Fall 2008 Newsletter
One Giant Leap, 50 Years of the American Space Program
Can you believe it? NASA is 50 years old this month! CCI has marked the historic event with a sixty minute documentary that traces the exciting 50 year history of the United States Manned Space Program. The documentary, "One Giant Leap" is hosted by Corbin Bernsen and will air on the Documentary Channel in November.
"One Giant Leap" includes interviews with some of the individuals directly involved in the space program; they share their personal experience, the good and the bad, but mostly the triumphs of what was and still is one of the greatest technological and human achievements in the history of mankind. The program starts at the beginning in the 1950s and ends with a glimpse of future manned space programs to the moon, mars and beyond. It includes exclusive interviews with Space Shuttle Astronaut Hoot Gibson; Mercury/Apollo Astronaut Alan Shepard's daughter, Laura Shepard; Apollo/Skylab Astronaut Bill Pogue; Space Shuttle Astronaut Jon McBride; Apollo Astronaut Al Worden and Voice of Launch Control Jack King, plus footage of all significant events in NASA's history explained by those that lived it. "We were fortunate to get all these astronauts to talk with us and to get Corbin Bernsen to host the show. He is a real space fan." said CCI Show Producer Jim Lewis. CCI had worked with Corbin before during the production of the TV series The Cape. "Working with CCI and Jim in particular, it's just been a wonderful experience. I mean the projects always have great importance, and great value." said Corbin Bernsen. Bernsen is probably best known for his role on L.A. Law as Arnold Becker. He has also appeared in shows such as General Hospital, Cuts, Boston Legal, JAG and is currently seen on USA on Pysch. "In recognition of the excellence of the American Space Program and all of those who have contributed to it, The Documentary Channel is proud to premiere "One Giant Leap" as part of our "Spirit of America" theme for the month of November," says, Tom Neff, CEO and Founder of the Documentary Channel.
The Documentary Channel, seen on DISH Network channel 197. It is America's only 24/7 television channel devoted exclusively to the voice of the independent documentary filmmaker.
CCI Produces Live Webcast at Universal Studios
In June, Communications Concepts produced a live webcast for ON24 and their client Price Waterhouse Coopers at Universal Studios, Orlando. On24 is a webcasting and virtual event solution company. The one hour webcast was hosted for senior financial executives on the recent SEC rule proposal for mandatory filing of SEC reports in interactive data or XBRL.
CCI coordinated with Universal Studios to use Sound Stage 19 and provided a generic news set, multi-camera live production with teleprompters and entire crew to produce the event.
"CCI was key to our success during this event for Price Waterhouse Cooper. Price requested a live, professional studio event with less than one week notice to coincide with a local conference and trade show. CCI responded immediately with the knowledge and considerable resources required. CCI's friendly, professional manner resulted in a great triumph for our client!" said Andy Kochendorfer, Sr. Director, ON24.
Alison M Clausen from PriceWaterhouseCoopers concurred stating that the event was "PwC's largest client-facing webcast to date!" and thanked ON24 for making PwC look great!"
The online seminar, "The XBRL Mandate and Beyond," featured a panel of financial and legal experts who provided an overview of the SEC Rule Proposal and outline the steps necessary to comply with the rule, as well as best practices in adopting and using XBRL technology for financial information exchange and reporting.
Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
CCI was honored to produce the broadcast for the Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida. Sports stars from 2007 and 2008 were inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 16. The show premiered in early September on Sun Sports.
Former major-leaguer Tino Martinez, pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin were just three of the members of the star-studded class of 2007 and 2008.
Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI) was there to capture all the action with TV crews shooting on the red carpet, at the awards and behind-the-scenes interviews. The 2008 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies show was the biggest yet as both the 2007 and 2008 classes were inducted together. CCI's Ashley Babb hosted the one hour TV event.
"The induction ceremonies were a great opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with some of the biggest sports stars in Florida's history,"said Rick Dantzler, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Foundation Board, "Itwas a really special event."
CCI worked closely with Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) to plan and produce the six camera coverage of the event.
The program was telecast on Sun Sports, a FOS regional sports network and seen on most cable systems throughout Florida and nationwide on DirecTv Channel and Dish Network.
CCI to Redesigns Website for Space Coast Tourism Development Commission (TDC)
When it came to choosing a company for the TDC's new website on the Space Coast, they choose CCI.
"Because we are local, we have a good understanding of the TDC Web-site and the work required to take this website to the next level of destination promotion. Our scientific approach to analyzing web visitor viewing patterns coupled with our experience producing friendly websites with graphics and videos made us a clear choice over our competitors" said Tom Affeld, Web and Multi-Media Manager.
CCI has been developing websites for business and organizations for over eight years and uses PHP, HTML, PERL, SQL and FLASH web development software. CCI plans to develop an interactive events calendar and interactive maps page specifically for the Space Coast TDC site. CCI will also provide a comprehensive website traffic report system and manage the sites promotion and growth. TDC Executive Director Rob Varley said that "We look forward to working with CCI to enhance our web site and improve our exposure on the World Wide Web. Having worked with CCI on several projects in the past we fully expect a successful partnership."
The new Space Coast website will go online in 2009.
CCI provided A/V support for the Oynx Awards in Melbourne, FL
In late October, CCI provided A/V support for the Oynx Awards in Melbourne. The Onyx Awards is a black tie / red carpet event that includes a special reception for sponsors, nominees and their guests. Before dinner there is the red carpet walk where nominees and guests are interviewed. CCI provided a tricaster flypack, 2 videographers, 2 LCD projectors, and microphones as part of the A/V rental agreement. CCI also hired announcer John Leach to host the program. Proceeds from the Onyx Awards go to Sickle Cell Disease organizations to help send young sickle cell victims to summer camp.
