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Tampa Video Production Company Films Victor Hedman of The Lightning

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Recently Litewave Media took to the ice at Amelie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for a Volvo TV commercial shoot with Victor Hedman, one of the top defenders in the NHL. The spot was produced along with Moore and Scarry Advertising for Crown Automotive Group and will be airing soon! Our Tampa video production company was thrilled to be back on the ice as we filmed with the Lightning last year for a production as well.

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Director/DP Christian Cashmir & 2nd Cam Tony Ahedo plan out some action shots of Victor with the Sony A7s Mk2 & DJI OSMO.

Crown Automotive brought in seven cars and SUVs and set them up on the ice rink as a back drop for the shoot. The Litewave Media Tampa video production crew began work lighting the cars, with only a short window between the Lightning’s practices to set up. Our production crew brought out 5 cameras to film with including our Canon C300, Canon C100, two Sony A7s mk2’s, a DJI OSMO, and a myriad of Canon L series lenses – all from our Tampa video camera rentals package.

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The Litewave Media Tampa video crew at work filming Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The crew filmed some lines with Victor and the teleprompter, but the shoot really charged up when Victor got on his skates, and the camera team chased him on the ice.

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Director Christian Cashmir and 2nd Cam Operator Tony Ahedo go over lines on the prompter with Victor Hedman.

We used the Sony A7s mk2 mounted on our MoVi M5 gimbal stabilizer as well as the DJI Osmo to capture smooth creative action shots and POV shots of the hockey puck. Some 120 frame slow motion footage accented the skates tearing up the ice.

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Director/DP Christian Cashmir gives chase to Victor Hedman with the MoVi M5 gimbal camera stabilizer.

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Victor Hedman stylishly skids on the ice as the Litewave Media team captures it in slow motion

One of the highlights for our gaffer, was incorporating our newest light, the ARRI Skypanel S60 from our Tampa grip truck rental on the shoot. The Skypanel packs quite a punch and acted as the main key light to illuminate the shots of Victor with the Volvos.

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Our ARRI Skypanel lights up the shot as Christian Cashmir directs with producer Andrew Hebert & Devon Mackinnon runs sound.

The shoot literally went out with a bang as the hockey stadium fired up their Tesla coils and shot electricity charges for our cameras to capture. This electro static footage will be used for a dramatic insert shot in the commercial. The Tesla coils typically only fire up at a hockey game when the Lightning scores, but we were able to turn all the lights off in the entire stadium so that the coils were the only thing lighting the arena – it made for quite a unique effect!

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[All behind the scenes photos captured by Joe Malo]

Tampa Video Production Company Wins One-Take Movie Fest!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The one take! The scene in Goodfellas when Ray Liotta’s character walks into the club and the whole the camera never cuts… Or the opening scene in Touch of Evil? And most recently the Oscar-Winning Birdman – an entire movie filmed in a one-take style. Our Tampa video production company was excited to produce a film using the same technique for the 2016 Single-Take Challenge, with our short, Kiss Tape!

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The cast and crew of “Kiss Tape” after a great night of filming.

The Single-Take Film Challenge, sponsored by ManaSota Films, challenges filmmakers to create a new and original short film. The catch is, there can be absolutely no cuts, meaning the entire film has to be one long take! To pull it off, writers Christian Cashmir and Eric Coughlin began planning a month in advance at our Florida video production studio so that every tiny detail would be ready on the day of filming.

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Co-DP and Steadicam operator Eric Coughlin rehearses blocking with the talent Lexi and Chris

We gathered a cast of over 20 extremely talented actors and a crew to match in order to pull off one of the most fun and challenging films we’ve ever made: a one-shot film that weaves in and out of our video studio during an elaborate movie being made. That’s right, it’s a movie within a movie!

Our crew took about 8 takes to get the film completed. We tweaked the timing as we progressed through the night. Almost every take was usable, but the very last take was the one we used. Even though we had over 20 actors they never missed a line!

