As a business owner, you always hope that your valuable tools never break down. For me, my cameras serve as a lifeline for my business. I’m sure anyone in the event filmmaking or video production business can relate to me when I say that a camera is a vital tool. Anyway, last week when I noticed there was something wrong with one of my cameras you would think that I would be worried since this happened days before a shoot. However, I knew that I had a company to rely on, Armato’s Pro Video.
In the past 25 years I have had a camera malfunction only twice, and both times I turned to Armato’s Pro Video. Without hesitation Paul Armato and Dennis Hopkins from Armato’s Pro Video were right there to make sure I had a camera repaired in time for my next shoot. I can not say enough about what these guys went though to make sure my camera was repaired quickly and professionally. When they discovered the repair was outside what they could do at their repair facility they immediately hand delivered my camera to Sony’s factory repair facility in NJ. By the way, Sony’s repair facility usually has a 6 to 8 week turn around time and they somehow got my camera repaired in two days. My guess is they have a great relationship with the guys at Sony.
I feel the need to let you know that when you purchase a camera from Armato’s Pro Video not only do you get amazing customer service but they have loaner program where if they can’t repair your camera in a reasonable time they’ll loan you one free of charge. So needless to say I knew that if they couldn’t get my camera repaired in time they would loan me one until it was.
In my opinion the first step in buying a camera is finding a reputable company that will stand behind you after the initial purchase. So when you’re in the market for your next camera give these guys a call and forget the box houses. Dennis and Paul from Armato’s are honest reputable guys that WILL be there for you when you need them and you never know when that might happen.
Couldn’t be more excited! Why you might ask? Next week, I will be speaking at The Illinois Videographers Association’s Fifth Annual IVA Filmmakers Expo. It’s such an honor to be invited back again to speak at the expo. I love giving back to an industry that has been a passion of mine for the past 25 years. This year, I will be giving away some awesome freebies from my sponsors including iPlayerHD and Pexagon so I hope to see you there.
Be sure to like Steven Fowler Films on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StevenFowler for updates and pictures while I am at the expo! Event filmmakers, don’t miss out on this incredible learning and networking opportunity. I hope to see you there!
This past Saturday, April 30th in West Hartford Center we had filmed The Lux Bond and Green’s Diamond Dash brought to you by SCVNGR. I had the pleasure of producing this shoot with the help of Cameron Rogers for filming, Marc Manzi for an incredible job on editing, and Pierce Kuchle for his help at the shoot. This production was a ton of fun with a lot of high energy from all of the participants. Hundreds of participants flooded West Hartford Center to participate in the diamond dash in hopes of winning a $12,000 A. Jaffe diamond ring. Participants were receiving clues via text message on their phones. We were running just as much as the participants were throughout West Hartford Center/ Blue Back Square. Our final edited video of the footage from event is incredible, and it was so exciting to relive the moment when Kaitlin Stacy and John Voglesong wining the ring! There was so much excitement and emotion that Kaitlin and John conveyed! I wanted to thank the sponsors from the event: Lux Bond & Green, LaViera Photography, Kiss 95.7, J.T. Chamo The Tuxedo Place, Stylish Impressions, and NBC Connecticut.
Danielle Nielsen, Producer
“We are proud to announce that Steven Fowler Films has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick.” This is the third time we have been presented with this honor and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It is TRULY an honor to be voted with venues as The Society Room, The Riverview and The Candlewood Inn. Photographers like Carrie Draghi Photography, Brian Ambrose Photography and none other than Steve DePino. We were also excited to see Sharon Elizabeth Floral Designs, Rob Alberti’s Event Services and our good neighbors After Hours DJ Entertainment. We certainly must not forget the great service and food of Jordan Caterers. Thanks again to the dedicated team at Steven Fowler Films for going above and beyond making sure our event films are exactly what our clients want. Lastly, but not least! Thanks to all the brides who voted for us again! Here’s to another year of truly outstanding event film making.
We are excited about having been able to partner with Stephen Charles Photography to produce another Photo Fusion production. It is from Brie and Daniel McAllister’s wedding. Fusion productions are a mixture of video footage and Images that were provided to us from Stephen Charles Photography. The production is in essence a recap of the entire wedding day in less than ten minutes. We hope you enjoy it.
Brie and Dan were married on May 22nd 2010 at Ethel Walker Church in Simsbury, CT. The reception was held at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT. Thank you to Stephen Charles Photography for allowing us to use their images within Brie and Dan’s movie.
Emails like this make all the hard work worth while.
We filmed Robyn and Ted Blake’s wedding movie on May 29, 2010 at the Church of Incarnation in Wethersfield, CT. Their reception took place at Mahan’s Lakeview in Wolcott, CT. It was a pleasure working alongside Brian Ambrose Photography during this event as well. Be sure to check our wedding testimonial featuring Robin and Ted.
Ted and Robyn. . . thank you for your kind words.
This is a demo trailer produced for St. Clements Castle. We used footage from Monica and Nuno Lopes wedding movie. The trailer does a great job exemplifying how beautiful the grounds at St. Clements are. Be it spring, summer, autumn, or winter St Clements Castle in Portland, CT is the ideal place for your wedding and or reception.
My friends Kate and Adam Tarallo were married on April 10th 2010 at The Church of Holy Trinity in Hartford, CT. Their reception was held at The Farmington Club in Farmington, CT. I had the great honor of being a part of their wedding party which was a nice change for me being that 99.9% of the time I’m attending a wedding, it’s because I’m there to work. It was a welcome change having the shoe on the other foot. I did however have the pleasure of cutting their movie together as my wedding gift to them. Just about every weekend from late May to the end of August I would come into the studio and work on their movie. While it was a ton of work and made for a crazy schedule, I would do it all over again without blinking an eye. It was one of the most fulfilling pieces of work I’ve ever had a part in. I’d like to thank Dan and Jen with Stephen Charles Photography for allowing me to incorporate their always beautiful images within the movie. Adam and Kate, Congratulations. I feel fortunate, humbled and extremely thankful to have played my small part on your special day. It was an experience that I’ll hold onto for the rest of my time and one that really makes me wish that life came with a rewind button. I love the both of you and wish you all the best.
We were fortunate enough to have worked Amy and Chris Thompson’s wedding this past weekend at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Amy and Chris are a great couple and really made all of us feel very welcome and at home on their special day. We were also lucky to have been able to work along some great vendors during that day such as Michelle Wade Photography, Rob Corr with Correlation Productions and Mike Ferino with D.J. Music in Motion.