Archive for August, 2010

CineSliders and Spider Dollies

Moving ahead with assembling great teams to add to our productions and learning the ups and downs, we are investing in the tools to be able provide that video element for the internet and multimedia at a low cost on our print shoots.

Independent Contractor App

So many times on a production we’ve encountered someone that forgets or doesn’t have an invoice for us.  Many times we have to try and track those people down to get their invoice so we can complete the bill for the project.

Our first solution was to carry blank paper invoices with us on production so we can get things resolved quickly, but now we can have the independent contractors enter their information on our production iPad and complete their invoice right there on location.  They enter their information, put in the items that they are charging for (the iPad does the math), and then the App can email a copy of the invoice right to themselves while on location so they have a record.

We can also email a copy of the invoice to ourselves, or sync the App to our desktop and print out the copy when we are in the office.



Back at it with Saatchi and some great Cats and Dogs for another round. Thanks Marcie!

HSBC Casting for London Shoot

HSBC Casting for London Shoot.

Talent is just one of our specialties, but for real hard to find people we reach out to REDPENNY ,, to solve any of the tricky talent finds. This was no exception, RP took to the streets with their mandarin crew to seek out real authentic talent.

Gettysburg Project

Save Gettysburg Project.

In July the Director Jeff Griffith, a good friend of Planet PrePro needed production support on a project he was working on to save Gettysburg from a developer putting a casino 1/4 mile from the battlefield.

Jeff spent the day in our NYC studio with DP James Curry and his team shooting celebs Ken Burns, Stephen Lang and Matthew Broderick. I brought my son in to see the process and meet the celebs as well as listen to the speeches given. Great day all around.

Frank Deluca from the Civil War Preservation Trust was on had all day and it was great to see and hear all the great stories associated with this amazing time in US history.

Click here: Save Gettysburg to watch the video.

Wells Fargo – Northern California

Following up the Travelers job, we stayed over and started a project for Wells Fargo with Jim Krantz in the Bay Area.

What a great time we had working with the team from Wells Fargo and our first project with Jim Krantz was a bonding experience.

Great locations (thank you Birdman, Stagling Family Vineyards and Dowling Studios), great food and great wine.

Below are 2 emails we received about the shoot.

From the homeowner:

“Hi Jane,

Barbara and I are writing to tell you of an exceptionally nice experience Barbara and I recently had on a day-long photo shoot at our home in Woodside.  The shoot was sponsored by Wells Fargo for its upcoming advertising program directed to high net worth individuals.

A few weeks back, Birdman, Inc., the site selection company called to ask if we would have our home available for one-day photo shoot sometime in the next week or two. Since our home has been photographed and featured in magazines for various events, I asked about the terms and found that it was for an upscale advertisement of Wells Fargo Bank. Since Barbara banks at Wells, and we know you, we were happy to agree.

We were warned in advance that a full crew was going to be present, but when two large moving vans, a full size mobile home and a large crew with multiple tents showed up,  we feared a media invasion  and the filming of an EPIC was certainly underway.  However, the entire day could not have been organized more professionally. We were delighted to be introduced and chatted briefly with each and every crew member, the producer , the talented photographer, the models, the child’s representative and the child’s parents, the dog groomer, even the dog–and several very nice people from Wells Fargo. They all worked non-stop, took care of our home as well as they would have their own, and left it spotless.

To send our experience over the top, at the very end of the day, Jim Krantz, the really talented photographer, was kind enough to take several photos of our pool area, of me and my first bronze, a few of which are attached.

So, hooray for Wells Fargo and their excellent choice of  talented  suppliers, vendors, consultants, creative support teams and all round good people!   All we can say, is “impressive.” Brava! Bravo! ”

And from the Client:

“Dear Richard,

Thank you so much for copying all of us on your nice note to Jane! We can’t thank you and Barbara enough for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful home. The coordination of the day and how we wrapped up at your home is truly a testament to the professionalism of our producer, Scott Davis, and his fantastic crew. On behalf of Wells Fargo, thank you very much.”

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