- About Przyborski Productions
- Demo Reels
- Misc Videos
- Introduction of 24P (from 2002)
- Images from a Summer Carnival
- River Rafting
- Scenes from a County Fair
- America Lost
- Moments@24fps (1997)
- Behind-the-Scenes Prop38 (2000)
- 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins
- Barth Bartholomae (1997)
- Behind-the-Scenes Pagetime (1998)
- Frontier Telephone (2000)
- Time Capsule: GNC 1992-1995
- Jimmy D
- Contact Info
Jim DeVincentis has been my business partner and Executive Producer at Przyborski Productions for the past 28 years. We started the company together in 1988. Every agency person and client we’ve worked with calls him “Jimmy D” or just “D”. This past weekend, Kent State University asked D to give the commencement address for graduates of the College of Mass Communications and Information, College of Business Administration and College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. D also serves on the National Athletic Development Council for Kent State and is featured in their Athletic Hall of Fame. Jimmy’s daughters, Dina DeVincentis and Maria DeVincentis were part of the 7,000+ Convocation Center crowd. Dina graduated in 2011 and Maria graduated that same day. We’re now calling “D” the honorary “Doctor D”.
Very few cities have their own submarine. Pittsburgh is the final resting place of the USS Requin, a diesel-electric sub that was built in 1945. WWII ended 3 days before the Requin’s first wartime patrol. She never fired a torpedo in battle.
2015 is the 25th anniversary of the USS Requin’s arrival at the Carnegie Science Center. It also marks 70 years since the sub was christened at Maine’s Portsmouth Navy Yards. The interior of the Requin looks and feels like she just returned from one of her many sea patrols.
I was testing a prototype camera filter for an optical manufacturer and thought the detailed interior of a submarine would be visually interesting. After shooting for an hour inside the sub’s cramped quarters, I developed tremendous respect for anyone who could spend months at a time inside these machines. Not to mention the constant smell of diesel fuel combined with the danger of being a few hundred feet below the surface. The only submariner I’ve known is Chuck Aikman, a talented editor at PMI, who served on a nuclear attack sub.
The USS Requin is well worth a visit at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center.
Here’s a look at 4 distinctively different ad campaigns, all directed, photographed and edited by Glenn Przyborski.
First, Sharon Regional Health System… This ad features Debbie Lewis, who’s alive today thanks to Sharon’s Cardiac team. We meet Debbie in her home which she shares with 54 unusual pets. The agency is Scoppechio from Louisville, KY.
Curing cancer of the lungs or esophagus requires specialists. Dr. Rodney Landreneau and Dr. Blair Jobe co-chair Allegheny Health Network’s Esophageal & Lung Institute. Produced for Mullen Advertising, this new spot introduces their team of patient-focused doctors.
If you live in the Akron-Canton area, there’s a good chance your medical provider is Aultman Healthcare. This ad is part of a multi-spot campaign from the Innis-Maggiore agency to showcase the healthcare system’s total capabilities…everything from preemies to hospice care.
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute is the latest addition to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This commercial introduces their new 52 million dollar facility and its talented team of doctors. The spot also credits the philanthropic donors who made the Institute possible. Tom Chakurda created the campaign’s concept and wrote the copy.
Edgar Snyder is the most recognized attorney in Western Pennsylvania. Edgar Snyder & Associates is also the region’s largest buyer of broadcast and cable advertising.
Marketing director, Lisa Rosen Glaser planned a series of ads that would showcase the public service work of Edgar Snyder and the partners of Edgar Snyder & Associates. Lisa wrote key copy points for each ad, but no script. For the first time, Edgar and the partner/attorneys had to improvise and ad-lib their on-camera segments. (ie: no teleprompter)
I decided to shoot the spots, “documentary style” to contrast the law firm’s numerous graphic-driven TV ads. I wanted to show a different side of Edgar than his usual high-energy TV persona.
Although most of our shoots employ 12 to 20 crew people, grip trucks, make-up, craft service, etc, etc… I photographed this entire campaign hand-held, with just a 3 person crew. Sony’s new A7S camera equipped with Canon lenses allowed our production team to maintain a low profile while shooting in active public places. The 3 day shoot was fun, fast and totally spontaneous…
The commercials were edited in our Strip District facility. They currently air on virtually every TV station and most cable channels throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Bill Garrison and Dave Hughes created a unique vehicle to introduce Eat’n Park’s new gourmet hamburgers. The concept required Przyborski Productions to produce a runway fashion show, only the featured items would be burgers, instead of designer clothing. The commercial was to be a fun parody of the popular TV show, “Project Runway”.
Stylist, Rachel Vallozzi created the individual looks for the Eat’n Park servers who were actually experienced runway models.
Glenn Przyborski photographed the food scenes during the studio set & light day. Food stylist, AnneMarie Leydon worked to insure the new burgers looked great on-camera. Custom made, high-intensity LED panels were used as “strobes” to simulate paparazzi camera flashes.
Sarah Marince had fun playing host of the “fashion show”. Director/cinematographer Przyborski shot the commercial with a RED Epic and a Canon C100, both equipped with Canon lenses. Some of the non-sync cutaways were shot at 96 frames-per-second.
Working with Garrison-Hughes’ producer Nan Quatchak, Ray Tragesser of UpperCut edited the spot. Rob Deaner at Market Street Sound created the original music and mixed the finished commercial.
