Katie Ireland

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In her role as Creative Assistant, Katie Ireland  works closely with our five full-time staff members, as well as the extended Hurricane Productions and Media Cutlet teams. Her day-to-day work includes different administrative responsibilities, such as connecting with potential clients via social media, conducting online recorded events, and adding new ideas and perspectives to our various client projects.

Katie was introduced to the event industry as a teenager, when she worked for her aunt's catering business. In high school, she found a love for video production, which has followed her in different ways throughout her life’s career thus far.

"After traveling the country, living briefly in five different states the past five years, working a myriad of jobs, and meeting some amazing people, I feel like I have embodied so many valuable skill sets that have helped me and continue to help me tremendously with this job and with my life every day," Katie shared.

Katie initially applied for our Wedding Consultant position, but with her background and passion for video production, we saw an opportunity to create a new position that we never had before — and it turned out to be an even more perfect fit!

"After learning about Hurricane Productions when I saw their job posting, I knew immediately that they were a top-level company that believed in quality work," said Katie. "I trusted that they would be a great company to be a part of, that they would mentor me properly, and that I would be genuinely happy and honored to work for them. I am so thankful for this special unique opportunity and what is to come with it."

Although she's only been with us since January, Katie has already become an important part of the Hurricane Productions and MediaCutlet family. As her career progresses with this team, she sees new and exciting opportunities ahead that will allow her to take on different roles that she's always wanted to do professionally, such as MCing, editing, and more.

"Everyone at Hurricane Productions is extremely kind and fun to work with," Katie said. "It is absolutely the best thing about my job — and the fact I get to do what I love while learning more and more every day is just absolutely wonderful. I have learned so much, and am in love with this job."

Outside of work, Katie is an avid speed roller skater and has a deep love and passion for nature and conservation, specifically the beach, the ocean, and palm trees. She also loves Halloween and horror movies, game shows, and snorkeling, and is a proud cat mom to Benny the Blind Bandit.

Amanda Jones

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Amanda Jones works full-time in collegiate athletics media and began working on occasional Hurricane Productions projects in June of 2018. As a videographer and editor, she shoots and edits footage from our Sweet 16s and Weddings.

Amanda discovered her interest in videography and editing during her time as a Rutgers undergrad when she started filming games for Rutgers Athletics. Soon after, she met a Hurricane videographer at a Rutgers event and learned more about the company.

"Though I was involved in many aspects of live broadcasts and highlight clips for Rutgers sports teams, I wanted to expand my abilities as a videographer and an editor, which is why I applied for a job with Hurricane," Amanda says.

As a professional, Amanda's main concern is putting out the best possible product she can create. That's part of the reason she enjoys working with the Hurricane team – she is able to bounce ideas off of other experienced editors and exercise creative liberty with her edits.

In her spare time, Amanda loves to travel and discover new people and places. Her goal is to road-trip across the U.S. and make her way across Europe.

"My favorite thing to do is to bring a camera with me and walk around new cities getting photos and videos and creating travel videos of all the places I've been," she adds.

Phil Shvartsman

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Phillip Shvartsman has been working as a camera operator for Hurricane Productions for the several months, but he's known some of our staff for much longer than that.

He first fell in love with videography at age 17, when he began filming summer adventures and BMX bike rides with his friends. Today, he creates films for a variety of clients through his company Philm Media. Phillip loves nature and traveling, and it's often reflected in his work.

"I have a passion for images that make me feel something," he says.

Corynn Egreczky

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Corynn Egreczky is in her fourth year with Hurricane Productions, where she works on videography and photography projects for a variety of events. She's been interested in video since she was young and studied video and photography at Rutgers University.

"I have always loved movies, so I wanted to create my own," says Corynn.

Since graduating, Corynn has been very active in the industry. She's worked on feature films, short films, commercials, and corporate films, in many different roles, including director, assistant camera, production assistant, and VFX artist.

Corynn was running her own video business when she met Hurricane founders Vincent and Strato. They were all working the same wedding (Corynn as videographer; Vincent and Strato as the MC and DJ) and they all simply clicked.

"We exchanged info that night, and four years later I’m still shooting weddings with them," Corynn says.

