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Corporate Productions Ramp Up pt.1

Jim

It's the economy stupid!  The famous phrase  James Carville coined as a strategy of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign still rings true today. As the economy has picked up, so have the meetings - and the productions - that fuel the live-event production community. The tightening of the corporate belt seems a distant hiccup as tech giants Google, Cisco, Citrix, Oracle, Adobe and Apple have ramped up  productions the last couple of years.

My last post was almost a year ago, so as I have a couple of hours before I finish up a job in Anaheim tonight (concert with Maroon 5), it's about time to recap the last 350 days...

Summer 2012 projects included the Google I/O developer's conference - where sky divers jumped from a blimp onto Moscone Center in the most amazing demo I've ever been a part of. Including the five "Glass" cameras on the sky divers, we had around 20 cameras covering the demo.

Summer continued: SAP event in Palo Alto for Atlantic TV; Cisco in San Diego for Creative Technologies and Seagate in the South Bay with Kenwood.

Cisco's Globals Sales Conference was held at their San Jose campus. Actually it was also held in Singapore, England, India and the Middle East. Produced by TenCue and directed from the Cisco Studios, we went live with each of these locations in a synchronized opening.

Optimal Life Shoot
Optimal Life Shoot

I directed a Fitness video shoot for Optimal Life (at right). In addition to the my usual crew, I had the pleasure of hiring my nephew Jon as the b-roll camera op.

In Long Beach for HGP productions (where I was introduced to the Beachwood Brewing & BBQ restaurant). Amazing burgers - and beer!

Fall saw productions for George P. Johnson & Intel; Adobe shows for Carlstrom Productions & The Kenwood Group; and the largest conference in SF: Oracle Open World, produced by InVision Communications; video production provided by World Stage (formerly Video Applications).

A week later it was off to Barcelona for the second time in two years and the Citrix Summit & Synergy shows. A successful production, a great City and a great crew.  Seen here at Tapeo, our favorite downtown tapas bar.

Tapeo Restaurant, Barcelona
Tapeo Restaurant, Barcelona

October through December productions included the Safeway Foundation's fundraiser on Treasure Island for World Stage; Autodesk University in Las Vegas for TenCue and Adobe in San Jose for Carlstrom Productions.

Many moons ago - right out of college - I worked for the legendary San Francisco radio station KSAN. KSAN produced hundreds of live shows over its 12 year life and I had the opportunity to work on the Live Jive recording crew for four years.Through social networks, I've stayed connected to the former staff and three years ago started a collaboration with Kenny Wardell to produce Live Jive  a collection of live shows from 1968-1974.  Santana, The Dead & Jefferson Airplane are among the 10 tracks. Original  station ID's and new tracks from former DJ's are interspersed between the tracks. Released last fall, Live Jive proceeds benefit the Haight Asbury Medical Clinic. 

Live Jive

Live Jive

Well, shows starting in a couple of hours; that was only 120 days -  Think I'll get to the start of 2013 in the next edition.

Cheers,

Jim

2012 Highlights

Jim

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. Charles Baudelaire That's a bit more descriptive than time flies - which it does - and is why I'm writing my 1st blog of the year in September!  More often than not, I get pleasure from my work - or at least, it's rewarding - read on....

Early in the year, I had shows with Google - at their Mt. View headquarters and in SF with Group X; Adobe with Carlstrom Productions & the bi-annual Seagate Employee meeting produced by The Kenwood Group.

Sadly, I lost an old friend in early 2012 - Terry Dolan, a Marin County singer/song-writer. Terry introduced me to the Cipollina family and that led to theElectric Guitarslinger documentary I co-directed with Jesse Block. A labor of love and a real pleasure to complete. The story of  John Cipollina, his music and family played at the 1991 Mill Valley Film Festival. Jesse completed Recoil, a 3 DVD set - which includes the original doc - in 2011.

Aruba Crew
Aruba Crew

February brought a pleasurable production as I directed a BYOD video for Aruba Networks, produced by Elastic Creative. A television production setup - multi-cam switched live to tape; with Sony EX3's and Kino Flo lighting. It's all about BYOD these days - Bring Your Own Device: PC, tablet or mobile and access whatever information you need on any device

Mayor Ed Lee Jim Parsons Tech Fellow Awards
Mayor Ed Lee Jim Parsons Tech Fellow Awards

After a  show in Seattle for Creative Technology on Goalen Group Media's production for Boeing, it was back to SF for the Tech Fellow Awards - for Cue1Go. The TechFellow Awards honor innovators in the field of technology with $100,000 awards to build and invest in the next generation of startups. Host was Jim Parsons, star of  The Big Bang Theory

Walmart Meeting in Orlando

Walmart Meeting in Orlando

March and I'm in Orlando for the Walmart Managers meeting - with a nasty cold as I remember - so no pleasure here. (Although it was a great looking show created by TBA Global & Creative Technology). Notice the curved LED "ribbons" at the top.

Then it's off to New York City for two shows in 3 weeks. The Safilo eyeware fashion show and the New York Auto show. Two weeks later I'm down in San Diego for the Cisco Partner Summit for InVision Communications.  The following week is a Facebook Sales meeting with Audio Visual Techniques. Then back to LA for the Milken Global Conference.  Mark Zuckerberg, George Lucas and President Bill Clinton, all in two weeks! Why not add Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, because the day after I get back from LA, it's a Zynga show at the Warfield Theater in SF.

A variety of presenters on my mulit-viewers

A variety of presenters on my mulit-viewers

One day off then the Citrix Synergy show at Moscone Center produced by Aimia.  A couple of weeks back home then off to Northwest Arkansas for the Walmart Shareholders meeting, celebrating their 50th anniversary. As usual, many hours of rehearsals  production & show with a myriad of superstar acts and hosts: Mike Rowe, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Juanes, the Zac Brown Band and Celine Dion.

WALMART SHAREHOLDERS Meeting 2012

WALMART SHAREHOLDERS Meeting 2012

And now the most pleasurable production of the year - and it was pro bono!

In April 2011, the ownership team of what would become the San Rafael Pacifics made a presentation to a neighborhood organization who's board I sit on. As soon as I heard the possibility of pro ball coming to my home town my first thoughts were we have to do live broadcasts.  14 months and many hours of pre-production later, the dream became a reality. June 4th, a group of video & broadcast professionals volunteered their time and equipment to pull off a broadcast of the home opener at Albert Field. A crew of over 25 plus announcers Bruce MacGowan and Rich Walcoff braved early morning rain and were ready to go for the 6:30 pm opening ceremonies.

In the TV Truck for San Rafael Pacific's Home Opener

In the TV Truck for San Rafael Pacific's Home Opener

Remote cam operator Danny Zemenick & PA Lindy Brown during the broadcast

Remote cam operator Danny Zemenick & PA Lindy Brown during the broadcast

Alyssa Programs Chyron CG

Alyssa Programs Chyron CG

Pacifics Broadcast
Pacifics Broadcast

Many thanks go to Cael Hazard, Kaelan Baraty and Lindy Brown with Mag Image Video; Bill Heiden & Steve Krause with Bay Area Mobile Productions; Fred Runner, Doug Hunt, Ray Gilberti, Andy Neddermeyer, Alyssa Draper, Jim Dunn, Danny Zemenek, Tom McAfee and Ryan Hamilton. Marin TV carried the broadcast - produced by Michael Eisenmenger and Jake Nicol. You can watch a highlight of the telecast - click picture at right. We hope to do more broadcasts in 2013 - if you want to be a sponsor, give me a call!

Stay tuned for the 2nd half of the year. Barcelona reprise and more!