THE FALKLANDS/MALVINAS WAR
DOMAINS OF NAVAL WARFARE DIGITAL SEMINARS
Pietrodangelo Production Group received a Platinum Award for a distance learning series in the international AVA Digital Awards Competition. Other award-winners included such companies as Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Nintendo, Mercedes-Benz and other multi-national corporations.
Pietrodangelo Production Group’s recognition was in the Creativity - Mobile Website category. The award winning entry was an interactive, media intensive “Digital Seminar” on the subject of Operational Warfare or Operational Art. Produced for the U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education, this multi-session e-learning course includes archival video, 3D animation and sophisticated digital graphics. The course is distributed online and on DVD to U.S Naval officers throughout the world, including those on active duty.
Danny Pietrodangelo was the project’s producer, writer and developer; Naval War College professor, Captain John Roberts (.U.S Navy, Ret.), a War College professor, was the project director.
The competition is sponsored by the Operational Art Digital Seminar Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).
Production Group has 2012 and 2013 Apex Award for
Publication Excellence and a 2014 Hermes Gold Awardfor
The Dragon Nhus,
the national newsletter of the Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts
Association. Danny Pietrodangelo, a second degree black belt in the
Association, is editor of the 30 page, full color newsletter,
distributed to Cuong Nhu Martial Arts schools throughout the US. The
publisher and head of the Association is Grandmaster Quynh Ngo of
Jacksonville. This issue included an in-depth look at Florida’s
Stand Your Ground Law.
ietrodangelo Production Group has 2012 and 2013 Apex Award for Publication Excellence and a 2014 Hermes Gold Awardfor The Dragon Nhus, the national newsletter of the Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts Association. Danny Pietrodangelo, a second degree black belt in the Association, is editor of the 30 page, full color newsletter, distributed to Cuong Nhu Martial Arts schools throughout the US. The publisher and head of the Association is Grandmaster Quynh Ngo of Jacksonville. This issue included an in-depth look at Florida’s Stand Your Ground
By Randi Atwood
Danny Pietrodangelobegan telling stories with his camera as a child, although he never had any formal training in photography..
"My dad was a professional photographer, but he never made a living at it," says Pietrodangelo. "He did weddings and events. I trailed along behind him and learned how to develop film and print photos in his rickety darkroom."
Pietrodangelo's own photographs have been exhibited in such places as the Grove House in Miami, the Jacksonville Museum of Art, the Pensacola Art Museum and many others, including in group shows in Scotland and the former Soviet Union.
Pietrodangelo, who came to FSU from Miami in 1968, worked for the state for 10 years, primarily as the communications director for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. His specialty was public information, and during that period he started expanding from still photography to video, creating public service announcements.
"At that point, it was brand new technology, so it was pretty much self-taught for everyone out there," he laughs. "After that, starting my own company was kind of a natural coalescence of my photography and video work."
Now he runs Pietrodangelo Production Group, a Tallahassee-based media production and e-learning course development firm.
The most lucrative area for a small production company, he says, is in the creation of training videos and programs. His company did commercial work for a long time, but about 10 years ago began working with the U.S. Navy on their training programs.
"We develop distance learning courses for naval officers all over the world, on CD and online," he says. "They're media-intensive — lots of video, lots of interactivity, quizzes and 3-D animation, which is one of my loves."
Pietrodangelo is particularly proud of how the company's relationship with the Navy has progressed. Instead of just filming pre-written scripts, the company is now entrusted to develop the course content.
"They give us the reference materials — readings, handouts and lecture notes — that they use in resident classes, and we turn that into a distance learning course," he explains. "We write the scripts and everything now."
The Navy has also underwritten several of Pietrodangelo's documentary films, which range widely in topics. He produced a film about the war in the Falklands, for which he won a Silver Remi Award at the International Houston Film Festival, and another called "Homeless in an All-America City," which won a national Telly Award.
Pietrodangelo says the most rewarding thing about his work is that he has gotten to go places and do things most people never will.
"I've traveled to China, Cuba, Singapore and Vietnam to take photographs," he says. "That's been an incredible experience. People are far more friendly than we can imagine. I've been received with open arms pretty much everywhere I've gone."
Along with his photography and video work, Pietrodangelo also writes. He taught media writing for eight years in FSU's Department of Communication and his pieces have appeared in the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Magazine, and the Tallahassee Democrat.
"My degrees are in communications and English literature, so I've always written. I really enjoy it," he says. "I've written about all sorts of things — China, depression, health care in Haiti, dogs, immigration. I have a piece in the works about how I've become a country music fan."
