Over the course of the last few years our Tampa production company has enjoyed participating in the 48 Hour Film Project, a world-wide competition that challenges filmmakers to write, shoot, and edit their own short films in only 48 hours. It’s become a bit of a tradition for the Litewave Media crew and we’ve met some amazing people along the way. This year, our team once again dove head first into the challenge and produced a short film called “Magazine Issues.”
DP Eric Coughlin gets set up for one of the first shots of the day filming our short “Magazine Issues”
The 48 Hour competition supplies only minimal guidelines for filmmakers, providing a genre, character, prop, and a line of dialogue that must be used in every film. Each team receives their guidelines on Friday night and must turn in their fully finished film Sunday night, only 48 hours later. Our team pulled the genre of “romance,” and writers Jason Henne and Michael Garland went to work forming a cinematic story that also captured the essence of romance. With our writers working through the night on the the script, our Florida video production crew began preparing to film at dawn’s first light.
Next, we loaded up our Tampa grip truck and drove to our first location in Clearwater, Florida to begin filming. Using gear from our St Petersburg video equipment rental package like our Canon C300 MkII and Canon cinema lenses, we hit the ground running (literally) and began production! Filming took place at various locations all over Tampa Bay, including our very own Tampa green screen studio for multiple special effects-driven scenes and a wrestling ring almost an hour from the studio.
Award-winning actress Alissa Schneider plays the melodious sounds of the key-tar in our Tampa green screen studio.
With the clock ticking down, we rushed all of our footage back to our Florida post-production suite for editing. Once our special effects team hustled to compose the visuals needed for the green screen portion of the film, director and editor Christian Cashmir brought the film together with his skill and expertise, cuttin’ up footage and taking names! With the editing finished on literally zero sleep (not even a wink!), finally it was time for submitting the finished film.
Director Christian Cashmir, steadicam operator Eric Coughlin, and lead actor Chris Cavalier review footage before sending it off to our Florida post-production suite for editing.
After waiting for what seemed like the longest 2 weeks ever, it was time for the 48 Hour Film Project ‘Best Of’ screening! With so many great films to compete against, the awards ceremony was a nail biter, but all of our hard work paid off! Our team was nominated in 9 categories and were honored to win the following awards:
- Best use of the line “You’re Next!” – Team Prairie Dogs featuring Uncle Henry’s Bowling Club (Us!!)
- Audience Favorite – “Magazine Issues” Team Prairie Dogs featuring Uncle Henry’s Bowling Club (Us again!!)
- Best Screenplay – Jason Henne and Michael Garland (Our devilishly handsome writers)
- Best Supporting Actress – Alissa Schneider (Our drop dead gorgeous actress)
- Best Song – “Salesperson of the Year” Music and Lyrics by Chuck Fonshell Jr, Christian Cashmir, and Chris Cavalier (Our extraordinarily talented musicians)
- And, drumroll please… BEST FILM!!! – “Magazine Issues” Directed by Christian Cashmir (Our fearless director)
We won Best Film out of 34 competitors! Ignite the fireworks! Wookie yell! Rejoice!
Now that our film “Magazine Issues” has won Best Film – Tampa, we move on to the next round where we’ll compete against the winners from over 100 cities worldwide at Film-a-Palooza in Seattle, Washington next March!
As with every year, we had an amazing time working on the 48 Hour Film Project, and we look forward to competing again next year. Check out our finished film “Magazine Issues” below (Made in just 48 hours)!
The Litewave Media team celebrates after the 48 Hour Awards Screening
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Star Wars legend Carrie Fischer?!
Bad-to-the-bone Terminator actress Linda Hamilton, aka Sarah Conner?!
And guess who’s Back…to the Future…. star Lea Thompson?!
They’ll all be visiting this year’s pop cultural phenomenon, Tampa Bay Comic Con. This fan favorite event has been getting bigger and better every year! This year’s convention will be held from July 31st till August 2nd at The Tampa Convention Center, and it’s poised to be the biggest one yet! The convention will be bringing famed movie and TV actors as well as comic book authors and artists, and cosplay enthusiasts. Our Tampa video production company had the exciting opportunity to film TV and radio commercials for Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2015 to promote this year’s convention.