For the shoot, Christian Cashmir and Eric Coughlin directed and Co-DP’d, bringing both their skill and expertise to the project. For the shoot the Litewave Media team brought gear from our Tampa video equipment rental packages, filming on a Canon C300 MkII with the Canon 15.5-47 Cinema zoom lens. Because it was a film within a film, our St Petersburg video production crew were able to “hide” by pretending to be actors crewing the behind-the-scenes film, but actually acting as crew on the real film. It was film crew Inception: crew within crew within crew!

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Director Christian Cashmir gives the cast final notes before filming the first take of “Kiss Tape” while actor Chuck preps the pooch.

Once we finished principal photography, it was time to head back to our Tampa post production studio, where Christian Cashmir mixed sound and colored the film, bringing it to it’s final form so it could be submitted to the competition. It was accepted a week later and…..

Just last week, our film Kiss Tape premiered at the 2016 Single-Take Challenge in beautiful Sarasota, where it competed against many other excellent filmmakers from all around the country. There, we took home two awards, including Best Film and Most Entertaining Film! Congratulations to all of our extraordinarily talented cast and crew for helping bring Kiss Tape to life!

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Our Tampa video production company took home the Best Film and Most Entertaining awards!

Check out the finished film below:

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Tampa Video Production Company Produces STAR WARS Fan Film!!

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

A few weeks back, our Tampa video production company had the chance to write, shoot, and edit a Star Wars fan film for the official competition sponsored by Lucasfilm and Disney! The challenge, put on yearly, encourages filmmakers to write, produce, and edit their very own fan film set in the Star Wars universe. There are various categories in which filmmakers can garner recognition: best visual effects, filmmaker select, audience choice, and more. When our Tampa video production company heard about the competition, we just had to throw our lightsabers into the mix!

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Our Tampa film crew getting a low angle shot of young actress Lennon Brock (just 5 years old!).

We started out with an idea from Litewave Media founder Christian Cashmir and developed it into a short story with the help of writers Mike Garland, Mario Graniello and Steffen Thiel. We wrote in a bit of mystery, intrigue, sprinkled in some tragedy, and of course an epic lightsaber battle (what Star Wars fan film is complete without one?)!

An professional team of stunt choreographers and performers helped to plan out the intricate battle scenes. After a few days of choreographing in detail, our Tampa video production crew were ready to capture our fight scenes on film.

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Director Christian Cashmir, actress Mary McDonnell, and camera operator Jake Jalbert review footage on the set of our Star Wars fan film. (Photo: Courtesy of Anthony and Estelle Brock)

With scripts in hand, prosthetics and makeup on, and fight choreography fresh in our minds, the Litewave Media team drove our Tampa grip truck to our first location in Dead River, part of the Hillsborough Wilderness Reserve. Using our Tampa video equipment rental package, our fearless crew hauled gear through the dense woods to our filming location. Miles out, in the middle of a swamp, not unlike Dagobah, our crew setup camp for the first day of principle photography.

Working alongside park rangers, our Tampa independent film production went off without a hitch. Working around the clock, we were able to successfully film all scenes and finish the production on time despite the many challenges presented by the location.

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Steffen Thiel, in his (potentially award-winning?) American film debut, as Stormtrooper TH-137.

Director Christian Cashmir and Cinematographer Eric Coughlin worked together using gear from our Tampa video equipment rental package including the Canon C300, and C300 mkII, SteadiCam, MoVi M5 with Sony A7s mkII, and plenty of lighting to give the film a cinematic look. We even brought out our portable generator to the forrest so we didn’t have to stop at Tosche Station to pick up more power converters!

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Actor/Stuntmen M. Joshua Todd and TJ McDonnell ready themselves for battle during our Star Wars fan film shoot. (Photo: Courtesy of Anthony and Estelle Brock)

After a successful shoot, it was time to head back to our Tampa post production suites to start the editing process. We had a ton of excellent footage, but we needed to add in lightsaber effects and, of course, the epic sound design and music that makes every Star Wars film so unique. We utilized our Tampa recording studio to record ADR for the main characters, replacing their dialogue with studio quality recordings of their voices – much like the original Star Wars did.

Next, we reached out to our friend Angelo from Panetta Studios to partner with us on the sound design for the film; He and his team created soundscapes, brought the lightsaber battles to life, and transformed the swamp into a character in its own right. They gave our antagonist a unique voice effect as well! Our editors and visual effects team put in a few sleepless nights to make the deadline, and with the hard work of our dedicated team, our film was ready to compete!

