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Hebrew University had the rare opportunity to honor Bill Gates at its annual awards dinner and wanted to demonstrate its special strength in fighting world hunger – a core mission of the Gates Foundation. This high profile project required uncompromising production values, leading us to shoot two weeks in Israel and one week in Uganda in 720p HD, using the Panasonic Varicam. Billy Crystal serving as the on-camera spokesman for the University added a special panache to this very successful project.
One of the best strategies for coping with Parkinson’s Disease is staying active. This video features one person with Parkinson’s who has run over 14 marathons since being diagnosed. He and his team members, some of whom also have Parkinson’s, raise thousands of dollars each year at the Los Angeles Marathon. The video is a celebration of life and of commitment in the face of obstacles.
The Manhattan School of Music has a new, vibrant President who seeks to raise the profile of this top tier conservatory in a city that already boasts many fabled musical institutions. The video shows the vitality of individual lessons, the excitement of master classes with world-class experts, and the enthusiasm students show at learning from teachers and from one another. It celebrates the model of the 21st century musician as a combination of performer, teacher, and contributor to society.
More than one million people in America have Parkinson’s Disease. This video is a simple, straight-forward, and moving portrayal of five people with Parkinson’s, telling how their lives were turned upside down by this disease. It is designed to appeal to potential donors to Parkinson’s causes, and to government leaders to get involved in finding the cure.
One of the most traumatic moments in life is receiving a diagnosis of a progressive, incurable ailment, such as Parkinson’s Disease. This video features testimonials from people with Parkinson’s Disease telling of their devastation at learning the news, and their journey to coping and ultimately embracing their new reality to create the best life they can. The video also features neurologists explaining the basics of Parkinson’s Disease, providing advice about physiological and psychological actions that can provide relief.
The Cooke Center for Learning and Development fills a gap for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. While there are early intervention programs for toddlers, once children reach school age there are virtually no options. The video shows how a dedicated group of parents founded a school that not only helps developmentally disadvantaged children, but models a philosophy and program of inclusion that brings benefits to mainstream education as well.
For musically inclined recent college graduates and for those already in the work force, being a cantor can be a rewarding career. This video features engineers, corporate trainers, and business executives who seek to add meaning to their lives by training for the cantorate. Filled with inspiring traditional and contemporary cantorial music, the video shows experienced cantors living “a life of meaning.
Along with the rest of the middle class, the Jews of Argentina have found themselves suddenly impoverished. With a long recession shuttering many small businesses, the Jewish community has been particularly hard hit. This video shows a formerly wealthy clothing manufacturer and retailer reduced to living in a one-room apartment, working as a household exterminator. The “New Poor” are embarrassed to seek help, and must be sought out with great delicacy.
This brief, Audio Vistas demo reel contains clips from over 20 presentations, and demonstrates the imagination, vitality, and impact of our graphics capability. In three short minutes you will see mastery of Adobe After Effects and other graphics programs used with energy and appropriateness.
With the announcement that he has Parkinson’s Disease, Michael J. Fox has become an outspoken advocate for Parkinson’s Research. This video features his congressional testimony supporting increased funding for research, as well as the impassioned comments of Parkinson’s sufferers gathered for the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park.
Seventy years of communism, official atheism, and repression of every aspect of religion left several generations of Russian Jews with cultural amnesia – isolated, and unaware of their rich heritage. The collapse of the Soviet Union “opened a window” for the several million Jews who remain. The video documents the revival of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, and how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is helping support that revival.
Modeled on President Kennedy’s founding of the Peace Corps, TECHCORPS is a non-profit organization harnessing computer industry volunteers, and others, to help the nation’s public schools take advantage of technology. These volunteers help with wiring buildings, training teachers, and assisting students. The video shows how TECHCORPS has become an invaluable resource for the public good in education.
Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that devastates individuals and their families. Advances in treatment can ease suffering, but the cure stands tantalizingly just out of reach. This video shows how support from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is helping bring the cure closer through the support of basic scientific research.
The Nazi Holocaust and Communist repression combined to virtually extinguish Jewish life in Eastern and Central Europe. This video reveals a remarkable turn-around as the twentieth century draws to a close. With support from the American Jewish community, a summer camp in Szarvas, Hungary, provides a joyous two week immersion in Jewish religion, culture and tradition to young people who are only now discovering their heritage.
A much-heralded singer first with the Hollies and later with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Graham Nash’s best-remembered song is probably “Teach Your Children Well.” He has taken that message to heart, devoting his energy now to education. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the New York Institute of Technology, and this video tribute, including an interview with him, was shown at the award ceremony.
The elderly in the Former Soviet Union are suffering dreadfully in the wake of the fall of Communism. Social services have been reduced to a shambles. Fixed pensions retain only a fraction of their former purchasing power. “A Branch of the Family” is a poignant look at how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is helping local communities organize to assist the vulnerable, elderly Jewish population near Kiev in the Ukraine.
This program was used to launch a $75 million endowment campaign. Using archival video and still images, it traces the history, and expresses the grandeur, of this venerable institution without a single, spoken word being uttered. Yet its message about the power of Carnegie Hall to inspire both performers and audiences is clear.
Baruch College, of the City University of New York, has changed in terms of the ethnic composition of its students. But the drive and determination of students to succeed remains as high as ever. Using the framework of a visit to the campus by a highly successful alumnus, this fast-moving, five minute video shows the talent, the persistence, and the basic “grit” in Baruch students that make them successful competitors in today’s New York marketplace.
NYCE, a regional Automated Teller Machine Network, sought to promote its Point-of-Sale service to retail establishments. This five minute video uses “slices of life” along with sophisticated graphics to explain the concept as well as the flow of electronic data, and sell merchants on this time and money-saving service.
Phipps Houses, a 90 year-old non-profit developer of housing for the working poor, has focused in recent years on providing not only physical shelter, but community organization for its tenants. This eleven minute video presentation shows how educational and motivational programs for both adults and youngsters result in higher employment, better performance in school, and better cared-for buildings.
HIAS is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the country. This eleven minute video presentation shows the history of the organization from its beginnings helping Jewish immigrants navigate through Ellis Island, to its more recent work with thousands upon thousands of refugees from the former Soviet Union as they begin new lives in America. Original music was created for this video by Joshua Waletzky, an Academy Award nominee for his documentary, “Music for the Movies”.