Author Archives: Marc Collins

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Travel Tips for Business (and the Holidays!)

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Well, friends, the holidays are nearly upon us again. That means food, friends, family, and (quite often) flying. It's no secret that I spend a lot of time in the air, and I'm pretty good at making the most of my flight experience. So whether you fly once a ye...
Here's looking at you, kid.

Casablanca? Casablanca.

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All you have to do is look around our office to know that we love movies. Mounted posters, full-size costume displays, prop replicas... And we all have pretty varied tastes. But for me personally, there are few better movies than Casablanca. It's number two in ...
MY BOSS'S EXPECTATIONS ARE ENTIRELY REASONABLE!

Video Production Process (Pre-Production, pt. 1)

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Well, I hope everyone is feeling tanned, rested, and ready after the Memorial Day weekend. And if you're wondering just why your holiday was so awesome, here's why. But now that we're all back, I thought I'd talk about the most strategically important/most often o...
Just a quick break, though

The Very, Very, Very Best Kind of Weekend

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  The Very, Very, Very Best Kind of Weekend There are at least two major categories of blog entries: 1) the ones that share valuable information about specific topics that people can use to further their professional understanding of a topic, and 2) ...
That's the one. And yeah, me again.

Star Wars at the Office

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I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a kid. A lot of guys my age will say the same; we saw the movies, we had the toys, and anything we could find around the house – a yard stick, a scrap of PVC pipe, the empty cardboard gift wrapping tube – became a light...
Who, me?

Everybody Knows Jim

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  Next Thursday, Jim Hobart will be recognized as this year's Orlando Advertising Federation's Silver Medalist. The past recipients are among the most influential voices in advertising throughout this market. Basically, it's a major award. But setting t...
Just business as usual, nothing to see here.

Death is in the Refrigerator

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  Pluto closed last Sunday. Out of context, I guess that sentence could mean just about anything. Let me try that again. Pluto, a new play by Los Angeles playwright Steve Yockey, just ended its run at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater on Sunday. Yockey is...
"I can't remember all of the details, but there was a lot of screaming."

What’s Your Story?

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  These days the word 'storytelling' is thrown around an awful lot, especially in the context of creative services for business. Maybe 15 years ago, some group of marketing executives figured out that it would be more palatable to audiences for them to "tell a...
Happy (early) St. Patrick's Day, friends! Relax, have fun, and be safe.

Drinking with Co-Workers: An Irish Tradition

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St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Given the rich tradition of the Irish experience, we know the kind of respectful, culturally-important celebrations embracing history that we can expect. But all of that aside, it really can be a fun holiday. We all work pretty h...
Hmmm. Classy.

Fish in a Tree

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Tomorrow and Friday, we'll be shooting more TV and web content for The Trial Professionals. Over the years they've been one of our favorite clients, not just because they invest in good production value so we can use the better gear and create a nicer look, and not ju...
We get a little punchy when it gets late.

The Great Allnighter

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Last night, Travis and I worked late. I mean...late. We left the office around 2 am as I recall. And Jim left just a couple of hours before we did. It's not that unusual to work into the wee hours, especially as small business folks. And in moderation I think i...
Dangit...where's the 'education' button?

Virtual Education?

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Last Friday, we had a shoot at the Florida Virtual School. It was for the same project we did last year, a video of their Teacher of the Year - a video they'll submit to the Florida Department of Education so their candidate can be considered for higher honors. The...

September 20th, 2012 – Travelogue: Summer 2012

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Hey, folks – Marc here. Lately it seems my home and office are either the airport, the back of a cab, or 30,000 ft up. Luckily between Apple hardware, DropBox software and GoGo inflight WiFi, work continues. Of course I always shut off Words with Friends bef...

September 6th, 2012 – Meet the Dreamfinder

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Come to our office for a special treat tomorrow! Ron Schneider, EPCOT’s original Dreamfinder will be in our offices autographing his new book, From Dreamer to Dreamfinder. If you don’t already have a copy, he will be selling them for a special price of $15. Join ...

July 12th, 2012 – New Office Photos

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Our new office is a big source of pride, so we asked Macbeth Photography to snap a few pictures so we could share with our friends. We sprinkled a few of the photos on different pages of our website, so click around to spot them! And if you want to check out all the...

May 9th, 2012 – It’s our 11th Birthday!

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On May 9th, 2001, Odyssey Creative was born - at least in the eyes of the State of Florida who approved our corporate status on that date. Gosh, it seems like just yesterday we were firing up our Media 100 software on a Macintosh G3, plugging in oversized CRT monitors...

April 25th, 2012 – Success for the Help Haiti REBUILD Globally fundraiser!

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As many of you know, Odyssey Creative and Macbeth Photography joined forces for the Corporate 5k to fund money and awareness for REBUILD Globally. We ended up having over 70 team members join us on race day, thank you to everyone who participated! Whether you walke...

February 27th, 2012 – Help Haiti REBUILD Globally

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This year, we're using our participation in the Corporate 5k to raise awareness and funds for REBUILD Globally, a non-profit NGO in Haiti that we have supported in the past. You can see all of the cool things we have in store for follks who sign up to join our team...

January 11th, 2012 – ArtsFest 2012

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As a part of our ongoing support of the arts in our community, we’re proud to once again sponsor ArtsFest! Check out this TV spot we produced to promote this extremely valuable event. We will have reserved sponsor tickets to some of the events—just like last year...

