Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Winning Team

Vision, execution and reception are all on equal footing here at DUO.  It’s about the journey and the outcome.  As stated on our website:

Our video production services span all phases of a project; from concept development through distribution, and any part thereof…we look for ways to make your project unique, and speak specifically to your needs…We provide high quality results at highly competitive rates.

As a result of our blend of creativity and professionalism, we have accumulated a collection of awards, a large portion of which comes from the Television, Internet and Video Association (TIVA) of DC.  TIVA is a non-profit association of media professionals (companies and individuals) in the National Capital region. The mission of TIVA-DC is to connect the media production community to jobs, resources and educational opportunities. The Peer Awards, sponsored by TIVA, is the largest film/video competition in the Mid-Atlantic region and culminates in a gala at the National Press Club and other prestigious venues with an average of 300 attendees.  As DUO and our independent film channel Star Wipe Films, we have acquired the following awards since as early as 2009:

  • 9 Gold Peer Awards
  • 11 Silver Peer Awards
  • 3 Bronze Peer Awards

Among the winning projects that earned these awards include our 48Hour Film, Welcome to the Neighborhood (which also won us a few awards at Filmapalooza 2013 and a Selection in the Short Film Corner for Festival de Cannes 2013) and our own short film, Apocalypse Rock, which TIVA-DC awarded us specifically for Program/Series Promo Under $10k for the film trailer, Independent Short, Acting, Editing: Fiction, Production Design, and Sound Design.

We’ve also received awards almost every year that we have participated in the 48 Hour Film Project and 29 Days Later competitions.

***Update: as of November 2016, Game of CAD and Once Upon A Bedroom have also earned Peer Awards; Gold and Silver, respectively.

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Cinematic Summer Revivals

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As media and filmmaking professionals, we have particular admiration for movie houses and cinemas and we are fortunate to live close to quite a few.  There is a particularly special place in our hearts for The Charles Theatre, which is located in downtown Baltimore.  This particular theatre screens both independent and mainstream films much like other local cinemas (i.e. The Uptown in DC, The Weinberg in Frederick, or The Senator, also in Baltimore), The Charles has multiple screening rooms.  The structure itself has retained much of its original design and style over its one hundred year history of standing and still seats 485 (without all being in one room).

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We have seen many films on its screens, both classic and modern alike, which includes many of our own films as part of the 48 Hour Film Screenings.  In fact, we have screened over six films there; Welcome to the NeighborhoodDistilledDenouement, Rare FindsQ, Like It’s Your Last, Kill The MonstersLife Lessons, and more.

The Baltimore 48 has come and gone (in which we unfortunately were unable to participate this year) but the summer continues at The Charles as they continue with a Revival Series of landmark films this summer season.  The event started back in June with Eva Hesse (Marcie Begleiter), Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders), and Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica).  The bulk of the films ran in July but there are more still to come in the series, including the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch), The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola) and Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly).  

Don’t miss the remaining films!

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The Senator has been running a series of revivals as well:

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The variety in the lineups at each theatre is refreshing. There are a number of titles that appeal to us and we consider ourselves fortunate that such art and variety thereof is so readily available. We certainly appreciate such revivals and will be visiting The Charles for this series and doubtlessly others into the autumn, winter and after.

The Biggest Advantages of Event Videos

As we said a while back in What Kind of Videos Do You Do?one of the services we offer is Event Videos.  Not to be confused with an extensive, multi-camera setup to record your event live, but rather produce a video prior to your function and screen it during your event.  This can be applied to any type of gathering; board meetings and conferences, galas, award ceremonies, fundraising events, and so on.  You may ask why this is worth considering; from our experience, here are some of the top reasons:

  1. Captive Audience.

    Any event presents you with an audience, yet a video can come as an unexpected and welcome surprise.  If your audience is one of, say, prospective investors and donors, a video can help encourage them to break out their checkbooks.  If former investors are present, a video can show them how their contribution was utilized and why.


  2. Length.Event videos can be longer than ones specifically made for your website or Vimeo/YouTube channel.  A well-shot, well-edited video may utilize music and photos or footage that would be otherwise difficult to present during a live speech – or at least not as seamlessly.  The words spoken to the crowd are tailored; you no longer run the risk of the speakers being struck with stage fright and captions can easily be added if necessary.  What this ultimately means is that whatever message or information you are trying to convey, it can be done in a more streamlined and engaging fashion, in a way that everyone can understand.

  3. Change of Pace.When it comes to your seminars, board meetings and the like, a video can be a welcome change to the otherwise familiar and monotonous pacing.  This works better than a digital presentation because the message is entirely self-contained.

  4. Self-Contained Message.Your audience no longer has to shift their focus back and forth between you, the speaker, and the visuals you’re showing.

  5. Music.In any type of venue, using music is especially advantageous because it allows you to set and thus control the emotional tone of the room.  Do you want to to tug the heartstrings of your investors?  Do you want your employees to feel enthusiastic and driven?  Or do you want to shake up an otherwise serious event with a bit of laughter and comedy?  Music enhances any such desired mood in a way that little else can, and even though you can play music live, you run the risk of levels being imbalanced, overpowering the speaker, or distracting the audience entirely (especially if it’s a recognizable tune).

  6. Audience Reaction.A video allows you to see their reaction, rather than posting the video elsewhere and receiving an email a few days later, if at all.  Additionally, while the video actually plays, you, as the speaker, can observe the audience.  Are they captivated?  Is the message being conveyed enough?  You can use the video’s running time to review the audience and adjust your wrap-up if necessary, or know that your original address will be as fitting as you expected and can step forward to deliver that wrap-up more confidently.  

 

If this sounds like a service you’d like to apply to your next function, we would be happy to work with you to produce an event video that suits your needs.  Contact us via email, sales@duomediaproductions.com, or give us a call at 301 – 221 – 7874.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Client Spotlight: SOLIDWORKS

It all started in 2009 with a sequence of four whimsical videos for SOLIDWORKS’ Now That’s Premium! campaign.  Through humor, these videos tout the benefits of upgrading to a premium product (coffee, gasoline, car service and wash), encouraging users to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS’ Premium design product.

Not only did each of these videos rack up a Telly Award (plus a Peer Award for “Cup o’ Mojo”), but it was the beginning of a working relationship that continues, brilliantly, to this day.

In 2011, we introduced a little guy named Seymour in a flash-animation video for Enterprise Data Management, which became the first in a series of over a dozen videos featuring Seymour as the star.  Seymour has since inspired even some of our most recent projects.

Since the SOLIDWORKS Premium project, DUO Media has produced over forty videos SOLIDWORKS, including marketing and promotion, Training Videos, eLearning Modules and Recruiting Videos, ranging in topic, length and style.  SOLIDWORKS has given us creative freedom from the start, but over the years, that trust in our vision and ability has expanded and allowed us to explore and grow ourselves in our stylistic approach. Some of the most elaborate videos of our portfolio have been for SOLIDWORKS, especially when it comes to promotions for SOLIDWORKS World, the company’s annual convention.

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