New Multivision Video Brochure Reaches and Impresses Important Audiences

Sometimes new innovations can be pretty high tech, while looking very low on the technology scale. Such is the case with our dynamic new Multivision product, The Video Brochure. Read more

Infrastructure Projects

Fresh water, wastewater, bridges, seaports, airports: as America’s infrastructure assets age and fall in disrepair, Multivision has been getting ongoing work helping companies that are seeking the job of restoring and rebuilding those critical and basic physical and organizational structures and facilities. Read more

Miami Children’s Museum and Department of Multi-screen interactive displays Energy Exhibit

Our ability with Multi-screen interactive displays won us a contract to create and execute a six screen display for The Miami Children’s museum as they were funded by the Dept. of energy.

The exhibit entitled “My Green house” was to show how kids can do their part to conserve energy, protect the environment and help their family save money.

IMG_4700-300x225It was to be built as part of a huge re-imagination of the museum and one of the first new exhibits.We created the concept of using 6 screens controlled by a series of programmable High Definition video players managed by a Crestron controller. An interactive touch pad would control each screen.

Along with ARTS Paul Bell,we designed the system integration and created the show which featured characters in each room of the house that would react to the touch pad and turn off the lights,close the shade,turn off the water etc.

All scenes were shot on our stage with Green screen and we created the graphics and green screen plates for each room.

The exhibit was fabricated by Miami Exhibits.

Multivision Helps SkyRise Miami Become Reality

Ever since our client, Jeff Berkowitz, approached us about getting involved with his idea to build Miami’s version of the Eiffel Tower, we have been tremendously excited about the project. Jeff is an amazing visionary with big ideas and a proven ability to get things done.

Berkowitz-Dev-photo-with-craneNot too many things offer a bigger idea than that of the 1,000-foot SkyRise Miami tower, being built in the center of downtown at Miami’s Bayside Marketplace.

Jeff’s idea inspired us, and the opportunity to help make this project a reality with our unique brand of video production service was even more exciting.

We have created the video that explained the project, and it has had more then 75,000 views to date, between YouTube and Vimeo.

SkyRise-Miami-renderingMultivision produced it in English, Spanish and Mandarin, showcasing other tourist towers around the world: in Shanghai, Paris, Seattle and Toronto. It’s amazing to see huge numbers of tourists ascending these towers for a birds-eye view of a city.

We created a 3D simulation of the tower with some amazing helicopter HD aerials we shot with a Cineflex camera rig.

For the English version we brought in the voice of The History channel’s Modern Marvels, narrator Max Raphael, as we figured this is sure to be among the marvels that broadcast show will want to showcase.

Berkowitz-Dev-photoIt will be the highest building on the east coast, south of New York City, with an observation deck, a motion 3D theater, a bungee jump attraction (Sky Drop), and a thrill ride high above the city (Sky Plunge). It will also boast a world class nightclub, a Michelin restaurant, and ballroom and meeting space.

It will really be an icon for the city, and the centerpiece for our exciting new downtown. We are honored to be part of its development, helping Jeff and his team.

Now that the citizens of Miami have overwhelmingly voted to let the project proceed, it’s “up, up and away”!

Winter Video Shoot in Driggs, Idaho

Thanks to our client, Huntsman Springs, our video crew got a chance for a video shoot in Driggs, Idaho, a magnificent part of the United States. Driggs is about a forty-minute drive from Jackson Hole, WY, in the Teton mountain range. Our time there was a reminder of what winter feels like in the Northwest.

photo-31-225x300We traveled there during the end a usually snowy ski season. When we first arrived there was no snow, and a 45 to 50-degree sunny Sunday.

But as luck would have it, the weather changed in an instant. We were told the weather is often unpredictable. The next day we were presented with blizzard conditions that brought with it some amazing images, with sixteen inches of new powder on the ski slopes.

photo-300x231Along with our Jackson Hole based video crew, on-camera talent from the Salt Lake City area, and a RED Epic® camera, we went shooting all over the area. These shots included downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and winter wildlife. It was a blast!

photo-4-300x225It’s a truly beautiful area, and we will return this summer to continue telling the Huntsman Springs story, and showcasing summer activities that are available there. These include hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and golf.

 

Thanks to our editing services we were able to provide 10 minute videos to use on the Huntsman website.

 

We plan to shoot some amazing aerials as well, and really explore the Teton Mountains that rise above the horizon, near the resort community.

Stay tuned…

 

Multivision Designs Interactive Touchscreen Displays for Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group

Creative Displays came to the right place when they called on Multivision to create stunning 42-inch touchscreen HD interactive touchscreen displays for the 2013 Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show in Chicago in November. We have been working with Creative Displays on many corporate video production  projects, using high-tech video applications over the years.

