Get to know:  Andrew Fiscus

  • By DH Productions
  • 19 Sep, 2017

Treat. Yo. Self.

Where did you grow up? - I grew up in Middletown, OH.

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? - I was on the wrestling team and did theater in high school. Also, I was certainly the worst player on my 6th grade basketball team.

Nickname? - "King Video" Everyone calls me that...

Favorite food? - Pad Thai, GOOD Pad Thai

Favorite genre of music or band? - The Mountain Goats, Against Me! I mostly listen to a mix of folk, punk, and folk punk with some movie soundtracks thrown in.

Favorite podcast? - I listen to a lot of podcasts, but Harmontown, Lore, Radiolab, and Dumb People Town are regular listens.

What is your favorite thing about the video production industry?

I really enjoy shaping and creating moments. There's nothing quite like the feeling when everything is clicking during a shoot, but the story is told through the edit. I think of editing grammatically in that each section of a video should be a coherent thought or sentence. It's when you find the right punctuation that the magic happens.

If you weren't working in video production, what would your job be?

I was a photographer for 9 years, so I'd probably be doing that. But that's sorta cheating. I'm not really qualified for much else. Grifter? Vagabond? Someone who sorta travels the carnival circuit but doesn't work for the carnival directly?

What/where is your favorite place to visit/vacation?

I used to work on a cruise ship, so I've been fortunate to travel, and my two favorite places I've been are Bali, Indonesia and this little park in Hobart, Tasmania where I took a nap once in the warm grass under the shade on a beautiful day with some friends.. I also like L.A. where a bunch of my friends live.

Where could people find you in your free time around Dayton?

Plenty of places. But I'm a big fan of The Neon. I'm seen wandering around the Oregon District occasionally. Tanks. Blue House Gallery. Plenty of parks and places with cool textures and design.

Do you have any hobbies?

I watch a variety of sports. Video games. I write occasionally. It's currently Fantasy Football season though, so that has to take some kind of priority.

If you could only watch 5 movies/tv shows, what would they be?

If I could ONLY watch? I'm picking all TV then -- more content.

Friday Night Lights, Six Feet Under, Parks and Recreation, Unsolved Mysteries (Robert Stack only, please), and Rick and Morty

What inspires you when working on a new project?

I'm inspired by possibilities. There are so many ways to tell a story or convey a message or sell a product. A careful creator has to pick the right tools and use them in the correct way to craft something of quality and, dare I say, substance. That inspires me.

When was the hardest you ever laughed?

That's a good question, and I wish I had an answer. I laugh a lot -- too much, perhaps. I can't pinpoint an exact time. Or place. Or moment.

What is your favorite piece of gear when shooting?

The camera.

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By DH Productions 14 Dec, 2017




adjective: cinematic

  • relating to motion pictures.
  • "cinematic output"
    • having qualities characteristic of motion pictures.
By DH Productions 11 Dec, 2017

Where did you grow up? – I grew up on a farm in Miamisburg, Ohio where we raised apples and other produce. I started working at our family’s farm market at the age of eight.

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? – I played in every band I could find, ran distance in Track & Cross Country, plus I was always climbing trees on the farm.

Nickname? – Jessi, but my Dad called me peanut, my Grandpa called me Jess and my jazz teacher called me Hollywood.

Favorite food? – I like all kinds of food, but cheese is one of my favorites – Raspberry Bellavitino!!

Favorite genre of music or band? – There is very little music I don’t like. Some of my favorites are Jimmy Buffet, Squeeze, Jim Croce, Jason Mraz, John Denver, Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinsen

Favorite book? – One of my favorites that I read while working on my master’s degree was “The Way We Think” by John Dewey.

By DH Productions 04 Oct, 2017

Where did you grow up? – I grew up in the northern tip of West Virginia about an hour north of Wheeling. Ohio and Pennsylvania were so close that it was like growing up in all three states.

