Starting 2018 with a new employee, 3 incredible interns and an array of exciting projects set the tone for a year of creativity, newness and growth. Claire (Business), Jonah (Video) and Sean (Graphic Design) jumped right in with the team as our spring interns and Jess Ross joined Coal Creative as our part-time project manager.

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The video boys kept busy shooting and editing live performances with Special Guest App. with us and Holly continued to do laps around NEPA by volunteering with the Girl Scouts in the THINK Center, participating in mock interviews at Misericordia and attending the 20 under 40 reception.

The video boys kept busy shooting and editing. Holly and Jess did laps around NEPA networking, volunteer and presenting and Coal Creative’s first employee Matt celebrated two years.

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March was the “Month of Matt”, our lead Web / Graphic Designer had a busy month as we redesigned the website for local photographers Earl and Sedor, created a website for John Young Mortgage, created a website and a ground-up brand for Church Services Group (always love starting a brand from scratch) and started an exciting project with a local Historian about Harvey’s Lake.

The rest of the team kept up by filming and editing videos for the Wilkes Barre Chambers spotlight event, creating a video documentary “Taken By Pictures” with Jamie Smith of the Social Fabric Collective for an event, attending various networking events and more.

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Aside from video shoots with Pinnacle Rehabilitation, the GWB Chamber of commerce and Special Guest App, April was a month of community involvement and networking.

Holly spoke at Wilkes Universities Principal of Marketing class, Holly, Sam, Jess, Claire presented at 18th Annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference, Holly and Jess participated in Career Services Panel Discussion at Penn State University Park and so much more. Lastly, we celebrated 3 successful internships with a trip to the ice cream shop, Ballyhoo.

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Earlier in the year, we began laying the foundation for the United Way’s annual fundraiser and their “Day of Caring” Event”. We assisted all the way from planning to the events promotional materials (Print, Apparel, and Video) to participating in the event and attending the dinner. We also began the giant project of filming participants for the EPIC Awards (Over 30 local professionals!)


Holly still found time to judge Business students business plan presentations at Wilkes U, Matt designed stellar new menus for the Woodlands, we live streamed events for the GWB Chamber and more.

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In June, we on-boarded 4 new Interns, Jason, Barry, Alex, and Sara, but that’s not all. The team was working together and all gears were turning as we churned out a new Website for AllOne Foundation, Live streamed the Epic Awards, shot a 101 Video for UGI, Kayaked the Susquehanna river filming for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and more.

We felt the team spirit and took third place at the annual YP Kickball tourney, we felt pride as our Director of Business Development graduated leadership wilkes barre, and we felt terror as we saw Hereditary together at Wilkes Barre Movies 14 (Team building exercise, maybe?)

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We were honored to be asked to create a documentary about the Art’s in Pennsylvania for the Governors Awards for the Arts. After garnering footage of Art Wow factors from all 67 PA Counties, We wrapped up this massive project and delivered it on time to a panel of art professionals in our area. We also snuck in a video shoot at Boote Studio for the United Way!

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August brought to fruition, many big projects that the team clocked countless hours in for.
Along with doing the logo, we premiered the PA Arts Film at the Ritz Theatre in Scranton and attended the awards event as a team. We also attended the Pittston Annual dinner where our video was shown. All this while simultaneously gearing up to begin our work on Northeast Sight Services centennial videos and completing a video campaign for Visit Luzerne County.

Holly was PSU Convocation Speaker and Holly and Sam were a part of the Brewsterhout planning committee.

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We were thrilled to once again help develop a new brand. The Sebelin brothers came to us with a need for a logo, website, photos, and billboard. We accepted the challenge! We also dove into video shoots for Northeast Sight Services.

We also rounded out a busy September by welcoming scooter riding fall intern Samantha Lisk and Sam and Holly attended the United Way annual Campaign Dinner.

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In October, we continued getting footage of scenic Wyoming County, as well as shot with a new client, the boys from Coastal Ridge Homes. We went live with multiple websites, one being a logo/website combo. Perry’s Walnut Lane Farm and were the marketing sponsors of two local non-profit fundraisers: The Dress for Success Diamonds in the Woods event and Kiss theatres dancing stars of Wilkes Barre.

We also started shooting our own Testimonial Videos with some clients who we recently wrapped projects with, like Bill Jones of the United Way, Drew Kearney of Signallamp health among others. Our very own Holly gave 2 presentations on Creativity and Innovation at Wilkes U.

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No breaks November began and didn’t slow down! We created videos for the GWB Chambers spotlight event on branding and innovation, we finished six Northeast Sight Services centennial videos with time to spare, live streamed a conference for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Kiss theatre dancing stars of Wilkes Barre event and photographed the Atzi hats crew. And that was all before Thanksgiving!

Internally we hired two new part-timers (shoutout Drew and Lisa), won 2 Marcom awards for our work with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Social fabric collective, Holly spoke to Intercollegiate LWB class, the team celebrated Friendsgiving and Holly and Sam attended the Wyoming Valley Chambers Annual breakfast.

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We ended the year strong by being nominated as the 2018 Best Places to Work by the Times Leader!

The video boys had a busy month shooting with a new client “New Era Eyecare”, The TecBridge Business plan competition winners Nexus Valley Solutions and we also wrapped up our Wyoming County Chamber shoots.

Holly judged FBLA students at WVW and we once again celebrated Friendsmas. Here’s to 2018 as we look forward to 2019.

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Watch a video recap of our year!

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