"Film provides an oppurtunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images"

-Steve Bochco


All great ideas start with a concept. MMA’s large variety of experience from multiple backgrounds gives way for a plethora of critical ideas and design styles to make our firm stand out from the rest. The concept of the project is to reflect throughout the design of the building in its earliest stages. From the moment the pencil hits the paper until the Export button is hit in Premiere, the concept is kept it mind throughout. The Multimedia Artist producing video content is to carry on the energy, look and feel of the project and only enhance it with the astounding power of video. An image can be described in multiple pages of text, and a video only conveys countless more.


The model and project must enter a 3D visual stage. It can then be brought into a 3D software for further material work and the addition of aspects of realism to present the project in a representation of its real environment. These include foliage, weather and showcasing how people may interact with the work.


“Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.”

-Dan Patterson

The oppurtunity to control the Field of View is a challenging one. In architectural media, the Multimedia Artist is responsible for everything that enters the field of view. How will the highlights of a project be showcased? Conventionally or unconventionally? Is it better to see more or less? What is the most important thing to showcase within the timeframe. Conversations are always an absolute necessity between MMA’s multimedia artists and its architects, to showcase and emphasize what will make the project great, and stand out among the rest. Various factors come in to play, such as color, lighting, material, perspective and the proper environment that highlights the project best.


The rendering process at MMA can range from same-day results to an over-the-weekend escapade. Rendering is measured by a plethora of factors such as scale of the projects, effects and materials applied, lighting and strength of ones machine. Our state-of-the-art rendering team can make even the most daunting projects happen within a very short amount of time. This is essential in the work climate of the firm because designers must be prepared for quick drastic changes while still meeting the same deadline. MMA’s seasoned employees have the cutting edge workstations and skillset to handle whatever comes at them.


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During his tenure at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, Tom has spent close to Thirty Years in planning, design, construction and contract administration for a wide range of large and small-scale projects. He joined the company in early 1997 and as one of MMA’s Principals, he has been responsible for overseeing the growth and success of the educational design studio for the last two decades. His responsibilities include contract generation, establishing budgets for hard and soft costs, design consultant coordination, and overseeing construction administration and project close-out. Tom attributes his success to his attention to detail, and his ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.