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Florida Video Production Company Serves Up Grouper Week TV Ad

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Every year in July, St. Petersburg celebrates Grouper Week, a delicious celebration of the native grouper fish. This year, the festivities kick off on July 22nd in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, the grouper capital of the world. Our Florida video production company along with St. Pete Film Commissioner Tony Armer teamed up to produce a La La Land-inspired dance commercial promoting the festival and the fish!

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Our Tampa Steadicam crew films the dancers mid-take.

The 30-second TV ad was filmed on location at a local beach house in Gulfport, overlooking the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast. Choreographer Johanne Castagan created a dance in the style of the La La Land pool scene from last year’s Oscar-winning film. Twenty dancers including three stunt people performed the choreography.

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The dancers hit their marks in the choreography finale.

The ad was filmed in a one-take shot with no editing; and so, the team had to get everything just right – needless to say the rehearsals paid off!

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Filming the one-take on Steadicam for the Grouper Week TV commercial.

Armer directed the commercial with Litewave Media’s Christian Cashmir acting as cinematographer. Our St. Petersburg video production crew also included Eric Coughlin who operated Steadicam and Andrew Ortoski as gaffer, whose team rigged up the surrounding trees with string lights to accentuate the depth of the scene.

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A Florida sunset serves as a beautiful backdrop for the video.

The Litewave Media Tampa grip truck rental was on hand to supply the ARRI Skypanel s60 as our key light and a variety of additional fixtures and grip equipment to set the scene. The lighting team actually rigged the Skypanel on the roof of the house for the perfect angle!

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Our Tampa production company films the actors on Steadicam.

The song, “Another Day of Sun,” from La La Land was re-recorded with new grouper-infused lyrics written by Armer and performed by Alex Harris, a local Tampa Bay musician.

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Actor Jason Henne gets up close and personal with a grouper sandwich!

Check your local television station for the Grouper Week TV spot which began airing July 13… or catch a sneak peak below!

On filming the project, Cashmir said, “Nothing beats filming on St. Pete’s beautiful coastline. Great crew, gorgeous sunsets… what more could you ask for?!”

Florida video company has a highly talented crew.

The dancers and crew after wrapping filming on the commercial.

Check out grouperweek.com for more info and the events that are planned for the festivities.

Are you looking to create a Tampa TV Commercial production or Tampa video production? Contact us today to see how our team can help to build your business. Find us on Facebook and make sure to subscribe to the Litewave Media blog to stay up to date on all of our St. Petersburg video production company news!

St Petersburg FL Production Company Films “Memory Keeper”

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Our Florida video company, Litewave Media, in addition to producing content for businesses and other filmmakers, has continued with our own creative pursuits with our new short film, Memory Keeper. Filming began on the sci-fi short at a unique Clearwater warehouse location in May.

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Eric films with the ARRI Amira as actress Payton Booker gets into character, and Anthony Verderosa slates the scene.

The dusty location provided an element of realism to the dystopian feel of the film, and our St. Petersburg video production crew even wore face masks to ensure maximum protection from the elements.

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Behind-the-scenes filming Litewave Media’s new short Memory Keeper.

The short film was a great opportunity for our St Petersburg FL Production Company to showcase the ARRI Amira’s capabilities. The film was shot in 4k in ProRes 4444 format which will give our editors extra latitude when color grading during post production.

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Chris Jackson and Payton Booker act out an intense scene in Memory Keeper.

The film was created by co-directors and cinematographers Christian Cashmir and Eric Coughlin who had been wanting to create a science fiction short in the area for a number of years. The duo is now looking at plans to turn the science fiction idea into a full length feature film.

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The Memory Keeper crew: co-directors (Eric Coughlin & Christian Cashmir), gaffer (Scott Sullivan), and actress (Payton Booker).

While the project was a great experience to work with the Tampa ARRI Amira camera, our video production crew were also able to experiment with some new lighting setups.

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Our Kino Flo 4Bank lights were separated into 8 single bulbs to create this lighting setup in Memory Keeper.

The Litewave Media team brought out our new lighting gear including our ARRI SkyPanel S60 and Kino Flo Celeb 201. Our gaffer, Scott Sullivan, also created a unique lighting setup with our Kino Flo 4Banks — separating each tube to create a futuristic dystopian tech hideout.

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Boom operator (Nat Fennell), actor (Chris Jackson), co-DP (Eric Coughlin), and actress (Payton Booker) film a scene.

