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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tampa camera crew rehearses a scene lit with only a flashlight in Memory Keeper.
Actor Chris Jackson sneaks out of the shadows filming Memory Keeper.
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!
The editing process begins in our St. Petersburg video editing studio.
Over the last few weeks, our Tampa video production company has been busy shooting new TV shows for Netflix and Discovery Channel as well as TV commercials and Florida corporate videos right here in our own Tampa video production studio. We’ve also had the opportunity to work on an independent feature film with some pretty amazing actors.
Our Florida video production crew recently worked with the one and only Burt Reynolds! We were able to operate a teleprompter for Mr. Reynolds for his entire time on the production. “It was a great opportunity to work with Mr. Reynolds. I used to watch his movies, and now we are filming together”, says Litewave Media crew member Steffen Thiel.
Our Tampa video production crew member Mike Garland with acting legend Burt Reynolds.
On another recent project, we were happy to welcome the team from the Special Operations Warrior Foundation(SOWF) to our Tampa video studio. SOWF is an excellent group dedicated to supporting the families of wounded and fallen Special Ops Heroes. “The foundation is great! They help these families both financially and spiritually to get them back on their feet. They’re just an incredible team of caring people who know what it’s like to lose a family member like that and want to help in any way they can,” says our own Tampa video crew member and Air Force veteran Mike Garland. Litewave Media founder, Christian Cashmir was on set for the TV commercial as 1st camera assistant as well as Andrew Ortoski who gaffed the shoot. Litewave Media’s own Johanne Castagan, Rich Brito, and Steffen Thiel also worked on the shoot. Look out for it on ESPN where it will air nationwide!
5 Hour Energy’s TV commercial production filming at Litewave Media’s Tampa video production studio.
Check out the commercial below:
Our Tampa video production team also had the great opportunity to work on a new Netflix series called “Captive” which will be airing this summer. Director of photography Christian Cashmir operated our MoVi M5 camera gimbal for the show with our Sony A7s II on-board shooting in 4k!
On the new Netflix show “Captive,” Litewave Media’s Christian Cashmir operates our MoVi M5 camera gimbal with Sony A7s II
Our next shoot brought us down to beautiful Anna Maria Island. Litewave Media’s Tampa video equipment rental and Tampa grip truck packages were on hand for this national TV show for Discovery Channel. Christian Cashmir served as director of photography on the show “Stranger Than Florida”, while Sasha Sebesta and Steffen Thiel worked as grips. The Litewave Media camera crew provided lighting, video, and audio gear for the high-end broadcast production of this national TV show.
Our Tampa video production company shooting an interview for the Discovery Channel show “Stranger Than Florida”.
Quite a few of the projects we film go to LA, New York, or elsewhere for editing and finishing, but many stay right here in St. Petersburg, Florida to work at our full service post-production facility, Litewave Studios. Our Tampa post-production suites feature state-of-the-art equipment, voice over booth, and modern editing programs to service large scale productions.
It’s been a busy few weeks at our Tampa video production company, but that’s just the way we like it!
Leading Florida video production company, Litewave Media, has recently partnered with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), made famous by the major motion picture Dolphin Tale, to produce Rescue-Clearwater. This bi-monthly web series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at all the great work done by the staff and volunteers of the CMA right here in the Tampa Bay area.
Our Tampa post production company has been working closely with Rescue-Clearwater’s director David Yates (executive producer on the Dolphin Tale movies) and editor/videographer Joe Malo on post production. The Litewave Media video editing team has been hard at work creating 3D graphics and titles, color grading footage, as well as mixing and mastering audio for each episode at our Tampa video studio.
Litewave Media’s Tampa video crew films with Dolphin Tale stars (Nathan and Cozi) and the CMA team!
Our Tampa video crew also assists as needed on additional filming and interviews, and this week we were fortunate to film with the stars of the Dolphin Tale movies while they were in town at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a visit. And, for the upcoming episode on Sea Turtles, our St. Petersburg video production crew assisted with lighting and filming interviews at the aquarium as well. Litewave Media’s Tampa grip truck went on location to CMA to film with their team.
