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2016 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) Start Something Champions (TSSC) Gala – Event Producer / Production Manager March 24, 2017 16:02

2016 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) Guest Manager and Allure Consultants CEO Marelyn Rivera, Event Producer and THISLEARNING® CEO Kris Van Nest, Stage Manager Mason Beggs

  2016 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) Rising Tide Capital CEO/Co-founder Alfa Demmellash, THISLEARNING® CEO/Founder Kris Van Nest, Rising Tide Capital COO/Co-founder Alex Forrester

 

EVENT UPDATE

The 2016 Start Something Challenge was a success!

THANK YOU to the Honorees, Speakers, and Distinguished Guests for your support of Rising Tide Capital, entrepreneurs, and our community with your involvement in the 2016 Start Something Challenge Gala. Special thanks to the team at Rising Tide Capital for their tireless hours creating the event, and our team for helping making it happen.

Your participation helped make this one of our most successful events ever!

It was an amazing event to be part of from every perspective, and I’m honored to have been able to work with you to bring it to life. Your involvement brought together what I feel represents the best of our community and our common goal to transform lives and communities.

Thank you again and CONGRATULATIONS on our collective success! 

 

ABOUT OUR WORK

EVENT PRODUCER / PRODUCTION MANAGER / VIDEOGRAPHY

We are excited to announce THISLEARNING® has been contracted to provide audio / visual, event production management, and videography services for the 5th Start Something Champions Gala held at The Liberty House November, 2016. Working closely with Rising Tide Capital, our services will include media arrangement, selection, cue-to-cue, guest and VIP guidance, and more. 

This year we're grateful to also bring back our team of key vendors and consultants:

The Event Production Manager contract for the Start Something Champions Gala is one of the biggest contracts of the year for Rising Tide Capital. We will work closely with RTC staff, featured speakers, and audio/visual providers to design and coordinate the Gala’s program of activities.

"...a critical member of our gala team is our event producer Kris Van Nest. Kris’ video production company is called THISLEARNING and while we have hired him in the past to produce video for the gala, two years ago we asked him to help us produce the entire event—to liaise and negotiate with all of our AV vendors, keep our scripts on track, and help us to design the event. Two galas later and while Kris is still responsible for video, I think it is pretty safe to say that he has cemented his role as event producer. Like so many of our entrepreneurs, Kris isn’t just a vendor. Whether he’s working on video or our gala, he has a vested interest in our success—he wants to make sure that we are telling the story of our work in an effective way, and he goes above and beyond to ensure just that." – Esther Fraser, Director of Communications / Rising Tide Capital from Keeping Dollars Circulating In Our Local Economies

You can read more about us being hired as Event Producer in the Rising Tide Capital article here.

 

ABOUT THE START SOMETHING CHALLENGE

The Start Something Challenge (SSC) is a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for New Jersey entrepreneurs. If you are interested in networking, perfecting your elevator pitch, gaining visibility for your business venture, and winning a $10,000 business grant, the Challenge is for you!

The Challenge is organized by Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that helps underserved entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses, and funded by a network of visionary supporters. More than just a business pitch competition, the Challenge also provides participants with opportunities to learn about local business resources, and receive hands-on coaching and mentorship. This ensures that every participant has the best-possible chance at winning the top prize. Free to enter, the competition is open to any New Jersey resident over 18 years old, who operates a business earning less than $250,000 annually, or has a strong business idea. 

 


"See a Big Problem and Solve It!" – Video Production for Distinguished Lecturer Len Green, Babson College / GCSEN March 11, 2017 07:38

 

VIDEO SERVICES

THISLEARNING® was contracted by the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship (GCSEN) to direct and produce a promotional-style video for Distinguished Lecturer Len Green, Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Combining hours of lecture video with b-roll highlights, we edited the final video down to just over a minute in length to best capture the essence of Len's thoughts on entrepreneurship. Our video production services included full pre-production and planning, equipment procurement, on-site videography and direction, editing, and more. 

