Allen Film & Video, Ltd.

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About Allen Film & Video, Ltd.

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How does your service stand out?

I can say it's the quality. I can say it's the level of planning, or detail or nuance we bring. I can say it's the HD cameras or the high-end microphones. But ultimately our best work has been characterized by the clients as "easy". Even though on our end the task may seem massive, in the end it was easy for the client to get what they want and need.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

People have a hard time talking about themselves. They can tell you why their businesses are cool, but not why they're cool for starting that business in the first place. I really enjoy getting to know someone so we can find the best way to tell their story, even if the story is about their business itself, because eventually the story of their business IS the story of the person who started it all.

Location

Findlay, OH 45840

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  • 5/5 stars Corporate Videography Verified Review

    KC Allen did a superb job with this project. It involved multiple shooting locations and interviews, as well as significant B-roll. Also had video from other videographers that had to be edited into the final cut. KC's video shooting skills are excellent, and his editing is masterful. This was a very high profile video and Allen Video delivered a masterpiece.

  • 5/5 stars

    Allen Film & Video surpassed my expectations for a second time. KC and his team recorded and edited both versions of my online sales training program. Their passion and professionalism producing the videos make them the standard for the service I deliver in the financial services industry.

  • 5/5 stars Commercial Videography Verified Review

    KC Allen and his crew did an outstanding job videotaping at our factory location. We were very happy with their results and hope to be able to use them again in the future. Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars

    Working with Allen Film & Video was easy. The director (K.C. Allen) is extremely creative and his attention to detail is also an asset. The professionalism they bring to film is astonishing. Allen Film & Video takes on projects with the end in sight which plays into their art for storytelling. Whatever they touch turns to gold!

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. Education is constant. We're always buying or upgrading software, which means we have to be able to use it to its full extent.

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Much like buying anything of value, some of the costs come in the options you choose. When you buy a house or a car, the more you spend the more that it is customized to your desires and needs. Same with video. Higher budgets allow us more time, the ability to bring in more people to help, the flexibility to hire actors, the option to use equipment we may not have in house (rentals) and more. Many people think about the "$1,000 per finished minute" rule, which was coined in the 70's when everyone shot on film and gas cost less than a dollar. These days your budget can be very finely tuned so you're spending the right money on the product that's perfect for you and your business.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I went to college to be a computer programmer. That lasted about two weeks, because I was in school for two weeks before I found out there was a college radio station on campus. Slowly I started to devote more of my time to the radio station and less to computers. In time, that investment worked out well because I landed in the radio industry for nearly two decades. The glass ceiling was ever present, though, so I took the next step and founded a video production company in 2001, and we're still open and doing business a decade later.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. We produce a great deal of work for high-end business. Long form videos for web are a great way to reach out, and our recent clientele have included medical businesses, banking institutions and awareness promotions. Often times these videos also are edited as 30-second TV commercials, but the long form video is always the focus of the production.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. We worked with Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea in Columbus. We filmed with large sensor cameras and traveled with them to a foreign country. The experience was incredible and the video was beautiful.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. We are a creative-minded, forward-thinking, goal and strategy-oriented production company. If you're in a hurry, don't have an adequate budget or aren't willing to collaborate on the best way to tell your story, we suggest that now is not the time to invest in video production for your business... at least, not with us.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Time planning reduces time fixing mistakes. If you build a house without a blueprint, you're going to end up going back and re-building something that got messed up. So much of what we do can be made better if the right amount of time is devoted to the work. A great deal of the value of what we do is not only the time it takes to make a great production, but the time it has taken to learn our craft and be the experts you are counting on.

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