This latest display showcased six videos produced for the Portsmouth, VA based company Massimo Zanetti, who is a major supplier of coffee and private label refreshments.

Massimo Zanetti Booth, Chicago. Photo courtesy of Brad Hopkins, Creative Displays.

Massimo Zanetti Booth, Chicago.
Photo courtesy of Brad Hopkins, Creative Displays.

The touchscreen display allowed the viewer to touch one of six on-screen buttons to select a video that explained an area of interest. The system then played the video they selected.

Our production crew in Miami deployed an Apple® Macintosh® based solution using a Mac® Mini controller and touchscreen overlay panels, developed byMusic Computing, to achieve a seamless switch between videos. Visit our portfolio for more on Interactive Touchscreen Displays.

Macintosh® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

Tutti Music Player™ App Harnesses Video Multi-stream Technology

Multivision is excited to become a part of the Tutti Dynamics family, and participate in its certain future growth.

It was almost 15 years ago when a student intern from Coral Gables Senior High School, Darren Hoffman, walked through the doors of Multivision and became a part of our video production family. Right away we recognized that he was a talented, tenacious, and goal-oriented young man, and that same spirit has stayed with him into adulthood.

After completing his Multivision internship, Darren moved on to Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where he earned degrees in film and music. Throughout it all he continued to come back (still has a key to the place) and has always been a part of our  video production team.

Annie Berkowitz and Darren Hoffman

Annie Berkowitz and Darren Hoffman

Now, we are proud to be part of his team, as Tutti Dynamics develops an amazing app that takes everything that we ever did here, using multiple sources of synchronized video, and elegantly wraps it into a managed application that is striking a chord in music education.

The Tutti Music Player enables music students to learn to play with the masters of music. With artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, users can use their iPad® or iPhone® to play along with them, read the sheet music, and control the music mix along the way. Tutti means “all play” in Italian music notation, and soon we hope all music students will be downloading the Tutti Music Player.

Darren prepares for the Tutti Music Player™ launch in Miami, Florida

Darren prepares for the Tutti Music Player™ launch in Miami, Florida

The Tutti Music Player app is free in the Apple® App Store, and users pay for the content as they go. Special licenses have been granted and sold to educational institutions like Tulane University, several high school music programs, and more are on the way.

Tutti-Screen-Shot-300x234Multivision is working with Tutti Dynamics in the refinement of the recording process, and in creating some new and exciting uses of the Multi-stream Technology.

 

iPad® and iPhone® are trademarks of Apple Inc., Tutti Music Player is a trademark of Tutti Dynamics

Launching a corporate video in Destination Resorts: Resorts World Bimini

It was no surprise to us when Genting, our client, called on us to help them with the initial branding and launch of their new project in the Bahamas, Resorts World Bimini. After all, we have worked closely with the folks at Genting since they acquired the Miami Herald building and Hilton properties in downtown Miami.  We have provided numerous corporate video production services for them since 2010.

The firm would also work with us in New York City in their Queens casino, and had us help with preparing presentations for their new casino resort venture in Las Vegas. We were thrilled when they approached us again. This time it would be a whole new video production to introduce the concept of Resort Destination Gaming in Bimini, in the Bahamas.

Genting, along with Bimini Bay, were about to open a new casino and introduce a new concept in cruising to the travel industry. We were asked to help explain it.

Back-of-Scotts-Head-300x225With limited time to pull it all together we wrote scripts and organized multiple videography sessions to the island, including a shoot in the casino that was still under construction.  Our video crew was all over Bimini.

 

Bob-at-seaplane-300x225We travelled by Seaplane, helicopter and boat, and shot some magnificent video of the island, as well as the new Bimini Superfast ship that had just arrived in Miami.

 

Bob-and-Pilot-300x225Using a CineFlex HD camera on the JetStar helicopter we got some amazing footage that became the key to the piece, and told the story of the beauty of Bimini and the excitement of this project. This footage is also being used as the main element in a series of new TV spots for the resort.

 

Superfast-Ship-300x225We put together the launch video, and also helped stage the opening event at the Port of Miami in June. The new ship was christened by the prime minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, and his wife Bernadette Hanna.

 

We are always excited to help show something new and exciting. This new way of vacationing and leisure time fun is definitely all about that.

 

Opening Kickoff Video Presentation for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

It’s really hard for me to believe, but there has been one major community presentation that we have now produced for a straight 35 years: the Goals Conference “kick off” video presentation for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. It’s a project that needs to be fresh, unique, and reflect the personality and achievements of the organization, as well as those of the outgoing chairman each year.

