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Coming to a Theater Near You!

Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story, the feature-length film by Imageworks’ Craig Bentley and Kevin Tostado, will be playing theatrically in select cities starting in May 2011, with a sneak preview week in San Diego starting March 4th. For more information on how you can see this award-winning documentary, go to MonopolyDocumentary.com and sign up for the mailing list.



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Celebrating the 25th Year of Imageworks!

This October, Imageworks will be celebrating its 25th birthday! That’s 25 years of creating high-quality videos and content for our clients. For instance, December marked the 15th year in a row that Imageworks produced Legal Update for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST), helping to keep our state’s police forces informed and safely protecting our streets. Imageworks also recently completed production on another POST project, Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse, which focuses on law enforcement’s role in safeguarding both elderly and dependent adult victims.



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Checking it Once, Checking it Twice…

Imageworks recently completed production on a telecourse for POST on Identifying Fraudulent & Counterfeit Government Documents. This training program shows that counterfeit and fraudulent government documents support serious criminal areas such as narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, gang business and terrorist activity. The program details the differences between a counterfeit, fraudulent, or altered document; describes the tools that officers may use to identify security features on government documents; and teaches that thorough investigation of all cases is key to preventing fraud.



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Getting the Word Out

Did you know that people with disabilities are four times more likely to be sexually abused than people without disabilities? Imageworks just completed an awareness video for SEEDS Educational Services to help exceptional learners relate effectively with others in their community, and build safe and meaningful relationships. For the tenth year running, Imageworks also produced and directed a two-camera shoot recording the annual Venture Challenge competition for the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU.



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Fourteen Years of Legal Updates

Another year, another several thousand peace officers in California trained! For the fourteenth year, Imageworks’ Craig Bentley produced the annual legal update program for digital OutPost and POST. Imageworks’ also produced special video segments this month for the Employers’ Fraud Task Force 2010 Fraud-Fighting Awards at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim (shown above).



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Leaving Las Vegas

Principal photography is wrapping up on Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story, a documentary about the game of MONOPOLY produced by Imageworks’ Craig Bentley and Kevin Tostado. They are back from Las Vegas after having their superb crew of 14 film the 2009 MONOPOLY World Championship. Forty-one competitors from all over the world descended on Caesars Palace to battle it out – three full rounds of play lasting all day Wednesday, semi-finals for the Top 16 players on Thursday morning, and the World Championship match with the final four early Thursday afternoon.

This world championship match was the shortest one in tournament history, lasting less than 42 minutes. Want to know who won? You can follow updates from the crew as they do final shoots around the world on their website MonopolyDocumentary.com and on Twitter at Twitter.com/MonopolyDoc.



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Award News 2009

Imageworks has been recognized yet again with a Bronze Telly Award & Aurora Gold Award for its work on “Crowd Management Update” for POST. Additionally, Imageworks received an Aurora Platinum: Best of Show Award for “Anti-Reproductive Rights Crimes (Update).”



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Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

Imageworks recently completed a video for Gordon Training International on how the Gordon Model helps leaders to become more effective as part of their Leadership Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.). Using 20 vignettes, narration and graphics, the video depicts the benefits of using Active Listening as well as how to recognize the many communication roadblocks that people unknowingly use in the workplace.

Imageworks also has created its first in-theater advertisements for the County of San Bernardino on behalf of Cook & Schmid of San Diego. This project was a perfect example of how Imageworks can provide a quick turnaround and successfully execute your next idea or project.



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Advancing Peace Officer Training

Imageworks has completed production on another two projects with digital OutPost for POST: “2009 Legal Update” and “SWAT Operations.” Legal Update provides peace officers a comprehensive overview of new legislation and case law decisions impacting California law enforcement in 2009. SWAT Operations helps patrol officers, command and executive staff, and SWAT team members to better understand the dynamics and logistics of response situations and how best to coordinate interagency tactics.

Production is going strong on “Under the Boardwalk,” a documentary about the game of MONOPOLY produced by Imageworks’ Craig Bentley and Kevin Tostado. Their 8 high-definition cameras and filming crew of 10 were on hand to capture all the excitement of the 2009 US MONOPOLY Championship in Washington, D.C. You can follow updates from the crew as they travel around the world filming on their website MonopolyDocumentary.com and on Twitter at Twitter.com/MonopolyDoc.



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Imageworks Announces First Feature Film

Imageworks’ Craig Bentley & Kevin Tostado are producing a feature documentary on the game of MONOPOLY and those who play it, titled Under the Boardwalk. Both fundraising and early production are going well with a projected release date of 2010. You can visit the official website at MonopolyDocumentary.com to see clips from interviews, follow the progress of filming, and sign up for the mailing list.



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Imageworks Has Gone Blu

Imageworks had a sneak preview screening at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, CA of its newest completed project, “Claims Management: Stop Fraud, Avoid Loss” for the Employers’ Fraud Task Force. This video has been designed to help insurance adjusters manage workers’ compensation cases. Not only did the sneak preview take place on the Disney lot, but it was screened from Blu-ray and projected in high-definition in one of their theaters, and it looked incredible!



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Better Than Ever

Imageworks has put in an all-new edit suite, built from scratch running the latest version of the Adobe Production Premium Suite which includes Premiere Pro and After Effects. With the new installation, Imageworks is now capable of taking high-definition projects from a tapeless start to a Blu-ray finish all in-house!



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Giving Angels Their Wings

Imageworks used two cameras to film a presentation for Angelsoft, LLC about their new software for angel investors, then edited the program and prepared it for delivery on their web site.

Imageworks also has completed production with dOP of two new telecourses for POST, “Gangs & Drugs: How Gangs Operate” and “Gangs & Drugs: Dealing with Gang Members.” For the telecourses, Imageworks traveled to maximum security prisons in Northern California to interview inmates who were formerly gang members about their experiences in and out of prison.



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Award News 2008

Imageworks and Craig Bentley continue to produce high-quality programs and as a result are recognized by the industry. Imageworks took home a Silver Telly Award for the POST program “K-9 Unit Operations,” produced with digital OutPost and featuring an intro starring Jim Belushi. “K-9 Unit Operations” also was honored with the Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award. Two other POST programs also won Aurora Awards: “2007 Legal Update” won a Platinum Best of Show and “2008 Legal Update” took home the Gold Aurora Award.



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Setting An Example

At the May Media Communications Association – International (MCA-I) San Diego chapter meeting, Craig Bentley was one of the featured speakers on “Getting the Best From Your ‘Talent'” dealing with both professionals and non-professionals. Craig is a past president of the San Diego chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors.