Video Producer

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Washington, DC, DC, United States
Emmy award winning videographer, producer and creative visionary, Don Napoleon has an unparalleled eye for capturing moments and translating them into the compelling message that his clients want to convey

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Gearshift Photography Workshop - Feb. 21, 2009 - Reston, VA

2009 Gearshift Photography Workshop - Feb. 21, 2009 - Reston, VA ($150/person/4 hour class)

Do you own a Digital SLR camera, are you passionate and interested in taking your photography to the next level. The Gearshift Photography Workshop will help you achieve a good understanding of the basics of photography using creative techniques that help you get great shots. Here are the topics that will be covered during the 4 hour workshop in Reston, VA.

What do you see?
Where are you standing?
It's all about lighting

Super Wide/Fish Eye 10mm – 18mm ($500)
Wide 18mm – 55mm ($1,200)
Macro 90mm ($500)
Portrait/Prime 50mm ($300)
Telephoto 70 – 200mm ($1,800)

APERTURE/F-STOP (Depth of Field)
1.4 (low-light), 2.8 (med-light), 5.6+ (bright light)

20 (blurry, use tripod), 60 (normal speed, keep steady), 250+ (sports), bulb (night)

200 (sunny), 400, 800 (indoors), 1600 (dark, no tripod)

Indoor (adds blue) or Outdoor (adds yellow)

When to use Flash vs. Natural Light

When should I use a tripod?
Keeping a steady hand, how to be a human tripod.

Is this important?

Is this important?

For more information and to see samples from the Gearshift Photography Gallery visit

Sunday, December 21, 2008

High School Football Players: Highlight Videos

High School Football Players are looking to get into college on athletic or educational scholarships. Any type of scholarship a student receives is a ticket for getting a College education. High school coaches and Parents, Gearshift TV is here to create Highlight Reels, give college recruits an easy look into your athletic career from your High School season.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BBC London Hires Don Napoleon

Washington, DC is the place for Politics, but it's also known as the East Coast Hollywood,
more than 200 plus films have had scenes shot in Washington, D.C. The city has not only the political intrigue, military strategies and investigative journalism, but also all those immediately recognizable monuments and memorials. BBC London hired Gearshift Producer Don Napoleon on there recent Documentary film production to assist with location shots. So if you are coming to Washington, DC to shoot a film or documentary and if you need permits, locations and more, Don is the local Fixer, Location Scout and possibly a Driver for your production.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama

I lived to see November 4th 2008 and I lived to see Hope & Change for my wife, family and children. I have watched, read and studied history, but it's something special to be living in the moment of History. Last night I saw a new vision for our Country and I wasn't shocked, surprised or stunned I was inspired, Barack Obama has a long difficult road ahead of him but he's a man of God so I believe he will be guided in the right direction. This is not a black or white thing it's change for our country, it's time for us to move in a new direction so our children can have a future in this great nation. I thank God I was able to see this Day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SteadiCam "New service to offer soon"

Tiffen, one of the leading Steadicam Camera Stabilizing Systems manufactures in the Country. Over the last three decades, Steadicam has been an invaluable dynamic production tool in the industry. Over the last 30 years, Steadicam has become both noun and verb in the language of film and video and is integral to the production of most movies, television shows, documentaries and reality programs.

Gearshift TV Producer Don Napoleon recently completed the Tiffen Steadicam Flyer workshop which covered the fundamentals of Steadicam Operation. Gearshift TV Productions will soon be offering Steadicam as a service to all clients. There are thousands of Steadicams in use worldwide, and skill with this much sought after instrument is an increasingly valuable asset to your production.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

UDC Hires Gearshift TV Productions to Produce Marketing & Recruitment Videos

The University of the District of Columbia has turned to Gearshift for assistance in getting the message out about all of the courses, activities, campus life and programs that the school has to offer. Most people outside the city have never heard of UDC. The school has a great nursing, law, aeronautics and engineering program. Jim Folliard and Don Napoleon have spent countless hours capturing the inner world of UDC in amazing high definition 1080p/30p format, look for videos to start airing in October on DC Cable, the UDC website and in the Gearshift HD Portfolio.

Producer- Don Napoleon

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Football Season is here!

A few weeks ago I worked on an Eastern Motors commercial with Gearshift TV, as a Boom Operator and the warriors from the Washington RedSkins were on set, it was quite an interesting day. I pray the RedSkins have a good season! Jason Campbell and the redskins let's play some ball...

Kanye West "love lockdown" outstanding performance

Kanye West - "Love Lockdown (Live)"
The hip-hop megastar closes out this year's 2008 VMAs with a firework-laden performance of his new song "Love Lockdown." (2008 MTV Video Music Awards)

In this day in age, true hip hop lyricist and emcee's are slim to none, but my man Kanye West stands out with his outstanding close out performance at the 2008 VMAs.
Great camera shots, great performance!

Bob The Video Tech Show, Don Napoleon Produces...

Last year I worked with Maryland Production Television on a very interesting youth show. "Bob the Vid Tech show" Series " The Missing Pizza" as the Line Producer. After several hot long shooting days at Larriland Farms in MD and several edit sessions this wonderful show now Airs September 22 at 9am and Repeats September 26 at 11:30am & October 7 at 4:30pm on MPT, Check it out..

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Senator Harry Reid on Meet the bloggers...

Brave New Films launched a new weekly show, Meet the Bloggers, Producer, Don Napoleon was hired as the onsite Videographer at the US Capitol in Washington, DC assisting with a live online teleconference with Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) topics of question, weigh in on the price of gas, its politics, and what the political response should be.

Don Napoleon works on Night at the Museum 2

A few scenes were shot for "Night at the Museum 2" with Ben Stiller in Washington, DC, I was hired to work as a set PA. May 2008

The New Smithsonian Museum is coming to DC

Don Napoleon and Gearshift was awared the contract by NMAAHC to cover key seminars with historians from around the country for the construction & building of The New National Museum of African American History and Culture which will be built on a five-acre tract of land adjacent to the Washington Monument and on the National Mall.

Don Napoleon, Feature 'State of Play"

Don Napoleon just completed working with the Locations Department for the Feature Film "State of Play" Directed by Kevin Macdonald. With Actors: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright Penn. Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, a team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress. Shot in Washington, DC.

DonAboutTown, DJ Kid Capri @ LGG Mardi Gras Event

Don Napoleon assisted with booking DJ Kid Capri and video coverage of the Omega Psi Phi, LGG Chapter Annual LGG Mardi Gras event. The Men of Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated hold an Annual "BlaQue To the Old School" ~ QUE MARDI GRAS event @ the Crystal City Hilton, highlights from that event can be found on our produced video below.

Friday, June 20, 2008

That video producer you want to know...

I have been blessed to work as a Package Producer, Cameraman, Production Coordinator & Locations· Working on Live shows, Film & video projects from inception to completion, Effective at organizing & coordinating shoots. Ability to write & develop scripts. Field producing, shooting, interviewing, booking, writing, scripting, directing, location scouting & floor directing
· Corporate, Government, Political, Sporting & Entertainment productions, Cable & Network programs/shows, Documentaries, Promos, Commercials, & PSAs
Ÿ Production Coordinator- TeamPeopleTV, booking crews for productions around the country. Dealing with contracts, releases, and coordinating schedules.