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Our editing and special effects teams work to finish our Star Wars fan film.

Finally, we submitted our completed film to LucasFilm and Disney for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, and it was time to celebrate! aarrragghuuhw! That was Wookie for “Partaaaaay!”(seriously, we looked it up). We had the whole team over for a cast/crew screening of the finished film, which we projected on the large white cyc in our Tampa video production studio. What a blast!

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Two young padawans (Zack with actress, Lennon) practice lightsaber skills during the cast/crew screening of our Star Wars fan film.

Check out the finished film below:

Do you have a feature film or Tampa short film you would like to produce? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest independent films. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

 

Tampa Video Production Company Wins 5 Awards at 48 Hour Film Festival

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

It’s that time of the year again… The 48 Hour Film Festival!

From July 31st through August 2nd, filmmakers around the country created teams to participate in the 48 Hour Film Project’s Festival. Our Tampa video production company has participated several times (and even won in 2012!). This year, 28 teams around Tampa, and thousands around the world competed. Litewave Media’s team had 25 crew members and actors who helped bring our film to life. With only 48 hours, the teams had to write, film and edit a 7-minute short film – which would then be screened at a local movie theater the next week!

Our team was honored to be nominator for 9 awards this year! Here’s the scoop…

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Our Tampa 48 hour team gets ready to film!

Friday 7pm. Our Tampa video production crew went to the kickoff event for the festival. Our production coordinator, Ana Christina Sanchez, pulled our genre: “Fish out of water” from the hat. Besides the movie’s genre, teams were also given 3 essential elements that had to be included in each film to qualify for the contest. This year the character requirement was an investigator named “Michael/Myra Jillerson,” the prop was a “pair of pliers” and the line of dialogue was “Nothing can stop me.” After getting all the elements, it was time to get creative!

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Our writing team, Christian Cashmir, Jason Henne and our DP, Ryan Grosjean, writing the script at our Tampa video studio

9pm. Litewave Studios. After the kickoff event, our team met at our headquarters, Litewave Studios Tampa video studio, to brainstorm ideas for the story. When the brainstorming session, was over our writing team, Jason Henne, Christian Cashmir and Anthony Brock buckled down and finished the script to have it ready for our call time the next morning.

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Our director, Christian Cashmir, films with a Canon C100 from our Florida camera equipment rental

Director Christian Cashmir says, “The story centers around a group of friends playing a Dungeons and Dragons game who summon an other-worldly visitor. The exciting part of doing these 48 hour contests is the way it challenges us to be extremely creative while at the same time managing our time. It’s definitely one of the most fun events we take part in throughout the year!”

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Our gaffer, Andrew Ortoski and director of photography, Ryan Grosjean, setup the Dana Dolly for filming overhead shots

Saturday 9am. In the morning, our team of 21 crew members and 7 actors met at our location to start setting up and prepare for the adventure. With only 32 hours to go, the clock was ticking! We filmed most of the movie with 2 Canon C100s from our Tampa camera equipment rental and we also used a Sony A7S to capture slow motion footage. Our Florida video camera crew used a Dana Dolly and our Freefly Movi M5 camera stabilizer to get uniques angles and dynamic moving shots.

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Our Tampa video crew with the cast in between takes

Our Florida grip and lighting crew brought our Tampa grip truck to ensure we had ample gear for the shoot on location. Our lighting team lit the set with a variety of sources including Kino Flo Divas, an Arri 1K with soft Box, and Litepanel LED lights, all sourced from our Tampa grip and lighting rental packages. Over 50 candles were lit and scattered around the set. Crew covered windows and doors to simulate nighttime so we could shoot during the day. The film is set in a dark and mystical environment so the lighting and cinematography team wanted to adjust the location lighting to match the story.

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Our production design team adding candles to the location

Our Tampa costume designers had a blast outfitting the actors in quirky attire to match their characters’ unique personalities. Bridget Desjarlais created unique looks for each character, and local leather worker Joshua Von War-Bear pieced together a custom costume for a barbarian character.

