SPECIAL REMASTERED RELEASED VERSION ORIGINALLY AIRING ON ABC WCVB-TV "NIGHTSHIFT" in 1982. THE SHELL c. 1982 Galileo Productions, llc "The Shell", a drama focusing on student suicide at a small New England city college, forces the survivors to deal with the tradgedy and move forward.
Watch the best of NJ's top Double Dutch Jump Rope players move to the beat of a different drummer and strut their stuff right on the streets of Irvington and New Brunswick, NJ. It's a moment in time you won't want to miss.
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Don't let the stories fade away...Oral histories produced by experienced media professionals. Great gifts for generations to come. Let these time capsules carry on a family legacy.
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2007 GOLD AURORA AWARD WINNER
Galileo Productions was awarded the 2007 Rotary International Public Relations Grant. The grant allowed Galileo Productions to produce a mini documentary on the local chapter's participation within the community. "Humanity in Motion" was the theme. The grant was awarded to a small number of groups consisting of 4,000 entries from over 100 countries. "We are honored and pleased with these beginnings through Rotary. This will finally give us the chance to show viewers what Rotary is all about and what Galileo Productions can do for the group", Nussbaum said.
Galileo Productions is the recipient of the 2006 Telly award for videography on "A Very Fritzky Christmas". This 2 disc DVD set was produced by MIB Productions. We extend our sincere thanks out to Mark Brodie of MIB.
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Galileo Productions partnered with the NJ American Society of Interior Designers...NJASID. The work included documentation of the designer seminars in Lambertville, NJ. The weekend also involved trips to wineries and historic New Hope. Galileo Productions supplied web video for their site during previous tours. http://www.njasid.org/tradevideo.html
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We are proud to announce our partnership with TURNHERE FILMS from Emoryville, CA. We've produced many series of travel and real estate films for this internet savvy production company. Check them out at: www.turnhere.com
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FLOWERS BY TRISH was one of our first client campaigns for this Morris County, NJ florist. Their specialty niches are weddings and private parties. Their Flanders, NJ store hosted all types of exotic flowers and arrangements at reasonable prices. We were honored to serve them for their advertising campaign needs.
Servicing medical professionals is no easy challenge. Dr. Michael Grant has been practicing chiropractic health for over 12 years. Galileo Productions, LLC produced his corporate image campaign in New Jersey. We thank him for allowing us the opportunity to service his business.
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We're happy to be in tune with these talented rock-manic musicians...One of New Jersey's finest bands... We look forward to serving their video needs.
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Closets By 2 Of A Kind
"Closet Designs" is another customer within the Galileo Productions family. "Closet Designs By 2 of a Kind" can customize your closets while offering you an additional 50% more storage in the same space. Galileo produced promotional video for this company and welcomed them into a media alliance.
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Galileo Productions created one of the original Legends Harley Davidsonadvertising campaigns for this Ledgewood franchise. We're living the legend with these good folks. Go visit them at 1895 Route 46 West and see for yourself what makes these motorcycle mavens the best in the business. Say hi to Hubbs while you're there....Legends Harley Davidson....They're living the legend!!
Going down the Delaware River with our buddies THE WESTFIELD RIVER DOGS has never been more exciting!!! Galileo Productions, LLC documented their river run for the second year. If you want to document your next corporate event, turn to Galileo Productions for a complete cronological music video that works great for your employees and cherishes every moment of the event. We're proud to announce them to our list of clients we service in New York, New Jersey and the metropolitan area....Thanks to everyone for a terrific summer adventure...
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Galileo Productions LLC and Executive Producer, James Ford Nussbaum were featured in editions of the Jewish News. The series of articles highlighted the work of our documentary, FLYING SAUCERS, the Sport of Ultimate Frisbee....We even raised some eyebrows as we appeared on Page Six of the New York Post regarding our work with Hollywood Uber Producer Joel Silver, one of the original founders of Ultimate Frisbee. "Flying Saucers: The Ultimate Frisbee Story" can be seen on YouTube and ordered from Galileo Productions.
