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NMCO Lights Ziemba’s Tree

‘Twas fall season before Christmas when NMCO set up lights, production was stirring, quiet on set. The cameras were rolling, music filled the air, for a video release with snow in the air. 

Sam Palm, NMCO video specialist and the shoot’s director was reviewing the shot list while ornaments were being hung, not on a tree, but on René Kladzyk, also known as indie and experimental artist Ziemba.

A Living Decoration

Dressed head to toe as a living, singing Christmas tree NMCO and Ziemba, for their second music video collaboration,  mimicked a style reminiscent of vintage holiday films to bring the stage within a snow globe to life. 

“My initial idea for the video was for a different song, ‘Only Lonely Christmas’, which is a more melancholy song about loss and grieving during the holidays. I had thought that the video would be me as a Christmas tree being un-decorated after Christmas. Taking the ornaments off the tree always feels a little sad, and I thought it’d be appropriately melancholy and a little surreal,” said Kladzyk.  As things progressed during initial production meetings, Kladzyk opted for the “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” track. To fit the more uplifting tone, NMCO Creative Director and Producer, Tina Ballew, suggested dressing the tree up instead of down to fit the new direction. 

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” features Ziemba, who was also the co-director, exploring the commitment to continue to find the magic of Christmas and the holidays in the face of loss her recent album, Unsubtle Magic explores. Alongside NMCO, a dash of the kitsch aesthetic, tinsel, bright lights and animation created the twinkling scenes to restore the emotional balance for the album release and spark the nostalgia of Christmas. As featured in the video Ziemba states “I’ll be home for Christmas, wherever home may be,” evoking the effort to continue forward and reclaim cheer despite lingering uncertainty regarding the definitions of family and home.

“I think the video is hilarious and I love it. It has an overall irreverent tone that I often go for in music videos, and I feel really good about a lot of the editing decisions we made,” said Kladzyk.

NMCO Video Specialist, Ralph Diaz, who worked on effects and editing shared, “There was some initial direction about where we wanted to go with the edit, but the further we got into the editing process, and with the collaboration of René (Ziemba), we really leaned into the retro aesthetics that I think Ziemba’s new album and artwork essentially adhere to, which was really fun.”

Restoring the Glee

NMCO videographers Ralph and Sam rigging the lazy Susan for Ziemba’s ‘I’ll Be Home for Chistmas” music video.

Whether it was the string of red and green lights, the falling of the snow or the gloved hands decorating the glowing beacon Ziemba portrayed, NMCO wanted to produce a music video that would be dreamy and whimsical. 

“Getting to help direct the production for ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ was such a fun, collaborative opportunity with the talented visionary that is Ziemba,” said Palm. “We pulled inspiration for the visual style from a multitude of influences, mostly decades-past film and music videos, to create the beautifully campy aesthetic. Our whole team had a great time throughout the production and we can’t wait for the next chance to collaborate on another music video with Ziemba,” he said.  

With special thanks to Ziemba NMCO is proud to present “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” for your enterainment and enjoyment in time for the holidays. Be sure to give Ziemba’s latest album, Unsubtle Magic a listen and follow NMCO for more music videos.


Christina (Tina) Ballew

Sam Palm

Ralph Diaz
Editor and FX

Aaron Walterscheid
Camera and Lighting

 Rene Kladzyk
 Co-director, Art
 and  Styling

 Dana Apodaca
Dawn Franco   
 Hand models

NMCO Studio member, Kahlo


Door Greeter & Cookie Eater

Kahlo is our gentle, friendly, office pup! He loves his belly rubbed, sniffing absolutely everything, and hasn’t found a treat he wouldn’t eat! Be sure to say hi, he loves the attention!

NMCO Studio member, Kelsey

Kelsey Gentile

Web Specialist

Once those websites are complete, Kelsey is our web maintenance manager. From regular updates, security checks, and content updates, Kelsey keeps our websites running smoothly, secure, and in tip-top shape.

NMCO Studio member, Annakat

Anna Kat Hollis

Lead Web Developer & Designer

We really like people named, “Anna”, especially named Anna Kat! Anna Kat is NMCO’s talented web developer and designer. She is smart, efficient, and crazy good at her craft! She has a background in design and focuses on functionality and UI/UX. You’re gonna love working with her!

Zac Wittstruck


If you’re needing quality animation, Zac is your guy! Motion graphics, custom character rigging, and 2D animation are some of Zac’s specialties. Zac always wears a smile and is truly one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When Zac isn’t whipping out great animations, he plays bass guitar for a local jazz band! What a cool cat!

NMCO Studio member, Arron

Aaron Walterscheid

Video Specialist & Cinematographer

Aaron is NMCO’s “Silent Assassin”. While not the most outgoing of our talented crew, Aaron KILLS at videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and doing what it takes to get the job done. His experience and skills speak loudly for themselves.

NMCO Studio member, Sam

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

With an eye for great picture-perfect moments, Sam is one of NMCO’s extremely talented video specialists! Sam is our main photographer, but also is a Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and overall Jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not behind the camera, find Sam cruisin’ the Southwest on his Harley and living life to the fullest! Did we mention he has great hair?

NMCO Studio member, Ralph

Ralph Diaz

Senior Video Specialist

Don’t confuse Ralph with Academy Award-winning actor Johnny Depp. Although there’s a close resemblance, Ralph is much more talented behind the camera. He’s done it all from VFX to animation, to producing, directing, and editing some of our most memorable productions. It also should come as no surprise that he’s mastered the technical and practical aspects of videography, giving him the nickname, “The Doctor.”

NMCO Studio member, Dana

Dana Apodaca

Senior Graphic Designer & Art Director

Dana is up to date on all expert software and can design circles around most designers. With creative solutions, a sensibility to trends, and the best artistic output, Dana can do it all from identity systems to layouts, to even giving art direction in our video productions.

NMCO Studio member

Dawn Franco

Studio Manager

With a background in journalism, file archival and organization, Dawn is our client onboarding extraordinaire. From contract preparation, to project management, account direction, and reporting, Dawn stirs the pot for most productions, making sure it’s served hot and on time.

NMCO Studio Co founder, Lucky

Lucky Gonzalez

Co-Founder & Media Buyer

With all of that creative, where are you going to put it?! Lucky has 18 years in business with the expertise and know-how, so he is naturally our go-to for media placement. From digital banner ads to broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and translate it to impressions and conversions. He prides himself on coming up with solutions for your problems.

NMCO Studio member, Tina

Christina Ballew

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

When Tina co-founded NMCO she strived to push boundaries in creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from scratch was no easy feat but NMCO is now known for its professionalism and people-based, outside of the box ideas.   As Tina likes to say, she has done almost every job except for video editing itself. Her next goal is to take on the world.