After many years of trying to show the world the way it is, Pietrodangelo's latest artwork has begun to mix fiction with truth.
"When I started doing photography, it was all straight — you didn't manipulate anything. What you saw is what you took," he says. "It's only in the last few years that I began to realize there's nothing taboo about veering from the traditional."
He always tried to emphasize colors in his photography, but now he has begun to enhance the existing colors to make them more vibrant and fantastic. He has also started changing the content of the images themselves.
"That's part of the fun of this new kind of work," he says. "You can create a cityscape that never existed using a computer. It gives you a chance to really expand what you're seeing, because you see it twice — once in the field shooting, and then again when you come back and manipulate it."
Pietrodangelo is debuting his new work in "Flaunt: 25," a partnership between the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Downtown Thomasville Main Street. The juried art competition celebrates the Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary, and will feature 25 artists showing 25 works each for 25 days in 25 downtown Thomasville locations. Pietrodangelo's work can be seen at Ally B's Boutique on North Broad Street. He is thrilled to be part of the exhibit.
"I'm really a big believer in art in public places," he explains. "I love the idea of exposing people who might not otherwise be exposed to art. I went through the Atlanta airport once, and in the international terminal there was this exhibit of massive African sculptures that I would never have been able to see anywhere else."
Pietrodangelo is excited for the chance to pursue this new direction in his work, but he also has a new focus in his life. He is about to become a grandfather. Both his son and his daughter are expecting their first children in the next several months.
"Being a grandfather is my next big thing," he says. "If nothing else, it'll be a great opportunity to take a lot of pictures!"
Telly Awards, 2007 - Joint Maritime Operations Digital Seminar
Pietrodangelo Production Group has been received a Silver Award in the 28thsup> Annual Telly Awards. The firm won its Telly in the Internet/Online Education category for the course “Joint Maritime Operations,” an e-learning course produced for the US Naval War College. The web and CD based course is used by Naval Officers stationed throughout the world. The Telly Awards is an international competition that this year fielded more than 13,000 entries.
Danny Pietrodangelo was the lead developer and designer for the project, Dee Brister was the Content and Project Manager, Ty Wold was the content narrator and Kevin Baker and Matt Wells were design assistants. Captain John Roberts (USN, Ret.) was the project coordinator.
Telly Awards, 2008 - Operational Art Digital Seminar
Pietrodangelo Production Group has been received a Bronze Award in the 29th Annual Telly Awards. The firm won its Telly in the Internet/Online Education category for the course “Introduction to Operational Warfare,” an e-learning course produced for the US Naval War College. The interactive web and CD based course, is used by Naval Officers stationed throughout the world, uniquely incorporates historic and original digital video and 3-D animation. The annual Telly Awards is an international competition that this year fielded more than 14,000 entries.
The development team included: Danny Pietrodangelo lead Developer and Designer, Dale Harness and Kevin Baker, Multi Media Designers, Jennifer Wilson, Project Administrator and Ty Wold content narrator. Captain John Roberts (USN, Ret.) was the project coordinator.
Houston Film Festival Silver Remi
War in the Falklands/Malvinas
Pietrodangelo Production Group, an independent production company in Tallahassee, Florida has won a Silver Remi Award in the 2009 Houston International Film Festival. The award winning digital film is an educational documentary titled, War in the Falklands/Malvinas. The film was produced and directed by Donato (Danny) Pietrodangelo
The film explores the causes leading up to the war and the politics that ignited hostilities between Great Britain and Argentina in 1982 in their long standing dispute over the ownership of a tiny group of rocky, sparsely populated islands which the British call the Falklands Islands and the Argentines refer to as the Malvinas. The program offers a balanced look at the operational problems, weapons and warfighting methods of both countries.
War in the Falklands/Malvinas won a silver award in the adult educational/instructional category.
The WorldFest Houston Film Festival is one of the oldest and largest independent film festivals in the world and one of three of the international film festivals in North America. This year there were more than 4,500 entries from 37 countries.
The Dragon Nhus
Pietrodangelo Production Group has won a national 2010 Apex Award for Publication Excellence for The Dragon Nhus, the national newsletter of the Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts Association. Danny Pietrodangelo, a second degree black belt in the Association, is editor of the 30 page, full color newsletter, distributed to Cuong Nhu Martial Arts schools throughout the US. The publisher and head of the Association is Grandmaster Quynh Ngo of Jacksonville.
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