Georgetown University is a prestigious institution located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Their list of alumni features many high-ranking political officials, ranging from U.S. Supreme Court judges to former Presidents, and other world leaders. So it’s no surprise that Georgetown students are some of the most politically active in the country. Many of them are highly driven to make a difference in the world, and Georgetown pushes them to do so. The history at Georgetown University is rich and there are many stories to tell — inside the Office of Strategic Communications, that’s their mission.
Creative Liquid is a full-service production facility in Washington D.C. with a focus on bringing clients’ visions to life from concept to final product by extraordinary storytelling. Their clients range from U.S. government organizations and NGOs to major entertainment companies like MTV, NBC, and Nickelodeon. The award-winning team at Creative Liquid provides a full spectrum of production services from pre-production to post, live streaming, broadcast, and everything in between.
The team at Creative Liquid realized that keeping up with all of the new content meant they would need a backend solution to scale their workflow without sacrificing the efficiency their customers rely on. Their workflow before EVO was a mix of shared hard drives and a Studio Network Solutions Xtarget iSCSI SAN. They had success with this model, but as they grew their operations they needed a larger, more integrated solution, and continuing with SNS was a natural choice.
Bait Studio is an internationally renowned visual effects and motion design studio located in Porth Teigr; at the center of the creative industries in Wales, United Kingdom. Their client list includes a diverse range of companies from around the world in TV, Film, Broadcast, and Advertising.
In 2013, Bait Studio expanded their services to include a children’s animation arm, Cloth Cat, which produces animation series and features for broadcast and streaming on major networks such as Disney, Netflix, ABC, Sprout, and Cartoon Network. This expansion nearly quadrupled the size of their business, creating an immediate need for a more robust shared storage solution that would fit within a rapidly growing and dynamic studio.
The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is home to one of the oldest music conservatories in the United States. A training ground for artists in practically all forms of performance and composition, the Institute’s training also extends to the technological with the Recording Arts and Sciences track, among the most elite programs of its kind. In fact, if you are talented enough to attend the program, you may not necessarily look for it. It may look for you.
The Recording Arts and Sciences track is an intensive five-year program that trains students as both musicians and audio engineers. Students are those who have espoused a deep interest in music and math and science, and have strong academic records that reflect those interests. Alumni of the program go on to work as radio producers, broadcast engineers, studio recording professionals, video game composers, and designers of AV software and hardware, among many other roles.
A presentation at the Atlanta Cutters user group opened up new possibilities for veteran producer and editor Walter Biscardi.
“I had heard mixed reviews about a lot of other higher-end shared storage systems, and until I saw EVO there was nothing on the market that I trusted for a Mac and Windows workflow,” says Biscardi, who has been an early adopter of many video editing technologies. “As soon as I see something that’s going to work, I look at it from every angle, and then I go with it.”
Biscardi has served as a filmmaking and video production consultant to the likes of Apple, Adobe, and Dell, and as a frequent industry speaker and founder of WalterBiscardi.com (an education and training community for aspiring creative professionals) his knowledge of production technology runs deep.
John and Leslie Siebeling have long held a passion for helping others, a commitment that led them to become missionaries and travel to Kenya. Working there for the Lighthouse Church, they experienced a new vision of what church could be. Bursting at the seams in a soccer stadium, and unbound by racial and cultural divisions, Lighthouse Church reached thousands of people with a fresh, dynamic approach.
A Young and Dynamic Church
John and Leslie vowed to bring that experience back to the U.S. With the backing of like-minded fellow pastors and college friends, they founded The Life Church in Memphis. 19 years later, Life Church has grown to more than 8,000 members on four campuses, in addition to an international location in Santiago, Chile.
Life Church’s vision is to serve people, develop leaders and impact generations in a dynamic and diverse environment that emphasizes community and bridging divisions. The Siebelings wanted a vibrant ministry that would speak to the needs of a new generation, and one of Life Church’s core values is creativity. Life Church has embraced that value by making video a primary channel for its message, and employing a full-time creative staff that collaborates through the EVO platform.
Park Slope Productions is an award-winning producer of original programming for the likes of OWN, TLC and MTV, and knows what it takes to create engaging television. The production house pores over hundreds of new programming ideas all the time. So when an associate producer came upon a family of nine living “off the grid” in the rugged Alaskan wilderness, the Park Slope team knew it had found something unique.
Now in its second season on The Discovery Channel, “Alaskan Bush People” averages more than four million viewers per episode. Recently, the show scored the highest ratings in all of Friday night prime time.
Aside from its interesting characters, location plays a huge role in “Alaskan Bush People.” Everything is shot in Alaska, making shooting and producing more complex and challenging than anything Park Slope had taken on before. But location is just the beginning of what makes the show unique. The length and very nature of shooting, as well as the scope and number of people editing the show, make it an excellent showcase for the capabilities of the EVO shared media server.
NRG Recording Studios Uses EVO to Offer a Seamless, World-Class Recording Experience for Top Recording Artists
NRG Recording Studios is a world class recording and production facility that has served as an industry leader for over 30 years. By staying on top of the latest technological trends and innovations, they are able to offer their artists the security, equipment and service they need to focus on what they do best: bring their sound, music, and vision to life.
NRG Recording Studios continues to take on more projects and bring in their own bands, giving unknown artists a shot, while still being able to accommodate Grammy award winning acts such as: Beck, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, to name a few. However, with the ever-changing technological landscape, there are challenges that arise which need to be addressed, especially when dealing with some of the top recording artists in the world.
ZigZag Post Employs SNS EVO Shared Storage Server for Production of BBC and Foxtel Coast Australia
Built for Editors, by Editors is the tagline in the edit suites at Sydney based boutique post-production studio ZigZag Post. Prioritizing their editors takes precedence and it’s reflected in the exceptional quality of work they produce.
With projects like the widely popular Coast Australia, a spin-off from the popular BBC series Coast, ZigZag Post is proof that regardless of company size or budget, great artistry will emerge.
Choosing the right solution to both enhance their Avid based workflow and fit their budget was a task not taken lightly by ZigZag Post. The decision paid off as SNS EVO expanded their production capabilities allowing editors to focus on their creativity.
“We desperately needed a good shared storage solution,” said Rob Sarroff, Director, ZigZag Post. The hybrid shared storage solution we were using allowed us to project share within the Avid workflow, but like other non-Avid storage solutions there were too many compromises — extra tech support and unhappy editors. With Avid’s storage being a big financial outlay, we discovered EVO and took a big chance bringing it on board. EVO worked perfectly right out of the box. I was surprised how well it integrated into our process, particularly with Avid Media Composer. If you didn’t know any better you would think you were working on Avid’s native storage.”