XY Vector Media Services

Upland, IN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Versatility, personal and direct service that's not a "corporation", and accountability for the end product.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have a certain independent creative license that comes from owning my own business. The clients I work for are mostly "picked" because I only bid on work that I know that I can accomplish and that I'm really great at. There's a large gamut of work involved in that range, and for the most part, I love working for my clients. I think it shows in the quality of the end product and my attention to details.

Location

Upland, IN 46989

Years in business

25

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

104

Reviews

51 Reviews
  • Cheryl K. Jun 16, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    My experience with Steven Curtis of XY Vector was great from start to finish. Steven is both patient and very responsive to his clients. He is very professional, and the quality of his work is exceptional for the price or any price for that matter. I anticipate a very positive response to his artistic creation of my video. I also look forward to that creation adding additional value and credibility to my coaching and speaking business. I highly recommend XY Vector Media Services to anyone seeking a quality media product for their business! Value + Quality= Steven Curtis!! He Should Be Your Go To Media Professional If you're seeking that wow factor with a one, two punch of value and quality!! Cheryl Ketchens CEO, Wellness Is Power, LLC Jackson, MI
  • Debra G. Jun 14, 2017
    Steve has a photographer's eye, and because he's a film director, artist and writer, these skills shape and enhance what he's thinking about when he captures a moment on camera. I had no opinion of everyday objects in my B&B, and failed to appreciate an interest or beauty in them until I saw his photographs. He provided a brand new, fresh perspective on features that make my B&B appealing to guests. His broad based experience makes him uniquely relevant for all types of photography. I look forward to the next time we partner on business and the opportunity to see the what he sees. He's exceptionally skilled and crafted in the trade and I highly recommend him
  • Steve W. May 25, 2017
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    We commissioned Steven Curtis of XY Vector Media Services to provide illustrations for a story book we had written as a wedding gift for our daughter and her fiancé. Steven went above and beyond exceeding our expectations by offering helpful suggestions and creating the text as well as the illustrations. We did not allow him a great deal of time of complete the project but he worked diligently to meet our deadline and did so with a great attitude. We were also highly appreciative of his willingness to maintain contact with us and keep us updated on the progress of the project. My wife and I HIGHLY recommend him for any project requiring illustrations or graphic arts.
  • Andrea K. Apr 30, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Great working with you, Steven!
    Steven at "Vector" is always willing to work the the customer to make a professional video/audio product. He has great audio equipment, very good digital taping, combined with his great production skills... all with his reasonable pricing. Would definately use him again!
  • Ron S. Mar 1, 2017
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Indy Video
    Thanks for the great footage & great referral !
  • Julia S. Feb 23, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful videos, professional and reliable!
    Very professional and reliable. Created wonderful videos for our office. Went far and beyond for us with his work ! will hire again and use in future projects!
  • Rhoda A. Jan 22, 2017
    Animation
    Verified Review
    Someone who cares about the work he's doing for you
    The project has not yet been completed. I have every expectation that it will be done in good time and done well. Steve has asked me many many questions and this is good. It draws me into the process and I like that. The preliminary sketches he's sent have been good and we have exchanged files easily and frequently.
  • Nathaniel A. Dec 21, 2016
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    Quick. Professional. Friendly.
    When Steven emailed the 1st draft of my project, I quickly closed it because I thought that I was hallucinating. I carefully reopened the project and found the designer who I have been looking for! No, you can't have him, he's all GOSHEN's!
  • Nadia M. Sep 26, 2016
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Awesome!
    Great service!
  • Mary J. Aug 23, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    From my first contact with XY Vector Media Services and Steven Curtis' detailed response, I knew that he understood and was prepared to meet my project requirements. He demonstrated his experience and his proposal for my project very clearly and took time to talk through best set up. He was professional at every point in the project. Post-production gave us the opportunity to provide feedback and requests. Our project was video recording of hour-long continuing education seminars and post-production work to edit and integrate presentation slides. The final product was delivered quickly. I'd highly recommend XY Vector for nonprofit and for profit organizations seeking production and post-production work.
  • JONI B. Jul 2, 2016
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Steve was great to work with. He made our experience with making a short documentary video very relaxing and fun. We would definitely recommend using XY for anything you need. Prompt, and delivers quality workmanship on a short deadline. Thank you Steve! Great Job. The Blomeke's
  • Brian E. May 12, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve was great to work with. He delivered on what we agreed to...and did so cheerfully. It was a very good experience and I am happy to recommend him.
  • Artem N. Mar 23, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Pleasure working with a professional. Good video recording of the seminar. Thank you!
  • Dennis C. Mar 5, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve was amazing! Very Tech savy and responsive to my needs. I wish I could take him to all my events. Video and sound quality were awesome and professionally edited. I have used 6 different videographers for different events over the past 4 month. All of them have been great but my experience with Steve blows the others away. I will absolutely work with him next time i am in the area. FIVE STARS!!
  • Rebecca B. Feb 24, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    I interviewed many videographers and felt Steven was closet to price point and was very willing to ask me what our goals were for the video project and to work with me to meet those goals.....he was very diligent, prompt and on task the whole event. He had many cameras and back up equipment and worked well with others involved in the project...So far, it has only been a day and he has already edited and sent to me a portion of the event.......Steven is a professional to work with and has talent in his work as a videographer...
  • Quesha D. Dec 1, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    My mother hosted a Retirement and 60th Birthday Party for herself and we wanted to surprise her with a videographer. Steve was great and super professional he was also very insightful and had a lot of great ideas. We loved the finish product. Would highly recommend his services.
