Video/TV Production for almost 30 years!

Corporate Videos

St Lawrence University-Capital Campaign

St Lawrence University launched their capital campaign with a gala weekend of events in October 2018. I had the pleasure of working along Tara Freeman, the Director of Visual Communications in crafting a video to highlight the weekends events but also promote the message of the capital campaign launch.  We shot this in a 2.5 days and edited it in a couple more days for a quick turn time.  The audio content is from the University President’s speech at the formal dinner.

Due to the run and gun situation of trying to cover many events around campus I shot most of it with a gimbal carrying my Sony A6500.  I also had my SONY A7III with a 28-75MM lens for getting closer shots handheld as needed.  The drone shots were with my new Mavic 2 Pro drone.  The image quality is much improved from the original Mavic Pro.  It has a new Hasselblad lens and an improved camera system.  Shoots 10bit 4k HLG video in H.265 format which vastly reduces the mosquito noise in the image.

The video has been widely received by both alumni and staff at St Lawrence University!

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Chazy School: A Look Inside

This is a video I made to highlight Chazy Central School.  The origins of the school date way back to 1916 when William H. Miner started it as the first centralized Rural School in the country!  At the premiere of my “Heart’s Delight” documentary on William Miner’s life, I was approached by Chazy School administrators to help make a video on what the school is like today.  They are a small school but with deep passionate roots and quire a few events and activities that make them very unique!  The idea was to put this on their website to give people that are thinking of moving to the area an idea of what the school system is like.


Rock this Place-Butcher Block Restaurant

Plattsburgh has many great eateries and bars now.  The downtown scene has exploded with a wide variety of options from Himalayan food to Greek, Mexican and other fine dinning. The place we tend to go to the most though is uptown on Rt 3.  The Butcher Block Restaurant!  It’s where my bowling league goes every Thursday night before we bowl and also where my wife and I dine often.

Last year they did a major renovation to their bar area and a few years earlier started an outside bar for the summer months.  I discussed doing a new video with the management to showcase the new look.  We originally discussed doing a simple “virtual tour” with my camera on a gimbal showing a walk through the place.  But that wasn’t going to show the “vibe” of the clientele too well.  Instead we did a couple nights of filming both inside and out.  Showing people having fun, showing the wait staff and some of the food and drink, even some of the live bands as well!

When it came time to edit, I was searching through the music that I have rights to use (copyright cleared) and found this awesome tune that is a mix of big band and EDM dance music!  I knew it would fit perfectly with the visuals I had captured.  Music always drives my edits and finding the right cut can be tough but when you do….it’s magic!

Check it out below…since the two days I uploaded it directly to facebook it has over 5K views and was shared by almost 80 people.  As close to viral as this small region gets!  The folks at Butcher Block are thrilled as many have come in saying they saw it.


More Real Estate Videos!

I have had the pleasure to work with Merrill L. Thomas Inc. recently doing more real estate videos for some amazing high end properties!  Most are edited to music and are done mostly for social media use and promotion.  (All of them live on the website for that properties listing too).  Some however are more like mini-documentaries, telling the story of the property from a first person perspective.  With my documentary background from working at PBS for 11 years, these are right in my swing zone!  Below are some examples of both types that I have made with Nick Politi of Merrill Thomas.

If you have a great connection make sure and watch in 4K resolution!


The Stagecoach Inn – Lake Placid, NY

This is a promotional video I recently made for a beautiful Inn dating back to the early 1800’s. Decided to try and do it more “Documentary style”.  I actually shot the couples first visit and then at the end of the stay did an interview to capture their feelings about it. Was meant to be mostly from the female perspective. It really is selling unplugging, relaxing and reconnecting with a spouse as much as this particular place. That’s a little different than most promo videos but I think it worked overall.  It tells a story and that is more interesting I think than just having a narrator tell stats and scripted material about the property.  I also wanted it to be told mainly from the woman’s perspective, finding the song was a key part to giving me the idea on how to put this all together.

The owners of the Inn are friends of mine that I got to know by filming their wedding in lake Placid in 2010!  The couple visiting are also friends of mine that didn’t know the owners or had ever stayed at the Inn before.

Tech details:  Shot with the EOSHD Pro Color 3.0 Picture profile for the SONY A6500 and a SONY A6300 on a Zhiyun Crane gimbal. Also used a edlekrone motorized slider for several shots.

 


“Living and Working in…” regional tourism videos

Last summer I had the pleasure to work on this series of videos for Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors.  It was also a chance to work with my former colleague Kari Hoffman, who was the Producer on these.  The idea was to highlight what select towns in the region are like to live and work in for potential home buyers.  We shot the vast majority of it, but some select shots were supplied by ROOST.  Kari did the rough editing in FCPX to flesh out the story lines, then I did the final edits by adding music and effects, B-roll and all graphics etc.

 


“Grace Guitarz” promo video

Nothing I like better than making a promotional video for a small company doing great things!  Grace Guitarz is just such a company.  It consists of two people (and their dog Bullock) making world class guitars.

Tom and Tracy are some of the nicest folks you could ever hope to meet.  They converted their old garage into a wrokshop and formed GRACE GUITARZ.  Their work is impeccable and if you get some time check out their website for some more information and high resolution to their work.

This was filmed over almost 8 months of time, thus the winter and summer footage in the same short video!  Sometimes it just takes a while to make it come out just right.  We were waiting for one of their house concerts in the summer to really show that they eat, sleep and breathe music!

For those who are into production details, I used my Canon C100 for the interviews shooting in Clog profile.  Then I used my Sony A6300 shooting at 120fps for the broll.  This allows for those super slow motion shots seen throughout the film.  I think slow motion is sometimes overused lately.  However, I felt it really showed the detail and craftsmanship of what they were doing.  I noticed things when playing it back in slow motion that I just didnt catch in real time.  The bits of dust coming off the sanding block, the particles floating in the air during the cutting of the wood… all microscopic details that show when you can alter time!