3D Video Experimentation

MessageMakers has started to do some video work in 3D and set out to do some experimentation last week with a local band, The Hat Madder, looking for a music video.

We found out we had the band available only one day before the shoot, so we quickly came up with a concept.

How Do You Pass On What You Know?

Change in project roles and project leaders happens. When it happens, how do you prepare to pass on what you know to the next person who needs to handle it?

It's easy to remember to pass on the written documents you work with regularly, or to point them at the folder of project materials on the file server.

How Do You Thank Your Volunteers?

The past few weeks have been full of work on local festivals driven by some very dedicated volunteers. Like most nonprofits, this one couldn't hope to survive without the enthusiastic volunteer support it receives.

Today, I'm contemplating a simple question: how do you thank your volunteers? How do you let them know that their work matters?

Here are a few examples I've seen in action:

Food / drinks: If you're going to be working for free, it's nice to have your basic needs met while you're doing it.

Looking for a Fall Internship?

Do you need a fall internship?

MessageMakers has openings for interns in finance, graphic design, marketing, video production and writing/editing at our headquarters in Old Town Lansing, Michigan.

Do real work for real clients. Get experience and references you can show off.

Thanks for Joining Us at JazzFest!

We had a phenomenal crowd at Lansing JazzFest this past weekend – thanks to all who volunteered to make the event possible and all who came out to enjoy. We're continually impressed at the talent displayed by festival performers and our fellow volunteers.

Join Us at JazzFest Happy Hour!

There's a great party about to start right outside our door! Lansing JazzFest performances on the MessageMakers stage start at 4:30 this afternoon and go just past midnight tonight (starting again Saturday, 1 pm to midnight).

Come out between 4 pm and 6 pm today and celebrate happy hour with us—beverage tent admission is free, and you can relax with a great performance by Jeff Shoup Quartet featuring Tamara Mayers.

Big Foot Films Wins the 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit!

We at MessageMakers are so proud of Big Foot Films (partly composed of MessageMakers employees) for its performance at the 2011 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit. We found out last night that their film, "Maybe Tomorrow," won Best Dark Comedy, Best Director (Tim Whalen), the Audience Choice Award for Screening Group A, and won first place overall of the 61 short film entries.

13 Tips on Constructing Great Event Websites

Lately, my work life is full of adjustments to event websites, so I thought I'd talk a little about what makes a good event website.

Share inspiration and set expectations. The Web isn't so different from any other communication—if people are inspired to attend and have a decent understanding of what to expect, you've done a good job.

Videos for Michigan State University

It's been our pleasure to work with various departments and divisions of Michigan State University to create great video work. We've not yet shared those here, so enjoy a few samples.

Here is "Wharton Center Beyond the Stage," winner of a 2010 Communicator Award of Distinction:

We've also recently produced "The Bioeconomy" (2010 Bronze Telly), a James Madison College video series (2009 Hermes Creative Platinum Award), and Academic Computing & Network Services' "50 Years of Computing" (2008 Bronze Telly, 2007 Ava Platinum Award).

Thanks, MSU, for being such a great partner.