  • Sherrie E. Oct 11, 2015
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Steven is an incredibly-gifted professional. He did a couple of videos for me. He made me feel very comfortable and at ease during the taping. He was right on time arriving for the filming and didn't seem to be in a hurry to leave....very open to my suggestions and input. If there were TEN stars, I'd give Steven Curtis 10!
  • Richard X. Aug 29, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve did an outstanding job videoing my ordination to the priesthood. He was very professional and polite, and the end product exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Steve.
  • Hanisha P. Aug 21, 2015
    Animation
    Verified Review
    Stephen was a great person to work with and did all to make me happy with my project. I would recommend him as an animator and will work with him for future projects :)
  • Samir B. Aug 21, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Job: videotaping 50th wedding anniversary for my parents Strength: Steve's strength is that, despite dealing with several unknowns - culturally new experience for him (it was an Indian-style celebration), plus it was our first time too doing something like this which meant our instructions were not as clear/detailed - he stayed smiling and focused throughout, and without hesitation adjusted according to our last-minute changes in schedule. The product itself (in DVD format) is nicely done. Weakness: I don't mean this as a criticism of Steve b/c I didn't tell him before hand what to expect (b/c I myself didn't know), but in terms of overall experience it would have been better if there was a second person available to take closeups of the audience during the cultural program, and closeups of the performers.
  • Jim R. Jul 29, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Excellent work. Great working with you.
  • Jason K. Jul 8, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steven was prompt, professional and always exuded reliability throughout the entire process. His communication was excellent and he delivered exactly what was discussed and even went above and beyond when circumstances at the shoot changed. Highly recommended!
  • Joe P. Jun 17, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Very prompt, attentive, flexible and fair
  • Chris P. Jun 6, 2015
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Steven is a pro! He arrived on time, was very communicative before and during the shoot, and he went the extra mile to get the shots we needed for our project. I would recommend him in a heartbeat for your next film project!
  • Michael C. Apr 17, 2015
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Steven, is extremely creative & experienced at film editing and is very prompt in delivering his service.
  • Larry B. Mar 31, 2015
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Steven is a winner. He had extraordinary patience with me when I had trouble figuring out the format and other details of my work. Then, he produced what he promised on time and on budget.
  • Meredith R. Mar 30, 2015
    Steven prepared a video book trailer that was about 3 and a half minutes long and involved lots of movement, simple animations, and transitions. From the start I was impressed by how easy he was to work with and his commitment to getting us the best product possible. He suggested many ideas of how to illustrate our concepts and our final product was significantly better as a result of his involvement. My boss was thrilled. I look forward to working with him on our next video project!
  • Joe V. Mar 27, 2015
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Delivered as advertised. Timely, thoughtful, creative. Excellent quality and value!
  • Joseph C. Mar 5, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    The video turned out great. The editing process was a little complicated as our needs were very specific but the end result came out better than expected.
  • Meredith R. Feb 17, 2015
    Graphic Design
    Verified Review
    The project is still underway. It is a 2-3 minute animated video using vector images and prezi-style zoom effects. So far I am very impressed with Steven's creativity and problem solving. He has been easy to communicate with and has contributed several suggestions of ways to improve our project. He is knowledgeable and spent time explaining his approach. His pricing was also reasonable. I am looking forward to seeing the final product!
  • Lou F. Feb 14, 2015
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    would hire XYVector/Steven again. Delivered quality film that put our company and our customer in excellent light.
  • Stephanie S. Feb 12, 2015
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    I had a fantastic experience with Steven! He was prompt in replying to me, his turn around was speedy, and he was highly communicative throughout the process. I would highly recommend XYVector Media Services.
  • Myles M. Jan 9, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve was a pleasure to work with. He understood the creative direction we wanted for our customer testimonial video and took initiative at piecing together the story line from the footage he captured. He was fairly priced and I would work with him again if we have future projects in the area. Thanks Steve...
  • Odell B. Nov 5, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding experience!! Easy to work with, crystal clear footage, and great conversation while I got my footage..Will definitely use him again when I am in his area and will tell everybody about him! You will not regret hiring Steve.
  • Joni S. Oct 27, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve Curtis is OUTSTANDING! He is fantastic to work with, on time, professional, extremely knowledgeable, talented and delivers as promised. A definite recommendation from us! We look forward to using him for other projects and will spread the word on his superior product and service. J & E Schumann
  • Steve O. Oct 15, 2014
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    On-time, professional, quick turn-a-round with a great understanding of what we were looking to generate. Would definitely recommend Steven Curtis and XYVector Media Services.
  • Dianna S. Oct 10, 2014
    Video Production
    Verified Review
  • Bobbie D. Oct 9, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steven videotaped our Skate Dance Dream show in Dayton Ohio in Sept. 2014. He captured not only the "public" show but the behind the scenes interaction of the stars with the local young artists. He created a professional finished product and included many extras for the kids and parents to enjoy. This was Steven's first experience with figure skating and we look forward to working with him again!
  • Cheryl C. Sep 8, 2014
    Video Production
    Verified Review
    Steven was very professional. He let me know what he needed, asked what I needed. Helped me know what I needed. I would defiantly use him again! He was easy to work with .
  • Sean M. Jul 24, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
  • Regina S. Jul 18, 2014
    Video Editing
    Verified Review
    Steve is energetic and innovative with ideas and vision. I look forward to working with him closely on my projects to see the dreams come to life!
    Steven C. Aug 27, 2014

