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Video Testimonials for Local Day Care Agency

Envision Productions had a follow up project with Toddler’s Workshop and Railroad Junction day care facility when they went to a new website structure. We produced this introductory web clip for them seen at their website.

While the video was completed a while ago, some unexpected circumstances required us to revisit the project.

 

PUSH Begins Work on ‘Arc of Ages’

This is an exciting time here at Envision. A huge development in the PUSH documentary has become a reality this week. After years of following PUSH Physical Theatre around with cameras running at all times, the production that has long been intended to be the crux of the plot of the documentary is finally in rehearsals!

‘Arc of Ages’ began workshopping this week after casting shortly before that. It is designed to be an epic tale of love, war, friendship, and foes, drawing its storylines almost exclusively from the biblical Old Testament narrative. The main storyline of Envision’s PUSH documentary will focus on the process of producing and performing this show.

Darren, Heather, and the other PUSH company members are busy guiding the show’s new dancers  from a variety of backgrounds in learning PUSH techniques. There’s a lot of miming, core-strength-building exercises, and slow motion sword fights going on right now.

Oooh! We’ve said too much!

Choreography will be starting in about two weeks. We’re just a little excited . . .

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!

How to Shoot a PUSH Physical Theatre Spot

Over the span of a couple rehearsals and 2 days of filming, we shot the footage for the latest PUSH Physical Theatre’s promo called “Best Way to Pack Your Van Ever”. You can watch it here:

Past spots that Envision Productions participated in can be found at http://www.youtube.com/pushtheatre

Enjoy!

Length: 3:34
Date Produced: 2012
Envision Productions role: Videographer
Division this video falls within: Envision Productions

Getting around the new site

Getting around the new site

Welcome to our brand new website! This is a huge improvement on our old one, which was badly outdated. Thanks to Wordfresh for developing the new brand look and website for us.
First, you should know that we are now featuring all three segments of our company under Services… previously, they were separate sections of our site. We are also adding some information on producing podcasts, which is our most recent development. Also, our portfolio area is really fantastic… you will want to check that out and see some samples of our work, including some oldies. Read more →

NYS United Teacher’s Education Conference

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