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Rock Creek On the Move

Rock Creek’s been on the move a lot in the last three months shooting in Tennessee, Indiana, Alaska, Texas (everything’s bigger in Texas … except Alaska), and California and Pennsylvania which we visited twice, for clients including the Transportation Security Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency … and more travel is expected in 2015!

But our BIG NEWS is that we’re about to move permanently into a large and flexible studio space! Rock Creek Studios will offer almost 5,000 sq. ft. of offices, editorial suites, and adaptable studio space. Our main studio is 45’x30’ with 16’ high ceilings – that’s 1350 square feet of open space large enough for nearly any application. In addition, there are spaces adjoining the main studio that effectively make it even larger and more versatile. And we’re fully outfitted with make-up and green rooms, a kitchen, and a workshop for making props and set pieces. And when our build-out is complete, we’ll have a large 20’ wide cyc for limbo or green screen shoots.

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This is a shot tucked into just a corner of our space. Paul Allvin being interviewed by his daughter Vivian Allvin.

We invite you to check us out online or in person.  Just drop us a line for a tour or to discuss a project.  Our address is 1145 Herndon Parkway, Suite 500, Herndon, VA 20170; you can reach us at 703.481.6590, online at or via email at

Flexible Studio Space

Creating a point-of-view shot of an employee sitting at an “bull pen” desk and looking out into the wider office space was easy in our flexible production studio. By constructing two half-walls, dressing the space to appear like a busy office, and populating it with extras, we created a look that pleased our client, CTEC, and achieved its goal.

studio set design

Here’s a shot of the set.

studio set design

Here’s a screen grab from the final shot.

Ashley Morrison delivers a package while Ashley Mushett fights with a printer, Linda Ross talks on the phone, and Susan Aglio works on the whiteboard. (Not seen are Lea Mulligan, Cale Harfoush, Chris Polito, and Chris Guarraia; Martin Spitznagle was CTEC’s director).

One Word

When your client responds with a single word after seeing your product …


… then you must be doing something right.                                               (Shown actual size.)

We’re in Alaska!

We are currently on location in beautiful Homer, Alaska – working on a project for Veteran Affairs.

These two views overlook Cook Inlet and the surrounding volcanic mountains and glaciers.

Veteran Affairs, Alaska

In the News

TSA, filming

Behind the scenes on the TSA Active Shooter training video

We are spending this week filming a TSA Active Shooter training video at the Indianapolis Airport – it has been making the news!

Below are some links to see some of the coverage and behind the scenes footage.



CERT Training Impact

In 2009 Rock Creek produced several training programs for the Community Emergency Response Teams, or CERT.  It’s always gratifying to learn, even after all these years, that products we’ve produced still have impact.
Here’s the story:
An actor friend of ours, Ken Elston, is running for Manassas City Council (, and we’ve offered to shoot some video for him to help with his election.  Well, he participated in the CERT program back in 2009.  Here’s a recent note from Ken:
“…remember the CERT emergency response video we did some years ago? Yesterday was National Night Out, and the town was full of emergency and safety personnel. The CERT tent went crazy when I came up, because they had just watched the training video again as a team. And some of them vote in the city!

UNC-TV Picks up Peace Through Education: Stealing the Light

Rock Creek Productions’ independent documentary film Peace Through Education: Stealing the Light was recently picked up by North Carolina’s Center for Public Television this week.

A timely story about the challenges of illiteracy and building educational infrastructure in one of the most conflict-torn areas in Afghanistan, this film demonstrates the power of education in creating civil society. We will be sure to post an update once we know the broadcast schedule.

Documentary Filmmaking

Rock Creek’s Studio Capabilities

In response to several requests for information on our new video production studio, we’ve put together a comp sheet of several of the different “looks” we’ve created. With our main space at 45’x30’ with 16′ ceilings, we can do much more, but we’ve only been operating for a fairly short time, and so almost everything is still out there in front of us. But we can build set walls and props or make use of existing office-type spaces, shoot in front of seamless or green screen backgrounds. The possibilities are fairly endless, so why don’t you try us out, see what we can do for you and your clients?

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NDU Studio Shoot

We just wrapped on two shoots for National Defense University (NDU) security exercises. In support of each exercise, Rock Creek created a couple of mock news and briefing videos combining green screen chromakey sets and live sets where reporters and experts described elements of the ’emergencies.’ For each exercise, we created a national news-style anchor desk (green screen), and three live sets, all in a single day in our spacious studio. Combined we heard from anchors from two national news organizations, field reporters in representations of NATO Headquarters in Brussels and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, we interviewed experts at a think-tank and in an engineering office, and we received intelligence briefings from military and civilian spokesmen.

Studio shoot

Talent: Alex Suarez

Our large main space (45’x30′) enables us to set and shoot in several areas and directions, which makes changing over from set to set easy and efficient. Here’s a simple National Security Council briefing set. Apple boxes and fishing line included.

Another RCP Studio Shoot

For another shoot for CTEC Corp. and the Defense Acquisition University, we used existing elements within our studio to create an office set with depth beyond the walls. This program provided advanced instruction on quality assurance graphical charts and featured a whiteboard that we later populated in post with text and graphics. Employing a doorway dolly on tracks we added visual interest to the scenes through motion.

Rock Creek Studios

This shot has Jake Mosholder and actor Alex Suarez behind and in front of the camera, respectively. Seems like Jake was abandoned by the rest of the crew.