In other A/V news, The City of Palm Bay has hired CCI to videotape city meetings. CCI recently submitted a proposal for the audio-visual work. Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI) will videotape the meetings of the City Council on a bi-monthly basis. The meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of every month and last about 3-4 hours. The meetings are also broadcast on Space Coast Government TV.
CCI has a long history for producing television coverage of government meetings. For example, CCI produced coverage of Brevard County Commission Meetings for over a year when Space Coast Government Television first started. CCI is also currently providing video taping services for the City of Melbourne and have been since 2006. The City of Melbourne recently extended the current contract for another year
Summer 2008 Newsletter
CCI helps Start New TV/Broadband Media Network
Communications Concepts produced the first promotional video or "Sizzle Reel" for a new broadband and television network, <i>Air & Space Television</i>. The video is a compilation of the types of entertaining and informative content the network will broadcast. As the name implies, Air and Space Television will be the first network dedicated to the many people and events - past, present and future - relating to aviation and spaceflight. This includes air sports, space tourism, historical programs, education, news and many other types of programs. In the process of creating the promo video, Communications Concepts also provided production of a highlights program of the 2008 Sun N' Fun Air Show in Lakeland, FL.
The network was founded by Phillip Hurst, part of the team that founded the 100-million-worldwide subscriber Golf Channel. Also involved is George Greenberg, a veteran of several other network launches, including Sci-Fi Channel, Si TV and Tech TV. Other principals include famed aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff and Hall of Fame astronaut Story Musgrave. "It is very important for us in this venture to find the right partners, like CCI, that know the aviation, space and media businesses," according to Hurst. "With their producing TV coverage of numerous rocket launches, and the fact that they are producing original aerospace TV shows like <i>Flying 411, The Space Show, and One Giant Leap</i> we knew they fit the bill." Adding CCI's Web experience provides an added bonus. CCI designed and is currently building a "beta-version" rich-media website for Air and Space TV that will go into testing soon. The website will be an important platform for the network in the current, rapidly evolving media market.
Hurst concludes "This is an exciting time for aviation and spaceflight. There is a massive global interest and great stories to be told, and the time is right for a broadcast service dedicated to them. Air & Space TV will be that service."
CCI Produces The Space Show for TV in High Definition
The Space Show has been on radio and the internet for several years. The audio show has a total of about 100,000 listeners counting broadcast radio, internet radio and podcasts. The show is hosted by Dr. David Livingston, a well known and well respected authority in the space and new space industry.
In June, Dr. Livingston collaborated with Communications Concepts, Inc. to produce twelve special episodes of The Space Show for television. CCI shot the shows in 1080i 30fps HD on DVC Pro HD tape.
As with the radio version, each show focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism. The twelve HD TV shows featured guests from not only your traditional space companies, but also representatives from upstart rocket companies, space tourism ventures and other space organizations. Some of the guests appearing on the shows included Brian Mosdell, Director of Florida Launch Operations for SpaceX, talking about preparations for the launch of Falcon 9; Jon Cowart, NASA Senior Project Manager for the Ares I-X Ground Systems; Linn LeBlanc, Executive Director, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation; Bill Werb, Co-founder of Space Frontier Foundation; Reda Anderson, adventure traveler and first person to sign up to fly on RocketPlane and Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, National Remote Sensing Center, Space Law Center at Ole Miss
"The crew at CCI, Inc. in Cape Canaveral gave us terrific support in filming The Space Show TV sessions in June. Also, we credit Jim with the new Space Show introduction that you are hearing at the start of Space Show program. We appreciate the support and attention given us in the studio and the friendship shown, plus the extraordinary talent demonstrated over and over again by Jim Lewis and his crew," said Dr. Livingston.
CCI Shoots Education Video
In May, when the University in New York went searching for a local company to shoot a video for Calculus class, they choose to use CCI's studio's in Cape Canaveral. A professor from the University of Central Florida was hired to teach the video class.
CCI designed a new website for Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging.
CCI designed a new website for Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging. The new Beyel Bros. website established new branding to match a recent new logo design. The new website is driven by CCI's custom administration tools that are integrated with a SQL database. Administration tools allow anyone with log in and password access to update the website from any location. The site was built using the following website programming technologies: HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, and SQL.
"Our website objective was two fold - create a site the promoted our services and would be easy to navigate while making easy updates. The end product has been a website that is extremely user friendly and allows me to make changes and additions whenever the need calls for it. CCI was very responsive and timely," said Anthony Cordaro, Business and Development Manager.
Beyel Brothers specializes in Heavy Hauling, Barge Cranes, Tug Boats, Crane Rental, and Barges with offices located throughout Florida. Beyel Brothers, Inc. was formed in 1989 by Joseph, Philip, Steve, Danny and Mark Beyel who are each co-owners of the company. The five brothers bought out their Father after he was diagnosed with an illness. Since the existence of Beyel Brothers, Inc., the company has become one of the largest crane and rigging companies in the state of Florida.
A/V Rentals Update
CCI Provides AV Support Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala
And has a "Hoot" of a time
In May, CCI provided A/V rental support and video production service for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala. It was held at the Apollo Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. More than forty Hall of Fame Astronauts gathered on May 2 and 3 to induct four Astronauts into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Class of 2008. CCI also sponsored a table at the event. The four astronauts inducted this year include the third American to live aboard the Russian Mir Space Station, John Blaha; Director of Stennis Space Center and commander of the first International Space Station assembly mission, Robert Cabana; Commander of the first Shuttle Mission dedicated to life sciences and current NASA Chief of Safety, Bryan O'Connor; and Vice President of Engineering and Integration Chief Technology Office at United Space Alliance and Commander of the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, Loren Shriver.