When we did the first Goals Conference more than three decades ago we used dozens of slide and film projectors, all chained to a computer-controlled system, and spread over giant panoramic screens. Each was quite a major  video production, and when we packed up we used a large truck to carry all the specialized gear we needed.

Over the years we developed themes like Momentum, Chamber Survivor, Teamwork Works, How the Chamber was Won (a western), Sgt. Lachers Lonely Heart Club Band(a Beatles parody), Superman, Goalsmember (Austin Powers parody), and Addicted to Goals. We touched on timely topics like hurricane Andrew, and casino gambling, just to name a few.

We’ve seen Miami and the Chamber through good times and tough times, and have always taken the approach of keeping it positive and funny. Parody seems to work well for us, having a little fun with each outgoing chairman. We have combined video production with live singers, choruses, and built elaborate sets over the years.

Our video crew even closed Biscayne Boulevard one Sunday morning a few years ago, as outgoing Chairman Alan Harper (playing a Sherriff) rode down the street on horseback. But we always also sneak in some real information about the Chamber’s achievements of that year. This year show was no different.

Outgoing GMCC chairman Phillis Oeters (Baptist Health VP of Governmental Affairs) was an amazing sport, as we parodied Katy Perry, and made Phillis change into numerous costumes, wigs, and ran her all over town for the key shooting sessions.

Studio shoot with pyrotechnics

Studio shoot with pyrotechnics

Phillis Oeters and Bob Berkowitz

Phillis Oeters and Bob Berkowitz

Fabulous dance sequences were choreographed by Marissa Alma Nick, and dancers backed up Phillis’ dance moves. Location shots were done all over downtown Miami, and new Multivision aerial videography was debuted as well.

Incoming Chairman Alberto Dosal

Incoming Chairman Alberto Dosal

Executive Producer, Concept, Lyrics – Bob Berkowitz
Producer and Editor – David Marin

Senior Editor, Graphics and Animations – René Borroto
Videography – David Marin, Scott O’Brien, Rafael Maza
Choreography – Marissa Alma Nick
Aerial Photography – Paul Bart
Wardrobe – Maria Roa, Luiza Renuant
Makeup Artists – Alexis Renny, Jenny Pérez
Music – Reed Fasse, Michael Montuori
Indoor Fireworks – Pyrotechnica
Narration – Sheila Hart
Production Assistant – Laura Becerra

Corporate video production 24 Hours with Jonathan Winters

I write this after reading of the passing of one of the great comic minds in the last 50 years. A man whose wit and imagination blazed a path for other giants of improvisational comedy that were to follow. I am speaking of Jonathan Winters, who died on April 14 at age 87.

I remember the magical 24 hours we spent with Mr. Winters quite a few years ago in the early 1990’s.

Father-Cruise

At the time we were producing  the corporate video production for most of the inaugural ship celebrations for our client, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, at a time when it seemed like they were turning out new “bigger and better” cruise ships at the rate of two a year.

It was always our job to create a fabulous video presentation to show to thousands of travel agents as these new ships left the shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, and made their way across the English Channel to Southampton and then for inaugural celebrations in Boston, New York City, down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal, and to the West Coast Ports. At each stop, thousands of travel agents would see our shows and explore the new ship.

For each new vessel, we created a unique theme, and a show that often involved multiple projectors, huge videowalls and special effects. We always tried to do each  video one better than the last – to make each presentation something the audiences would remember.

Personally, I always loved writing comedy and still believe that people love to laugh – and that helps sell product. Challenged with the creation of a new show, my mind went to the famous old Mel Brooks – Carl Reiner routine, “The Worlds Oldest Man,” which I always found to be a comic masterpiece. What if I did a variation on that theme for this show and created “The Worlds First Cruiser: Father Cruise”?

It could be very funny, and offer hilarious bits that could get the audience laughing and still relate to the cruise industry, and the product (showcasing the new Royal Caribbean ship).

At my initial pitch meeting with my client, then VP Sales of Royal Caribbean, Mike Applebaum, I presented the idea and read some of the script I had written. Mike laughed at each segment and loved it.

He then said, ”How do you produce a piece like this?” Jokingly, I said “Easy, I  get Robin Williams.” Mike said without missing a beat, “How much would he charge?” He was totally serious.

Well, I knew that Robin Williams was not affordable for a production like this – not even close. He was in the height of his career, making movies – a Hollywood “A lister.” But it got me thinking – what about alternatives? How about the next best thing: Jonathan Winters?  Someone who Robin Williams always said gave him the inspiration to do what he did. I wondered, what was he doing? I had seen him on some hilarious TV commercials recently.

