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Since 2009, Jeff Riegel has been posting interesting articles on the GLJ Media Group daily blog site. “My bookmarks in my favorite browser were becoming much too long! At first, I made this for myself. When I discovered more and more people around the world had the same interests as me, I knew I had to open it up for all to see.” We have over 475,000 views, 2,400 posts and hundreds of daily email subscribers.
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BTW: Below, please find a few project we’ve been working on that might interest you…
“The Great Realisation” A Poem by Tomos Roberts
“The Great Realisation” by Tomos Roberts is a simple rhyming tale read as a daddy-daughter bedtime story taking on heavy themes such as fevered capitalism, digital addiction and, of course, the current global Covid-19 blight.
Set in an unspecified future, the poem reflects back on pre-pandemic life and imagines a “Great Realisation” triggered by the pestilence and yet, in the end, introduces something possibly even better: a global society in which people are hopefully kinder and more mindful of our environment and of each other, who spend more time outdoors and with their families than on screens or at the office. (Washington Post)
- This film was created entirely of stock footage.
- A film by Jeffrey A. Riegel
- Voice talents: Preston Lough and Lily Bowie
A Journey of Education and Remembrance
It’s more important than ever to share the stories of Holocaust survivors. The urgency of keeping Holocaust memory alive and accessible is greater than ever. The Holocaust is now an event “on the edge of living memory.” Soon there will be no first-hand witnesses to share their stories.
The lessons from the Holocaust can guide us to a better tomorrow where no marginalized minority will ever stand alone in their fight for human rights.
2020 Gold Telly Award, Educational Category
“Home” by Guy Noffsinger
Home is a very short yet hopefully inspirational two minute film to celebrate America and the everyday heroes that will make her recover and rebound from the Covid-19 Virus.
May God Bless America and all who call her Home. The excellent narration was provided Gratis by mega-talented voice over actor Jeff McNeal: http://www.jeffmcneal.com
Winner of one Silver and three Bronze 2020 Promotional Video Telly Awards.
Netflix DEA NARCOS Teams with The Lost Clipper
Lead investigators Javier Pena and Steve Murphy of Netflix’s hit show, NARCOS, teams with The Lost Clipper documentarians, Guy Noffsinger and Jeff Riegel. Javier and Steve talk about their thoughts to uncover the truths behind the disappearance of the M-130 Hawaii Clipper in 1938.
Kindly see http://www.LostClipper.com for more details.
The Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project
The long weekend of May 3-5, 2013 brought together over three dozen video production specialists from Spectrum Prime and The GLJ Media Group, including several interns from George Mason University. We received our genre, Drama, at 7pm Friday May 4th and had our four writers, including GLJ’s Guy Noffsinger, got right to work. Three hours later, the production team was ready to go setting up lights and set. By 1am, the RED camera DP’d by Matt Gottchalk was rolling.
After a four hour “nap,” production began again Saturday at 7am in time to catch the morning light for octocopter establishing shots over the mansion and Lamborghini we were shooting in Great Falls, VA. Production continued the rest of the day until about 4pm. Of course, editing was being done as the media cards were being filled, but continued well into the night until another break at 3am. By 7am Sunday, we were up again putting finishing touches and firming up the edit, the color correction with Resolve, and the opening and ending title credits, done by GLJ’s Jeff Riegel. The film was submitted 90 minutes before the actual deadline, Sunday evening.
A couple dozen films from The 48 were screened the following Saturday evening at The AFI Silver Theatre Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.
The Final Flight of NASA’s DISCOVERY…
April 17, 2012
To the thrill of large crowds below, Discovery made several passes over the Washington, DC area between 10:00 and 11:00 am on April 17 before landing safely at Washington-Dulles International Airport.