This is the sixth year CCI has been a part of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala. CCI provided 3 videographers, 2 LCD projectors, and microphones as part of the A/V rental agreement. The company also provided IMAG, and video play back for the event, shooting on three Panasonic P2 cameras. Switching, recording, and feeding was provided through a Tricaster fly pack, projecting with 5100 lumens LCD Projectors on two 9x12 rear projection screens, with two Panasonic 50" high resolution plasma flat screens with stands on the sides.
In addition to supporting the event, CCI attended the event with our guests from Sun Sports and Air and Space Television. "The night was flurry of excitement as everyone made their red carpet arrival. Being such a huge fan of the space program, CCI is proud to be a part of such a wonderful program." said Jim Lewis, VP of CCI. "We were so fortunate to have Astronaut Hoot Gibson join us at our table. Being in the presence of such heroes who believed in the unknown is always such fun and such an honor."
More A/V Rental News
CCI is also provided the A/V equipment for the PRSA/FPRA Media Roundtable presented by Disney. The annual event was held at the Embassy Suites July 17. The media roundtable gave PR professionals a chance to meet with regional magazine, newspaper, tv, and radio reporters. This year's featured speakers at the luncheon were Dick Bathelor and Tico Perez. Also of note, CCI is currently hosting and redesigned the PRSA website.
Winter 2008 Newsletter
CCI Helps Send First Malaysian To Space
In October, CCI had the exciting opportunity to provide television coverage and satellite relay worldwide to help send the first Malaysian Astronaut into Space. The Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS) hired CCI. It's a government owned research organization to aid in space exploration.
The Astronaut for the mission, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor flew to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Russian Soyuz rocket. Muszaphar is an orthopedic doctor from Kuala Lumpur. He spent nine days on the ISS studying live cell cultures. The studies included the effects of microgravity on cells, and experiments for a potential HIV vaccine.
"I got a chance to see Malaysia from space, and it was the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life," said Shukor.
Dr. Shukor spent several weeks training at NASA. CCI shot and interviewed Dr. Shukor in Houston while there for training. CCI put together video footage of the training, provided live video messages from ISS during the mission, created two 1-hour documentaries and an animation.
CCI, working with Astro TV in Malaysia, also provided the live broadcast of the launch at the Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Cabinet Ministers and 280 students watched in awe as the country entered the world of space exploration.
Sharon Tay, an American News Anchor born in Singapore, reports from the Cape Studios
"It was great working with the representatives in Malaysia. They seriously wanted to provide an example to the youth to study technology, science and math. I'm proud that our company had a part in that," said CCI President Jim Lewis.
CCI also hired American Astronaut, Hoot Gibson to serve as an expert in Kuala Lumpur for the duration of the mission.
CCI produced simultaneous live feeds from the launch site in Kazakhstan, from a VIP Guest Event in Astana and from CCI's studios in the United States during the launch. During the mission CCI continued to provide broadcast feeds from their studio and from the American Mission Control in Houston and the Russian Mission Control in Moscow. Rusnan Saad from MIMOS said CCI had time and time again "surpassed my expectations" and MIMOS Vice President Thillai Raj T. Ramanathan thanked CCI for their "great support".
Passengers from the UK to Watch New Tourism Video of the Space Coast
In November, a crew from CCI shot video for the Tourism Development Council (TDC) on the Space Coast. The video will be seen by passengers from Britain as they land in Orlando. CCI captured video of people on the beach, surfing and just having fun. The TDC hopes this will spark tourists to drive to the Space Coast.
"Anytime you can get outside and get to the beach it's going to be a good time. Plus, the weather in November was great. This was definitely a fun shoot," said Bryan Foster, Director of Editing for CCI.
AV Rentals Update
CCI Adds Breakthrough Technology for Clients
In September, CCI invested in a TriCaster and European Format "PAL" Cameras. It's just the latest in a long list of major investments the company is making to provide more services to clients.
PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, is a color encoding system used in broadcast TV systems. The PAL standard automatically removes hue color errors by utilizing phase alternation of the color signal, so a tint control is unnecessary as it with the American format NTSC. The addition of the new PAL cameras continues to round out CCI's complete PAL production package that already included PAL Betacam Decks, a high end digital component standards converter and satellite facilities that include a five meter international dish equipped with a multi-format international receiver. CCI also has two of our posts suites configured to edit PAL on either Final Cut Pro or Avid Nitris DS. This equipment and facilities will allows CCI to better interface and serve its growing community of clients around the world.
The TriCaster includes live, multi-channel virtual sets with unprecedented realism for broadcast and web stream. The combination of portability and ease of set-up with the extensive live production capabilities takes broadcasting and web streaming to a new level.
"TriCaster gets its name from the fact it can output three different types of signals at the same time; an output for video to record or broadcast, a VGA output for video projectors and panels, and streamed media output for the web. This makes the TriCaster a very useful tool for live events that need Image Magnification," says Andrew Marcus, AV Rentals Manager with CCI.
The TriCaster and PAL Cameras, as well as other A/V Equipment are available for rentals. For more information call the CCI Cape Canaveral Office at (321) 783-5232.