Local filmmaker’s Frisbee flick is set to land ahead of schedule
by Johanna Ginsberg NJJN Staff Writer
Local filmmaker James Ford Nussbaum may have thought his Frisbee film would take a year to produce, but just three months after beginning the shoot, he has released screening copies of Flying Saucers: The Ultimate Frisbee Story.
“I’m amazed at how quickly it all came together,” Nussbaum said. And true to the promise he made to NJ Jewish News when he began shooting the documentary, it is “more like Weird NJ than a PBS film.”
The documentary, about the birth and popularity of the team sport known as Ultimate, includes plenty of shots of Maplewood’s Columbia High School, where the sport was pioneered in 1968 (see related story). It includes interviews with members of the original team, including Hollywood mogul Joel Silver and attorney Jonny Hines, two of the three players considered among the sport’s founding fathers. Footage also includes a freestyle performance at a Rose Bowl game; teams playing in Wildwood, Maplewood, and Whippany; and plenty of flying discs sailing through the air to a Vivaldi accompaniment.
Nussbaum has entered the film in New Jersey’s Black Maria Film and Video Festival and has been engaged in talks with College Sports Television to help with its placement, packaging, and marketing. Although he had originally told NJJN he would try to interest Wham-O, the Frisbee manufacturer, in the film, he has not yet contacted the company. He has, however, been working closely with the Ultimate Players Association throughout the project.
Nussbaum, a resident of Morristown, grew up in South Orange and celebrated becoming a bar mitzva at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. He played Ultimate in the late ’70s and early ’80s at Columbia High. “It’s been great to reconnect with the people who are responsible for my varsity involvement in high school,” he said.
His film does face a bit of competition. Ultimate Players Association is about to release Ultimate: The First Four Decades, a 208-page coffee table-style book covering the history of Ultimate, with an accompanying DVD. But, Nussbaum told NJJN, he wasn’t worried, and considers the two projects “complementary.”
Nussbaum will find out if others agree as he pursues various avenues to recoup his investment in the project, to date made entirely with his own funds.
In any case, filmmaking has its side benefits. After shooting a group who happen to play every Sunday morning in Maplewood at 9:30 (a convenient hour for the many players who drop their children off at religious school before the game), he decided to return and join their game as a regular player. “It’s the first time I’ve played regularly since college,” he told NJJN.
Nussbaum said he hopes the film will be of interest to anyone playing the sport and plans to make it available through the Internet later this year.
For more information, contact Galileo Productions, LLC — where Nussbaum serves as producer and director — at 973-328-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disc Dreams A filmmaker documents the thrills, beauty of Ultimate Frisbee, a sport which took flight among the brainy kids at Columbia High
by Johanna Ginsberg NJJN Staff Writer
First in a series about the making of Flying Saucers
Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m. While you were in bed or drinking your morning coffee, they were running up and down a field trying to catch a flying disc.
“Arrgh,” yelled one, missing the throw. The best among them would stop only for water breaks over the next two hours. “Nice throw!” called another. A novice had trouble keeping up with a more experienced player. She turned and looked up the field to see the player she was covering catching the Frisbee in the end zone.
This is Ultimate (often referred to as Ultimate Frisbee) for the 40-something set in Maplewood’s Maplecrest Park, a disc’s toss from where the sport — a sort-of hybrid of soccer and football — was founded, in the parking lot of Columbia High School in South Orange. The founders were locals Bernard “Buzzy” Hellring, Jonny Hines, and Joel Silver — now better known as the flamboyant Hollywood producer behind action flicks like Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and The Matrix.
But on this particular July morning, it was another filmmaker, James Ford Nussbaum, who was at the center of the action, capturing the Ultimate game for a documentary he is shooting.
“It’s a beautiful sport to watch: a flying disc gliding over the field to another player. And no one is ever turned away. It’s a multicolored, multi-gendered sport,” Nussbaum told NJ Jewish News a few days earlier in his living room. The award-winning producer/editor runs Galileo Productions, LLC, a video production company, out of a converted dining room in his Randolph home. He has worked with CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News, and, more recently, the National Basketball Association.