Approximately 10:40am: This was the second (of three) fly-overs over Dulles Airport on April 17, 2012. We listened to the Control Tower as they talked the 747 down. Upon final approach, the follow-plane was said to be low on fuel and happy to be landing, since a second fly-over at approximately 2500-3000 feet was not previously planned. The shuttle and 747 landed on it’s final third approach. I could smell the rubber from the braking tires of the 747 within 90 seconds after landing from my vantage point across Rt 28 in Herndon, VA
Produced, filmed and edited by Jeff Riegel
This is an inspirational piece about the current USA Women’s Middleweight Boxing Champion and triple Golden Glove recipient, Tori Nelson, and her fight for sponsorship against the odds. She is a single mother of two children, holds three minimum paying jobs, and a devout Christian looking to raise enough money to box internationally. She won an International WBC Middleweight title in late July 2011, won the WIBA World Title belt in February 2012, and fought twice in Bermuda to defend her belts.
Tori Nelson has fought her way to become the #1 Middleweight boxer in the world along with 13 World Title belts across three weight classes.
(Jeff Riegel: Cameraman Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV, editor, and producer)
For Sponsorship Information, kindly contact Craig Fladager at 703-969-1812.
Thank-you for watching.
Had a nice breakfast yesterday morning in Leesburg with Mr. Larry Rosenstrauch, Loudoun County’s (VA) Former Head of Economic Development who, in late 2009, left the prestigious position with the richest county in the country to pursue interests in photography and video documentaries with his own company, The GoodStoryz Company, LLC.
Coming in Mid-2011, The GoodStoryz Company will be accepting clients who want to tell compelling video stories, especially for Internet use. Recently Larry completed training with media leaders including winners of national Emmy awards and Pulitzer prize teams. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, American Society of Media Photographers, International Documentary Association, and the Online News Association. He also served as the chief or senior economic development official for three great communities: City of New Orleans, Louisiana; City of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Loudoun County, Virginia.
Mr. Rosenstrauch is a “public entrepreneur” with thirty years of public sector economic development, community marketing, and local government experience including serving as a leader, spokesman/briefer, deal maker, and special projects manager.
He is currently specializing in producing video stories that deliver a visual wow and capture the essence of a person, business, organization, or community. Stories delivered principally via Internet to a global audience.
He previously developed effective economic development teams, strategies, public-private partnerships and innovative initiatives to grow the business base and build winning communities. He told the story of these communities by creating a “wow” portfolio of web, print, and personal relationships.
Per his LinkedIn public profile:
“Delivering stories that connect . . .
Think of telling your story in a 3-5 minute mini-documentary for use on your website, on YouTube, or on a portable device such as an Ipad that you can put in someone’s hands to see. The GoodStoryz Company is a new company producing brief, highly visual, Internet oriented stories (video-photo-audio) for businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, as well as for communities and regions.
These stories can serve one or more needs: a business portrait for marketing or fundraising; a project, product, or innovation focused story for a special customer or a potential one; or community stories that inspire increased economic development and tourism business.”
I feel Mr. Larry Rosenstrauch has a strong 30 year history as a Producer of sorts, and his recent focus on video production to tell his stories will take him far in the local Washington DC media arena.
Last week I received an email from Footage Firm, a stock footage company created by Joel Holland in 2001 when he was only 15 or so. Looking towards the bottom of the page, I was delighted to discover that the company is located just two doors down from mine. So today, our first Washington DC metro 85 degree spring day, I decided to take a little walk. Not knowing who Joel even was before my impromptu visit, I didn’t know what to expect. (I was mainly just stopping by to introduce myself, comment on their nice product line, and check out the joint!) My first thought was that I was about to meet the traditional 60 year-old owner of a successful video company. Boy, was I surprised…but gladly so as I told him. Entrepreneur, Journalist, Speaker, and TV Host I discovered since our meeting. His company, made up of (a mere) three others on his staff, was advertizing a new FREE set of After Effects Templates…a new product line. Joel told me that his fan base told him to do so. Footage Firm simply asked the question right on their homepage…”What do you want us to create for you.” Already successful in a vast quantity of SD and HD footage bundles, and their semi-newly popular music and audio files, the new After Effects bundles (ten in all) was a new venture released on March 30, 2011 that Joel knew little about. But the masses don’t lie, especially when asked directly.
But free you ask? How is that possible? When I asked Joel, he applied a simple and basic entrepreneurial law of attraction: make a high quality product and make it cheap enough for everyone to purchase…including the basement video editors all the way up to the network TV channels. Simply, build it and they will come. And that’s exactly what I’ve done (as a basement and government video editor) and so has such channels as ABC, MTV, The Weather Channel, The History Channel, USA Network, Discovery, Nat Geo and the like (30,000 satisfied customers, his website states!).