Litewave Media films with Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff for an upcoming episode of Rescue-Clearwater about Sea Turtles
“When David [Executive Producer: Dolphin Tale 2] asked our Tampa video production company to be a part of this project, we were thrilled.” says Litewave Media founder, Christian Cashmir, “It’s exciting to work with such a great team that does wonderful things for animals and for our community.” CMA not only helps rehabilitate wildlife, but their community outreach goes much further to educate and inspire. “It’s a truly great organization.”
Bay News 9 interviews David Yates (Director of Rescue-Clearwater) at Litewave Studios
The project has already gained media attention here in Tampa Bay. Litewave Media’s Tampa video company was spotlighted when Bay News 9 came to visit our production studio as we put the finishing touches on the first episode with David and Joe.
SEE THE BAY NEWS 9 NEWS STORY about Litewave Media’s partnership with Clearwater Marine Aquarium below.
The world premiere of Rescue-Clearwater took place February 1st at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium while simultaneously live-streaming to audiences around the globe. Episode 1 tells the history of CMA along with a behind-the-scenes look at many of the rehabilitated sea turtles, dolphins, and other wildlife. Hundreds of thousands of viewers have already tuned in on Facebook and YouTube.
The Rescue-Clearwater web series is produced right here in Tampa Bay by the CMA team with Litewave Media
On March 1st, the second episode premiered with the inspirational story of Winter (from the Dolphin Tale movies) and how the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Hanger Clinic worked together to give her a second chance at life.
On March 15th, episode 3 premiered online and covered the second part of Winter’s story as well as the inspiring story of Anni and how Winter and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped changed her life.
Viewers will get to know the real people behind the great work at CMA and can even expect some special guest appearances along the way from Dolphin Tale stars: Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Nathan Gamble and Austin Highsmith.
Litewave Media founder Christian Cashmir with Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Joe Malo prepare for an interview scene with actors from the Dolphin Tale movies
Our Tampa post production company is excited to help bring this new series and the great work done at CMA to viewers around the globe! Do you have a Tampa video production, TV show, or web series you would like to produce? If you need video production services including crew and camera packages or grip truck rental in Tampa, FL, please contact us for details. We invite you to visit and like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with our blog for more Tampa video production news!
“You want some blood?” Zombies and gypsies reigned supreme this Halloween at our Tampa video production company. Earlier in 2015, Litewave Media partnered with director Iris Saunders to produce the short film “The Pirate Gypsies.” Litewave Media’s founder, Christian Cashmir and Iris Saunders co-wrote and produced an original song called Walk Like a Gypsy for the movie. And so, this Halloween, our Tampa video crew got together to film a 60’s throwback, zombie inspired music video for their original song, Walk Like a Gypsy.
Our zombie gypsies are ready to start shooting (or eat our crew)
We filmed the music video over the course of three nights, one night at our Tampa video production studio and two nights at a forest near the studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before the first shoot day, choreographer, Johanne Castagan, rehearsed with the dancers at our Tampa video studio. Costume designer, Bridget Bartley Desjarlais, met with the team and designed costumes for the music video.
The dancers practice their choreography one last time before filming
On our first day of shooting, with a little inspiration from Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller”, we filmed a gypsy zombie dance sequence in a forest near our studio. With 12 performers dancing, fog machines blowing, and three cameras filming simultaneously, the scene came together quite nicely.
Our special fx makeup artist, Ginny Dworchak, and hair stylist, Jane Figuera, transformed the dancers into flesh-eating zombies! The lighting team including, Rich Brito, Andrew Ortoski, Harold “Pinky” Hood and Chris Plourde lit the forest with some HMI’s and Jokers from our Tampa video lighting equipment and Tampa grip truck rental package.Our Director of Photography, Kenny Strawn, filmed with our Canon C100 mounted on our EZ FX jib. We also filmed with our Sony FS100, Sony A7s and a Canon C100 Mark II on a Steadicam to get a variety of angles of the performance.
