Video Projects

Our new fall semester interns have arrived!  We are very excited to work with another great group from SUNY New Paltz!  First up is senior, Samantha Pritchard, Digital Media Production major.

 

“To say my first day interning at Ellenbogen Creative Media started off with a bang would be an understatement. Not only was I instantly greeted with the friendly and hilarious cast of employees; I also witnessed a very rare light bulb explosion (and minor fire thereafter)!

To be honest, I was incredibly nervous walking into the building this morning, since I have never had and internship before. Those anxious fears were not long-lived, though, because everyone working here is very helpful and kind. Everyone welcomed any questions I asked and I can tell they were eager to help me learn.

Originally I was expecting a slow first day filled with learning where everything was, doing my paperwork, and watching everyone else go about their daily tasks.

Boy, was I wrong.

Only thirty minutes into the day and I was already behind the teleprompter on a video shoot! I was able to watch Amanda, the Production Manager, work with it for a few minutes before feeling confident enough in myself so I wouldn’t mess up the flow of the talent: Josh Ratner.

The whole purpose of the shoot was to capture video segments for the Health Alliance of Hudson Valley’s series of helpful and informational videos about health and healing. The environment during the whole shoot was very calm and relaxed.

My first day wasn’t all explosions and laughter, though. I was able to sit with editor, Ricardo Pineda, so that he could teach me more about Adobe Premiere, the editing software used here at Ellenbogen Creative Media. It amazed me how patient he was with my incessant questions about the program and I learned so much in those two hours; more than I learned during an entire semester of an editing class.

Things here are very hands-on which makes learning a much faster and smoother process. Instead of them just telling me how to work the teleprompter or how to put away the different microphones, they actually had me DO these tasks.

My first day at Ellenbogen is almost finished but I can’t wait to come back next week for a whole new round of hands-on learning.”

If you or someone you know is interested in being an intern at Ellenbogen Creative Media, please contact us at info@ellenbogen.com

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!

 

 

As the nation celebrates nurses this month, Health Quest/Vassar Brothers Medical Center honored its nursing staff with a very special tribute video
highlighting those who give their all every day to help save lives. Over the course of three days, the Ellenbogen Creative team covered the hospital
grounds, capturing moments reflecting a day in the life of a nurse. We interviewed more than a dozen members of the nursing staff and really got a feel for what it means to say, “I’m a nurse at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.”

“When you walk through the halls and see smiling faces and cheery greetings, it’s hard to believe that these heroes were on the tail end of an 18-hour shift. During that shift they’ve seen new life and patient breakthroughs … but they’ve also seen trauma, broken bones and heartache. … And yet, they still smile. Genuine smiles,” Ellenbogen Group production manager Amanda Popovich said, noting that it’s proof they love what they do!

John Nelson, Director of Public and Community Affairs for Health Quest, couldn’t agree more. “We have amazing, highly trained nurses here at Vassar Brothers Medical Center who come to work every day, not just because it’s their job … but because it’s their calling! We wanted to celebrate them, to create a video that tells their story, expresses their passion for nursing and reflects the pride they have in Vassar Brothers. We feel Ellenbogen did a great job capturing that!”

Ellenbogen Creative Media CEO Jeremy Ellenbogen was honored to have been chosen to work on this project. “It’s always a pleasure working with such an exceptional group of professionals that have the same drive and passion for their field that we do. Health Quest has a stellar reputation and to be chosen as a company that meets their standards, needs and requirements says a lot!”

The Nurse’s Week video premiered at a reception honoring Vassar’s 718 nurses and was well-received with smiles, tears and emotion. All of us at Ellenbogen Creative Media offer a huge ‘Thank you!’ to all nurses for not only saving lives, but for offering the comfort needed during recovery.

About the process:
Our crew got a taste of what it’s like to be a nurse in the operating rooms. We had to don full sterile wardrobe coverings, hairnets and booties. Zoltan David, our director of photography, loved it the most and continues to wear the sterile uniform on all shoots.

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Our crew used full HD gear, a dana dolly, wheelchair, and time-lapse video during the production process. Health Quest was a huge help with scheduling the nurse interviews and working endlessly to secure appropriate empty space to shoot b-roll scenes throughout the campus. A big ‘Thank you!’ to John and his team for being so accommodating!

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Vassar Brothers Nurses Final from Ellenbogen Creative Media on Vimeo.

Travel Log: Day 2

Our calendar says it’s Spring…but the Catskills felt differently. It snowed today. April in New York – and it snowed. I guess our team wasn’t prepared for the snow as the communication transfer included two phrases, “It’s snowing” and “I just fell again.” But we carried on and completed today’s mission. Two targets: Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the Sullivan County Historical Museum.

My team and I woke at sunrise and started the journey to Livingston Manor. We forged streams, slipped on rocks and trekked through snow. We made it on time for the first cast event. We learned a lot from the local folk like how to tie a fly. This is an art in itself and will stay with us forever. We also joined the other die hard sportsmen for the annual first cast event. They were searching for fish with precision and patience as we were searching for the perfect shots of them with creativity and clarity. They were mostly kids, but skilled sportsmen nonetheless…just like us. First cast scored a huge marlin for one 8 year old. Second cast brought in a great white shark to a deserving teen. We’re told that’s common in these parts of the Valley…or so the tale goes.

On to the next target: Hurleyville. A small town with a huge museum. As we entered the massive museum we stood in wonderment of its beauty. It’s here that we learned everything there is to know about Sullivan County’s rich history. This beautiful museum houses a detailed timeline starting from the original Native American settlers all the way up to today’s history makers. All of the memorabilia are original artifacts from Civil War times to farm life in the 18th century. It took everything in us not to touch…but rules are rules.

Today’s Mission: debunk fish tales and figure out a way to get on the Sullivan County Historical Museum’s timeline.

Hear ye, hear ye. Ellenbogen Creative Media has embarked on the PATH Through History! Follow our crew as we gather assets highlighting 49 historic landmarks throughout Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Sullivan counties. As our journey progresses through 2015, our travel log will be updated. Don’t fret if you don’t see an entry till warmer weather breaks…our crew is just fine, they are simply battling the snow and ice for now.

Travel Log: Day 1
Our fearless crew set out at dawn armed with all the necessary gear to shoot the intended targets: Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie which was the home of Samuel Morse inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh the very spot where General George Washington helped shape the American republic by rejecting the idea he should be king after the war and The Senate House in Kingston which was used as the permanent meeting space for the Senate after the New York Constitution was ratified in 1777, right here in Kingston, NY.

With camera in hand and lights in the ‘on’ position…day one has begun.

Today’s Mission: don’t touch anything! As a creative team, we always look for the best angles, unique prop placement and perfect light. Telling our director of photography he can’t move anything is like holding a new shiny toy in front of a child and telling them they can’t play with it! But we know our limits and respect the historical boundaries we are tied to. The temptation only makes us stronger!