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Dec 31, 2011

Episode 39: New Year's Eve in Sicily

My wife is searching for shoes to wear tonight. We're leaving in 15 minutes to spend a mystery New Year's Eve with ... well I met three of them this afternoon at the Bellini Opera House:
an Albanian Concert Pianist, a Cuban Baritone and a Mezzo from Armenia. I think it will be another evening of 3 languages

The Baritone showed me around the center today. Catania has the most amazing market, and so cheap.
Such a culture shock going from Belgium to Sicily. People are different here, louder, warmer more fun.
But it did take an hour in the mobile phone shop to buy a sim card....

Food is going to be great tonight. I think we are going to a restaurant in the country side...
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Dec 29, 2011

Advertisement : Shrimp on the Barbie

Paul Hogan, the original....

also: fun video

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Dec 23, 2011

Episode 37: Heading to the opera

Taking an afternoon break from editing, I curled up with a cup of tea and a camera manual.
My goodness this AF100 camera's menus are deep. The control over the flavors of the image you want to record is quite wonderful. The camera's already been put to work, filming Rini, pre-opera preparations at home...
I've scored a ticket for tonight's Cendrillon performance, which is three hours long (shorter than Carmen) so hopefully the left over jet-lag will keep me on my toes as I'm 6 hours ahead.

After the show 2 nights ago, I joined Rini and her manager with the maestro and a couple of colleagues, one still in her spangly lashes (see photo below). A fascinating bunch. Quite an honor to be around, as I sat there quietly trying to keep up with the 4 languages being tossed around like a small baby.
Eglise Gutiérrez : The Fairy
I'd been in the wings briefly at the final curtain, amazed as always at the very specific energy that happens backstage. Most of the cast are on every night, so they are quite exhausted with a week to go.
Rini, with lots to sing, is supposed to be off every other show, but had to sing back-to-back performances last week as the other Cinderella was ill. That was the night they were filming for broadcast, so good for Rini.

Later that Night:
I Button Holed a tiny camera as I walked in to the opera....

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Dec 15, 2011

Episode 30: The Vanna White Interviews for LionBrand Yarn

Vanna White sat with us one morning in November in her Beverly Hills home and chatted about her crocheting habit.

She looks amazing still, those cheekbones love the camera!

Videos by New York Video Service LLC 

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Dec 11, 2011

Episode 26: Bimini, Hemingway's getaway is changing

A momentary witness of a place that will change forever, I'm happy to have seen Bimini.

Our dive guide Devito drove us around the island in a golf cart, pulling over to pay his respects to his blind drunk mother-in-law and her staggering amber cohorts, lunch at the Triple A shack where I recognized the hotel merchandise girl working her 2nd job.. and a visit to the best Conch Salad shack on the island.

The aqua blue views from shambled concrete beach houses niggled thoughts of real estate: the proposed ferry service from Florida is going to bring Americans in droves.
Maybe the food will improve, they'll stop serving canned green beans and over-cooked seafood... but the beachfront property will eventually be snapped up by non-locals.

This was a working scuba trip for me (see pics), but there was time for an earful and a sticky beak at the life of the locals on an island in the Bahamas. 

A visit to the new hotel compound showed what to dread as I pointed my camera in vain at the bland new world that will overtake Bimini, the land that Hemingway loved.

Back to the rushing New York City on rude, cramped Delta Airlines. These seats must be intended for people without elbows or knees. The airline industry has been ruined by executive decision. You greedy greedy bastards. When will you ever learn that it's not about money?

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Dec 10, 2011

Episode 25: Ansil Saunders, boat builder of Bimini, Bahamas

Martin Luther King enjoyed Bimini back when even fewer black men held power.
MLK, who wrote much of his nobel prize acceptance speech in Bimini,  favored the hand crafted wooden bone fishing boats of Ansil Saunders, a God fearing, sausage fingered salt of the earth carpenter, whose boats are so beautiful that some people pay the $40,000 for a boat and keep it inside their house as a piece of art. Seems crazy, but the boats really are that beautiful.

