**Note** This Final Post is somewhat bittersweet. Since 2002, I have tried to maintain a "Web Presence" with information and credits to my many collaborators and associates. In the early days it provided some exposure and validity, yet being a "one-man-shop", most of my assignments have resulted from referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations. It is no longer practical to maintain this site. "montielvideo.com" is scheduled to end on January 25, 2019.
I will, however, continue to be "online" with my Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/georgemontiel.
To the handful of folks who may read this, Thank You for many years of support and friendship!
September - December 2018
My sincerest gratitude for a busy and rewarding 2018!
May - August 2018
January - April 2018
September - December 2017
What a fabulous year!
May - August 2017
Busy mid-season projects included:
January - April 2017
September - December 2016
Wrapping up the year:
Thanks to all as we look forward to 2017!
May - August 2016
This Summer MVP was occupied with:
January - April 2016
Quick notes for the term:
September - December 2015
Affiliations and Assists for MVP this Fall:
In all, an outstanding year for MVP as we look forward to 2016!
May - August 2015
Some of the Summer assignments for MVP this period included:
January - April 2015
With a robust schedule to start the new year, George and MVP were pleased to be involved with these projects:
September - December 2014
To conclude 2014, MVP was pleased to participate in the following projects:
Thank you for a productive 2014!
May - August 2014
Here are some of the highlights for MVP this period. We had the pleasure of recording the annual "Dance Ensemble" production at The Galloway School on behalf of Fine Productions. Two corporate videos were lensed for TG Visuals and their clients OnePoint Technologies, Inc. and The HoneyBaked Ham Company. We also assisted with the Fine Arts Day & Graduation at Heritage Prep for Masterpiece Video.
George traveled to NYC in June to direct cameras for the Yale CEO Summit at the New York Stock Exchange. He also had two VO sessions providing character voices for expanded modules of the Arby's "Team Member Training Program" for the The Venza Group.
Regular assignments continued for Gwinnett County Communications and the Gwinnett County Public Library's "Meet The Author" series. Promotional tour engagements were recorded with authors Steven Raichlen, Karin Slaughter and Joe Samuel Starnes.
Convention camera duties included the Georgia Tech President's Dinner at the Georgia Aquarium for ETA and Microsoft's MGX-FY15 at the Georgia World Congress Center for Ascot Production Studios/Alford Media.
"The Consumerization of IT" was the summer Tech Forum topic at Gwinnett Tech. MVP also captured the Q3 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Forum "A New Apprenticeship Model" presented by Pratt & Whitney and hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber.
We were pleased to welcome & establish partnership with Brogan Donovan Reporting, PC - Chicago to provide local forensic and deposition support.
January - April 2014
Recurring events filled the assignment calendar this new year. MVP again produced and edited "Fusion", the 3rd annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards Ceremony hosted this time by the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
Two winter conventions, for Silpada Designs and the InterContinental Hotels Group, provided long-lens opportunities, along with camera duties at the Annual Luncheon of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. At this quarter's Tech Forum held at Gwinnett Tech, Dr. Andrew Gardner explored "Big Data and the Art of Data Science". We also repeated production coverage of the annual GNLI Graduation ceremonies for the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
MVP was proud to digitize and donate its master performance recordings of the "Stories From The Well" series to the community archives of the Social Circle Theater.
George participated in numerous forensic assignments, including the location shoot of a production process inside a North Georgia steel mill for a major Atlanta law firm. He also began working as remote camera operator for a local aerial photography company, and was called again to provide additional character lines for an expanded eLearning course for Arby's.
September - December 2013
This busy period for MVP was occupied mainly by projects for Gwinnett County Communications and the Gwinnett Public Library system, beginning in September with the Annual County Budget Review. The topic for the quarterly Tech Forum at Gwinnett Tech was "The Intelligent Network", followed by coverage of the annual Public Safety Festival at Coolray Field and the yearly 4-H Science Day.
In October, NYT best-selling author Stuart Woods returned for a 4th visit to Gwinnett as part of his promotional tour for his novel "Doing Hard Time". A few weeks later, in November, we were pleased to capture best-selling author Lisa Scottoline introducing her latest legal thriller "Accused".
