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Happy New Year

2012 is off to an exciting start. Days ahead will be spent planning for new productions, including both ENG style as well as live-switched studio productions as we ramp up work on some documentary and broadcast-style projects. Just today I had a conference call with an LA-based shooter and the doctor who will be conducting some interviews out on the other coast. This call followed a chat with the host of a broadcast-news-style show we are devising (more on that in a few months) - I'll be visiting the PBS affiliate soon whose studio we will be hiring.

In addition to media production, what everyone is familiar with, Cine-Med also specializes in meeting and event management. In 2011 I attended 2 large conventions and two Cine-Med-produced meetings in an audiovisual role (computer jockey, stills photography, video reinforcement). 2012 will see more of the latter for some of our meetings, and we have some even bigger events in the works for which my role has yet to be determined. My role in much of the above is as producer, director, writer or manager.

Thinking back to my schooling, I sort of did a little of everything: a weekly newscast (TD for three semesters, on-camera reporting, copy writing, production management, training); internships in cable advertising, news and corporate video; AV tech jobs around campus (granted there was no such thing as PowerPoint but same concept), ushering at theaters on campus and paid work at Boston-area stadiums (had to work NKOTB to be allowed to work McCartney - reasonable trade).

Later, on-the-job experience further refined and added to the skill-sets for these various roles. All of these experiences eventually resulted in the Production Management role that I now occupy. My goals are now to have members of my team filling the above mentioned roles while I juggle all the balls, bowling pins, chainsaws and pineapples.

I have not yet gotten around to editing my 2011 highlight reel - mostly POV shots walking through airports and pictures of my dinner - look for that soon (or not - sometimes that stuff is not so interesting in rewind).

Stay tuned for the new theme of my blog: Production Management.

Once again, Happy New Year, and as always (though not as frequently), thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen



Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jan 3, 2012 at 4:57:09 pm production management



I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

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