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Christian filming Monster Washburn who plays the Barbarian

Saturday 10pm. With less than 24 hours to go, our Tampa post-production company started editing Saturday on-location to get a head start. Music, sound design and visual FX were added on Sunday at one of our Tampa editing suites. Our Florida post production company also color corrected the film, and Stephen Maxwell composed an original score for the movie.

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Our cast and crew reviews playback of a scene on set

Sunday 6pm. With only minutes to spare, the movie was finished right after 6pm and turned in on-time!

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Cast and crew of “That’s How I Roll” at the 48 Hour Film Festival movie premiere event

Our short film titled “That’s How I Roll” premiered on August 9th at the HCC Ybor Main Stage Theatre for the 48 Hour Film Festival screening event. Our cast and crew reunited at the premiere to celebrate our achievement and see the final product for the first time. Production Coordinator Ana Christina says, “It was a lot of fun watching all the other movies that were submitted to the festival. There is so much talent in Tampa Bay!”

To view our award-winning film “That’s How I Roll” click below!

Our 48 Hour Film took the festival by storm! Our Tampa video production company was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 at the 48 hour “Best of” Awards Ceremony!

We were honored to take home these amazing awards:

Audience Choice

Best Writing 

Best Cinematography 

Best Sound Design

Best Special Effects

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Our award-winning Tampa production team celebrates at the awards ceremony for the 48 Film Festival

Our Florida video company is extremely proud of our team. We produced an award-winning film all in less than 48 hours, and had a blast doing it! We’re looking forward to screening our film at some upcoming festivals this year. We had an amazing team of filmmakers and actors and could not have done it without them! THANKS!

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The cast and crew filming on location. There’s a lot of love in that room!

Thanks to photographers Taylor Blake, Samantha Greene, Anthony Brock and everyone else who contributed photos to the gallery!

Do you have a Tampa short film or feature you would like to produce? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Films Boxing with ESPN

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Our Tampa video production company has had the incredible opportunity to film inspiring athletes and exciting sport games and matches over the last few years, including US Open Winner Graeme McDowell, boxing world champion Keith Thurman and Guiness World Record tight-rope walker Nik Wallenda. Our Florida video company got the chance to work with Keith Thurman, a St. Petersburg FL native, again when ESPN hired our video company to film their press conference and fight that will kick-off the live coverage of their Premiere Boxing Champion program.

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Keith Thurman entering the ring at USF Sundome

Our Tampa video crew took our Tampa grip truck to the USF Sundome to film for the fight. Our Director of Photography, Christian Cashmir, filmed the press conference with our Panasonic HPX-170 from our Tampa camera equipment rental. The camera recorded a direct feed that transmitted all the footage to ESPN’s channel live! Mike Stahr captured the sound at the press conference.

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Our Tampa video crew gets ready to film Thurman and Collazo’s press conference at the Sundome

The press conference highlighted Keith Thurman (26-0) and Luis Collazo (36-7) as they talked about their lives, their boxing experiences and how they trained and prepared for this, their latest fight for the World Welterweight Championship. The fight was broadcasted as the main event in ESPN’s Premiere Boxing Champion. The press conference also featured boxers Tony Harrison and Willie Nelson who were fighting before the Thurman and Collazo fight.

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Thurman and Collazo fight for the World Championship Title

Our Tampa video agency had a blast filming this exciting live event and working with ESPN. We look forward to working with them in the future. Congratulations to St. Pete’s own Keith Thurman for winning the match and keeping his undefeated title!

Do you have a Tampa live video production or Tampa video interview you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Films Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

It’s inspiring to work with people who change the world, and last month, we worked with a great man, Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books that were inspired by his experiences in life. His most recognized book, Night, is based on his experiences as a prisioner in a concentration camp during the second world war. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for speaking out about racism, violence and repression.

Our Tampa video production company was humbled and honored to film an interview with him, as well as photograph him. “I remember reading his book Night in high school,” says Christian Cashmir, Litewave Media founder, “It really changed the way I saw the world as a young person. To meet the man behind this book and so many others was a really amazing experience.”

