From Ray Catena Audi of Freehold, NJ to Audi of Greenwich, CT

Hurricane Productions was tasked with creating a "wow" factor that would draw customers in for the Audi Q5 Launch event, held at Audi of Freehold.

On top of a dazzling display of custom animations and video projections, our team illuminated the columns in the dealership with a colorful lighting system, highlighted in our blog post about the event. Audi of Greenwich Connecticut liked what they saw, and asked Hurricane to install permanent uplighting in their recently-opened facility.

Co-founder Vincent Velasquez and Nick Nittoli, director of operations, thoroughly discussed lighting needs with the Connecticut-based dealership, and recommended various lighting fixtures to achieve the desired look. From there, Nick drove out to Connecticut early one morning to install the entire system for them before the sales floor opened for the day.

"Audi of Greenwich had a slightly smaller showroom [than Freehold], so they were able to take advantage of a wireless system to control the lights," Nick explained. "The lights were programmed to various color scenes so the dealership could change the colors at the click of a button."

After completing the installation, which took approximately four hours, the Hurricane team educated Audi staff members on how to operate the system properly. However, Nick is able to access the dealership's lighting all the way from Hurricane's New Jersey headquarters in case there's ever an issue.

"The benefit of going with a computer-based system is that it allows us to connect remotely to troubleshoot any potential problems, perform maintenance or to provide any additional programming," Nick added.

Hurricane was honored to work with such a prestigious brand in multiple locations, and the team hopes to help other businesses attract customers with beautiful custom lighting displays.

"It's always rewarding to improve the overall appearance of a something," said Nick. "To beable to do it with the premium brand – that's just icing on the cake."

Grooms Look Good, Too-Why You Should Consider a Second Photographer/Videographer

Traditionally, wedding photos and videos are all about the bride. "Prep" photos almost always focus on the bride and her bridesmaids – her dress, her shoes, her hair, her makeup, her jewelry, etc. And of course, during the ceremony, everyone stands up, turns around, and pulls out their phones and cameras when they hear the bridal march start to play – all eyes are on her.

But what about the groom? It takes two people to get married, and you and your spouse-to-be deserve an equal number of photos and videos of both of you. If your budget allows for a second photographer and videographer, you'll have lasting mementos from each of your perspectives on your wedding day, from both parties' preparations to your first look. The groom and his guys won't simply be an afterthought; they'll be just as important as the bride and her girls. This is a key consideration for same-sex couples as well: With two photographers and videographers, neither newlywed will get more attention than the other, and both of your pre-wedding memories will be equally captured.

Hurricane Productions offers full-day coverage of your wedding by two photographers and two videographers in our most robust all-inclusive package. On top of a full suite entertainment services, you'll receive up to 12 hours of photography and videography, access to our extensive online planning tools, a video/phone consultation with your photographers and videographers, and full rights to your photos and videos – all of which are securely stored on our cloud server for easy access.

On the fence about videography? The above package includes a highlight trailer, plus a 60 to 90-minute, high-definition, formal "cinematic" edit of your wedding, complete with sequences set to music and professionally-recorded audio from your ceremony and reception. With two videographers capturing both you and your fiancé, your wedding film will truly reflect the two of you as individuals and as a couple beginning the journey of marriage together.

Learn more this package, or view pricing information for our other all-inclusive wedding packages here.

Personalized Snapchat Geofilter for your Sweet 16 or Quinceñera

When you celebrate your Sweet 16 or Quinceañera, your event should be as unique and special as you are. You already know your friends will be sending Snaps from the dance floor all night, and with a personalized Snapchat geofilter by Hurricane Productions, everyone will know that your party is the place to be.

When you book an entertainment package with us for your Sweet 16 or Quinceañera, Hurricane will design and deploy a custom-made filter during your celebration. Whether you want to incorporate your name, your colors, an elegant border or a themed icon, we'll work with you to create the perfect frame for Snapchat photos and videos taken at your party. The result? A filter that instantly enhances and brands your guests' Snaps, and highlights your event on social media in a fun and unique way.

Here are just a few ideas of what we can do for your Snap filter:

A custom Snapchat geofilter is included in your price when you book our Social Package or higher. Visit the Hurricane Productions website to view our full list of Sweet 16 and Quince packages.

Creative Services and Special Effects for Tradeshows, Award Shows and more

From brand activations, tradeshows, and corporate functions of all sizes - Hurricane Productions is comprised of solution-oriented team leaders.

One of our most recent clients asked us to develop a 'show-opener' for an award show. A basketball arena hosted the show - so the effect not only had to 'wow' an audience of over 1,000 people, but it needed to be safe.

After meeting with the client and communicating with fire safety professionals, Nick Nittoli (Director of Operations) presented a special effect that checked all the boxes.

Sparkular - a safe, environmentally-friendly indoor fireworks system - was used under the control of Hurricane to light up the stage as the show's emcee welcomed the guests to the event. Hurricane programmed, synchronized, and safely controlled through Sparkular's fireworks simulator machines.

Unlike typical indoor fireworks, this non-pyrotechnic system is neither hazardous nor explosive. When the Sparkular machine is activated - a specialized powder safely combusts - providing a dazzling firework display.

As an added precaution, Sparkular machines come with an emergency stop tilt function. It automatically stops the fireworks program if the machine is tipped over or tilted more than 45 degrees.

Learn more about how we can develop creative solutions for your event by contacting us here.

Audi Q5 Launch Event Ray Catena's Casino Night – Freehold, NJ

If you really want to make an impression when you're unveiling a new product to the world, you introduce it with an unforgettable launch event.

That's exactly what Ray Catena – Audi in Freehold, NJ did on April 20 to celebrate the launch of the new Audi Q5. With the help of Hurricane Productions and MediaCutlet, the dealership transformed from a car showroom to a spectacular casino, complete with games tables, live entertainment, and even aerial acrobatics. Game tables provided by A1 Casino Party.

Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis, co-founders of Hurricane and MediaCutlet, produced Audi Casino Night, and brought together the unique talents and assets of each company to make the event one to remember for staff and patrons of the dealership. The team built what they called the "Hurricane Canopy," a large structure that allowed Hurricane's lighting director Nick Nittoli to hook up purple full ballroom uplighting, strobe lights and CO2 jets for a club-style haze effect. On one wall of the dealership, Strato coordinated projection mapping to create a lit-up, electric environment like one might find in Las Vegas or Atlantic City.

"We projected the Audi logo, the Q5 launch commercial, and just some other animations and effects to make this place really come alive and look like a casino," said Strato in a behind-the-scenes MediaCutlet video.

There was no shortage of entertainment during the event. In keeping with the casino theme, attendees could choose from casino-style games like blackjack, roulette and craps. Hurricane DJ Alvin kept the music going in between sets of the live band that played throughout the evening, while an aerial silk performance artist wowed the crowd.

The media team at MediaCutlet, made sure the event was well-documented. In addition to capturing on-the-ground video, MediaCutlet flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone for great footage inside and outside the dealership.

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