It’s not that important

Contrary to popular belief your work is not too important that you cannot take a break to go outside and bask in the glorious sunshine. Ok maybe if you’re a doctor and your scheduled for open heart surgery or something of the like. Yeah you should probably just wait to have your relaxing moment. Also, good for you. I’m sure that’s a very stressful thing to do and I would not want to switch places with you. But the rest of us who do not currently have a life hanging in the balance of our next decision, we should just take some time to enjoy the small things in life.

“But wait anonymous Turning Point author” you say, “I do not have the slightest idea of how to relax and surely I do not want to go have a beer whilst I’m working. What pray tell should I do?”

Fear not loyal reader for we have put together a small collection of things which bring us a zen-like feeling of peace and or excitement. You can check it out by clicking the word HERE.

We are curious what you do to unwind and take your mind of things. For example, back when I worked in a cubicle for a living I would sneak down and out the rear of the building and really just waste time watching people in their cars at the stop light on Golf Road and some street I cannot remember. Man it’s hysterical to see the performances people put on in their car. Dramatic sing alongs, the rear view mirror makeup application, unmentionable habits concerning ones nose-that really creeps me out. One of my favorites was to see multiple dudes (in different cars) checking out a pretty woman. You really get to see the various approaches to “inconspicuously looking”. And the inevitable “oh crap, she just caught me, act natural. la la la.”

So anyway, this was just a quick post to say “hey, enjoy yourself”. Keep on keepin’ on.

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What’s worse than being a guest at a lame party? Being the host.

Last year we had the privilege of working with one of the hippest bands around Chicago. Richie Davis from the Chicago Catz called us up and we talked for quite some time. These guys are the real deal, I thought to myself. The stories I heard, the places they had been, the people they had played alongside. Man, my head was spinning. Make no mistake, it wasn’t Richie doing some unsolicited name dropping, it was one honest answer to a question I asked that sparked me to ask a follow up question whose answer sparked another question and then another. You see where this is going right.

We’ve shot a couple of different gigs for the Chicago Catz and each time they simply owned the stage, owned the crowd, and owned the night. The passion for what they do and their talent just combines into this unstoppable energy that doesn’t quit until it creeps into your feet and hands forcing you to get down and dance. To cut loose and enjoy yourself. Now try to imagine staying focused long enough to shoot a video. It wasn’t easy.

Since our first conversation, Richie and I have became friends. We don’t go hang out every Tuesday on a bowling league, but our phone calls definitely do not follow the traditional client/service provider template. But then again, I guess neither one of us are exactly traditional. I can say that Richie is a stand up guy, someone who really cares about making people happy and making good music. If that’s not the guy you want in charge of the good times at your event, I don’t know who is. Check them out at www.ChicagoCatz.com.

 

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Need some advice on your new marriage?

Kelly and Adam had a remarkable wedding at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. Their theme was a family tree and from the first time we talked with Kelly and Adam we knew this would be something truly unique and special.

Dozens and dozens of picture frames holding family memories and stories were all throughout the venue. You could have spent hours simply looking at all the photos. The reception cards were replaced with leaves from a hand painted tree. So much attention to family, we knew there was only one way to capture Adam and Kelly’s wedding day. We hope you enjoy and maybe you learn a thing or two.

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All This Time

The weather outside is frightful, but we’ve got something to warm your winter soul. Check out our latest sneak peek trailer from Matt and Brandi’s upcoming destination wedding film shot in Cancun, Mexico. Wow! Mexico. Those folks down at the Gran Caribe really like to pour drinks, which is good because we really enjoyed drinking them. We came back with a ton of great footage, new friendships and a fascination with the tequila sunrise.

Matt and Brandi are such an awesome couple. It was cool to spend time with them and really get to know them outside of their wedding day. Truly an amazing adventure was had by all. Now if our interns will get to work cleaning the sand out of all our equipment.

