ARS Video goes back 25 years, and three generations of its founding family have overseen the company’s growth. What started in 1987 with a room-sized machine continues today on desktop computers: the staff transfers VHS or Hi8 footage, slides, pictures, and 8mm and 16mm film to DVDs. They also transfer audiocassettes and reel-to-reel audio to CDs or recover video from hard drives, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Beyond working with long-ago recorded images, the ARS team ventures out to perform videography and editing services for bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs, weddings, and TV pilots—the ones who sit in a TV’s cockpit.
Film students represent a distinct sector of the undergrad community, one characterized by abundant creativity and an intense professional drive. That’s why KSET Studios LLC staffs film students to produce its marketing videos for individuals and businesses. With the studio’s stock of modern equipment, the staff captures footage to create web videos, instructional videos, video résumés, and many other multimedia projects.
Fledgling page-crafters and expert scrapbookers alike can find all their design needs amid the store’s large selection. Printed paper (64 cents to $1.99 per sheet) serves as a fluorescent canvas for the millions of memories begging to be released from cranium file cabinets and cemented onto album pages ($15.99 to $34.99). Bedazzle your favorite photos, love poems, and scrapple recipes with stickers and embellishments (99 cents to $5.79), or peruse the vast clearance aisles for items up to 75% off. The store’s extensive travel section lends itself to memorializing family vacations, cross-country road trips, or semesters abroad spent pirating off the coast of Australia.
The Medina Gazette ’s Best of the Best Photographer for 2009 and 2010, photographer Bob Mihalko boasts 25 years of experience capturing the light. Specializing in studio shoots, family photos, and senior portraits, Mihalko’s work runs the gamut from formal to absurd, incorporating such relevant props as musical instruments, sports equipment, and collections of shrunken heads. With a pair of studio shoots, patrons can preen for over-the-mantel posterity before returning another day for a series of shots. Whether an engagement photo or baby’s first portrait, Mihalko sends subjects home with a brace of 11”x14” enlargements perfectly sized for dining-room display or tricking police when you're unlawfully using the car-pool lane.