Erika Etienne had a vision to translate the pages of her book to the big screen. Having pulled together the stories of 12 incredible women who faced and conquered overwhelming circumstances, Erika wanted to create a documentary film that would tie the stories together.
We worked with Erika to understand her vision and then designed a production plan. From set design to lighting plans, schedules and shot lists, we created a production plan that reflected the power of this story. We shot the documentary over two days during the pandemic. Women from all walks of life and across the US were able to tell their stories through in-person and remote production at Switch Digital Studios, a subsidiary of VMI Agency.
The final result is a feature length documentary that inspires hope, speaks of resilience and celebrates the power that resides in women of faith.
We have been transforming live events into hybrid (live and virtual audiences) experiences for years. In 2017, the Defense Acquisition University wanted to integrate video and create an interactive experience for their Hall of Fame Awards, they looked to VMI Agency CEO, Vanessa Manago for creative solutions.
Vanessa proposed an aggressive approach and delivered. She broke the 24-year tradition of an assembly-style event by integrating an event soundtrack, pre-produced programming and animated screens to drive the event. For two consecutive years, she stood at the helm - running the show which hosted approximately 350 guests in-house and a host of other guests at 11 virtual sites.
"The film is EXCELLENT!"
"Vanessa's knowledge and expertise in producing video products and efficient video workflows is second to none!"
"Vanessa is GREAT to work with. I've worked with her for a number of years on quite a few projects. She's a friendly, professional, creative and efficient producer/editor. I highly recommend her!"
Most recently, DAU celebrated its 25th anniversary, and as part of this milestone our President wanted to invigorate our annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Over a four month period, Vanessa planned, developed and executed an inclusive project management plan for this event. She championed the brilliant idea to create an "awards show" feel to an otherwise stale ceremony.