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The buzz surrounding a trade show is one of the many factors that make it considered a success. It’s that sense one is left with following the event, helping lead to greater future attendance, exhibitor re-sign, and perceived image in the space.

IDG World Expo has been producing Macworld for years. This year, a new focus and a new name had IDG World Expo turning to D2 with a challenging project to help generate that buzz.

The concept: to produce, shoot and edit a promotional video each day of the event from show site at Moscone in San Francisco, concept to completion, and push the video as a tickler to the attendee base that had registered for the event but had yet to be “verified” (show up) – THAT DAY.

D2’s Damon Movitz, Mike Hennessey and Alex Enman traveled to San Franciso with one of our Sony PMW-EX3 high-definition camera packages, a couple of DSLRs (Canon 60D and Canon t2i), and a powerful, portable, Premiere Pro editing system.

Arriving from Boston on Wednesday, the crew had only enough time to drop bags at the hotel and rush over to the historic Warfield Theater for Macworld’s opening night Modest Mouse concert (well, after stopping at Damon’s favorite San Francisco noodle joint but that’s a story for another blog). Making sure to capture that excitement would only add to the “what did I miss?” story.

Thursday was opening day at Moscone and the crew captured every bit of excitement from the event – from the show floor opening rush and the exhibitor-sponsored trampoline act to the attendee-packed booths and the performance artists working the floor – not to mention all of off-the-floor activity… the Midway – art exhibits, film screenings, drum circles, South Park gallery, iPad sketch station and presentations including Hank Shocklee, moe. and Commander Rykker from Star Trek.  And, almost as quickly as the images were captured, they were ingested into the MacBook Pro-based edit suite and a commercial was born. By 6PM on Thursday, only seven hours after the show floor first opened, the fully-HD “Thursday” video was uploaded to YouTube and the link was blasted to the attendee list:

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Friday’s repeat performance was just as important to help increase floor traffic on Saturday, the show’s last day. A second video was produced, shot and edited including Thursday night’s performance by Beats Antique and, at 5PM Friday, another email blast went out, this time with “So Far”:

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D2’s long history with trade shows only served to help capture hours of additional footage that is now being used to create promotional videos for the 2013 event allowing for a 10 month sales cycle – targeted attendee and exhibitor marketing, sponsorship opportunity pieces and overall event promotion. The money that was spent on on-site promotion doesn’t have to be re-spent to deliver a different message.

Our thanks to IDG World Expo, Macworld, iWorld and especially Nina Carrara and Linsy Miller for entrusting D2 with their “baby”.

 

Genesis Featured on SportsVideoGroup.org

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D2 Productions’ General Partner, Dave Walzer, was recently interviewed for a write up on SportsVideoGroup.org to discuss our new mobile HD production unit, Genesis.

“We feel there is this middle market that is underserved. They can certainly web stream but if they are looking to do something that is suitable for broadcast, I think this truck will allow them to do that at a price point that has never really been possible for them before. We are enabling the market for smaller schools to enter the broadcast world…

There’s this movement to get every sporting event played online and each game doesn’t have to be a huge $40,000 production, but they do want it to look professional with replay and graphics. I think the equipment that we are putting into the truck enables that to happen for the first time…

A lot of the stuff in the truck is we are taking stock items and we’re either customizing them or augmenting them to optimize them for broadcast.  So with EX-3s we’re taking the stock camera but taking off the stock lens and putting on true sports lenses and longer lenses. We are customizing rear controls, view finders, the whole thing in order to make them user friendly for the sports world…

We’ve been doing sports television for twenty years, so we know what it takes and what a professional sports crew is accustomed to so we know to surround the infrastructure with the environment we know a pro crew is comfortable in.”

For the full write up, visit: Sports Video Group

D2’s Director of Photography, Mike Hennessey, presents “Interview Lighting 101”

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On February 22nd, D2’s very own Mike Hennessey presented a workshop entitled Interview Lighting 101 as part of Rule Boston Camera‘s Learning Lab Series.  In this presentation, Mike covers hard/soft light and color temp, the pros and cons of current lighting and grip equipment, quality of light, power consumption, heat, versatility of instruments, plus tools on how to shape light with flags and black wrap.  Additionally, Mike takes a very detailed look at three point lighting – proper placement of key, fill, and back lights and customizing them for different subjects based on their coloring and hair style. Mike delves into lighting with popular backgrounds (black, white, grey, green screen, muslin) and how best to choose and light a background in an existing space.

Due to high demand, an overflow room needed to be setup to accommodate everyone.

Due to high demand, an overflow room needed to be setup to accommodate everyone. 

 

Mike, surrounded by gear, goes over a variety of different grip options.

Mike, surrounded by gear, goes over a variety of different grip options.

 

Check out the full presentation here:

 

D2 Announces New HD Mobile Production Unit

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BIG NEWS!! D2 Productions is very excited to announce our new HD MOBILE PRODUCTION UNIT! The 24′ unit will include state-of-the-art features like:

– Newtek Tricaster 850 Extreme switcher
– Newtek NEW 3Play 425 replay system
– Sony EX-3 cameras w/ Telecast Copperhead fiber chains
– Soundcraft 32-channel board w/ full sports broadcast audio complement
– full broadcast graphics

Designed for small live sports production, this powerful production unit will also be great for live concerts, corporate webcasts, and many other applications. Launching March 2012. Check back here for updates during the construction process!