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I know we haven’t posted in a long time, but hope to change that.  So much has changed, but we’re still producing!  Kara has married and she and her award winning editor husband are busy raising a family, all the while contributing.

We worked on a variety of projects over the past months, including weddings, parties, and even a training piece for a major airline.  I’ll get some more samples of the latest events we produced “up” soon.  Maybe you’ll like the look of something you see.  If so, let’s talk and see if we can contribute to your project.

Take care,

Mike

Being in the wedding industry (AND being a girl!), I am constantly stalking this website out. I recently came across a video that was like a breath of fresh air. So unique! There are not many videos that you can put on mute and still gain a sense of emotion from. This, is the exception. The colors, the filters, and the use of black and white were truly the expression of an artist sharing their creativity. Not only can you read the story from the day, but the characters are so clearly and beautifully illustrated in each shot. We love it! Scroll down and check it out! (shakinghandspro.com)

Kara

http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-clare-justins-rock-and-roll-chic-wedding/

We’re still working on the Bartlett-Shoemaker edit.  I want to get some after the fact sound bites.  We’ll edit these into the sound mix along with footage to embellish the couple’s emotions during particular shots.  I’m trying to set up a meeting with the couple so I can lay their thoughts down on our digi recorder.  By the way, we use an Ediroll R-44 4 channel recorder and we love it!

The real reason to write though is to tell you we met with Cosbie Hollenbeck of Multimedia Solutions.  He’s going to upgrade our website.  He’s a master of all techno trades and is half my age!  Just makes me sick…!

But we want to keep building the brand and Cosbie has the talent to do it.  We’ll let you know how this progresses.

Mike

Today I drove to Alpharetta to meet with the Heinz people.  They were the friendliest group of folks I think I’ve ever worked with.  So go buy some ketchup!

Mr. Ralph Latagliata is the Director of Field Sales and was the subject of our interview.  We spent about four hours with him and his people and enjoyed every minute of it.  They even wanted to take me to lunch!

No real technical issues, however I was challenged by the lighting and the space we had.

After the shoot, I had to run around to get the footage downloaded and sent off to Brett Culp, who needs it by tomorrow morning!  Mission accomplished…

Mike

My old buddy Mike Mattimoe and I met to collaborate on an effort.  If you’d be interested in this, please let me know.  If the demand is great enough, the investment will be worth it.

Mike works for a company called Video Next (he’s also an old fighter pilot and airline guy – we go waaay back, but that’s another story!)  They specialize in live video feeds.

What if you had a live event you wanted filmed AND you would like to webcast it  – LIVE?!

So let’s say you want your wedding shot by a videographer, AND you had family that couldn’t make it to the wedding.  Mike has the technology for Elationfilms to have a camera (or multiple cameras) film the service and show it live via the internet to family and friends.  All they would have to do is join up before hand by email, and then receive the internet address shortly before the service.  They would open their browser, copy and paste the address, and Voila’!

Seriously!  Let me know what you think…

Mike

got an exciting call today.  Brett Culp called from Seattle.  He is in the middle of a corporate shoot for Heinz and needed footage of a Heinz executive in Atlanta, shot for a segment of the piece.  So it looks like Friday or Monday I will be handling that for him.

For those of you who don’t know Brett, he is another multi award winner, WEVA contributor, and a huge celebrity videographer.  Just visit his website   HYPERLINK “http://www.brettculp.com” BrettCulp.com and you’ll understand how successful he is.

Wow!  The Bartlett-Shoemaker wedding was a blast!  Kara and I went full throttle all day, the weather was great, and the families were just awesome!  We were exhausted, but it was really fun…

I am just now downloading the material so we can begin editing.  There were no big surprises, so our planning seemed to work well.  We started with the girls prep at the hotel in the morning, and then we headed out to catch the guys having breakfast at Waffle House!  We had some lunch and then split up, meeting later at the church.

The ceremony was a little challenging with camera positioning, but we coped.  The surprise (and there always is one!) came when Father Walsh announced in his authentic Irish accent, the couple as “Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker,” while they are actually “Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett!”  Thankfully, my camera was mic’d with wireless receivers; otherwise it would have captured my “Whoop!”

The reception was really fun.  Both families were relaxed and let their hair down.  I can’t wait to see the footage.  I think I’ll take a nap first…

Mike

The “NSC Premier 3” DVD was a hit with the New Season Church staff.  They will be selling copies at the services leading up to Easter.

Tonight I spent the evening in Atlanta with Kenny and Frank from  HYPERLINK “http://www.showcaseinc.com” Showcase Camera and Video and then headed across the parking lot to  HYPERLINK “http://www.thedvshop.com” The DV Shop where the  HYPERLINK “http://www.atlantavideographers.net” Atlanta Videographer’s Association was having its meeting.  Various companies and manufacturers sponsor the meetings – tonight’s was Sony – who highlight some of their equipment.  The meetings typically include several knowledgeable speakers on various subjects.  Tonight, after Sony let us play with their new HDR-FX1, we heard some experts on video codecs and internet SEO.

The president of the AVA is Bob Perl (another WEVA Hall of Famer.)  Bob’s a long time videographer who helped shape the business as we know it today.  Bob was also named Event DV magazine’s top 25 All-Stars in 2005.  He is a wealth of information and Kara and I have spent many hours learning the craft from him.  I consider him a friend and mentor.

Anyway, the meeting was fun and informative, and I got to meet a bunch of great folks, in every crease of this business.

Throw in the free dinner (thanks to Sony!) and you’ve got me waiting with baiting breath for the next one!

Mike

This week (and last!) I’m spending all my time on the New Season Church edit.  I’m a Final Cut Pro user and I love the interface with Motion and DVD Studio Pro in the Final Cut Studio ensemble.  Mastering the entire suite is a long way off, but putting together the cuts we filmed is coming together pretty easily.

WEVA Hall of Fame videographer Mark Von Lanken, whom we met at the WEVA 2009 convention, hammered the notion that a videographer should “shoot for the edit.”  We always strive to do this.  Getting it right the first time  – while you shoot  – makes the edit run so much more smoothly.  Sometimes it takes more planning, especially for a live event like the church service or a wedding.

I like the fact that we’re including some unrehearsed “man on the scene” interviews along with the emotion of the service.  The Elationfilms edit will be included on a DVD that we’ll produce, which will also contain some of the church’s own short videos.  We’ll test and deliver by March 18th!

Mike

Yesterday was another fun one.   HYPERLINK “http://www.newseasonchurch.com” New Season Church hired Kara and I to film their 2nd Anniversary Service Celebration.  We’ll help them put together a DVD with our edit along with some of their news videos concerning the churches upcoming expansion as well as a short history of the church and what their future holds.

The “Hollywood Premiere” theme was the backdrop for the church as it hosts the beginning of it’s third year, so the decorations were cool.  We had fun with some interviews too.  It should be a fun edit, which will get interrupted tomorrow… I have to go downtown again for more business filing paperwork…

Mike

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