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Jim Draper Video 2016-2017 Highlights

Jim Draper

As we head head towards the end of 2017 (already?!),  I've found time to comment on some productions over the last couple of years - starting with some metrics: 

Where in the world


  • Silicon Valley -- 27
  • San Francisco -- 10
  • Las Vegas -- 10
  • So Cal -- 6
  • Out of state: Chicago, Austin, Orlando (2), NYC, Hawaii (OK, that was a vacation), Tokyo, Seattle, Dallas and Vegas (which gets its own piece of the pie).

I find it crazy that I was in San Francisco as much as Las Vegas but that's where they fit many of the shows with five-figure attendance.

The solid tech industry - Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Oracle, Salesforce and others - made up the bulk of productions. Here are some of the memorable ones during 2016-2017:

TenCue's production of an Opening experience for corporate event. Unedited - as it happened!

For World Stage on Milken Institute's Global Conference. George W had some interesting comments about his presidency - occasionally in self deprecating way.

Panel of former KSAN personalities Ben Fong-torres, Richard Gossett, Bonnie Simmons and Scoop Nisker Bonnie Simmons, Ben Fong-Torres, Richard Gossett, and Wes "Scoop" Nisker share stories and contextualize the important role of FM radio station KSAN in the culture of San Francisco. Recorded June 2, 2016 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Interview with Todd Rundgren in Sausalito for the documentary KSAN Jive 95 - The Radio Station That Changed The World.   Photos by Kenny Wardell

Prophets of Rage

Directing for Live Nation at Shoreline Amphitheatre
B Real & Tom Morello Prophets of Rage (photos:  Alan Snodgrass
Ian Young

Directing in LA for the AirBnB Open.  Conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow and AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky.  (Make sure to check out Gwyneth's provocative comment at 24:40!)

In a prequel to Amazon's future deliveries, Citrix demo kicks off with a server delivered via drone. Directing for Bellwether productions.

Yoga practice at Adobe in San Jose on a Carlstrom Production

Peyton Manning, Ryan Gosling,  Penn & Teller and Kate McKinnon at Adobe Summit - for Pix Productions

Kate McKinnon does VR on Adobe Summit Sneaks

10 Cameras in the Round for
InVison Communications & World Stage's production on Service Now show.
Orlando, Florida

Site Plan with 10 camera locations

In June, Pier 70 in SF (which is now being developed for a mixed-use community) had its last production. Kenwood produced the general sessions for Pure Storage... 

...and the closing party with Snoop Dogg

Jim directs Snoop Dogg concert at last event at Pier 70.                                      Cinematography by Jason Spencer

At Oracle's Open World in SF, we had a new tool: Robert Barcelona (The Crane Guy) provided his FlyLine Cable Cam with a Sony EX-3 camera. Lot's of great shots along the 480' line. Check out the cable cam video from the show!

400 Feet of screen at Adobe Max in Las Vegas. State of the art image presentations and fascinating speakers over the two day event.  Keynotes available here

John Favreau in conversation on the delay screen.
Two of the six cameras in lower left, jib on right.

JD directs Oracle Open World

I'm very fortunate to work with a wonderful group of colleagues, clients and friends. Wishing the best to all in the New Year and beyond! 

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Jim Draper Video 2015 Production Highlights

Jim Draper

January - May

Projects in 2015 started with back to back Citrix shows for Bellwether in Las Vegas and Singapore. We're all familiar with Vegas but Singapore was a new venue for me. The show was at the extraordinary Marina Sands hotel on the Singapore Marina. Billed as the world's most expensive casino property, it boasts three, 57-floor towers, capped by a 1,120 ft sky park - which includes restaurants and an infinity swimming pool. California strawberries and drinks at the famous Long Bar (origin of the Singapore Sling) are quite pricey. Our US staff combined with the local crew produced a great show.

The Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Québec is a short walk from the Montreal Convention Centre. That venue hosted Cisco's Partner Summit, where I directed for World Stage & InVision Communications. I always look forward to working with new crews in locations I've never been to before. I always learn something new and they haven't heard my jokes before!  George and Andre - pictured with me at the Mount Royal lookout - are two seasoned broadcast camera ops who were kind enough to take me on a tour of the city after the show ended.

On the set of Synergy TV in Orlando

May in Orlando for the Citrix Synergy show, produced by Bellwether. Each Keynote session was preceded by the Synergy TV show; 30 minutes of  "what's coming up" in the general session with interviews from presenters and guests. Directing both the TV show and general sessions kept me quite busy. 

Google I/O 2015 - Google CEO Sundar Pichai's presentation. Only part of the 500' screen fits in this wide angle jib shot. Click image for video of the Keynote.

Google I/O 2015 - Google CEO Sundar Pichai's presentation. Only part of the 500' screen fits in this wide angle jib shot. Click image for video of the Keynote.

The Google I/O event (held in San Francisco in May) brings together developers who build the latest in tech, mobile and more for the Android platform. Google wanted an "immersive experience" for the 1,000,000+ viewers of the webcast. Eight cameras - including a jib helped achieve that goal - produced by Group X and Riverview Systems. Video highlights of the conference here.

June - August

Continuing productions throughout the summer included Walmart Shareholders, produced by Proscenium and hosted by Reese Witherspoon; Stella & Dot Fashion Show, produced by CMS Communications.  Minions, Storm Troopers and US Women's Soccer coach Jill Ellis at the Walmart Holiday show.

Speaking of soccer, I was fortunate to attend the Woman's World Cup final, July 4th weekend in Vancouver, BC. So many goals were scored by the US team,  I even had my mobile phone camera rolling as they scored their 2nd:

Carlie Lloyd's 2nd goal at 5 minutes of the Women's World Cup final vs. Japan

September - November

  • The final quarter of the year saw alumni from SF State's Radio & TV department join as we gathered to remember Dr. Stuart Hyde  who passed earlier in the year.
  • An impressive wall of monitors frames Cisco's GSX Conference in Las Vegas, produced by TenCue
  • The cathedral like arches of the Sunset Center Theater in Carmel played host to the TED Fellows Retreat.  21 Fellows gave the typical out of the box presentations and performances that mark the outstanding TED Talks series.  Produced by Michael Witlin Associates. You can view one of the talks on my Sample Projects page.
  • Minds + Machines, hosted by GE, explores the industrial sector of the Internet of Things (IoT). Produced by Manifold and equipped by Riverview Systems. Day one video is also available on my Sample Projects page.
  • Seems like there's always a local team to celebrate at Oracle's Open World: Americas Cup, SF Giants and this year the GS Warriors! After Oracle's Thomas Kurian had a sit-down with Warriors president Rick Welts, I grabbed a photo with their NBA Championship Trophy.
  • Fortune Global Forum hosted an entertainment event at the Legion of Honor. I directed in the Touring Video truck for World Stage as Fortune Editor Allen Murray interviewed Google's Larry Page (Also on the Sample Projects page).  The event opened with a wonderful performance written by Grammy winner (and former Weather Report drummer) Peter Erskine. Cellist Tina Guo and an ensemble of 14 percussionists created the global sound.

And Finally...

The last project of the year was the InVision production for Cisco's Internet of Things World Forum in Dubai, UAE. Held at the World Trade Center near downtown, the three day forum showcases the opportunities made possible by those Internet of Things. Dubai seems to be Las Vegas on steroids - huge amount of construction in the business and residential sectors. Most of the population are expatriates; our crew was a combination of Indian, Brits and Arabs who all did an outstanding job. 
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Thanks to all my colleagues and clients for your support.
Wishing you all the best in 2016!  

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