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Do you remember the Interactive Videodisc?  I’ve been working with Allen Communication Learning Services since the early ’80’s.  It’s true, we started working together in 1982!  It’s what you’d call a long term relationship.  The Founders at Allen Communication were pioneers in the art and science of interactive video.  Since 2010 I’ve been lucky enough to work with their clients in New York producing training for Mental Health Providers.  One of the organizations we work with is RFMH but mainly we work with the folks at The Center for Practice Innovations  They are affiliated with Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.    Together we have created over a dozen different training programs to assist Healthcare Providers.  Our topics have ranged from Violence Risk Assessment to SBIRT Screening, Tobacco Cessation and Cultural Formulation Interviews among many others.


Katie Maguire – Photo by Greg Windley Handstand Productions

Right now we were working on the 4th in a series of Suicide Prevention programs. I spent two days in NYC in February shooting video and stills.  I had the opportunity to work with a very talented actress Katie Maguire.  Here’s a couple of the still photos I shot of her for the course.  We spent a day working in a small park next to our location and a second day shooting in an office/clinical setting.  Katie’s performance was fantastic.  She was working with an actual therapist in a role play about suicide risk assessment, she made the scene very real.  We’ve also created courses on assessing suicidal ideation, safety planning for at risk individuals and how to follow up and monitor patients with suicidal behavior.


Katie Maguire

I mentioned in an earlier post that we shot still photos for a suicide prevention training course for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs just a few days ago.  It’s a crazy small world, but about 5 years ago I directed a shoot at the VA with Dr. Barbara Stanley where we brought in actors and had them ad lib and role play a suicide safety plan with Dr. Stanley playing the clinician.  About two years ago I got a call from our clients at the Center for Practice Innovation wondering how they could get to me some footage that the VA had produced about suicide safety plans.  I asked “Is it a clinician talking to several different patients in a black limbo studio setting?”  They said yes, and I told them, “What are the chances???  I directed that program and can just take care of getting the footage from my contacts at the VA!”  We used that footage in The Center’s training and since then we’ve worked with Dr. Stanley on all of the Suicide Prevention programs in New York.  It is a small, small world.   🙂

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Suicide Risk Assessment Clinical Setting


Katie & Beth Preparing for Role Play

Here’s a few more production stills from our last shoot and the final shot is of Gerald Hartley and I shooting a scene in NYC about Assessing Suicidal Ideation from one of the earlier courses.


Assessing Suicidal Ideation Greg Windley – Camera/Gerald Hartley – Sound

I’m grateful that I get to work on these kinds of projects.  They help me learn and grow as a professional and as a human being.  And I’m grateful for long term relationships with clients like Allen Communication Learning Services and The Center for Practice Innovation.  Sometimes living in a small world with coincidences is really, really nice.


VA Studio 2 It’s nice to be back and working with friends and colleagues at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Last week I worked as a camera operator on a live broadcast for VA staff about new and innovative ways to deliver medicines to patients with MS.  It was great to be working with Utah broadcasting legend Terry Wood.  Terry is the consummate professional.  He puts the non-professional presenters he’s working with at ease and makes everyone’s job a little bit easier.

The following day we shot still photos for a Suicide Prevention course that will be given to all non-clinical staff at the VA.

I know the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has gotten some bad press over the years, and some of it deservedly so.  But I can tell you from first hand experience that there are many, many great things accomplished for Veterans at VA hospitals that the press doesn’t cover.  I’ve been to and shot in VA hospitals all over the country, from Alaska to Florida, New York to California and Texas to Minnesota to name just a few.  I’m always amazed at the dedicated, hard working staff of health care providers and professionals that care for our Veterans.  I’ve seen Veterans hug their providers and thank them for the changes they’ve made in their lives.  I’ve watched them both weep when talking about how much they care for one another and the great level of care that is provided to Veterans.  Is it an imperfect system?  Certainly.  Any organization that size is going to experience inefficiencies.  I just wish the press would cover more of the success stories that we see come out of the VA rather than only the negative.  Here’s a few links to some shows I’ve either shot or Produced and Directed for the VA that are aimed at helping Veterans, training staff and educating the families of Veterans.  This is just the tip of the iceberg  when it comes to the great things that are happening at the VA today.

Connected Health –  How the VA uses Technology to help treat Veterans long distance and stays connected with them in their homes.  I was the D.P. on this film.

PACT Teams – A short version of a 30 minute documentary about how the VA uses interconnected teams of providers to deliver great healthcare.  I produced and directed this show.

Driving With Parkinson’s Disease – I’ve produced and directed more than a half dozen of this type of informational program designed to help patients and families suffering from PD.

Hope you enjoy.

VA Studio


On a recent commercial shoot for Union Wireless we needed a couple of direct overhead shots.  Tight schedule and limited equipment created the Mother of Invention.  A quick and easy fix was to take our speed rail slider track and raise it above the talent.  Next I used my handheld handle grips to support and level the camera on the track and then just shot through the track to get the shot.  Worked like a champ!  You can see one of the finished spots here:  www.UW Simply Sharing  The overhead shot of the popcorn disappearing was just what we needed.  Neither Necessity nor Invention need to be a Mother.  🙂
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I was introduced to Robert Selliah about a year ago.  Robert is the founder of American MedChem, a non-profit organization whose goal is to create targeted medicines for rare pediatric diseases.  You can check out AMC’s web site here:  We were able to collaborate with Robert and produce this short film to help with fundraising efforts.  www.Creating Cures To Save Lives.  We tell the story of two families with children that have rare childhood illnesses that one day can be cured if precision/targeted medicines can become a reality.  Big Pharmaceutical companies can’t create drugs for small populations of patients.  That’s the beauty of AMC.  It’s a non-profit organization that does not answer to shareholders.  Robert says that AMC’s responsibility is to the sick children of the world. One of the big bonuses of working on this project was that I was able to collaborate with my good friend Bruce Aoki from Wildwood Productions.  Bruce and I co-directed and shot the show together and then collaborated on the post production.  Special thanks also go to Wayne Dahl of White Light Productions and Jeff Hall of Jeff Hall Sound for donating time, equipment and their exceptional skills and talents to the project.  You can see the finished program on my home page or from the link above.  Please take a moment to watch and you can also contribute to AMC’s fundraising efforts here:
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GW_2012 Since this is my first blog post (and I’m not sure if anyone will ever see it) I’m really not sure what to write or even how to make it visible to the world.  I’m learning.  That’s what I like about my job, I get to learn.  I get to learn about my clients, what they do, what they make, what service they provide.  I get to learn about the people I work with.  Who they are and what they think.  If I’m lucky, I get to learn something from them and take a little of their experience with me when we finish.  I also get to learn about the production process.  What works, what doesn’t, how can we do it better next time.  I get to learn about cameras, lights, computers and software.  Sometimes, I even learn a little something about myself.  “I’m pretty good at this, or I’m not very good at that.  I wish I did that better or I’m really glad I know someone that does that, because I sure don’t know how to do it.”  I guess there’s lot of things to learn when you stop and think about it.  I hope I get to keep doing both – working and learning.

Now let’s see if I can learn how to publish this blog!


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