Cinematographers Eric Coughlin and Christian Cashmir brought out their Canon CN-E cinema prime lenses and cinema zoom lenses to capture all the detail of the film. The ARRI Amira was outfitted with a Canon EF mount which enabled the team to utilize all their Canon cinema lenses. Our Tampa grip truck rental was also onsite for all the grip and lighting team’s needs, including C-stands, sandbags, flags, silks, and more.

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The Memory Keeper crew shoots a scene in their Clearwater, Florida warehouse location.

Memory Keeper, written by Cashmir and Coughlin, is set in a post-apocalyptic future world, where the government is stealing people’s memories to sedate the population. A young girl (played by Payton Booker) sets out on a treacherous journey across the wasteland to find a memory keeper, or hacker (played by Chris Jackson), who can restore a lost memory that she suspects has been stolen from her. She hopes this will give her life back, but what she discovers leads to much more than she could have imagined.

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The Tampa camera crew rehearses a scene lit with only a flashlight in Memory Keeper.

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Actor Chris Jackson sneaks out of the shadows filming Memory Keeper.

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Actor Chris Plourde enjoys a beautiful sunset while co-DP Eric Coughlin films.

Our Florida post production team began the editing process on the film using Adobe Premiere CC. We plan to screen it soon, so keep an eye out if you’d like to watch!

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The editing process begins in our St. Petersburg video editing studio.

Looking to turn your Tampa short film production into a reality? Contact us today to see how our St Petersburg FL production company can assist in the process. Find us on Facebook and make sure to subscribe to the Litewave Media blog to stay up to date on all of our St. Petersburg video production company news!

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!

Looking to capture a Tampa TV Commercial production or Tampa video production? Contact us today to see how our teams can work together to build your business. Find us on Facebook and make sure to subscribe to the Litewave Media blog to stay up to date on all of our St Petersburg video production company news!

[All behind the scenes photos captured by Joe Malo]

Florida Production Company Photographs Band: Come Back Alice

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The Litewave Media team has had some great opportunities to work with musicians over the years– from filming with Grammy-Award-Winning jazz musician Chick Corea in our studio, to classic rock legends Foreigner, and the country chart-topping Band Perry, we’ve worked with a great variety of talent. We recently finished a pre-concert publicity video with No Limits, a dance video with hip-hop artist Isis Sonatra, and even our very own 60′s zombie-themed Tampa music video production.

But one band our Florida production company has partnered with on numerous occasions is Tampa Bay’s own Come Back Alice… and this week we got to do a photoshoot with them!

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Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye of Come Back Alice in our Florida production studio.

Come Back Alice formed in 2011 and have been performing live ever since. They love to be on stage and bring their funky rock style to every city they tour in. They’ve also been called “Tampa Bay’s Hottest Rock N Roll Band” by Advisor Magazine.

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Tony Tyler, lead singer of Come Back Alice, rocks out in our Florida photography studio.

With the popularity of the band growing, they plan to expand into new markets this year. They enlisted Litewave Media for our photography and creative services. We photographed the rock band for their upcoming publicity and music releases and captured their unique, eclectic style right here in our Tampa photography studio.

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Our Tampa photography crew captured this enigmatic photo of Dani Jaye of Come Back Alice.

Photographer and photo shoot director Christian Cashmir and our Tampa video production crew captured the photos using a variety of different lighting set-ups. Our team photographed the band with gear from our Tampa photography equipment rental package, including our Canon 5D MkIII, Canon L-Series Lenses (24mm L f/1.4 II, 50mm L f/1.2), and Profoto D2 photo strobes.

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Our photography team used practical lighting in this shot for a more evocative effect.

After the shoot, our team processed and re-touched the photos back in our Florida post production suite to match the band’s stylistic vision.

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Our Florida production company captured this photo of the alluring Dani Jaye.

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This photo had a little inspiration from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours‘ album cover.

To see more of Come Back Alice, check out the video for their song “Coraline” that we produced, or this live music video we filmed with them in 2014.

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A behind the scenes picture of our photo shoot with Come Back Alice in our studio. Photo courtesy of: Jimmy Rector

Do you need a St Petersburg photography studio or a Florida production company to film a project for you? Contact us today to learn how we can help grow your business. Be sure to like us on Facebook to see more of our projects and head over to our blog to stay up to date on all our latest news!

St Petersburg Video Production Company Produces Local Web Series

Friday, February 10th, 2017

From the studio that brought you the award-winning Tampa web series The Skyship Chronicles, the feature film Jules Dongu Saves the World, and the award-winning short Magazine Issues, comes another series based on the real-life adventures of our own St Petersburg video production company! Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of a major production company? Well, we just wrapped principal photography on an 8 episode web series that is doing just that.

