Friday, December 29, 2017

HDIC: 2017 in Review

Hey everyone,
This will be our last post before the new year, so I decided that I’d take this week’s post to review the year.

This year, for HDIC Contracted photo shoots, we shot 5,638 photos and videos across 18 events/shoots.

For non-contracted/impromptu photo shoots,  we shot 26,901 photos and videos over 143 events/shoots.

Our Highlights:

In video:
For our video highlights, I’d like to showcase two of our YouTube videos.  The first one is the highlight reel from our biggest contracted photo/video shoot of the year: the Monroeville Public Library Funfest:

The second video is our Welcome to Pitt video for the class of 2021!  This video was one of my favorite to put together, because it combined videos from my four years at Pitt.

In photo:
With over 25,000 photos in a year, it’s hard to limit myself to just a few of my favorite.  When we update our portfolio for December, we’ll include out top 100 photos of the year, but here are some of our favorite now:


A clock at Phipps Holiday Lights 2017.


Hamerschlag Hall and the Cathedral of Learning after Pitt beat Miami


Sunset at the Fountain at Point State Park.


The Controlled Chaos Dance Showcase.


The Lone Pines at the Three Rivers Arts Festival


The Plum Brass Quintet (ft. Jenny Mountz) at Phipps Conservatory’s Holiday Lights
So, you can say we’ve had a successful year!  Here’s to even more success and photos/videos in 2018!


All images and videos copyright 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

Friday, December 15, 2017

What Does HDIC Stand For?

One question that I often get asked is “What does HDIC stand for.”  People
always assume it’s initials, with my name being first in the list.
Well, the truth of the matter is that HDIC isn’t names, it’s words:
hope, dream, inspire, create.

When I first started the company in 2012, or I should really call it more of a group than a company, I was the only one doing things.  We were called Howard Productions—and it was
focused mostly on videos.  In fact, if you watch some of our really old YouTube Videos, you can still see this name in the credits or the logos.  The following June, I started work on The Most Amazing One Act Script to Ever Be Recorded in the History of One Act Scripts. This was a project that was attempted by my local library and involved quite a few different groups of people.  When we started working on it  and grouped ourselves together, I renamed the group to HDIC to highlight our key missions with the group.

Our Missions:
  • Hope:
    • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times”
      ~Albus Dumbledore~
    • That’s hope right there.  We always want people, ourselves included, to remember that wherever we go, whatever happens to us, there is always something on the other side.  There is always something better forthcoming.

  • Dream: 
    • “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
      ~Norman Vincent Peale~
    • We want everyone who follows HDIC and all of our members/staff to be able to think big.  Go big or go home, right?  Think of the biggest thing you can think of, then go bigger!  That’s what we’re trying to accomplish here.

  • Inspire
    • “My Life.  The life I’m living that’s where all my inspiration comes from.  Real life experiences”
      ~Fred Durst~
    • Now that we’ve gotten the dream, let’s go achieve it!  Do anything you can to make it happen.Things will get rough, but that’s why we have hope.

  • Create
    • “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”
      ~Thomas A. Edison~
    • Finally, if something doesn’t exist that you want, create it!  Find whatever you can to fabricate what you need.  We strive for this every day in our photography and videography.

So, the next time you hear our name, see our logo, or just think about us, now you know what we really stand for.


All images shot on either a Canon Rebel T7i or a Canon Rebel T5. 
Copyright 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions.

Friday, December 8, 2017

HDIC Events: Nationality Room Open House

On the first and third floor of the Cathedral of Learning, special classrooms exist called the Nationality Rooms.  These rooms serve to bring about cultural education at the the University of Pittsburgh.  Every holiday season, the Nationality Room Program decorates the rooms in the traditional style of the nationality and then have an open house where the public is invited to tour the rooms and learn about the traditions.

The Cathedral of Learning decorated for Christmas.
The event always starts off with a welcome and a kick off from the director of the Nationality Room program who has a history with the Early American Room since her grandmother is the ghost (supposedly it’s haunted) that occupies the room.

The kickoff of the event.
Throughout the event, there are three different things going on.  In the main hall of the Cathedral, different cultural dances and performances took place. These performances highlighted cultural history and traditions from around the world

Cultural performance taking place in the Cathedral Commons
Surrounding the main hall, the nationality room associations set up booths selling food and items from their nationality. 

Some of the food tables set up in the Cathedral Commons
And finally, the nationality rooms were open for tours with tour guides in them talking about the traditions of the nationalities and usually wearing traditional clothing.

The French Nationality Room and tour guide.

Tree decorations in the Lithuanian Room
The cool thing about the nationality rooms are that all but two of them are functional classrooms.  These rooms throughout the holiday season stay decorated causing a warm feeling within the classrooms (and sometimes a bit more cramped, but we’ll forgive it).

The Christmas Tree in the Czechoslovak Room.
If you get a chance this holiday season, stop on in to the Cathedral of Learning to check out the nationality rooms.  And keep an eye out for next year’s open house!

The decorated Chinese Room.

All images copyright © 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions
All images shot on a Canon Rebel t7i with a Tamron 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.4 VC lens.

Friday, December 1, 2017

HDIC Events: Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet

On November 19, 2017, HDIC Productions photographed the Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet concert at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of PIttsburgh Campus.


The performing members of the quintet
Kappa Kappa Psi is a Co-educational Service Fraternity for Pitt Band members.  The brass quintet was founded by the horn player a few years ago.  The members of the Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet not only spend hours rehearsing and practicing for Pitt Band but for their own shows on top of school work and other obligations, which is pretty impressive!


All the members playing a song.
On this particular day, one of the normal members was ill, so the trombonist from another local brass quintet, The Shadyside Brass, filled in!  They also invited a drummer to perform with them during some of their songs.


The drummer, man!
The songs ranged from an Armed Forces Salute to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and included something for everybody.  Some of the songs were the traditional arrangements and some were arranged by the founder of the quintet himself.


The setup in Heinz Chapel
If you ever get a chance, I strongly encourage everyone to take a couple hours some day to watch a live performance- you won’t be disappointed!

Armed Force Salute


All images copyright 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions.
All images shot on a Canon Rebel T7i with a Tamron 18-200 F/3.5-6.4 DI-II VC lens.