This is a group for video professionals working in, with, and for government; where we can share tips, ask questions, show our work, and discuss the joys and the trials of producing videos for government.
Getting To Know You...
November 6, 2010 at 12:14 am #114244
Okay, everybody, it seems like a nice way to get started here would be to introduce ourselves. So, please reply here and tell the group who you are and what you do. And, heck, since we're all here for video production, let's all share a favorite movie or filmmaker, too.
November 6, 2010 at 12:27 am #114286
I'll start us off! I work for the Division of Human Resource Development in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs. I make recordings of courses, create training videos, and work with the rest of the Distance Learning Team to research and implement new media into our training programs. I am also currently attending Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts and will have my Digital Filmmaking Certificate in September 2011. I started acting as a kid and realized a few years ago that I want to make my own movies. I've done a couple of short films and a web series and am often working on film and theatre projects when I'm not at work or school.
One of my favorite filmmakers is David Cronenberg. Naked Lunch, Videodrome, Scanners, and Dead Ringers are some of my all-time favorite movies. I just love that weird, creepy vibe!
November 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm #114284
Thanks for starting this group Tara! I'm sure it will be a source of some great resources and inspiration.
I currently work for a small, woman-owned, HUBZone, strategic communications firm in Fredericksburg, VA named CorpComm, Inc. Just about all of our clients are in the Federal government, mostly within the Department of Defense. Video is an area that is growing for us and we have several talented video editing/designers on board. Although I'm typically more involved with writing or concept development, I want to be as knowledgeable as possible about the production process. I'm also intrigued at the surge in impromptu video sharing with the rise of YouTube.
I'm a fan of Spielberg and James Cameron. One of my favorite movies though is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original). I love horror films too.
November 7, 2010 at 2:57 am #114282
Oh! I LOVE the original Willy Wonka movie! (I really didn't like what they did with the new one.) I'm a horror fan, too! In fact, it's probably my favorite genre to work in because of all the fun effects and fight work you get to do!
November 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm #114280
Tara thanks for starting this group.
I own and operate a full-service video production company in Silver Spring, MD called RaffertyWeiss Media (raffertyweiss.com). Our company writes, produces, directs and edits a wide variety of videos, flash, animation, tv spots and public service announcements (PSAs). We have recently produced (4) PSAs for several federal agencies (HHS, NIH and DOL) that are currently running nationally. We also produce a lot of non-broadcast video for training, outreach and informational purposes for the federal government (SAMSHA, NIDA and DOL).
If you would like to see our broadcast work click here -- http://raffertyweiss.com/spots/spots1.html
Our non-broadcast work can be found here -- http://raffertyweiss.com/long/long1.html
I would love the opportunity to meet other federal government producers and creatives out there.
Looking forward to sharing production work and experiences.
Oh yeah, favorite movies -- that is a tough one. I have so many. Here are a few that come to mind --
Sports genre -- Remember The Titans, Hoosiers, Miracle on Ice, Raging Bull, etc.
Comedies -- Wedding Crashers, Cocoon, Kicking and Screaming (when watching with my kids.:))
Drama -- Silence of the Lambs, Gladiator, Indiana Jones (series), The Departed, A Bronx Tale, Goodfellas
Favorite filmmaker -- Martin Scorsese along with Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg
November 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm #114278
I'm Neil Rubenstein at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. I have a staff of 17 talented individuals supporting a wide variety of production, A-V, animation, digital still photography and A-V design, installation and integration tasks. I manage 2 large auditoriums and 11 general purpose conference rooms equipped with VTC. We run the entire spectrum of communication here. Our clients include both internal and external sponsors such as NASA and the DoD.
I have been in the production business for almost 30 years, and in the Baltimore-Washington region since 1984. In a past life I was a business partner in RW Communications, Inc., a full service film, video and multimedia production company in Baltimore. We had the honor of producing the first commercial full motion CD-ROM in the US in 1992. It was on the Phillips CD-I platform.
I'm a throwback to the old days I suppose. My favorite filmmaker is Orson Welles. For comedy I tend to like Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's material.
November 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm #114276
So I guess I'm not really in this field anymore but I now work for GovLoop but previously worked in television news so I know a little bit about video production. I also still like to mess around with editing random shots and footage I get.
November 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm #114274
I've worked in the government video production field since 1987. I started as a military combat documentation specialist and stayed with the Army as a civilian after leaving the service in 1991. I've worked in pretty much all phases of video production and moved into management in 1997. I am currently with the DoD Defense Imagery Management Operations Center in sunny Riverside, CA, where I am responsible for managing the massive media holdings for the DoD. We provide cleared and released still images, video, audio, etc. to federal agencies and to civilian organizations. Much of our holdings will eventually be offered to the National Archives for historic preservation. Check out our website for more info - http://www.defenseimagery.mil
November 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm #114272
Greetings fellow video professionals, and thanks for the invite Tara!
I work for Frederick County Government's video services department as a producer. We do live council meetings, training & public education videos, promotional pieces, and a few topical monthly or weekly shows. I'm lead producer for our monthly Parks and Recreation show as well as whatever other projects I can get my hands on. I also lead support for our Granicus web-streaming service among various other things.
I love to laugh, and the Farrelly Brothers always make comedies that fit my sense of humor like There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber. But, if you want great story telling, Rob Reiner made some of the best. Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally, and my #1 favorite movie of all time, the Princess Bride.