LEN GREEN

From Babson College:

"...successful entrepreneur, Babson Trustee and Babson Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Leonard C. Green​. Green is President of The Green Group; has expertise in start-ups, family businesses, and management of thoroughbred horses; and has been involved with more than 40 businesses, including SoBe and Blue Buffalo. He is also author of the forthcoming book, The Entrepreneurial Playbook..." – Len Green Ultimate Entrepreneur Lecture and Workshop Series

 

GCSEN FOUNDATION

GCSEN Foundation was founded in 2015 by Professor Mike Caslin to promote greater peace and prosperity in local community economies and eventually regional, national and international economies.

GCSEN empowers a growing generation of social entrepreneurs, their teachers and mentors who support them and the impact investors and entrepreneurial philanthropists and sponsors who seek to invest in them.

Learn more about GCSEN and signup for their next Bootcamp at http://www.gcsen.com/.

GCSEN Foundation


We Help Community Compost Company, Kids, and Communities Go Green December 15, 2016 16:49

 

As part of our video services, we worked with Community Compost Company in Hoboken, NJ, to create a series of 3 promotional videos to highlight how they build community while helping the Earth.

Taped in Hoboken, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, and New Paltz, NY using our 4K equipment, we completed the edit in Jersey City for their distribution over social media.

See the additional two videos below:


2016 Video Production Services for HISE Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at GCSEN December 14, 2016 06:05

 

VIDEO SERVICES

THISLEARNING® was contracted by the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship (GCSEN) to produce and direct documentary-style videography services for the 2016 High Impact Social Entrepreneurship (HISE) Bootcamp in Kingston, NY.

Combining multiple days of classroom, field trip, and on-site footage, the final video was edited on site as an overnight "rush" edit and presented to students on their final day. Our video production services included full pre-production and planning, equipment procurement, on-site videography and direction, student interviews, behind the scenes footage, television-style episodes, full post production services, and more. 

HISE BOOTCAMP

By focusing on the business skills needed to work and lead more effectively, "HISE Bootcamp: Start Up to Scale" provides the necessary tools to succeed now and presents a solid foundation for future learning.

The tools students gained access to are offered at the highest level graduate business schools in the world and developed by some of the most successful firms across all sizes.

GCSEN FOUNDATION

GCSEN Foundation was founded in 2015 by Professor Mike Caslin to promote greater peace and prosperity in local community economies and eventually regional, national and international economies.

GCSEN empowers a growing generation of social entrepreneurs, their teachers and mentors who support them and the impact investors and entrepreneurial philanthropists and sponsors who seek to invest in them.

Learn more about GCSEN and signup for their next Bootcamp at http://www.gcsen.com/.

GCSEN Foundation


2016 Video Production Services for HISE Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at Wheaton College July 17, 2016 10:35

 

VIDEO SERVICES

In June, THISLEARNING® was contracted by the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship (GCSEN) to produce and direct documentary-style videography services for the 2016 High Impact Social Entrepreneurship (HISE) Bootcamp at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Our video production services included full pre-production and planning, equipment procurement, on-site videography and direction, student interviews, behind the scenes footage, television-style episodes, full post production services, and more.

HISE BOOTCAMP

By focusing on the business skills needed to work and lead more effectively, "HISE Bootcamp: Start Up to Scale" provides the necessary tools to succeed now and presents a solid foundation for future learning.

The tools students gained access to are offered at the highest level graduate business schools in the world and developed by some of the most successful firms across all sizes.

GCSEN FOUNDATION

GCSEN Foundation was founded in 2015 by Professor Mike Caslin to promote greater peace and prosperity in local community economies and eventually regional, national and international economies.

GCSEN empowers a growing generation of social entrepreneurs, their teachers and mentors who support them and the impact investors and entrepreneurial philanthropists and sponsors who seek to invest in them.

Learn more about GCSEN and signup for their next Bootcamp at http://www.gcsen.com/.