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Litewave Media photographs Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel

The interview was setup at a local college in St. Petersburg, Florida where Wiesel was speaking. Our Tampa video crew arrived at Eckerd College and began setting up and lighting the location. We brought our Tampa grip truck and lit the interview with Kino Flo Divas and an LED light kit to complement the natural daylight from the windows. We filmed the interview with a Canon C100 video camera and a Canon 5D Mark III.

Elie spoke about his personal experiences, the obstacles he has had to face and the support he received from his family and friends. It was very interesting hearing his perspective and insights to the world.

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Christian Cashmir, Elie Wiesel and Rami

Our Florida video company was extremely proud to meet and film Elie Wiesel and learn more about his life and the obstacles he has faced. Elie is an inspiration and our team looks forward to seeing what he does next.

Do you have a Tampa video production or Tampa video interview you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Adds New Tampa Lighting and Grip Truck to Our Services

Monday, May 18th, 2015

2015 has been an exciting year for Litewave Media. Our Tampa video production company has been very busy. We’ve added new equipment to our Tampa camera rentals and some exciting new gear to our Tampa lighting rentals. Our newest addition to the company is our Tampa grip truck. Litewave Media is proud to offer a fully equipped Nissan NV with high roof (with 6′ 3″ of standing room!) that carries up to 1.5 tons of grip and lighting equipment. Our grip truck rental is available for local Tampa Bay video productions as well as Sarasota, Orlando and beyond.

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Christian, Ana and Pinky next to Litewave Media’s new Florida grip and lighting truck

Litewave Media’s grip and lighting equipment package includes a standard kit with tungsten lights, apple boxes, c-stands, combo stands, sand bags, flags and silks (See the full list below), but can also be tailored to each customer’s individual needs. We’re happy to make additions and/or substitutions. Kino Flos rentals and HMI lighting, including our new Tampa Joker 800 rental are available as add-ons to the package. Just give us a call and our Tampa lighting experts will ensure you get exactly what you need for your production.

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The Litewave Media crew enjoys the freedom of 6′ 3″ headroom in our new grip truck!

Our new Tampa grip truck rental is available for hire with experienced crew members including grips and gaffers or just a driver. Depending on your needs, Litewave Media also offers full Tampa video crews with camera operators, sound techs, coordinators, etc.

The 1.5 ton van grip package includes:

LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

• Arri Light Kits (1K’s, 650’s, 300’s, 150’s)

• Mole-Richardson (1K’s, 2K’s)

• Additional lighting (including Kinos, LEDs and HMIs) available as add ons.

GRIP AND ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

• C-Stands with Grip Arm Kits (QTY 10)

• Mini C-Stands with Grip Arm Kits (QTY 2)

• Combo Stands (QTY 4) / Low Boy Combo Stands (QTY 2)

• 1k Dimmers (QTY 2)

• Arri Lighting Stands (QTY 6)

• 24×26 Flag/Silk/Net kit  /  18×24 Flag/Silk/Net kit

• 14 Sand Bags

• Apple Boxes (3 Full Sets)

• 4×4 Frames (QTY 2) / 4×4 Floppy (QTY 2) /  4×4 Silk (QTY 2)

• 8×8 Frame with 1/4 silk

• Matthews 42″ x 42″ Shiny Board Reflector (QTY 2)

• Collapsible Reflector – Silver/Gold (74″ x 41″)

• Extension Cords (50 foot – QTY 5/ 25 foot – QTY – 10/ cube tap – QTY 10)

MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT

• 6′ Step Ladder

• Gels, diffusion, black wrap (billed as used)

• Gaff Tape (billed as used)

• Assorted clamps, quackers, Cardellinis

• Clothe’s Pins (C-47) (50 pack)

• Tool kit (screwdriver, scissors, measuring tape, pliers, etc)

• First aid kit

ADD ONS

• Kino Flo Diva-Lite 400

• Kino Flo 4 foot 4 bank

• Joker Bug 800 watt HMI

• LED Lite Panels 1×1 (Daylight/Tungsten)

• Honda 2k Putt Putt Generator (EU2000i)

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Christian, Ana and Pinky get ready to load up our new Tampa grip truck rental package

Do you need a Tampa grip truck or Tampa grip and lighting rental for your next video project? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Films Guiness Record Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda for TIME

