Indresano Studios loved working with the people of SPOKE. Located in the Greater Boston area, “MW Productions/SPOKE activates the transformative power of art to heal divisions, strengthen community, and drive social progress.” SPOKE uses various forms of art as a way for young people to better understand themselves as well as increase their understanding of the world around them.
SPOKE founder and director Michael Dowling takes us through the organization’s legacy with the help of the board of directors and those who make SPOKE possible.
Learn more about Michael and SPOKE’s mission by watching our video below.
Previously known as Medicine Wheel, SPOKE was created to transform the lives of Boston’s youth. Their new building on Old Colony will give the people of Boston a safe space to create and heal together through all forms of art including visual media, dance, and poetry performances. SPOKE encourages youth to use art as a means of expression and to help strengthen ties within their community.
Our in-house team worked hard to create a thought-provoking video that highlighted the non-profit. We were there every step of the way through creating storyboards, conducting interviews, shooting, editing, color correction and sound design.
Meet the people who help keep SPOKE running.
Michael Dowling is the artistic director and founder of SPOKE.
L’Merchie Frazier is the Executive Director of Creative Programs and Partnerships. She is a Visual Activist, Artist, and Educator.
Rohit Chandra is a Board Chair at SPOKE. He is also a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at MGH Chelsea.
Barbara Krakow is a Co-owner of the Krakow Witkin Gallery in Boston.
Keith Marion is the Vice Chair at SPOKE. He is also the Head of People, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Point32Health.
Adrianna Boulin is a Board Member at SPOKE. She is also the Director of Community Impact and Engagement at Fenway Health.
To learn more about SPOKE and the organization’s mission, please visit their website here. You can find more of our video production work on our website www.indresano.com. Make sure to check out our other content including commercial photography, animation, CGI, and more.
Welcome to day one of production for our most recent lifestyle photo shoot. As well as my first location shoot as an intern at Indresano Studios!
My second week and we were on the road for a location shoot. Kudos to Maggie Model, Ilima for handling the heat so well in late August! She was relieved when this shot was positioned in the shade.
I stayed on my toes all day to make sure that Ilima and the product were good to go. Every member of the team did great in the hot weather.
Day one of production and my first location shoot was a success! It was great to see a full team at work for this lifestyle photo shoot. As a young creative, there was a lot to take away from the day.
We knew day two of production for this on location lifestyle shoot would be that much better when we saw this would be our view for the day!
Sabrina from Model Club was a natural on set! She looked perfectly business professional thanks to the outfits chosen for the shots by TEAM wardrobe stylist, Coleen Gannon.
Coleen and TEAM hair and makeup stylist, Paula Voisembert, were an amazing pair for this lifestyle photo shoot! They were on top of everything, especially with the wind being so strong.
A loud bang caught us off guard! The U.S.S. Constitution gave everyone a surprise visit with it’s roaring canons. What a special treat on a beautiful day, and a great way to top off day two.
A successful two days of production at two different locations. Now for the post production work. Michael and everyone involved taught me so much in just these two days.
The rush of having a heavy schedule in the early weeks of my internship was exactly what I needed. It gave me no choice but to learn more about equipment needed for on location lifestyle shoots shoots.
To see more of our product and lifestyle photography work, check out our website www.indresano.com!
“Cream or sugar?” It’s the clichéd but fail-proof question lurking in the back of my mind on Day 1 of any internship. Somehow my social awkwardness didn’t scare away the interviewers, and the much-anticipated first day leaves my mind spinning. Will it be super corporate? Will the rest of the team like me? Will I learn about the industry or practice my barista skills? “Point me to the Keurig,” I think, just to be on the safe side.
I am so grateful to say those anxieties evaporated the second I entered Michael Indresano Photography. The studio is stunning. It’s modern and sophisticated yet fun and energetic. Early 2000s R&B blasts on the radio all day. Oh, did I mention there’s a dog? Take a look at the majestic Sofia who keeps us company:
Just when I thought things couldn’t get better, Michael let us know we would be having a shoot later in the week for a company specializing in beauty products. Check out some behind the scenes moments as I took in all this incredible first week had to offer:
Rule #1: Windex is your friend. We got right to work preparing for the shoot by making sure the studio was spotless and the equipment was ready to go. Shoutout to Abby for teaching me how to test the camera and set up the lights.
Hangers galore! I was stunned to see how many clothing options arrived at the studio for the shoot.
A shoot is nothing without a dedicated crew. Here we have our insanely talented hair stylist Paula, wardrobe specialist Coleen, and makeup artist Jennifer. It was so great working with this detail-oriented team!
