In case you missed it, our monthly hangout for March featured Graham Hill of hireuavpro.com and Shawn Murry of CloudBase Aerial Imaging discussing the latest drone technology and the state of UAV flight in video production today. Watch the entire hangout below, and if you are in our creative network be sure to join us next month!
Konova K2 Slider
Whether you are new to video production or a seasoned filmmaker, a slider is a great piece of gear to take your production to the next level. Sliders are easy to operate, fairly portable, and extremely versatile. Throw a slider on a tripod and break away from the typical panning or stagnant shot. Use it to create “reveal" shots that slide around a corner, or introduce subjects slowly into the frame. Use it to add some dynamic motion to an interview. Get Creative! Most people think of sliders as adding a simple side-to-side motion to their video, but with the right combination of tripod heads and a little bit of practice you can orient your slider vertically to get some awesome up-and-down shots.
If you are thinking about purchasing your first slider, replacing your old one, or just adding a second to your arsenal, we recommend Konova Sliders. Konova offers a wide range of affordable sliders to meet any filmmaker’s needs. Their base model, the K2, comes in 4 different sizes - 60cm, 80cm, 100cm, and 120cm. For most productions, we find that 60cm is more than enough length, and you can’t beat the price at $229.00 (On sale as of this posting for $189 on their website).
Another great thing about the Konova K2 is it’s versatility, and available accessories. The legs are fully adjustable to adapt to various surfaces, and the slider is equipped with 1/4” and 3/8" threads throughout for attaching the slider to tripods and light stands, as well as adding friction arms for monitors and lights. Available accessories include a crank handle set for smoother slides, and a remote motion controller for automated use.
Pick up your Konova K2 on Amazon.com
Caleb Pike at DSLRVideoShooter.com reviews the Konova K2
October 22, 2014
Video creation marketplace StudioNow joins forces with Bluwave Productions and adds leading U.S. cable TV ad sales organization to roster of Fortune 500 clients
NASHVILLE, TN, October 22, 2014 – StudioNow, the leader in providing scalable solutions for video content creation, announced today that Bluwave Productions, which operates one of the country’s largest video field production networks, is joining StudioNow. Effective immediately, Bluwave Productions will become a wholly owned subsidiary of StudioNow.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Bluwave Productions provides video ad production services to clients that include one of the nation’s largest cable tv ad sales organizations. Bluwave operates in 22 markets in the Southeast.
As part of the new combination, Jim Dalton, Bluwave’s founder, will join StudioNow as an advisor and key shareholder. Charlie Bolton will continue as Vice President and General Manager of Bluwave.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bluwave’s team to the StudioNow family,” said David Mason, StudioNow CEO. “Bluwave has mastered the art of creating quality content at scale. Their highly efficient model for leveraging the best talent from across the country at the best possible price mirrors our own approach. They will provide a huge boost to StudioNow's ability to offer our market-leading solutions to Fortune 500 companies, brands, agencies and SMB’s.”
StudioNow offers businesses a suite of services and technology that provides streamlined access to its global video creation marketplace. These offerings dramatically enhance businesses’ video production capabilities, provide true scale, and reduce costs.
“By combining with StudioNow, Bluwave will have more resources to meet the needs of our clients in our region and across the country,” said Jim Dalton. “We gain access to StudioNow’s industry-leading video production platform and 8,000 creative professionals, including directors, producers, animators, voice actors, editors, cinematographers, photographers, writers and other creative resources.”
Founded in 2007, StudioNow provides large organizations with a scalable solution for sourcing and managing video production, from project inception to asset management, distribution, and measurement. Services range from on-site studio build-out and management to a comprehensive video production platform integrated with a global network of video production professionals.
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated. For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.
A stori A film, LLC is a production company based out of New York City. Starting in 2009, Andrew Waffenschmidt and John Gebhart formed A stori A film to create content for corporate clients, as well as independent film producers. As a team, they’ve worked on a wide array of content, from testimonial videos, sketch comedy, short films, music videos, web series, to promo videos. Through StudioNow they’ve been able to diversify their portfolio, working on projects for clients like Verizon, British Airways, L’Oreal, Target, Maybelline, Twitter, Penguin, ClearChannel, and many others. Their partnership works because John’s strength lay in production, while Andrew makes the magic happen in post-production. Some of their most rewarding work has come from working with StudioNow, and they hope to do so for long time. AstoriAfilm.com
August 20, 2014
New CTO, CFO, CRO announced and offices opened in San Francisco and New York
NASHVILLE, TN, August 20, 2014 – StudioNow announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series B round led by FCA Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Claritas Capital. The company also announced that it has made key new hires to support its rapid growth and opened offices in San Francisco and New York. The company is focused on being the leader in the digital video creation market that is estimated to be over $23 billion for 2014.
The additions to StudioNow’s management team include new CTO Rob DeMillo, who will also lead the company’s new San Francisco office, CFO Rob Tanner, CRO Michael Thompson, and VP of Business Development Kelly Metz. (See individual bios below.)
StudioNow was founded in January 2007 and raised $3.5 million before being acquired by AOL for $36.5 million in cash and stock three years later. Last year the company was spun out of AOL in a deal led by founder, chairman, and CEO, David Mason and Claritas Capital.
“Our decision to re-establish StudioNow as an independent company and invest in our platform and tools, an expanded management team, and new offices, shows the confidence that we have, and our investors have, in the StudioNow marketplace and community of creators, agencies, and brands,” said David Mason, founder and CEO of StudioNow.