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Litewave Media was honored to receive a call from TIME magazine’s video department about filming an upcoming video series called The Ultras: Extreme Adventurers. The web series documents adventurers around the globe. The segment we filmed was on world renowned tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. (Please wait a minute for the video below to load)

Nik Wallenda is a 7th generation funambulist or more commonly known as a tightrope walker. His family has been challenging themselves and taking risks with acrobatics since the beginning of the 18th Century. Nik has broken several world records since he started performing on the high-wire. He is the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. Some of his other feats include: tightrope walking across Niagara Falls, walking between two Chicago skyscrapers blindfolded, and hanging from a helicopter with only his teeth. He has 9 Guiness World Records and he recently set another world record with his latest acrobatics challenge.

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Litewave Media’s Christian Cashmir films an interview with Nik Wallenda

Our Tampa video production company was honored to film an exclusive interview with Nik Wallenda about his next high-wire performance for TIME Magazine. Wallenda walked on top of the observation wheel called the Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall spinning wheel, on April 29th. Unlike the tightrope walking, this new challenge was different in that the wheel was constantly moving so he had to keep pace with it as it rotated.

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Christian uses the jib to film Nik walking the tightrope

Our Tampa video crew took our Tampa grip truck to the location in Sarasota. Christian directed the interview and operated the camera, Harold “Pinky” Hood served as lighting tech, and Ana Christina Sanchez was production assistant for the shoot. During the interview, Nik talked about his passion for tightrope walking, his family legacy and his next challenge – walking atop the Orlando Eye.

Litewave Media films private interview with Nik Wallenda

Nik walks on the tightrope he uses for training

Our Tampa video production crew captured Nik Wallenda training for his next tightrope walk. He utilizes a smaller practice rope where he polishes his technique before a challenge. During his strict training regimen, he simulates the environment he will be in when performing. To capture some dynamic b-roll Litewave Media brought out our EZ-FX Jib to film Nik on the tightrope. Christian and Ana Christina also traveled around Sarasota filming b-roll for the video. They filmed iconic Tampa Bay landmarks including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Tampa Bay to set the scene for the story.

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Litewave Media crew Ana Christina Sanchez and Christian Cashmir with tightrope walker Nik Wallenda

Our Florida video company was extremely proud to meet and film with Nik and get some behind-the-scenes insight into the training for his next project. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for his next challenge!

Do you have a Tampa video production or Tampa video commercial you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Films Short Film at Historic Fort De Soto

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Mysterious gypsies. Deceitful pirates. Treasures and magic! Litewave Media’s latest film production, directed by Bahamian native Iris Saunders, was quite an adventure. We filmed over the course of 3 days in St. Petersburg, Florida’s historic Fort De Soto Beach. Our Florida video company is no stranger to movies; our latest short film, The Skyship Chronicles [Part 1], is currently playing the festival circuit around the country and already has won 2 Audience Choice Awards. Our team at Litewave Media previously filmed Iris’ debut music video at our video production studio last year. Our Tampa video production company was excited to partner again with Iris for her short film, The Pirate Gypsies.

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Our cast, director and director of photography rehearsing a scene for The Pirate Gypsies in the woods of Fort De Soto

In addition to filming the project, Iris hired our Tampa production crew to coordinate the shoot and secure permits for the film. Iris and Litewave Media founder, Christian Cashmir, met before the shoot to write, plan and storyboard the film. Iris decided that she wanted to film at night to create a dark mysterious atmosphere for the film.

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Christian and Iris work on the script and storyboards for the film

Once the script was finalized, our production team held a casting and audition at our Tampa video production studio to find actors that could fit the unique roles. Once Iris cast the actors, we were ready to schedule our production. The day before filming, we had a rehearsal and costume fitting for the actors at our video studio. We used a Canon C100 and two Sony A7S video cameras to film the movie. The Sony A7s performed great in the low light night scenes. We also used a Canon 5D to take some behind the scenes pictures.

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Actors George Vricos and Linda Roser film an intense scene

The production consisted of 9 main actors and 19 crew members. Iris was the director while Robbie Bartlett was the assistant director. Christian Cashmir was the director of photography and producer. John Jones was gaffer and second camera. Brandon Hyde was the camera assistant. Harold “Pinky” Hood was the grip for the shoot while Ana Christina Sanchez was the production coordinator and script supervisor. Samantha Bryans, Kira Howe and Maxime Puister were production assistants for the shoot. Bridget Bartley and Andrea Gonzalez were in charge of the wardrobe department while Samantha Greene was the make-up artist.

