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Michael Miceli takes us ‘In The Studio’ following a recent Miceli Productions HD photo shoot for a video promotion of Connecticut science fiction writer Matthew Plourde‘s new novel EDEN. See model Michelle France-Slimak turn into fallen angel Erzulie before your eyes.
To view the finished video promo: Collaboration Update: Matthew Plourde’s EDEN.
Digital Photographer and Effects: Michael Miceli
Make-up Artist: Bonnie Plourde
Model: Michelle France-Slimak
Visual Artist: Axel TorveniusRead More
“Miceli Productions loves to film dance. We’ve captured Bessie-Award winning dance theatre piece Fräulein Mariafrom NY choreographer Doug Elkins, the brilliant Hartford-based choreographer Deborah Goffe and her company Scapegoat Garden (see video excerpt above) and, of course, a legion of university and studio dance productions. We love them all, in their wonderful diversity of movement. Many of our clients come to us specifically because they’ve had bad experiences with previous production companies filming live dance.” – Jennifer Blessing Miceli
CHALLENGES TO SHOOTING LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCES
“The number one concern we hear from clients is that the dancers might feel too far away. Emotions and expressions are so important to the captured choreography – but you still need to get the sense of group choreography. We balance close-up shots for faces and intentions while remaining true to the larger picture being created.
“Inexperienced cinematographers often have issues when they film theatrical lighting. Using the proper settings and equipment is key to filming quality dance footage. Video projections are often used requiring specific awareness of camera settings; advanced experience adjusting to live stage lighting makes all the difference.”
“We have a long history of filming footage for theater and dance. Our experience allows us to be nimble, filming on the fly, always ready for movement footage and improvised, live action. We’ve tailored our knowledge and expertise for these incredibly specific situations.”
“If you take audio just from the sound board, you don’t get a feeling of the room (laughter, applause, sound of foot falls, breath). If you take audio just from the cameras at the back of the house, you often get a distant or echoing quality. We use a professional mix that gives you the closest experience to actually being in the audience at the live performance.”
“Video editing choices can either support or distract from the art of dance. An artistic editor can support a performance artist without the viewer’s even knowing it. Seamless, fluid transitions with a sense of momentum and musicality are key choices. As an artist myself, I move with the performers during camera moves – when they sweep the stage, I partner with my camera in that sweep. When they jump into the air, I provide space around that movement to feel its expansiveness.” – Jennifer Blessing Miceli
Besides capturing high quality dance production footage, Miceli Productions makes purchasing performance DVDs simple. Studios who have booked Miceli Productions HD are provided with a link to Miceli Productions’ site where dancers’ family and friends can purchase DVDs online using Google’s secure check out service.
Want a referral? Ask around! We have great relationships as media vendors with Hartt Community Dance Division (Hartford), Hartford Stage’s Breakdancing Shakespeare (Hartford), Trinity College Austin Arts Center (Hartford), The Cobb School (Simsbury), Figments Youth Dance Ensemble (Hartford) and others.
What does it take to shoot dance? Miceli Productions captures dance and theater performances, archives shows and takes the headache out of producing performance DVDs. Call us today 203.936.7761.
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Winterberry Gardens in Southington, CT hired Miceli Productions HD to produce 3 web videos highlighting their custom landscaping design, irrigation, and lighting services. The video web commercials are currently playing in rotation on Channel 3 WFSB.com.Read More
FlipVideo cameras premiered in September 2007 and quickly sold millions of “the world’s smallest camcorders.” Finally it was affordable and pain free to capture short video clips and get them live online quickly (no cables, no special software, no adapters, fits in your pocket). Who wouldn’t flip over that?
And with the Flip MinoHD and the newly released SlideHD, the image quality has moved up a notch into the High Definition playground. Awesome right? Well, it depends.
What are you using the footage to market?
If you’re a business owner working hard to increase the perceived value of your products and services, your FlipVideo footage could be received as “Flippant.”
Low quality audio and difficulty getting steady shots using a small device often equals subpar footage. Or worse, it completely distracts your viewers from your message or content.