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? – My parents were avid golfers and I played a lot as a kid, even played for the HS Golf Team. My real passion as a kid was swimming, I never wanted to come out of the pool.

Nickname? – My nickname is Rick and it is my preferred nickname for Richard. I’ve had others over the years but they luckily haven’t stuck. 😉

Favorite food? – I am not a picky eater so this is a tough one. Lately, a nice marinated flank steak cooked on a charcoal grill is about as good as it gets.

Favorite book? – I am a voracious reader. I usually have a book on tape for the car, a Kindle book at home and a backup paperback to read if my kindle is dead. My favorite books change all the time. A recent favorite was, “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson.

By DH Productions 27 Sep, 2017

Where did you grow up? - A small fishing village called Centerville, OH

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? - I played pretty much every sport, but I think soccer and basketball were by far the most, then maybe ultimate frisbee. I also fished. A lot.  And if it counts as an activity, as soon as I figured out how to use my dad's straight-to-vhs camcorder I was constantly making pointless videos.

Nickname? - Levinski.  It is a version of my family's original last name.  When people found out about it in middle school it just took off.  What I didn't know at the time was the real spelling is "Levinsky."

Favorite food? - My Grandma's gnocchi by far, but I could eat pizza every day of the week.

Favorite genre of music or band? - I listen to a whole range of stuff. A lot of blues driven rock and anything where people are legitimately playing instruments. My top 4 bands in no particular order are AC/DC, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Joe Bonamassa. Try to figure that out. And while I'm editing I usually listen to film scores.

Favorite podcast? - ACES Radio. It's probably terrible to anyone who doesn't know the people making it, but I laugh hysterically for 2-3 hours every week. It's 20% Columbus Crew and US soccer, and 80% crude humor.

By DH Productions 19 Sep, 2017

Where did you grow up? - I grew up in Middletown, OH.

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? - I was on the wrestling team and did theater in high school. Also, I was certainly the worst player on my 6th grade basketball team.

Nickname? - "King Video" Everyone calls me that...

Favorite food? - Pad Thai, GOOD Pad Thai

Favorite genre of music or band? - The Mountain Goats, Against Me! I mostly listen to a mix of folk, punk, and folk punk with some movie soundtracks thrown in.

Favorite podcast? - I listen to a lot of podcasts, but Harmontown, Lore, Radiolab, and Dumb People Town are regular listens.

By DH Productions 13 Sep, 2017

Where did you grow up? - I grew up on a farm outside of Celina, Ohio. Growing up on a farm really shaped my work ethic. Nothing like taking care of cows everyday to teach you consistency and dedication!

Did you do any sports/activities growing up? - Ehhh, I used to play Volleyball and Basketball when I was younger. But I managed to consistently get hit in the head. So I took that as a clear indicator that I should not play sports.

Nickname? - Technically my name IS a nickname. My full name is Arminda, but I go by Minda for short.

Favorite food? - Basically anything with Peanut Butter in it. I eat a unhealthy amount of Peanut Butter...

Favorite genre of music or band? - Indie Rock is pretty solid in my music library. Some of my favorites are The Rocket Summer, NEEDTOBREATHE, MisterWives, and Relient K.

Favorite podcast? - I can not pick a favorite, but I can list my top 5!

  1. Outside/In
  2. Criminal
  3. 99% Invisible
  4. MFM
  5. Exploring My Strange Bible

(FYI, this list could easily be expanded. I listen to A LOT of podcasts)

By DH Productions 24 Aug, 2017
I often find that one of the more common questions I get asked is, "What is the best camera?". I've always been a firm believer that when it comes to cameras, you need to select the right tool for the job. While some cameras have distinct advantages, and those advantages often grow exponentially as the price tag increases, there is something to be said for picking the camera that is going to work best for the specific project you are shooting.