Just beyond the living room is his office, outfitted with three computers and as many desks. The area is decorated with his snow globe collection, plenty of award statuettes, and his diplomas from Columbia High School and Emerson College. Sitting on an easy chair facing the sofa, he described his vision — a film flowing with “eye candy,” to glorify not only the sport but also the human body. There will be plenty of footage of tossed discs, slow-motion views of freestyle tricks, and a rich musical score.
“Frisbee is still considered an underground sport,” Nussbaum said. “Not a lot of people know how structured it is, how many amazing teams there are out there. I want to get people to see the beauty of the sport through photography and music. The goal of the film is to give people an inside, behind-the-scenes look at Ultimate Frisbee” and freestyle.
Rather than a PBS-type documentary, he said, the work “will be more like Weird NJ,” referring to the magazine of state oddities edited by Essex County residents Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran.
In addition to the Maplewood group, Nussbaum has also begun filming a younger, more hard-core group in Basking Ridge, and a third team in Whippany.
Originally from South Orange, Nussbaum became bar mitzva at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel of South Orange when it was still Temple Israel in East Orange and later served as president of the youth group there. He has a love of the game that developed while he played for Columbia from 1977 to 1980.
Filming sports also happens to be a specialty. He first discovered his passion for it in high school, when a teacher put a camera in his hands, added Super 8 film, and said, “‘Go film the football team,’” he recalled. “There was a freedom in it. It was a whole new way to express myself.”
In 1982, while at Emerson College in Boston, he created Galileo with his roommate. They made documentaries about everything from teenage suicide to paintball and garnered several awards for their work. Later, a job with Good Morning America lured him back to the New York area. But his heart has always been with Galileo, and in 1991, he took sole ownership of the company. He dove into it as a full-time job a few years ago and has since produced a documentary on trauma recovery for Cablevision, a health-care video on posttraumatic stress, and projects for the NBA.
About three months ago, he hit on the idea of a film about Ultimate, which he has given the working title of Flying Saucers. Nussbaum said he believes the appeal to viewers will be partly nostalgia, but, he added, “it’s a very visual sport.”
Of course, he has a few technical issues to resolve before he can move the film from its infancy to the next stage of development: He needs to access players and develop a storyline, not to mention land interviews with the sport’s living founders, including Joel Silver.
He’s already raised the United Frisbee Association’s interest in the project, and he’s hoping to sell the film to WHAM-O, the toy manufacturer behind the Frisbee, or other organizations associated with the sport. He’s tapping whatever Ultimate web sites he can find to access players and teams. And he’s searching for a player with a story that pulls the images together: someone who has a disability that all but disappears on the Ultimate field, or a player who has a highly skilled professional job, a lawyer, say, or a physicist by day, but who is an avid player by night — the “yin and yang of the person,” he called it.
Nussbaum appeared to grow more confident about the eventual outcome of the project through the interview and in the days that followed. By the time NJJN met up with him again a few days later in Maplecrest Park, he expressed certainty that it would move forward.
And as Sunday morning inches closer to Sunday afternoon, Nussbaum turned to one player, sizing up the freestyle footage possibility, and asked, “Can you spin a Frisbee on your thumb?”
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Completed Projects and Ongoing Relationships...
Nationally Cablecast Segment on TechTV!!
**Galileo Productions shoots AOL-TIME WARNER Recording Artist:
Michelle Branch Concert in New York City for San Francisco based, TECHTV cable network.
**Galileo Productions, LLC continues it's long standing relationship with CNN NY with various editing assignments.
**Production continues for Aquarius Health Care Videos and the Mental Health Association of Essex County. Order your copy of TRAUMA on sale through GALILEO PRODUCTIONS.
***Commercial Production has included: Paintball Depot, the extreme sport outdoor action game commissioning Galileo for website development spots and :30 cable television advertisment campaigns. California Tanning Clubs has commissioned us for their cable advertisement campaigns.
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