Between the members of our team, we have conducted over a thousand on-camera interviews, shot and edited reality television and television commercials, produced a high volume of web video content for businesses in just about every industry imaginable, and have had the privilege of working individually and in collaborative teams to provide video services for a wide range of clients throughout the United States, including Digitas, Random House, Del Rey, AHRMM, AONE, TEDxCambridge, MITX, Microsoft, DogWatch, Ram Truck, PowerBar, Ace Ticket, PatientKeeper, and Simon & Schuster.
We pick the right tools for the job
We always use professional-level video and audio equipment, and edit with Final Cut Pro, Motion, and After Effects. Among the tools in our arsenal are several Sony AVCHD camcorders; Canon HDSLRs with a variety of lenses; tripods, monopods, shoulder rigs, mounted slider dollies, and a Glidecam; wireless lavalier microphone kits with Tram microphones; interview lighting kits; green and blue screens; and backgrounds on stands.
We are reliable.
We arrive on time, meet deadlines, and do the job right. Should an unforeseen problem arise, we solve it. We understand the demands of fast-paced businesses, and are committed to living up to the trust our clients place in us.
We know video production is about the people
While professional equipment and technical skills are essential to video production, the human element is equally important. Whether conducting interviews up close, shooting b roll from afar, directing voice-over talent, or reviewing script details, we always treat our clients and their colleagues (and everyone else, for that matter) with the same consideration we show our friends and family. We know how overwhelming video production can be, which is why our continuing goal is to make the experience as fun and easy as possible for clients.
Shana is a Boston-area native who left town for four years to study architecture at Columbia University. After school she began an internship a reality TV production company in Boston, and soon became a Post-Production Supervisor after discovering a love of editing. Shana spends her spare time reading, doing crossword puzzles, and working.
Dave has worked in the video field since 2002, when he took an internship at a reality TV production company in Boston. Since then he’s logged thousands of hours behind the camera, and has directed and produced a wide variety of projects. He grew up in suburban New Jersey, earned a B.A. degree in English and American Literature at Brandeis University, and enjoys skiing, music, and discussing Star Wars.
Ken has extensive experience in the field of photography, ranging from commercial and event work to covering some of the biggest rock acts of the mid 2000′s like Muse, Interpol, and The Cure. Ken’s keen eye and thorough knowledge of lighting and DSLRs has made him an invaluable member of the Shave Media team. As a videographer he excels at composing elegant shots that bring out the best in any subject.
Tim graduated with a BA in film production from Wheaton College. Having begun his media studies in college, his love for it grew fast and he’s been hooked ever since. While relatively new to the field, his passion for all things media has allowed him to gain much experience in all spectrums of media – web design, film, animation, viral marketing, sound recording, and photography.
Recently, Shave Media came to our salon on Newbury Street to film our video. We had a wonderful experience and truly enjoyed the process. With their ideas and clear instructions the video process went extremely smoothly. Because of their professionalism we look forward to doing additional work with them. I believe because of the positive experience the end results reflected in the same finished video. Working with others in the past the results have fallen far short of our expectations, not this time! Wonderful work!
Shave Media recently co-sponsored TEDxUMassAmherst, which was held on April 13, 2013 in Amherst, MA. This was the second TEDx Talks event had the opportunity to help produce; in 2011 we filmed and edited the videos for TEDxCambridge, several of which were featured on TED.com. In an upcoming post, we’ll give tips to TEDx organizers on how to get the best possible video coverage of their events.
Our sponsorship for TEDxUMassAmherst included post-production on all videos, which are embedded below.
TEDxUMassAmherst featured a stellar line-up of speakers: Chris Herren (former Celtics player),
David Meerman Scott (best-selling author and marketing thought leader),
Brian Halligan (CEO of Hubspot),
Scott Kirsner (columnist for the Boston Globe),
Moschell Coffey (Director of Strategic Growth and Operations for The Good Dog),
Michael Guglielmo (Delete Blood Cancer),
Toni Blackman (Hip-Hop Ambassador),
Steve King (Original Facebook Employee),
Sushil Bhatia (Innovator of Glue Stic),
and Nancy Gahles (CEO, Health & Harmony Wellness Education).
TEDxUMassAmherst also included performances by Mister Barrington,
Early this month we had the opportunity to film at Random House’s May 2013 Open House, a special event where the famed publisher opens its doors to the public, giving fans the opportunities to meet with some of their favorite authors, ask them all sorts of questions, and learn about the exciting world of publishing.
The May 2013 Random House Open House began with a conversation with actor/author Lauren Graham, well-known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Lauren Graham’s discussion of her debut novel Someday, Someday, Maybe was followed by the panel Defeating the Culture of Bullying, featuring authors Emily Bazelon (Senior Editor at slate.com) and RJ Palacio.
