CRMG Goes LIVE! with Octavia Spencer and Ryan Reynolds

While professional video webcasting of live events has existed for some time, the 2016 launch of Facebook Live has brought live streaming to the mainstream (pun intended). We at CRMG saw great potential in this exciting and far-reaching webcast platform for many of our clients including Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding. Hasty Pudding Theatricals is one of the oldest theatrical organizations in the world. Each year the organization presents the Woman and Man of the Year Awards to celebrities who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. This high profile, and news-making event takes place in Cambridge, MA and includes day-long events, a roast of the celebrity, interviews, and a press conference. For over eight years we have been filming the roast, press conference, and other festivities with multiple cameras and editing together highlights. This year, we proposed taking things to the next level with a multi-camera broadcast to Facebook Live. The Hasty Pudding jumped at the idea, and we made their stream come true! The Pitch: The client decided to live stream the celebrity press conference and we discussed turning it into more of an “ask me anything” (AMA). While there were multiple benefits to live streaming the press conference, including the video being available to viewers in real time and available for replay immediately after, we agreed that there was great value in adding a level of interactivity to the webcast. Online viewers would be given the chance to submit questions to the celebrity via the Facebook comments or on Twitter. This added perk would create additional social media buzz for the event, and...

Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Man of the Year Announced!

Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Man of the Year is Ryan Reynolds! Just weeks after the 2017 Golden Globes Awards, Reynolds will be gracing the stage at Harvard’s prestigious Farkas Hall Theater. Reynolds will join the likes of past Man of the Year recipients Chris Pratt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris. CRMG looks forward to filming and live streaming the roast and Q&A on February 3rd! Stay tuned for information on the 2017 Woman of the Year! Take a look at our highlights from 2016 Man of the Year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Woman of the Year, Kerry...

2016 In Review!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Mankind may be happy that the year 2016 is FINALLY OVER… but it was the most successful year in CRMG’s history! We continued our long standing associations with companies including Goodwin Procter, National Media Spots, TEDx Cambridge, Weber Shandwick, Wind River Environmental, ACP Decisions, Springer, CFGI, Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and PixarBio and welcomed many new clients and projects into the CRMG family. We had a blast filming the Hasty Pudding Man and Woman of the Year Events, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kerry Washington! Stay tuned for information on this year’s recipients! Our studio in Newton Center is full of new surprises and toys including a brand new 19 foot wide green screen and an assortment of Skypanels and other top of the studio LED lights. And we’ve added bandwidth on our popular photography and motion graphics services. The web series, The Ascendants Anthology, spent 2016 touring our last stretch of festivals including the Independent Film and Television Festival, Comic Con, Boston’s Science Fiction Festival, and the Boston International Film Festival (where we won Best Science Fiction), NYCIFF’s Fright Fest (where we won Best Sci-fi TV Series, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress). The Anthology will be screening at the Miami International Film Festival in just a few days and our fourth short film “Horizon” is nearing completion. Get up to date and watch the Anthology here. CRMG also had a great time collaborating with artist Omri Koresh to create a series of science fiction and fantasy inspired artwork. Check out some of our photos on Pixieset and check out the new page on...

Hawaii Filming and End of Life Care

In this installment of “where in the world is CRMG’s FS7?”… Look closely at this picture…and article by the Associated Press – you’ll see our FS7 in Honolulu, Hawaii (note our well placed sticker). Dr. Volandes is filming while Don assists (off-screen). Check out the article...

Boston Globe

CRMG has an ongoing partnership with ACP Decisions. Check out this article, “Prescribing the end-of-life conversation, “in the Boston Globe by Dr. Angelo Volandes along with a CRMG video! Dr. Angelo Volandes is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and recently released his book, “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.” CRMG produced the Book trailer and works closely with Dr. Volandes and his team on a series of videos. See it...

Major League Soccer

On Saturday October 25, 2014 a five person Charles River Media Group crew was fortunate enough to film the New England Revolution’s pre-game festivities and game for Major League Soccer’s show “For Love of the Crest.” The game was covered from all angles of the field and a camera operator was embedded with the supporters groups “Midnight Riders” and “Rebellion” to catch immediate reactions to the game as it unfolded. Pictures Below the episode!  ...

Goodwin Procter, Boston.com, Same Day Delivery

On Wednesday March 19, 2014 a small CRMG crew filmed the groundbreaking ceremony in Boston for Goodwin Procter’s new facility. In attendance was the new Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh. The ceremony began at noon and by 4PM the edited video was on it’s way. The next morning the video accompanied an article on Boston.com. Check out the video...

