Your non-intrusive interactions with our
wedding guests highlighted the
key players and turning
points in our lives that brought us
You made our wedding video very
biographical, a gift to our children one
day. Each time we watch it, we get to
recall and relive the events of
our wedding day.
Reva Levine and Chris
Echezabal, Northampton, MA
Social Worker and IT Manager
We are thoroughly delighted
with the Habib Family Reunion Video.
Appreciation and gratitude from the
family is unanimous.
I know they will be writing you
You did a fantastic job with
the filming and the editing.
All the dissolves and transitions work
really well. You made excellent edit
choices throughout and the piece moves
very smoothly. In fact, it feels like a
real documentary feature. And I love the
family chorus you put over the title
screen for the family history
section--it cracked me up!
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and
initiative. Working and communicating
with you has been really fun and easy.
All around, a very rewarding experience.
Linda Habib, Los Angeles,
Discovery Channel Producer
Carlyn Saltman has a real gift
for editing in the camera.
Her raw tapes look polished. I
don't know how she does it! She
has the uncanny knack for being in the
right place at the right time with the
right lighting at the perfect angle.
Her skill is a very valuable
documenting technique applicable to a
variety of circumstances. In our
case, she captured young girls in the
process of making an improvisational
movie. We were able to show her
unedited, two-hour tape at a trade show.
It was a very effective way to
illustrate the power of our work with
Founder and Executive Director
ACT NOW! Inc.
Empowerment through Improvised Movie
"My siblings and I
chose 70 photos and several music tracks
for a half-hour portrait of our mother
as a birthday gift to her. Carlyn
beautifully edited these along with
voiceovers by all of us into a tender
portrait of moving pictures.
We highly recommend Carlyn's services.
She is sensitive to the fact that the
process of reminiscence and life review
that went into creating our family
history video can bring up a lot of
emotions. Her skilled guidance and
understanding helped make this project
extremely satisfying for us."
Kim Barry, New Salem, MA
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"Carlyn, Glenn was
very hesitant about spending money to
have our wedding day videotaped. Well,
needless to say, he is as thrilled as I
am with the end product. We both believe
it was one of the best uses of our
wedding budget. The video you created
for us is beautiful, touching, romantic,
and, most of all, sincere!
Here is my advice to anyone who wants a
video to preserve stories or help relive
an event: Consider exactly who you are
hiring. This person will be relating
with your loved ones and/or guests who
are very special to you. Carlyn's
personality and diplomacy was a very
bright addition to our day. She
interacts so naturally with her camera
that it is hardly noticed. Family and
friends felt at ease to record their
thoughts, memories, and feelings for
Glenn and me to enjoy later, again and
Sara and Glenn Fusonie,
Pediatric Social Worker and Surgeon
You did not miss anything at Kabren's
Bar Mitzvah, including catching his
friends entering the temple and so many
other moments that we did not personally
witness. We are thrilled we have this
unedited record of the service and
reception festivities since even moments
we had already forgotten some remarkable
moments that we did witness, owing, I
suppose, to the sheer "sensory overload"
of the day. After all the preparation
that we all put into this event, it is
very heartening to know that we can
relive the experience on tape, at our
... And the interviews, which we
considered expendable at first, are now
absolutely priceless! We cannot thank
you enough for offering the option of
benefiting from your extraordinary
skills in this regard. They are now
enduring gifts, not only to our son, the
Bar Mitzvah boy, but also to the whole
Karen Frostig, Newton
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personal documentaries you create are
priceless. You have a rare combination
of technical, aesthetic, and
interpersonal skills. I am 78 years old
and have never run into anyone doing
work of this caliber for the everyday
Frank Reusche, Morristown,
"The film you made
at Charlotte's 80th birthday celebration
captures the joy of everyone--with
absolute naturalness. It doesn't even
need editing. You are very gracious and
blended beautifully with our guests.
Basically, everyone loved you! We cannot
say enough in praise of your personality
Charlotte & Sol Lobe,
"You did it! In
the course of a few hours you recorded
more stories from my life than I ever
thought I could remember [at 85]. Going
through the dear old place, room by
room, before I had to say goodbye to it
was the perfect way to trigger my
memory. How wonderful now to have this
record of why I had all that 'stuff.
Almost every item, no matter how simple,
had volumes to say about the life that
my late husband and I lived here. The
Video Memoir you created is a comfort
for me to watch now. It's even in a form
that appeals to the grandchildren!"