GCSEN Foundation


2016 Principal For A Day Jersey City Kick-Off April 21, 2016 10:27

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Christine Goodman (Founder / Executive Director, Art House Productions), Dr. Sue Henderson (President, New Jersey City University / NJCU), Kris Van Nest (Host/Executive Producer, THISLEARNING®)

"SILVERMAN builds neighborhoods, schools build our future."

Last night, Brittani Bunney and Paul Silverman from SILVERMAN invited past and future Principals For A Day (#PFAD) to their 2016 kick-off reception to welcome new members ahead of the next PFAD citywide event being held on May 5th, 2016.

The evening gave attendees the opportunity to share their experiences and excitement over a drink and some light appetizers.

The all-day upcoming PFAD event, including classroom visits and school tours, will give members of our community a unique opportunity to become "principals" at local schools. Participants see first-hand what make our schools great while also learning about the challenges our schools face. The goal – developing long-term, productive relationships that will support enhanced student achievement.

"Anyone curious about seeing how a Jersey City public school works can be a principal." said Brittani Bunney, PFAD organizer and this year's honoree Superintendent For A Day. "The ultimate goal of the program is that community members and business people in the area will participate, see how great the schools actually are, learn the challenges our public schools are facing, and from that experience build a long term relationship."

We had the chance to be a PFAD in both 2013 and 2015. As a dad, host/instructor, and community member, it was one of the most valuable experiences we could have to help provide for the successful future of our community. It's a highly recommended program and we encourage you to get involved when their program runs next.

Special thanks to SILVERMAN's Paul Silverman and Brittani Bunney for their deep interest and support of learning and education in Jersey City. Contact Brittani Bunney at SILVERMAN for more information on how you can participate in the Principal For A Day program.

Photos

2016 Principal For A Day Kick-Off

Brittani Bunney (center-left / Organizer, Principal For A Day; Manager, SILVERMAN; Organizer, JCReads), Paul Silverman (center-left / SILVERMAN), and Guests
Photo courtesy Angela McKnight

2016 Principal For A Day Kick-Off

Paul Silverman (SILVERMAN) & Guests

2016 Principal For A Day Kick-Off

Maureen Goletz (Co-Founder/Officer, Jersey City International Television & Film Festival / JCITFF), Dr. Sue Henderson (President, New Jersey City University / NJCU), Christine Goodman (Founder / Executive Director, Art House Productions)

2016 Principal For A Day Kick-Off

Michelle Sorvino (Executive Director, Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City), Angela McKnight (Assemblywoman, Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight; Founder & CEO, AngelaCARES, Inc.)

2016 Principal For A Day Kick-Off

Kris Van Nest, Maureen Goletz, Simon Pereira Shorey


2016 Video and Web Services for Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN) March 28, 2016 11:33

THISLEARNING® was chosen to provide our videography and web development services for the newly created Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN).

During spring and summer of 2016, we'll work closely with GCSEN to develop compelling videos and content to teach entrepreneurs how they can leverage their passions and skills to build profitable, sustainable businesses that make a positive social impact.

Visit our portfolio page to see some of the GCSEN videos as production completes.


Recording with Film Look – Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine DS lens + Canon 60D January 17, 2016 18:03

 

Author: Justin Woo

THISLEARNING® recently went back to JCFabLab for pickup coverage to record Kris' host intros for several JCFabLab episodes, and it was a good opportunity to try out going handheld with my cine rig. We primarily used my Canon 60D with a Rokinon Cine DS 24mm T1.5 lens – the camera body + kit lens (which I promptly started ignoring as soon as I got Cine lenses) cost me $750 at auction and the 24mm Rokinon cost me $800. My lens had no autofocus and I paid out the nose for it. All focusing was done by hand. That's $1550 to make my life HARDER as a videographer. Why would I do such a thing? 