On The web
CCI Designs Website for CPA Firm
Recently MediaInk, one of the 321MediaGroup related company of CCI designed a new brochure as part of a re-branding effort for Berman-Hopkins/Wright & Laham CPA's and Assoc. As part of a re-branding effort, CCI is designing a new website for Berman-Hopkins. In phase two of the design CCI will also put together a new internal Internet system. Berman-Hopkins also plans to use the website as a recruiting tool.
"It was great to work with all the folks over at Berman-Hopkins. They wanted to match branding styles and I think we did a good job of communicating with them and doing that," said Tom Affeld, Web and New Media Manager for CCI.
Berman Hopkins is the largest independently and locally owned CPA and business consulting firm in Central Florida. In 2008, they will celebrate 50 years of creating and providing solutions for their clients.
The Local Scene
CCI wins More awards
The 2007 Crystal Reel Awards were hosted by the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association in Plant City, FL near Tampa.
"The awards show, in September, was fabulous! There was a scrumptious dinner, live music, a silent auction and also several networking opportunities," said Robin Champagne, Production Manager for CCI.
Animation/Marketing - "SeaAway"
Director of Short Film/Video - Bryan Foster, "A View From Heaven"
Short Film/Video - "A View From Heaven"
Broadcast Series/Pilot - "Skating's Next Star" (WE TV Series)
CCI Inks Major Deal with Malaysian Government
CCI recently signed a deal to provide television coverage and satellite relay worldwide for MIMOS Berhard of Malaysia. MIMOS, or the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems is a
government-owned research and development organization specializing in information technology. MIMOS hired CCI to cover and broadcast its Angkasawan program which will send a Malaysian astronaut, or Angkasawan, to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Russian Soyuz rocket.
The Angasawan, or astronaut, for the mission, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, is an orthopedic doctor from Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Shukor will spend nine days on ISS studying live cell cultures during his flight.
Coverage of the nine day event will be broadcast on a channel exclusively set up on Malaysian television for the event. The channel will include launch coverage, live video messages from International Space Station during the nine day mission, and the return to Earth with the Expedition 15 crew of ISS. CCI will also produce two 1-hour documentaries to run on the channel during the nine days. CCI has already created animation for the mission coverage and shot interviews with the Malaysian Astronaut candidates in Houston, Texas while there for ISS training with NASA. Finally, CCI is contracted to hire an American astronaut to serve as subject matter expert in Kuala Lumpur for the duration of the mission.
According to Jim Lewis, general manager of CCI, "We've had a lot of VIPs come through our facilities in Cape Canaveral over the years, a lot more than one might expect, but when the Malaysian Minister of Science and Technology arrived here for the contract meetings with his entourage in an actual motorcade, it was a little surreal, like something out of a movie, but we had great talks and I knew this would be a wonderful group to work with."
The Mission concludes in late October.
CCI Helps with Video for Space Shuttle Launch Experience
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recently opened the 44,000-square-foot Shuttle Launch Experience. The simulator takes guests on an incredible journey only astronauts have experienced -- launching into orbit aboard a Space Shuttle.
CCI was able to help out by providing grip lighting production assistance for some of the videos used in the Shuttle Launch Experience. The shoots involved interviewing 27 NASA astronauts and shooting the ride safety briefing video.
All of it was shot in HD using the Sony F-900 HD Camera.
The journey begins as passengers enter the Shuttle Launch Simulation Facility. As crew members ascend along the gantry, veteran shuttle astronauts share testimonials, setting the stage for the experience to come. Entering the heart of Space Shuttle operations for the pre-launch briefing, crew members are guided by veteran Space Shuttle Commander Charlie Bolden as he takes them step-by-step through the launch sequence. Brilliant video screens spring to life on shuttle-like robotic arms. Anxious moments arise as dramatic atmospheric, sound and lighting effects dramatize the moments before launch.
Busiest Month Ever … CCI Completes Three Sports Truck Shoots in One Month
CCI polished up the CCI Mobile Production Unit and hit the road three times this May for three sports shoots for the Polk County Office of Tourism and Sports Marketing, making it a really busy month for sports truck shoots. The events-The Kegel Classic Bowling tournament; Let It Fly Flag Football; and FCCAA/NJCAA Baseball-required up to seven cameras for Baseball, the largest of the events.
According to CCI production manager Robin Champagne: "The three events are all events we've covered in the past, so we had a jump on all three jobs, which made a hectic schedule a little easier to manage. However, considering two of the productions, baseball and bowling, happened on consecutive days, the schedule was pretty daunting, but we delivered some great products."
"These are events we love doing, and Polk County is a tremendous client to work for. I particularly enjoyed the Kegel bowling," said Champagne, "It is a great event".
CCI Streams Video the Web for Eddie Einhorn's Latest Venture
CCI has partnered with Eddie Einhorn, part-owner of the Chicago White Sox and part-owner of MLB.com, to web-cast youth baseball and other youth oriented sporting events for Einhorn's latest Web venture, New Media Sports, LLC. CCI field crews shot and produced the events in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports venues, as well as in Memphis, at First Tennessee Field, and in Knoxville, Tenn. for the 2007 Junior Olympics and streamed them live for the new Web site.
Working with MLB.com, CCI help made the events available for live viewing on the Web, and will also make all of the events available as downloads on-demand.
The New Media Sports, LLC, Web site, www.nmssports.com, which is empowered by www.mlb.com, receives the stream live from CCI. MLB.com then takes the CCI stream, redistributes it, and broadcasts the events live using MLB.com bandwidth to stream the event.
