The Lifetree Film Fest is a cinematic celebration focusing on bringing awareness to local, national and international issues by portraying people or organizations making a positive difference. Top cash prize money goes to the cause represented in the winning film. The Short Documentary will screen Saturday April 18th at 7:00 PM.
"Two Journeys" a stunning short documentary directed by David Jasse for Chai Lifeline on pediatric cancer includes segments captured by the children themselves who were given handycams to document their arduous journey. The highlight of the films is the children's outrageous camp experience in Camp Simcha-Camp Happiness. The camp features state of the art medical care, and outrageous and dedicated volunteer and paid staff. The mini-documentary featured two families, one from Maryland and the other from Philadelphia. Contains intense subject matter.
The film was Originally screen in Marriott Marquis New York City. Over 1,100 guests were treated to an amazing evening of compassion by Chai Lifeline for their annual fundraising gala. From a dramatic performance by a flash mob, to highly emotional and moving speeches by children battling with cancer, it was an incredible event.
OHEL Children's Home and Family Services, one of DMJ's long-standing clients, approached us to collaborate on a series of films dealing with the aftermath of divorce. We worked with Communications Director, Derek Saker, to produce a 30 minute film for community screenings, along with several promotional versions. This is a critical project for the community at large, and DMJ was honored to be a part of it.
ALEH.org came to DMJ asking for a promotional video that would highlight the importance of their mission. Long time scriptwriter, on-air talent and advertising man Allan Cohen created the script and DMJ brought it to life with graphics and editorial. ALEH believes that every child, regardless of the severity of their physical or cognitive disability, has the right to benefit from the best available care in order to reach his or her fullest potential.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) sponsored National Philanthropy Day and asked producer/director David Jasse to share his knowledge and experience in the area of video for nonprofits. David's 60 minute presentation included clips created by DMJ over the past 20 years, showing how DMJ was a pioneer in producing honoree videos for gala banquets, and how Mr. Jasse approaches such sensitive topics as special needs children and dealing with the horrors of pediatric cancer. The talk and presentation was followed by a Q&A from the fundraising professionals who came out to learn how to integrate video into their campaigns, to maximize audience attention and increase fundraising.
Director David Jasse has won a Gold EMPixx award for one of the most moving films Mr. Jasse has directed in 20 years. This is largely due to an amazing collaboration that has been going on between Director David Jasse & client Chai Lifeline for 8 years. "This part of this award belongs to Sam Zaks of Chai Lifeline" according to Jasse. "Sam decided to go where most clients never go, the passing of one of the children. If this film doesn't move you, you're made of stone."
When watching the video there's a lot going on, the choice of subjects to be interviewed, the interviews themselves, the camerawork and lighting, the pacing of the editing, the music selection, overall pacing and graphics. For the interview director David Jasse says a lot of this video comes from the techniques he gained working with The Steven Spielberg foundation early in his career. "You'll notice there's an amazing interview here with a boy that cries on camera, working with the Spielberg foundation early in my career taught me not to be tempted to speak to your subject when they get emotional, but rather sit quietly and wait.. say nothing.. that was the secret behind that interview as well as the one with the parents."
According to the Empixx judges "Powerful opening with various people who have battled cancer. Great variety of people telling their story. Excellent scenes, well staged, nicely edited. Emotional stories, well told. "
Director: David Jasse
Editors: David Jasse, Shmuel Hoffman
DP/Camera: Shmuel Hoffman
Graphics: Shmuel Hoffman
Sept. 11, 2014 Brooklyn New York. David Jasse will be one of the featured speakers at the 13th Annual BTB Expo and conference in The Palace at 780 McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y. The title for the presentation is called, "Success in Selling. Pricing is not first." Veteran business owner and TV Producer Mr. Jasse will share his knowledge and experience on selling after having run a successful production company in NY for over 20 years. From programming seen on ABC TV and Discovery Channel, and Jewish clients ranging from Agudath Israel to Yeshiva University the presentation will feature video clips that span Mr Jasse's career which first began in 1985 at CNN.
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Each week Daytime Emmy award winning show "Born to Explore with Richard Wiese," as seen on ABC, embarks on enlightening adventures to places near and far, showcasing inspiring stories about nature, people, places and the planet we all inhabit. The series has officially been renewed through the 2016 season. For it's first two seasons DMJ has provided editiorial and created the show open for it's second season.