Depth of Field

I have three words for you: depth of field. What is depth of field, you ask? It's the area of your image that's currently in focus. You can see depth of field at work in the video above where Kris pulls focus between myself and Bucky, in the example frames below, and in almost every single mainstream Hollywood movie. Two characters are talking, and the camera has captured them in profile. When Character A is speaking, they're in focus, and Character B is out of focus. When Character B is speaking, they're in focus. Meanwhile the background is warm and blurry looking. The filmmaker is telling you where to look by focusing the camera on the most important subject.

Kris Van Nest\

video frame from Canon 60D + Rokinon 24mm = shallow depth of field (background blurred)
videographer: Justin Woo

Kris Van Nest

video frame from Canon XA10 = deep depth of field (background in focus)
videographer: Bucky Kaiser

This adds a dimensionality to your productions that looks great, feels professional, and helps you tell your story. Most often, when a cinematographer is talking about depth of field, they're hoping for a shallow depth of field (or a shallow focus). They only want their subject in focus. Anything closer or further away than the subject will be blurry. 

Conversely, a deep depth of field (or deep focus) allows both the subject and the background to be in focus. You often see this in shots that establish location. Think those super wide cityscape shots that let you know, yes, the characters are in New York right now.

Shallow depth of field is very hard to achieve on camcorders, even expensive ones. In fact, we were using my Canon 60D that day instead of Kris's very professional Canon XA10 because we wanted to see how a shallow depth of field could enhance THISLEARNING®'s episode.

Aperture

So how do you get a shallow depth of field? Set your aperture wide. Wait, what's aperture? Aperture is the lens opening through which light travels. All lenses allow you to set an aperture. It's often measured in odd increments like 22, 16, 12, 5.6, 4.5, 3.5, 2.8, 2.0, and 1.5. The lower the number, the wider the aperture (I know; it's kind of confusing.). The wider your aperture, the shallower your depth of field. Remember a few paragraphs back, when I referred to this lens as a "24mm T1.5" lens? The maximum t- or f-stop is often listed next to focal length when you talk about lenses. It's often harder to achieve a shallow depth of field in cheaper lenses that only open to 3.5.

On top of the cinematic benefits, DSLRs (particularly many Canon DSLRs) force you to do almost everything yourself. Sure, you can set everything to auto, but I don't suggest it. One of the most important things you can learn as a burgeoning filmmaker is how to get the most out of your equipment. Learning how to set the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture correctly will enable you to adapt to almost any situation and get beautiful, usable footage. And DSLRs are also capable of shooting fantastic photos! Learning how to compose and shoot great photos will help you become a better cinematographer.

My Rokinon Cine DS 24mm lens is great, even though it lacks autofocus. Learning how to pull focus (which is a fancy way of saying "keeping your subject in focus") is a valuable skill that will serve you well in the film world. As a filmmaker, focus is how you tell your audience "Look here."

Shooting with manual focus also means that I get to focus as fast or as slow as my skill allows me, while an autofocusing camcorder will focus as quickly (or slowly :( ) as it can. That's not always desirable for your production.

And while this might be obvious, this lens creates AWESOME images. While $800 is a lot of money, it still looks GREAT for the price, and in fact, far better than lenses that cost quite a bit more.

Budget Options

But I get it: most of you don't have $800 laying around that you can just trade in for a lens, no matter how great it is. So what do you do then? Well, if you already have a DSLR body, both Nikon and Canon have snazzy 50mm lenses that open to f/1.8. That's very wide, and will give you a lovely, shallow depth of field. And those lenses only run for about $100 to $125!

So what are you waiting for, young Spielberg? Get out there and start shooting! 


2016 THISLEARNING® on Wall St – New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell January 05, 2016 15:05

NYSE Opening Bell (1/7/2016)
Photo Updates Below

Kris Van Nest from THISLEARNING® joined Rising Tide Capital (RTC) and fellow entrepreneurs at the New York Stock Exchange to help ring the opening bell for the day's trading at 9:30AM on Thursday, January 7th, 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS to the entire Rising Tide Capital team and small businesses for their tireless dedication and commitment to transforming lives and communities through entrepreneurship. Since 2004, RTC has helped education, train, and launch hundreds of small businesses across a wide variety of markets.