According to CCI GM Jim Lewis, "We have been in contract negotiations for some time with Mr. Einhorn, and we feel fortunate to have this opportunity to work with someone of his stature. Eddie literally made college sports happen on television in the 1960s and I think he will do the same with this. We believe that there's enough interest in youth-related sports that it will be a success."
CCI completes video for economic development for The City of Palm Bay
The CCI production team was recently seen on location, shooting a film noir style economic development video for The City of Palm Bay.
For the video, CCI shot several locations in Palm Bay picking up "lifestyles" footage of the up-and-coming city. CCI also shot the video's lead actor in several scenes within the city as a private detective looking to uncover Palm Bay. Finally, extra shooting was done on sets in Brevard County, in Washington, DC, and in the CCI studio.
According to the project's producer and editor Bryan Foster, "It was a fun shoot and edit. I think we got the message across about Palm Bay in a unique way that will help the city stand out among the many EDC videos available across the country. That was our mission, and I think we delivered an interesting product that's going to garner considerable attention from decision-makers across the country for The City of Palm Bay."
The video starts out in black and white in the office of a 1940s style private detective. When the detective investigates and finally enters the City of Palm Bay, the video explodes into color and portrays an exciting town on the make, Palm Bay.
"When the City of Palm Bay decided to develop a promotional video, we were looking for a group that was familiar with the area, that would offer a creative approach to showcasing the unique attributes of our location, workforce and quality of life. CCI was our choice because of their interesting approach to producing a concise DVD that would entertain and inform." Said Jim McMillian, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development.
CCI Produces HD Delta II/Themis Launch Coverage for Quantel NAB2007 Booth Demonstration
When UK-based digital media company Quantel was looking for captivating and thrilling American interest stories to shoot for its upcoming NAB2007 (National Association of Broadcasters) HD demo, the company selected CCI. With quick turnaround, CCI produced news style coverage of a Delta II/Themis launch in HD on P2 technology. The segment was used to demonstrate Quantel's news edit systems at their booth at NAB2007.
According to CCI's general manager, Jim Lewis, "Quantel was looking for a company with experience in high definition video who is familiar with the rocket launch industry. As the premier producer of rocket launch broadcasts with over 150 in our history, and with an established HD facility and company concentration on HD, CCI was a natural fit for the project. CCI uses a similar HD workflow to the one Quantel featured at NAB-that of Panasonic's P2 technology-so that created an even greater synergy."
CCI shot the footage using matching Panasonic AG-HVX200 HD cameras, which record directly to the solid-state P2 memory card. Quantel then took the HD footage to Las Vegas and NAB2007 and used it to premier their new editing system. The system is revolutionary for several reasons including its ability to utilize both standard definition and HD footage in the same timeline, and because the system is designed to handle the P2 workflow flawlessly.
According to Quantel Director of Creative Services Danny Peters: "We needed a uniquely American production company with its feet firmly in HD and rockets; CCI is waist-deep in both. The NAB demonstration was a huge success for us, and its thanks in part to CCI's tremendous work and partnership."
For the shoot, CCI gained access to Press Site One at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base. CCI hired talent Jennifer Hodges as a reporter to do stand-ups and readers for the report. CCI has often used Hodges in the past to host its launch broadcasts and corporate videos; space fans familiar with the commercial rocket industry and Atlas and Proton launches will immediately recognize her.
NAB is the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters and the essential destination for more than 100,000 electronic media executives, trendsetters and visionaries. The event brings together the entire spectrum of media-television and radio broadcast, audio and video production and latest technologies-from all corners of the globe.
CCI Teams with Traveling Light Media to Shoot a National Champ Car Racing Spot featuring Newman/Haas/Lanigan and McDonald's
The CCI and Traveling Light Media team traveled to the Sebring International Speedway to shoot a national, high definition commercial spot for the Champ Car World Series highlighting the Newman/Haas/Lanigan racing team.
The shoot featured Paul Newman's Newman/Haas/Lanigan racing team and its #1 car, the McDonald's champ car. CCI produced the HD footage for a commercial promoting the upcoming Champ Car World Series. In addition to a national commercial, the footage and driver interviews captured by CCI and Traveling Light Media are being integrated into a champ car documentary currently in production.
The CCI team shot in high definition using the Panasonic HVX200 HD cameras. Because of the camera's true overcranking (and undercranking) capabilities, the HVX200 HD was ideal for shooting the high speed champ cars-which often reach speeds of 225 mph-and yielded exceptionally clear video and outstanding fast- and slow-motion images.
Driving the McDonald's car for the shoot was Sebastien Bourdais, the 2004, 2005, and 2006 champ car racing champion. Bourdais is currently the number one champ car racer in the world in 2007, after recently leading the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team in the McDonald's car to a first place finish in the Grand Prix of Houston. A banner day for the team, Newman/Haas/Lanigan rookie Graham Rahal finished the race in second.
CCI interviewed Bourdais and the other drivers after the shoot and captured their thoughts on the future of champ car racing amid the recent growth of motorsports in America. The interviews will be used in the upcoming documentary film.
CCI Produces Duramed FUTURES Tour for Polk County and Fox SunSports
In March, the CCI mobile production unit was in Lakeland to produce the LPGA Duramed FUTURES Tour's Lakeland Duramed FUTURES Classic at Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland, Fla. The live-to-tape event featured an exciting tournament that ended with long-time tour player Lori Atsedes taking the purse after fighting off several challenges over the three-day event. With the win, Astedes remained the top money winner on the FUTURES tour.
