Member Milestone - Near North Video Productions celebrates 25 years in business

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12/1/2014 Member News

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Near North Video Productions. Mark Rogers, owner, took a few moments to answer a few questions about his business.

Q: Provide a brief description of your business.
Near North Video is a full service production facility offering high-quality and affordable professional video services.

Q: How many employees do you have?
Depending on the project, team size can vary.  With production projects in Toronto and Timmins locations, our work is produced by experienced, knowledgeable and creative individuals and contractors who have been a part of Near North for many years.

Q: What factors have helped you successfully reach this particular milestone?
Dedication, long-lasting customer relations, community pride and never getting tired of being creative.  It’s a passion at Near North Video Productions.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment in business?
During the Nova Awards this year, I came to realize it was the first time Near North Video Productions was producing the festivities in full high-definition using our newly assembled mobile production unit.  It’s amazing how time goes by so quickly and with that comes changes in technology.  Near North Video Productions definitely has come a long way in a quarter century.

Q: What’s one interesting thing about your business that people might not be aware of?
Near North Video Productions actually does a lot of slide and film transfers. We are always asked about old movie reels, VHS and old camcorder tapes.  Yes, we can definitely transfer all those old video tapes in your closet to digital. We also offer audio and video equipment rentals.  Just recently, Near North Video Productions began to offer production projects using a aerial Drone - video from above is great for any corporate or industrial project.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome as a business to reach this milestone?
No matter what, it’s important to be true to community, businesses, and individuals. Once you figure that out, no challenge is too big.  Near North Video Productions takes pride in the strong partnerships we’ve developed over the years.  And let’s not forget all the weddings and special occasions.  We’ve been lucky to be a part of all those celebrations – digitally recording your special moments. 

Q: What has your experience doing business in Timmins been like thus far?
This is home for Near North Video Productions.  It’s been 25 years of successful productions.  A lot of creativity has happened over those years. I’m lucky to have had great positive business experiences.  Let’s go for another 25 years – you can do a write up on the 50th anniversary!

Q: Describe how your business started, and how it’s changed over the years.
TV of course!  Back in my college days (how old would that make me?), I took part in some short in-house news pieces. That was it! I got the video bug.  From there I created the company, filling a niche in the Timmins business community.  Near North Video Productions was established.

Q: What can we expect from your business in the future? Are there any plans on the horizon you would like people to know about?
Video production and technology is always changing.  Always room to grow, do new things, take creativity to other levels.  Now that we have a high-definition mobile unit – you will definitely see more live streaming with multi camera production set ups.  Stay tuned!

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