Red CANARY is a video and web production studio located in glorious San Luis Obispo California. We are known for our funny name, producing great work for our clients, and our lovable dog Soda-Pop.
Red CANARY was founded in the fall of 1997 when Todd Peterson and Noah Stokes started making movies together and editing them in their tiny apartment, next to Gus’ Deli on Osos Street in San Luis Obispo, CA. On the door to their studio hung a painting of a red bird. Todd and Noah both agreed that the bird was probably a canary. Thus the Red CANARY studio was born.
10 years later that red bird is still hanging on the door to the studio, but
the studio is a little more professional and a little more work gets done.
The same spirit is alive in the studio though, a warm, friendly, creative atmosphere
awaits anyone who visits. Snuggling sessions with Soda-Pop (the studio labrador) are constant.
03/14/2013 - The Jimmy Towel Integrated Campaign, which Red CANARY produced the video for, wins GOLD and BEST OF SHOW at the 2013 Coast Addy Adwards in Santa Barbara.
02/15/2011 - The Farm Supply Company TV Campaign, which Red CANARY did the editing on, wins GOLD at the 2011 Coast Addy Adwards.
03/09/09 - Red CANARY/Seven and Eight Films movie The Bike Happening is selected into the Central Coast Film Maker's Showcase at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival.
03/15/08 - Red CANARY is awarded 4th place by Dunkin Donuts for it's submission in the Dunkin Donuts YouTube Contest How do you keep America running? - Click here to visit the contest page on YouTube. Click here to watch our submission.
03/23/2006 - Creating Tomorrow's Designs Today. Red CANARY is profiled in the New Times Strokes and Plugs.
05/01/06 - The Red CANARY short film Emptied, directed by Gary Weyel, is accepted into the Damah Film Festival.
Meet our Team:
Peterson – Video Producer
Co-founder of Red CANARY, Todd runs the day to day operations at the Nest. A graduate of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, Todd loves living in San Luis Obispo and the life it offers.
Todd's passions include:
Making movies, Pez Candy, Watching movies at the Palm Theatre, and spending time with his lovely wife Holly and their son Huck.
Soda-Pop – Encourager/Greeter
Soda-Pop is probably the world’s best dog. Not so much in the sense that he can do tricks and stuff, but in the sense that he loves everyone he meets, except circus clowns… Circus Clowns beware.
Soda-Pop's passions include:
Snuggling, fetching, eating, sleeping, licking, nibbling, the ocean, long walks on the beach, treats, ivy, and meeting new people.
Partners - These awesome people don't officially work for Red CANARY, but are definitely part of our team. We're constantly working together on all kinds of different projects.
Weyel – Writer/Director
Gary has been writing, directing, and helping to produce different Red CANARY projects for the last three years. His work has been compared to that of a fine cup of coffee; rich, complex, and awakening.
Gary's passions include:
Curb your enthusiasm, kayaking, keeping america running with his music, sticking it to the man, and enjoying the central coast life with his family in San Luis Obispo.
Simon Jones – Web/Video/Creativity Producer
Simon, and Englishman, brings a wealth of talent and creativity to the Red CANARY team. Through his working life, simon has gained considerable experience in the areas of visual communications, as well as in 3D and furniture design and in many kinds of communication which are non-visual.
Noah Stokes – Web Developer/Consultant
Nigel Pavao – Audio Masterer
Jasen Bankston – Web Programmer
Eric Moore - On set audio engineer / web producer / cartographer