For the shoot, the CCI team set up scaffolding three tiers high and shot with three cameras at the 18th hole-one at the tee, one high camera at the green, and one exit camera at the green-and two cameras at the 17th hole-one high camera and one exit camera. Additional footage was captured by two ENG style cameras which also followed the tour on the first two days of the tournament, enabling CCI to produce highlights packages of the first two days for use in the final show. CCI also produced the commentary from the hosts for the broadcast, Sid Champagne and Tracy Kerdyk. The final two hour edited program aired on Fox SunSports in early April and reran several times throughout the month.
CCI Launches Dynamic Web Site for SpaceCoast Business
CCI recently launched the feature-rich SpaceCoast Business Web site, a site dedicated to providing an on-line meeting space for the business leaders of Brevard County. Though certain parts of the site are still under construction with media galleries to be added later, increased traffic to the site is already being tracked, a sign of a successful launch.
According to Spacecoast Business Editor Josh Field, "When we started Spacecoast Business, we had a vision for more than just a magazine. We wanted to be a portal of business information relating to Brevard County - to share ideas, resources, success stories and best practices in whatever media were available to us. CCI is helping us take the next step in that goal by creating with us a website that will eventually be local businesspeople's daily stop for local business news, and out-of-towners' view into the business culture in Brevard County."
The site currently features past articles, readers' polls, a members' section, event calendars, the ability to subscribe to the print magazine, and the ability to send the publishers reader input. Media features to come include photos, video, and podcasting in the media gallery; a blog; a shopping cart, and more. Most importantly, as the site grows, so will the readership, fulfilling the original vision of an interconnected Brevard business community.
Search Engine Optimization and Web Site Promotion
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CCI Teams with SeaAway to Create Custom Animation and Web Site
Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI) recently completed an animation-based, informational video and Web site for the port security company, SeaAway, of Titusville, FL. The animation was created as a sales promotion tool for an extensive "prior to port" security system known as the Sea Sentinel SystemTM. The Sea Sentinel allows for the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive devices on shipping containers before the hazardous materials can reach port. The SeaAway Web site was also designed and is hosted by CCI. The Web site will be maintained by SeaAway using content management tools developed by CCI.
According to Jay Van Dyke, CCI Director of New Business Development, "SeaAway came to us with a fully conceived plan, but no way to show it visually other than some large scale models. They have a brilliant idea and a definite need. So, what we came up with together was a way to show this system using photo-realistic animation to simulate how the system works and how it will make countries around the world, and hopefully our own county, safer."
Immediately upon completion of the animation, SeaAway met with the governments of Panama and Trinidad and Tobago and presented their system as an answer to security concerns at their ports and ports around the globe. The animation is being now being expanded and updated as the company has plans to continue meeting with other important international ports and potential customers. The animation serves as a demonstration model for the prototype system which will be constructed in the near future.
SeaAway Marketing Director Rachel Nates said, "CCI has been a great partner. Between the custom animation and the brand new Web site, they've helped us put a face on our efforts. We know we have a great product that serves an ever-increasing global need, and informing potential customers of our product is the next step. That's where CCI came in."
"CCI is a good fit for SeaAway and they're the ideal client for us. We have the expertise and experience they need, and while they are an upstart company now, there's no doubt they are going to be big organization. It is exciting to part of something this big right at the start" concluded Van Dyke.
The new Web site and all custom animation in shortened clips can be viewed at http://www.seaaway.com.
CCI's HD Short Premiers Amid Fanfare at the Melbourne International Film Festival
CCI recently was honored at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) as the winner of the national short film contest created by Premiere Theaters to promote theater etiquette and the benefits of Premiere Theaters. CCI's first place entry, shot in high definition (HD) and edited at CCI's new HD facility, CCI HD Orlando, showed right before the world premier of "I'll Believe You" which was also shot in Central Florida in HD. The CCI short was transferred to film and shown at the MIFF and will now be shown before all movies at the theater for three months.
The 90 second piece follows the rules defined by the theater which required entrees to highlight theater etiquette-no talking, cell phones off, throw away trash-as well as to promote the luxury movie-going experience offered by Premiere. Shot at the Sterling Casino Lines terminal at Port Canaveral while the ship was out at sea, the CCI production presents a darkly comical look at theaters of the not-to-distant future and the freedoms the fictitious movie-goers will have to sacrifice if they do not adhere to the rules. In the short, several people wait on a long line to enter a theater, only to be stopped, searched by stoic guards and cell phone detecting machines at a security checkpoint, and systematically relieved of cell phones and outside refreshments.
After arriving at the film festival in a limousine provided by the Oaks Theater with all of the CCI contributors, CCI general manager and producer on the project Jim Lewis stated, "We're excited to be a part of the film festival and always have a wonderful experience at this event. Every year, I have served as a judge for the Florida shorts portion of the festival, but we hadn't entered anything in a while. It was nice to see the CCI crew in there this year and to see our production on the big screen. It was also really nice to receive the award right before the big feature film of the festival. It was great being there with writer/director Paul Francis Sullivan, and actors David Alan Basche, Partick Warburton and Patrick Gallo."
CCI shot the spot on the highly-touted Panasonic AG-HVX200 with P2 technology, which shoots in true HD. Post production for the project was done on the top of the line Avid system, the Avid DS Nitris HD 8.0 finishing system. CCI's Avid Nitris system is one of only a handful in the entire state and is the centerpiece of CCI HD Orlando, CCI's HD facility located on the lot at Universal Studios, Orlando. Final edit was outputted to Panasonic D5 HD and the sent to Dolby Labs for final preparation for theater playback.
