Vermont Video Production
Burlington, Vermont based video production and graphic design. I create award-winning work that is sharp, unique and inspired. I'm a direct and nimble operation, able to construct your project from concept to completion.
nick@nickstefani.com
802 881 3955
Sojourn Bike Tours
Vermont Bike Tour Promo
Sojourn is an award-winning bike tour company based in Charlotte, VT that hosts a variety of tours across the US and Canada. I was hired to create a promo that gives prospective vacation-goers a sense of what Sojourn's Vermont bike tour is all about.
St. Lawrence University
New Website Homepage Promos
St. Lawrence University is a private Liberal Arts college in Canton, NY. I was hired to create five themed homepage promos in preparation for the school's new website launch. I worked with the marketing department to build an idea of the objectives, and come up with the core themes.
Queen City Dry Goods
Racer Jacket Launch Kickstarter
Queen City Dry Goods creates durable, US made leather products by hand in Burlington, VT. They created a kickstarter campaign to raise money for the first production run of their signature Waxed Canvas Racer Jacket. I was hired to create the mandatory video element that communicates a simple, overall message and excites viewers to support the cause. The campaign was a success, and QCDG exceeded their goal.
Key Stone Carvings
Logo Design
Key Stone Carvings is an interior stone design company in Hudson, NH. I was hired to create a classy, strong logo that communicates the quality of their work. A Times New Roman capital "I" looks like a stone column, so I reshaped one to create the main design element.
The Underhill Formation
Northern Vermont Cliff Jumping Film
Vermont's deep river gorges are fountains of tranquility on brutally hot summer days. These geological works of art provide endless inspiration for those who seek it out. The Underhill Formation is a band of schist bedrock that runs down the center of northern Vermont. It formed from sea floor sediments during the Cambrian Period, and is some of the oldest bedrock in the region. Schist is a relatively soft rock and lends itself well to water sculpture. This canvas was laid half a billion years ago, and the blanketing watersheds have sculpted some of the most beautiful swimming holes in the state. I'm grateful to have grown up in such a unique area, and decided to share my excitement for cliff jumping with this summer side project.
Norwich University
School of Engineering Promos
Norwich University is a private military university in Northfield, VT. I was hired by their marketing department to showcase each of their three engineering majors. Norwich requested the videos be geared towards prospective high school students.
Gordon Auchincloss Sculpture
Homepage Promo + Logo + Website
Gordon Auchincloss is a sculptor based in Hardwick, VT. I was hired to create a homepage promo that gives an overview of his work and style. I also created a new logo and website for a cleaner, more professional look.
PocketWizard
Adrien Broom Photoshoots
PocketWizard, based in South Burlington, VT, makes the premier flash triggering system for professional photographers the world over. These are "Lion's Breath", and "Day Dreams", art photoshoots conceived and directed by PocketWizard sponsored photographer Adrien Broom. I was hired to create these recaps showing both the photoshoot and PocketWizard products in action.
WhistlePig Whiskey
Straight Rye Whiskey Promo
WhistlePig is a whiskey distillery in Shoreham, VT. I was hired to shoot and edit a promo that meshes their Straight Rye Whiskey into the textures of a Vermont summer. Marketing team Evan Daniel and Ian Durkin produced the project, and Ian created a storyboard concept that was improvised on during the shoot.
The University of Vermont Foundation
Donor Thank You
The University of Vermont Foundation secures and manages private support for UVM in Burlington, VT. I was hired to create donor thank you videos shown at their annual donor appreciation dinners.
Champlain College
New Website Promo + Vimeo Overhaul
Champlain College is a private, co-educational undergraduate college in Burlington, VT. I was hired to create a promo and overhaul the school's Vimeo page in preparation for a new website launch. I organized and re-edited Champlain's entire video library and designed visual templates for a cohesive Vimeo presence in the years ahead.
Higher Ground
Show Posters
Higher Ground is the premier live music venue of Burlington, VT. Iskra is a local screen printing operation that has a partnership with Higher Ground wherein they design all show posters for free in exchange for total creative freedom. A setup like that is a designer's dream. Here's some faux show posters.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Powder Day Recap
Stowe Mountain Resort is the historic and modern epicenter of downhill skiing in the state of Vermont. Their website video gallery highlights unique and memorable days on the hill. I was hired to create this stylized recap of a Stowe powder day.
Space Gallery
Logo + Website
Space Gallery is a working studio and art exhibition space in Burlington, VT. This is an original logo and website design displaying previous, current, and upcoming exhibits.
