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Congratulations to our very own Jacob Spiekermeier

February 27th, 2013 | Categories: News & Awards Tags: , , , , ,

A Big congratulations to Jacob Spiekermeier.  He found out this week that a couple of the films that he worked on, produced and filmed won some student awards.  The awards were given out by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).  And, Jacob won three awards for his work.  They are;

Best Documentary – 1st Place – Manasseh (filmed in Dubuque, IA.)

Best Short Film – 2nd Place – Aafreen (filmed in Dubuque, IA.)

Best Short Film – 2nd Place – I Do (filmed in Alabama)

Big Kudos to Jacob for his accomplishments.  We are very proud of him.

A New TV Technology…already?

January 15th, 2013 | Categories: Blog

Well, it was just a matter of time before the TV manufacturing companies came out with a new technology.  And now, it’s just a matter of when they will start trying to sell them to you and I.

HDTV and flat panel TV’s has overtaken the consciousness of all those watching TV.  Whether that be for movies, or even broadcast.  Even congress got into the mix by requiring all TV stations to start broadcasting in HD.  So they have all invested in new HD technology and converted over so that you and I can all get HDTV on our new 32 inch, 40 inch, 50 inch or even a 60 inch ultra slim flat panel TV that we can hang on our wall so it looks like a piece of art…whew.

However, the TV companies are already looking at the next big thing.  What is it you ask.  4K TV or Ultra TV.  Which means it has 4 times the digital information as current HDTV.  Can you imagine?  If you think you HDTV looks great now, imagine 4 times the data on it.  And in the ever present world of “we can do you one better than that”, a company in Japan is already skipping the 4K and going directly to 16K. 16 times the digital content.  Wow!

This is all good, but one has to wonder, how long before it actually becomes common place?  The broadcast stations have just finished switching over to HD.  Are they really going to want to re-invest for 4K broadcast or even 16K.  Don’t get us wrong, we can’t wait to see the technology, but just like flat panel HDTV’s, we think the whole 4K or 16K TV sets are a ways off.  After all, HDTV, and flat panel TV’s were around for quite a while before it became common place and you saw them all over in the stores.  It will take a while before these new “4K” TV’s become mainstream.

There is only so much that “Joe” or “Jill” consumer can spend on a TV, and most people probably won’t want to upgrade their TV sets every couple of years.  Unlike computer technology, which has been accepted as needing to upgrade every 6 months, TV technology is still a “purchase” that most people think they shouldn’t or don’t have to upgrade for at least 3 or 5 years.

So, even as you hear talk of a 4K TV (or a 16K TV), I think it’s safe to say that your HDTV, that you just bought yourself for Christmas is still a good buy and will serve you well for the next 3 to 5 years.

With that said, when a 4K TV goes on display somewhere here in town, you can bet that we will be right there to check it out.  In all it’s 4K beauty. We’ll be easy to spot, we will be the video guys, standing there drooling. We recommend to check the supplement that boosts your skin health to better your health even more.

Superbowl Ad’s are Sold Out!

January 10th, 2013 | Categories: Blog Tags: , , ,

Well, it’s coming up on Super Bowl time again, and that of course brings all of us “Video Geeks” into talking about the commercials we are going to see.  Amazingly enough, with all the talk about how the economy is still sluggish, CBS has managed to sell “all” the advertising spots in this years upcoming Super Bowl.

And, the highest price paid was $4 million for a spot.  ($4,000,000.00!  Wow!)  Of course Leslie Moonves said that if you have $5 or $6 million, for a spot, they would find room for you.  So, if you happen to have that lying around and want to hit the national airwaves come game time, they will find a place for you.

We are looking forward to seeing what the big boys come up with for spots this year.  In case you were wondering what the best spots were from the last Super Bowl, click 2012 Best Super Bowl SpotsIt will give you a run-down of the top 10 spots as well as let you see them.  Kinda fun to go back and see what they did.

Of course there’s always “What’s Bob at GoDaddy going to do?”  Do we get more Bud Bowl spots, and is Miller going to be able to counter? Dorritos has already announced some of the finalists for their Super Bowl contest, and if you click on the link, you can see the five finalists.

Still, one of our favorite Super Bowl ads was the little kid in the Darth Vader costume for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.  Still makes us laugh.  Really laugh. We love that spot.

