Whitehouse Post Chases the Perfect Wave with Pro Surfer Ian Walsh for HP

Brandon Porter of Whitehouse Post cuts “Ghost Wave,” HP’s latest short film starring extreme surfer Ian Walsh via 180LA. Captured by famed surf cinematographer and director Taylor Steele, the short follows Walsh and his crew as they scour the globe in search of an unknown surf break.


The crew eventually lands in a remote fishing village on the Pacific coast of South Africa. Armed with the powerful HP Pavilion x360 for monitoring winds, swells, and tides, Walsh and his team quickly determine it to be the ideal location to scout for waves and immediately get to work chasing the elusive “Ghost Wave.”

Porter’s deft cuts allow us to experience the adventure and thrill as the crew scrambles to catch the swell. “It was great to team up with 180LA again for this project,” says Porter. “Ian is an incredible athlete and Taylor is a fantastic director. Watching Ian drop into waves of that size without hesitation was a mind blowing experience. It was exciting to showcase his skills as a surfer and adventurer, as well as the efficiencies technology brings to finding waves like these.”



Client: HP
Title: “Ghost Wave”
SVP, PPS WW Marketing: Rob Le Bras-Brown
VP, PPS WW Marketing, Consumer PC: Vikrant Batra
PPS Product Manager: Eben Strousse
Integrated Marketing Comm. Manager: Melissa Barroso

Agency: 180LA
Global CEO: Michael Allen
Executive Creative Director: William Gelner
Creative Directors: Adam Groves, Zac Ryder
Copywriter: Mike Van Linda
Art Director: Brandon Sides
Head of Production: Natasha Wellesley
Senior Producer: David Emery
Associate Account Director: Mike Slatkin
Account Manager: Jamie Friedman
Account Coordinator: Allison Landrum

Production Company: Bully Pictures
Director: Taylor Steele
Camera: Starr Whitesides
Producer: Jeff Tannebring

Shoot Location: South Africa
Shoot Date: August 17 to August 24, 2014

Editorial Company: Whitehouse Post
Editor: Brandon Porter
Producer: Evan Cunningham
Executive Producer: Joni Williamson

Finishing Company: Carbon VFX
Lead Flame: Pete Mayer
Executive Producer: Marlo Baird Kinsey
Associate Producer: Nick Vassil

Recording Studio: TBD

About Whitehouse Post:

Whitehouse Post believes in the art and craft of editorial storytelling built in a creative and supportive environment. Central to this philosophy is an emphasis on nurturing the best young talent into excellent storytellers who consider the importance of visuals, music and sound working together. Production and finishing partnerships with sister companies Cap Gun Collective and Carbon VFX, as well as with design-driven production company Gentleman Scholar, further cement Whitehouse Post as an invaluable creative resource for its clients. The studio’s deep reel of notable spots for high-profile brands and work on feature films and documentaries have earned hundreds of honors from AICP, BTAA, D&AD, Clio and Cannes.