Wooden Boat
Wooden Boat

Inside the world of wooden sailboats in Sausalito, California. Shot on 16mm color film.

The Legend of Rosalie

A short documentary about an off the grid community in the southern California Desert.

Nutkin's Last Stand

A short documentary about the fight to save England's native red squirrels from an invasion of american gray squirrels.


Plasticity reveals three instances—a rooftop apiary, an occasional restaurant, and a mobile pizzeria—of people redefining the use of urban space in San Francisco.

The Gentle Sport

A visit to the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club, one of the largest lawn bowling clubs in the United States. The film explores a distinctly English game in an American context, and examines its appeal and its future.

We Continue in the Old Style

A short film about Paul's Hat Works in the outer Richmond district of San Francisco. A men's hatter of the old guard since 1918, with a new twist. Shot on black & white 16mm film (on a Bolex).

Partnership for Children & Youth

PCY brings together communities to support low-income children in school and life.

Woodcut Maps

Beautiful, customized wood-inlay maps handmade in San Francisco by a husband and wife team.

2013 Outside Lands Festival SF

Watch Ranger Dave frolic in Golden Gate Park with some of his furry friends as they announce the 2013 Outside Lands Lineup!


A promotional short for ETC (Environmental Traveling Companions), a non-profit that takes people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth on outdoor adventures.

Dandelion Chocolate

The un-making of some of the finest chocolate bars in the world from bar-to-bean. Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco


A promotional video introducing Sifteo and showing off their cutting-edge game cubes.

SIFTEO Cubes for Developers

A promotional video inviting developers to create games for Sifteo's Generation 2 Cubes.

Subrosa Coffee - Oakland, CA

A short promotional video for Subrosa Coffee of Oakland, CA.

Bullis Charter School Junior Olympics

A short documentary about the 2012 Junior Olympics hosted by Bullis Charter School. Los Altos, CA.

Gun Vs. Clutch

A promotional video for an Italian handbag designer.

Dent May "Howard"

Official music video for Paw Tracks Records' artist Dent May


An animation for event promotion startup Eventbrite


A promotional spot using archival material for iPhone application Namerick.


An animation from The Klutz Book of Animation. To see the rest and order the book go here http://video.klutz.com/animation/

Science Center Singapore

A promotional video for Science Centre Singapore's annual stop motion animation competition.


Charlie Mars "Like a Bird, Like a Plane"

Dent May "Oh Paris"

Arthur & Janisha: Save The Date


24 Hours Looking East of Twin Peaks

Snails Gone Wild





nick@cattrick.com ryan@cattrick.com rory@cattrick.com


CAT TRICK is a collective of independent filmmakers based in San Francisco and Nashville who collaborate to create original non-fiction content with a strong sense of visual style for a diverse range of clients. Nick Berger, Ryan Malloy, and Rory Fraser met at Stanford in the MFA Documentary program, and formed Cat Trick in 2011. They each continue their own work as documentary filmmakers.

NICK BERGER became a specialist in stop-motion animation through is work on "The Klutz Book of Animation" and a squirrel enthusiast through his work on the documentary "Nutkin's Last Stand." He makes documentaries about surreal characters and environments and his stop-motions focus on the clever use of materials. Nick is a graduate of Brown University.

RYAN MALLOY got his start as an urban planner and he continues to explore urban environments through his documentaries. He's also been known to turn the camera on himself, exposing both the humor and challenges of daily life. Ryan is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

RORY FRASER has made a number of short documentaries and music videos, and tends to choose subjects with inherent visual strength like lawn bowling clubs, old hat shops, and wooden sailboat yards. He is from Tennessee, and is a graduate of The University of the South.


April 26, 2013

2013 Outside Lands Festival SF

Cat Trick just completed the lineup announcement video for the 2013 Outside Lands music festival in collaboration with our friends at Dogpatch films. The video features stop-motion animation by Cat Trick and motion graphics by Dogpatch.

2013 Outside Lands Festival

January 31, 2013

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)

Nick Berger has recently finished a short film for Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) highlighting the excellent work they have been doing since 1972.



January 16, 2013

Dandelion Chocolate Bar-to-Bean

Congratulations to Dandelion Chocolate on the official opening of their new chocolate factory and cafe at 740 Valencia, SF, CA.

Check out the video we made to celebrate the occasion.

Dandelion Chocolate


January 4, 2013

CAT TRICK: Nashville

Rory Fraser has relocated to Nashville from San Francisco after four great years in the Bay Area. He's looking forward to taking on new projects in the South and the East Coast in general. As always, he can be reached at rory@cattrick.com

October 31, 2012

CAT TRICK Shoots Time-Lapses for the San Francisco Giants During 2012 World Series

Ryan and Nick have been hard (and happily) at work shooting time-lapses in San Francisco for games 1 & 2 of the World Series. Check them out:

September 13, 2012

NEW: SIFTEO Cubes Developer Outreach Video

SIFTEO just released the second generation of their innovative Cubes video game system. We spent a few days in their office filming what makes this cutting-edge platform so revolutionary. After getting the lowdown from game-industry giants and indie designers alike, developers are going to be lining up for the chance to create new games for the Cubes. Check out SIFTEO's new game system at www.sifteo.com

July 27, 2012

Everything Is Going to Be Fine in Croatia

Ryan Malloy's Everything Is Going to Be Fine is slated to screen along side Tokyo Waka (by Kris Samuelson and John Haptas) at the Motovun Film Festival on July 29 at 2PM. If you happen to be in Croatia, head to the Motovun town square to check out some great films! More info available at www.motovunfilmfestival.com

June 28, 2012

NEW: Short promo for Subrosa Coffee of Oakland

On an atypical rainy day in Oakland this winter, we shot a mini-doc/ad for the beautiful and diminutive Subrosa Coffee shop. The rainy day aesthetic was too hard to pass up, so we went for it. Hope you like this one minute portrait of a great spot in Temescal. Stop by if you're in the area. www.subrosacoffee.com

Subrosa Coffee

June 22, 2012

NEW: Bullis Charter School Junior Olympics Short Doc

CAT TRICK recently shot a short documentary for the Bullis Charter School Junior Olympics. We had a great day in Los Altos filming all the events, hosted bi-annually by Bullis.

Bullis Olympics

April 18, 2012


Rory Fraser's new film, SAINT, is awarded Best Short Documentary at the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi, and is a Regional Finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Award. Check out the trailer:


November 16, 2011


Ryan Malloy traveled to Madrid, Spain, to collect the Best Short Documentary award at the VIX International Television Festival on Urban Life and Ecology for his short documentary film Everything Is Going to Be Fine.

Ryan Mallow in Madrid

November 13, 2011


Singapore Science Center taps Nick Berger to share his stop-motion skills with students and to judge their annual animation competition.

Nick Berger at the Sigapore Science Center