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Hollywood-Style Team Building in New York City

In the city that never sleeps there are so many things to see and do. That is why a movie making exercise is perfect for a group looking for team building in New York. Think James Cameron, Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg … a movie making activity will either reveal to the world (or at least to the group) a hidden celebrity or remind the participants to stick to their day job! Either way, teams will have a ball checking it out. After all this is team building in New York City — with a touch of Hollywood.

After all, what better possible backdrop for a film could there be then the streets of NYC? From Times Square, to Rockefeller Center, Central Park or Wall Street, the diversity of scenery and the possibilities of moods they evoke are staggering.

For our team building scenario teams could follow the example of the many successful directors who have filmed in New York City and shoot inside some of the classic NYC venues. Indoors in New York can be just as exciting as outdoors. Think of inspirations like… a thriller beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (sound familiar… a la Da Vinci Code) or dashing through Grand Central Station in a Hitchcock-ian chase scene or strolling with the American Museum of Natural History as a backdrop – Woody Allen-style.

To set the scene for a team building program, the group is typically given a scenario that gets them thinking. For our example they must come up with and shoot a three-minute video in 40 minutes. Sound pretty challenging? What follows will definitely begin as total mayhem as teams and team members enthusiastically share skills, talents and energy while creating their video production. This team building activity generates excitement and inspires team cooperation and unity. Teams must create and collaborate on quick solutions to meet their goals and the looming deadline or fall by the wayside.

Video New York package should come with the most important tool that the teams will need, other than their own ideas: a video camera for each team. The participants are then let free to create a storyline based on an assigned film genre. It may be drama, musical, even sci-fi, but more often than not, comedy is always a big part of their choice, in keeping with the playful atmosphere of the team building program. A program typically lasts a half-day. It could launch from any conference room or meeting space with teams also venturing outdoors to include local scenes or attractions. This is, after all, New York City.

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