"This award is not only a reflection on the outstanding cinematography of John Barnhardt and Greg Harriott, but the entire Born to Explore team as well. We are very proud that in only our second season, we have been nominated for three Emmys and have won one," commented show host and executive producer Richard Wiese.
DMJ brought it's crews into the operating room at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn while producing a film for BINA a Brooklyn based organziation that helps families through the maze of Brain Injury. Our production took us to Kessler institute and NYU Langone where we spoke with top experts and specialists in the field
DMJ packed up it's gear...and hired some talent in Israel... and picked up more gear in Israel...to produce two short films for AMIT. As DMJ specializes in emotional story telling, director David Jasse interviewed families who were forced to hand over their children into AMIT's amazing forster care homes. While we toured and filmed beautiful DSLR images around Israel, the primary focus was telling the story of how AMIT creates new homes for these children and supplies them with everything from love, to training for a decree and a trade, to preparation for entrance into Israel's military. We witnessed first hand truly horrowing circumstances being turned around in front of our cameras.
1250 people gathered at the Marriott in NYC for an incredible elegant and uplifting evening when the stars, dignitaries and government came out to pay tribute to the dedicated individuals that make up this incredible human services organization. DMJ produced all four films featured at the auspicious evening. The DMJ films played an integral part of the Gala evening which featured passionate speeches from both Governor Cuomo and Mayor elect, De Blasio. OHEL has been fortunate to invest in significant video projects each year with DMJ Media and every production has been a masterpiece. David Jasse is an expert story teller and through his vast professional expertise and warm personality, is always able to sensitively extract the personal narratives of those he interviews – and beyond. Importantly, David always works as a team, valuing the input of others and the concerns of his client. Derek Seker, Director of Marketing and Communications.
DMJ Digital Media was responsible for all the pre-produced videos for The Conference of Presidents recent 50th Gala Banquet for over 1200 guests. DMJ coordinated the introductory speech by President Obama for the Conference of Presidents 50th Anniversary Gala Banquet at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. His short clip was one of 11 short films DMJ produced that played to dignitaries ranging from Senator Lieberman, to Ban Ki-moon to George W. Bush.
"I never thought shaking the hand of a former President of the United States would mean much to me, but it did." says DMJ founder David Jasse. Former U.S. President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary tribute gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Oct. 15 in New York, and as DMJ had production crews there they had relatively access. The night was a night of firsts for DMJ, not only meeting the former President, but producing 11 videos including interviews with Mort Zuckerman, James Tisch, Ronald Lauder, only to name a few. The entire evening was the who's who of polotics with dignitaries ranging from Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon, to Police commission Kelly, to Senator Lieberman, and of course the surprise visit of George W. Bush. In twenty years of producing, even I was kinda impressed by all the famous people I worked with over the course of these project " says Jasse.
Middle East Peace, is an Event that has been in process for over 3500 years. The Conference of Presidents, an umbrella organization for over 50 Jewish Organziations, held it's 50th Anniversay Gala on October 15th. the Gala celebrated America's and Israel's long time relationship in bringing peace to the middle east. Prime Minister Netanyahu sent his address to DMJ, who's team gathered over 20 interviews for the event and presented them in a series of 11 videos. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu made individual speeches for video presentation, while the others were from Israel and Washington including interviews from Jerusalem's Mayor and Natan Sharansky. They were part of an overall 8 minute film which highlighted the Conference's numerous achievements over the last 50 years. DMJ also pre-produced 8 short biographies on the past Chairman which were integrated into the nights proceedings at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.
To usher in the 50 years of service to the Jewish community, the Conference of Presidents brought in the DMJ Digital team to produce professional biographies on former chair-people highlighting some of their most memorable moments while in office. Among them are Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Ronald Lauder and Mort Zuckermen to name a few.
"They are all great people and a pleasure to interview" says Jasse. "Being an umbrella organization for 50 major Jewish organizations is no small task and hearing of their tremendous experiences while in office was tremendous" he added. In addition, a short film showcasing the Conference's 50 years of serving the Jewish community in America and around the world will be featured at the Gala at the Waldorf Astoria on October 15,th in New York City.