Although Corynn shoots a lot of private events like weddings and sweet 16s for Hurricane, one of her favorite projects was covering the Rutgers Dance Marathon (#FTK – For The Kids), which benefitted the Embrace Kids charity.

"It was very moving, and we got some killer footage," she says.

What Corynn loves most about working with Hurricane is how well everyone collaborates. She appreciates the great communication throughout the day, and the fact that they're always willing to work with her to get the best possible footage and images. And of course, she adds, Hurricane knows how to get a party started!

In terms of her professional style and approach, Corynn says her clients have described her as a "chill shooter."

"Throwing a wedding or running an event is stressful enough, and I make it my personal goal to keep everyone cool and having fun," she explains.

In her spare time, Corynn is currently renovating a beach house in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

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Masquerade Sweet 16 at The Imperia Somerset NJ

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Nicole celebrated her Sweet 16 at The Imperia in Somerset NJ. The Imperia's, beautiful grounds, delicious food, and excellent waitstaff are just a few of the reasons to book your next event there. When you are booking an event at The Imperia there are three rooms to choose from. Nicole and and her family chose the main Ballroom. The main Ballroom features built-in uplighting. You can choose from multiple colors to complement the decor of your event.

Hurricane Productions media team provided full day coverage for Nicole's big day.

Nicole and her family wanted to document the whole day. From hair and makeup to the last song of the night, Hurricane's photo and video team was there to capture it all. Hurricane's media team started there day at Nicole's home. The family and court all met before the event at the guest of honor's household. Hurricane used this time to capture candid moments with Nicole and her friends.

Once Nicole, her family, and court where ready Hurricane took advantage of the extra time to have a portrait session at their home. Hurricane's media team made it a point to arrive before Nicole at the venue to capture her arrival in the limo. Once at the venue, Hurricane's media team took Nicole and her court around The Imperia's ground for more photos.

For Nicole's entertainment team, MC Dan Toth and DJ Nate brought their Sweet 16 entertainment expertise to the event.

Nicole's family is from Greece and wanted to play some special songs for their family and guests. DJ Nate seamlessly worked these special requests into the evening program keeping all the guest on the floor dancing while MC Dan kept the whole event on track. From communicating with the waitstaff at The Imperia, to the guest of honor's grand introduction, Dan made sure the night went off without a hitch.

Hurricane Productions also provided spotlighting, dance floor lighting, LED TV's with custom animation, and name-in-lights.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of entertainment and media services for special events. To learn more about pricing for our Sweet 16 packages, visit the Hurricane Productions website.

 

Traditional Indian Sweet 16 at Doral Arrowwood

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On a beautiful spring evening, Priyanka and her family celebrated her Sweet 16 at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, NY.

Priyanka's Sweet 16 at Doral Arrowwood was filled with culture, dancing, and special performances. To kick off the night, Priyanka, her father, and brother entertained guests with a choreographed routine. The guest of honor and her cousins also put on a special performance later in the evening.

Hurricane Productions helped bring Priyanka's celebration to life with entertainment, lighting, photography, and videography.

DJ Nate Hawley kept everyone on the floor throughout the night. Nate also incorporated traditional Indian music that the family requested. MC Robbie Padovano kept the cowed energized and the event on track, while Hurricane Productions photography and videography team captured portraits and candid shots throughout the night.

Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli illuminated the ballroom at Doral Arrowwood with pink uplighting and club lighting while custom screen graphics were displayed on large TV screens. Hurricane staff member, Chelsea set up and operated the Photo Booth during the event.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for the special events.

To view pricing information and details for our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages, click here.

 

Elise's Sweet 16 Featuring a Nintendo Wii Station

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One word to describe Elise's Sweet 16 at The Imperia: BALANCE

Elise and her family wanted to kick the evening off with an elegant introduction featuring a classic father-daughter dance. And when it came time to party, they wanted an over the top high-energy atmosphere.

By choosing a package that included Spotlighting and Dance floor lighting, Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli was able to bring the ballroom to life.

Some elements that helped realize the night included a custom "Name in Lights" display and theme-inspired animations projected onto on a large screen.

The projection screen doubled as a live stream view of the party and also as a multiplayer Nintendo Wii station.

Elise and her family decided to have Hurricane's media team capture the event, providing photography and videography services. Hurricane Productions media professionals captured portraits, candid shots, and video footage of Elise's party.

