GEARS 5 Trailer + Dave Bautista Film in our Tampa Video Studio

GEARS 5 Trailer + Dave Bautista Film in our Tampa Video Studio

Hold onto your armor, Gears of War fans! Recently, Dave Bautista visited Litewave Media for a shoot for GEARS 5! It’s not everyday a Guardian of the Galaxy comes to hang and film on our Florida Sound Stage, and we were honored to host the project.

Our Tampa Bay video studio was used to film the trailer announcing Bautista as a playable character in the new GEARS 5 game!

Check out the behind-the-scenes video below and two announcement trailers featuring footage shot in our Tampa Video studio. See below!


Of course, only the live action content of Dave Bautista and the replica of his character’s in-game armor was shot in our studio. Also, the same people who made the Guardians of the Galaxy costumes built the armor Bautista wears in the video! The military case used in the video below was from a local St. Petersburg business as well! And most of the crew including the gaffer, photographer, makeup, stylists, production coordinator, etc were all local St. Petersburg and Tampa natives.


It was an honor to have the Guardians of the Galaxy star in our studio. And can’t wait to play the game!

Behind the Scenes of the GEARS 5 Shoot!

Additionally, our team coordinated the project and hired local crew for multiple departments. Namely in Grip and Electric, Costume, Audio, DIT, and Production! As we have done in the past for companies like Bic/Koozie‘s “The Original Chill” and a Culver’s National TV spots.

Along with our studio and office space, our client used our Lighting Grip Van and a variety of Camera Equipment from us. These included our ARRI SkyPanels, Quasars, hazers, and more in our lighting package.

Bautista Gears of War

Dave Bautista in his GEARS 5 getup!

Dave Bautista in our Tampa video studio in his GEARS 5 getup!


For filming the Director of Photography used our ARRI Alexa Mini for the project. Some of our favorite cinema lenses: the Cooke Anamorphic Special Flare lens set was also added to the package.

Check out this cool behind the scenes video from the GEARS 5 shoot featuring Dave Bautista!


Overall, we’re very grateful this opportunity came knocking on our door. We cannot wait to see Bautista in GEARS 5!

Gears of War Tampa Video studio

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Koozie’s New Tampa Commercial Video Films Locally With Litewave Media

Koozie’s New Tampa Commercial Video Films Locally With Litewave Media

The Litewave Media team recently had the chance to work with the Bic/Koozie brand. We helped them to create a national branding video commercial for their new line of Koozie products. Our production company produced and filmed this Tampa commercial video over the course of two days. The first day took place at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida to provide a camping and barbecue setting. The second day the video crew filmed at a luxurious house in Tampa for a pool hangout scene with waterfall and grotto on site!


Director Christian Cashmir films on the ARRI Alexa Mini setup on the Dana Dolly

Tampa Commercial Video for Koozie Filmed on ARRI Alexa Mini

Since we love the techy film details, here’s the scoop…this Tampa commercial video was shot on the ARRI Alexa Mini camera at 48fps (slow motion) using Canon CN-E Cinema Primes lenses. It was primarily filmed on a Dana Dolly and the Freefly Movi Pro gimbal to give the shots movement and a cinematic look to the footage.


Sean Keller was one of the DPs for the Koozie commercial

Koozie is known for their beverages sleeves that keep drinks cold (or hot). They reached out to Litewave Media to make a new commercial video to showcase their new products. Their new line of outdoor products launches in 2019 and will include coolers, backpacks, and camping gear. The commercial was filmed completely in Tarpon Springs, FL and Tampa, Florida.


Director Christian Cashmir from Litewave Media with the Koozie creative team

Christian Cashmir directed and produced the spot, while Sean Keller and Scott Sullivan worked as the cinematographers. Lucas Schatzberg edited. We also had many other members of our Litewave Media team on board including Maggie Hudak on production design, Nikki Stefansic on Makeup, and Andrew Ortoski as gaffer. The Litewave Media lighting and grip truck was working on this shoot as well.


The Litewave Media video crew watches on a SmallHD 702 Monitor as the footage is filmed

The video incorporates slow motion footage with shots of friends camping and hanging out at the pool to create a nostalgic outdoorsy feel for Koozie’s new products.


Scott Sullivan, DP for the second day of filming, captures the scene on the Movi Pro Gimbal.

“This fantastic cast and crew who helped behind the scenes really brought this video to life. Definitely one of the most fun shoots we’ve done in the last year!” Cashmir said about the shoot.


