Personal Statement: After working for leading companies in the production and AV staging industry for 30 years, I have had some incredible opportunities since taking the leap in 2009 to operating my own consultative management business. I have been able to continue to support the many great working relationships that I have built up over the years with my existing clients. In doing so, I’ve been able to offer them customized ‘turn-key’ equipment packages in addition to my management services. As my business has grown, I have forged some great new client and vendor relationships and been able to explore a whole new type of technical support service for their projects; for example I have recently helped produce A Grammy party for Rolling stone and Google+ digital launch of their new Google + RS application. I’ve technically overseen many web-casts and interactive ‘video mapped’ artistic displays, such as the recent Superbowl party for ESPN.
I have been successful in consulting and producing for a variety of production companies, event - marketing and PR firms for many years. My specialty is working with a creative group and translating their creative needs into a project with technical and design specifications. I help them write the RFP. As the project comes to life, I will build a strong technical production team to support their creative team, and carry the event through to a successful completion. We are the guys “ behind the curtain” making the magic happen. I’m a corporate production industry veteran, with a broad resource network of video engineering and technical project specialists. I bring in the right crew to manage and accomplish these goals on time and within budget.
See below for a partial resume of my clients and projects with which I have had the privilege to be involved:
I have provided technical staging, video, audio, and lighting support for many high profile clients, including: Sony Studios May Screenings, Rolling Stone, Google+, Zac Hartog events, Sony’s Media Services Department, Feats inc. (serving many higher institutions of learning), The Crystal / Lucy Awards ‘Women in Film’, ESPN’s Superbowl Party on location for the last 10 years, the AACTA Awards (the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts ), Silicon Valley Bank annual meeting, St. Mary’s College annual RSWG event on campus, Support for Neal Armstrong’s (NASA) Flight Research Center at Edwards Air force Base, Universal, Fox and Disney Studios, E3 events and various trade show booths, Merrill Lynch, the Grammy Awards press area, USC, UCLA, The City of Los Angeles, Event Eleven, Skechers USA, Boeing / TPN, Verizon, General Mills, and many, many others. I have adapted my role in each of these projects to meet their unique requirements. When needed, I will serve as a content manager, or (TD) Technical Director “calling” the show for a live event, other times I will be a technical producer, sourcing equipment and manpower and adding whatever else, that is needed to deliver a successful show!
• Since 2007 I’ve been part of the production team supporting Discovery Communications.
My job description has been different each year, managing webcasts, breakout rooms, teleconference segments and focus groups at their national sales meetings or upfront events, always working in tandem with my producer and the end clients at Discovery creative. One year I was in charge of the production of a stunning 3D closing segment for the upfront tour. I coordinated the creative content delivery and managed the 3D display team for the tour. The result was described by the Discovery creative producer as the “best ever” upfront closing module to date. I am proud to be part of the DePalma productions team supporting these events and shows for Discovery.
• In the last several years I’ve provided technical production support for Event Eleven’s various live events including:
A series of great Super bowl parties for ESPN. The talent for these shows included Ludacris, Kid Rock, and Drake, Cee Lo Green and many others. In 2015 the bands were Charlie XCX and J.Cole. This incredible party featured a 380’ long 20’ tall panoramic video screen with scenic video mapping effects and live image magnification artfully designed live by a VJ.
We had great success for event elevens client working with an Augmented Reality (AR Video) project as part of a PR campaign which took place in Grand Central Station in NYC. A 20 foot tall jolly green giant interacted with children on a mirror like screen and encouraged them to eat their vegetables!
For another charity fundraiser for Virgin Unite, Event eleven included me in their team to work with BARTKRESA on some very innovative video mapping designs. The show is available for review in the video gallery and featured live dancing in different video environments. This project was also unique because it was webcast to many sites worldwide and also simultaneously to the entire Virgin Atlantic fleet in flight!
Maintaining close ties with my clients has always been a great priority for me, and has led to some great experiences; one of the best of which is when I worked with Mark Flaisher and David Wolper on David's last show, helping Party Planners West and Mark to produce the entertainment gala to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the LA84 Olympic games at the LA coliseum. That was a particularly significant show for me, since Mark and I were both also involved in the original 1984 Olympics closing ceremony.
If you need a drone to shoot some unique aerial video or a team of AV professionals and equipment. I can help! Next time you need support with a conference, live event or trade show, focus on your business, leave the production management to me, let me make the AV part easy for you. It will be my pleasure, thanks for your interest.