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Some of our Tampa post production crew editing the film on set

We had our Tampa post production company set up in the trailer on set. One of our assistant editors, Brandon, and visual effects guru, Josh Noftz, were able to start editing the footage immediately and ensure an easy transition to post once the shoot wrapped. Our post production team finished editing the movie at our Tampa video editing suites. Stephen Maxwell composed the music for the film, and Christian and Iris wrote and recorded the final song of the film together at our Tampa recording studio.

Litewave Media films pirate-theme short film

Filming at the Historic Fort in St. Petersburg’s Fort De Soto State Park

The first day our Tampa video team filmed at the Historic Fort in Fort De Soto. We took our Tampa grip truck to the location, which included 6 Litepanel LED lights, a few 1K and 2K lights, our HMIs and Joker 800, as well as 2 generators to light up the night scene. We also were excited to use our new Tampa MōVI M5 rental from our Tampa video production equipment and capture some unique angles at the Fort. Our second unit team also filmed some of the opening shots for the movie on the beach with the sunset in the background.

Litewave Media films pirate-theme short film

Our cast and crew filming in the woods at Fort De Soto

The second day, we filmed in the middle of the woods in Fort De Soto. Our production designers decorated the location with props and set pieces to set the scene of a cursed island. Gaffer, John, with grip, Pinky, lit up a large section of the forest using our lighting equipment and generators.

Litewave Media films pirate-theme short film

The Mother Gypsy, Denise Durette, films in the woods at Fort De Soto Park

Litewave Media had a blast filming the pirate-themed short film with Iris Saunders, and our video production team looks forward to the next adventure! The Pirate Gypsies will be submitted into various film festivals thought out the year.

Litewave Media films pirate-theme short film

The cast and crew wraps the first day of filming

Do you have a Tampa short film or feature you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!

Litewave Media Films TV Commercial For Sarasota Boating Company

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Open water. Sunsets on the Gulf. Wind blowing in our hair….Our latest shoot might sound more like a vacation! But our team worked hard to get some amazing shots for boating company, Beavertail Skiffs! The Litewave Media production team spent two days filming on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico capturing cinematic footage of the boats as well as interviews that will be used for both a TV commercial and web video. Beavertail Skiffs are manufactured with advanced technology making their boats top notch in performance, quality and durability – and the video will show how they use this tech to make the best boats. Beavertail Skiffs was looking to film a TV commercial to promote their product and hired our Tampa video production company to take on the challenge.

Litewave Media films a commercial for Beaverskiff

Our Tampa camera operator, John Jones, films onboard a Beavertail Skiff boat

Our Tampa video crew member, John Jones, was the cinematographer for the shoot. He filmed on the Sony FS100 video camera which enabled him to capture sweeping slow motion shots of the boats. The first day, our Tampa video production team started at the warehouse to film some interviews with Beavertail Skiffs’ owners William and Elizabeth Leslie. We brought our Litepanel LED lights and Kino Flo Divas from our Tampa grip truck to light up the interviews. “We love using the LEDs to film interviews,” says John. “They are easy to transport and quick to setup on smaller shoots. It makes us really efficient.”

Litewave Media films a commercial for Beaverskiff

Our Tampa video crew films with the Skiffs out on the water

The second day, Beavertail Skiffs brought 5 boats into the open water. John captured cinematic shots filming from a variety of angles. Some of the shots included filming the owners and employees using different fishing techniques, including flight fishing, and the boats traveling through the sea in slow-motion. At the end of the day, the team captured a perfect sunset with the boats riding off into the sunset.

Litewave Media films a commercial for Beaverskiff

John films the Beavertail Skiffs riding into the sunset

Florida is a wonderful location for boating and outdoor filming, and we love getting out of the office to enjoy a little fresh air! Our Tampa production company had a great time filming with Beavertail Skiffs and looks forward to our next adventure!

Do you have a Tampa video commercial you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!


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