So how did Footage Firm get its start? According to Business Week, when Joel Holland was in high school, he advertised a short piece of video he’d shot as an amateur videographer on eBay to see if it’d sell. Someone bit. Holland has since turned his hobby into a $100,000 business that sells professional-grade footage of everything from U.S. landmarks to international locations to erupting volcanoes via a Web site or over the phone. But where competitors might charge $300 to $600 for 15 to 20 seconds of footage, Holland charges $149 for 30 to 60 minutes. His trick? He sells the reels in bulk form, and whatever shooting he can’t do himself, he contracts out to his cadre of professional videographers around the globe. Holland quotes BBC Worldwide numbers, stating that stock footage is estimated to be a $300 million market in 2006 and was poised to grow to $1 billion by this year. Even though he founded Footage Firm in 2001 and already counts Disney, ABC, CNN, Discovery, The History Channel, and E! among his clients, Holland started working with a consultant at Babson College, his Alma mater, to develop a strategic plan to grow into a $500,000 company.
In 2006 Joel was named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25″ by BusinessWeek Magazine, and “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the United States Small Business Administration. When asked about the secret to his success, Holland simply states, “I’m ignorant. I don’t really mind shooting for the stars because I’m too ignorant of failure. Ninety percent of success comes down to confidence; nine percent is drive, and one percent is intelligence.” Joel is on top of his game, referring to his online statistics and feedback from his website customers a number of times during our ad-lib talk. He listens to them; they know what they want. He has great plans for his company by continuing his wildly popular After Effects templates, expanding the music library, and coming up with new HD video bundles. This guy, and his company, are going places–
On March 28, 2011, I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot Second Camera using a Canon 5D Mark II along with Guy Noffsinger of Guy Noffsinger Photography. We shot a one-hour interview at Ft. Myer, VA with Lt. General Eric Schoomaker, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, sponsored by The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine for an upcoming ceremony for The Wounded Warrior Project. It was a great privilege and learning opportunity!
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving military medicine and public health. Since 1983, we have helped military personnel conduct quality medical research and education programs by:
- Building qualified scientific teams of researchers and creating an effective research infrastructure
- Maintaining our academic affiliation with the Uniformed Services University (USU), providing access to cutting-edge science and technology and fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration
- Establishing relationships with more than 160 military medical and organizations worldwide
- Employing about 1,600 medical, scientific, management and administrative personnel
We envision a Foundation that:
- Is recognized for advancing medical science and improving quality of life
- Values its customers and exceeds their expectations
- Facilitates collaborative scientific ventures
- Is known for intellectual rigor and creativity
- Attracts and retains top-quality people
- Fosters a dynamic, innovative work environment
“I can’t thank you enough for your help last night. We are working on such an important project and we are truly moved by your willingness to volunteer your time. Thank you again.”Cynthia L. Gilman, JD Vice President, Center for Public-Private Partnerships (CP3) Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Rockville, MD
This morning was a very interesting morning, indeed.
For the last 9 months I’ve lived within spitting distance of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly VA, a branch of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in downtown Washington DC.
Two hours before the museum was to open to the public I met with Frank McNally, Public Affairs Specialist, museum photographer Dane Penland, and Guy Noffsinger, a video producer for NASA. Guy is putting together a detailed documentary on The History of The Space Shuttle and was interested in getting a number of video clips of the spacecraft that lead up to the creation of the shuttle program, not to mention some (additional) video b-roll of the Enterprise which is currently on display at the museum. Guy is a huge Star Trek fan, so anything “Enterprise-related” gets his attention; he has even arranged for William (“Bill”) Shatner to narrate a short version of his documentary (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlG7W0gkjjE )
I volunteered to assist Guy on his morning shoot, getting a few shots with his Canon 5D Mark II. Afterwards, the curator give us a quick driving tour of the museum as well as a new (soon-to-be-dedicated) hanger in the rear of the building for rebuilding vintage aircraft.