    Actually, Regina filled this out prior to any work that I did for her, and she was not able to continue with the work she had wished to do because her contacts for the project fell apart. However, we certainly had a fine time planning! Hence the 4 stars.

  • Andrew B. Jul 13, 2014
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    Steven Curtis taped the "Our Small Towns-Thinking Regionally" Conference held at Taylor University, Upland, IN, on June 27, 2014. In about a week he had edited the tape and had it on a link with individual speeches and panels placed in an album so parts of the conference could be viewed easily. He also taped a few minutes of lunch and the displays from various towns. The equipment was excellent with the mic picking up across the large room. Also, the picture quality was outstanding, very sharp and clear. The entire conference began at 9:15 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. We could not have asked for a better record of the event. No one really needed to take notes because they will all receive this link to view any or all of the conference. LaRea Slater, OSTTR Director
  • Ted H. Jun 30, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    We were really impressed with the work and the professional manner of Mr. Curtis. We can recommend him highly for his work as a videographer. The sound and image quality were excellent.
    Steven C. Jul 3, 2014

    I loved working for Ted, and he is one of my most professional and communicative clients. The reason that I only got 4 stars out of him though was simple: He doesn't give ANYone 5 stars. :) He said that "Only Jesus gets 5 stars". You know, I just might have to agree with him on that one.

