Michael Monday joins Hurricane as Director of Visuals

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Michael Monday takes the helm as Director of Visuals at Hurricane Productions. (Photo by Strato Doumanis)

At Hurricane Productions we understand the power of video when it comes to telling a story.

We are pleased to announce our company’s growth and continued expansion into the video storytelling space with the hire of a new Director of Visuals.

Michael Monday comes to Hurricane after five years as a video journalist for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. where he received two Emmy nominations and was part of the team shortlisted for The Pulitzer Prize.

“I’m excited to work with a diverse group of clientele,” Monday said, “And expand the type of video content I produce while still focusing on storytelling.”

Storytelling is Monday’s speciality. He’s covered the biggest stories in New Jersey since 2009, using video to cover breaking news, sports and features while also producing several long-form documentary pieces.

“Michael joining our team adds instant credibility to our video brand,” said Hurricane Productions CEO Vincent Velasquez.

Monday’s presence is already bolstering the company’s portfolio. Hurricane recently reached a video content agreement with Rutgers Athletics.

The Birthplace of College Football: #RFootball Legendary Moments presented by RUAA from Hurricane Productions on Vimeo.

Monday will head a talented visual staff that also creates content for private and corporate events.

More about Monday:
Monday’s most recent Emmy Nomination came this past year in the category of Sports Interactivity for a seven-part documentary series #TigerStyle focused on the top wrestling team in the state of New Jersey. In 2010 he was part of the breaking news team shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a wide-spread political corruption scandal. In 2009, his documentary short on immigration entitled “Remittance” was part of the Divided Families project that earned the Robert F. Kennedy Award for college journalism. Prior to the Star-Ledger, Michael was employed at Journal Register Company as its Regional Multimedia Coordinator, in charge of video integration and training. He is a 2008 graduate of The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University.

About Hurricane Productions and Hurricane Innovation:
Hurricane Productions and Hurricane Innovation are integrated media organizations. As recognized leaders in social media and video, the companies own of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to live and online audiences. DJ entertainment, multimedia and web solutions are Hurricane’s principal creative content and production activities. The companies are headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

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From left to right: Michael Monday, Vincent Velasquez, Julia Crimi and Strato Doumanis. (Photo by Hurricane Productions)

Glitz and Glamor at TR Hotel Hollywood Sweet 16

TR Hotel in Tom’s River, NJ is a convenient and full-service venue suited for any kind of formal event. From Weddings to Mitzvahs and Sweet 16’s, TR Hotel can handle the most special requests.  TR hotel offers a devotion to quality, cleanliness, and one-on-one care. The Coral Ballroom is a lavish and intimate space suited for smaller but equally impressive events. Along with entertainment and special features from Hurricane Productions, your next event will be one to remember for years to come.

Claudia and her family chose TR Hotel and the Coral Ballroom for their convenient location and seemingly endless amenities. They chose Hurricane Productions for their Sweet 16 expertise and penchant for fun.

For her star-studded TR Hotel Sweet 16, Claudia went all out with full-room uplighting, dynamic twin totem club lighting, personalized graphics displayed on HDTV screens, and impeccable entertainment from two of Hurricane Productions’ A-list talents. Not to mention a very special celebrity appearance from the King of Pop himself.

Leading Claudia’s friends and family in dance at her star-studded Sweet 16 was none other than our own superstar MC Robbie Padovano, with DJ extraordinaire Bayshawn ‘B-Nice’ Wells at his side, pumping out the jams.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

Hurricane set to enhance fan experience at #RFootball games through video

Photo via @vinvelasquez on Instagram
Photo via @vinvelasquez on Instagram

When Rutgers fans enter High Point Solutions Stadium for Saturday’s opener versus Howard, they’ll be treated to new visual experiences throughout the game.

One of those enhancements is a same-day video edit produced by Hurricane Productions and Innovation.

The 60-second video feature will document the fanfare and pageantry of each #RFootball home game. From tailgates to pre-game traditions, each video will vary as the Big Ten atmosphere arrives ‘on the Banks.’

“Our video product is cutting edge and engaging,” said Hurricane Productions CEO Vincent Velasquez who is also a Rutgers College alumnus. “We’re excited to partner with Rutgers Athletics in this capacity.”

