Fulfilling the Promise – A Celebration of Colorado Community Colleges

A Michael Conti Video Productions provided the keynote kick-off video for A Celebration of Colorado Community Colleges jointly sponsored by the Colorado Community College System & the Colorado Department of Higher Education on October 24, 2011. Key audience members included Dr. Frank Chong, U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary for Community Colleges, Dr. Nancy McCallin, President of the Colorado Community College System and Colorado’s Lt. Governor Joe Garcia along with other Colorado Senators and Representatives. Read more about the keynote summit at the following link for CCCS.

Videotaping in the industrial kitchen with Michael Conti Productions

Adjusting lights for the kitchen shoot with Michael Conti and Joe Baran.

The concept was to show the different pathways from students of all ages and demographics.  A child play cooking, to working in a restaurant as a chef; to bandaging a stuffed animal to working as a Vet, and ending with the happy smile of graduates. The four minute video is completely visually driven with a score of Gustav Holst‘s Jupiter from The Planets Suite.   In order to capture these sequences, the team needed to cast both young “students” and their older counterparts.  The entire day consisted of filming these “students” and linking their pathway through a visual element like a chained lock on a closed factory gate to chain holding an engine block in a retraining mechanical course.

Video Production from Boulder Colorado Editor and Director

Director, Michael Conti, prepares for the next shot at Front Range Community College while Joe Baran adjusts the lighting..








Videotaping the graduates

Michael Conti over Joe Baran's shoulder as Erich Toll preps for the next shot in background.

The time between being awarded the job by the Colorado Community  College System, and the shooting the actual video was less than three weeks. It goes to show that with good pre-production planning,  having an experienced team consisting of  Erich Toll (writer/co-producer) and Joe Baran (director of photography), and having enthusiastic client — Can Make Miracles Happen!

Contact Michael Conti Productions of Boulder at 303-641-7228 so that we can fulfill your miracle!  

Be Colorado Video Shoots – University of Colorado

In support of the University of Colorado’s campaign to introduce their employees to a new healthcare awareness program, A Michael Conti Video Productions was hired to shoot 10 short videos during the fall of 2011.  The videos may be viewed at BeColorado.org starting in the middle of September.

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Experience the Creative Economy Conference and Expo (CIFF 2011)

Wyoming Community Media and Laramie County Community College presented the first Lights, Camera, Action! workshop on May 14th. The Cheyenne International Film Festival edition will be taught by Hollywood screenwriter Rachel Powell with camera and lighting taught by Boulder based video editor and filmmaker Michael Conti and a website seminar by Jeff Fruhwirth.  Buy your ticket here!

Watch the KGWN News Channel 5 package by reporter Kyle Markley.

Telling A Story Through Film
Posted: May 14, 2011 9:21 PM Updated: May 14, 2011 10:52 PM
By Jade Cunningham – email

By: Kyle Markley
KGWN News Channel 5
Using video to tell a story can be done in a variety of ways.

It can be used to make a commercial, a movie, or possibly a TV show. Alan O’Hashi started doing community based media training back in 2004, and loves sharing his passion with others.
“I live vicariously through other people,” said O’Hashi. “There are folks I know who have been doing this business for quite a number of years, and have shot on film and worked in the business for a long time.”
Saturday’s class was the first of it’s kind that has been taught in Cheyenne. “It was really kind of fun to work with people I would consider non-traditional students. I’ve taught this class before in Laramie and just got back from doing it up in Casper.”
Joseph Goodrich was one of O’Hashi’s students and was looking to make himself more marketable as a professional through this class. “I’m a very experienced photographer,” said Goodrich. “I’m looking to expand my skills and put some more tools in the toolbox and a natural ascension would be to go to video.”
Goodrich learned the right way to tell a story with his work. “I really enjoyed the script writing analysis of it. I found that telling the story from beginning, middle, and end, and thinking the story all the way through is an excellent way to prepare yourself before you get behind the camera.”
Goodrich aspires to shoot a reality TV show, and he found the class to be just what he needed to take that first step. “I think this is an excellent first step. Especially if you have no camera experience because not only do you cover the editing process I described earlier, but we cover lights.”
O’Hashi said he hopes his students have the tools they need to use video to their advantage. “They can pick up a professional camera and do the same type of story telling. Really helping people engage, talk about their differences, talk about what they have in common really in sort of the safe space of video.”

To sign up for classes coming in June, you can visit the Wyoming Community Media Website at wycomedia.comLights, Camera, Action: Create Professional Videos Without Being a Professional

Learn how to operate a video camera, the basics of setting up lights and sound and the fundamentals of screen-writing while working on an actual film production project.

Optional: As part of a grant, earn a small stipend to help cover the cost of your class by serving as a crewmember on a actual community video production project . Details of the dates and times of the community projects will be presented at the end of your workshop.

LIFE 1362-21 TH 04:00PM – 10:00PM Hynds Building Downtown Cheyenne
SESSION: 1 $95 06/16/11 Alan O’Hashi and Michael Conti

Additional Class times:

LIFE 1362-22 S 09:00AM – 03:00PM Hynds Building, Downtown Cheyenne
SESSION: 1 $95 06/18/11 Alan O’Hashi and Michael Conti

LIFE 1362-23 TH 04:00PM – 10:00PM Hynds Building, Downtown Cheyenne
SESSION: 1 $95 06/23/11 Alan O’Hashi and Michael Conti