Anita Goodman, White
"Carlyn Saltman was
the consummate professional. She and her
camera were unobtrusive throughout Max's
Bar Mitzvah and the reception. Now we
have a lasting digital record of this
truly once in a lifetime event. The
moving interviews become more important
to us with each passing year. We
wouldn't have them without her skill and
Martha Thayer Schley,
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The personal interviews you did with my
mother's sisters and oldest friends were
truly amazing. You brought out the best
in all of them, gently. They were
surprised by how painless, even
enjoyable you made it to share a story
of their special connection with my
mother and their feelings on this
momentous occasion. The tape is
priceless and we are very grateful to
you for creating it so artfully.
Shari Lobe, Hingham, MA
"Carlyn brought both
a warm, personal style and highly
sophisticated cinematic skills to the
creation of our wedding documentary. In
fact, it is so well filmed, we did not
want it edited. When Carlyn is choosing
the shots, every moment has something to
say. And I barely noticed her, she was
so unobtrusive in her movements and
When we watched the unedited footage
afterwards, she seemed to have been
everywhere, capturing the most magical
moments of the day. We had the joyful
surprise of seeing many special moments
that had taken place among guests which
my husband and I had not witnessed."
Sara Acker, LICSW, Wendell,
from the guests you interviewed! They
said it was such a pleasure talking with
you that it enhanced their experience of
Joy Bergins, Westchester,
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The video you
created at my 50th birthday party turned
out to be not only a treasured memento
of the event, but also a
life-transforming experience for me.
A year later, when I watch the video, I
still feel the effects as if I were
seeing it for the first time. It's
extremely empowering to hear the things
my loved ones would probably say at my
memorial service -- while I am alive!
Any time I need to be reminded of who I
am to my nearest and dearest, I just put
on the tape! What a perfect antidote to
the disconnection and self-doubt that
seems to be a part of our fast-paced
The skill and beauty of your work means
this powerful experience is available to
anyone who wants it.
Chestnut Hill, MA Principal
The Global Consulting Partnership
video of the birthing of my daughter is
precious and I shall treasure it always.
She captured the feeling and depth of
meaning in this life passage. What I
loved most was that her presence at our
intimate event was unobtrusive and yet
integrated. I feel that Carlyn herself
and her work are deeply respectful.
Taica Isolde, Wendell, MA
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What words will adequately tell you how
pleased we are with you and your work?
You have been an absolute delight to
work with from the opening seconds back
in February through our wedding in July
to the arrival of our video.
In the beginning, we were not even sure
we wanted a video because everything we
saw was so cheesy. Your approach as a
documentary filmmaker convinced us
otherwise. You understood what we wanted
right away, and the completed video is
nothing shy of a masterpiece. You
captured the nuances of emotions and
drama from informal to ceremonial and
back without a hitch and managed to put
people at ease whether you were filming
candidly or doing your conversational
The day progressed from cloudy
baseball, to sunny ceremony, to indoor
cocktails, and on to a dusky and then
very dark evening under a dimly lit
tent. The quality of the image was
superior throughout. We also appreciate
your ability to capture these moments
unobtrusively, without extra lights and
without being noticed.
We highly recommend your services to
any couple that wants to preserve the
feelings and energy of their wedding day
so it can be treasured forever. Thank
Mari and Craig Mielcarski,
Just a quick note to thank you again.
You would not believe how many smiles,
laughs, and tears of joy you've given
us· Gosh, you're better than Prozac!
Kathy Service and Tim de
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" Kenny and I are
VERY HAPPY with the video! It captures
all the special moments I wanted it to
and then some. The picture quality is
excellent -- crystal clear! I really
liked that it showed me what people were
doing out of my view.
Since we were paying for the wedding
ourselves, I had originally decided not
to hire a videographer. But after
talking to you at the bridal fair and
noting the quality and sharpness of a
video you were running, I started to
Soon after that I attended a good
friend's wedding and woke up the next
morning with the thought, 'I missed so
much of what happened and I wasn't even
the bride!' So I decided to hire you.
I can honestly say that hiring you was
one of the best decisions I made. It's
amazing how much of what happened I've
already forgotten in just one month."
Christine Carr Hill,
The wedding documentary is a hit with
the whole family! You captured the
essence of our day -- the love, joy,
celebration, and range of people among
our guests. Your tete-a-tete with my
beloved great aunt is an absolute gem.
And just in time.
Your artistry was evident throughout.
We especially appreciate how you worked
with the colors in certain scenes. And
also how you framed shots and included
plenty of joyful close-ups, even of
people's dancing feet and legs.
You did a phenomenal job with
tremendous skill and heart. We're
thrilled (and relieved!) to have found
you. In enormous gratitude for your
Drs. Mishy Lesser and Chris
Ives, Watertown, MA
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