This past summer, the DMJ team was pleased to feature many of their heart-warming short films of families battling cancer at the 2013 Chai Lifeline Awards Dinner. The event highlighted several emotional films and speeches by a number of seriously ill children and the families that were affected by their illnesses. As the tears began to well up after an extremely moving tribute...BOOM! A flash mob stormed the room and took over turning what was once tears of sadness into tears of laughter! It was definitely a great moment for this award-winning team and one they will not soon forget!
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese as seen on ABC recieved:
National Daytime Emmy Awards 2013
Winner in Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography "Morocco: Mysteries of the Nomads"
John Barnhardt, Cinematographer, Greg Harriott, Camera
Nomination for Outstanding Travel Program: "Morocco: Mysteries of the Nomads"
Cynopsis Kids !magination Award nomination for Tweens 9-14:
"Namibia: Saving the Wild Cheetah" • "Botswana: Living with Elephants" • "Chile: First Lady of the Sea"
A Bronze TELLY Award for Cultural programming!
The 33rd Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.
"England: The Royal Swan" (Congrats to Stephen DeLuca!)
Dave's professional career has covered the spectrum of the Entertainment Industry’s many facets; from Street Promotions at K-ROQ FM in Los Angeles, to Talent Executive at E! Entertainment TV, Film and Television Production, Corporate Media Producer, and now Broadcast Commercial Director and Olympic documentarian." A Consumate professional with amazing patience and insight" says creative director David Jasse.
Dave currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he continues to produce and direct Branded Content, Commercials, Documentaries, Reality Programming, and Corporate Media.
Westport, CT (April 4, 2013) The 2013 Parents’ Choice Awards® has announced that the ABC weekly series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese™ with segments edited at DMJ has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Television category for young adults 13-16.
“Viewers will be treated to much more than a video travelogue in Born to Explore™. Storytelling never flags; these are informative, character-driven documentaries focusing on engaging feature topics, with solid research and reporting and exceptional and creative videography,” writes Gina Catanzarite of the Parents’ Choice Awards®. “Viewers will appreciate insights into lifestyles and life forms around the world, and they'll come away enriched by the solid educational content.”
The highly successful first season of Born to Explore with Richard Wiese™ averaged 1.4 million US viewers every week. The series received a 2012 Daytime Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Children’s Series, and also won a 2012 Silver SABRE Award. The series is now airing its second season.
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The winner of the annual IPod Giveaway is Daryl Adeva of the World Financial Group. Congratulations!!
First screened at the SINAI Schools Benefit Dinner this past Sunday night, this video has been viewed over 8,000 times in one week and continues to be shared.
"One of the most moving experiences of my life!"
"Truly amazing and so inspiring..."
"I suggest you find 14 minutes to view something extraordinary. I promise you won't be disappointed."
"Your work on Inclusion by Design is masterful!" We had been talking internally for over a year about how to effectively get this message out. You heard our thoughts (and sometimes even differing opinions), took it all in, and directed a brilliant commercial for us. On behalf of everyone here at SINAI, thank you so much for helping us articulate this message so eloquently! -Rabbi Yisrael Rothwachs, EdD SINAI Schools
DMJ was hired by Mullen to produce a film celebrating the 10th anniversary of Lifebridge for MassMutal Insurance.
"Thanks very much to the DMJ team—the client loves the work and sends a big thanks to all!" The Mullen team.
As a single mother, she couldn't afford life insurance. She worried for her children and what would happen to their education if she wasn't around. That was before she discovered MassMutual's LifeBridge Free Life Insurance Program.
DMJ Digital just completed a successful season of post production on the weekly show "Born to Explore with Richard Wiese" as seen on ABC-TV Saturday mornings. The Daytime Emmy® nominated show ranked #1 in NY market for consecutive weeks in it's time slot. DMJ produced their new open for the second season that will premiere in October. The graphics package also included bumpers, lower thirds, animated maps, and other various graphic elements.
DMJ Digital Media donated it's photography, video, editorial services for the annual Cross River Bank Golf & Tennis Outing to benefit Madraigos. Madraigos is a community based organziation helping Teens at Risk and their families.
It was a spectacular day of golf and tennis at the beautiful Trump National Golf Club. The event included golf & tennis, an unbelievable gift package, full breakfast, barbecue lunch on the course, cocktail reception, buffet dinner, phenomenal raffle prizes, contests for the golfers and tennis players, and an awards reception during the dinner. "The Trump course was unbelievable, bridges, waterfalls, I've never saw anything like it, it was a great event for a great cause, says DMJ owner D. Jasse who directed the DMJ photographer and crews that day.
