FILM, MUSIC, AND THE ARTS

Producing User Generated Content: Tips and Tricks

November 13, 2021

According to recent data, 85% of Americans own a smartphone**. Smartphones are routinely used to publish pictures and video via websites and apps, which enables users to share their participation in an event, presence at a location, or highlight a relationship or connection with other people. The primary means of creating and publishing User-Generated Content has become the smartphone.

What is ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...

New Jersey Multicultural Podcast Producer Launches Exclusive Content with Audible

NEWARK, NJ -- Anthony Frasier, CEO of ABF Creative, an audio intelligence-driven production company located in Newark spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the company’s body of work in recent years. 

ABF Creative is America’s first and only AI-driven production company and has focused so far on multicultural projects inspired by the diversity of its team.

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

NJ Actress and Co-Producer Premieres Thriller Set in 70s New York at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Heather Brittain O’Scanlon spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her latest film, which premiered at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. O’Scanlon is the leading actress and co-producer of “Victim No. 6,” the latest production from SOS Productions.

In the film, a woman meets a random person at a New York bar, ...

Booming New Jersey Film Industry Showcased at 19th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with David W. Schoner, Jr., Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival. 

Schoner, a board member of the festival, spoke about this year’s hybrid format necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can look forward to in 2022 when the festival celebrates its 20th ...

Daniel Baldwin on Directing Documentary "My Promise To PJ" at 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Daniel Baldwin, an American actor, director, and producer, discussed his documentary "My Promise to PJ" at the Garden State Film Festival. The documentary focuses on the aftermath of the drug overdose of PJ Raynor, the son of long-time family friend Barbara Jean, and the effects addiction has on families and friends.

Because Barbara knew Daniel since he was four ...

The Bachelor Degree Podcast is a Big Hit as Popular Reality Dating Show Celebrates 25th Season Finale

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPinto TV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Jill Morgan and Maddie Moore, co-hosts of The Bachelor Degree, a podcast that gives listeners a weekly deep-dive recap into the ABC hit-series “The Bachelor”. 

Each podcast episode starts with a recap of the Bachelor episode, which aired earlier that week. “We let our listeners know about the dates that ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Breaks World Record While Raising Money for Children's Cancer Charities

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Comedian John Poveromo recently broke a Guinness World Record and spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to explain how it all went down. 

Poveromo and his comedic colleagues recently produced a live show on Twitch, a popular streaming platform, and broke the Guinness World Record for the longest live-streamed comedy event, which “clocked in ...

Inauguration of President Joe Biden: Report from Washington D.C. with Photojournalist Julian Leshay

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with independent photojournalist Julian Leshay, live from Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day about his experiences in the nation’s capital as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the next president and vice president.

Leshay spoke to Brodeur via Zoom as he photographed images from the historic day at “one of the closest ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

From Behind the Camera to Interview Guest: East Main Media Director of Photography Andrew Lepley

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – Brian Brodeur is joined by Andrew Lepley, the longtime Director of Photography at East Main Media. The two spoke about Lepley’s longtime collaboration with Brodeur and his work with the team at East Main Media. 
 
Typically working behind the camera, Lepley joked about being a guest on TAPintoTV. “This is an odd place for me and also makes me very ...

Documentary Filmmakers on the Untold Story of How Indigenous Women Influenced the Suffragette Movement

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur talked with Director Katsitsionni Fox and Editorial Consultant Corinna Sager about the new documentary film Without a Whisper, the untold story of how indigenous women influenced the early suffragette movement in the United States. 

The film “uncovers that hidden history,” said Fox. Women in the Haudenosaunee ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

Jack Frisch Recalls Jaco Pastorius and the Inspiration for a Successful Career in the Music Industry

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, speaks with Jack Frisch, owner of Upright Graphics & Upright Transport, to discuss how his love for jazz was born and led to a successful career serving the music industry.

After purchasing a 1947 upright Kay bass, Frisch decided to name his businesses “Upright Graphics” & “Upright ...

Jazz Musician Mark Egan Discusses Developing His Musical Voice as a Bass Player

Mark Egan, World-Renowned Bassist and Composer, joined TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur, to discuss how he found his distinctive musical voice as a bass player.
 
Growing up in Brockton Massachusetts, Egan first began playing trumpet while in elementary school and continued throughout high school, while taking up bass guitar at age 16. Egan attended the ...

Frank Zappa Halloween Box Set Celebrates Iconic 1981 New York City Concerts

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Joe Travers, archivist of the works of Frank Zappa, spoke to TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the Zappa Trust's latest box set entitled "Halloween 81"

"This is the third box set that we've done," Travers said. "Celebrating Halloween runs that Frank did in New York." Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and it ...

NJ Studio Owner Reflects on the Evolution of East Main Media Entering its 20th Year

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of East Main Media, which was incorporated on 10/30/01. Owner and Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with TAPintoTV host Stephanie Willoughby about founding East Main Media, lessons learned, and the evolution of the production studio as it enters its 20th year in business. 