MVP was proud to achieve a major milestone for the 23rd Annual "RLO: Real Life Orthopaedics 2013" CME Conference in Atlanta. This year's twin surgeries were telecast Live via satellite in High Definition. Originating from Cape Fear Hospital in Wilmington, NC and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, the interactive procedures were viewed by some 300 in attendance at the Capital City Club.
In December, George was asked to provide additional character dialogue to an expanded Arby's eLearning course. He also returned to NYC as cameraman for the winter installment of the Yale CEO Summit at the Waldorf Astoria.
It was a good year. Thank you, all.
May - August 2013
MVP began the summer season by covering the "4th Annual Partnership Gwinnett Sustainability Summit" at the Environmental & Heritage Center in early May. That was followed by B-camera support for our long-time collaborator Masterpiece Video to document the yearly "Fine Arts Day" at Heritage Preparatory School in Atlanta.
On Memorial Day, George had some fun in the sound booth when asked to provide two character voices for Arby's "Team Member Training Program", an eLearning course developed by The Venza Group. The following week, he was off to The Big Apple as cameraman for the summer edition of the Yale CEO Summit held at the New York Stock Exchange.
In mid-July, George was assigned primary camera duties at the Microsoft MGX FY14 convention in Atlanta.
MVP was pleased to partner with a new client Digicom Health Care Solutions to produce an introductory Web video for Allergy Health MD, which provides "needle-free" testing and treatment using Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy.
Putting a bow on the summer period, George was asked to reprise one of his character roles for Arby's, this time in Spanish, as they enhanced their Team Member eLearning course.
January - April 2013
MVP is proud to continue documenting important events for Gwinnett County in 2013! Among them:
Additional assignments included:
George also wrapped the 10-hour eLearning narration for the micros-RETAIL XBRi Training course.
September - December 2012
Among the diverse projects MVP participated in this period were the return of perennial NYT best-selling author Stuart Woods celebrating his 50th novel "Severe Clear", along with the "Fall Into the Arts" series for the Gwinnett Public Library including appearances by renowned children's author Carmen Agra Deedy and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
In October, George worked with Vista Productions as a cameraman for the 2012 H&R Block National Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. He was also chosen by micros-RETAIL to voice their XBRi Training eLearning course, produced by The Venza Group.
In November, MVP continued to provide Production & A/V crews for the 22nd Annual "RLO: Real Life Orthopaedics 2012" CME Conference in Atlanta. This year's Live satellite surgical procedures originated from the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital with Dr. Thomas L. Bradbury, Jr. and from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital with Dr. Stephen W. Smith.
"The Future of Wireless" was the topic recorded in early December at the quarterly Tech Forum sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber. And, after a 3-year hiatus, George was asked to return as a cameraman for the semi-annual "CEO Summit" at New York's Waldorf=Astoria presented by the Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management.
Many thanks to my clients and collaborators for a much stronger than expected 2012!
15 October 2012
MVP is pleased to announce the addition of the broadcast quality HD Sony PMW-320 to our roster of cameras. Part of the CineAlta XDCam EX family, and offering stunning images with multiple-format flexibility, the PMW-320 may well enhance your next high-definition project. Be it hand-held/shoulder, tripod/jib or in full studio configuration, this camera is impressive. Call us for details or to discuss your production requirements.
May - August 2012
MVP was given a variety of assignments this summer. In May, George recorded narration enhancements to the eLearning course for Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts. We also provided multi-cam & edit services for the annual Sustainability Summit held at the Gwinnett County Environmental and Heritage Center and the regular Tech Forums at Gwinnett Technical College.
June presented an unusual twist in the "Meet the Author" series. Internationally acclaimed and best-selling author Jeffery Deaver brought the promotional tour for his latest novel "XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel" to the Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center. In perhaps a literary marketing first, "XO the Album" was released in tandem with the book. The soundtrack of songs (also penned by Deaver), that appear in the thriller, were performed Live by recording artist Treva Blomquist, along with session guitarist Will Lamb. George also returned to the sound booth to provide narration for a new Scientific Games product, and a character voice for Voice Factory - Canada.
In July, #1 NYT best-selling crime writer Karin Slaughter returned to discuss her latest novel "Criminal".
The August schedule was occupied with long-lens camera work at the annual Microsoft Global eXchange (MGX13) convention, numerous legal deposition & Gwinnett County recording dates and a whirlwind, one-day trip to Savannah, GA to document focus groups for Scientific Games & the Georgia Lottery.
