March, 2016Echo Productions at the 2016 Viola Awards
For the second year in a row, Echo Productions produced all of the video content for the 2016 Viola Awards in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over 600 attended the gala celebrating the arts and sciences. We produced 50 videos featuring the nominees, Legacy Award winner, Flagstaff Arts Council Year in Review, and Bloopers and Outtakes. We worked intensely over a 6-week period, filming interviews with the nominees and editing all of the videos. It all came together on March 5. As a member of the arts community, I enjoyed not only being at the event but also contributing to the show itself.
January, 2016Brian Cass featured in Northern Arizona's Mountain Living Magazine
In the cover story Getting Reel, Brian Cass, along with three other filmmakers, discusses some of the documentaries he has worked on and the filmmaking process. Click on the link below to read the article.
April, 2015Echo Productions Brings It to the Viola Awards in Flagstaff, Arizona
The Flagstaff Arts Council held the 7th annual Viola Awards on Saturday March 7th. Echo Productions produced all of the video content for the gala event that included over 40 videos of the nominees who were up for awards in eight different categories. The videos were shown during the event on the screens located around the banquet hall of the High Country Conference Center.
October, 2014Science at Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater Arizona is the largest impact crater visible in the U.S. This spectacular setting was where Echo Productions shot interviews and b-roll for a series of science education video segments.
October 21, 2013Echo Productions On-Location in Sedona for the PBS Program To The Contrary
Echo Productions shot in Sedona, Arizona for the PBS program To The Contrary. The Welcoming Movement
focused on three different churches in the United States and their affirmation and commitment to LGBT members. Here is a link to the finished program that was broadcast in October 2013. Our Sedona segment appears at the 8:00 mark.
May 6, 2013Phillip Phillips Introduces His First Set of Instructions for VH1 Save The Music Foundation
The first posting of our production work with Phillip Phillips that features the song Gone Gone Gone has been uploaded to YouTube and linked to various websites. Here's the final compilation:
March 29, 2013Echo Productions Works with Phillip Phillips and VH1 Save The Music Foundation
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has certainly been enjoying some great success in the music business. As part of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Phillip is asking an on-line audience to perform one of his songs along with him as he gives specific instructions over several weeks. Echo Productions was hired to film this music-awareness promotion. We really enjoyed working with Phillip, who is as down to earth and courteous as he showed us on television.
January 21, 2013An Honor for Inflatable Journey in Cambodia!
We were excited to learn that Brian's film, Inflatable Journey, has been selected to sceen at the Angkor Wat International Film Festival in Cambodia taking place Feb 1-3, 2013. The documentary follows two brothers on a wild adventure as they boat down the Escalante River in southern Utah.
January 15, 2013Keep On Running
We have been working with McMillan Running Company over the past several months, producing a series of videos for their newly designed website. The production has included the use of a green screen that enables us to place our talent in the midst of some gorgeous Flagstaff backdrops. We also had some challenging shoots in the winter during a 24-mile "workout."
January 1, 2013Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I would like to thank all of our clients this past year for making it another successful year for Echo Productions. It will soon be time to come out of hibernation, ready to tackle more fun and challenging video projects.
Here is an appropriate image for the season from one of my favorite areas--southern Utah desert.
July 10, 2012Tennis Anyone?
Echo Productions completed a series of tennis instruction videos for About.com. The videos feature tennis pro Jeff Cooper and cover a wide variety of tennis topics, such as How to Hit a Basic Forehand, How to Hit Low Volleys, and How to Hit a Topspin Slice Serve, to name just a few. Here is a link to one of the videos and you can also view others once you are at the website.
July 1, 2012Echo Productions Gets Stuffed
Brian Cass was part of the production team that filmed for the reality show Get Stuffed. During this particular episode, contestants were racing atop ostriches as part of the Ostrich Festival in Glendale, Arizona. It was particularly exciting to to film inside the starting gate with ostrich and rider, and then following them as they flew out at great speed. Episode 1 airs July 3, 2012, 9pm ET/PT on OLN
Click here to see a trailer for the program:
June 4, 2012Shooting for FedEX -- An Employee with an Important Cause
On a recent shoot for FedEx , I needed to gather footage of one of their employees, Charlie Ottina, who rides his bike to raise money for MS. The finished piece, which is part of I Am FedEx, is viewable on the link below. We covered Charlie during a bike race in Sedona/Verde Valley.