The video will be filmed during pre-game festivities and the first half of the game. It will be edited by half-time and displayed on the LED scoreboard in the second-half of each home game.

Hurricane is also slated to produce a “Legendary Moments” video segment sponsored by the Rutgers University Alumni Association. Those videos will be shown in the stadium and shared via social media. The “Legendary Moments” videos will compile archived video footage and graphics from landmark achievements in #RFootball history.

Hurricane and Rutgers University have a longstanding relationship.

The company provides media support, entertainment, production and event consultation services throughout the year to various University departments.

For more information about Hurricane’s work around campus, click here.

Photo via @the_real_strato on Instagram
Photo via @the_real_strato on Instagram

Storybook Wedding at The Manor in West Orange

This wedding was something right out of happy-ending fairy tale.
The Manor in West Orange has a long-standing reputation as an elite venue of pure elegance and indulgence, making it a stellar and in-demand venue for traditional and cultural weddings. Their stylish ballrooms and scenic outdoor wedding and party areas set the scene for an unforgettable event. With its dark wood upholstery and opulently styled chandeliers, the Imperial Room is the perfect place to hold a reception of nearly any size. Entertainment and intelligent lighting provided by Hurricane Productions completes the event, making for a truly memorable occasion.

Megan and John knew they had to have Hurricane entertain their wedding after a shining recommendation from a friend. The quality of production and attention to detail was the icing on top of their impeccable cake. Hurricane veterans and co-founders Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis served as the entertainers. The duo’s wedding experience ensured that Megan and John’s big day would be just as they imagined it: perfect. To accentuate all of the wedding’s best moments, the couple opted for carefully crafted lighting, including twin totems and pinspotting, which contrasted The Manor’s dark wood aesthetic.

For that personal and social touch, Megan and John included Hurricane Pulse, an Instagram streaming service that beams pictures with their special hashtag (#meganandjohnbigday) straight to a screen at the front of the dance floor. Guests can then view the photos online after the wedding to enjoy for a lifetime.

To find out more information on Hurricane Productions’ wedding entertainment, photography and video services, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Gorgeous Country Wedding at The Manor House

Laura and Jack couldn’t have picked a better day or a better venue for their country wedding. We dare you to watch their recap video above and not get the warm fuzzies.

The Manor House at Commonwealth in Horsham, PA, offers a beautifully appointed quaint, yet spacious, 18th century fieldstone farmhouse wedding venue with 21st century amenities ideal for breathtaking wedding receptions and ceremonies. Overlooking the pristine gardens and rolling greens of Commonwealth National Golf Club, The Manor house is a truly aesthetic venue only a short drive away from the urban jungles of Philadelphia and New York. With entertainment and videography from Hurricane Productions, Laura and Jack enjoyed a perfect ceremony and reception that friends and family would remember for years to come.

Laura and Jack came to Hurricane Productions because they knew their country wedding had to be perfect. Jack’s brother and Hurricane videographer Austin King recommended Hurricane for their professionalism and attention to detail, because he too wanted the best for his brother and his fiance. With a carefully crafted music selection, Hurricane DJ Alvin ‘A-Smoove’ Gay kept guests dancing and celebrating all night. Hurricane co-founder Vincent Velasquez served as MC for the night. Veteran lighting tech Thomas Bishop created dynamic lighting scenes that highlighted all the emotional highs of the country wedding’s reception.

To find out more information on Hurricane Productions’ wedding entertainment, photography and video services, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Lively Tom’s River Country Club Sweet 16

Tom’s River Country Club is a perfect venue to hold your Sweet 16. With high ceilings, a wide open dance floor, and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a great place to hold any size event. Entertainment and visuals from Hurricane Productions makes your Tom’s River Country Club Sweet 16 an unforgettable experience.

Alexis and her family wanted her Tom’s River Country Club Sweet 16 to be lively yet classy, and with the help of Hurricane Productions’ entertainment and intelligent lighting, that’s precisely what happened. Hurricane DJ Alvin ‘A-Smoove’ Gay commanded the dance floor with carefully curated tunes that kept the party going all night while MC Robbie Padovano motivated guests with energetic dancing and crowd interaction.