The Imperia is a wonderful venue in terms of providing visuals and backdrops for photo and video. Taking advantage of The Imperia's gorgeous grounds, Hurricane's photographers and videographers incorporated the facility's gazebo, landscaping, and rock wall as backgrounds in Elise's photos.

MC Robert Padovano and DJ Alvin served as Elise's entertainment team, keeping her friends and family on the dance floor throughout the night.

To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages and pricing, click here.

Julianna's Sweet 16 at Knob Hill Country Club

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Julianna danced the night away at her sweet 16 at Knob Hill Country Club.

Hurricane's ultimate goal is keeping the dance floor filled the entire night. Julianna's Sweet Sixteen was no exception. From her grand introduction to the last song, Julianna and her guests danced all night long at her sweet 16 at Knob Hill Country Club.

Before the event started, Hurricane Productions' videography and photography team took advantage of the beautiful grounds at Knob Hill. Julianna, her family, and the court posed outside for amazing portraits, and candid shots. The coverage continued throughout the evening capturing special moments and all the action on the dance floor.

MC Robbie and DJ Nate set the tone of the night with a club style introduction and carried this momentum throughout the night.

Hurricane Productions also helped bring the celebration to life with lighting, and TV screens. Director of Operations, Nick Nittoli lit the ballroom up with pink uplighting, twin totem lighting, a custom name-in-lights and animated screen graphics to match the theme in the room.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for special events.

To learn more about our all-inclusive Sweet 16 packages and pricing, click here.

Grand Openings, Reveals, and Customer Appreciation

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From grand openings to ground-breaking reveals, Hurricane Productions specializes in providing soup-to-nuts production, lighting, visuals and activation for luxury brands.

 

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Michael Monday

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Michael Monday is the Director of Visuals and the latest addition to the Hurricane team. Michael 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.

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.

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.

Nick Nittoli

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Nick Nittoli first met Hurricane Productions co-founder Vincent Velasquez at St. John Vianney High School, where they both played on the baseball team. The two kept in touch after graduation and in June of 2011, Nick reached out to Vincent about freelance photography work. His first Hurricane gig was a Bat Mitzvah held at the event space of PNC Bank Arts Center, and from there he earned a spot in our rotation of photographers.

Nick has always liked taking pictures and capturing moments for others to look back on.

"There are so many things that go into a memory," he says. "I just wanted to make sure I captured the part that could bring someone back to whatever moment was happening. I thought that was always and still is the key to a great photo."

As Nick continued to shoot events for Hurricane, he eventually sought to increase his responsibilities and value with the company. He participated in a training session with one of our lighting techs, Thomas Bishop, which inspired him to do everything he could to further his education in the field.

This ambition and desire to learn new skills allowed Nick to take on other work like video and graphic design, and eventually he was promoted to the role of Director of Operations. In this role, Nick gets to implement things that hopefully make the company operate better for everyone.

"It starts with our clients and affects all our staff," he says. "The goal is to make the overall process from start to finish something everyone enjoys and keeps people excited about our company and the experience we provide."

Like many of his Hurricane colleagues, Nick loves working the Rutgers Dance Marathon every year. Although it's long and stressful, it's also incredibly fun and rewarding for the team.

"It's amazing to see everyone work together to create an awesome event for the patients of Embrace Kids Foundation and their families," Nick adds.

It is this spirit of collaboration that Nick enjoys most about working with the Hurricane team. They are in fact a team, he says – one that pulls together to get things done, even when they're tired or struggling.

"We are always looking out for one another and more importantly, we look at each other as family," says Nick. "I'm not sure you get that same type of environment in another company."

According to Nick, the most important thing a prospective client should know about Hurricane Productions is that the team goes above and beyond for every event, putting in an extraordinary amount of effort and time on each project.

"We make sure we're doing everything we possibly can to deliver an incredible product married with an awesome overall experience," he says.

recruitment

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Hurricane Productions always on the lookout for new talent and highly motivated individuals.

Please email info@hurricaneproductions.com for more information.

We currently have openings in the following positions:

  • Photographers/Videographers
  • DJs
  • Emcees
  • Motivational Dancers
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Bands and Other Live Music
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