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Our Tampa video production crew finishes a night shoot at one of St. Petersburg’s many gorgeous beaches!

“BTS” (short for behind-the-scenes) utilizes documentary style cinematography to follow a ragtag group of filmmakers as they produce a “big” budget film, along with all the crazy actors, executives, and characters that follow suit. The series takes a satirical look behind the filmmaking curtains to capture the absurd daily life of those working at a film studio as they attempt to produce a sci-fi space opera, combining the adventure of “Star Wars” with the music of “Les Miserables”.

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It’s a duel at sunset! Filming BTS on St. Pete’s Gandy beach… Or is it an other worldly planet?

Litewave Media founder Christian Cashmir initially came up with the idea for the series years ago after experiencing a crazy day on set where everything that happened behind-the-scenes seemed more interesting than the project they were actually filming. In summer of 2016, that idea began to come to fruition when he and co-creator Jason Henne finished mapping out the entire series and sat down with our team of writers to being working on season 1. We approached the St Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission (FilmSPC) about partnering, and they offered the project a generous grant… From there, it was off to the races!

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The cast of BTS filming outstide Litewave Studios

Once our writers had penned their last drafts, it was time to begin pre-production. Series creator and director Christian Cashmir brought in co-producers Briston George and Alissa Schneider, directors of photography Eric Coughlin, Daryn Murphy, and Scott Sullivan, key grip and gaffer Sasha Sebesta, and assistant director Lynne Hansen to helm the series. For the cast, we brought on actors Chris Cavalier from the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, Lucius Baston (Stranger Things, Bad Leiutenant), Owen Harn (The Walking Dead, True Detective), Vivian Alvarez (12 Years a Slave), Chris Jackson (The Inbetweeners), and Alison Burns Jackson, who was a lead in the national tour of the hit musical Rent, as well as a plethora of extremely talented local actors to accompany them!

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Everyone’s excited for the new arrival. Who could it be??

Production was a hurricane of fun as we filmed the entire series in just under 2 weeks! To film the series, we brought our St Petersburg grip truck to some of the city’s most gorgeous beaches and exotic locales. Much of the series we filmed in-house, on both our St. Petersburg white cyc studio and Tampa green screen studio (needless to say, our Tampa video production crew was thankful for the easy load-outs!). Key grip Sasha Sebesta also outfitted the overhead lighting in the entire office-area of the studio with Kino Flo daylight balanced bulbs to make lighting for the office scenes quick, soft, and easy (our studio actually decided to keep these in place for any other types of future shoots – or maybe season 2…)

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Director Christian Cashmir giving dance lessons to the BTS cast while filming on the beach. Just look at that footwork, baby!

From our equipment package, we filmed the entire first season on our Canon C300 Mk II and C300 Mk I cameras, some Canon L zoom lenses and Canon CN-E cinema prime lenses. We even brought out camera operator Eric Coughlin’s Steadicam to get some more cinematic footage for the “movie-within-a-movie” scenes.

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Director of photography Eric Coughlin using the Canon C300 MkII camera on our Tampa white cyc studio.

With principal photography finished, we’ve now taken all of the footage we have to our Tampa post-production company, where our editors will cut together each of the 8 episodes. Looking forward, we’ll bring in the talented actors to our St. Petersburg recording studio, in which we’ll produce all of the songs for the series’ musical numbers. We’ve got a ton of work left and our team hasn’t stopped yet!

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It’s ninja beach! Cast and crew sandy, yet happy after a fun day of filming fight scenes on the beach!

Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at “Behind The Scenes”:

Stay tuned for more updates as “BTS” progresses. Remember to like our Facebook page for behind the scenes photos and videos as we continue working on the series! In the meantime, check out some of the other work we’ve done, like music videos  and commercials!

Do you have a St. Petersburg independent film you’d like us to produce? Contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to like us on Facebook. Stay up to date on all St Petersburg video production company news by heading over to our blog.

Tampa Production Company Wins 48 Hour Film Project

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Over the course of the last few years our Tampa production company has enjoyed participating in the 48 Hour Film Project, a world-wide competition that challenges filmmakers to write, shoot, and edit their own short films in only 48 hours. It’s become a bit of a tradition for the Litewave Media crew and we’ve met some amazing people along the way. This year, our team once again dove head first into the challenge and produced a short film called “Magazine Issues.”