  • Tad K. Jun 23, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steve is a very professional, prompt, and responsive. Job was to create soccer game videos and the quality of his work is excellent. Thank you so much for everything.
  • Jane C. Jun 7, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steven did exactly as promised. His work met our expectations and he communicated with us well. We look forward to working with him again.
  • Patricia T. May 14, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steven did a fantastic job with my video. He was very thorough and made sure the lighting and setting was perfect. He had great suggestions for making the product better and was very patient and professional. I highly recommend him!
  • Mary A. May 13, 2014
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Steven Curtis was a true professional, and more than that, really worked with our event as if he had personal involvement in it. He responded quickly and clearly to any questions we had, and has been very clear with contracts and needs. Stephen was contacted at very short notice for our project, and was able to commit quickly, and work with a location that he had never visited. He quickly and easily determined the best angles for video and sound and worked very professionally, and important to us all - with very good humor. Beyond that, he has gone out of his way to suggest improvements to the video we required, and to make an even better product than we knew to ask for. We would definitely suggest working with Stephen, and will recommend him highly. We hope to work with him again.
  • Kassie J. Apr 28, 2014
    Steve did a great job with helping us fill a bare wall in our office space with a large picture collage that represented our building and was eye-catching. We had vague ideas of what we wanted (based on other art we'd seen in his work area). We provided Steve with several pictures, and he produced a large-scale picture collage for our space. We continue to be satisfied with the excellent creative work Steve provided, and we continue to get positive comments on the work from others as well. Would definitely work with him again.
  • Courtney H. Apr 21, 2014
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    I hired Mr. Curtis to design a book cover for my novel. I was unsure of the layout at first, but gave him a description of the image I wanted the book to depict. He was very proficient in his time and effort, and my cover completed in less than two days. The cover is adorable! I thank him for his craft of art in helping me publicize my art of writing. I look forward to working with him on my other novels and my website!
  • Courtney H. Apr 19, 2014
    Mr. Steven Curtis has done an outstanding job on creating my book cover! I had a vision@ he made my vision a reality! He was fast! I look forward to working him on my future novels.
  • Frank B. Apr 1, 2014
    Mr. Curtis did an outstanding job helping us establish the foundational design elements for our website. In addition to the necessary static elements of design, the site required the implementation of dynamic and interactive objects and concepts as well.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I ask a great deal of questions that pull out the details, and then after an assessment create a quote, email it via a PayPal contract/invoice, and ask for 30% downpayment, and the remainder when the work is finished. I usually try to see if there is a script, a plan, or currently existing assets in place that can be used in the project, and that will affect my quote.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a graduate of Columbia College's Film School in Chicago, with honors, and I belong to the Indiana Filmmakers Network, and several guild sites including NAPP (Photoshop).
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Nothing complex about it. I currently charge $45-55/hr. for my services. That means $45 and the rest is adjustment for travel and difficulty. However, I almost NEVER use the hourly rate, because I like to make a contract for the job and stick to it, or change the contract rather than worry about how long something is taking me.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I didn't decide to get into my line of work. It got into me. Since 1987.
What types of customers have you worked with?
From Film Industry and Professional and Corporate to Personal. All levels of clients.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This last late summer I worked on the Chris Perondi Stunt Dog Adventure Dog show in Indianapolis that shows at the zoo every day. He and his amazing dogs have been on Oprah, The Tonight Show, Ellen, Latifah, and Animal Planet several times. I created a new promo video for them and also a new animated Logo. They loved my work and are still using it.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There is no substitute for quality, but then again, sometimes you have to get the job done because of constraints, and that's where I excel, while still providing a quality product. Always looking for the best way to produce something at the lowest price possible.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What do I want my end product to be like? In what format? Can I get it strictly online as well as on disk? How many cups of coffee will it take to fuel Mr. Curtis and his company?