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Thursday, December 31st, 2009

#tenyearsago Looking Back – Looking Forward

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Telly Award Winning Project #video

by Amani Channel
from Visual Eye Media


2009 is all but a wrap, but one of my production highlights was a project that Visual Eye Media completed for Oglethorpe University.

The university wanted to create a series of videos to brand the Evening Degree Program which is designed to help working adults complete their undergrad degrees.

Most students in the program have completed some college coursework, have families and are already working. Oglethorpe’s program is designed to allow them to complete their education at an accelerated rate on a traditional college campus setting (the campus which is located just up the road from Lenox Mall is gorgeous BTW).

Although the client knew they wanted an 8-10 minute video, they didn’t know how to tell the story. There were several criteria: The video needed to represent Oglethorpe’s diverse student body; testimonials were required, and it needed to give a historical perspective.

After considering all of the requirements, I proposed that we produce a narrated intro segment followed by three short student testimonial videos and an outro video as a conclusion. They also wanted a thirty second commercial for broadcast.

After some careful planning, we spent two days on campus shooting footage, and conducting interviews. I had a general script written before we started shooting and completed it once all of the video elements were captured. After the client approved the script, we went into post and that’s where the magic happened.

I later found out that Oglethorpe was going to go with another company, but decided to trust us with their project. Turns out, the video series won a 2009 Telly Award. I truly appreciated to opportunity to put our creative talents to the test, and thank my production team for all of the hard work.

If you want to watch the entire video series, visit this link.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Watch This Edited iPhone 3Gs Video

by Amani Channel

Here’s the first MUR episode that was shot on my iPhone 3Gs and then edited. I used both Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier.

There are a few production tips in this adventure that features @supeshooter and @bookwormbrown.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Happy Holidays from Devin and Amani

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Media Connection: Daniel Wilcox Interview #nfl

by Amani Channel

In this latest MediaConnection episode I sit down with NFL Tight End Daniel Wilcox who blogs at YardBarker.

We talk about his blog and the challenges that go along with life in the NFL.

Monday, December 21st, 2009


by Amani Channel

This one goes in the “should have Beta tested with black folks” category.

The YouTube video below sheds light on a major functional defect in HP’s MediaSmartDumb computer.

In this case, a gentleman named Dezi, and his co-worker Wanda demonstrate how the computer’s webcam will track the movments of a white person, but it doesn’t work at all when Desi (who is black) tests it out.

This one is going viral folks, and if you’re a person of darker complexion stay away from this model until HP works out the bugs.

It also seems that HP needs to take some PR crisis communications action thanks to YouTube, Desi, Wanda and the Internets. (Google “hp mediasmart computer and facetracking” and you’ll see what I mean).
This video is classic.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Produce Great Holiday Videos

by Amani Channel

I’ve been a fan of ReelSEO for some time now, and if you’re interested in learning the latest news and tricks related to online video marketing, check it out sometime.

Here are some great posts I enjoyed recently:

42 Ways to Use Online Video for Business Marketing – Great ideas for creating videos to market and brand your services (courtesy OneMarketMedia).

5 Tips for Successful & Professional Online Video Projects Some basic video production tips to help you understand the production process.

If you’re going to be shooting or producing any holiday videos, this post provides some great production tips (courtesy IzzyVideo).

Hope you enjoy the links!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Video production 1,2,3s

by Amani Channel


ElectroVoice RE20

This is a audio podcast I created in early 2009 after my dad bought a professional microphone for my studio.

My goal was to produce these regularly, which didn’t happen.

In this recording, I share the three steps of video production.

If you have any questions, tweet me @urbanreporter or @visualeyemedia.

I’m planning to step it up in 2010.

Please share any thoughts or feedback. Thanks.

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