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Musicians experience music as a series of notes. And truly, live audiences respond to sound-waves moving over and around them—but an audio recording ignores the fact that we take in most of the world through our eyes. Why not make your recording audio-visual to give people a more complete facsimile?

David Laks recently invited me to his new video production “theater” nestled in a beautiful part of New York’s Catskills. We talked; we walked; we spoke in depth about our musical aspirations. I had just written a song with time-related social significance, and so along a trail to an idyllic pond I made the decision with David, to jump right in…to a video production.

Two weeks later David completed the production of “Resist! Resist,” and to my amazement two weeks after that we have reached over 4000 listeners, and it’s rising. David functioned as the video director, editor, and principal camera operator on this three camera shoot.

The total cost of my production was a modest fraction of what a CD costs. Sure it’s just one song, but it has reached more people than any of my five CDs, and that one song, shot live, packs in more excitement.

This was my second such experience, and the better one because of David’s flexibility and optimistic enthusiasm. Soft-spoken and well-spoken, he exudes confidence in the project the artist and his own talent. He dove in just like I dove in.

The experience reminded me of a poem I love by Marge Piercy:
“The people I love the best/ jump into work head first…they seem to become natives of that element.” (“To Be of Use” by Marge Piercy) I loved working with David, a native of that element because he transformed my band and I into natives of that element.

Now that I’ve been submerged, I can assure you: I’ll be back for more, and I’ll jump in head first again. Why not, now that I’ve experienced the value of video and the value of David’s work.

Kurt Henry
Singer/Songwriter

Musicians experience music as a series of notes. And truly, live audiences respond to sound-waves moving over and around them—but an audio recording ignores the fact that we take in most of the world through our eyes. Why not make your recording audio-visual to give people a more complete experience?

David Laks recently invited me to his new video production “theater” nestled in a beautiful part of New York’s Catskills. We talked; we walked; we spoke in depth about our musical aspirations. I had just written a song with time-related social significance, and so along a trail to an idyllic pond I made the decision with David, to jump right into a video production.

Two weeks later David completed the production of “Resist! Resist,” and to my amazement three weeks after that we have reached over 15,000 listeners, and it’s rising. David functioned as the video director, editor, and principal camera operator on this three camera shoot.

The total cost of my production was a modest fraction of what a CD costs. Sure it’s just one song, but it has reached more people than any of my five CDs, and that one song, shot live, packs in more excitement.

This was my second such experience, and the better one because of David’s flexibility and optimistic enthusiasm. Soft-spoken and well-spoken, he exudes confidence in the project the artist and his own talent. He dove in just like I dove in. The experience reminded me of a poem I love by Marge Piercy: “The people I love the best/ jump into work head first…they seem to become natives of that element.” (“To Be of Use” by Marge Piercy)

I loved working with David, a native of that element because he transformed my band and I into natives of that element. Now that I’ve been submerged, I can assure you: I’ll be back for more, and I’ll jump in head first again. Why not, now that I’ve experienced the value of video and the value of David’s work.

Kurt Henry
Singer/Songwriter

I’ve been trying to set up a home studio where I could make high quality music videos for some time now. Over the past few years my attempts have not amounted to much, save for a collection of oddball lights and stands in my basement, a camera with way too many menus for someone born in the 20th century to understand, and a few really awful looking video clips.

David explained the basics of good video lighting to me, positioned a few of my lights just so, and showed me a few settings on my camera that I needed to understand. Then like magic, at the push of a button (literally) I had beautiful video shot in my own home, with my own gear.

I’m finally going to be able to get back to my “Live in the Room” project!
Many thanks for a wonderful at-home consultation David!

Perry Beekman,
Jazz Guitarist & Vocalist

“This last week has been a whirlwind of activity. We have been filming all week and working non stop to make sure everything’s is just right.
David Laks is an amazing individual. His specificity to your vision and making it happen just as you see it is incredible.
I would 1000x recommend working with him if you need a business commercial filmed.”

Dr. David Smaldone
Smaldone Chiropractic
“We were looking for a studio space to film a PSA for our non-profit and David Laks presented us with the best situation imaginable. His hospitality, resourcefulness and knowledge are only matched by the superior collection of tech gear he has to make a shoot go extra smoothly. We are so very grateful.”
Health Care is a Human Right, Inc.
“David Laks is an absolute pleasure to work with. He adapts well to different industries and has always been a dedicated, goal-driven professional. He is a great editor and works hard to execute projects efficiently and on time. David is a true creative asset to any project.”
Best Regards,
Alannah Gallagher
Marketing Manager
Innovative Products of America® Incorporated
“David, Your unbiased ability to really listen and enter the mind of someone with a vision is a rare talent. I cannot thank you enough for your kind, creative abilities while putting together our recent promo for Absolut Elxy and Water for People. Upon seeing the physical manifestation of my dream, EXACTLY as I saw it, I was brought to tears (the good kind) for which I appreciate you so very much. Thank you, forever.”
Reverend Debra
NY Licensed & Ordained Wedding Officiant
Crime Victims Advocate/Counselor
“Hi Dave!! I wanted to thank you so much for the video you made for Under The Sun Crafts.  What an amazing job!! You are awesome and thank you so much for keeping my spirit enthused about our business!!  Your attention to the details was so helpful in pinpointing just what was needed to get our message through.
I couldn’t be happier.  And I was very impressed with how efficient you were, we had the product completed in just one day!!  Please use us as a reference any time!”
Thanks again Dave, our best to you!
Dave & Dara Heinlein
Underthesuncrafts.com
underthesun@ hvc.rr.com
“…the video was great.  Your are incredibly clever and creative with the use of the images on the side.  Really inspired work. People are going to love your work”.
Sincerely,
Chris Drouin
Founder
Beyond Wealth Management
Phone (845) 750-6213
Fax (866) 456-1451
www.BeyondWealthManagement.com
“Firstly you did a really great job filming them!
sounds great David!
you saved the day!!
Thanks for all your hard work….I know how much time it takes editing…….forever!
The parents and kids will be thrilled
All good to go!”
Donna Lewis
Bennett PTA
“I really appreciated David’s creative intuition on this.
Michaela Talley
Jazz Singer
“The band, Blue Gardenia had a fantastic time recording at the White Water Multimedia Studio.  Creative director, David Laks is an extremely talented individual.
We were so pleased with the quality of the recordings that he created with us.
His attention to detail and professionalism is unmatched.
Blue Gardenia will continue to work with Dave for all our projects in the future!”
Sincerely,
Blue Gardenia Quartet
“David – Thank you for this piece of artwork. Just as you said from the beginning. It’s truly a piece of art… we loved watching this and have shared it with family with pride. I kept saying throughout the video… How did David get this shot?! Where was he?! – I don’t know HOW you did all that you did – you’re like a magician! It was wonderful. We thank you soooo much.
We will definitely be spreading the word of your work and please let me know if you ever need any kind of referral or quote for your website or anything.
Hope our paths cross again!”
Til next time,
Lia & Tom

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