IT’S NEVER TOO COLD FOR ICE CREAM (Part II)

With the winter refusing to give up, we’re trying to move on and warm up to something more exciting than the snow. And what’s better than some melty ICE CREAM! Let that insatiable appetite for luscious flavors and creamy textures stimulate your imagination. You will forget the cold in no time when the sensations explode, popping like fireworks from your taste buds. Your brain will instantly fall in love, as all you can think about is “ICE CREAM!” You have just been ice-creamatized!

We created these animated GIFs to illustrate that exact point – the love for ice cream never ends.

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Drip, drip, drip…

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GIVING BACK IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING

Over the course 3 rainy days, Liberty Mutual had over 150 employees volunteer to clean up a public park called No Man’s Land in South Boston.  Michael Indresano and the team are doing their part in giving back to the community. Joining hands with Liberty Mutual on behalf of Medicine Wheel on this project is not only a way to show our appreciation but also to give thanks to the community to which we belong. See video below of all the hard work and inspiring moments from the No Man’s Land cleanup:

 

Liberty Mutual is a huge contributor to public charity on a global scale.

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Anna White, Director of Community  Initiatives at Medicine Wheel, shows volunteers the lay of the land.

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Richie Dinsmore, Director of Advocacy and Public Art at Medicine Wheel, gives directions as workers clean up.

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Joseph DiMaio from Liberty Mutual led the effort as project manager also gets hands-on and puts in the extra effort.

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3 days of rain makes this project that much more rewarding.

 

A LOOK BEHIND “THE SCENE”: PHOTOSHOOT WITH NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT, DANNY AMENDOLA

Before the Patriots season kicked off and took over everyone’s Sundays, the Indresano team had the opportunity to work on a two-day, multi-location shoot with fan-favorite Danny Amendola. While the final images are now published in a series in Scene magazine, we wanted to give you a look behind the ‘Scene’:

First up is getting the camera and lighting just right.

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The overcast over Gillette stadium might look dreary, but it makes for great photography lighting!

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After a day of training, the Patriots wide receiver meets up with Michael to get started.

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He brought his full gear, but we didn’t need it for the first few shots…

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Michael is always working to get the best angle!

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Maryelle from Maryelle Artistry helps Danny get that perfectly sweaty look.

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All eyes on Danny! Our videographer helped to capture some behind the scenes video of our time as well.

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The day wouldn’t be complete without a group photo on the field!

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Back at the studio for Day 2! Danny Amendola meets Scene’s Publisher and Creative Director Bobby DiMarzo.

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Maryelle makes a few last minute adjustments on set

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While the shot was all suit, Danny kept it casual out of frame.

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The whole team intently reviewing the shots as Michael stays focused on our model for the day.

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After our second set we had time for some natural lighting!

Our Digital Tech takes an opportunity to share a laugh with Danny Amendola before he came back on set..

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Michael couldn’t help but grab a quick shot of our Production Coordinator Shannon working hard and enjoying her view of the set.

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Before the shoot wrapped, Danny grabbed a quick behind the scenes snap of his own!

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Check out this video to see more behind the scenes from the 2-day photoshoot!

 

SAVORING THE SUMMER WITH ICE CREAM SCOOPS AND CONES

August usually means the end of summer is approaching, so we wanted to make sure we got in some last days of ice cream tastiness at the Boston food photography studio! Things may have gotten a little messy, but isn’t that part of the fun with ice cream? Enjoy a little taste:

EXPLOSIVE VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

We always love an adventure, and when we were preparing for a recent photo shoot and full video production, we know we had one! We were all blown away by the final product:

To go along with the video series, the client also wanted some photography work done. The goal was dramatic and sleek looking images to promote a health care leadership program. Check out some of the images from the series below!

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Next up was the video, which required a lot of components working together in synch. We had to make custom props,  hire pyrotechnicians and  find the highest caliber slo-mo camera to make the shot look just right.