"Pioneeers" live in tents, hike in the rapids, and have an awesome time. The "regular campers" have the luxury of electricity and bathrooms! DMJ went into the woods over the course of two weeks to cover four camps in upstate New York. The Cannon 5D was incredible for everything from bear sitings in the shady woods, to the bright sunlight of lakefront activities. Dialing in the ISO, quick access to the white balance settings, and having awesome lens options made for really beautiful images. Cameraman/DP Jasse even climbed the rock wall as he does whatever he has to get great shots.
DMJ was one of the few crews allowed into this historical event! "The gathering of over 90,000 Orthodox Jews was absolutely an awesome site" according to director David Jasse! The event was the celebration of the completion of the Talmud, a mere seven and a half years process. Stay Tuned for the video.
DP/Cameraman Shmuel Hoffman has been working with DMJ for over two years now and the realtionship continues to grow as does Mr. Hoffman's talent. "Easy to work with, a wonderful eye, with German precision" says creative director David Jasse. Shmuel is known for shooting film style, not overshooting, and comes overly prepared for every situation. A master of the Canon DSLR system, he comes on set with 2 to be safe.
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that Litton Entertainment’s “Born to Explore With Richard Wiese,” edited by DMJ Digital Media in New York, has been nominated for Outstanding Children’s Series in the 39th annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.
“Born to Explore” is joined as a nominee by its companion program, “Everyday Health.” The two shows are featured within Litton’s Weekend Adventure, the three-hour block of family programming airing Saturday mornings on ABC stations coast to coast.
DMJ produced a live shot for the iCenter in New York City. The hour and a half live broadcast was embedded on the client website, facebook and twitter pages. Sentry Centers was the venue for this streaming broadcast. Call us to help publicize your event from PR to production to streaming. The iCenter works to advance high-quality, meaningful and innovative Israel education by serving as the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping and supporting the field.
Vist us at booth #305 at the Mariott Marquis on June 8 and meet director David Jasse, production manager Caroline George and ask DMJ how you can produce cost effective video and how our web movies have raised over 10 million dollars, how honoree films save the audience from speeches! Also learn how to use short films to double your fund raising efforts.
Vist us at booth #124 at the Javitz Center on May 2-3 and meet director David Jasse, production manager Caroline George and ask DMJ how you can produce cost effective video and how to use it for social networking, events and training.
Traviscame to us from St. Louis, MO with a specialty in short form media; commercials, music videos and films. This gadget loving tech guru was an IT professional for 3 years and has been assistant editor on numerous high profile commercials including Pepsi, Toyota & Southwest Airlines. Crafting short films since his freshman year in high school, he has travelled to Cuba, Honduras & Mexico shooting for his own cultural documentary.
DMJ now offers hi-definition playback at events directly from the digital movies we create to insure dependable high quality playback. We all work so hard to produce great films, its a real effort and collaboration between us and our clients. How many times do we hear that the projection was no good or a DVD stalled in playback. All should know DVD is NOT DEPENDABLE FOR PLAYBACK AT EVENTS. Yes it works, but not always! You have been warned!
Teaneck N.J. February 2012 DMJ and SINAI Schools premiered a series of short films to raise funds for this amazing special needs school. A capacity crowd of over 800 people were fixed onto two HD screens and 2 giant plasma screens in the Mariott Hotel in Teaneck, as the presentations moved some audience memebers to tears. DMJ teamed up with KOL ROM animation studios in Baltimore for a short animated story created by SINAI Schools managing director Sam Fishman which opened the nights prodcedings. Two other stunning documentaries were featured as well. Prior to the event DMJ also produced a web promo and DMJ also coordinated the staging the night of the event.
Due to increased demand and continued calls for superior services, DMJ now offers duplication. As part of DMJ's on-going efforts to increase return on investment for it's client DMJ has been creating DVD masters and duplicating to be given out and left on tables. This strategy allows guests to take home the films that premiere at the events and share the experience with friends, thereby increasing the reach of the films. Of course when DMJ features the client videos on various Youtube sites along with 3K electronic press releases, the reach of the videos go way beyond the event.
DMJ welcomes new team members Carolyn George our wonderful production manager, and digital artists Adam Watstein, Sandra Beltro, Fred Manzi, Jason Beauguard, Brian McCann. and Yitz Brilliant. Carolyn comes packed with ambition and experience and has made a huge difference already helping our productions and office run smoothly. Producing videos with Stunning Results is getting more efficient as we build the DMJ team.
