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2016 Drawing To A Close Looking To 2017

2016 has been a banner year here at To Tony Productions. We had more bookings, business, and satisfied clients than any year to date. We have had a blast filming so many weddings, cool music videos, live concerts, corporate events, etc etc. The list just goes on and on with how many awesome things we have been blessed to be a part of. As we look into 2017 the number of bookings for wedding videography has already doubled from this time last year and our team of dedicated videographers, editors, and assistants just continues to grow.

For 2017 we have some exciting new toys and tools we are going to be implementing. The biggest news is that we now have a drone. Yes we have a drone to capture those amazing aerial shots on your big day or next event. It looks awesome and we are testing in the field now to have it ready to all the upcoming 2017 weddings.

As far as other news for 2017 there are two new video service features we are experimenting with now but we are hoping both plans can come to fruition and we will be able to officially announce these new plans soon. We are always looking to innovate and expand so these new video services should help to accomplish this goal.

Have a safe and wonderful close to your 2016, a great holiday season, and a happy new year! We will be seeing everyone soon.

Thanks for the love!

Daniel Hess

The Reviews Are In!

So now you can write official reviews on To Tony Productions. We have an official Google Profile page where you can give us your thoughts on everything we do. As a flegling business here in Maryland it is awesome to start hearing feedback on our services. The customer experience means everything to us so any and all thoughts are welcome.

IMDB Trivia:

In the animated TV Show King of the Hill: Hank is seen as owning two pickup trucks in the series. At the start of the series, he drives a 97 Ford Ranger. Later in the series, when he is forced to replace his truck due to it being hit by a train, he upgrades to a Ford F-250. (The model year is unknown, but, the body style was in production from 1999-2006.)

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Facing A Harsh Winter

Well two things are fast approaching this time of year.

1.) The anniversary of the 'Dive' - It will soon have been a year since I decided to start freelancing full time again.

2.) The slow season - with winter cold business traditionally slows down especially in December and January.

One is great and the other is scary. Last year the thing that kept me going was a seasonal job at a local photo studio which was awesome! However this year that option was on the table but it wouldn't have been the same thing which isn't what I wanted. Basically last year I just had to organize invoices at a computer desk during the graveyard shift which was awesome and chill...if I would have had that on the table I would have been all over it this year but alas it is not.

As far as the slow season I am bracing things fairly well so far. November is picking up with a few good gigs, more than I thought I would have on the table. December has about two advanced bookings but the closer I get to a month the more I fill up so we will see.

My last rant is I can't believe it has already almost been a year since getting back to freelancing! Around this same time I could have been the manager at a Santa Photo Stand at a local mall...ugh. But after meeting a now close business friend at Starbucks and having a great heart to heart talk about things I quickly realized that I could make a lot more money working for myself. I quickly left the santa photo job right before it was due for me to start fortunately and never looked back since really. I still do independent contracting for a photo company but it is beyond super part time.

Thanks for reading,

Daniel Hess

IMDB Trivia:

In the film Nightcrawler (2014): To create Lou's gaunt appearance, Jake Gyllenhall worked out for up to 8 hours a day and ran or biked to the set everyday.

Reality vs. Business

Lately business has been booming in a great way! This time is more exciting than ever for me. I am getting better at working with clients and my different contacts I work closely with. The unfortunate thing and is the case with most businessmen I suppose is my personal life is taking a huge hit. I try to work hard in order to put myself in a position that I can take more time off for me but it actually does the exact opposite and create more pressure on myself. I am not trying to complain rather to vent about the realization that it takes this sacrifice to make any business a true success.

It is now officially Halloween here in Baltimore! Hope everyone has a great day today.

-Dan

The Allure of the Music Video

Ever since I can remember I have always loved music videos. They are like great movies (well sometimes) that play to your favorite songs. I would always like to hear the song on the radio and envision my own video to it and see how close my vision was to what actually came out. Sometimes I think the directors get it dead wrong, other times they surpass even what I had in mind. A good example for me personally would be the music video for Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day...in my head I could see a lot of the imagery of just angst and anger being spilled onto a screen. What was created was a great video that tells a nice story of teenage hatred and being lost in modern society it was awesome.

A good example on the flip side for me was the video for Dark Horse by Katy Perry. I think the song is a perfect pop anthem it is a good song even with the wasted space by Juicy J...however the video for it is crap. The budget was obviously large but it just a weird mash up of an egyptian motif with no substance to it. In my mind I saw more of a cool revenge story going on something much darker than what came out of it.

Either way music videos are great...I still feel as though I have yet to make a truly amazing music video but it is coming I can just feel it.

Thanks for reading,

Dan