As a graduate of RTC's 2011 Community Business Academy (CBA), we're extremely proud to join them and honored to be part of their community, legacy, and future. THISLEARNING® being present underscores our celebrated support of RTC and our belief in the importance of businesses dedicated to inspire learning in our lives and communities.

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2015 Principal For A Day at TECCS December 11, 2015 09:32

2015 Principal For A Day - TECCS

Paul Silverman (SILVERMAN), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (33rd Legislative District / Hudson County), Principal Marta Bergamini (TECCS), Vice Principal Elisha Abdelaal (TECCS), Kris Van Nest (THISLEARNING®)

Principal For A Day

The Jersey City & Hoboken Charter School Alliance invited THISLEARNING® to participate in their second annual Charter School Principal for a Day, Friday, December 11, 2015.

The Charter School Principal for a Day program promotes local business involvement in our local charter schools. Together with Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, we were paired as Principals For A Day to visit The Ethical Community Charter School (TECCS), one of the charter schools in the alliance, and spend the morning alongside Principal Marta Bergamini. After a warm welcome by Principal Bergamini and her staff, we jumped right in to greet the students during their morning announcements and then tour the TECCS classrooms to learn more about their unique curriculum. Throughout the day, we learned first-hand about the challenges our schools face with goal of developing long-term, productive relationships that will support enhanced student achievement. We even caught up with our neighbor Kaivan and student friends Hunter and Davis who are all attend there!

We then joined a follow up conversation at GPs Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ­­­­­, to share our experiences with the other principals and Principals for a Day (P4Ds). The luncheon served to further develop the relationships with the schools that will be mutually rewarding and last far beyond this one day.

Our collective participation will act as an example for other business leaders to help provide for the successful future of our community. It's a highly recommended program and we encourage you to get involved when their program runs next.

Many thanks for TECCS, Principal Bergamini, and especially SILVERMAN's Paul Silverman and Brittani Bunney for their deep interest and support of learning and education in Jersey City. 

Contact Brittani Bunney at SILVERMAN for more information on how you can participate in the Principal For A Day program.

See NJ.com's article by Laura Herzog here.

2015 Principal For A Day at TECCS

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2015 Community Business Academy (CBA) Video December 07, 2015 15:29

The Community Business Academy-Get Started

Get an insider's look into the Community Business Academy – a class like nothing you've ever experienced! #10YearsRising

Posted by Rising Tide Capital on Monday, December 14, 2015

 

CBA Video

Check out this video we produced as part of our video services for Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy (CBA). The CBA is a hands-on class that offers entrepreneurs a one-of-a-kind experience in small business development and networking.

Our client's goal was to capture the experiential, fun, and non-traditional nature of the class with an insider feel while also showcasing aspects of the unique instruction. We taped footage during two classes and worked with our client to add graphics and plus a professional voice-over. We also created a Spanish-language version for additional markets.

We're proud to share that this video was chosen by RTC to be played during the 4th annual 2015 Start Something Challenge Gala.

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2015 "We Are Jersey City" November 30, 2015 14:57

 

"WE ARE JERSEY CITY"

Geoffrey Allen of Property Maintenance Guys, Myani Lawson of Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School, Kimberly Denise of WaxKandy, and Kris Van Nest of THISLEARNING® representing part of Jersey City's business community.

 

"We Are Jersey City" at 70 Columbus

In conjunction with the 70 Columbus, Jersey City NJ grand opening, we were invited to take part in a photo shoot with professional photographer Danielle Levitt. Danielle and her team photographed multiple members of the Jersey City business community, many of which can be seen on the building posters and website.