Lunchtime gave visitors the opportunity to attend breakout sessions with the Random House staff, while enjoying special box lunches inspired by Random House cookbooks. The diverse sessions including staff from the editing team, Random House audio, and the team behind George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.
The afternoon sessions began with the panel Bringing a Bestseller to Life, which featured William Landay, author of hit novel Defending Jacob, and the Random House team that helped bring the book to readers everywhere. Next, celebrated chef and Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli discussed her debut cookbook Old-School Comfort Food in the presentation A Love Affair with Food. The afternoon was rounded out with a panel on upcoming summer Buzz Books, with authors J. Courtney Sullivan, Colum McCann, Karin Slaughter, and Marisha Pessl.
All the authors signed copies of their books, and fans were treated to complimentary books from the summer reading list.
Random House Open House ended with a cocktail hour and dessert specialties from Sara Snacker and Puddin’, a sweet end to an exciting day.
Part of the challenge of filming Random House Open House was being able to move quickly between locations and switch from a presentation coverage set-up to an interview set up. For cameras we used a Canon 60D DSLR with a 50mm lens and a fisheye lens, and a Sony NEX-EA50 with a zoom lens and a 50mm lens. We used tripods, a monopod and a slider dolly to allow for a variety of shots and location constraints.
We always enjoy working with Random House, and look forward to future events at their headquarters in New York.
Last week we worked with author/consultant/speaker Nicco Mele and his team to film footage for three web videos and a speaker reel. We will be editing the videos over the next few weeks.
Nicco’s first book, The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath, was published by St. Martin’s Press on April 23, 2013. In it, he explores the consequences of living in a socially-connected society, drawing upon his years of experience as an innovator in politics and technology. The three web videos will present the inspiration behind the book and some of its key ideas.
We make a point of reading our client authors’ featured works whenever possible, The End of Big was a good read. We found it particularly relevant to our work, because most of what we do is dependent on rapidly-evolving web-based technology and corresponding social trends. However, the ideas in this book should be of universal interest, since the internet is everywhere and affects just about every aspect of our lives.
You can learn more about The End of Big by clicking HERE.
Over the past few years we’ve produced numerous television commercials for Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, based in Natick, Massachusetts. Unlike many auto dealerships that rely on factory footage from the manufacturer, Brigham-Gill uses 100% original footage shot on location at the dealership. This means more air time for the actual dealership, giving viewers the opportunity to see what differentiates Brigham-Gill from other dealerships.
We also like this approach because it projects confidence and transparency. Brigham-Gill has an attractive dealership, and a substantial number and variety of vehicles on the lot, all of which is conveyed through onsite footage. Here’s a pair of two recent spots we produced for Brigham-Gill, using onsite footage, along with a stand-up we shot at our green screen studio.
We’re very excited to have our Random House Video now showing on Huffington Post! This was an exciting event for all people interested in the world of publishing, with panels of high-profile authors, editors, and publishers.
Working with publishing companies, and helping them with book trailers and event coverage, has become one of our specialties over the years. We look forward to our upcoming projects with Random House in 2013!
Last Friday we filmed Random House’s exciting Open House event at their New York City headquarters. Random House Open House included panels, discussions, and sessions with some of the biggest names in literature and publishing, plus a lunch inspired by some very enticing cookbooks, and a wine tasting to wrap up the day.
We filmed with a two-person, and used two camcorder, a DSLR, and a collection of tripods and stabilization devices – including a slider dolly and the GlideCam.
As always, it was a pleasure working with Random House!
This Friday we’ll be filming at Random House’s Open House Event in New York City. This unique event gives book lovers the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, and the ticket price includes a special lunch and wine-tasting.
Interested in attending? Information and tickets can be found HERE.
Over the past few years, new technologies and trends have dramatically
changed the landscapes of marketing, digital media, and video
production. In order to meet the evolving needs of our clients, we
have upgraded our offerings, techniques and tools, and continue to
grow our team.
Some of our new offerings include social media video packages for
businesses, green screen studio productions, and comprehensive event
coverage. We have also expanded our work with publishing companies,
who are using video trailers, author profiles, and book demos to
engage customers in the digital marketplace. And we are now using the
studio to shoot music videos!
New techniques? With the growing prevalence of mobile video viewing,
we have begun creating shots that are optimized for screens of all
sizes – from large-screen televisions to tablets and mobile devices.
And the shots we’re getting leverage new tools like large-sensor
camcorders and DSLRs, and stabilization devices such as the Glidecam
and slider dollies, all to achieve a higher production value, a more
What really makes any organization, of course, is the people. And so
we’ve expanded our in-house team and our larger network, enabling us
to offer our clients a wider array of high-quality services.
Whether your business is located in California, Toronto, Tokyo, or our
hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, we look forward to bringing you
exception videos that enable you to engage existing customers and find
new ones in the digital marketplace.
More to come, your feedback is welcome and encouraged!
David Jackel, Partner
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