So, how to describe the overwhelming success that our secure webcasting solution has been? Well, um, we can't! Or at least we're not allowed to! We did manage to shoot and deliver the Siemens competition at MIT and interviewed some brilliant young minds describing things that are pretty darned impressive. This is our fifth year shooting, editing and posting the Northeast Division news release for Siemens and the Summerlin Group. We produced two secure live webcasts of a quarterly meeting for a large manufacturing company that prefers not to be named - complete with full AV services support - 2 proejctors, screens, PA system, camera, etc. We produced two Client Conference webcasts, complete with AV and video production support for their dinners, workshops and full-day presentations for a Boston-based financial company, who also prefers not to be mentioned, supplied an audio console, PA system and technician for a meeting at Hanscom Field, supplied a bunch of 50" and 60" LCD screens for various clients, edited a presentation for yet another financial customer who would prefer to be nameless, edited video for Liberty Mutual Insurance, provided projection for our friends at Boston Early Music Festival, provided projection for Raytheon, several hundred DVDs for WGBH, and finished up by providing playback, projection, screens and sound for the South Shore YMCA "Enchanted Evening" on November 30th, which raised over $232,000 for ther annual support campaign!
The Harvard Signet Society has been promoting the intellectual, literally and artistic life at Harvard for quite a while (since 1870). We've been supporting their dinner for a somewhat shorter period (not yet a decade) but every year we enjoy the poetry, music, and speakers that make up a Signet dinner.
We are less tempted by the two champagne bowls from which 170 very smart people drink.
This year we provided a small pa system, wireless microphones, a piano and a camera to record the event for posterity, and the staff to run it all. (The staff didn't play the piano, though, that would have been very bad.)
This weekend Boston Event Works, and Mr Youth, brought us in to help with some of the tech at the 2011 College Fest. Over the years, College Fest has grown into a pretty big event with a lot of moving pieces. This year we provided Chrome Books, MiFi's, DJ Gear, Wireless Microphones, Radios, Flat Panel Displays, Cameras, Post Production Services, File Hosting and Staffing . . . Not to mention a fair bit of know how and more than just a smidge of improvising.
Case in point, Mid-afternoon on Friday it was decided that we needed "Helmet Cameras." Getting the cameras from one of our partners was no problem, but the head gear is not generally included ...
Not wanting to let a client down, we uttered the phrase that so often escapes our lips: "I'll figure something out." A few ideas were thrown around--Gaffe Tape / Visor / Drill Press / Hard Hat--but in the end we solved the problem with a $6 trip to Home Depot, a couple of promotional hats we had in the closet, and Seth's Gerber multi-plier.
College fest seemed to get a pretty good response this year, and we think that its high-energy, give-it-a-go attitude is a big part of that. We love the "Can We Do _____?" questions that come up in those environments, and we're looking forward to improvising something new next year.
The Indiana University Jacobs school of music is performing "Sacabuche" (right now) at St. Paul's Cathedral near the Boston common. The acoustics are surprisingly good here so the performance really only needs a couple of 10" speakers to help "pop" the voices.
And that works out well as we only had an hour to set up a PA system a 5000 lumen projector and a 10 foot wide screen.
Fortunately with a good crew and some forethought you can accomplish almost anything.
We managed to be ready 20 minutes early...