The off-season always provides us time to improve our editing skills and make our videos even better. Between our visit to the Wedding and Event Videographers Expo in Orlando in the fall and regular visits to the local videographers association over the winter we were inspired to produce an even better highlight video.
The major changes include taking some of the events out of chronological order, shortening clips, and adding some more filters and effects.
To do this testing we used footage from a wedding we shot in the fall of 2008 for good friends of ours. It was a great day and an amazing venue so we thought this would be a good opportunity not only to improve our work but to also surprise them with an edited highlight video.
The wedding took place at the Independence Visitors Center located on Market Street in Philadelphia with amazing views of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. The event was planned by Erin Proud of Proud to Plan. Photographer for the day was Erin Farrell of Erin Farrell Photography with music provided by Steve Vazquez from Silver Sound
About five years ago before I formed Valley Creek Productions I decided it would be a good idea to interview my grandfather on video. He was getting up in years and I wanted his history preserved. I knew he served in Korea and a little about his early history but a lot of the other stories he told I had never heard before and were new and interesting to me.
Since this was before I started the videography business I used a consumer camcorder with a wired lapel microphone and sat him down. Over the course of a few hours I asked him questions. I also sat down with my grandmother to get her take on some of the stories he told.
All of the film from Korea and Japan was shot by my Grandfather. We had the 8 mm film transferred to DVD a while back. Almost all the photos are his too. This project was several years in the making. partially because I was only working on it in my spare time and partially because I was working hard to find photos from old family albums that would match what he was talking about.
As I wrote on the cover of the DVD I gave out to all of our family members, this film will preserve these memories and stories for the next generation.
Below is a link to the interview. It’s broken into 5 segments to make viewing easier and runs a little under 60 minutes. I hope you enjoy viewing a little of our family’s history. If you’re interested in doing something like this for your family contact us for more information!
Update: My grandpa passed away on January 13th. He was an great man and I am so happy to have known him. On our last visit a few weeks ago we got the family together to show everyone this video. He was so proud and happy then and I’m glad I got it done in time for him to see it. Afterwards we took a family photo which I added below.
Congratulations to Rizza and Jim on their marriage December 11, 2009.
The happy couple was a pleasure to work with. They were wed at St Christophers Parish in Philadelphia. The party continued at the beautiful Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn. What an amazing venue, especially this time of year with the Christmas Tree and the lights.
Capturing photos for the event was David Nasoff with Reflections by Dave . The DJ for the evening was Frank Catrambone with Center Stage Entertainment. Frank was extremely helpful to us and did a great job keeping the guests on their feet all night long.
Congratulations to Dave & Gina, they were wed on September 19th!!
The ceremony was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk. This is an amazing church with a beautiful ceiling. Photos were taken by Jim Indo of Zacahary Gallery. After the service the party started over at Presidential Catering in East Norriton. DJing the afternoon was Schaeffer Sound. This was a fun group and we wish Dave and Gina the best of luck!
So as I was climbing up a ladder to the roof inside the under construction Warwick Middle School in Lititz, PA I wondered if hazard pay should have been considered when I negotiated the contract for this job. For those who don’t know me, I”m a big guy and heights and I don’t exactly get along too well.
Thankfully it was a big flat roof and it was more than worth the trip to shoot the video we needed. I was up on the roof shooting a video for a new product just introduced by Firestone Metal Products called the UNA-CLIP. It’s designed to save time when installing metal wall panels. Rather than having to attach the clips to the panel with screws, the UNA-CLIP clips directly to the panel saving installers time and effort.
The star of the video Bob Griffiths invented the clip and his knowledge of the product was very helpful to make sure I was getting all the right shots. Unlike me, he was right at home on the job site. I’m happy to report that I made it back down the ladder safe and sound along with all the video gear.
The marketing department at Firestone was very happy with the final product and has already used it at a trade show this past week.
Check out the new Firestone Video on the Valley Creek Productions business page.
Shooting video at family events is something we do best, and it’s especially fun when it’s my own family. Back in June I shot my cousin Tim’s high school graduation from Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, NY.
Video is one of those things that I’m always happy to shoot when I’m around family and friends during special occasions. These are memories that will only get more valuable as time goes on.
A few years back my mom had all of my grandfather’s Super8 movies transferred to DVD. Watching those now is so amazing for me. Being able to see my grandparents in their prime and my mom and uncles growing up was very interesting. I’m glad I’ll have those videos to watch for years to come even as I create my own.
Check out Tim’s short graduation video up on our website in the family events section.
Tim and I after his graduation in June
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