We started our day with the preparation: our pyrotechnician drilled into the back of the mercury staffs  in order to make room for the explosives.

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Back inside, his son (and partner), was gluing in the detonation cord, or det cord for short. It might look like harmless laces or rope, but it packs some serious power!

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The finished product was prepped for the shoot by being strung up in midair.

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In order to capture all the details of the blast, we needed a camera with a very high frame per second, like the Phantom Flex shown below.

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Explosions are messy; we had to make sure we protected the camera behind some plexy! Cleaning between takes definitely took some time but the final product was well worth it.

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After the explosive shots, we needed some shots of the aftermath as well. After switching the Phantom to the dolly we were ready for action!

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Before breaking down our explosive set, we couldn’t help but experiment with a few other products. Check out the video below!

A BLAST WITH TUUKKA RASK

The average speed of a hockey puck flying across the ice in a NHL game is between 80-110 mph. What does it take to stop a projectile traveling at such a velocity? The answer is MORE speed. We found out just how that lighting reflex works when famed goalie Tuukka Rask from the Boston Bruins came to the studio for a video and photo shoot.

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We had to get in close while filming the eyes that see what most people can’t.

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Michael preps a photograph of Tuukka adjusting his Franklin gloves.

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You have to be prepared before approaching a goal guarded by this stare!

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Nothing like a little smoke to add to the mood!

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After the shoot, Tuukka got down low for some knee hockey with a few of his younger fans.

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He wrapped up the day with autographs for the kids who attended the shoot!

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Check out the final video here:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Here’s hoping there’s no turkey disasters in the kitchen! Hope everyone has a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

FROM TOUCHDOWNS TO STRIKES: THE MAYO BOWL

The New England Patriots might be superstars on the field this year, but the work they do off the field is truly inspirational. In particular, Jerod Mayo’s charity bowling event for the Boston Medical Center showcases the great support the players have for each other and the community.

So you can understand why were so excited to be the videographers for the event. We were ready and set up well before the red carpet started, which started a long wait for the excitement to begin!

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The carpet was quickly a buzz when Jerod Mayo and his family showed up. We were fortunate enough to get the exclusive spot right by the door and got the chance to talk to many players including Malcolm Butler, Nate Solder, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman!

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Kim Zyotti, the owner of Blue Sky Entertainment and the person who helped to make the whole event happen also took the time to talk to us about the charity and all the good it’s done for the community. Over the last 6 years, the annual event has helped to raise over one million dollars for the Boston Medical Center!screen-shot-2015-10-01-at-12-39-20-pm1

There was even a back door entrance from Tom Brady! While he managed to sneak by our red carpet interviews, our own Michael Indresano got the chance to say a quick hello.

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Then it was time for the main event: bowling! Mayo, his family, and other Patriots players bowled alongside teams of fans.

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Chya Mayo rooting for her ball to make it to the end!

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Julian Edelman celebrates a bowling victory in a slightly more reserved manner than on the field.

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Although he was focused on bowling strikes, Edelman also managed to spare a moment to talk with our production team!

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Malcom Butler watches as his teammates compete for the best score!

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There was also a pool tournament in a second room, where a select few got the chance to shoot pool with players, including Nate Solder or Sebastian Vollmer.

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Last up was the auction, which brought “the Chandlers” together to help get the crowd excited and bidding high!

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By the end of the night we were exhausted, but some of our team worked through the night to edit together the video showcasing the amazing night. Check the video out below and check our blog out for other exciting behind the scenes access!

360° WITH CIRCLE FURNITURE

Quality and craftsmanship are two words that are synonymous with Circle Furniture. Our team was excited for the chance to work with Sprague Nelson on several commercials for the furniture retailer. We embraced the challenge of capturing all the fine details that make the pieces unique and special in the eyes of furniture buyers. Check out the final videos below and catch them on your local television channels!

