Steaks, Soviet Presidents, Time Lapse Video and more

Working in video production is never a dull moment. One day we're grilling two-inch thick steaks, the next we're working with a former Soviet President. The last 60 days or so have been some of the busiest we've seen in quite some time. While many of these projects are with our regular clients, some are also with new clients that found us through colleagues, search engines and film directories.

Here's a photo recap of some of the projects we've been working on this spring:
Location Webcast
While we often produce webcasts in our Atlanta studio, we can also produce them on location. This live, day-long webcast was viewed by participants in nearly a dozen countries around the globe.

Time-lapse event set-up

Using our Sony PMW EX1R camera, we recorded one frame a second during the five-hour set up of this tent at Atlanta's Dogwood Festival in April. We returned a second day to document the crowds and staff interaction for our client. The XDCam EX format camera records video directly to cards at 1920x1080 pixels, allowing us to work in a completely digital domain.

Grilling with Char-Broil

We provided six weeks of camera, lighting and grip for weekend live shots for Char-Broil that aired on The Weather Channel. Originating from The Weather Channel studios, which is right around the corner from our studio, the live shots featured some great tips on preparing favorite grilled summer dishes.

Live uplink with participants speaking with former Russian President Gorbachev

We provided camera, audio and lighting for a multi-city event which allowed participants to ask questions to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev who was speaking in Chicago. Our camera feed was uplinked via satellite to Chicago while a simultaneous return feed provided a live image of the President answering their questions via an interpreter.

While we regularly work on location, our studio has been booked with everything from green screen shoots to live webcasts and product shots. 

Some of our clients might be household names, but an equal number are smaller companies discovering the importance of online video for their websites, trade shows and training events.

I'll continue this post next week with more photos from recent's been a busy spring!

You never know who you'll meet

Working in the television industry has it's advantages. We get to meet many famous people, politicians, celebrities and individuals who make this world a better place. Sometimes they come to our studio, sometimes we go to a meeting room at a hotel or, on occasion, even their home.

I have posted a list of our 'High Profile Guests' on our website at: I'm sure I've forgotten some interviews, but it is a pretty complete list. Most of them have an interesting story behind them.

For example, I met George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Sabastian Junger and Wolfgang Peterson during the Press Junket for 'The Perfect Storm' in Gloucester, MA. The movie, based on the bestselling book by the same name by Mr. Junger, focuses on the crew of the swordfishing boat 'Andrea Gail.'


But the most interesting part of that trip was meeting the actual helicopter crew and para-rescue jumpers that survived in the Atlantic Ocean several hours after running out of fuel and ditching their helicopter in the stormy seas. The Coast Guard cutter 'Tamaroa' rescued them from what would have been certain death.

This picture was taken at Gloucester with Helicopter Pilot Graham Buschor, 'Tamaroa' Captain Lawrence Brudnicki and Lt. Bill Muller.

If you haven't read 'The Perfect Storm' it's a great story - and is much more accurate account of the events that occurred in October, 1991.

Roller coasters, Dolly Parton and a documentary

Rc_bof_3It was not long ago that we were busy working on our first original production, 'The Business of Fun.' The show, shot entirely in High Definition, follows the planning, building and opening of a new roller coaster at Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

I came up with the idea for the show about five years ago when I visited a trade show for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) while working on a story for CNN. The show is the meeting place for theme park owners and features eveything a park might need, from cotton candy machines to full-size rides and attractions.

Taking the concept one step further, we met with the officials of Herschend Family Entertainment and they agreed to allow us to follow them through the process of opening their newest ride 'Mystery Mine' at Dollywood. It took us nearly three years to complete the show as we followed the progress through opening last summer.

Now complete, the show will soon be available on DVD, but you can watch a preview of the show at our 'Business of Fun' website:

Tim Russert - Journalist and Gentleman

N_russert_specialreport2_080613_vsm There are not many journalists today that you could say I truly admire, but Tim Russert was one that I did. He was a powerhouse journalist, but never forgot his roots. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influencial people in the world, he was a Vice President at NBC News, moderator of 'Meet the Press,' and NBC Washington Bureau Chief. But he was also a father who loved his family and that, perhaps was even more important than his profession. He will be missed by many. Go get 'em, buddy.