Some factors to consider:

What's the light like? If I'm shooting something for a commercial, I like to polish and shape the light to get that image to pop off the screen. In this situation, I often prefer a more production-ready camera like our RED Epic or our Canon C100. However, if I'm shooting in more of a documentary format, sometimes that option isn't available. Cinematography is the art of painting with light (and sometimes framing it with movement) to create an immersive, visual world. But what if you're struggling to get the right amount of light? Nobody likes digital artifacting and unwanted "noisy" footage. In that situation, I would look to a camera like the Sony A7S Mk II, which is one of the best, affordable low-light cameras on the market.
By DH Productions 18 Aug, 2017

I believe Michael Scott said it best when he stated “When I discovered YouTube, I didn't work for 5 days.” Now, obviously this is exaggerated for humor, but the sentiment is pretty on point. It is astounding how much time we (and by we, I especially mean I) spend looking at videos online. It has come to the point where YouTube is actually the first place I go when I want to learn a new skill. YouTube helped me fix my dryer when it stopped working. My dad didn't teach me how to tie a tie, but YouTube sure did! Get this—almost 5 Billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day. That's Billion with a ‘B’ people. Plus, in an average month 8 out of every 10 people (18-49 years old) have watched at least 1 YouTube video. It adds up to over 30 million visitors per day. AND THAT IS JUST YOUTUBE! Those numbers don't include all of the other online video platforms like Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, and embedded video.

With all of that being said, it amazes me how few of our clients come to us wanting to make video specifically for online distribution. Oh, but you better believe they start thinking about it real quick. TV or live distribution is still the #1 tool many clients think of when putting their advertising out into the world. And don't get me wrong, it can still be a great way to reach your audience, especially if you are targeting a demographic that will already be in that location. For instance, making sure your commercial airs during the college football games on Saturday. However, in 2017 a study by YouTube found that 6 out of 10 people prefer online video platforms to live TV. And that number is growing every single year.

So let's look at some of the real perks of online video:

  1. There is no time limit A :15 commercial can fly by on TV without you really being able to get your company’s message across. Sure you can bump the airtime up to a :30 or a :60, but then your price goes up as well. And anybody who has ever advertised on television knows that it can get pricey real quick (especially in the most desired time slots). Now you can upload multiple versions of your video, including one that may be 2, 3, 4, etc. minutes long to really show off your business.  Think of every advertisement like a movie trailer for your company.  The better the trailer, the more likely customers will flock to your business.
  2. DVR With viewer's ability to skip the breaks in their favorite shows, your command of their eyeballs has really gone down. Think about spend all of that money for airtime and they don't even see it. Let YouTube do the work for you. The more views your video has, the more likely your video could go viral and gain an even larger audience.  And with pre-roll, even if someone decides to skip your video, you are guaranteed to have their focus for at least 5 seconds.  Plenty of time to hook them with a well made video.
  3. Price Like I've said a few times already, airtime can be expensive. Barring any sponsored posts or boosts, online video is F-R-E-E! Wouldn't you rather spend your money making the best looking and most memorable video you can versus a low budget video that your customers see maybe once? And if you want to spend a little extra money on platforms like Facebook you can put your video in front of the exact demographic you’re looking for by boosting a post.

By DH Productions 13 Jan, 2017

At the end of every year we like to step back and take some time to think about how we can better serve the video needs of our corporate and commercial clients. It's no secret that the number of video production providers in Dayton Ohio has grown, which is why it's ever more important to step outside of our bubble to ask ourselves “Why us?” While we have the prestige of award winning videos, and having been in business for over 10 years, complacency is the enemy. As part of our efforts, we're once again investing deeply into the latest video gear that is going to take our work to new heights. While we've already been on the cutting edge for years with our Red Epic Cinema 5k camera and tools like the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, this year we're penetrating the stratosphere. Firstly, we've armed ourselves with a set of Xeen Prime lenses. Seriously, ask us to let you hold one and you'll get the hype. In addition, we are now rocking a wireless monitoring system, wireless focus system, and a number of other gizmos that we are geeking out about. 

- Jordan, Cinematographer + Editor

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