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DP Eric Coughlin gets set up for one of the first shots of the day filming our short “Magazine Issues”

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Director Christian Cashmir checks lighting before our Tampa video production company begins filming.

The 48 Hour competition supplies only minimal guidelines for filmmakers, providing a genre, character, prop, and a line of dialogue that must be used in every film. Each team receives their guidelines on Friday night and must turn in their fully finished film Sunday night, only 48 hours later. Our team pulled the genre of “romance,” and writers Jason Henne and Michael Garland went to work forming a cinematic story that also captured the essence of romance. With our writers working through the night on the the script, our Florida video production crew began preparing to film at dawn’s first light.

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Lighting the scene with portable LED lights from our St Petersburg video equipment rental package, lead actor Chris Cavalier gets ready to film

Next, we loaded up our Tampa grip truck and drove to our first location in Clearwater, Florida to begin filming. Using gear from our St Petersburg video equipment rental package like our Canon C300 MkII and Canon cinema lenses, we hit the ground running (literally) and began production! Filming took place at various locations all over Tampa Bay, including our very own Tampa green screen studio for multiple special effects-driven scenes and a wrestling ring almost an hour from the studio.

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Award-winning actress Alissa Schneider plays the melodious sounds of the key-tar in our Tampa green screen studio.

With the clock ticking down, we rushed all of our footage back to our Florida post-production suite for editing. Once our special effects team hustled to compose the visuals needed for the green screen portion of the film, director and editor Christian Cashmir brought the film together with his skill and expertise, cuttin’ up footage and taking names! With the editing finished on literally zero sleep (not even a wink!), finally it was time for submitting the finished film.

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Director Christian Cashmir, steadicam operator Eric Coughlin, and lead actor Chris Cavalier review footage before sending it off to our Florida post-production suite for editing.

After waiting for what seemed like the longest 2 weeks ever, it was time for the 48 Hour Film Project ‘Best Of’ screening! With so many great films to compete against, the awards ceremony was a nail biter, but all of our hard work paid off! Our team was nominated in 9 categories and were honored to win the following awards:

  1. Best use of the line “You’re Next!” – Team Prairie Dogs featuring Uncle Henry’s Bowling Club (Us!!)
  2. Audience Favorite – “Magazine Issues” Team Prairie Dogs featuring Uncle Henry’s Bowling Club (Us again!!)
  3. Best Screenplay – Jason Henne and Michael Garland (Our devilishly handsome writers)
  4. Best Supporting Actress – Alissa Schneider (Our drop dead gorgeous actress)
  5. Best Song – “Salesperson of the Year” Music and Lyrics by Chuck Fonshell Jr, Christian Cashmir, and Chris Cavalier (Our extraordinarily talented musicians)
  6. And, drumroll please… BEST FILM!!! – “Magazine Issues” Directed by Christian Cashmir (Our fearless director)

We won Best Film out of 34 competitors! Ignite the fireworks! Wookie yell! Rejoice!

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Our Tampa production company on the red carpet before the premier of our film, “Magazine Issues”

Now that our film “Magazine Issues” has won Best Film – Tampa, we move on to the next round where we’ll compete against the winners from over 100 cities worldwide at Film-a-Palooza in Seattle, Washington next March!

As with every year, we had an amazing time working on the 48 Hour Film Project, and we look forward to competing again next year. Check out our finished film “Magazine Issues” below (Made in just 48 hours)!

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The Litewave Media team celebrates after the 48 Hour Awards Screening

Do you have a Tampa independent film or Florida short film you’d like to produce? Contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to like us on Facebook to watch all of our latest videos. Head on over to our blog to stay up to date on all of our Tampa video production company news!

Florida Video Production Company Travels Through Time For New TV Ad Campaign

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Recently our Florida video production company had the chance to work with Grand Villa, a resort style senior living community with multiple locations throughout Florida, to film a TV commercial campaign at one of their communities. We went to their St Petersburg, Florida location to learn more about the services they provide to their residents, take a tour of the facilities, and brainstorm ideas for the commercial.

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Director Christian Cashmir and grip Sasha Sebesta film with our Dana Dolly and Sony a7S II.

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Once we had a chance to sit down and speak with the marketing team and get a feel for the community, our production team was excited to draft a script for the project and provide our Tampa video production services. With multiple communities throughout Florida, Grand Villa is one of the more popular retirement communities among seniors, hosting a friendly staff, resort-like amenities, and high quality assisted living services.