November 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm #114270
"No more rhymes now, I mean it!"
November 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm #114268
"Anybody want a Peanut?"
November 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm #114266
Hey all! I work for a company that (in part) helps local governments put their public meetings on video and online. You might recognize our Twitter handle (@VideoMinutes) from #opengov and #gov20. We have several clients in the Mid-Atlantic area and we're based in Lancaster, PA. And yeah, that might seem ironic... an I.T. company in Amish Country. But hey, if Lancaster County puts their meetings on video and online, that leaves little excuse for other places!
One of my favorite TV shows of all-time is The Dick Van Dyke Show!
November 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm #114264
Hi everyone. I manage a production team here in the UK for HM Revenue and Customs, the UK's tax authority. Our role covers pretty much everything from filming and editing quick turnround jobs such as conferences and seminars, senior management pieces to camera etc for wider dissemination, right through to drama and presenter led pieces aimed at internal staff for training or communications purposes; or at external audiences for public education and assistance.
The team basically consists of 6 producer/directors and 2 production assistants (one of whom is also our graphics and still photography resource), but we're all multi-skilled so we also act as crew to fulfil the technical roles for each other. Equipment-wise, we have a studio with gallery, dedicated sound booth, plus a range of location kit and four FCP edit suites. Filming is carried out using a combination of DVCAM and XDCAM kit depending on the needs of the job, but we currently output everything in SD - our internal customers wouldn't be able to benefit from HD products anyway!
Outside the job I also freelance as a radio presenter (so I end up doing a fair number of voice overs in the job as well - I don't cost anything!)
As far as movies are concerned, that's a difficult one as I've got fairly wide tastes. I like Ron Howard's work, some of Spike Jonze's material is really great (especially the music promos!); and I have to admit for having a nostalgic fondness for Gerry Anderson's work (Thunderbirds and so on)!!
Anyway, nice to join a group of like minded people!
November 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm #114262
Hi Stephen! What do you use to do your editing?
November 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm #114260
Oh man, I used to spend countless hours watching Nick at Night when I was a kid!
November 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm #114258
I mean I've used imovie for easy stuff and when I used to work in News we used Velocity but now mostly i just keep it in Final Cut Suite
November 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm #114256
I learned on Adobe Premiere and now use Final Cut Studio. But, I hear Sony Vegas is great for people who just want something simple to use at home.
February 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm #114254
Big Picture IncParticipant
I work for Big Picture, Inc. in Springfield, VA as a social media specialist. I also assist our video producers on site and with post-production editing. I'm currently learning the tools of the trade, but I've always been interested in screenwriting, acting, and film. I am a former speech & debate champion, and I'm always up for helping fellow forensicators.
Nick Park, Peter Jackson, and Julie Taymor are a few names that come to mind, but I enjoy many films by a range of artists. Although, I wont sleep after watching a good horror movie until I've also watched a good comedy show (SpongeBob Squarepants has saved me from many nightmares)!
March 4, 2011 at 1:52 am #114252
Aaron Matthew PritchettParticipant
Hello all, first thanks to Stephen Peteritas for inviting me to this group and for helping me get started on Govloop- I have been in the TV business for 17 years spending most of my time on the Broadcast side for about 12 of those years first starting off at WVIR-TV NBC 29 in Charlottesville Virginia as a Videographer and then made the move to Norfolk, Virginia at CBS WTKR-TV News Channel 3 where I served as a Photojournalist/On-Line Editor/One Man Band- covering everything from Military Deployments, Homecomings, OPSAIL 2000, Hurricanes galore- BONNIE, ISABEL, FLOYD most notably, fires, shootings and the list goes on . . . but as you know the local news route as indeed run its course and has gone way beyond than just delivering the news and to be honest I got tired of hyping the news and being pretty much a camera monkey! So in 2005 I made the jump to the Government side of things taking my valuable experience behind the lens of the camera and mixing it with all the experience I gained from watching veteran journalist in front of the camera to become a Senior Video Production Specialist for Newport News Television- our city government TV station here in the City of Newport News, Virginia! I pretty much am finally utilizing my Communications Degree from James Madison University to the fullest- producing, writing, editing, creating story ideas, anchoring, shooting, editing, etc. and in doing so I am the executive producer of our award winning monthly magazine show entitled Newport News in Review which covers all the positive things, initiatives going on in the City of Newport News! This job is a passion, a dream come true and I truly love letting the stories take on a life of their own and being able to make a difference in the community thanks to the numerous city departments, agencies and valuable people that make our city so special! If you would like to check the show out or get a taste of our channel check out the following links-
Look forward to getting to know you and please feel free to ask any questions!
Aaron M. Pritchett
March 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm #114250
Hey Aaron! Thanks for joining us. Your news show looks great!
March 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm #114248
Aaron Matthew PritchettParticipant
Hey Tara- Thanks for the welcome and thanks for taking a look at the show!
March 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm #114246
I manage a four-person production unit for the Cayman Islands Government/Government Information Services. We produce a weekly news-magazine called GIS Spotlight which airs locally on television and radio. All the stories are also posted on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CIGovtInfoServices. In addition, we cover special events, produce press conferences (some of which are broadcast live) as well as a variety of short- and long-form products for clients. Our organization is also integral to the islands' emergency communications, primarily during hurricane season.
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