Brodeur founded East Main less ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

American Business Associates Launches New Television Show: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe

Little Falls, NJ -- American Business Associates, New York & New Jersey’s premier business development organization, is partnering with East Main Media to launch a new weekly television program: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Airing each Sunday throughout the New York Metro area at 11am EST on News12Plus, the program will feature conversations with experts and leaders ...

NJ Native Television Editor Discusses Career and Adapting to Change During Pandemic

ORLANDO, FL -- Caldwell, New Jersey native Dave Ammirata reflected on the past decade working with high-profile media clients at East Main Media. After graduating from Duquesne University, Ammirata was hired as an assistant editor and engineer in 2011 and has since become an indispensable member of the EMM team.

"When I think about when I came and met with you the first ...

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

NJ Video Production Studio Provides Businesses with Safe and Socially Distant Media and Event Services

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the six-month mark, East Main Media Studios continues to provide industry-leading media services and remote communication support to businesses throughout the Tri-state area and beyond. “Not only do we provide the highest level of production for virtual events, but we operate in a safe and socially distant manner ...

Visit the Birthplace of Rock and Roll: Behind the Scenes at the Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN -- The legendary Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee, was founded by Sam Phillips in 1950, and is considered the birthplace of Rock and Roll music. Artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, got their start in this recording studio. TAPintoTV takes you behind the scenes--literally into the studio control room--to speak to recording engineer Ples Hampton and operations ...

50 Years After the Death of Jimi Hendrix: New Book Explores the Musical Legacy of the Legendary Guitarist

AUGUSTA, GA -- Corey Washington, educator and author of Jimi Hendrix: Black Legacy (A Dream Deferred), recently appeared on TAPintoTV, speaking with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his book, as well as the life and music of Jimi Hendrix, who passed away 50 years ago today.

Brodeur and Washington spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which ...

UrbEx Photographer Alex Gulino Discusses Her New Book "Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York"

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Author and UrbEx Photographer, Alex Gulino, appeared on TAPintoTV to discuss her new book Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York.

UrbEx, short for Urban Exploration, refers to the exploration and often the photography of abandoned buildings and structures. In the book, Gulino provides descriptions and writings alongside the featured photographs. "I decided to ...

"Christine" Movie Car and Rare Pierce Arrow Featured at Saratoga Automobile Museum Annual Auction

Saratoga Automobile Museum Communication Director, Dustin Lanterman, joins TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, to discuss the museum's diverse collection of vehicles and upcoming annual auction.

The Saratoga Auto Museum can be found in the former Bottling Plant of Saratoga Spa State Park. The Bottling Plant building size and location provided the perfect venue to establish the ...

International Theater Professional and Artistic Director Talks About Her Latest One-Woman Show

Artistic Director Brenda J. Lillie joined TAPintoTV's Brian Brodeur via Zoom video conference from Massachusetts where she discussed her international career in theater production and her latest one-woman show. 

Lillie started her professional career with a degree in Theater and Television Production from Emerson College in Boston. “For me, Emerson was a rock solid foundation to ...

Renowned Bassist Mark Egan Releases New Duo Project "Electric Blue"

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Grammy award-winning electric bassist Mark Egan about his latest recording, “Electric Blue,” a duo project with drummer Danny Gottlieb. The release highlights the five decades-long collaboration between these two highly-accomplished musicians. 

Mark Egan is widely known as one of the leading players of fretless ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Describes How Comics and Cartoons Influenced His Career

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, spoke with Comedian and Writer, John Poveromo about his latest projects, early influences, and how his comedy career has changed and grown, despite the lack of live appearances due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Though Poveromo is more well-known as a stand-up comedian, he is also a cartoonist and was interested ...

Photojournalist Tom Franklin Discusses New Online Exhibit “Seeking Refuge”

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Thomas Franklin, multimedia journalist, about his latest project, “Seeking Refuge,” a virtual exhibit featuring personal and collective tales of people seeking safety in foreign lands. Franklin, an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, is perhaps best known for his iconic flag-raising photograph ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Jimi Hendrix Book Explores the Black Legacy and Musical Influence of the Legendary Guitarist

AUGUSTA, GA -- Corey Washington, educator and author of Jimi Hendrix: Black Legacy (A Dream Deferred), recently appeared on TAPintoTV, speaking with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his book, as well as the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. Brodeur and Washington spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate ...

Drummer and Zappa Trust Archivist Joe Travers Hosts DW Drums Playlist Party Live on YouTube

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, spoke with drummer and Zappa Trust archivist Joe Travers about his new YouTube channel and a special YouTube streaming program he’ll be hosting on Thursday, July 9th for DW Drums. 

Travers, known as the “Vaultmeister,” continues to work closely with Ahmet Zappa and the Zappa Trust to bring remastered and ...

Montclair Studio Sets New Standard for Producing Safe Recording Sessions During the Pandemic

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- What does the new normal of music production and recording look like in the time of COVID-19? David Amlen and Tony Drootin of Sound on Sound Studios, a full-service recording facility in Montclair, NJ, spoke with TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how they are safely getting back to business. 

Upon deciding to reopen, Amlen and Drootin walked through the ...

NJ Guitarist & Composer Discusses Scoring for Music Libraries, TV and Film

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has ...