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Makeup artist, Nikki, puts final touch-ups on makeup before filming the 60′s flashback dinner scene

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Working together with Grand Villa marketing team’s Ben Rizzo and Clint Dockery, Litewave Media founder Christian Cashmir and writer Mike Garland planned out a fun, emotional story to film. Over the course of a week, the team transformed the idea into a fully developed commercial production- complete with storyboards, costumes, cast, and crew. The concept of the shoot was to journey through the life of a woman at milestones in her life, shown through various decades encompassing the 1950′s, 1960′s, and present day. Our Tampa video production crew was ready to begin filming!

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Steadicam operator Eric Coughlin, director Christian Cashmir, and Grand Villa’s marketing guru Ben Rizzo review footage in between takes.

Stocked, locked, and ready to rock, we drove our St Petersburg grip truck to Grand Villa to begin our first day of filming. Their St. Petersburg location was a great choice for production as it boasts tennis courts, a pool, coffee shop, multiple hair salons, and a grand dining room complete with its own cafe. With multiple areas perfect for cinematic storytelling, our crew began filming with our Tampa video equipment rental package. Using our Canon C300 mkII and Sony A7sII video cameras with Canon cinema lenses, director Christian Cashmir helmed the production, bringing his technical skill and directing expertise to the project. Alongside Steadicam operator Eric Coughlin, our Tampa video production crew flew in our Arri and KinoFlo 4 Bank lighting kits, and also filmed scenes on our Dana Dolly.

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Our Florida video production crew films a scene on Steadicam for the Grand Villa commercial

We recorded a little time lapse of one filming location (shot by grip Sasha Sebesta):

On day two of the shoot, our Tampa video production crew planned to travel in time to the 1950′s. But, since our time machine was out of batteries, we decided on the next best thing: Johnny Rockets, a 50′s-style diner. Our crew loaded up our grip truck and set forth. With a vintage theme, leather seats, and decor reminiscent of the 1950s, Johnny Rockets was the perfect place to film a scene for the Grand Villa TV ad campaign. The quiet restaurant was transformed and set ablaze with colorful costumes, laughing actors, crew members, and of course a classic dish of ice cream. (The crew may have had refills)

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Actors Lexi, Linda, and Chris during the second day of filming at Johnny Rockets, a 50′s-style diner.

Post Production Time

After a lively, creative shoot it was time to head back to our Tampa Bay video studio to begin the editing and post production process. We hired a top notch voice-over actress, who we captured in our sound booth and Tampa recording studio. Our post team even created a visual effect sequence to augment the great work our production crew started.

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The cast and crew at Grand Villa St. Petersburg celebrate completing the first day of filming.

Our Florida video production crew had a great time working with the Grand Villa team on such a fun project. The TV commercial will air regionally in Florida. You can also watch the finished commercial below!

Do you have a Florida tv commercial or Tampa corporate video you would like to produce? Contact us today for a free consultation. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook to watch all of our latest videos and follow our Litewave Media blog to stay up to date on the latest Tampa video production news.

 

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:

Do you have a Tampa independent film or Florida short film you’d like to produce? To view our previous Tampa video production work click hereContact us today for a free consultation. Be sure to like us on Facebook to check out all of the work we’re doing and head on over to the Litewave Media blog to stay up to date on all Tampa video production company news!

Production Company Films Game of Thrones Inspired TV Commercials

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Have you heard of the most prestigious dentists in the 7 kingdoms!? Litewave Media, one of Tampa’s leading video production companies, had the absolute pleasure to film a series of commercials inspired by the hit HBO TV Series, Game of Thrones (with a little bit of King Arthur sprinkled in). A group of dentists, 3 brothers from Spring Hill, known as Shuayb Dental partnered with Litewave Media to write and produce the spots titled, Game of Dentists. The TV ads began airing last week all throughout Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Check them out below!

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Game of Dentists – 30 Second Version

 

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Our crew filmed the TV ads right here in St. Petersburg, FL at the Sunken Gardens. It may not be Westeros, but with some custom set design and intricate costumes, our crew worked to bring the medieval commercials to life. Our production company brought out our Tampa grip truck to the location where filming took place for the day. Our valiant cast and crew endured heat and a tropical storm, but we powered through it all with umbrellas and tents to ensure the whole production was completed on time!

Tampa Video Company films Game of Thrones Inspired Commercial

DP Eric Coughlin films with the Steadicam and Canon C300 mkii as the Knights of Shuayb enter

Our crew included makeup artists, Nikki Stefansic and Ginny Dworchak who created a prosthetic beard for a wizard and dirtied up a group of peasants; set designer Don Knight who created a real life-sized sword-in-the-stone prop as well as large stone columns; and costumer Josh Todd who created peasant outfits and custom leather armor for the three Shuayb brothers known as “The Knights of Shuayb” in the commercials.