January - April 2012
Several major events started the year for MVP. In late January, we were honored to record "Fusion: 1st Annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards Ceremony" at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. George Montiel led the 4-camera stage production and edited the 2 1/2 hour Oscar-styled presentation showcasing local talent. A week later, we documented the 2012 Gwinnett ReDevelopment Forum, an annual half-day event sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber.
February saw the return of #1 NYT bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner - "Catch Me", as part of the "Meet the Author" series for the Gwinnett County Public Library, followed by a visit from author Carolyn Maull McKinstry - "While The World Watched", a personal account of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.
Highlights for March included the bi-monthly Tech Forum at Gwinnett Technical College and the 7th Annual Valor Awards honoring public safety professionals, both presented by the Gwinnett Chamber.
In April, George continued voiceover work for Scientific Games, and finished the month capturing the Student Awards Ceremony for ArtWorks! Gwinnett.
October - December 2011
MVP enjoyed a strong finish in the last quarter of 2011. George Montiel was tapped to provide long-lens cameraman support for the annual "Arby's National Franchise Conference" held in Atlanta October 9-11.
Also in October, we recorded two Venous Ablation procedures with Dr. Sendhil K. Subramanian at the Georgia Vascular Institute in Jonesboro for patient education.
In November, George wrapped the 5-hour-plus eLearning narration begun earlier this year for Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and The Venza Group.
Later in the month, MVP crews originated two same-day interactive surgical telecasts via satellite for the 21st Annual RLO: Real Life Orthopaedics conference in Atlanta. One crew joined Dr. Charles A. Hope, II for a Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement from Optim Medical Center/Tattnall in Reidsville, GA. A second crew traveled to Charleston to reprise a knee replacement procedure with Dr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. at the Medical University of South Carolina. A/V presentation services were again provided by MVP at the Capital City Club.
Interspersed during the period were numerous and varied assignments for Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta Reporters, Inc., the Gwinnett County Communications Division, Libraries and the Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forums of the Gwinnett Chamber.
Thanks to all for a most successful year!
May - September 2011
It has been a busy Summer for MVP personnel. We were pleased to provide complete Audio-Visual Coordination for the mid-season RLO Conference held in Charleston, SC.
MVP was also subcontracted to provide production services for the 2011 Salvation Army Commissioning Conference in Atlanta, as well as sales training support for Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Regular projects continued for the "Meet the Author" series for the Gwinnett County Public Library, and monthly coverage of the Technology Forums presented by the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.
January - April 2011
Despite an unusual week-long slowdown in early January caused by a major Atlanta Snow Event, the year's first months were pleasantly strong. An interesting variety of projects including; three convention-camera gigs in Atlanta & Amelia Island, FL (one of them celebrating the 90th Birthday of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy), several VO scripts for Voice Factory - Canada and nearly two dozen shoot/edit assignments for Gwinnett County, GA kept us well occupied.
MVP is pleased to add the Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston to our list of surgical venues. In April, we recorded a state-of-the-art Cementless & Tourniquetless Knee Replacement with Dr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. on behalf of Crosslink Orthopaedics - Atlanta.
October - November 2010
Major anniversaries filled the calendar for MVP crews these two months. October saw the 10th Anniversary of “Stories From The Well” at the Social Circle Theater. Two “Best of” performances reprising popular scenes from previous seasons were recorded in early October, directed by Sue Lee & produced by Beth Wells.
On November 19th we originated two joint replacement procedures via satellite for the 20th Anniversary RLO: Real Life Orthopaedics 2010 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta. This continuing medical education (CME) conference was co-chaired by Dr. Stephen W. Smith, who presented a Primary Knee Replacement, Live from Piedmont Hospital - Atlanta.
Later that afternoon, a second MVP surgical crew telecast a Direct Anterior Hip Replacement with Dr. Charles A. Hope, from St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, GA. Nearly 250 participants viewed the interactive presentations with MVP providing complete A/V services at the conference, sponsored again by Pfiedler Enterprises.
George Montiel was pleased to donate video recording of the 7th Annual "Lend Me an Ear" fundraiser benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. George also continued voiceover projects for InterContinental Hotels Group and Morgan Stanley.
All were quite welcome to fill out our 20th Anniversary year.