"We Are Jersey City"


2015 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) 4th Start Something Champions (TSSC) Gala – Event Producer / Production Manager November 14, 2015 13:38

2015 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) THISLEARNING® Founder Kris Van Nest, Rising Tide Capital CEO Alfa Demmellash, Rising Tide Capital Director of Communications Esther Fraser

2015 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) THISLEARNING® Founder Kris Van Nest, Rising Tide Capital CEO Alfa Demmellash, Rising Tide Capital Director of Communications Esther Fraser

2015 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) THISLEARNING® Founder Kris Van Nest, Rising Tide Capital Director of Communications Esther Fraser

  2015 START SOMETHING CHALLENGE - (from left to right) THISLEARNING® Founder Kris Van Nest, Rising Tide Capital Director of Communications Esther Fraser

Update

The 2015 Start Something Challenge was a success!

THANK YOU to the Honorees, Speakers, and Distinguished Guests for your support of Rising Tide Capital, entrepreneurs, and our community with your involvement in the 2015 Start Something Challenge Gala. Special thanks to the team at Rising Tide Capital for their tireless hours creating the event, and our team for helping making it happen.

Your participation helped make this one of our most successful events ever!

It was an amazing event to be part of from every perspective, and I’m honored to have been able to work with you to bring it to life. Your involvement brought together what I feel represents the best of our community and our common goal to transform lives and communities.

Thank you again and CONGRATULATIONS on our collective success! 

Event Producer / Production Manager

We are excited to announce THISLEARNING® has been contracted to provide audio / visual and event production management services for the 4th Start Something Champions Gala held at The Liberty House on November 5th, 2015. Working closely with Rising Tide Capital, our services will include media arrangement, selection, cue-to-cue, guest and VIP guidance, and more. This year we've also brought Marelyn Rivera / Allure Events Consultants and Mason Beggs onto our team.

The Event Production Manager contract for the Start Something Champions Gala is one of the biggest contracts of the year for Rising Tide Capital. Kris will work closely with RTC staff, featured speakers, and audio/visual providers to design and coordinate the Gala’s program of activities.

Read more about it on the Rising Tide Capital article here.

About The Start Something Challenge

The Start Something Challenge (SSC) is a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for New Jersey entrepreneurs. If you are interested in networking, perfecting your elevator pitch, gaining visibility for your business venture, and winning a $10,000 business grant, the Challenge is for you!

The Challenge is organized by Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that helps underserved entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses, and funded by a network of visionary supporters. More than just a business pitch competition, the Challenge also provides participants with opportunities to learn about local business resources, and receive hands-on coaching and mentorship. This ensures that every participant has the best-possible chance at winning the top prize. Free to enter, the competition is open to any New Jersey resident over 18 years old, who operates a business earning less than $250,000 annually, or has a strong business idea.

 

 


2015 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) Start Something Challenge (TSSC) – Video Services November 13, 2015 08:49

THISLEARNING® videographers Doug Stoveken, Bucky Kaiser, Justin Woo. Special thanks Kate Kaiser for the lights!

THISLEARNING® videographers (left-to-right) Doug Stoveken, Bucky Kaiser, Justin Woo. Special thanks Kate Kaiser for the lights!

THISLEARNING® provided video production services for the 2015 Start Something Challenge.

This year we brought on Justin Woo, Doug Stoveken, and Bucky Kaiser to capture the essences of the event through a combination of interviews and b-roll in 24P using video and DSLR cameras.

We'll edit the final video this fall!


2015 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) Start Something Challenge (TSSC) Finalist Reception – Video Services October 29, 2015 10:23

 

Photo: M Josephine Sansait

Photo: M Josephine Sansait

 

We'll be video taping the 2015 Start Something Challenge Finalist Reception as part of our video services.

Hosted by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Rising Tide Capital at JPMorgan Chase & Co, 270 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY. The Reception features and recognizes the 2015 Start Something Challenge finalists, supporters, and featured speaker Mary Waldner, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Mary’s Gone Crackers.

Press contact: Esther Fraser at Esther@RisingTideCapital.org.


2015 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) 4th Start Something Champions Gala – VOG October 10, 2015 13:43

Image: Jersey Journal
Photo: Jersey Journal

 

Announcer / VOG

What an exciting week!

