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Gamebreak Visits RIT

It’s time for Rudicon, everybody!

What? You don’t know what Rudicon is? Well, truthfully, neither did we until signing on to this project; but Gamebreak’s Andy Wheeland knew all the ins and outs of this gaming convention held annually on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus.

For members of the Rochester Wargamers Association and Guild (RWAG), admission to the three-day event is totally free. For those of us who aren’t quite as . . . ahem . . . nerdy . . . the entire event is a mere $5. (Just kidding, Andy. You and your friends are great . . .)

Rudicon will be the high-energy setting of an upcoming episode of Gamebreak, but stay tuned for other cool locations as well!

KF Screens at Father’s House to Rave Reviews

The Father’s House is a progressive mega-church in Chili, NY that draws a huge youth population because of its passionate worship, relevant teaching, and numerous opportunities for fellowship.

King’s Faith recently screened there to a packed auditorium/sanctuary of teens and TFH church-goers. The response was overwhelming, but honestly . . . we’re not surprised. Everywhere this film has gone, young men and women moved by its story and singing its praises have followed.

Here is a video of some of the comments we recorded after the screening:

Collichio Video Music Lessons

We were a part of a shoot for an interesting project this last Monday. George Collichio from the already successful Collichio School of Music is in the process of starting an online school of guitar education. While he hopes to expand the lessons to include piano, drums, voice and more (instruction his on-site school already includes,) he and his business partner are starting small in this particular endeavor.

When Collichio’s partner wasn’t blown away by the first video filmed for the instructional video series, we were asked to try filming Lesson 1 over again as a proof of concept. With the addition of some high-quality sound equipment, professional lighting, two cameras to enable close-ups and cutaways, and a few helpful graphics, the business-savvy partner is very impressed (as is Mr. Collichio.)

Hopefully the two will decide to work with us for the production of the rest of the series (possibly as many as ninety videos in all!)

We think it’s important to mention that we did not charge Collichio School of Music for this concept video even though editing it took many hours of intern Jessica’s time. We believe that by having the integrity to provide a proof of concept for free, we build customer rapport and make it more likely for the client to choose us when it is time to contract the rest of the video series. In other words, we are forfeiting immediate monetary compensation in hopes of securing a long-term business relationship.

“Demand” King’s Faith!

This is the ad that Envision filmed for director Nick Dibella in an effort to promote King’s Faith, the faith-based film scheduled for theatrical release on April 26th, 2013.

You may or may not know that we filmed and edited many of the behind-the-scenes extras for the DVD release of the film two summers ago when the movie was in production here in Rochester, NY. The two young people in this promo were regular extras during filming, and EP intern Jessica Thurston spent a lot of time with them as the background PA on the King’s Faith set.

The idea is that audience members eager to view the upcoming film will recruit friends and family to click the link on the KF site and “demand” that the film be shown theatrically in their hometown. I believe the film is up to about six cities where it will be released on April 26th!

UPDATE 4/12: 4,500 demands and going strong!

UPDATE 5/7: King’s Faith is now onscreen in 16 cities and counting!

iPUSH at NTID

On Friday, December 14, 2012 PUSH Physical Theatre along with a group of NTID (National Technical Institute of the Deaf) theatre students debuted two works in progress at RIT’s Panara Theater. In addition to some audience favorites such as “Waterfall” and “Web,” the one-night-only event showcased two new pieces–“Red Ball” and “Giovanni”–from a new project called PUSHinterPLAY of Art, Culture and Technology. PUSH began work for this show back in October with help from not only NTID students but also Marla Schweppe, a professor of 3D digital design from RIT. The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation supported the show by providing a $28,030 grant for PUSH’s show as part of a program that seeks to integrate arts & culture with contemporary technology.

In the case of “Red Ball,” the cast has integrated the use of iPads featuring a variety of interactive animations into a whimsical story about a troupe of bumbling, bickering characters and their escapades with a simple red ball. This piece is thrilling because, for much of the show, the ball only seems to exist on the screens of the iPads. It is pantomimed and invisible in the hands of the characters–until it materializes suddenly to the audience’s delight.

“Giovanni,” a touching story inspired by Tomie dePaola’s children’s book The Clown of God, uses projections on both hanging scrims and actors’ bodies to recount the life of an orphaned boy who rises to fame as a juggler. The adult actor depicting Giovanni is made to look like a small child by casting a tiny, concentrated shadow onto a scrim beside the massive, shadowy image of the actor portraying his father. The piece ends with the breathtaking effect of slow-motion juggling as Giovanni, now an old man whose fame has faded, performs with all of his heart for a statue of Mary and the Christ child on Christmas Eve–until his heart gives out.

While we were unable to attend the moving December performance (which was incredibly well-received from what we hear) we had the opportunity to view many highlights from PUSHinterPLAY at a pickup shoot yesterday. Darren and Heather wanted a promo put together specifically for the purpose of pitching the show to clients who might like to book the new show. This was Envision Production intern Jessica Thurston’s first day on set with us! She kept track of shots through day of multiple takes with the PUSH cast.

The reel probably won’t be posted on the blog since it “gives away” a lot of the best parts of the new show, but I hope this post gets you interested enough to check out a PUSH performance in the future!

“Messy” Project

As if Christmastime isn’t a hectic enough time of year without taking on additional responsibilities, we at Envision decided to work with a friend to put together a video on the topic of the message of Christmas–one that wasn’t commissioned by any client.

On the one hand, we don’t know what we were thinking. On the other, we think it turned out well!

We’re sharing this video on the blog to demonstrate that freelance artists shouldn’t shy away from working on unpaid, un-commissioned projects. Even if these works don’t result in monetary compensation, they can be added to your portfolio and used to create rapport among community members who might pay you for your services in the future!

Our schedule is a little messy right now, but we took the time to make this video entitled “Messy” to encourage everyone to just slow down, sit back, and remember the reason for the season.

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