Ansil Saunders, boat builder (picture with boat here: click )

During our visit with him after a morning's scuba diving, he regaled us with his stories of hanging out with Richard Nixon, Ernest Hemingway, and... he wanted to spend time with me in the future to make sure I don't go to hell for my evil life....
So that's my latest claim to fame: Ansil Saunders wants to save me from the devil.

His boats really are quite beautiful, and the island community treasures him as they should.
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Dec 7, 2011

Episode 22: Crowded House Royalty Check

Next to me, at the Fort Lauderdale airport, a 40-ish woman is listening to Crowded House with the volume so loud that her ear drums must both be calling their congressman.

I remember that I neglected to bank a couple of checks before leaving for Bimini: one for playing Vivaldi, the other is a royalty check for playing on Crowded House's "Woodface" album. It's for $28.
I guess that's what happens when you are young and stupid, or don't know how to negotiate.

Tim and Neil Finn, the brothers from the band, were lovely people, despite their fame. On the morning of the recording, Neil answered the door in his pyjamas, showed me in after realizing who I was and then "make your self at home" disappeared.

The periscope bolted to the ceiling was odd. Less surprising, somehow, was the huge pile of weed nestled in the open belly of a hardback Collected works of Shakespeare.

My memory of the recording is blank except for one surviving image of the entire band looking through the glass pane at me as I trickled violin lines into that expensive microphone.

I wonder what I'll spend the $28 on...

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Nov 18, 2011

EPISODE 2: Shooting Vanna White and her cat

Flying to LA with a camera and tripod in the overhead bin to shoot Vanna White in her Beverly Hills Mansion, my United Airlines aisle seat neighbor, a blonde PR lady, had just finished doing a $350 million dollar engineering deal. She didn't seem stressed at all. She was most interested to hear my answer to her question: "What are you'all doing in LA ?"

I was being met by the marketing communications manager and marketing VP for LionBrand Yarn at baggage claim to drive to our hotel and have dinner to discuss the 'Vanna Shoot'.

All being on the same page was par for the course for us because we communicate well at all times, so when Vanna came down the staircase after an hour of hair and makeup.. looking, well let's just be honest here, she looked like a super star..... we just rolled the camera and let Vanna do her thing, prompted by some very basic talking points. What a professional she is!  A Southern Belle to the core, Vanna Gosh Darned  when the airliners overhead interrupted our takes, but engaged the off camera interviewer with the intensity that Merv Griffin discovered all those years ago.

Did you all know she loves to crochet?  That's the draw for LionBrand Yarn. She has her own line of Yarn, and she donates 50% to St Jude's hospital. Pretty awesome chick.


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EPISODE 1 : Diary of a Videographer: about me

I'm an viola player and film maker living in Barcelona and also sometimes in New York City.

I started this blog back in 2005 back when people were reading blogs....

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Nov 8, 2011

Martha Stewart Home Loom Kit ! Here are the instructional Videos

Christmas is on its way, and this home loom kit from Martha Stewart is a winner (if you like that sort of thing).
Here are the Instructional Videos



Jul 30, 2011

Diving a Ship Wreck off the Coast of New York City: The Oregon

Resting at 120 feet below the surface is an old wreck that New York Divers like to visit:

From the New York Video Service


Jul 20, 2011

Shark Feed Student Graduates

Egyptian scuba diver, Ahmed, graduates from Christina Zenato's shark feeder course in Grand Bahama.

The Underwater Explorers Society ( UNEXSO ) take divers out regularly to watch the shark feed. It's an amazing experience, and one that every scuba diver should look into.

The world's first dedicated dive resort: UNEXSO, was conceived by Albert Tillman who is widely considered the father of diving education.


Jun 3, 2011

Best Chocolate Cake in the world is Portugese?

