The summer semester is in full swing now and our interns are progressing very well! We have had each of them out on numerous shoots handling everything from loading the production van, setting up and breaking down of gear, running audio…we even have them prepped with cold water bottles at the ready for our DP, Zoli. (Just kidding! He likes his water room temperature.) They handle every task given extremely well and are a big asset to our crew!

This week’s intern insight is from Andrew. Andrew joins us from SUNY New Paltz. When we first met him he was interested in learning all aspects of video production, but now that he has had a taste of it, his focus is on lunch.

This week’s intern: Andrew Woltman.

“In my time at Ellenbogen Creative Media, I’ve met a wide variety of people from whom I’ve learned an even wider variety of things. From my first shoot at the Regeneron facility, to the latest day of editing projects for the Health Alliance, it’s been a wide range of hands on experience and learning from observation.

Having come from a school which utilizes AVID programs for its editing, the adjustment to Adobe Premiere took a little while to learn, but I felt more natural at using it as time went on. Going on shoots to different locations could be nerve wracking at first, but again time is the remedy.

The team at Ellenbogen has welcomed me with open arms. I feel comfortable enough to ask a question when I don’t understand something, and am given the guidance to solve problems to arise. It’s a small corporation, but it’s a very tightly knit community which interacts well with one another. I’m glad to have chosen Ellenbogen for my internship, and I will look back on my time here fondly.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being an intern with us, contact us at info@ellenbogen.com!

As the sun rose on this beautiful July morning so did the Ellenbogen team. It was time to set forth on a long journey over the river (by way of the Tappan Zee Bridge) and through the woods (all the way down to Irvington, in Westchester County) to capture images of today’s targets. We arrived early and eager, ready to invade the homes of famous author, Washington Irving, and American Revolutionary patriot family, the Van Cortlandt’s.

To the surprise of the team, it was a straight shot from Kingston to Sunnyside with no traffic interruptions. A perfect commute. We arrived at Sunnyside, that’s what Irving calls his estate, ready to take in the sights of America’s first internationally famous author remembered best for penning, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We weren’t afraid of what we might find as we meandered our way through beautiful curved pathways on the property. There were no headless horsemen greeting us…just breathtaking views of the Hudson River and his amazing home covered in flowers as though it sprouted from the ground. A true nature paradise right in Westchester County.

Although we didn’t want to leave, we had another stop on today’s journey: Van Cortlandt Manor. This is the home of one of New York’s most prominent patriot families in the years just after the American Revolution. During their time in the house they dealt with pressing political issues, dealing with Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates over the drafting of the United States Constitution. We could only imagine being a guest in the home as our nation’s most important document was drafted…all while being served delicious meals from one of the largest and best-equipped colonial kitchens of it’s time in America! Van Cortlandt Manor is also home to a collection of furnishings from the colonial and federal periods in their original settings. But the coolest feature the Van Cortlandt’s included on their property is the Ferry House, a rural tavern that offered food, drink, and lodging to travelers!

Today’s Mission: Do not pick flowers off Sunnyside’s exterior, remind Zoltan he cannot harass the historians to sell Sunnyside to him (it’s just not for sale!), carve a pumpkin featuring the faces of our crew and get it in the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor this fall (With over 6,000 Jack O’Lanterns on display…what’s one more!) and finally, build our own Ferry House.

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Ever wonder what it’s like being an intern at Ellenbogen Creative Media? Over the next several weeks we will introduce you to our five summer interns! Hear about what they do on a daily basis, what they learn, what they hope to get out of their experience and maybe even some tips for future interns! Starting off, summer intern number one: Marie Roser.

“Hello! My name is Marie Roser. I am a senior at Mercy College majoring in TV & Radio Production. I just finished four years of NCAA Division 2 college sports, participating on both the Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse team. I am also the managing editor and sports editor on our college newspaper, The Impact News. Currently I am a new intern here at Ellenbogen Creative Media.

Being an intern was a scary thing in and of itself. Especially when you don’t know what exactly to expect. But with everyone being so friendly, it made the transition much easier. Coming into this with an open mind I knew I wanted to learn about things I never really had the chance to experience while in school. Especially with technology that is up to date, unlike what we have at my school.

Now I have been here for about 2 weeks. I would say 3 but I went away on vacation in the very beginning. I have been on one shoot and on set for a couple short shoots here in the studio. I’ve learned a lot about camera work, lighting audio, editing and even live multi-camera events. I’ve had hands on experience with so much already. From the setup of different shoots in the office and even in the studio on the green screen, to being the technical director of a live event for Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation with 3 different camera feeds.