Our Tampa production crew and cast at the wrap of filming

Check out the extended cut of Koozie’s commercial below, produced right here in St. Petersburg, FL.

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St. Petersburg Video Production Wins at Two Festivals

St. Petersburg Video Production Wins at Two Festivals

Back in August 2017, our St. Petersburg video production crew at Litewave Media teamed up for our 8th year taking part in the 48 Hour Film Project. The competition started in 2001 and has had more than 900 competitions take place around the globe. Teams spend two sleepless nights together writing, producing, editing and scoring a 4-7 minute movie in hopes of winning their city’s Best Film. Those Best Film winners from 130 participating cities around the world go on to Filmapalooza where they compete for the international title of Best Film. Litewave Media’s team has been lucky enough to win the competition (Tampa/St. Pete) in both 2012 and 2016!

St. Pete film crew is slated and ready for next take.

Kelly slates the next scene while David, our Monk gets into character.

The rules are simple: each team must include a specific character, line of dialogue and prop as chosen by the festival. The weekend kicks off with a representative from each team drawing their genre from a hat. This year our team drew the “Sports” genre.

St. Petersburg film crew shoots ping pong scene in local business.

The Litewave Media cast and crew shot through the night as our ping pong players perfected their skills.

“You really need to look at what you have available around you” said Cashmir, founder of Litewave Media, “and we just so happen to have a fancy ping pong table right here in our St. Petersburg video studio!”  Using the table as inspiration along with a lot of caffeine and snacks, the team brainstormed and worked their way into a script for our Sports-themed film.

St. Pete Media Company films in Tampa bay area park.

Actor Josh and Kelly (PA) channel their inner pong player at a bay area park.


St. Pete Video Company shoots film for 48Hour Film Project.

Steadicam operator Eric films the Monk character played by David.

The film was shot using two Canon C300 MkII’s, a combination of Litepanel Astra lights, Joker 800 HMI, and an ARRI Skypanel. Check out our list of St. Petersburg film equipment rental for a full list of our available cameras and lens packages.

St. Pete Video Sound Technician preps camera for next take.

Boom Operator Nat, strikes a pose while our sound technician Mike makes some adjustments.

After a most productive 48 hours our film, The Battle for the Paddle, was submitted with seconds to spare into the competition. The Battle for the Paddle took home Awards for Best Costumes, Best Editing, Best Special Effects and Best Supporting Actor – Zachary Vasquez from the 48 hour Film Project!

St. Pete film company wins awards at 48 Hour Film Project.

The Litewave Media crew poses with 4 of their 5 awards won at the Tampa Bay 48 Hour Film Project Festival.

The Battle for the Paddle cast and crew wrap up another film.

That’s a wrap! The Battle for the Paddle cast and crew after a long day of filming.

Thanks to the awesome cast and crew that made our film possible!

In December, The Battle for the Paddle was also selected to screen at  Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. The film played in the comedy shorts block, and we were awarded Best Comedy Film!

Tampa Film Company wins Best Comedy Film at film festival.

The Battle for the Paddle cast and crew pose on the red carpet at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival.

Ever wonder how a man’s love for ping pong takes him on journey to find his true calling? Check out our film right here! Let us know what you think.


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St. Petersburg Video Production Company Films Culver’s National TV Spot

St. Petersburg Video Production Company Films Culver’s National TV Spot

Will work for Butter Burgers! St. Petersburg video production company, Litewave Media teamed up with Wild Bill, a collaborative, creative content company based in California to film a national TV spot for Culver’s Restaurant.

The two day shoot, produced locally by Litewave Media’s own Christian Cashmir took place at the restaurant just minutes from our Tampa Production Studio right here in sunny St. Petersburg,

Cashmir along with our awesome St. Petersburg video production crew worked hard to bring Director James Lipetzky’s vision together. Lipetzky traveled from California to work with Litewave Media on the TV Commercial.

The Tampa video crew spent Day 1 outdoors filming a variety of beauty shots of those delicious Butter Burgers the restaurant is known for.

St. Petersburg Video Production Company Films with Culver's Restaurant for TV

Producer, Christian Cashmir, works with the DP on setting up the perfect shot for the ARRI Alexa Mini to capture on the Movi Pro gimbal.

The wood base used to display the burgers was created by a local craftsman and fashioned on set with rigging gear from our grip truck. Our gaffer and lighting expert, Andrew Ortoski, combined a few mini combo stands and some behind-the-scenes magic to get the burgers at just the right height for the camera.