So have fun with the Super Bowl, and watching the commercials. And hey, if you happen to have $5 or $6 million laying around, give CBS a call. Oh yeah, and have fun watching the game.

Video as a Social Medium

January 8th, 2013 | Categories: Blog Tags: ,

In a recent article by Online Video Insider, the author, Eric Korsh, brings up a good point.  The fact that video just isn’t considered as a social medium as much as say Facebook, Twitter, etc…, and he’s right.  When people are talking “Social Mediums” or “Social Strategy’s”, it just doesn’t seem like video is included as basis for this.

Even as Mr. Korsh makes a great assessment, and truthful, that YouTube is the second largest search engine, video just doesn’t get included as part of a companies “Social Strategy”.  Is it because too many people are still thinking that YouTube is only for cat lovers?  Is it because it’s still such a new medium for everyone to grab onto, and somewhat scary as a “new” medium?

Whatever the case, Mr. Korsh outlines some great new tools that will be implemented this year that should help video become much more a part of any companies or any persons “Social Strategy”.  There’s some very sweet tools that should help video get moved into that category of “You have got to see this” email that gets passed around.  We are all for it, and can’t wait to to see what’s going to happen with video on the internet.  The amount of viewership keeps rising and rising.  It’s gonna get fun.  The article, “Making Video Truly Social” is a great read.  Click on it to read the entire article.

Footprints From The Big Shoe – Audio CD

December 21st, 2012 | Categories: News & Awards Tags: , , , , ,

2012 FCA CD

MVP Video Production was recently asked again for the 2nd time to produce a compilation CD of great stories, and interviews for famed Hawkeye broadcaster Ron Gonder.  We produced the first audio CD two years ago for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and the Executive Director, Carl Gonder (yep, that’s Ron’s son), called on us again to produce and duplicate the 2nd audio CD for the FCA.

This CD is made up of some great stories, broadcasts, and interviews from Carl’s father, Ron Gonder when he was broadcasting Hawkeye sports.  We had a blast putting it together and then subsequently getting it duplicated for sale.  We couldn’t stop listening to it in the studio.  It’s just some great stuff.  If you love Hawkeye Football, which this CD is all about Hawkeye Football, then you might want to pick up a copy of this CD.  Here are just some of stories you can hear on this CD.

Track # 4 – UCLA Upset 1974

Track #8 – Big Win at Michigan 1981

Track #13 – The Famous Chuck Long Fake

Track #15 – A Hayden Fry Yarn

Track #21 Tim Dwight Mister Excitement

There’s a total of 23 tracks on this CD.  All sorts of good stuff to listen to.

The CD is sold as a fundraiser for the FCA, and all proceeds go to the FCA, which is a great organization, and one that we support as well.  They are making some great inroads here in Eastern Iowa.  The CD can be purchased at all Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee Drug Stores, and also at Lemstone books.

As a matter of fact, if you are still looking for a great stocking stuffer for that insane Hawkeye fan, stop out at Lemstone Books this Saturday, the 22nd of December.  Ron Gonder, who you will hear on the CD is doing a Signing session, and will sign your CD.  How cool is that?!?

Pick up one of these great CD’s and support a fantastic organization in the process.  And hey, you could get it signed by Ron Gonder.

Go Hawks!


New Mount Mercy University TV Spot

December 18th, 2012 | Categories: Blog Tags: , , , ,

Production is wrapped on a new TV Spot for Mount Mercy University.  It was a full day of filming on campus at Mount Mercy University.  We got to play in the Ceramics area, and the performance hall with the Choir and also got to play in one of the Chemistry labs.  Professor Joe even made some very cool reactions in a water jug.  Very cool stuff.  The staff and students at Mount Mercy University were extremely helpful and willing to participate.  We had a blast making this commercial.  Lot’s of post-production effects and treatments.  You will be able to see it on all the local TV stations here in Cedar Rapids.  But in case you can’t wait, it’s right below.  Hope you enjoy it.

Editor and Director of Photography – Kirk Monson,
Gaffer – Jacob Spiekermeir,
Director – Jeff Zahrt,
Producer – Dirk Keller

Handicap This! show coming to Theatre C.R.

