, Gregg Cohen, Sean House