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the “V Events” Premier Party

Are you looking for an incredible venue for your next event? Well our friends over at the Victor Hotel Chicago invited us out for their “V Events” Premier Party. We shot some footage, had some drinks and met some of the coolest people in the industry. The party was an opportunity to showcase the Victor Hotel so we put together this little piece to show off the ambiance, attitude and overall coolness of this remarkable venue. Special thanks to Cera Stan of the Stan Mansion and Victor Hotel for inviting us out. Also Jennifer Jimenez from the Smitten Bride for hooking the whole thing up. And of course a huge thank you to all the sponsors of the V Events Premier Party. For more information check out www.victorhotelchicago.com

Enjoy the clip and go get a night life…

 

More video samples and blog entries

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Best of the Knot

We are proud to announce that Turning Point Productions has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick.

Thank you to all our wonderful brides (and grooms) for all your support. And an immense thank you to the hardest working crew in the business. Our wedding filmmakers are the most creative and talented I’ve ever seen. And quite a good looking bunch. Seriously though, thanks to everyone for the support and helping to spread the word. We are truly greatful to do what we do and look forward to another fantastic year. To celebrate, here’s part I of the British Invasion;

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Once Upon a Time… in Chicago

“So I’ll say action and you guys walk up to the balcony.”

“What do you want us to do?”

“Well just do what comes naturally, be yourselves.”

What followed was one of my favorite shots of the day. Just two people, in love, being themselves. That’s why we spend long hours on a shoot or at a computer editing.

Amit and Neha are truly one of a kind. Really a selfless, fun-loving couple. After they watched this video they told me it was a bit strange to have so much focus on them. Hodgepodge, I say enjoy it! You two truly deserve it and congratulations on your engagement. Can’t wait for the wedding next year in Atlanta. Buckle up, it’s going to be a ride. Now to figure out how to get that jib crane in my carry on bag.

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All My Secrets Away

Filming in Chicago is a love/hate relationship. You’re never going to find better locations to shoot a bride and groom. The city can cater to whatever style you’re looking for and whatever mood you’re trying to set. The traffic and the parking on the other hand, that’s a whole different blog. I always hate having to go down there (and driving a Chevy Silverado doesn’t make it any easier). But once I’m there and we’re shooting, wild horses can’t drag me away.

Tom and Michelle’s wedding was no exception. The hike from Tinley Park to the Sheraton was taxing. Especially when all you can think about is the daylight your burning just sitting in stand still traffic. We grabbed some cool shots at the Sheraton then party-bussed it over to Lake Michigan where I would have bet money we were about to witness a hurricane if not for our place on the map. Umbrellas blowing inside out, waves crashing up onto the walkway, grey ominous clouds. So we retreat and upon arriving back at the Sheraton (10 mins max) we look up to see some of the most amazing clouds dancing across the skyline.

All in all, a fantastic shoot, superb wedding and kick ass reception. Congratulations Tom and Michelle, here’s a teaser trailer of their wedding.

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This is Turning Point

Get a blog, you need a blog, WHY don’t you have a blog. I’m shy and I’m busy-I guess that sort of sums it up. So for starters, we’ll keep it simple. We do a lot of weddings, we do all things video production. Promotional videos, corporate video, commercials, independant films, and recently music videos- but we do a lot of weddings. There is truly nothing in the world like creating a wedding video (or film as they’ve come to be known). I still get nervous before every wedding, I figure if that changes I’ll probably just step down and pass the reigns to someone else. But I don’t plan on doing that any time soon, I’m having way too much fun.

We feel that it is our responsibility to fill whatever role you want us to play be it a documentary approach or a 3 or 5 man crew to producing a truly unique wedding video. The possibilities are endless, but don’t be overwhelmed – we’ll figure it out together. If you dig our stuff, give me a call and we can see if we might be a good match. Talk to you soon. In the meantime, here’s a clip from one of our latest creations.

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