StudioNow provides a suite of services and technology tools designed to match tens of thousands of video content producers with enterprises who need their services. The highly curated global marketplace offers production companies and filmmakers access to countless new opportunities and a platform to help run their business while clients, ranging from small business to Fortune 100 brands, are guaranteed to get the best talent at the best price every time.
Major brands that have used the StudioNow Marketplace include Toyota, Twitter, IBM, AT&T, StyleList, Verizon, FedEx, CafeMom, Kohl’s, Sports Illustrated, AOL, and Pulte Homes. More than 50,000 videos have been created through StudioNow for clients in more than 52 countries around the world. This month it was announced that StudioNow won three Telly awards for their work for AOL, IBM, and Rhett & Link for freecreditscore.com.
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, TN. with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated. For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.
New Additions to StudioNow’s Management Team
Chief Financial Officer
Rob Tanner has oversight of all financial operations, capital and treasury management, and day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Tanner has a diverse background in financial management, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and business strategy within both Fortune 1000 and growth-stage companies.
Chief Revenue Officer
Michael Thompson is responsible for driving revenue; managing sales, marketing, and client services. Thompson has been immersed in sales, marketing, business development and strategy during his 28 years in business as an executive of various private equity backed ventures.
Chief Technology Officer
Rob DeMillo is a 20-year entrepreneurial and media industry veteran, hired by StudioNow to grow the company’s technology team and capabilities and launch the company’s San Francisco office. DeMillo has held CTO positions at Discovery Digital Networks, Revision3, Third Screen Media, and m-Qube; as well as Founder and CTO roles at Transpera and other Silicon Valley-based companies. DeMillo is also a contributing venture partner at the Korean accelerator SparkLabs Global, and is a board advisor on a handful of ad server and mobile startup companies.
VP of Business Development
Kelly Metz is responsible for marketplace strategy, partnerships, and new products. Metz has held various management positions in the software and media industries including Yahoo!, Adobe, and Oracle.
Nashville, TN, August 5, 2014 -
StudioNow is proud to announce that the company and its employees have been recognized as the recipients of three Telly Awards, following the close of voting and deliberation for the 35th Annual Telly Awards.
The company was selected as a Silver Telly Award recipient for their work with "Intertainment" duo, Rhett & Link's freecreditscore.com campaign in the Campaign-Business category.
StudioNow also received two Bronze Telly Awards for their work on AOL's "Upfront Shingerview with Kevin Spacey," in the Information category, as well as for the company's work on IBM's "Solutions for a Smarter Planet" online ad series, which was nominated in the Campaign-Promotions/Branding category.
StudioNow is also proud to announce an additional win for AOL's "This Built America" campaign, a project that StudioNow produced. The project won a Bronze Telly Award in the Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Cultural category.
This is the second consecutive year that StudioNow has come away with multiple Telly Award wins. StudioNow received 1 Silver and 2 Bronze at the 34th Annual Telly Awards in 2013.
NOWWIES® 2014 CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE LIVE FROM THE STUDIONOW PERFORMANCE HALL, NASHVILLE, TN ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, STARTING AT 6P.M. CT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (Feb. 14, 2014) - The 3rd Annual NOWWIES® Awards Ceremony will take place live at StudioNow on Friday, Feb. 23rd, 2013, from 6 to 6:13 p.m. CT, and will be streamed internationally at blog.StudioNow.com beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star studded ceremony will be hosted by Sr. Producer John Ford.
Presenting the NOWWIE Awards in approximately 11 categories will be StudioNow staff Julie Barnick, Jimmy Hunt, and Theo Frank and John Myrrh, 2-time Award Winning Editor Brian Cooney as well as other celebrity staffers. The Third Annual Nominees are to be honored and celebrated in the following categories:
Best Voice Over
- Sam Albertsen — Healthways Bob Nygren
- Meredith Morgan — Penguin: To the Letter
- Ryleigh Mill — Capstone: Krystal Ball Trailer
Best Business Profile
- Alex Hallajian — Newport Beach Recovery Center - YP
- Nnamdi Ejim — Billy Beez Cablevision
- Kieran Heilbron — Ganaraska Animal Clinic - iMatrix
- Greg Pope — YouScience Homepage Student Edut
- Josh Camerote — Toyota SoundWave Sizzle - REACH
- Sam Siske — Indi.com Star: Elisabeth Donaldson - Indi
Best Scramble (Most Impressive Rescue Effort to Save a Project)
- David Clobes — Body Garage Medical Spa – Dex
- Michael Koshkin — Shingerviews - NYC 2013 - AOL
- A Stori A Film — Lada Gaga Billboard in Times Square - Clear Channel
- Lily and Ed David —Haiti - AOL Advertising - IBM
- Katie Walsh / Danielle Elliott —L'Oreal - Women of Worth - Lauren Book – L'Oreal
- Einar Johnson — Initiative Testimonial Shoot - KIA
- Lily and Ed David —Bolzano for IBM - Ogilivy
- Jonathan Caramanus — African Botanics - YouBeauty
- Lloyd Pestell —Shingerviews - Imogene Heap - AOL
Best New Artist
- A Stori A Film —Penguin - Robicelli’s: A Love Story with Cupcakes - Random House
- Uji Films —Pulte LifeTested Long Edit - Pulte
- Michael Shum —Cat Specialist - iMatrix
Best Work By a Production Company
- 15Four — KO 101 Infographic - Coca-Cola
- Definite — I Know Campaign - Kia
- RunRiot — UCLA - IBM / AOL
Best Picture and Lifetime Achievement Awards are held in secrecy until the live show. In the meantime, follow the 3rd Annual NOWWIE Awards Ceremony coverage, updates and breaking news on StudioNow's social networks — Facebook and Twitter. Sidehugs and backpats to all the Nominees!