24-25 September 2010
The MVP surgical video team was proud to be asked by Stryker Orthopaedics to travel to Ohio to originate a Primary THA with Dr. Kenneth A. Greene at the Cleveland Clinic - Medina. The interactive telecast was featured as part of the Hip and Knee Live Surgery Symposium held at the Napa Valley Marriott in California.
June - August 2010
The Summer calendar for MVP was peppered with numerous support assignments for the Gwinnett County Communications Division. George Montiel also hit the voice booth again for Chick-fil-A Anywhere, as well as several scripts for the Voice Factory - Canada.
July & August found George in convention mode as camera operator at major meetings for sanofi-aventis pharmaceuticals, Microsoft's annual MGX (Microsoft Global eXchange) event, and Scientific Games.
Continuing MVP's association with Fine Productions - Atlanta, this month began a series of strategic planning retreats presented by Rick Houcek. Jib and camera op services will be provided at several Southeast venues through early 2011.
George Montiel continued voiceover projects for Chick-fil-A and Scientific Games.
MVP was also called upon to document the re-dedication ceremony of the historic Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Georgia campus in Athens for the UGA Office of Special Events.
October 2009 - March 2010
George Montiel completed a six month production & editing assignment for "Engage Gwinnett: Citizens Committee on the Future of Gwinnett County" on behalf of the Gwinnett County Communications Division.
20 November 2009
MVP is pleased to add Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC to the list of facilities where we have originated detailed surgical telecasts for the annual Stryker RLO Conference in Atlanta sponsored by Pfiedler Enterprises. The Revision TKR procedure was performed Live from Columbia by Dr. Kim J. Chillag. Complete A/V presentation services were again provided for the surgeons in attendance at the Capital City Club.
23 October 2009
George Montiel was back in the voiceover booth on behalf of InterContinental Hotels Group for their Priority Club Rewards Family of Brands. The one-hour eLearning module provides Sales & Marketing tools and training to participating hotel properties.
July – September 2009
Despite continuing economic uncertainty, flexibility kept us occupied with various interesting assignments this summer.
Theatrical – George Montiel provided camera support for the First Baptist/Atlanta production of “Beauty and the Beast” on behalf of Masterpiece Video. George also shot and edited Show Demos for actress Kathy Halenda in her role as “Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas” during her recent run at Art Station.
Other freelance assignments took George to Ft. Rucker, AL to document developments in helmet safety design, as Spanish script consultant for projects at Berry Creative, Flood Damage Assessment coverage for the Gwinnett County Communications Division, and as relief cameraman for Wheeler Television during the rain-shortened 12th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
George also provided the voice on the rollout video for “Lottery InPlay”, a new retail system developed by Scientific Games.
March - April 2009
George Montiel recently completed eLearning projects for both Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Solvay required narration for an internal communication module for Product Managers. George also provided signature voice talent on the "Chick-fil-A Anywhere" training program for outside sales.
29 January 2009
Furthering state-of-the-art services to our Legal clients, MVP is proud to announce the conversion to Digital Audio soundtrack back-ups for all video depositions. Deliverable to a reporter's computer immediately after the conclusion of a proceeding, or via email attachment, the sound quality and convenience far surpasses older technology. No more fumbling with multiple cassettes, no lost testimony during tape changes, no more excess plastic to dispose of and no additional cost. Only a tidy mp3 file for review or archiving. Please call for more information.
23 October 2008 - Atlanta
MVP was pleased to provide detailed visualization during a 4-hour scoliosis correction procedure using real-time, image-based navigation technology at Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite for Stryker Spine. Recorded for educational purposes, edited portions will be presented by Dr. Michael Schmitz at a surgical symposium later this year.
16 October 2008 - Stone Mountain, GA
Quick turnaround CD duplication and packaging was provided to Audio Craft for the distribution of "Now that's my story..." as told by Master Storyteller David Hirt. MVP is delighted to expand our collaborative relationship with Henry Howard for this project.
25 September 2008 - Social Circle, Georgia
9th in the series "Stories From The Well", this year's original cast video of "Startin' All Over Again" was recorded Live at the Social Circle Theater in late September. The stories, centered around the defunct Social Circle Cotton Mill - originally founded in 1901, were written & directed by Sue Lee and produced by Beth Wells. Movingly portrayed with song, dance and humor, it celebrates life's unexpected changes in course that make you Start Over. The videos of this and past shows produced by MVP are available on DVD from the theater.