Our Tampa video company worked with Comic-Con at last year’s convention, filming a promo video for Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2014, and we were thrilled to get to work with them again this year for their TV commercials.
Litewave Media crew with the Tampa Bay Comic Con team at our Tampa video studio
Tampa Bay Comic-Con hired our production company and rented our Tampa video studio to film a 30 second TV ad that began airing Monday July 27th. The commercials were filmed on our White Cyc studio wall. Our Tampa video crew lit the studio with 2 Kino Flo Diva-Lites, 1 LED light and an array of our state-of-the-art Altman LED Spectra Cyc lights from our Tampa lighting equipment rental. Our director of photography, Christian Cashmir, filmed the commercials with our Canon C100 with cinema lenses from our Tampa camera equipment rental. Ana Christina Sanchez was the Production Coorinator during the shoot and Litewave Media’s intern Taylor Blake took behind-the-scenes pictures with our Canon 5D mark III.
Actress, Victoria, dressed as Katniss from the Hunger Games for Tampa Bay Comic-Con’s 2015 TV commercial
Tampa Bay Comic-Con had a number of costumes for the talent to dress up in for the commercials. Our Florida video company along with the make-up artist on set, did our best to emulate legendary characters from movies and TV series such as Princess Leia, Daenerys Targaryen and Katniss Everdeen.
The make-up artist transforming actress Victoria into Princess Leia
Tampa Bay Comic also came into our Tampa recording studio to record the radio commercial for the Con as well. Our Tampa post production company edited and color corrected the commercials at our Tampa editing suites. Some visual FX were also added to enhance the TV advertising including a Star Wars blaster effect.
Christian Cashmir films the Princess Leia TV spot for Tampa Bay Comic Con
Check out the TV spot below!
The commercials will be featured on the following networks ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX at the end of July 2015.
The cast and crew celebrates wrapping the Tampa TV commercial
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Our Tampa Video Production Company had the great opportunity to films this year’s Tampa Bay Comic-Con. The 2014 Comic-Con was held at The Tampa Convention Center from August 2nd – 4th. Comic-Con is an event that celebrates comic books, movies, anime, TV shows, and video games. People have the chance to dress up as their favorite characters, attend celebrity panels, meet artists and shop from vendors who offer a variety of collectibles and memorabilia.
Tampa Bay Comic-Con Costume Contest Winners
Fans were able to take pictures with the Batmobile, Scooby Doo’s Van and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Our Litewave Media video production team filmed all the action and photographed characters, costumes and more.
One of the photo ops with the Batmobile at the Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2014
Cosplay enthusiasts surrounded the convention. At the end of the day there was a costume contest where people got the opportunity to show their personal creations to an audience and a panel of judges. Our Tampa video company filmed the contest, which had range of costumes: from TV shows like Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, to comic book characters like X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, and even hit movies like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. The contest had incredible costumes and it was a hard choice for the judges to pick the winners, but the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy won the grand prize.
Costume Contest 2nd Place Winner: Warhammer 40K Space Marine
The convention always brings celebrity guests from popular TV shows and movies. This year, Comic-Con brought two fan-favorites from popular fantasy show Game of Thrones, Richard Madden and Pedro Pascal. Other guests included Caity Lotz who plays the Black Canary on Arrow, Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kenedy from the popular zombie show The Walking Dead. John Rhys-Davies from the blockbuster movies The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, and Evan Peters from X-Men Days of Future Past also attended.
Pedro Pascal (Prince Oberyn) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) on the Game of Thrones Panel
These actors had their own panels where they took questions from the audience. Our Tampa Video Production Crew was excited to film these panels and hear their behind-the-scenes stories from set.
Tampa Bay Comic-Con fan showing off her League of Legends costume at one of the panels
Celebrity host and Nickelodeon alum Marc Summers made his first Comic-Con appearance ever. He had the opportunity to reprise his popular Nickelodeon game show, Double Dare, with a Comic-Con exclusive called Nerdy Family Double Dare. Families competed to win amazing prizes including visiting a live taping of the popular sit-com The Big Bang Theory and a 4-night cruise vacation. Our corporate video production company enjoyed filming the competition and had fun hanging out with Marc Summers.
Our Tampa Video Production Team with Marc Summers
After shooting was completed, our Tampa post production company edited the promo video for the Tampa Bay Comic-Con, as well as all of the celebrity panels, and Nerdy Family Double Dare with Marc Summers. The videos will be live on Tampa Bay Comic-con YouTube page, but you can look at the promo video now below.