It didn’t take long to find his agent, make a deal (it still wasn’t cheap), but the client loved it and was able to get the budget and the idea was approved. A production date was set.

I was so excited to work with Jonathan Winters, knowing he was doing a comedy bit that I wrote. I worked on the copy for weeks and sent him a draft a few days before he was to fly to Miami for the shoot in our South Miami  video production studio.

His agent said the Mr. Winters “loved the script” and thought it was very funny, and that he would most likely be improvising a bit and wouldn’t read exactly what I wrote – but would add to it.

Of course, I thought. This was Jonathan Winters. I want him to go crazy and improvise on what I wrote, and make it a masterpiece of his comic genius.

The shoot day came, and I was to pick Mr. Winters and his manager up at the airport, have dinner with him, Mike, and a small group of people, to talk about the next days’ session, and to get to know our star.

At the airport Mr. Winters was polite and quiet. He was very complimentary of the script, my ideas, and what we were planning to shoot the next day. But at one point his manager pulled me aside and suggested that we don’t talk about the next day’s session, as Jonathan will “do better” when he doesn’t go into a scene with lots of instructions.

I said that was no problem. Besides, we would have a teleprompter there to make it easy on him. “Oh, no…” his manager insisted, “he won’t need a teleprompter. He never uses one.”

“That’s odd,” I thought. “Did he memorize all my dialog?” It was eight pages of script and anecdotes, and I was curious how he would do that much copy from memory. But, we went to dinner, and I must say he was on that night!

He was doing comedy routines with the waiters, the people at the next table, and anyone that passed by and asked for an autograph. We laughed so hard that I remember actually having pain in my sides the next day. Not just me, every one of the 8-10 people who had joined us for dinner at the Grand Bay Hotel that night had a totally memorable evening.

The shoot day came, and Mr. Winters arrived right on schedule. The Limo driver walked into the studio, laughing, apparently he too was the recipient of some of his humor.

We put the main points of the scripts on large cue cards to be safe, so it wouldn’t slow down the shoot.

We got Mr. Winters into the first of six costumes – a Viking outfit. Big horns and all. He was a riot, and got right into the part with a Norwegian accent. The cameras rolled, and for the next ten minutes he made up a story about the Vikings and the first Nordic cruiser, a guy he named “Horny Olaf” (on the spot). The crew and I had to put napkins in our mouths so we would not laugh out loud, and spoil the recording. It got a little “R-rated,” and then evolved to the “X-rated” side. I worried how we would edit it, but we just let him go. After all, this was Jonathan Winters. How can you stop genius and tell him to “stick to the script”?

In the next scene he was to play a Nile cruiser on Cleopatra’s barge. We had an Egyptian outfit for him, and once again he went off talking about Elizabeth Taylor. Her many husbands, her boobs, her sexual appetite… you name it. It went on for 10 minutes and it was a riot.

Again, in my head I am thinking “how the hell am I going to ever edit this?” And can I possibly get him to do anything close to the script I wrote, and that was fully approved by the client?

I pulled his manager aside and explained my concerns. He said quite matter-of-factly, “You hired Jonathan Winters, not an actor. He doesn’t read scripts. He gets a story in his mind and tells it.”

Well, that thought had never crossed my mind.

I was panicking a bit, but Mike (the client) from Royal Caribbean was laughing so hard we removed him from the studio and had him watch from the control room. We talked it over and agreed to let him “do his thing.” There was no point in doing anything else.

We would get what we would get!

We went on and did a total of six scenes plus, two or three he made up on his own. This went on for hours.

At lunch break a FedEx delivery man walked in the door, and Jonathan did a whole routine on FedEx, and entertained the driver and everyone for 20 minutes.

By 3 p.m. Mr. Winters was exhausted (he was in his 70’s at the time) and it was time to stop. We called it a “wrap,” he said his good-byes, and said to me very sincerely,” I hope you got what you wanted. I have no idea what I did, but I hope it was good.”

He smiled, got in the limo and left.

We now had 4 hours of Jonathan Winters on tape and over the next week or two we edited away to get something that was not “X-rated,” and something that had anythingto do with Royal Caribbean, or the product. It was funny alright, but we hit a creative wall. It just wasn’t working for our intended purpose.

It was funny… but not for what we needed.

We then decided that while it was comic genius, we simply couldn’t use it at all, so we would not use it. And the truth is, it has never has been seen by an audience. The tapes still sit on our shelf in the warehouse.

But with his passing this last week I stopped to think about his genius and about the day I laughed longer and harder than I ever have in my life, and I thank him for that.

Now, I will wade through the warehouse, find those tapes, and maybe I will put it on YouTube, now that he is gone.