September 6th, 2012 | Categories: News & Awards

There is a show coming to Theatre C.R. this weekend, Saturday to be exact titled “Handicap This!”.  This is a show that we highly encourage everyone to see.  Our good friend Kent Stock is bringing this show to the theatre this weekend.  From talking with Kent, and seeing some of the short video’s, it is going to be a great show.  So, if you aren’t doing anything this Saturday, and want to take in a live show and see some amazing individuals, check it out.  Here’s a link to the site for Handicap This! in case you want more information on what the show is about.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office at Theatre C.R..  And the best part….all the proceeds are going to Camp Courageous.

MVP Video Production honored with 7 IMPA Awards

June 6th, 2012 | Categories: News & Awards Tags: , , , , , , , ,

MVP Video Production is honored to have received 7 awards from the Iowa Motion Picture Association at the 2012 awards ceremony.  The award ceremony was held on May 17th in Johnston, Iowa.  “Receiving 7 awards from the IMPA for projects we have done for our clients is a fantastic accomplishment and a great feeling.  We are happy for our clients, and thankful to our peers for the tip of the hat of recognition.” said Kirk Monson, President of MVP Video Production.  To see a short excerpt from each of the videos that won an award, click in the individual links below.

Eastern Iowa Airport : Leisure Worries Behind – Award of Excellence, Commercials $5000 – $15,000

Virginia Gay Hospital : John – Award of Excellence, Commercials $1001 – $5000

Mt. Mercy Univeristy : David – Award of Distinction, Commercials $1001 – $5000

HotelVetro : Share Wine Lounge – Award of Distinction, Commercial under $1000

Mobile Demand : Ben E. Keith – Award of Distinction, Corporate & Community Marketing

Tipton : Welcome to Tipton – Award of Distinction, Corporate & Community Marketing

Auracacia : Madagascar, Digging Wells – Award of Distinction, Editing short form; Kirk Monson

MVP Video Production wins Three Industry Awards

May 2nd, 2012 | Categories: News & Awards Tags: , , ,

MVP Video Production recently received three industry awards for videos created on behalf of Iowa clients.  MVP Video Production earned recognition for three videos in the 2012 Communicator Awards competition. “It’s great to have our Gold Excellence Winnerwork recognized by our peers, and a fantastic nod to our clients about the work we do for them.” said Kirk Monson, President of MVP Video Production.  The videos that received the honors and awards are:

Mobile Demand – A study at Ben E. Keith – Here Comes the King – Excellence Winner
Mt. Mercy University – David – Distinction Winner
Tipton – Welcome to Tipton – Distinction Winner

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 550 + member organization of leading professionals from  various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.  The competition received over 6000 entries this ear.  The Communicator awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals.

“We would like to thank our clients for giving us the opportunity to produce some really fun and creative video projects for them.  They are a pleasure to work with.” Stated Jeff Zahrt

The Communicator Awards

YouTube Statistics!

April 26th, 2012 | Categories: Blog Tags: ,

It’s not a foreign site to anyone anymore.  And, it seems that everyone is using it.  For everything.  Whether you just want to rant about something, show someone your expertise on something, give an opinion or a demonstration.

YouTube is getting 3 Billion views a day.  Yes, “Billion”, with a “B“.  The population of the entire world as of right now is a tick over 7 Billion.  That means that the entire population of the world is logging on to YouTubes site every 2.5 days.

The site is no longer just for quirky little videos.  Businesses have dedicated channels, individuals have dedicated channels, Much like a TV channel.  As a matter of fact, there is more video uploaded to YouTube in a month than the three major networks created in the previous 60 years.

You can really focus in on the topics that you want to see.  Find those companies or individuals that are talking about or showing something specific that you are interested in and focus in on those topics.  You can then subscribe to their channel, and whenever they post something new, you will know about it.  For many, this is not new news, but surprisingly enough, it’s still news to some.  And, if you can’t find the exact video topic you want, you can create one and upload it.  Chances are, someone else wants to see it.  And you never know. It could bring you some business.  Google is even searching YouTube now.  So the more relative video content you have on your YouTube channel, the better.
So the question is really, “Do you have a YouTube Channel”? If not, why not?  Create your own channel.  What are you waiting for?  3 Billion views a day!

One more note about YouTube, watch the video below

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