A. … YES Q. Is it worth all the WORRY!! A. … NO
Lesson #1..The biggest problem with social media is wasting time and energy on folks who are not interested! Never forget your core business and loyal followers and take good care of them!
Lesson #2 It's not going to take much effort to get into the social media game so play it! Spend a few hours or have your kid or neighbors kids spend a few hours to get you started. Then a few hours a week, not a few hours a day, will increase your chances to get your word out. Your reputation will spread better and faster than the pre-internet days so the key is to make sure that you're good at what you do as we said in #1
Lesson #3 Don't get caught up in the tools, it's the message. Don't forget basic branding in all you do, keep it simple and consistent. Information overload means they hear nothing. Think logo, color, tag line, short internet movie. Good luck! D. Jasse
DMJ welcomes editor Jason Katz who came to us from the one and only Howard Stern. Jason is one of the editors on "Born to Explore' on ABC with David Jasse as overseeing for DMJ. "He's an amazing editor and we're thrilled he's joined us, and when you get a chance check out his voice, he's got that movie trailer voice you hear on a few of our promos...wow." Jason's a seasoned producer and director as well.
• Advanced in Final Cut Studio Pro HD/SD, DVD Studio Pro, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro, Compressor, Sapphire, Visual Hub,
Kona LHe Video System, Final Draft, and Adobe Creative Suite
• Director/Camera Operater: Panasonic HVX 200, Sony HVR-Z1U, Sony 370, Sony DSR-PD150, Canon 5D, Canon GL2,
Canon XL-2, Canon XL-H1
Series to take travelers far beyond the beaten path
Veteran broadcast producer John Barnhardt, and TV host, award winning producer, and explorer Richard Wiese, recently returned from Australia following an exacting 20-day shoot, which DMJ is now editing serveral episodes for the ABC season . The show is the brainchild of host Richard Wiese basing the show on the book he authored "Born to Explore".
Editorial creative director and lead editor David Jasse has previously been in charge of post production for many pilots and shows including 52 weeks of a show on new technology called "Digital Cafe" for the Discover Channel. DMJ is looking forward to the chance to take on more shows for the ABC series. According to the show's producers, "we're very pleased with what David and DMJ has to offer us, he's a very talented guy and brings a lot to each episode."
"ABC has picked up 26 episodes of the show, which will be part of its weekend adventure block, " Barnhardt said. "We hope to inspire viewers to travel and do things they would never do, to explore all these different places and learn from the people that live there. To really understand what kind of life they lead. Hopefully, they will take something back from the experience, like I have."
The premier of a new ABC-TV series created by Richard Wiese, "Born to Explore" debuts Sept. 3 in the network's 10 a.m. time slot on Saturday morning.
Recently, veteran producer/director/editor David Jasse showed up at the client's office with portable hard drives (no AC required) and a laptop, and quickly put the final touches on a promo and presentation video for the Hebrew Free Burial Association. Yes, DMJ works sucessfully with clients over the web to make changes on videos, and technology is a great help, but "there's nothing like being there," says Jasse. Digital non-linear editing has been around for 20 years, and one can make changes quicker than clients can think...but it's great when they're in the room. It goes really quickly, and it's really efficient. The choice is yours: we can share screens with you and you can work remotely with us, or call anytime, and we deliver! Editor, machine and even output to DVD - in the comfort of your own office!
Yavneh Academy contracted DMJ to create & produce their new image video for their school. DP Shmuel Hoffman and Director David Jasse hit the campus for two days and captured the academic excellence and warmth of one of New Jersey's trusted private institutions. Video coming soon!
Recently, DMJ has been using more and more green screen to add creativity and efficiency to our productions. Green screen technology has been around for a long time and is most commonly used to put the moving weather map behind the weatherman in the Studio. Recently DMJ was able to shoot numerous interviews in the same location saving time and money - yet being able to vary the background in editing.
Englewood Yeshiva, one of the premier institutions in Englewood, is expanding their operation. The Gala fundraising banquet featured six DMJ films, one featuring the institution and its plans for expansion, and of special note were five honoree films in place of longer speeches. The short films are informative, entertaining, and all timed out at about 2-3 minutes each. It's the wave of the future...go to the video!