a little more human

a little more human

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Producer, Caton Vance, and Gorilla Founder, Eric Johnson sit down with creative industry counterparts to hear about their passion and process. ‘a little more human’ explores the risks and rewards of pursuing creative goals. Where is the intersection of art and creative service? How does technology effect narrative storytelling? Can “advertising” create social change? Join us as we candidly (and explicitly) discuss the sadistic joys of pursuing what we love.


26: Season One Recap w/ Eric Johnson, Eric Machiela and Caton Vance
Aug 16 • 69 min
Thanks so much for listening to our first season of ‘a little more human.’ The hosts sit down and recap the season while asking each other some personal questions about their experience making the podcast but also about life in general. We talk about…
25: Andy Phelps, Author & Filmmaker
Aug 2 • 65 min
Andy Phelps is a joy to be around. In this episode, he reminds us that life is incredible and we’re silly not to remember that. We talk about his work as a filmmaker and how he published a book. He tells his story of breathing fire and juggling anything…
24: Adam Weiler, Director of Social Enterprise at WMCAT
Jul 26 • 64 min
We had the joy of sitting down with Adam Weiler on this weeks podcast. He’s the Director of Social Enterprise at WMCAT (West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology). We talk about the work he does, the importance of stories, human centered design thinking…
23: Cole Williams, Owner of COLE SPEAKS & SON TO A FATHER
Jul 19 • 60 min
We’re just so thrilled that Cole Williams decided to be on the podcast with us. We are honored to work with Cole in a myriad of ways (The Delta Project, The Fatherhood, anything he asks of us). But more importantly, we believe in the work he’s doing. His…
22: Hannah Berry, Creative Director of LIONS AND RABBITS
Jul 12 • 65 min
We sit down with Hannah Berry the Creative Director of Lions and Rabbits. Lions and Rabbits exists to, ” Serve by offering inclusive space, locally made art and educational experiences.” We talk about art in Grand Rapids, Creston neighborhood where she’s…
21: Jonathan Bell, Creative Producer & Principal of COMPANY BELL
Jul 5 • 83 min
Jon Bell went straight to the heart in this episode. We discussed his sabbatical that he just went on, and for the first time in a public setting discusses his transformation, he’s begun to be more in line with “his soul.” We discuss everything from…
20: Nathan Messelink, Creative Director & Partner at TBX
Jun 28 • 92 min
We had a blast sitting down with Nathan Messelink on this weeks episode of ‘a little more human.’ He’s the Creative Director at TBX (A Change Agency) based out of Grand Rapids, MI. He matches Eric Johnson’s energy and humor, and it was fun to have them…
19: Adeshola Makinde, Artist
Jun 21 • 69 min
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Adeshola Makinde on this weeks episode. His work will be featured at PLAYGROUND DETROIT July 18th, 2019. Adeshola is an artist sparking the hard conversations about our society with his work. We talked about his…
18: Jill DeVries, Photographer
Jun 14 • 72 min
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jill DeVries on this weeks episode of ‘a little more human.’ She is a photographer based out of Grand Rapids, MI who’s work has been featured in Vogue, The Knot, and VSCO (and many other publications). She tells us…
17: Jon Melton, Creative Producer
Jun 7 • 70 min
Jon Melton, a creative producer based in New York, is on this week’s podcast. We talk about internships vs. mentorships, discovering what you’re good at, and how to set boundaries with co-workers and clients. Show Notes: You can find Jon online at the…
16: Chad Terpstra, Cinematographer
May 31 • 56 min
Eric Machiela and Caton Vance sit down with cinematographer Chad Terpstra on this week’s podcast. We talk about the feature-length documentary that Chad directed and has been making for the last seven years, Father the Flame. It’s an exciting episode…
15: Lance Mokma, 1st AC
May 24 • 34 min
Lance Mokma, a professional 1st AC, is on this week’s podcast. We talk to him about his love for Jurassic Park, how his first job was on a major film set, and dealing with personal medical issues while still being at the top of his game. If you’d like to…