Red Carpet Pictures from Hollywood

Ascendants, a film produced by Charles River Media Group, premiered at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in Hollywood, California. The film was shown at the TCL Chinese Theater (formerly the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Mann’s Chinese Theatre) on Hollywood Boulevard. The film’s Writer/Director/Composer was CRMG founder, Don Schechter and was produced by CRMG Assistant Director Cody Signore. Nadia de Lemeny was a producer along with Don and Cody. The Director of Photography was Tom Fitzgerald and the Art Directors were Judith Prescott and Trevor Chamberlain. Check out the trailer below the images!   The Filmmakers line up.           Q&A                     Don on the Red Carpet                         Don and Rachel             Actor/Director Matthew Modine showed his films.             Former CRMG Interns with Don!         Here’s the trailer:   iPhone Pictures Below: The Hollyshorts Announcement on Hollywood Boulevard, The Ascendants Trailer playing in the theater (seen from the back of the theater), The Trailer playing in the lobby, and 3 former CRMG interns and 2 supporters with Don Schechter at the...

CRMG Red Google Spot

Charles River Media Group recently started running this video prior to select programming on YouTube. It mainly incorporate RED Scarlet and RED Epic footage (with a little Arri Alex and Canon 5D sprinkled in as well). Enjoy! Compiled by Cody Signore and Don...

July 2013 Update – CRMG, NETWA, and Dick Clark Productions

It’s been a busy summer at Charles River Media Group. We just wrapped up production for the New England Turf Association, EDC,several commercials, and recently provided an additional crew member for Dick Clark Production’s Discovery Channel show, Deadly Sins when they came to Massachusetts. We are also filling out our Red EPIC package with additional accessories and power options. Finally, our creative short, Ascendants, will be making the festival rounds. The first stop is in August at the Hollyshorts festival at the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, CA followed by the East Coast premiere at the Independent Television and Film Festival in Dover, Vermont. Next week we begin animation work for Vicor, assist the BBC with some rentals, and finish up some post...

CRMG’s Red Scarlet and Adapteva

Charles River Media Group produced two videos for Adapteva’s Kickstarter campaign. The first video, aimed at computer developers consisted of interviews shot with two Canon 5Ds and CRMG’s Slider. The 2nd video, shown below, was produced to help wrap up their campaign and was filmed using our Red Scarlet camera in 4K. With three days to go, Adapteva has raised over $450,000....

6 Scripts. 32 Pages. 24 Actors. 4 Days!

  How many steps does it take to make a Clinical Education Series? Three casting sessions, 2 comprehensive script revisions, 200+ phone calls, 4 storyboards, 4 call sheets, 4 jam-packed shooting days, 86 shot set-ups, 32 full P2 cards, 192 bottles of water, 24 actors, 65 bobby pins, 12 matching scrubs, 3 nursing homes, 16 hotel rooms, 2,000+ travel miles, 1 favor from the Fire Chief, and enough Subway and Dunkin Donuts to merit a corporate sponsorship. Several months before the first scene was slated, Charles River Media Group began collaborating on content and logistics with returning client, ABT Associates.  This year, the narrative video project targeted Nursing Home Staff, a teamwork system developed by the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Health & Human Services (HHS), under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Collaborators also included Qualidigm, ISIS/ICOR, and HMS. The initial proposal provided to CRMG consisted of a few scripts that totaled 15 minutes in length. Over the course of the project’s development, the potential length of the videos ballooned up to 55 minutes .  CRMG’s preliminary challenge was to make the content as brief, manageable, and film-friendly as possible without cutting any of the necessary medical terminology or steps that highlighted the On-Time and TeamSTEPPS systems.  Working with our clients, CRMG successfully reworked the scripts to save a day and a half of production costs. It was immensely helpful that many of our client contacts had nursing backgrounds.  They were newcomers to the media production process so by maintaining a master document that detailed all proposals and revisions along the way, CRMG was able...

Summer Intern Blues…turned RED.

Other Potential Blog Titles Included: A Well RED Intern! REDdy, Set, Intern! REDdy for The RED World! Black and Blue and RED all over! Charles River Media Group’s Intern Jon put together a 30 second music video reel of Red Camera footage shot by D.P. Chuck Vuolo and  Cody Signore for Lou Goodman Motion. This video showcases the capabilities of the RED Scarlet and RED Epic digital cinema cameras. All footage was shot on location with RED cameras, color graded in REDCINE-X software, and cut in FCP 7. The slow motion clips were achieved by shooting high-speed on the Epic. With up to 4k shooting capabilities (approximately four times the resolution of traditional 1080p video), and state-of-the-art optics and image sensors, RED cameras are used in many high-end marketing productions, commercials, and feature films including The Hobbit and The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2012, Charles River Media Group purchased a RED Scarlet for use in high end commercials, corporate productions, and feature films. Check out the video and stills below.   Redcine color correction.  ...


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