MEDICINE WHEEL: 25 YEARS OF ART AS THRESHOLD

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Community involvement and service has always been important to Indresano Studio, and we have been proud to work with Medicine Wheel. Founded by Michael Dowling, Medicine Wheel is currently celebrating it’s 25th year of working to move beyond diversity to inclusion and build our community from the inside out, using art as the threshold.

The organization has:

  •  Raised awareness of World AIDS day for 25 years and been a place to reflect and remember
  • Worked together with congregations to help them re-sanctify their spaces and continued to work with them to maintain them for 25 years.
  • Built communities for through the arts and created Youth Programs which has served over 6,000 people over 20 years.
  • Ran the Hope and Recovery Program for 15 years, helping 2,500 youth.
  • Worked for 15 years with the Art and Peace Building.
  • Created the “Dance the Dream”, a collection of 5,000 hand prints along Columbia Road to promote the goals of art as a threshold
  • Built a 5 year partnership with HPHC, using art to honor the legacy of Dr. King
  • Teamed up with Beacon Communities and Boston Public Housing to create more affordable spaces for residents
  • Rehabilitated No Man’s Land and turned it from a run down strip of land to an outdoor sanctuary, filled with events for all ages of the community.
  • so much more!

Come and support these causes and others by becoming a spoke in their Wheel at the Annual Medicine Wheel Gala.

To buy tickets or learn more: mwponline.org/wordpress/mwp-events/become-a-spoke-in-our-wheel/

Annual Medicine Wheel Gala

Wednesday June 15th, 2016
6:00pm-9:00pm at the Rooftop of the Taj

 

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:

BEST OF 2015: OUR VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS IN REVIEW

2015 was quite a year for us here at the studio! From exciting photo and video projects to awards we were honored to win, we have a lot to be thankful for! Here are some of our favorite memories:

Early in the year, we were still working on finalizing and putting out two exciting video projects. The first was the Seapoint Estate video, where we highlighted a beautiful ocean side mansion.

Michael preparing for some beautiful drone video shots.

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Another project we finished up was a TV commercial to help promote the Pine Street Inn, a local homeless shelter in Boston. It was exciting to see our work air on Channel 5!

Even though the weather was poor, our spirits remained high!

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We also finished up a video helping showcase the non-profit Medicine Wheel and their goal of installing a paved path connecting the Boston National Historical Park.

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When Obama came to Boston to open the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States in honor of the late Ted Kennedy, we all enjoyed reminiscing on when Michael photographed Ted Kennedy in 1995.

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In April, Michael was honored to be highlighted in Boston.com for his constant philanthropic work for the community and his help for local charities to increase their support and donations.

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In May, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito came to the studio to be photographed for the cover of Scene Magazine. We were all so excited they took the time from their busy schedule to get their portraits taken!

Over the summer, we got started on some exciting video projects, starting with a video and photoshoot featuring Boston Bruin’s goal keeper Tuukka Rask.

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While on set shooting Tuukka Rask for Franklin Sports, some of the kids practices their floor hockey slap shots on Raask

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Next, we worked on some some dramatic close-up filming and photography showcasing the beauty of the new iRobot product.

We also helped to promote one of Medicine Wheel’s other endeavors, Hand in Hand. The program helps to promote communication and understanding between police officers and young adults.

Using a dolly and a lot of patience, we worked tirelessly to capture the beauty of Circle Furniture.

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We wrapped up a fun summer of video projects with a video highlighting the beauty of Louis Vuitton

By the fall, the award announcements began to come in, and we were honored with 4 Merit Award from Graphis Competitions for our food photography work with Baskin Robbins!

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We also were honored with two nominations for the international Black and White Spider Awards in the categories Nude Photography and Advertising Photography

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The fun continued when we filmed the Mayo Bowl hosted by New England Patriots Defensive Captain Jerod Mayo. It was a lot of work but we made some time for meeting some of the Patriots team, including Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Chandler Jones and Julian Edelman!

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We wrapped up an exciting year with a gym shoot featuring a top New England Patriots player. More details to come in 2016!

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After a busy year like 2015, we are all eager to see what 2016 will have in store for us. Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with all our latest photography and video production activities!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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

PAVING A COMMON PATH

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together! Naturally, we felt so proud and inspired after completing this project for Medicine Wheel Productions. Just last year the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund awarded Medicine Wheel with a grant to install an accessible, paved path connecting the Boston National Historical Park. We couldn’t be happier to help Medicine Wheel promote their goal of having 600 engraved bricks donated to line the path. We tried our best to capture the essence of the project and help spread awareness to have bricks donated. Check out our finished video below and see what a great time we had!

Here is the final video we produced!

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We were lucky it was such a beautiful day!

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Michael Dowling laying a good foundation.

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Attention to detail.

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Richie Dinsmore getting his hands dirty.

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Making a splash!

WHEN A LOCATION IS TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR WORDS…SHOOT VIDEO INSTEAD!

A weekend spent working isn’t so bad when you get to stay in a mansion like this one!  Our team spent days on location with the best crew and equipment to make sure we captured the breathtaking and magnificent essence of this home.  Stay tuned for the final product, we are beyond excited to reveal it!

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 Final touches by makeup artist Julia on our model as the crew sets up

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a 360 degree view of the ocean

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Eric and Jack follow our model to capture not only her beautiful flowing dress but also the sound of her running through the grass

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Our model Sherry Spinale from Maggie Inc. takes a break in between takes!

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This infinity pool looked so inviting – even in the middle of November

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A location like this calls for a drone

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Drone Over Head!

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Michael and Millie duck to hide from the drone

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A perfect night for filming!

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The library was gorgeous!

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A beautiful sunset to wrap up day one!