Check out the finished commercial!
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Lights, camera, action!
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Making furniture shopping look easy with all these pattern choices!
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It’s a perfect shot or no shot at all!
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Keeping track of every unique detail in the wood (pun intended).
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MEDICINE WHEEL PRODUCTIONS – HAND IN HAND

Hand in Hand is an ambitious project of building rapport and extending the circle of friendship to include two often misunderstood groups of people – police officers and young adults. This project is the brainchild of Quincy native and visionary artist Michael Dowling. For over 22 years, he has spearheaded the well respected non-profit organization called Medicine Wheel Productions as its founder and artistic director. Mr. Dowling’s commitment to the positive transformation of troubled youths through art and community building has won him extensive recognition.

Michael Indresano, a board member of Medicine Wheel, did not hesitate to create a powerful video documentary that celebrates commonality and inclusion, further addressing hot-button social/racial issues that dominate our national conversation today.

Filming the the video took place for a few months and required countless hours of post production. Michael and his team were instrumental in organizing all the interviews, documenting the workshops through video, photographing the portraits, editing the footage together, and acted as technical consultant to all matters relating to video and photo. The video creation process started with a dedicated team of professionals bringing together their diverse skill set and industry know-how into conceptualizing a story. Many hours of brainstorming took place at our 33 A Street studio in South Boston. Michael Indresano led the team as director overseeing the entire creative process. With over 22 years of award-winning photography expertise, he is no stranger to the world of visual story telling. A true seasoned professional and master of detail, Michael directed the camera crew and lighting technicians with precise angles and adjustments; infusing every shot with a consistent degree of thought, emotion, and impact, further driving the message with vigor and determined vision.

The final video release was launched at the Medicine Wheel Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser at the Nixon Peabody law firm to exuberant applause. Attendees of the event included Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Boston City Councilor at large Ayanna Pressley, Community Affairs Liaison for the Boston Redevelopment Authority Mark McGonagle (MW Chair of the Board of Directors), Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston, Vice President at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Karen Young, Community Involvement Director for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Janelle Woods-McNish, Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council Amit Dixit, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, along with many more prominent high profile public officials and loyal Medicine Wheel supporters voicing their support for this project.

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Nixon Peabody where the Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser took place.

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans sits down with us for an interview.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors at Medicine Wheel Mark McGonagle addresses some of the finer points.

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Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston.

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Medicine Wheel Director of Advocacy Richie Dinsmore talks about the Hand in Hand project.

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Daniel Morrison Fellow Shane Hampton preps for an interview as Michael directs the scene.

Special thanks to all members on the Medicine Wheel Board of Directors, the Host Committee, and the Medicine Wheel participants for their continued commitment and support. 

Host Committee: Suzanne Bump (State Auditor), Linda Dorcena Forry (State Senator), Robert Lewis Jr. (President & Founder of The BASE), Julie Burros (Chief of Arts and Culture City of Boston), Paul McDevitt (President of Modern Assistant Programs, Inc), Anita Walker (Executive Director of Massachusetts Cultural Council), Karen Young (Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Constance Cervone & Janet Deegan (Cervone & Deegan Associates), Janelle Woods McNish (Director of Giving & Services Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Paul Regan (Regan Associates), Ed Condry (Vice President of JJ Bodner).

Medicine Wheel Board of Directors: Michael Dowling (Founder), Mark McGonagle (Chairman), Dennis Pellecchia (Treasurer), Rick Winterson (Clerk), Jane Bowers, Maureen Dahill, Barbara Loftus, Roberto Valdez, Susan Nalband, Michael Indresano, Amit Dixit, Roy Rider.

Advisory Board: Ruth Raphael

The Boston Police Department Participants: Nora L. Baston (Deputy Superintendent), Skye Robinson, Janine Busby (Detective), Mark Bordley, Alexander Reyes, and many more.

Medicine Wheel Members: Richie Dinsmore, Gregory Variste, Shane Hampton, Annina Ibrihim, Kawanza Butler, Noel McKenna, Anna Dinaburg White, and many more.