A trio of Michigan-born individuals are pooling their talents together to produce a series of web-based shows titled "Your NEW Detroit" Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 21, 2013.
About this project
Make sure to check out some previous work we had the pleasure to be a part of; links at the bottom of this page. Shot here in Detroit!
At a time when the world is peaking its head through a window to look at a city fallen upon itself like a boxer hanging on the ropes, Detroit continues to persevere and stands ready to move on to the next round. This is present day. But what's the crystal ball outlook for the months, years and decades that lay ahead?
For a trio of Michigan-born individuals, what they see is optimistically clear and bright. Like countless others, they believe a rejuvenation is forthcoming. Yet, unlike most with similar high hopes, they have the combined desire, skills and commitment to do something about it. They are developing 'Your NEW Detroit.'
First, let's rewind the clock a dozen years to when Brandon Ottenbacher and John Tripolsky were roaming the halls as students at Dakota High School in Macomb Twp. Friends since 2002, it never crossed their minds that one day they would collaborate on a project showcasing the positives in what is best known as The Motor City.
The Insider Peering Around - Following graduation, Ottenbacher moved downtown and attended the College for Creative Studies where he expanded his talents in videography, editing and animation. Since graduation he continues to maintain residence in Macomb Twp. with a professional resume including work on projects with leading studios such as Dreamworks SKG (including VFX for the feature film 'Real Steel') and Dimension Films, to name a few.
The Outsider Looking In - Tripolsky, on the other hand, attended Macomb Community College. In his spare time he worked with his late grandfather, John Muliett, helping turn the elder's Lake St. Clair-based hobby into 'Loke Lures', a fishing tackle manufacturer whose products became sought after by musky anglers worldwide. Handed the responsibilities for sales and marketing at the age of 17, his early entrepreneurial skills began to gel.
After completing a multitude of programs (earning three A.A.S. degrees) at MCC, Tripolsky made the thousand-mile move to South Carolina where he attended the School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston. Never someone adhering to restrictive "inside the box" thinking, Tripolsky balanced his studies along with the formation of his soon-to-be marketing firm, JTE Marketing Group.
The Boomerang - Unlike Ottenbacher who stayed local and Tripolsky who moved away, Bobby Samborsky had relocated to Chicago but returned home last May. During meetings with Samborsky and his employer - one of JTE's Detroit area-based clients - they quickly found mutual respect for one another's capabilities. In this case, Samborsky's 12 years of marketing experience could provide an unbiased equilibrium between Ottenbacher's creative talent and Tripolsky's entrepreneurial business focus.
Turning the clock to the near-present, the two Dakota High graduates continued to stay in touch with one another, even as the years passed and the distance between their homes increased. Recent get-togethers during Tripolsky's now-frequent travels back to Michigan always seemed to find their discussions to include a wide range of topics related to Detroit. They found themselves mutually upbeat about all the great things the area has to the offer, but disheartened how often positives are never considered by outsiders ... or worst yet ... by its own citizens.
For example, consider these facts: Established businesses ARE moving in from the suburbs and from out of state; new start-ups ARE finding the city as a source of both talent and office/manufacturing space; infrastructures ARE being rebuilt; vacant and reclaimed properties ARE finding new use; plus numerous others.
Among JTE Marketing Group's creative services are social media marketing, and analytics. Since moving 'down South' in 2008, Tripolsky has continuously monitored both in-state and out-state coverage of Detroit. Unfortunately, he finds that the 'good news' has either been buried or completely overlooked. For all the content that populates news media channels, the greater majority of it has - unfortunately - been more like a spiny thorn in Detroit's side.
"Brandon and I had many conversations about how we could utilize our diverse perspectives and talents to showcase the great things Detroit has to offer," says Tripolsky. "Stories about opportunities that people, businesses and groups outside the state have rarely considered and, as a result, used as reasons for not coming here. Along with Bobby, the three of us wanted to do something together to show what's really going on here." "We want to help stop the 'dissing' and start the 'doing," Tripolsky adds.
The 'doing' he talks about is branded "Your NEW Detroit," a series of web-based shows aimed primarily at viewers outside the geographical Detroit area. Their intent is to promote how the city's near- and long-term future CAN and WILL be a positive one, especially as it relates to the overall business climate.
Each episode will be delivered through a non-political, creative and modern documentary style highlighting various industry leaders and citizens. A wide range of success stories from small and large businesses alike will help also define the fabric of "Your NEW Detroit."
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To view the initial Press Release - CLICK HERE
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Below is some previous work done in Detroit by the members involved:
Falcon F7 Official Commercial- Directed by Michael B. Chait, Visual effects, Grip and Touch up work by Brandon F. Ottenbacher.
Wilson Music Video- Written and Directed by Nick Ferguson, Art Director and Grip by Brandon F. Ottenbacher, Cinematography by Ray Rivard.
Risks and challenges
Aimed primarily at viewers outside the geographical Detroit area, the intent of the shows is to promote how the city's near- and long-term future can and will be a positive one, especially as it relates to the overall business
Being connected in so many social networks and dealing with so many different contributors we may run into minor set backs in our scheduling and filming dates. If and when these set backs occur we will address the issue and correct it in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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