During the pandemic, we have tried to do as much as we can remotely to keep our crew and clients safe. However, there are times that require an in-person shoot in the studio or off-site. To minimize exposure, we've scaled down to a "skeleton crew" which means only the essential crew is on set.
We recently completed virtual event design, planning, pre-production and live-stream production for Access for All 2020. Structured with a mix of live and asynchronous activities across 2 weeks in October, AfA2020 was a virtual conference dedicated to using plain language to break down barriers in society, improve the criminal justice system, protect the rights of vulnerable populations and affect the outcome of COVID-19.
Access for All is a nonprofit working to improve people's access to information and services with plain language.
Based on our 40+ years of experience as a video and event production company, MessageMakers offers a comprehensive range of video services to help organizations to engage their broader communities through video streaming:
Streaming event design, navigating the creative and technical challenges required to produce a stream as an engaging and memorable experience for remote participants.
We interviewed our video producer and director of photography, Rob Sumbler, to ask for some of his tips and tricks for good production during an interview style video.
Q: What are the most important things to take into consideration while shooting an interview?
A: The biggest thing is what's in the frame, how the person looks and what they're in front of.
We have welcomed three new interns to our MessageMakers team! We appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that they have put into making our team the best it can be and we can't wait to watch them grow as professionals.
Liseth is a social communicator and journalist from Colombia.
What can one of our clients, a person walking into the office or a partnering company expect from MessageMakers?
Who are we, exactly?
We are a media firm specializing in video production, event planning, social media, learning, writing and graphic design.
The MessageMakers team is always thrilled to take on new learning opportunities to evolve and hone their skill sets as much as possible. Continuous learning is key to personal growth and success, that’s why MessageMakers President, Terry Terry, thought it to be essential for the team to participate in the Capital Quality and Innovation Academy.
MessageMakers was given the great honor of receiving a Michigan Emmy nomination for their work on the 2016 documentary, Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration. They were nominated in the category for Best Documentary - Historical.
President and Executive Producer, Terry Terry, along with Director, Tom Lietz, and Director of Photography, Rob Sumbler, attended the 36th annual Emmy Awards of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on June 18, 2018.
Rob Sumbler (left) and Tom Lietz (right) at the Michigan Emmy Award Ceremony
Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration tells the compelling story of how the city of Lansing saved itself in the early 2000’s. When GM was prepared to leave Lansing, leaders of the community convinced them to invest billions instead.
This past December, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing awarded MessageMakers President, Terry Terry, with the 2018 Creative Community Award. This award recognizes those who have spearheaded creative placemaking, supported culture and advocated for creativity in the Greater Lansing area.