In addition to entertainment, this Tom’s River Country Club Sweet 16 was decked out with intelligent lighting, a custom- made ‘name-in-lights’ GOBO, and dynamic uplighting. Plus Hurricane’s media team was there to capture all the best moments. Kara Battistoni‘s masterful photography, and Brandon Perera and Alena Crescenzo taking high-quality video made for moments that Alexis can look back on for years to come.

Alexis described her Sweet 16 as “so much better than I could ever imagine.” We like to consider that a job well done.

To find out more information on Hurricane Productions’ wedding entertainment, photography and video services, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Same-sex Rutgers Gardens Wedding Features first-class Photography

When you’re planning a wedding, everything needs to be right. The venue, the food, the guests, the dress, the bridal party, the gifts, the theme… the list goes on. At a time when every same-sex wedding is considered a victory for equality, the pressure to do everything right is even higher. Are you stressed out yet? Well don’t be. Your wedding will be perfect because you love your partner unconditionally. Everything else falls into place naturally, it’ll be something you’ll want to relive for the rest of your life! The best way to relive your perfect wedding is with top-notch photography provided by Hurricane Productions.

Amanda and Melissa are the happy couple you see in the pictures below. Hurricane photographers Mike Slagter and Nick Nittoli attended the couple’s beautiful July 4th wedding at picturesque Rutgers Gardens and captured all the best moments.

Rutgers Gardens is a prime location for any wedding: same-sex or traditional. Only a short distance from the hustle and bustle of Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus, the Rutgers Gardens is a series of mesmerizing gardens that host wedding ceremonies and receptions between March and October.  Amanda and Melissa chose Rutgers Gardens for their July 4th wedding to celebrate their freedom!

 

To find out more information on Hurricane Productions’ wedding entertainment, photography and video services, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

 

 

Dolce Basking Ridge Hosts Perfect Summer Wedding

Nestled within the Basking Ridge countryside, Dolce Basking Ridge in Basking Ridge, NJ is the ideal location for picture-perfect weddings. From the walk down the aisle to the final farewell, Dolce’s staff ensures that every detail of your wedding reflects your individual style. Recite your wedding vows in the natural splendor of Dolce’s courtyard and treat your guests to exquisite cuisine within their elegant ballroom. Combine Dolce Basking Ridge’s hospitality with Hurricane Productions‘ entertainment and photography services, and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience at your wedding from start to finish. 

Lani and John planned with the best for their summer wedding.  They optimized the use spaces at Dolce Basking Ridge by utilizing the outdoor courtyard area for their ceremony and cocktail hour and heading indoors for the reception. Outlined in a gorgeously manicured garden, the courtyard area is the perfect space for a spring or summertime wedding.

When the sun went down it was time to bring the party inside. Dolce Basking Ridge’s stunning indoor space held dinner and dancing for John and Lani’s family and friends.  Hurricane Productions’ music and hosting by DJ Brian Buonassissi allowed friends and family to celebrate well into the night.  To capture all the highlights and best moments from their wedding, Lani and John chose photography from Hurricane Productions with professionals Nick Nittoli and Mike Slagter.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for weddings and Sweet 16s in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To have Hurricane Productions at your event, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

 

 

 

Rutgers Entertainment: DJs, MCs, photography, videography, innovation

A majority of the employees and clients of Hurricane Productions are Rutgers University alumni. They understand the needs of the staff and the desires of students when it comes to providing entertainment for special events. If you’ve been to a Rutgers University event in the last decade, odds are that you’ve seen what Hurricane Productions brings to the table: quality, commitment, and fun.

From fundraisers and concerts, to Greek life and Athletic events; Hurricane Productions has a hand on the pulse of the Rutgers student body. Hurricane doesn’t only provide talent and equipment for these events, they innovate. They will often create custom made graphics and unique features for almost every occasion, they treat each event with the utmost care and consideration.

The next time you’re at a Rutgers event, make special note of the entertainment, photography and videography, and ambiance. You might just recognize some familiar faces!

