Each year, we conduct a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Recognition event here at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The highlight of the event is the presentation of the CRC Research Excellence @ CHOP Awards, granted by the CHOP Research Institute, along with a video tribute featuring the tremendous efforts and contributions our CRCs make to CHOP Research. This year, we decided to remove the video from the limitations and constraints of producing it internally and hire a local professional. We had an extremely tight deadline and, in the end, received so much more than simply a video producer, benefiting from the talent of a genuine artist.
Michael Nelson Rizzo is versatile in all areas of the creative industry and works meticulously, fully committed to create visual experiences that touch people’s hearts. I was honored to work alongside him and create a video that not only celebrates the CRCs accomplishments, but also represents them as the superheroes they are here at CHOP. His attention to detail, discipline, and ability to amplify art direction resulted in an incredible display that we could not have imagined possible.
One of the most notable aspects of the video was the pairing Michael implemented with original music. Yes, Michael not only encompasses stellar video production skills, but he is also a music composer/producer and we profited from a true overall creative! The music established an audience experience and the energy it added was unsurpassed. He has raised the bar for future video production here at CHOP Research and we look forward to working with Michael in the near future to add his amazing talent to our mission and vision.
Angela K. | Creative/Art Director, CHOP Research
“Michael did an amazing job with my website ! He blended two very different businesses seamlessly into a unique creative vision. His web design and creativity are the perfect match. He was helpful, accessible and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing to launch their business.”
Laurie Ann G., LMT
“Michael did a fantastic job taking a variety of videos posted on our Web site and aggregating them together to tell a story. We started with individual, long videos that not many people would take the time to watch. Now we have a concise, 3-minute video that pulls together the best clips and highlights customer successes and ROI. It’s a tremendous marketing and sales tool. Working with Michael was an absolute pleasure—his creativity and vision for a project is inspiring and he takes time to really understand your needs. The end result exceeded my expectations.”
Janet H. | Marketing Manager – LeanPath, Inc.
“Michael is a very talented and well-respected composer and musician. We needed a score for a training video on back safety. Needless to say, the subject matter is not very exciting, but the music that Michael created, made the video very entertaining and a success, which is a huge compliment.”
Ken G. | Video Producer
Michael applies his creative insights in such a helpful, non-judgmental and inspiring way. He gracefully brings the breadth and depth of his creative genius to each new person and project. It’s a pleasure to work with such a sensitive and caring solution-maker. Working with Michael gave me the clarity and confidence I needed to bring my vision to life. Thanks Michael!
“Michael hired me as a freelance programmer over 3 years ago and we’ve been working together ever since. Sometimes budgets are pretty good and sometimes not so good. Either way, we’ve had a good working relationship and the breadth of projects he gets into is amazing. He’s been a good project leader and is organized and thorough, which streamlines my work. I’ve been impressed with how he deals with his clients and even for insignificant jobs, he wants the work done right and he deserves a proper rest at. More importantly, he wants the client to understand what the issues are. He’s good guy to work for…and NO he didn’t pay me to say this!
“Michael helped me solve my content management struggles. He gave me amazingly big help — like going from an abacus to a computer! I’m actually building pages and updating content and it’s fun.”
Sheila R., LMT | True North Massage
“As owner of a commercial audio/video production company, I’ve worked with a lot of music producers and Michael is one for the few that consistently delivers high quality, creative work in a timely manner. He has been a pleasure to work with and I recommend him highly to anyone looking for professional level music composition.”
Bob S. | Earworks Audio
“Michael has done some great work for Dave’s Killer Bread. His video and music skills combined for a sharp video and his marketing insights have been very helpful. I do not hesitate to recommend Michael. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.”
Glenn D. | Dave’s Killer Bread
“I highly recommend the talent and work ethic of MJ. He did a lot of work for me at Universal Music, and he was consistently going the extra mile and finding a way to make things work to bring out the best of the song he was working on. He was always on time and usually ahead of schedule in bringing the product to me. Michael’s greatest gift was in developing the music to exactly where the song demanded it go. He was always true to the music.”
Michael P. | Music Publisher – Final Four Music/frmly. Universal Music | Adj. Prof. of Music Pub., Belmont Univ.
“The Google people were stoked by the site and praised it highly. I’m pimpin’ you out as often as I get the opportunity! Thanks for your hard work and have a great weekend.” [This quote was from a few days before the website launch. Their site was going to be the first featured site in Google’s new product, ‘Google Places.’]
“Thank you, Michael- it has been a pleasure making this come to life with you. The media has been ridiculous… I did an interview this afternoon with a Taiwanese tele-journalist who claimed the piece would air in China. Amazing. Now we’ll have to face the music! 1700+ new customers, many of them coming tomorrow morning. Gotta get to bed. Thanks for your great help – you are appreciated.” [Day of the website launch with Google Places.]
Jack I. | Owner | Floyds Coffee
“Michael has been a huge value to our company time and time again because he not only possesses endless creativity and fantastic ideas, but the vast technical expertise to back it up.
After developing a Flash animation and building a micro-site around it for the release of a new product, we ran into a wall when it came to effectively formatting our file and finding that balance of fast streaming vs great quality. The only practical file size and load time we could come up with for our audience was devastating to the quality of both the audio and video, and it was painful to see this great animation we had worked so hard on withered down to sub-par performance.
Then we turned to him for some advice and with only a few minutes of explanations and suggestions we were able to find the correct export settings for a fast-streaming, high-quality animation we had been shooting for!
If only we had turned to him sooner we could have saved hours of valuable time and saved ourselves the frustration.”
Adam | Web+Graphics Developer | BluesBuns & Dave’s Killer Bread