Consumers are on a growing diet of ever increasing high quality online video. Sure FlipVideo is easy, cheap and quick. No doubt. But is “easy,” “cheap” and “quick” the message you want to send?
Don’t get us wrong – there are many smart and creative uses for FlipVideo footage. For non-profits, this technology has been a godsend. For organizations wanting to put non-critical video capture into the hands of those less experienced, it may be a good choice. For business owners engaging in online marketing, it is best to carefully consider the technologies and experience needed when the messaging demands high quality.
REASONS TO FLIP
AVOIDING FLIPPANT FOOTAGE
The take away message here? No one tool is the only solution for video or online marketing. Determining the right tool will always depend on what you are capturing and the context of the media online. Don’t do it just because it’s easy and accessible! How will you stand out from your competition that way? Miceli Productions is creative and savvy and will help you think through solutions for your unique online marketing needs. Call 203.936.7761 today for your free web video consultation.Read More
Well… almost. Keep your eyes open for the Miceli Productions HD TV commercial spot for Hartford Stage’s Broadway Legends broadcasting this Sunday during the 2010 TONY AWARDS (black tie attire optional). Can you name the Broadway shows/tunes sampled in the audio?
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Southington CT’s annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life takes place June 11th 2010. The entire Miceli Productions Relay For Life documentary film team (assistant editor Kasey Cocivera, composer DBR/Daniel Bernard Roumain, and producers Michael and Jennifer Miceli) have been touched by cancer survivors close to them.
Ways to support Southington Relay For Life:
NEW! PURCHASE documentary film Stories of Hope produced and donated by Miceli Productions. All proceeds from sales of this DVD go to support the Southington CT Relay for Life (available on-site June 11th).
To view film excerpts CLICK HERERead More
As audio supervisor at Hartford Stage Company, Michael Miceli interfaces with guest designers for productions (occasionally designing himself) and oversees all audio and video system repairs and upgrades. With the $11 million renovation of Hartford Stage breaking ground (May 26, 2010) Michael breaks down what the renovation means for the future of audio and video at HSC.
Out with Analog: In with Digital
“We are replacing legacy analog cabling with all new digital (CAT 5 and 6) cabling. All audio and video will be digitally distributed throughout the entire venue by plugging into a central system.”
All speakers upgraded to Meyer Sound Lab self-powered systems
“These guys make speakers that are highly efficient, spread the heat load and are extremely reliable. Meyer is top-grade for theatrical sound.”
New Yamaha PM5D Sound Console
“This is the heart of the new digital system – processing and distribution will be more streamlined with much higher capacity. Capacity comes into play with major musical productions such as HSC’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch rock opera and ELLA.”
New Lectrosonics Wireless Microphone Systems
“The new system includes SMQV transmitters, DPA lavs, and Venue receivers. All of which are high end, robust, water-resistant, and known in the movie industry as the leader for wireless audio.”
Reduced cabling throughout the theatre, enhanced patching ability, and ease of continued upgrades
“This is where the renovation investment continues to pay off down the road. Patching systems will be more reliable and easier to implement. With the new digital infrastructure future upgrades will be seamless.”
Interference Rejection System Upgrade
“Digital systems keep audio pure. Radio Frequency (RF) noise in the air is ‘rejected’ to keep the sound coming to and from stage clear.”
Expanded ALS (Assisted Listening Systems)
“This greatly increases Hartford Stage’s ability to service communities with different audio needs including hearing and visually impaired audience members, as well as offering real time translation. Up to 100 simultaneous users can have their audio amplified through T-Coil hearing aids or headphones provided by the theatre.”
Pre-renovation upgraded gear will be repurposed
Challenge of the renovation project: “We wanted this renovation to be as ‘future proof’ as possible by embracing the latest in digital and wireless technologies. Education and research for all team members was a big part of the process. With the new system, designers will have an even broader tool set to pull from for new productions. We’ll be taking a great room to an even higher level of audio excellence.” – Michael MiceliRead More
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