Not only were they beautiful, but the models are some of the most genuinely friendly people I’ve met. Here are some shots of Lauren, Anna, and Anais as the shoot got underway.
Last but not least, here’s one of my favorite behind-the-scenes shots from the day. Check out the beautiful flares that the lighting cast on our bold model Anais.
As you can see, I’d say it was a pretty amazing first week all in all. Thank you so much to Michael for the incredible internship opportunity. I can’t wait to see what else upcoming weeks have in store!
Who wouldn’t want to grab a Baskin-Robbins Polar Pizza slice after watching this!? Enjoy!
Check out the final video above!
Some of the behind the scene shots of our Baskin Robbins Polar Pizza. Took Michael and the team 3 days to shoot the sequences needed to make the cut. Each flavor was shot separately and edited in post to give that final polished look. Momentum, music, rhythm, appetite appeal, and the flow of the video are qualities that we focused on highlighting. In total there are 49 actual shots to create this 30 second video, however we took 2-3 takes per shot.
Something that looks simple in a video may be quite complex to shoot. Applying math is an indispensable way of accomplishing such a task. Image above shows how we divided up each slice and marked them numerically for an action sequence. In the final video clip, you can see the results of this kind of math in action.
At the end of the day, it is about getting the shot and getting it right. Executing creative ideas take a lot of “thinking outside the box”. This is just a casual example of the things we use to get the shots we want.
Very cool slow motion behind the scenes video of Jayna dropping the candy pieces on top of the Polar Pizza (below)! See the clip in the final Polar Pizza video at 0.07 seconds in (above).
Recently the team took on an unusual challenge of photographing a model of the new Wynn Resorts to be built in Everett, MA. The crew packed up their bags and went on location to Wynn offices to shoot the 6’ x 8’, 1500lb model of the soon-to-be casino. Our intern, Sarah, wrote a blog of the experience:
Jayna, Odi, Michael and I packed up the van early Wednesday morning and hopped on the road to head to Wynn offices in Medford. When we arrived and unpacked we were in awe at both of the models that were created for the planning of the casino. Our client informed us that the model was 1500 pounds and was delivered from Las Vegas and reassembled here in their Boston office.
We were able to move the model to anywhere in the room(luckily it was on wheels!), which really helped us get our backdrop and lighting just right. It was so nerve-racking to move the giant replica! After shooting a from multiple possible angles we packed up the car and headed home after a fun, but exhausting, shoot. Check out some images below!
We were definitely excited to have an on location shoot at the Wynn Boston Harbor offices!
I admired the model and was amazed it was almost the same height as me!
A shot from inside the giant “soft box” we created to get the perfect lighting.
Michael, our client, and Odi discuss possible angles for photographing the replica.
No small detail went unnoticed with this model!
The use of warming gels on the lights help capture the bronze color of the building.
A second model previewed the interior of the casino, showing a colorful floral design for the lobby. Included is also a beautiful ferris wheel and the Popeye statue created by famous artist Jeffery Koons, whose work is featured in several casinos in Las Vegas.
Michael sets up the composition for an eye level shot of the model.
Below are two of our final images. We can’t wait to see the real life Wynn Casino, coming soon
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.
We had to get in close while filming the eyes that see what most people can’t.
Michael preps a photograph of Tuukka adjusting his Franklin gloves.
You have to be prepared before approaching a goal guarded by this stare!
Nothing like a little smoke to add to the mood!
After the shoot, Tuukka got down low for some knee hockey with a few of his younger fans.
He wrapped up the day with autographs for the kids who attended the shoot!
If your first thought is Star Wars when you hear the word Carbonite, you are not alone. What this company offers, however, isn’t in the stars, but rather in the cloud. Founded in 2005, Carbonite is a high tech company that provides cloud backup and storage services to clients across the globe. In recent years, they have since expanded to become one of the leading online data backup providers in the world. But that has not made them take themselves too seriously. From a life size Yoda statue to silhouettes of Darth Vadar, this 50,000 square foot office screams fun!
A beautiful hallway we used for the background
Michael and the team photographed over a dozen top execs from Carbonite. Shooting was a breeze as we set up using our latest ultra high pixel-count camera addition to the family (more about that at a later point). Michael has also invested into using the latest technology in lighting and you can see in some of the shots below the lights are all LED – no more hot lights and sweaty sets! This was a COOL shoot in more ways than one.
Scene from the day of shoot with equipment all set up
The crew in the middle of discussing the set
Odi in the kitchen fixing up a beverage
StarWars themed weathered metal panel doors – is that cool or is that cool?
One of many lounge areas throughout this massive office space!
Glass cube offices add a touch of modern posh to this space
A design philosophy that is both modern and simple
All you can eat and drink cafeteria Carbonite style!