Drone at Stanley Cup Final party causes concerns

TAMPA, FL (WFLA), (sUAS News + HABANA's Drone Division) – A white drone with flashing lights descended from the sky during a Stanley Cup Final party on Amalie Arena’s plaza.

With a camera peering into the crowd, the drone hovered near a large screen showing the game. It then took off.

President and FounderSteven Levy of HABANA is concerned. “That put others in danger, flew over people’s heads, and was potentially an aircraft out of control,” Levy said.

He uses drones to capture amazing video for clients.

Levy worries the person who flew this drone wasn’t able to see it as it zoomed above the hockey fans. “That particular pilot is not in line of sight of that aircraft. They are flying through the camera. That’s extremely dangerous,” he said.

If the pilot had lost contact with the drone, it could’ve gone out of control, Levy added. Just ask Enrique Iglesias. Last week in Mexico the singer grabbed a drone out of the air at a concert. The drone badly sliced his fingers. “They are easy to fly until you lose control,” Levy said.

Others who watched the video agree that a drone should not be flying above a crowd. “I would have been nervous if I was there just what could happen,” Ashley Gaughan said.

Not everyone has a problem with the drone flyover. “I think it’s pretty neat. It’s pretty awesome, actually. Somebody really did that,” Daron Norrington said.

Movie Night For The Kids

Mitchell Elementary School, located in Tampa, Florida just celebrated their centennial anniversary. Since Steven's kids attend this school, this was a big deal for he and his wife who serves on the PTA while they are both active parents with the school.

In celebration of their 100 years as an established learning facility, the school hosted a movie night on the outdoor lawn airing Disney’s “The Parent Trap II”. What’s interesting about the movie is that much of it was filmed right here in Tampa – including both the interior and exterior of Mitchell Elementary School. Footage of Tampa International Airport and The Press Box can also be seen in the film.

Speakers, screens and projectors were required for the event, in which both HABANA and Molecular Media were more than happy to provide event coordination and setup. We were able to donate all of the audio and visual expertise for this special event with the kids.

If you need help your with your live event or corporate meeting get in touch to see how we can help you with your next project.

Barilla Road Trip Comes to Tampa

Barilla Pasta is producing a brand new episodic that focuses on pasta recipes from different cities throughout the United States. The idea behind "Barilla Pasta Road Trip" is to showcase local chefs and recipes that utilize locally grown ingredients in 20 different cities around the United States.

Imagine an Idahoan (we had to look that up) walking the audience through a recipe that included delicious Barilla Penne pasta smothered in a sauce that featured good-ole-down-home Idaho potatoes. An interesting and creative endeavor to be sure, and HABANA was excited to be asked to join the fun.

When it comes to Florida, we are known world-wide for two things: beaches and oranges.

When it was time for Barilla Pasta to choose a location that encapsulates the Florida spirit, they were wise to chose beautiful Tampa Bay. Having a production company with roots in Tampa Bay was a must, ensuring that Chef Jeffrey Saad truly got to the heart of the city. They enlisted HABANA to handle the production and collection of Tampa Bay content. Who better to really capture the city, than some passionate content creators that were raised just minutes away?

We loved seeing Barilla work with our local flavors to create a uniquely Floridian pasta recipe. 

HABANA + Molecular Take on The Great Gatsby for a great cause

HABANA and our parent company Molecular Media recently had the opportunity to work with a great local charity.

Gorrie Elementary held a Great Gatsby themed fundraiser at the beautiful Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor City. With the need for an impressive audio/visual presence, and with all proceeds going to the school and its students, our friends knew who to call. The wife of one of HABANA’s most appreciated partners, Tank Design, was very grateful that we could help the school achieve it’s fundraising goal.

Donating all of the necessary gear, and providing two experienced technicians, HABANA and Molecular were instrumental in helping the school put on an incredible event. Providing bright projection and a thumping sound system, made the donation request video a real hit with the patrons and students alike.

We are happy to have been a part of this successful event and look forward to future charitable endeavors.

Inside the Historic Don Vicente Inn, Ybor City Florida

Inside the Historic Don Vicente Inn, Ybor City Florida

HABANA Strikes it Big & Rich for ESPN College Gameday Show

Huge Opportunity in The Perfect Place

With an expansive oasis of great weather, proximity to abundant production resources and college students, as well as boasting a Bulls team that was in last year’s top ten, the University of South Florida at the Tampa campus was chosen by the HABANA Avenue production team to be the locale for the ESPN College GameDay opener. The show, which is to be hosted by Chris Folwer, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso airing Saturdays starting this Fall, called for an opener with a fresh, high-energy, and youthful vibe.

Big & Rich on Set at USF in Tampa, Florida

ESPN wanted a musicfest-a-palooza staged for the open so Warner Bros. Nashville country luminaries Big & Rich were enlisted to do the honors. The band, performed “Coming to Your City.”

“This is not a mere local band,” remarked HABANA Avenue President and FounderSteven J. Levy. “With Tampa station WQYK being the first to air Big & Rich’s music, and the region being the third largest market, everyone was excited to be a part of it.”

All of these elements along with the phenomenal local mobile staging company, MB Pro Sound & Staging, made Tampa a perfect fit for the shoot.

Shot in one of the USF athletic fields, the outdoor fest scene is one of three parts. Other elements will include behind-the-scenes footage of the College GameDay crew and college football clips.

“Big & Rich were only available for one day,” recounted HABANA Avenue’s John Mullins, “so we had to shoot within a limited time frame. We needed to shoot at least 1,000 students when the school session was out.” He added that radio calls, a live broadcast, blogs and CraigsList were all utilized to generate a local buzz in order to get enough people to show up.

“The USF campus was a great spot to draw a lot of people without having to over-spend on talent,” said Levy. “Clients know they can depend upon the HABANAAvenue team for creative thinking, resourceful decision-making and staying within budget.”

Source: David Steinberg – Millimeter Digital Content Producer The Briefing Room