Tampa Production Company films Game of Thrones TV Spot

Our Tampa Production Company’s crew after wrap on the Game of Dentists commercials

The spots were written by Mikey Garland, Mario Graniello, and Christian Cashmir. Christian and Eric Coughlin co-DP’d the commercial with Christian Cashmir, Litewave Media’s founder, directing.

The rest of the crew included Johanne Castagan as prod. coordinator, Andrew Ortoski as gaffer, Mark Farag and Jake Jalbert as ACs, Sasha Sebesta and Mikey Garland as grips, Jason Henne on sound, Jona Prenga as PA, Delon Epps did catering, and German Ponce on VFX. Christian Cashmir edited and colored the spots at Litewave Media’s Tampa post production company.

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The Litewave Media crew films Game of Dentists with a Princess and the Knights of Shuayb

CAST

Mohammad Shuayb – Lord of Shuayb

Mujib Shuayb – Knight of Shuayb

Omar Shuayb – Duke of Shuayb

David Hershman – Wizard

Vanessa Tompkins – Tooth-hurt Peasant/Princess

Micah Popp – Skinny Knight Arthur

Zack Vazquez – Sir Magnus

Monster Washburn – Giant Death Knight

Heckler Peasant Boy – Chris Cavalier

Heckler Peasant Girl – Samantha Maguire

Peasants – John Archer Lundgren, Payton Booker, Jeff Sheppard, Josh Todd, Vivian Hauck, Thelma Duff, David Koepfinger, Jason Adkinson Walsh, Brian Ballance

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Director of the spots, Christian Cashmir, with the Knights of Shuayb in their Tampa TV commercial production

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St Petersburg Video Production Company Makes 10 Rescues

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Our St Petersburg video production company has been filming and working on post production for the hit new web series Rescue-Clearwater for a little over 7 months now. The show, based on the real life stories behind the Dolphin Tale movies and Winter the dolphin, recently hit a milestone: 10 episodes! The first episode premiered online in February 1st of this year, highlighting the history of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) and the amazing work they do to rehabilitate, rescue, and release sea animals in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Litewave Media’s founder, Christian Cashmir and SteadiCam operator Eric Coughlin film Abby, Winter’s caregiver for the show

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin, the inspiration and star of the hit Dolphin Tale films. CMA is also home to a diverse group of wildlife ranging from dolphins like Nicholas (pictured below) to sea turtles and even pelicans, too! CMA has an amazing program to help rescue injured sea creatures, rehabilitate them using world class medical care in their state of the art facilities, and release them back into the wild.

While at the aquarium, our Florida video production crew were able to be a part of filming amazing stories like a sea turtle hatchling release and Hope the dolphin’s rescue and rehabilitation. For episode 7, the Litewave Media team drove our St Petersburg grip truck to beautiful Clearwater Beach, FL to film at the CMA, this time focusing on Winter and Hope’s special relationship.

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Nicholas the dolphin happily waits for a meal of fresh fish. Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Litewave Media’s Christian Cashmir, Steffen Thiel, and SteadiCam operator Eric Coughlin used gear from our St Petersburg video equipment rental package to film the aquarium team in action working with the animals and rescuing sea creatures in need. Our St Petersburg video production crew were able to film the CMA team performing their mission to preserve the environment and protect local marine life!

Special thanks to David Yates, director and producer of the show, and Joe Malo, shooter and editor at the aquarium for partnering with Litewave Media on this awesome project!

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The Litewave Media and CMA teams wrap Episode 7 in front of a gorgeous sunset in Clearwater.

After quite a few exciting days of filming with the aquarium team, the post production process began. Joe reviewed the footage and chose the best shots. He then brought the media back to our Tampa video production studios for editing. Our editing team began work on the finishing and fine-tuning of the edit to tell the heartwarming story behind the episode. In our Tampa post production studios we created the opening titles and all of the visual effects seen in each episode. We even utilized our St Petersburg recording studio to capture voice-over for multiple episodes.

“Working on Rescue-Clearwater is a great opportunity and our St Petersburg video production company is proud to help the CMA team. Working with the animals is a truly incredible experience”, said Litewave Media’s Christian Cashmir.

Ready to be inspired by the cutest dolphins this side of the Mississippi? Check out episode 7 below:

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