December 21st, 2011 – Wrapping up the Year

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2011 was a milestone year for Odyssey Creative.  For one thing, we celebrated our 10th anniversary as a business! We also fully renovated and expanded our office, including the addition of our very own production studio. It’s been incredible to watch our office gro...

November 2nd 2011 – Our 10th Birthday Celebration!

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Odyssey Creative officially turned 10 years old on May 9th of this year.  However, since at that time our new space was under construction, we saved the celebration of this fantastic event until last week. On Thursday October 13th we opened up our beautiful new space...

Sept. 8th, 2011 – Hey everybody, we’re getting the blog back together!

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Remember that blog we started last summer? Well, The Odyssey has been silent for almost a full year, but so much has happened since then. We celebrated our 10th birthday, we’re expanding our office space to include a production studio, Marc became President (true ...

We Support Nap Ford!

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The Nap Ford Community School, located in Downtown Orlando in the Parramore neighborhood, recently held a fund-raising event to which we were asked to contribute our capabilities.  The main event of the evening was to view the documentary film on charter schools, W...

It’s Our 10th Birthday!

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Odyssey Creative LLC was recognized as a corporation in the State of Florida on May 9th, 2001. And by our math (granted, we were not math majors) that makes us 10 years old today. We’ll be celebrating all year with classic project flashbacks, video scavenger hu...

We’re Expanding!

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In advance of our 10th Birthday (more on that later), Odyssey Creative is pleased to announce that we are expanding our home in the historic Kress building downtown. The new space is almost three times our current footprint and will include several new private offices...

So, THAT’S what we look like…

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Ever wondered what the people at Odyssey Creative really do at work and what they are like off the clock? Can you guess who was a teacher? Who ran a marathon? Who lives in Utah? Who likes movies (ok, so that's all of us). But to help you answer those questions, w...

Corporate 5k…not an April Fool’s joke!

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On April 14th, Odyssey Creative is taking part in the IOA Corporate 5k. We currently have a great team for the walk/race/crawl through the streets of downtown Orlando, and to finish the night we are hosting a private after-party for everyone who joins us. If you wo...

Welcome aboard, Olivia!

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Odyssey Creative is very pleased to welcome Olivia Crawford to the team! Starting today, Olivia joins us as Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she left the midwest to study Media Production and Theatre at Florida State Univ...

New position filled!

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Thank you to everyone who applied for the Sales & Marketing Coordinator position. We were inundated with submissions from qualified applicants, all of whom had great things to offer, and are very happy to have a new member of team starting later this month. Det...

Now Hiring!

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Odyssey Creative is now hiring a Sales & Marketing Coordinator. This is a coordinator position (senior to assistant, junior to manager), requiring 2 years of relevant professional experience. Complete job description details and instructions for emailing resume...

Still Traveling

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With how much Marc has been flying, I am starting to see him as a superhero. The latest sightings of Marc have been in Washington DC, a Waffle House in Georgia, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He must be as strong as an ox to be able to change time zones so often. Read ...

And He’s Off!

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Marc is 9 days into his 27 day journey. His first week flew by (literally). We thought it was time for him to let us know how things are going. Click on the link below to read about his first week’s adventure. http://odysseycreative.blogspot.com/2010/08/27-days-o...

We Made It!

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Odyssey Creative makes the list! Odyssey Creative has been recognized as one of Central Florida’s Largest Digital Media/Film Production Companies by the Orlando Business Journal in 2010. We’re ranked #6 to be exact! We are very excited and thankful to our clients,...

20,000 Miles in 27 Days

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Our intrepid Producing Director/Frequent Flyer Marc is heading off into the wild blue yonder again, this time he’s got eight business trips booked over just 27 days. Marc‘s stops include our Nation’s capital, the home of the Liberty Bell, as well as the City of ...

The APCO Conference was a Success!

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For the past five years we’ve had the privilege of working with APCO (The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials…think 9-1-1 dispatchers and police/fire/emt communication directors) on their Annual International Conference. This year the Conferenc...

More Videos for Your Viewing!

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Just when you thought there was enough – we added more! As our work load keeps increasing, so does our archive. We just added four more videos to the Vault including the new ISES 2010 Year-In-Review and the First Investors Employee Testimonials. Check them out here...

From Intern to Full-Time – You Go Girl!

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Odyssey Creative is happy to announce the advancement of Tori Kirchner in the Odyssey team. Tori has been part of the Odyssey Creative team since her 2008 internship (while she was getting her Master’s of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University)....

We Have Lift Off!

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Houston, we are go for launch into the 10th year of business for Odyssey Creative. Glancing out into the sky at the rooftop birthday party was just as epic as a space shuttle launch, and we are very glad that everybody got to share that special milestone with us. A gr...

Odyssey Creative’s Birthday!

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A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. We here at Odyssey Creative would love nothing more than to jump start our 10th year of business by throwing a party so that all of our friends and colleagues can help us enjoy the trip! May 7...

Farewell to a friend

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With great sadness we announce the departure of Holly Steinebronn from the ranks of Odyssey Creative. Holly has been a tremendous asset to this company and we will miss her terribly, but in the end you just can’t keep someone from pursuing their dreams, and Holly wa...