19 September 2008 - Atlanta
MVP is proud to have contributed to another successful Stryker RLO Surgical Conference held at the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta. The interactive teleconference to over 100 surgeons in attendance included another live procedure presented by Dr. Stephen W. Smith originating from Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. MVP once again provided complete A/V presentation services at the conference.
5 September 2008 - Atlanta
Jib shoots continue to increase in popularity for smaller budget productions. George Montiel recently provided stunning angles and moves to Innova One Productions for their client InsiDesign at their exquisite showroom in Perimeter Place.
Contact us for affordable, value-added shots to enhance your next project!
20 February 2008 - "And the Winner is..."
It crumbled quickly. About a week ago we published the article that follows, "The Envelope, please." It was intended to be just a progress report. Within 2 days, Wal-Mart announced its exclusive support for Blu-ray. Yesterday afternoon, Toshiba surrendered and withdrew the format. Within hours, Universal Studios jumped onboard the Blu-ray train. Guess you could say it's over. Wish I had taken long odds.
So now you know the story. Click any of the links if you'd like more information. While I wait for prices to ease down to reasonable, I will return to more mundane matters.
14 February 2008 - "The Envelope, Please."
At the beginning of 2008, Warner Bros, and their sister company New Line Cinema, announced that they will become Blu-ray exclusive by mid year. That gives the High Definition format nearly an 80% share of Hollywood content for the US home video market.
Nearly overnight, HD DVD equipment prices began to plummet. Major studio holdouts to that format are Universal and Paramount/DreamWorks. Oddly, in mid 2007, Paramount/DreamWorks had pulled their support of Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD. When contract renewals are due later in 2008, it is likely that these studios will rejoin the Blu-ray camp.
In 2007, Blu-ray titles outsold HD DVD by 2:1. Target Corporation sells only Blu-ray players in-store. Home Theater Specialists of America has endorsed Blu-ray as their format of choice, and Best Buy is recommending Blu-ray to its customer base.
In the rental industry, Blu-ray is now the exclusive format with Blockbuster and Netflix.
We have favored Blu-ray from the start, due mainly to its greater data capacity (50 GB vs. 30 GB), 1080p capability and higher transfer rate (54Mbit/sec vs. 30Mbit/sec).
Is the war over? Not quite yet. Prices for Blu-ray and a handful of Combo players are still relatively expensive. Once they fall through the $200 price point, however, watch for the victory flag to fly for consumers.
29 October 2007 – NEW! High-Speed DVD and CD Duplication
Added primarily as a service to existing clients, we now offer Short-Run (<300) duplication of non-copyrighted, non-protected discs at competitive rates.
Supported formats: DVD -/+ R, DVD -/+ RW, DVD + R DL and CD – R/RW. On-disc printing and packaging options available. Please call with your requirements.
27 Sep 2007 - Social Circle, Georgia
Since 2003, MVP has been producing award-winning show videos for the "Stories From The Well" series at the Social Circle Theater. This year's production "We Gotta Get There" was written & directed by Sue Lee and produced by Beth Wells. The cast consists mainly of volunteer residents who perform folk-life dramas about the history of their town with a good dose of "down-home" humor. A soundtrack CD of current & past musical numbers is in the works! Visit their website for details. We are proud of our continuing and rewarding association with this wonderful community theater about 40 miles East of Atlanta.
21 Sep 2007 - Atlanta
For the 3rd consecutive year, MVP produced the live surgical telecast for the Stryker RLO Conference at the Capital City Club in Atlanta. Originating from Piedmont Hospital with Dr. Stephen W. Smith, the innovative Hip Resurfacing procedure was sent to 100+ surgeons in attendance via the Stryker Satellite Network. The surgery was available to over 40 downlink sites as well as streamed on the Web. MVP also provided complete A/V presentation services at Capital City.
20 Sep 2007 - Atlanta
MVP was pleased to provide live video
support for the "2007 Four Pillar Tribute" honoring John A. Williams on
behalf of Production Arts
Film & Video.
The annual recognition is presented by the
Council for Quality Growth
and this year took place at the new
Cobb Energy Performing Arts
Centre. George Montiel also lensed the video tribute presented
during the ceremony.