Comic-Con is a place where people can let out their inner geek and be themselves. It’s an event where fandoms can gather and people have the opportunity to meet actors who bring their favorite characters to life. Our Litewave Media Video Production Team was honored to attend. We had an incredible time at Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2014!
A young Super Fan at Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2014
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Our Tampa video production company had the pleasure of working with one of the most exciting live bands in the Southeast, Come Back Alice. The self-proclaimed Southern Gypsy Funk rockers had a distinct vision for their song Coraline: a Tim Burton-inspired dark mystical journey set in the late 1800’s. Our creative team was excited to write the script and turn the project into a reality with the band.
Come Back Alice gets ready to perform a take in the historic Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor
After completing the script, Litewave Media’s Tampa music video production crew scouted locations in the area. The historic Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor and Edward Medard Park in Plant City were selected as the shooting locations. These unique locales would bring the 19th century theme to life.
Some of the Litewave Media Tampa video crew with the band at Edward Medard Park
John Jones (Camera) sets up a shot in the park.
Filming took place over 2 days, in the hot Florida summer. All four band members, including lead guitarist/vocalist Tony Tyler, fiddle player/vocalist Dani Jaye, bassist Big Bad John, and drummer Yral Morris, made cameos in the video as a band of traveling gypsy musicians who the main character Coraline meets on her journey. Christian Cashmir, Florida music video director, led the Litewave Media video production team with a cast and crew of nearly 30 people.
Christian Cashmir (director) with Karleigh Chase (as Coraline) and Linda Roser (as the Shadow)
A mystical swamp sets the mood for the Coraline music video
Our Tampa post production company edited, color graded and produced the visual effects for the music video. We had a blast working on this project, and look forward to the continued success of this talented band!
Please view the video and let us know what you think.
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Directed, filmed, edited and colored by Christian Cashmir
Additional camera & slow motion shots: John Jones
Assistant camera: Brandon Hyde
Makeup: Anya Yushchenko
Location coordinator: Jeff Zampino
Gaffer: Andrew Ortoski
Grip: Harold “Pinky” Hood
Grip: Lyssia Roussel
Visual FX: Rios Lopez
PA: Tony Cruez
Costumes/Props: Josh Todd, Jeff Zampino, Jenique Hendrix, Christian Cashmir, Kasey Ortoski
Coraline: Karleigh Chase
Shadow: Linda Roser
Axe Thug: Tom Parnell
Vested Thug: Josh Todd
….And of course the band as themselves!
“Coraline” was filmed on a Canon C100 and Sony FS100. Edited and graded in Final Cut Pro 7.
Our Tampa video production company had the unique opportunity to produce a video presentation for Dixie Hollins High School’s 2014 graduating class. The school’s guidance counselor, Cynthia Burnett, who wanted to give the students more information on choosing Creative Career Paths and Entrepreneurship, approached us early in April about the project. Litewave Media’s founder, Christian Cashmir, gladly took on the task of advising and with the help of the company’s video production crew created an inspiring and fun video that young students could relate to. The Litewave Media team felt this was a great opportunity to help the students learn more about how to enter a creative field like film, video, photography, or music .
Our Tampa video marketing and post-production company pieced together clips of career advice along with snippets of some of our favorite video production work to give students an insight into the industry.
The video was well received and the school’s guidance counselor, Cynthia Burnett, raved about how the students and faculty enjoyed the video:
“I asked for a video presentation on Creative Career Paths and Entrepreneurship to add to my “This Could be You in 20 Years Series.” Christian, and Litewave media went above and beyond my expectation. It was “Academy Awards” awesome! The students were very engaged in the video. The ninth and tenth grade were especially engaged. The counselors and assistant principal were also very engaged in viewing the video and said it was a very good presentation. Thank you Litewave Media for helping to make the Dixie Hollins Spring Honor Roll Celebration a success!”
Litewave Media is proud to have been a part of this project and hopes that students will find a career they are passionate about. Cynthia has since shared the video with numerous other schools in the district in an effort to raise awareness on creative career paths. We are very excited about helping more students and developing the arts and creative careers in the Tampa area for many years to come!
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