According to director Bryan Foster, "First and foremost, we wanted to present a piece that would look and sound great on film and on the big screen, so we shot it in HD at 720p at 24 frames per second, just like film. We found the perfect location; we set up a doorway dolly shot, and mounted the camera on a jib to add some movement. In post, we washed out the color to give it a cold, austere look and mixed the final version in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. We recruited some terrific volunteer talent from Orlando acting schools and local talent who were all very excited and great to work with."
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CCI Shoots and Produces FACA All-Star Game
The CCI mobile production unit was on the move again, this time to produce the 52nd edition of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) North-South Football All-Star Classic in Lakeland, FL. Held annually, the game features the best high school football players from the state of Florida and was held before a wildly enthusiastic crowd at Bryant Stadium on Friday, December 22. CCI shot the game with a seven camera crew live-to-tape and then edited the final show to fit two hour time slot on Sun Sports, a regional Fox Network. CCI game coverage started showing on Sun Sports in early January with repeat showings throughout the month. Prior to shipment to the network, CCI closed-caption the show using its new closed-captioning capabilities.
In addition to the thrilling game in which the North defeated the South 16-3, CCI also shot a key halftime interview with Shelton Crews, FACA State Football Chairman and an interview with Rivals.com's national recruiting expert J.C. Shurburtt. Both interviews can be seen during the game on Sun Sports.
The FACA All Star game has proven to be a great opportunity for many of Florida's top high school football talents to take the field and showcase their skills in front of key college and professional scouts. The All-Star Classic has a long proud tradition of getting Florida's top high school football players to participate and many alumni of the game have gone on to successful football careers. Past participants of the FACA All Star game include: Anquan Boldin, Derrick Brooks, Alex Brown, Daunte Culpepper, Michael Irvin, Freddie Mitchell, Clinton Portis, Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, Emmit Smith, Peter Warrick, Danny Wuerfful, and many others.
"Polk County has a rich tradition in high school football and we are proud to host the best players in the state for this prestigious game," said Mark Jackson, Polk County Director of Tourism and Sports Marketing.
But Jackson is really being modest according to CCI's Jim Lewis. Lewis stated, "Polk County Sports Marketing has been a client of CCI for many years. They do a tremendous job of booking unique and exciting events and they take great care of the organizers and participants. And of course all that helps us do a better job with the broadcasts. We sit down before every event, and we discuss how to make it a great TV event. It really is a symbiotic relationship, and one that we look forward to continuing to grow."
The game will air on Sun Sports at the following times:
Monday, January 8, 2007 at 3:00pm
Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 4:30pm
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 11:00am
Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 3:30pm
Times and dates subject to change, so check your local listings or contact CCI at (321) 783-5232 for more information.
Redundancy Package Available for Current and New Web Hosting Clients
CCI has implemented a major service enhancement for its Web hosting clients. The upgrade is one of many improvements CCI has made in order to keep its clients' Web sites performing at their peak and to help provide its customers with an ideal and seamless Web experience. While the change is transparent to current Web clients, CCI's fully-redundant, T1-based Web servers-now located in two separate facilities-ensure that all CCI hosted sites are up and running at all times.
With this service enhancement, CCI's fully-redundant Web servers will host an exact copy of all sites in two separate locations, one in Cape Canaveral and one in Orlando. Both servers will be serviced by T1 lines for optimum speed and convenience for Web site visitors. Furthermore, the new upgrade ensures all sites will be checked for performance every thirty seconds, guaranteeing that a site will never be down for more than two minutes. Finally, because the backup servers are based in Orlando, if CCI experiences an extended outage in its Cape Canaveral office because of hurricane or other natural act, hosted sites will not be affected.
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A View From Heaven HD Video Shoot Completed, In Post-Production
Film to Begin Running at Polk County's Outpost 27 in March 2007
CCI's most ambitious high definition project to date, the Polk County Outpost 27 HD video, "A View from Heaven", wrapped shooting this week after an exciting though long four day production. After a day of shooting helicopter aerials, two days of ENG locations shooting at attractions around the county, and one day of set shooting on location at Fantasy of Flight with none less than Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) watching in the wings, the production wrapped and moved into post.
The video shows a fictional balloon festival leaving from Polk County's Fantasy of Flight and presents aerial and ground views of the attractions and excitement to be found in Polk County. CCI employed twenty lead actors for the film, and more than sixty actors including extras were present on set at Fantasy of Flight.
According to CCI director and producer Bryan Foster, "The day at Fantasy of Flight presented the biggest challenge. We had so many people here for the long dolly shot and the close up of our Aviator (played by Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks), but we also had to shoot our pilots and all their lines and our balloon launch, all before noon. After noon, it's too hot and potentially too windy to take a balloon up, so we had to hustle. The real pilots were very accommodating, and we got some fantastic shots that are going to look incredible in HD and on a big screen."
In order to offer the most exciting experience possible, CCI shot the video as if it were a film: it was shot in HD at 24 fps and 720p for a true film look. The piece was shot entirely in HD on the highly-touted Panasonic AVX-200 cameras and will be edited on the lightening fast, graphics rich, top-of-the-line Avid DS Nitris HD editing and finishing system at CCI HD Orlando. The film will also be presented in 7.1 surround sound.
When the video is complete, it will be shown in the new, state-of-the-art high definition theater at Outpost 27, Polk County's new tourism information center located along US Highway 27 near the I4 interchange in Polk County.
Outpost 27 is slated for a March 2007 opening.
CCI Produces Membership Video for Florida Citrus Sports
CCI recently partnered with Florida Citrus Sports, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing community spirit and pride, promoting tourism, stimulating economic development and benefiting charities in Central Florida, to develop a membership video for the organization to inspire current membership and recruit new members.
