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Winter 2009 Newsletter
CCI Helps Broadcast National Religious Service
In February, CCI's A/V Rentals department provided equipment and services for the Melissa Scott Ministries of Los Angeles, CA. The production and uplink took place at the Christian Music Outreach Festival for the Caribbean.
CCI's work started two weeks earlier, as all gear had to be checked out, packed and cleared by customs for shipment. CCI has air shippable cases and containers for all equipment it uses and provides. For the Anguilla shoot, CCI provided Panasonic P2 Cameras, intercom systems, Tri-Caster studio production fly-pack, a Ku transmission fly-away uplink equipment, and an engineer.
"The event went very well. Your team was very professional and worked really hard to help us pull things off. Looking forward to working with you guys again," said Dean Hopkins, Client.
CCI stands ready to provide equipment and production services worldwide.
The CCI crew is spending a lot of time in Polk County these days. Just before the New Year, the CCI crew traveled to Polk County to produce coverage of an NCAA Division II Men's basketball game between USC Aiken (Univ. of South Carolina) and Florida Southern College. The December 30th game proved to be exciting right down to the last buzzer.
Florida Southern was able to come up with the win of a score of 83-75. Florida Southern College is located in Lakeland and best known for its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
CCI 20 plus person crew included a producer, director, technical director, graphics operator, tape operator. an EVS operator, an audio technician, two production assistants, two statistics people, a timekeeper, and a play-by-play commentator. CCI shot talent stand-ups and key player comments prior to the first game.
"The entire crew enjoyed shooting the game. It was a good production that was planned very well and went smoothly as a result," said Dan Jones, the audio engineer the production.
CCI used seven cameras for game coverage including two up cameras for game action and hero shots. Up camera operators were placed in the highest part of the bleachers and a 50x lens was used to capture tight shots players and action.Often shots from the handheld cameras were able to give the audience a unique view on replays. CCI used its recently acquired EVS hard-drive recorder & replay systems to provide true instant replays and play-out sequences highlighting specific players or groups of plays. The game aired on ION in January.
CCI Produces Video for Breast Cancer Awareness
In October, CCI produced a video for the Central Florida affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The breast cancer awareness organization held its annual 5K Race for the Cure at
Disney's Wide World of Sports.
Over 6, 000 people, a record number, showed up to participate on race day.
CCI provided two videographers, one grip and a producer for the event. The day began early at 6am where the crew began getting video of registrants, and people who showed up to support "pink." CCI interviewed several breast cancer survivors and captured video of sponsors, racers and the survivor ceremony. The Central Florida Komen Affiliate will use the DVD to promote the annual Race for the Cure, and gain volunteers for the next race in October 2009.
Nearly two years ago, CCI produced an HD tourism video for Polk County to showcase the newly constructed tourist center known as Outpost 27. After over 2000 showings in the HD theater, it was decided that the video "A View from Heaven" should be updated or replaced. The video takes viewers on a tour of Polk County by a hot air balloon. After planning meetings with Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, it was decided that so much had changed in Polk County that a new video should be produced.
CCI and Polk County representatives developed a concept called "A Bedtime Story" for the new HD video based on a grandfather reading a classic bedtime story to his granddaughter while on vacation. Bringing the fun, excitement and beauty of the bedtime story and Polk County to the big screen was not a difficult task due to CCI's careful planning and thorough coordination by Polk County representatives. Shooting got underway in late January using CCI's Panasonic HVX-200 camera. CCI's photographers captured video that includes picnic scenes at Bok Tower Sanctuary, boating on a lake at sunset, citrus groves, parachuting, a bi-plane ride, shopping at the Lakeside Village, and more during the four day shoot. Post production is currently underway at CCI's Cape Canaveral facility. Helping to bring this story to life, CCI's editors are using the Avid Nitrus system to combine new footage with key shots from the previous video. The Polk County presentation is set to premier in late March or early April 2009 at Outpost 27 and is free to public.
On the Web
The CCI web department was busy at the end of the year designing two new websites for Forever Florida and Florida Eco-Safaris.
Through the use of pictures and video the website shows and tells Forever Florida's unique story. The site invites guests to explore the 4700 acre wildlife conservation area that encompasses nine distinct ecosystems, pristinely preserved just as nature intended. Via the web guests can preview the wilderness the Forever Florida offers show some of the natural streams, wetlands, and Cypress forests. The site also provides information about the wide array of wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther that guest can learn more about at Forever Florida. Pages on the site also explain that while at Forever Florida guests can also visit the Crescent J, a picturesque Florida ranch featuring a living museum of Spanish Colonial Cattle and Florida's unique Cracker Horses. In addition to providing guest directions on how to get to Forever Florida, the website also encourages guests to take one or more of the three fully guided adventures are offered through Florida EcoSafaris: a Coach Safari, a Horseback Safari and, Florida's first and only Zipline Safari. Tim Illiff with CCI's partner company Media Ink developed the art work and layout for the site.
CCI Produces Promotional Video for City of Cape Canaveral
CCI was honored to produce a video for the City of Cape Canaveral, where our corporate offices are located, showcasing the many attractions the city has to offer from watching manatees at the park along the river to biking one of the many scenic streets overlooking the beach.
CCI shot the video over one week using shots from local restaurants, businesses, hotels and resorts. The City of Canaveral will use the 5 minute video to promote the city and educate people moving to the area. It will also be featured on the city's website.
"The folks at CCI were great partners. They listened to the vision and ideas offered by city staff and board members, then created a wonderful movie showcasing the qualities that make Cape Canaveral a great community for our businesses and our residents," said Diane Marcum with the City of Cape Canaveral.
"One Giant Leap, 50 Years of the American Space Program" DVD Sales Soar
CCI marked the 50th anniversary of the space program by producing a sixty minute documentary that traces the exciting 50 year history of the United States Manned Space Program. The documentary, "One Giant Leap" is hosted by Corbin Bernsen and aired in November on the Documentary Channel.
The DVD can currently be purchased at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Gift Shop. The shop is selling the DVD and reports it is doing very well.
"One Giant Leap" includes astronaut interviews and starts at the beginning of the space program in the 1950s and ends with a glimpse of future manned space programs to the moon, mars and beyond.
To get a copy of the DVD you can call the Cape Canaveral office at (321) 783-5232. You can also view it by logging on to http://www.cciflorida.com