ARRI Alexa Mini camera rental production in St Petersburg, FL for Culver's.

Gaffer Andrew Ortoski with DP Florian set the perfect shot with the ARRI Alexa Mini

Day 2 took the Tampa video crew inside the Restaurant as the owner himself, Mr. Craig Culver, surprised unsuspecting guests by taking them into the kitchen to make those famous burgers. Four cameras, including an ARRI Alexa Mini, a Canon C300 mkll, and two Sony A7S mkll’s were tucked away from the customer’s view to capture their candid reactions.

St. Petersburg camera crew films Culver's TV spot.

Director James Lipetzky oversees the shoot as PA, Sasha Sebesta prepares to slate the next shot.

Our St. Petersburg Grip Truck rental was on site to supply an ample amount of lighting and grip equipment. An ARRI M18 and Joker 800 were used to light those outdoor shots on the first day, while our ARRI Skypanel S60, and some Litepanel Astras were used to set the stage inside for the production on day 2.

Culver's TV commercial production in St. Petersburg, FL

Culver’s Co-Founder surprises a customer in the TV Spot

After the shoot, Cashmir said, “We really enjoyed filming with the Culver’s family and the St. Pete restaurant’s friendly staff. The crew also enjoyed their share of burgers and frozen custard. Not a bad two days!”

St. Petersburg video crew filming on location at Culver's.

Camera Assistant Daryn Murphy with producer Christian Cashmir and the food stylists.

You can catch the national TV spot airing on many local Tampa Bay and St Pete networks. You might even see a few familiar faces!


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Tampa Video Production Company Films Victor Hedman of The Lightning

Recently Litewave Media took to the ice at Amelie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for a Volvo TV commercial shoot with Victor Hedman, one of the top defenders in the NHL. The spot was produced along with Moore and Scarry Advertising for Crown Automotive Group and will be airing soon! Our Tampa video production company was thrilled to be back on the ice as we filmed with the Lightning last year for a production as well.

Litewave Media film NHL Victor Hedman

Director/DP Christian Cashmir & 2nd Cam Tony Ahedo plan out some action shots of Victor with the Sony A7s Mk2 & DJI OSMO.

Crown Automotive brought in seven cars and SUVs and set them up on the ice rink as a back drop for the shoot. The Litewave Media Tampa video production crew began work lighting the cars, with only a short window between the Lightning’s practices to set up. Our production crew brought out 5 cameras to film with including our Canon C300, Canon C100, two Sony A7s mk2’s, a DJI OSMO, and a myriad of Canon L series lenses – all from our Tampa video camera rentals package.

Litewave Media recording Victor Hedman

The Litewave Media Tampa video crew at work filming Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The crew filmed some lines with Victor and the teleprompter, but the shoot really charged up when Victor got on his skates, and the camera team chased him on the ice.

Tampa video production goes over script

Director Christian Cashmir and 2nd Cam Operator Tony Ahedo go over lines on the prompter with Victor Hedman.

We used the Sony A7s mk2 mounted on our MoVi M5 gimbal stabilizer as well as the DJI Osmo to capture smooth creative action shots and POV shots of the hockey puck. Some 120 frame slow motion footage accented the skates tearing up the ice.

Tampa video production chases Victor Hedman

Director/DP Christian Cashmir gives chase to Victor Hedman with the MoVi M5 gimbal camera stabilizer.

Litewave studios filming Victor Hedman on the ice

Victor Hedman stylishly skids on the ice as the Litewave Media team captures it in slow motion

One of the highlights for our gaffer, was incorporating our newest light, the ARRI Skypanel S60 from our Tampa grip truck rental on the shoot. The Skypanel packs quite a punch and acted as the main key light to illuminate the shots of Victor with the Volvos.

The Skypanel lighting the way for Litewave Media

Our ARRI Skypanel lights up the shot as Christian Cashmir directs with producer Andrew Hebert & Devon Mackinnon runs sound.

The shoot literally went out with a bang as the hockey stadium fired up their Tesla coils and shot electricity charges for our cameras to capture. This electro static footage will be used for a dramatic insert shot in the commercial. The Tesla coils typically only fire up at a hockey game when the Lightning scores, but we were able to turn all the lights off in the entire stadium so that the coils were the only thing lighting the arena – it made for quite a unique effect!

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[All behind the scenes photos captured by Joe Malo]