Knowing that I have learned so much already, when looking to the future I know that I expect to learn even more. Since I am the least experienced intern with editing, due to the fact that all the editing classes were during my class time, I hope to learn even more about that. I’ve learned things already but I hope to learn even more and even be able to edit some of my own projects. I also hope to get more experience on camera. Shooting in the TV studio at our school with rehearsed scripts is completely different than shooting live unrehearsed, unscripted and uncontrolled environments. Lastly I hope to gain confidence after leaving here. Confidence in what I am doing, what I have learned and what I have chosen to do with my life career.
It has been a great learning experience so far here with the Ellenbogen team, and I cannot wait to get even more out of it.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being an intern with us, contact us at info@ellenbogen.com!

While filming a commercial for the powerful and efficient MetroVac Air Force Commander, a lightweight and portable pet hair dryer, Ellenbogen Creative Media got to work with some new gear and some very special talent: a slow motion camera and our new furry pawed friend, Prima! Let’s also not forget the very talented human actors on set that day as well, Cathy and Dylan!

Working with any type of animal can be a real hassle, but with the help of expert pet trainers, Ron Watson and Apryl Lea of Pawsitive Vybe, Prima was everything but a prima donna. Prima was on point and had high spirits throughout the entire shoot. She played in the sprinkler, rolled in the mud and especially enjoying being pampered with the Air Force Commander!

Focus Media has been handling the advertising and public relations needs of MetroVac for years and brought Ellenbogen Creative Media into the mix to work on their video productions. Director of Marketing Services for Focus Media, Bridget Clark, directed the shoot. “This is one of many videos we’ve collaborated on and it may well be one of my favorites! We had it all…dogs, kids, hired talent, specialty gear and even menacing clouds! We wanted to highlight the power behind this product and the only way possible is to show it in action. Bring on the dog!”

Metrovac has an incredible line of commercial vacuums and dryers available, and the Metrovac Air Force Commander, available in several new colors, is a stand out amongst pet owners! These dryers work so fast, the hardest part of the shoot was keeping Prima wet enough for continuity! No matter where the scenes moved, the dryer was easy to relocate due to its small size and its surprisingly low weight. Even six year old Dylan had fun with it making sure to test each speed level on his own hair!

Knowing the Air Force Commander’s potential, we knew ordinary camera shots wouldn’t be enough. We brought in the big guns with the Black Magic URSA in order to capture amazing slow motion footage. Which Director of photography, Zoltan David, loves the impact of slow motion in video, “I loved working with the URSA. It really makes a difference to the end product when you can incorporate images that are different or unexpected. Slow motion shots of a dog shaking and being dried off …where water is slowly spraying off of them looks phenomenal!”

What also looked great were the jib arm shots from above the action. Ellenbogen CEO, Jeremy Ellenbogen, always pushes for the extra-ordinary, “If we have access to the tools…we should use them. Create shots that are appealing to the eye and show the product in action. Anybody can point a camera and shoot…it’s what you do with the camera that makes the difference. It’s an art…and we have very experienced artists at Ellenbogen Creative!”

Just your typical Wednesday at Ellenbogen Creative Media!

The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, HVEDC, held the 2nd Annual State of the Hudson Valley Economy: Full STEaM Ahead event recently at SUNY New Paltz. The Valley’s top economy leaders shared insight about the state of affairs for our region and where the local economy is headed. The event’s keynote speaker was Paul Harrington, Ph.D., joined by panelists Dan Freedman, Paul Kassel, Harold King, Kale Kaposhilin and moderator Larry Gottlieb. They all brought their expertise together to explain what STEaM­educated workers will mean to this economy’s future. STEaM standing for: Science, Technology,Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics.

As a trusted media partner of HVEDC, Ellenbogen Creative Media handled the audio/video needs of the event running three cameras, portable microphones and live switch editing capabailities. Having a bigger video presence on site allowed us to not only capture the panel discussions but also shoot live audience reaction and Q&A with the speakers.

HVEDC President/CEO and moderator of the event, Larry Gottlieb, was beyond pleased with the event, “Not only was it a great turnout but it was also a great discussion. The economy will only grow if we take care of it. Being able to collaboarate and brainstorm with leaders, hear from the Valley’s residents and start conversations is what gets things in motion. Having it documented by Ellenbogen expands our reach even further. The team did a great job capturing this event; they also helped get the initial buzz out with the creation of an infographic promo. Having that helped generate interest and fill seats!”

Ellenbogen Group CEO Jeremy Ellenbogen utilized this event to introduce our summer interns to live event recording, “What better place to debut our interns than at a college! We had all five of them work this event from running cameras and live microphones to live switch editing. Of course our team was there to oversee the entire production, but having them actually work hands on with the gear at a live event is important for them experience.”

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And we are glad to report that all five interns returned to work the next day!

Stay tuned for a link to the full State of the Economy event right here!

 

 

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