Spruce Peak Arts
Perlman Music Program
Spruce Peak Arts is a world class live music and performance arts venue located in Stowe Mountain Resort's alpine village. I was hired to document The Perlman Music Program's performance and take a look at what makes the program unique. This video can be found playing in the Spruce Peak Arts atrium.
Rate Your Study Abroad
Web Page Illustrations
Rate Your Study Abroad is an online resource for students to rate, connect and inquire about various study abroad programs around the world. I was hired to create illustrations to spice up their web page content.
Willard & Maple
Magazine Cover Design
Since 1994, Willard & Maple has been the annual literary and fine art magazine of Champlain College in Burlington, VT. I was hired to design the cover for the fifteenth issue. The requirements were to use the magazine title, subtitle, a provided photo, and render in grayscale.
Cochran's Ski Area
The Dojo Volunteer Project
Cochran's Ski Area has a rich history of fostering top-level ski racers in Richmond, VT. I asked them if they'd ever thought about making terrain park features and not only did they say yes, they had a pile of old snowmaking pipes to donate to the cause. Their only request was the rails be built for a beginner skill level. I designed four features with a simple wood and black look, as well as two green signs (to signify beginner terrain) for the park entrance. I raised money within the local ski and snowboard community to pay for the welding, plywood, hardware, and signs. We had a great opening night, and Cochran's continues to set up The Dojo every winter.
Designer's Desk
Industrial Design
A one-off design-build project for a local graphic designer. The parameters I received were: easy assembly, lightweight without sacrificing strength, 15x36x28, and "simple." I came up with a design that utilizes custom 1/8" brushed aluminum legs, a 15x36x1 pine composite top, and a 6-outlet power strip custom mounted to the underside providing a single plug connection to the wall. It weighs 14 pounds and assembles with 14 phillips head screws.
The State of Vermont
Google Fiber to the Home Entry
The State of Vermont applied for Google's Fiber to the Home project. Google was to select one place in the country to test their new fiber optic internet network and Vermont wanted to be that place. A video element was required with the entry and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority had a few key pointers to build the video around. The VTA wanted to show that Vermont is a manageable size and has eager citizens willing to try new things. They also wanted to convey the simplicity and transparency of our local government, meaning Google would have no trouble navigating local laws and regulations.
Ambition Snowskates
Snowskating Films
Ambition Snowskates, based in Sherbrooke, QC, is the leading single deck snowskate company. Snowskating was created in 1998 by Premier Snowskates, but struggled due to board functionality and low quality media content. By 2008, the sport was still young, and fighting for legitimacy. Ambition was the first new competitor in the industry after 10 years. Ambition wanted to create a film showcasing the possibilities of their improved wooden board design. The owner, Alex Blais, saw Press Rewind and hired me to shoot and edit their first film, True Color. The end product presented snowskating in a cleaner, more industry-aware way than ever before. It was the first snowskate film to gain major internet recognition and allowed Ambition to set a tone for both the brand and the sport. Following True Color, we made two more films: Snosk8_aliens, and Skrill Clinton. For each, I did creative direction, filming, editing, DVD design, duplication, and organizing premiere events. The last project I did for Ambition is a promo DVD called Jam Pack that highlights the best of these three films, and was packaged with Ambition boards. These projects require filming every weekend throughout the winter, so in 2012 I handed the responsibility back to Alex in order to focus on my own growing business. Ambition continues to lead the industry, and has seen a steady growth in sales since 2008.
• Links to the full versions are at the end of each teaser. •
Press Rewind
Northern Vermont Snowboarding Film
In the winter of 2002-2003, I made my first annual snowboarding film at Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton, VT. In the winter of 2006-2007, during my freshman year at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, I wanted to make something more professional and complete than years past. That winter, I sought out and coordinated with local snowboarders who were dedicated to the project vision. Together we filmed for a cumulative 70 days across Northern Vermont and some parts of the greater northeast. All of this was accomplished on top of a full time course load at Champlain College. That summer, I edited the film, designed DVD's, and got them duplicated. I organized a premiere event at UVM's CC Theater in October of 2007, and nearly 400 people came out to watch the film. The local companies that sponsored the film gave us free products to give out at the end of the premiere. This project was a uncommissioned labor of love that saw negative profits. Nevertheless, it became a foundation for commissioned work in the following years.
• A link to the full version is at the end of the introduction. •