Flying back from Portugal to NYC this weekend, weather looking nice..

I just had dinner in Lisbon in the courtyard of a Portugese fellow and who was there? The guy who designed and makes the (Soho shop) 'best cake in the world'... he brought one out after dinner, it was a dark chocolate one, very sweet, but quite delicious, and good with berries.
No flour in it, which is great for many, and gluten free (although he can't say it legally as the chocolate from France may have traces from the factory )

Here's a punter's video if you can stand it:


May 22, 2011

Sharks becoming more understood through scuba diver videos

Venturing underwater with scuba gear is becoming more and more popular. Understanding sharks has become a fascination of many, and scuba divers are helping in the fight against shark fin soup and irresponsible fishing practices that have decimated the oceans marine population.

More Scuba Related Articles

You can help: Don't ever order these:

    • Blue fin tuna
    • Orange roughy
    • Chilean Sea Bass
    • Atlantic Cod
    • Beluga Caviar, wild caught caviar
    • anything trawl caught, or long-line caught

May 16, 2011

MAYA concert shot live in New York City: watch the videos here

This astounding ensemble had an ace in the hole: the brought in a bagpiper for this concert!
Watch this video shot by the NY Video Service at MAYA's May concert from New York:

0:00 "Bulería" trad. Andalusian/John Hadfield
4:10 "Jota de Pontevedra" trad. Galician
7:00 " Panxoliña " trad. Galician
arr. Kyle Sanna & Cristina Pato

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MAYA "MAYA TRIO" flute harp percussion bagpipe bagpipes pipes scottish live concert "Bridget Kibbey" "Sato Moughalian" "John hadfield" "Cristina Pato" "Eneko Vadillo" "Raquel Rodriguez" "Danièle Doctorow" "Shane Shanahan" ensemble

Apr 23, 2011

The Truth about nuclear disaster

It's a black picture:


Apr 14, 2011

Brita Filter recycle program

When you are done with your Brita Filter, please don't send it to the landfill, drop it off at your nearest Wholefoods ( store locator ). They are recycled into toothbrushes and razors.


Apr 8, 2011

Tip #7 for creating Corporate videos: "Make it Current"

TIP #7 in the series "Make it Current"

7) Make it Current:

Average people watch between 1 and 10 videos per day, covering a wide variety of video standards.
Graphics, Music and Editing need to be current:
Apple has made video production available to the masses so those standard garageband tracks will sound familiar to the customer and can make your Company seem cheap, as can cheesy video transitions and graphics and titles from 2008.

A skilled editor should know the up-to-date cutting edge techniques to make your video sparkle 'like new':

  • New Music Tracks composed just for you
  • Modern Graphics in your Company Font
  • Animated Logos
  • Uploaded with the most current Youtube specs (which change very year)

This video, shot for Powerbar, utilized a high end camera shooting at the same frame rate as the 'Gladiator action sequences'- giving the runners a more compelling look. Opening Graphics involved 'Google Earth', which the customer recognizes as current, and music was taken from less accessible music loop collections and tweaked to make them individual.
Listen to the soundtrack on this video: it pulls emotional strings and creates a real connection between the product and the viewer. It's a full orchestral score on a budget!
Take a look:

Video by New York Video Service 


Apr 7, 2011

Tip #6 for creating Corporate videos: "Make it Shareable"

TIP #6 in the series "Make it Shareable"

6) Make it Shareable:

By encouraging the conversations to spread viewership increases
To promote sharing make sure your video can be embedded, emailed and posted to the different social media sites.


Apr 6, 2011

tip #5 for creating Corporate videos: "Make an Action Avenue"

TIP #5 in the series "Make an Action Avenue"

5) Make an Action Avenue:

  • a call to action, 
  • a trackable URL to visit, 
  • a coupon, discount code, or 
  • a unique phone number to call. 

This way your video can be evaluated against other marketing efforts.