Neil Walker plays second base for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s a very popular hometown kid and the Sports Medicine Spokesman for Allegheny Health Network.
Glenn Przyborski directed and photographed a 6 spot TV campaign featuring Neil Walker. On-camera scenes were shot at Pirates’ Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida. The medical sequences were photographed at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General.
It’s always a challenge to work with a sports personality… You’re given specific time restrictions, so you better know exactly what you’re doing and have your act together. With this project, we had to shoot all 6 commercials in only 4 hours. This included weight room cutaways and recording Neil’s VO segments for all 6 spots.
The day before the shoot, Glenn Przyborski, Mullen Creative Director, Michael Hoff, and AHN’s Tim Donovan planned, discussed, and walked through every Neil Walker scene. This included meeting with stadium groundskeepers and our Florida based production crew. Producer & production coordinator, Judy Gurchak broke down the entire shoot day into 15 minute segments.
On set, Neil Walker was a real pro. He was enthusiastic, never complained and quickly memorized his lines. Extensive shot planning & pre-production allowed us to finish the Florida portion of the shoot in 4 hours, 20 minutes.
The ROOT Sports division of DirectTV supplied the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates’ game footage. The multi-spot campaign airs in regional broadcast and cable sports programming.
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is one of the nation’s finest dramatic schools. You can’t watch an evening of network TV without seeing CMU alumni. The CMU School of Drama is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
My friend and CMU Drama professor, Don Wadsworth asked if I would volunteer to film their Showcase 2014 video. Each year, the school creates a music driven video to introduce the graduating seniors to America’s top producers, directors and casting agents. CMU then flies these seniors to L.A. and NYC to personally meet and perform for entertainment industry leaders.
Working with CMU professor & director, Randy Kovitz, John Przyborski and I filmed the video on the day students returned from Christmas break. As a two camera shoot, it was my first opportunity to film a project with my son. I’m proud to say that half the scenes in the video were shot by him.
Bob Chamberlain, Chad Calcagno, Tom Gregg, and Ben Perkins all volunteered their Sunday to crew the shoot. Pittsburgh’s LightSpeed generously supplied the crab dolly, lighting and grip equipment .
Check out CMU’s “Showcase 2014” and remember the names and faces. The next time you see them, they might be in a movie, TV series, or Broadway play!
West Virginia University Healthcare is the largest hospital complex in the State of West Virginia. The facility treats many of the region’s most complicated medical cases.
Heidi Specht, WVUH’s Director of Marketing, wanted a series of TV commercials whereby former patients would share their experiences directly with the home viewer. The commercials were to be completely unscripted, allowing patients to tell their stories in their own words.
This concept sounds deceptively easy, but it’s far from it. “Real people” who have never been on TV, can’t comfortably look into a cold, black camera lens and “pretend” they’re talking to a friend.
We decided to use a technique that I pioneered back in ’87. It uses a thru-the-lens teleprompter on the camera. However, instead of seeing the words of a script, the talent sees live video of an interviewer’s face. The on-camera talent talks directly with the interviewer, creating almost perfect eye contact with the home viewer. (In ’87, I first used this production technique to help small children talk on camera. We then used it on a major promotion for Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV. Today network news interviews are often conducted this way.)
The 5 spot commercial campaign airs in HD throughout West Virginia.
Paul and I met while working at Television Production Center (TPC) in Pittsburgh. He had previously worked as an ad agency producer at Ketchum and W.B. Doner which gave him the ability to relate to art directors and writers. In 1975, Hartwick convinced me that we could make a living by starting a commercial production company.
We founded Hartwick/Przyborski Productions in 1975 and operated the company through 1987. During that period “H/P” produced literally hundreds of broadcast advertising commercials for clients and ad agencies across the U.S. We worked separately on most projects and as a team on major productions, especially those from our New York office. Many Pittsburgh crew people got their first film production experience with Hartwick/Przyborski and/or TPC.
Back in the mid-70’s most film projects were actually edited on film. Then a print from the lab was transferred to videotape for TV station distribution. Kodak credited Paul and me as pioneers for shooting 35mm film specifically for editorial on videotape.
Paul Hartwick was an instrument rated, multi-engine pilot and an avid outdoorsman. He loved the woods, hunting, guns, and civil war re-enactments. Years ago, he dropped out of the commercial production business and moved to the Allegheny Forrest near Bradford, PA. Unfortunately, My last contact with Paul was over 10 years ago.
Paul Hartwick is survived by His wife, Mary and daughters, Jennifer & Justi.
Here’s a look at a nesting pair of American Bald Eagles that have built a 6′ wide nest, a little over 1000ft from the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, a few miles south of Pittsburgh, PA USA. The male and female have one rather large “eaglet” in their nest. He looks almost ready to fly.
As a commercial director/cinematographer, this was my first experience with nature photography. I’m used to planned projects and production schedules. I now have complete respect for the men and women who shoot nature photos and videos.
Every scene in this video was shot from about a quarter mile from the birds and their nest. At this distance, the birds aren’t really noticeable to the naked eye.
It’s great that the American Bald Eagle has made a complete comeback from near extinction. They are now in every US state except Hawaii. We have 3 nesting pairs in the Pittsburgh area. They hunt in a radius of several miles from their nest and can easily lift small animals weighing up to 4 pounds.