14: Brent Christy, Cinematographer
May 17 • 67 min
Two of the partners sat down with Brent Christy, the DP on Camp Manna, on this week’s episode. They spend time reminiscing about past projects and working together. It’s the first “travel” podcast that we’ve done and we’re excited to share it with you! Go…
13: Tyler Way & Kendra Clapp Olguin of HAS HEART
May 10 • 66 min
Tyler Way and Kendra Clapp Olguin join us as our first guests outside the Gorilla community. Tyler and Kendra have been on the road for the last two years creating experiences for U.S. military veterans and designers called the HERO SERIES. “The…
12: Tyler Hollman, 1st AC
May 6 • 71 min
1st AC Tyler Hollman is on the podcast this week. He talks about what goes into his role and how he decided this was he wanted to do with this life. He drops some lovely truths about failure and trust while answering questions about why he’s such a good…
11: Jeff Sukes, Cinematographer
May 5 • 61 min
We sit down with Cinematographer Jeff Sukes on this week’s episode of a little more human. He told us about how he got his start filming skateboard videos with friends, never wanting to make movies, to thinking he wanted to start his own production…
10: Grant Floering, Composer
Apr 19 • 48 min
We sat down with Grant Floering (Composer, Producer, Musician) and asked him about how he “susses out the vibe” in creating original music for content of all kinds. We talk about his bands, how his first job as a composer was on a movie, and floating down…
9: Chase Wiseman, Business Manager & Entrepreneur
Apr 13 • 39 min
Hello fellow humans! Welcome to episode 9 of a little more human. Caton Vance sat down with Chase Wiseman Gorilla’s business manager and talked through solving problems, what excites Chase about the media landscape, startups, and cannabis tech. One of our…
8: Scott McCambridge, Editor
Apr 6 • 63 min
We sat down with editing wizard Scott McCambridge to talk about his journey into the filmmaking world. We talk about the different projects he’s working on, one of which is launching this June called Father the Flame that he has been working on for over…
7: Evan Koons, Actor & Writer
Mar 29 • 52 min
We sit down with Evan Koons (Actor, Writer, Producer) who has done a ton of projects with Gorilla over the years. We talk about his process when it comes to acting but also how he finds truth in moments that you wouldn’t expect. Our favorite moments are…
6: Nate VanderPlas, Animator & Director
Mar 22 • 48 min
Eric Scott Johnson & Caton Vance sit down with Nate VanderPlas (Animator, Director, Kid at Heart). He talks about the struggles of comparison while still staying true to your vision. We also ask him how he makes things that don’t normally have emotion…
5: Valerie Sasso, Producer & Director
Mar 15 • 67 min
Eric Scott Johnson & Caton Vance sit down with Valerie Martinez (Producer, Creative Director, Story Producer). We talk about how Valerie accidentally got into the business and how she got her start working in reality TV. She shares some interesting…
4: Eric Machiela, Director & Co-Founding Partner of Gorilla
Mar 9 • 78 min
Eric Scott Johnson & Caton Vance sit down with co-founding partner of Gorilla Eric Machiela. We talk about his writing process, explore some of the “Why” of Gorilla, and Eric shares stories from his wealth of experience on film sets. This is our longest…
3: Jason Baker, Director
Mar 1 • 60 min
Eric Scott Johnson & Caton Vance sit down with Jason Baker who’s one of the directors on Gorilla’s roster. He talks about why he started directing, how he loves making things, and how to navigate bringing people together on a film set. Check out the…
2: Gina Caratelli, Designer & Producer
Feb 22 • 55 min
Caton Vance & Eric Scott Johnson sit down with Gorilla’s own producer/designer Gina Caratelli and ask her about how she got to where she is in her career. She gives some damn good advice to new creatives and shines some light on her design process. Thanks…
1: Eric Scott Johnson, Director & Co-Founding Partner of Gorilla
Feb 15 • 43 min
We sat down for the first episode of ‘a little more human.’ Caton asks Eric questions about how Gorilla got started, what’s changing in the industry, and how Eric doesn’t believe there is such a thing as a film production company anymore. We will be…