Our current EventStreams Dream Project with Computers for Youth (CFY-Atlanta) is making some good progress.  The interview with former CFY participant Derek Boston (mentioned in our Telling the Story post) exceeded expectations.  He wrote a letter to CFY after participating in the program, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity.  

"...Computers for Youth came into my life, and I was a new boy.  I felt like I could do anything.  I felt like I was Superman... "

He then vows to "always use my computer for good things", as if CFY just gave him a new super power.  

Editor Ryan was very impressed with Derek's on-camera presence.  "Some people just freeze on camera, but Derek was a natural!"  Now in high school, he looks back and shares with us how CFY made an impact on his life.  

So now that the bulk of the filming is complete, it is Ryan's chance to work his magic and bring it all together into one visually inspiring story.  Anyone can take a camera and film an event, but how the material comes together creatively is what sets the video apart from others.

One way Ryan puts the pieces together creatively is by using multiple shots on one screen as a way of transitioning into the next scene (see below).  The composition is split up into several parts, showing Derek in multiple views.  This style of transition is a great way to engage the audience with constant movement, which highlights the various nuances of Derek in person.

This effect was used similarly in the First Tee Atlanta video, another project that falls under the EventStreams Dream Project.  As Ryan continues to use his creative decision-making in the editing process, all the pieces will come together for the final product.  Our goal is to help CFY-Atlanta continue to equip middle school children with the technology and resources to succeed. 

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Sam Austin and Nate Haskell are two of the four original founding partners.  Our 4 man team was increased to 6 in 2001 and to 10 in 2005.  Since then we've consistently had a team of 10-12.  Here are a few team photos from over the years!


Nate, Ryan, Bryan and Julie traveled all the way to Gainesville, Georgia this week to record on-location footage and interviews for a marketing video for new client MyCelx. The Nikon D7000 is getting a workout lately!  We also captured some behind-the-scenes footage for another fun "making-of" video. We'll post both in the near future - stay tuned...

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In 2001 when we embarked on an initial journey into hotel promotions - we produced video tours to enable potential hotel guests to see the hotel and take a virtual tour and over the (mostly dial-up) internet!  (Remember those days!?)  

Our first project was a video for the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.  And the second took Nate to New York City to the famous Algonquin Hotel for a four-day shoot just two months before 9/11, after which the hotel industry collapsed - taking years to recover.

A memorable New York Times article after 9/11 discussed how more travelers would be using technology to substitute for in-person business meetings, and our focus became corporate webcasts and video presentations.  

And the rest, as they say, is history!

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"With new technology to enable live video streaming and video-on-demand across the company's territories, EventStreams helped CCE execute its executive communications platform, by strategically building the scope and scale of its live broadcasts."  

[read entire case study]

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Yesterday's Dog Day was a huge success.  We now have a clear direction for this quarter and are very excited about the changes that were implemented by our precious partners.  Here is a glimpse of all the hard work we did yesterday:

"Are you ready to rock n roll!?  Let's do this."

"All-paws meeting in 10!  Be there or... you're fired!"

"I don't think he really means it.  He's just being bossy."

"Here are the meeting paw-outs."

"You make a very good point, but I wouldn't put all my
bones in one hole in the ground."

"If I can catch my tail, then you can make this video happen."
(I'd like to see you try...)

Henry: "Did we fire that CAT-looking director yet??"

Lucy: "We can't just fire him because you think he
 looks like a cat... Plus, Jack seems to like him a lot."

Jack: "He does NOT look like a CAT! Really, guys!?"

"Partner meeting IDT (in doggy time)!!"

"I know you both don't see the need for an in-office dog treat
vending machine, but sometimes a dog's gotta take a break!
We're working our paws off for this company!"

It was such a nice day, we all went for a walk to the local PetSmart.

Happy Dog Day!

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Tomorrow, our "partners" will be paying us a visit.  They feel the need for an intervention, because clearly no one can run this company better than they can.  It's the beginning of second quarter and they are eager to establish some crucial ground work for us, to ensure that we excel beyond expectations.  Here are a few stills of them in the past, hard at work behind the scenes. 

"Set up a meeting with Bob!  We need to make sure we get
approval for the script IDT (in doggy time)!"

"These cuts are a little ruff around the edges!"

"There can not be a CAT in this video! Someone will get hurt..."

"Lunch time!  Don't touch my sandwich!" 

"Office yoga!  Time to stretch!"

"Why does the director look like a cat? Grrrrr...."

"There's that cat again...Grrrr....."

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