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Highlights of Jim Draper's productions and projects.

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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2014 Jim Draper Video Production Highlights

Jim Draper

The Leviathan cruises through the CES audience

Seems like most years start out either in Las Vegas or Detroit. This year it was Vegas, directing for World Stage and Pedersen Media on Intel's Keynote at CES. One of the demos had a whale swimming in the audience! 

Multi-viewer screen shows how many ways you can shoot a camel!

East to Orlando and the Citrix Summit. Directing for Bellwether, the animal theme continued, this time we're talking camels. Yes, it was a hump day gag...

You'll notice the occasional pictures of the multi-viewer screen on my posts. These photos give me a reference as to the type of camera angles, staging and lighting we had on the show. (And perhaps to blackmail my producer who'd rather not bee seen with a camel).

Third production of the year was in the Nation's capitol. As there had been no winter in the SF Bay Area it was nice to have snowfall in D.C. Boeing executives met near the National Harbor, highlights included a Keynote by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and by a panel discussion hosted by Gwen Ifill of the PBS News Hour. 

January productions ended with a McAfee employee meeting in San Jose, produced by Pedersen Media Group.

February started with The Kenwood Group and their Production for Seagate. Staged in the former Solyndra building that Seagate purchased, the future R & D facility was introduced to their employees.  Shows for Pederson on Intel's Developer Forum in San Francisco and Creative Technology for Boeing in Seattle rounded out the month.

Hey, remember snow?  Got to ski one day in March (which turned out to be my only ski day that year) with my good friend and colleague Doug Murray.  Left the GoPro at home so this footage is all hand-held Android.

Who needs a Go Pro!?


Safilo Fashion SHow

March projects included productions for Walmart and one of my annual favorites: Sparks' production of the Safilo Eyewear fashion show in Manhattan. Three shows a day, then it's of to Broadway to catch the plays!

Sparks & CT Crew with Host Bobbie Thomas

April brought a couple of new shows. First was the Marketo conference in SF, directing for Creative Technology. Keynote speaker was Hilary Clinton - as yet to declare her candidacy. Here's my view from the director's station:

The following week was the Red Hat Summit, the conference where open source folks get together. Also in SF, directing for Word Stage.


The month ended in Los Angeles with another of my favorite shows, the Milken Global Institute; directing for World Stage. Always a great variety of topics and speakers. Matt Damon was on this panel discussing the global water crisis.

May kicked off with Citrix Synergy at the Anaheim Convention Center. Directing for Bellwether, we had two shows in one. A Citrix TV broadcast bookended the general sessions each day. Had a lot of fun with a crack crew and a little back stage fun on one of the shows:

I seem to be including a lot of videos in this blog - well that seems appropriate doesn't it?!  Here's another multi-viewer look; I'm calling a six-camera shoot with Imagine Dragons...

Right on the heels of Synergy (after doing a load of wash at home), was the Informatica show at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, directing for Pedersen Media Group.   Walk Off The Earth played at the close of the show. Ever see 5 musicians play one guitar? Don't have our show video to show you but the you can watch here:

The Draper Creative Group crew

Second half of may included productions for Google, produced by Group X and the New York Times, staged by Magnetic Image Video.  The NY Times "Health for Tomorrow" event was especially enjoyable as the panels discussed solutions to heath care issues AND my daughter, Alyssa was part of the tech crew!  

June started out with the trek to Northwest Arkansas, directing the Walmart Shareholder's & Associate's meeting for Proscenium.  This show has an amazing cast of talent - especially the Proscenium & CT crew! This year's headliners787 dreamliner included: Harry Connick as host with performances by Pharrell,, Robin Thicke, Florida Georgia Line, Sarah McLachlan & Aloe Blacc. On the way home, I got one more treat (after missing my connecting flight in Houston). Upgraded to business class on the 787 Dreamliner. Stopped by the cockpit on the way into plane, mentioned I do some work for Boeing (see earlier post) and the crew invited me in for a photo op.  

Testing the jump-seat on a Dreamliner

Wrapped up the 1st half of the year with another NY Times show; Adobe for Carlstrom and The Google Developers Conference (I/O) with Group X.

Orlando in July???!!!  It's only hot if you're not in a ballroom.  Directing for CMS Communications and the Stella & Dot Hoopla fashion show.  

Most fashion shows highlight clothing but the stars of this show were the jewelry. That required camera angles able to get close up shots at various spots on the runway.

Two long lenses at the end of the runway, a camera at the end of the "T" (top photo) and a jib tracking the models and getting a medium shot on the other "T" (bottom photo).

Cisco GSX during rehearsals

Keeping with the hot locations theme, one of the productions I directed in August was for TenCue and Cisco in Las Vegas. 15,000 attendees filled the MGM Grand. Amazing staging: Four curved screens - projected on both sides gave all seats in the house a great view of the media.  Shot in the round with 6 cameras.

September saw jobs for CT & Alibaba; Carlstrom & Adobe; InVision & Oracle Open World. 

October was the 2nd year of Cisco's Internet of Things World Forum - this year in Chicago for InVision Communications. Linked-In's event for TenCue and WWMITO with AVT ended the month.

Bellwether, Harris Creative and Carlstrom Production shows ended quite a busy year.