While 2020 and a good part of 2021 were a bust for most production companies, as COVID-19 becomes less of a threat, the creative community is starting to get back to normal. In that light, I’m happy to say that Monell Communications has recently been shooting a series of interviews in the MCOMM studio… and… ( read more )

February 14, 2019 Back On Track

Well, after a long blogging absence (my apologies) it’s time to get back on track in 2019 and let everyone know what the MCOMM crew has been up to. I’m happy to say the year is off to a fantastic start and that we’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in a wide variety of… ( read more )

June 1, 2017 Five Gallons of 18% Grey

There are many exciting things that a video guy gets to do on a regular basis. Load and unload gear, work crazy long days, edit late into the night, and oh yeah… paint studios 18% grey. Yep. That’s right. Paint the studio. I painted my first studio a wonderful shade of grey 33 years ago. Of… ( read more )

February 24, 2017 The Olympus PEN-F

I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying a camera with me at all times. Not only do I love to shoot, but I find that having a camera always accessible helps to keep my creative juices flowing and photographic skills sharp. Now this, of course, is nothing unusual. Many videographers and photographers are of the… ( read more )

January 10, 2017 From Simulcast to Webcast

I began my career in video production way back in 1980 as a Producer/Director for WPTD, a PBS affiliate in Dayton, Ohio. It was an exciting time to be involved in broadcast. With the advent of Sony 3/4″ Umatic gear, portable location videography was possible for the first time, while new 1″ Ampex technology upped… ( read more )

July 29, 2016 Shooting 4K with Sony Mirrorless

If you’ve read some of our previous blogs, you know that MCOMM often uses DSLR rigs for video acquisition. When outfitted with quality “glass” and other peripheral gear, DSLR equipment is capable of capturing amazing footage. Now it’s important to note that MCOMM has several camera platforms at its disposal, including Sony broadcast cams and… ( read more )

November 23, 2015 The Squints

It’s been an awesome fall and early winter that’s taken us just about everywhere… from factory floors to tropical beaches. But don’t be fooled, sometimes the most exotic locations turn out to be the toughest shoots, and conversely, a relatively mundane locale can be quite rewarding. I mention this because the crew and I recently… ( read more )

April 28, 2015 Reading, Writing, Artihmetic

MCOMM recently had the opportunity to go back to school, and unlike our video crew’s first 16 years or so of primary and secondary education, this time was a lot of fun. We began our reentry into academia by visiting a bunch of 3rd graders, who enthusiastically shared with us what they thought the world… ( read more )

April 14, 2015 14,000 Feet to Sea Level

The past two months have been an absolute blur of activity – several studio productions for corporate and commercial clients, and numerous location shoots that have taken us from a snowy Pikes Peak to the foggy Golden Gate – so now it’s time to take a deep breath and refresh the creative batteries. But just… ( read more )

January 22, 2015 Cool Images

I tell people all the time that if I’m shooting, then I’m a happy guy. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the other aspects of production, I do. But I find it especially rewarding to be in the studio or on location with a great crew and talented actors, and have all the planning that’s… ( read more )

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