1st unit DP, Kenny Strawn, gaffer, Andrew Ortoski, and PA, Chris Plourde, mount the camera on the EZ-FX jib
For the second shoot day, our set designer, Don Knight, transformed our Florida video production studio into a 1960s performance stage, inspired by The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Show performances. Our very own Christian Cashmir was the male vocalist and guitarist while Ann P aka Ann Poonkasem was the female lead vocalist. Alissa Schneider and Jenique Hendrix played as backup singers, Ricky Fernandez kept the beat as drummer and Grant Johnson layed the beefy licks as bass player. Bridget and Jenique Hendrix outfit the band members with 60s period clothing while Jane Figuera and Ann P styled hair and makeup.
Our studio was lit by the 2nd day’s DP and gaffer, Andrew Ortoski, with our key grip, Sasha Sebesta. Andrew filmed with our Canon C100, Canon & Zeiss Cinema Lenses, and skateboard Dolly from our Tampa camera equipment rental. Our SteadiCam operator, Eric Coughlin, shot with a Canon C100 Mark II and Canon L Lenses.
The Jypsies are ready to debut their new single Walk Like a Jypsy!
For our last shooting day, Litewave Media’s Tampa video production crew travelled back to the forrest. John Jones lit the location with the help of Chris Plourde and Maxime Puister. The team used a Joker 800 and LED lights to create the look of moonlight in the woods. In this scene, the fog machines rolled again while Ann P’s Mother Zombie Jypsy lured Christian Cashmir and Alissa Schneider into the darkness. John was the director of photography for the scene, and he filmed with the Sony A7s which was great for the low light look of the scene.
The crew films on a skateboard dolly in our Tampa video studio for Walk Like A Jypsy
Editing and color correction were all finished by our Tampa post production company at our HD/4K editing suite. Check out the “Walk Like A Jypsy” music video BELOW!
Our Florida video production company wants to thank everybody that worked on this shoot and helped us bring our vision to life. It was one of the most enjoyable and creative shoots we’ve been a part of!
2015 has been an exciting year for Litewave Media. Our Tampa video production company has been very busy. We’ve added new equipment to our Tampa camera rentals and some exciting new gear to our Tampa lighting rentals. Our newest addition to the company is our Tampa grip truck. Litewave Media is proud to offer a fully equipped Nissan NV with high roof (with 6′ 3″ of standing room!) that carries up to 1.5 tons of grip and lighting equipment. Our grip truck rental is available for local Tampa Bay video productions as well as Sarasota, Orlando and beyond.
Christian, Ana and Pinky next to Litewave Media’s new Florida grip and lighting truck
Litewave Media’s grip and lighting equipment package includes a standard kit with tungsten lights, apple boxes, c-stands, combo stands, sand bags, flags and silks (See the full list below), but can also be tailored to each customer’s individual needs. We’re happy to make additions and/or substitutions. Kino Flos rentals and HMI lighting, including our new Tapa Joker 800 rental are available as add-ons to the package. Just give us a call and our Tampa lighting experts will ensure you get exactly what you need for your production.
The Litewave Media crew enjoys the freedom of 6′ 3″ headroom in our new grip truck!
Our new Tampa grip truck rentalis available for hire with experienced crew members including grips and gaffers or just a driver. Depending on your needs, Litewave Media also offers full Tampa video crews with camera operators, sound techs, coordinators, etc.
The 1.5 ton van grip package includes:
• Arri Light Kits (1K’s, 650’s, 300’s, 150’s)
• Mole-Richardson (1K’s, 2K’s)
• Additional lighting (including Kinos, LEDs and HMIs) available as add ons.
Christian, Ana and Pinky get ready to load up our new Tampa grip truck rental package
Do you need a Tampa grip truck or Tampa grip and lighting rental for your next video project? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!