We're proud to announce Kris will be the offstage-MC (VOG) the the 4th Start Something Champions Gala held at The Liberty House on November 5th, 2015.

About The Start Something Challenge

The Start Something Challenge (SSC) is a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for New Jersey entrepreneurs. If you are interested in networking, perfecting your elevator pitch, gaining visibility for your business venture, and winning a $10,000 business grant, the Challenge is for you!

The Challenge is organized by Rising Tide Capital (RTC), a non-profit organization that helps underserved entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses, and funded by a network of visionary supporters. More than just a business pitch competition, the Challenge also provides participants with opportunities to learn about local business resources, and receive hands-on coaching and mentorship. This ensures that every participant has the best-possible chance at winning the top prize. Free to enter, the competition is open to any New Jersey resident over 18 years old, who operates a business earning less than $250,000 annually, or has a strong business idea.


2015 The Watermark Project CD Release Concert October 09, 2015 16:55

Image: Frank Ippolito

 

Congratulations, Frank Ippolito!

As part of our video production services, we'll be taping Frank's new CD release concert on October 28, 2015 – Frank has been working on this project for over 8 years and it is shaping up to be a great event.

Learn more / RSVP on the Facebook event page or see the overview below, and visit Frank's site to give his music a listen.

Event Details

On Wednesday October 28, for one night only, Jersey City songwriter Frank Ippolito leads a band that ebbs and flows between an intimate trio of acoustic guitar, cello, & percussion to a 12 piece ensemble that features horns, soaring slide guitar, and swirling organ - held together by the austere scrape and propulsive strum of Frank Ippolito’s acoustic guitar. With special guests that include the smoky jazz vocals of Ariel Guidry, the screaming sax of Bryan Bennihove, and the lush backing vocals of Jersey City's all-girl a capella group Cabaret Sauvignon, the show will explore the music from the recently released Watermark Project CD in all its drama and nuance.


2015 Jersey City International Television & Film Festival (JCITFF)! September 27, 2015 10:10

THANK YOU, JCITFF!
UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to JCITFF and your team for putting together such an amazing event! You touched so many lives and opened so many doors for our community and beyond. We know there's a ton of work and sleepless nights that go on behind the scenes, but from our perspective it came together flawlessly. Very much looking forward to more partnerships and paths to discover as well. THANK YOU for your community support, involvement, and inviting thislearning to contribute through our seminar. We loved taking part and special thanks again from helper Blake, too!

 

 

Join Us at JCITFF – Saturday, October 17th!

Preview Our New Episode Debuts &
Learn How To Make Your Own Show

 

We're honored to be part of the Jersey City International Television & Film (JCITFF) festival, a three-day Festival will showcase over 50 films, with screenings that include features, documentaries, animation, web series and student films featuring talented filmmakers from around the globe. 

Join us to preview our latest episode debuts, learn how to make your own show, and take part in our panel discussion with local industry experts.

JCITFF (thislearning® Presents)
Scheduled: Oct 17, 2015, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ  07302-4041, United States
Caroline L. Guarini Theater
 
 
12PM - 1:15PM 
JCITFF Spotlight Community Programming
Kris Van Nest / thislearning® TV
 
1:15PM - 2:45PM
JCITFF Indie Industry Insider: A Panel Discussion

 

More About JCITFF

The majority of film screenings will take place on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, including feature films The Wonderpill, A Father's Journey, and The Stockroom, a web series by ChicpeaTV and also includes a discussion panel featuring Kris Van Nest, host/producer at thislearning® movie and television studio and the KidsTeachDad TV show.

Showcase venues include Mana Contemporary and the Jersey City Museum (building operated by JCMC-Barnabas Health). 

A full schedule of activities, dates, time and locations can be viewed HERE via the JCITFF website as well as on JCITFF social channels.