Adding video to a site can drive 36% more clicks, 20% more inbound calls, and more than double time on site.
55% of people who view a video visit the company’s Web site;
30% visit a physical store; and
24% make a purchase as a result of watching.

Here's an example of placing a simple web URL in the description which automatically becomes a clickable link .
(double click the video to watch it on Youtube )


Apr 5, 2011

Tip #4 for creating Corporate videos: "Title and Tag for the Customer"

TIP #4 in the series "Creating your Corporate Video"

4) Title and Tag for the Customer, not for your Company

Increasing your relevance in search results to your customer starts with naming your videos in a logical way: "Put yourself in the mind of your customer", asking: "What words am I going to search today?...

Here's my protocol:

Who is the customer?
15-60 year old Females, 25-55 year old Males, Professionals, People in Sales, Marketing, Fashion, Publishing, Media, arts, with incomes of $30,000 to $250,000, who watch videos on their computers at work and at home
What are they searching for?
Deals on expensive designer items that are current, recognizable, and out of reach of average consumers.
(off the top of my head )
How do I help them find this video?
  • Title the Video for the Customer: "Fashion Tips from Fashion Week that make you go Ooh La la"
  • Tag it for the Customer who is searching in Google or youtube etc. when necessary using "inverted commas" for two important words that like to be together, such as : "designer deals" fashion designer deals cheap accessories "designer warehouse" bargains etc.
It's somewhat of an art, but if you keep the customer's mind at the forefront of your decisions about Titles and Tags, you are taking a giant step in the right direction. Just remember to watch results and alter your decisions accordingly.

More about "description" of your video, soon...

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Apr 4, 2011

Tip #3 for creating Corporate videos: "Make it Engaging"

TIP #3 in the series "Creating your Corporate Video"

3) Make it Engaging:
These two guys are pretty new at being on camera, but they have a message which when edited the right way, is engaging, especially with some nice B-roll shots to go over the talking head.
In this video the B-roll video clips tell a back story about our protagonists which keeps it interesting:

Real Estate Start Up : about us from Peter Bucknell on Vimeo.

Video by New York Video Service 


Apr 3, 2011

Tip #2 for creating Corporate Videos: "Make it Relevant"

TIP #2 in the series "Creating your Corporate Video"

2) Make it Relevant:
Respect the viewers’ time, make it quick, and no BS. (your video editor should be able to help with leaving redundant material on the cutting room floor.
My attention span for video is 2-3 minutes unless it's something really compelling, so try to start there and cut back the total running time (TRT )as much as possible.

Provide them with actionable content: Don't leave them thinking: "So What... what now? "

This 'book video' took two hours to shoot (Daisy knew exactly what she wanted to say to her customers ) the final cut is well under 3 minutes, she tells us what's in the book, why she thinks her customers should read it, and why she wrote it.
The images in the video are designed to connect with the chef in your family's emotions about home and family.
Take a look:

Video by New York Video Service 


Apr 2, 2011

Tip #1 for Creating Corporate Videos: Make it Authentic!

TIP #1 in the series "Creating your Corporate Video"

1) Make it Authentic:
Creating authentic video that captures the human element.
Customers are jaded by typical sales-pitches. When everything is available at the click of a mouse, having a good product is not enough in this day and age.

Help your potential customers to connect on a personal level. This connection builds trust and drives action.

In this video for, a 'host' who is unrelated to the product gives a 'human approach' to the NikeID shoe concept, which is believable, and avoids the 'hard-sell' feeling which most of us find a turn-off.

Video by New York Video Service 


Mar 19, 2011

Feb 7, 2011

Shark Fin Soup: Don't eat it, don't eat in restaurants that serve it.

"I Pledge Not to Eat Shark Fin Soup" - Campaign Video - English from Shark Savers on Vimeo.

Only the ignorant will order shark Fin soup, let alone cater a wedding with it.
It's tasteless, and contains high levels of mercury.

Shark Fin Soup = Idiot