 

Here are just a handful of events Rutgers has produced with the help of Hurricane Productions:

 

Hot Dog Day

This annual Rutgers tradition marks the middle of the spring semester. Students are invited to the Rutgers Student Center to enjoy free hot dogs and other treats, entertainment by Hurricane Productions and others, and all sorts of goodies and giveaways courtesy of the Rutgers University Planning Association (RUPA). Hurricane Productions has provided DJ entertainment for the wildly successful event since 2012.

 

#RB1GParty (Rutgers inducted into Big Ten)

In 2014, Rutgers celebrated its induction into the Big Ten conference with a monumental party held in High Point Solutions Stadium. Tons of Rutgers dignitaries and figures from the Rutgers community were present, including Athletic Director Julie Hermann and Football Coach Kyle Flood. Hurricane Productions was there to capture all the day’s festivities.

Alumni Weekend

Rutgers Alumni weekend is one of the busiest times of the year. Not only for RAA (Rutgers Alumni Association) and its affiliates, but for Hurricane Productions as well. They provide full-service entertainment for numerous events over the weekend, including the annual Alumni BBQ, Alumni Dinner at the Audi Club, and the Rutgers Senior Days Luau.

 

Dance Marathon

A tradition for both Hurricane Productions and Rutgers students and alumni alike; Rutgers Dance Marathon is the most involved event of the year. New Jersey’s largest student-run philanthropic event, RUDM and Hurricane Productions have grown together. Each year brings more production, more students volunteering and raising money, and more awareness for all that Embrace Kids Foundation does. Since 1999, Rutgers Dance Marathon has raised over $4.2 million for Embrace Kids Foundation

Recruitment

One part of what makes Hurricane Productions’ relationship with Rutgers so special is that they recruit within. Talent is recruited, often from Dance Marathon, to be a part of the Hurricane team. This allows young DJ’s, emcees, photographers, and videographers the opportunity to work alongside professionals on common ground.

 

ImposteRave

An idea of one of Hurricane’s own DJ staff, ImposteRave was the first ever student life event to take place inside the Rutgers Football practice bubble. As part of the 2013 Senior Days series of events, students were talking about the successful event months after graduation.

Greek Life

Hurricane Productions and Rutgers Greek Life go hand-in-hand. Since Hurricane’s inception in 2005, they have been a part of the great events the Greek community creates.  From Sigma Chi’s wildly successful Derby Days to the annual Greek awards; if there’s a Greek life event at Rutgers, you can bet Hurricane is there behind the scenes.

 

And let’s not forget Hurricane’s bread and butter: Weddings

Hurricane’s involvement with Rutgers University and its affiliates continues beyond graduation. After witnessing firsthand the quality of work Hurricane brings to the table, numerous graduates had only one vendor in mind for their weddings: Hurricane Productions. Alyssa and Ryan are both alumni who were involved with RUDM. You can read all about Alyssa and Ryan’s unforgettable wedding here.

Picturesque Clarks Landing Wedding features Stunning Photography

Stunning sunsets, beautifully manicured gardens and a picturesque waterfront view come to life at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Delran, NJ.  A premier wedding venue minutes from Philadelphia, Clarks Landing sits on the Delaware River offering gorgeous sunsets through their floor-length windows. Clarks Landing is the perfect place to hold your wedding. They host only one wedding at a time, giving you the attention you and your spouse deserve on your special day. The perfect venue along with entertainment from Hurricane Productions makes for a winning combo on your wedding day.

Adriano and Christina chose Clarks Landing for their wedding for its charm and professional staff; the same reasons they chose Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment, design and photography. The couple booked Hurricane 2 months out from their Clarks Landing wedding. Other companies would scramble in their preparations, as their wedding is right in the middle of ‘wedding season’. But with the utmost care and consideration, Adriano and Christina booked Hurricane and some of their best talent for their Clarks Landing wedding.

The room was bathed in light thanks to specially designed twin totem lights accented by full-room uplighting that matched the energy of the night as it progressed. Leading the party was Hurricane’s dynamic duo and co-founders, DJ Strato Doumanis and MC Vincent Velasquez. And capturing all the evening’s festivities and awesome moments was photographer Kara Battistoni.

We’re particularly proud of how these photos came out. Take a minute to look at the skills Kara (and all of Hurricane’s other wildly talented staff) can bring to your next event!

 

 

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for weddings and Sweet 16s in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.