2015 Art House NOW! Campaign Video September 25, 2015 13:10

 

We're proud to announce our completion of the 2015 Art House NOW fundraising campaign video to help Art House Productions continue to inspire, educate and connect our region with the arts!

We created the Art House Productions' Art House NOW fundraiser campaign video to capture the essence of Art House Productions across 4 years of footage and tell the story of how Art House has instrumental in inspiring the arts in our area. We directed, produced, and edited the video using footage from thislearning®, Justin WooRafael Cruz, and several other Jersey City videographers.

Art House Productions is a Jersey City-based non-profit organization committed to serving the region with performing and visual arts programs that inspire, educate and connect. Their Now Campaign is focused on their immediate goal of smart, sustainable growth, to meet the needs of what is about to become the largest city in NJ. Goals include expanding their theater and gallery seasons, providing scholarships for youth in our STAGES theater company, and increasing the outreach of their citywide arts festival serving over 12,000 visitors per year.

Learn more and donate at www.arthousenow.org.


2014 Rising Tide Capital (RTC) Start Something Challenge Video March 24, 2015 10:53

 

We're proud to have recently completed collaboration on Rising Tide Capital's 2014 Start Something Challenge Gala video.

The Rising Tide Capital (RTC) annual Start Something Challenge Gala is an awards ceremony, a celebration of entrepreneurs, and a meeting place for supporters and industry. Some of the area's most notable stakeholders gather to share ideas and spark discussion while helping to provide support for the small business community to reach new heights. 

Our video production for this event included full pre-scouting, production, and post-production services. We used 2 main cameras, lights, and multiple mics for a full day (evening) of coverage to capture a full sense of the event with multiple interviews to highlight RTC's mission. We arranged, coordinated, and conducted the interviews between the main events of the evening. Post production – including graphics and compositing – was done in-house at thislearning® in close collaboration with Esther Fraser, Rising Tide Capital's Director of Communications.


2014 Urban Youth Athletic Challenge (UYAC) December 15, 2014 00:00

 

 

Urban Youth Athletic Challenge

Urban Youth Athletic Challenge is an obstacle course challenge for youth ages 4-16 created by Ashley Ntansah to inspire kids to have a lifetime love for fitness and health! Ashley is a father of two who decided that it was time for children to have an entire race series dedicated to them. He is committed to battling and raising awareness for the health problems that are associated with inactive children making unhealthy choices. #FitKidsRock #NJ

Learn more and sign up for the next UYAC on their site.

About the Video

As part of our videography services, UYAC needed a video to showcase how they help inspire a love for fitness and boosts healthy physical and mental habits for a lifetime. They also wanted to give parents a voice to share why it's important to be involved with their kids. Taped in Hoboken, NJ, we captured the event, start to finish, showcasing kids having fun, volunteer involvement, and event supervision to get more families and sponsors involved next year. We had a blast creating this video for them to showcase their work and share with parents why it’s important to be involved.


2014 No Kid Hungry Fundraiser at Bambino Chef December 12, 2014 00:00

We joined Mayor Fulop and Bambino Chef in Jersey City, NJ, to help promote No Kid Hungry and reduce child hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit that is working to end child hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign and make sure that every child gets the food he or she needs to thrive. Nearly 1 in 5 children in America is at risk of hunger. And while their hunger is invisible, the solution is not. Together, we can end child hunger in America.

After the event, the visiting students also had a blast working with our cameras in an impromptu intro to video class.

Special thanks HDSID in Jersey City, NJ, for the photos.


2014 Local Living Economy Summit (LLES) – Video Services November 06, 2014 16:10

2nd Annual Local Living Economy Summit in Jersey City from Rising Tide Capital on Vimeo.

THISLEARNING® was contracted by Rising Tide Capital (RTC) to provide videography services at the annual Local Living Economy Summit (LLES). The LLES is a leadership in forum for community members, leaders, and small business owners to share and promote policies and solutions build and sustain vibrant local economies.

This video is also featured on the growth initiatives section of the RTC website.

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