May 1, 2012The Grand Canyon with MapQuest
Our work for Studio Now and MapQuest features a program on Grand Canyon National Park. Echo Productions was chosen to produce this piece which now is viewable on the Mapquest website. Here is a link to the program.
November 30, 2011Grand Canyon from Sunrise to Sunset
On a recent project for Studio Now, Echo Productions was hired to produce a short program about Grand Canyon National Park. The shoot required us to be at the Canyon for sunrise. We arrived in the dark and carried our equipment to our chosen view point, being careful not to take any extra steps. After setting up the tripod and camera, we watched the horizon turn deep red as the buttes and canyons became silhouetted. Our long day ended with an amazing sunset out at Lipan Point, where I filmed a timelapse shot of the shadows moving up across the Palisades. How fortunate to be able to witness an entire day at Grand Canyon, bookended by the rising and setting sun!
photo by Chris Gunn
November 20, 2011Echo Productions Produces Promotional Spot for Book on App Store
A stunning new book by photographer, geologist, and pilot Michael Collier is being sold on the App Store. In order to drive website visitors to the App Store, the publisher hired Echo Productions to produce a spot that highlights the aerial photography over some dramatic landscapes where Michael flys his plane.
Producer/filmmaker Brian Cass filmed Michael flying his plane and photographing over the precipitous cliffs near Sedona, Arizona. In order to capture Michael's plane from the air, Brian also filmed from another plane, shooting across the air space as the Michael piloted his plane past sandstone pinnacles lit beautifully by the early morning sunlight. " We could not have asked for a better day to shoot," remarked Brian Cass. " We flew down to Sedona for sunrise. The winds were calm and the lighting that hit the redrock formations was breathtaking."
September 28, 2011Premiere of Mountain Biking Film
The premiere of Changing Gears: Flagstaff and the Mountain Bike was held at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff. The enthusiastic audience was treated to an entertaining look back on the early days of mountain biking in Flagstaff. The program was produced and directed by Chris Gunn of Shot By Gunn Productions. Brian Cass of Echo Productions took part in the filming and also provided technical and creative support.
January 24, 2011Producer Brian Cass and Echo Productions Featured
Producer Brian Cass of Echo Productions is featured in today's Arizona Daily Sun newspaper. The story, Up Close: An Undaunted Cameraman, includes background on Brian and features the making of his documentary Inflatable Journey: A Brothers' Adventure on the Escalante River. Below is a link to the story.
December 22, 2010Happy Holidays!
Echo Productions wishes all of our friends, associates, and clients a joyous Holiday Season. Thank you for all of your support and may the new year be even better.
November 12, 2010Landscape Scenes in the Sedona Desert
When a client was looking for a video production company to capture a series of landscape shots from the Sedona desert, they located our Echo Productions website. Seeing our work, they had immediate confidence in our abilities to provide them with the beauty shots they needed. Of course, it's all about the light, and that required some early morning and late afternoon trips to remote areas. After one sunset scene, I enjoyed the descent off a sandstone butte and subsequent hike back to my vehicle as dusk settled around me.
November 5, 2010Shooting Behind-The-Scenes with John Tesh
What does it take for a musical performer to prepare for each and every concert? Echo Productions was chosen to capture all the pre and post performance activities when John Tesh and his band were in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our footage consisted of filming his arrival at the venue, backstage interviews with John and others, sound check practice, and audience comments.
October 22, 2010Echo Productions Launches New Website
After several months of work, we are excited to launch our new website with a fresh look. Some of the features of the site include the Portfolio page where we can showcase some of the projects we have completed. Those that want a more in-depth look into our company can browse through the About page. And, make sure to check out our Demo Reel. Of course, we would love to hear your comments.
I will be posting updates here on what's new and other information. So, stay tuned!
May 14, 2010Echo Productions at Grand Canyon South Rim
We often get the call when a broadcast production needs an experienced camera operator and crew at the Grand Canyon. Earlier in the year, CNN.com hired Echo Productions for a multi-day shoot at Grand Canyon.
Click here to see the finished program:
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