CCI produced a video that touts the important work done by FC Sports and also highlights Florida Citrus Sports' five signature events: The Capital One Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, the Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines, the Cingular ABC Sports All-America Team Celebration and the OUC Half Marathon and 5K.
The video first aired at the FCS Speaker Series Luncheon and was part of a presentation that same day before the Orange County Board of Commissioners which helped secure funding for renovations to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
According to Florida Citrus Sports' communications manager Matt Repchak, "The video has already made several appearances at public functions in front of thousands of current and prospective members. Our Membership Committee is using it as a marketing tool when they go out to sell memberships. It also played to a captive crowd of 150 at our Team Selection Kickoff Dinner, and made several revolutions on the JumboTron during the "Feast on the 50," giving it an audience of about 1000. So, clearly, we see the CCI video as an integral part of our marketing and membership efforts."
Dana Stites, managing director of CCI's new high definition post-production facility, CCI HD Orlando, stated, "This video represents the first of several projects CCI is working on for Florida Citrus Sports. Most recently, our A/V department set up and ran a successful press conferences for the organization. It's strong and growing relationship, and one that will continue to be instrumental to CCI's success in Orlando in the future."
The video can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the link on the FC Sports Homepage.
Communications Concepts Inc. Produces Live Satellite Event for Harris Corporation on CNBC's Morning Call
CCI recently produced a live interview and satellite uplink with Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation for CNBC's market watch program Morning Call. CCI provided the live C-band satellite truck and turnkey satellite feed, along with camera package, crew and technicians for the Harris Corporation announcement.
In the live interview with Morning Call co-host Rebecca Quick, Lance provided details about Harris Corporation's agreement with Stratex Networks, Inc., of San Jose, California. The deal combines operations from Stratex and Harris' Microwave Communications Division to form a new company, Harris Stratex Networks, Inc. CNBC was the first media outlet to feature the story, and it has since been picked up by several national media outlets.
According to Harris Corporation's senior manager of media relations, Brent Dietz, "Today's broadcast was the most positive national broadcast media experience I've ever had, and I've had about a dozen with CNBC, Bloomberg and CNN. We'll do it again, and I will undoubtedly call on CCI again."
Of the burgeoning relationship between CCI and Harris Corporation, CCI general manager and vice president Jim Lewis remarked, "We've been around for a while, and Harris was one of our first clients back in 1978. We actually produced a similar live event for them back when then Harris CEO Jack Hartley made a product announcement. It's great to still be working with Harris."
The four minute interview and CNBC feed consisted of an exclusive interview with Lance and reporter Rebecca Quick on Morning Call, a daily program which offers real-time market coverage.
The CCI crew arrived at Harris Corporation corporate headquarters in Melbourne at 7am and set up in the Harris Customer Briefing Center. CCI crew and Harris staff worked together closely to set up the shot with the microwave product display as a backdrop and to ensure light and sound were optimal for Lance's statement and met CNBC standards.
Jay Van Dyke, director of new business for CCI, stated, "The shoot was a complete success and working with the Harris staff could not have gone smoother. Hopefully, this represents a renewal of business for CCI with Harris Corporation. Even though Harris has in-house production capabilities, there are many services that they don't provide due to costs and changing technologies, like live broadcast or high end HD production. CCI, however, can provide these types of services cost effectively. Finally, CCI does production everyday, so we bring expertise and experience to the job that guarantees success, and for live TV, there are no second chances to get it right."
The entire four minute spot can be viewed at the Harris Corporation Web site.
CCI Adds Closed-Captioning Services to its Duplication Division
CCI recently began offering closed-captioning services for all television and video programming as part of our duplication and conversion division. Closed-captioning service is available pre-recorded programming through a partnership with VITAC, a Merrill Communications company, and is available on all CCI productions and as a stand-alone service.
Since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, closed-captioning for the hearing impaired has been required by the federal government for all distribution technologies-cable, broadcast, and satellite. Ten years later, only a handful of companies offer third party closed-captioning services, and CCI saw a niche.
"Out of necessity, the technology is improving every day," said Dana Stites, general manager of CCI HD Orlando, a satellite CCI office dedicated to high definition (HD), located on the lot at Universal Studios Orlando. "It's now a vital service for the entire industry-CCI has always been a conscientious place to work, and while we still intend to sell this service, we also feel it is a socially responsible one," Stites continued.
For prerecorded, offline captioning, two style options are available: pop-on and roll-up style. Pop-on style, similar to movie subtitles, appear on the screen all at once and can appear anywhere, but usually appear near the person who is speaking. Pop-on captions appear one line at a time, are time-coded to match shot changes, appear in synch with the audio, and do not interfere with the action. Roll-up style is often used in news captioning, soap operas and entertainment programming. As with pop-on style, captions are time-coded, but they scroll up one line at a time from the bottom or top of the screen.
CCI offers closed-captioning on all major broadcast formats, including Beta SP, Digibeta, DVC Pro, MiniDV, S-VHS, 1-inch, D2, and D5. Standard turn around time for captioning and delivery is seven days, however rush delivery is available. CCI's duplication and conversion division also offers NTSC to PAL and PAL to NTSC conversions.
In addition to television industry clients, Stites concluded, "More and more, we're seeing corporate clients utilizing closed-captioning services for training and educational videos as well as sales and marketing videos. These clients are being proactive by providing for current or future hearing impaired employees."
For more information on closed-captioning services, go to the duplications page under Services on this site.
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