AOTS Spotlight: Meet Lindsay & David of Voyager Video!

Saturday, May 31, 2014
We’re always delighted that Arts on the Square gives us the opportunity to partner with other creative entities in the area; it’s one of the most rewarding parts of what we do.  Today, we’re excited to introduce the Voyager Video team of David Corigliano & Lindsay Barrasse.  You may have seen the video they produced for us for last year’s Arts on the Square.  Well, a new video is coming soon and we just can’t wait to see it!

When was Voyager established?  

Voyager was established in 2012 as a freelance production company.  In late 2013 we moved into video production equipment rental.

What was your reason for starting your own company?

We started our own company to be able to practice our craft professionally while maintaining a high level of creative freedom.  As for the equipment rental side of our business, our aim is to help local filmmakers increase their productions values while maintaining their budgets.  Our area has a strong filmmaking community, and the benefit of a rental house seemed obvious to us.  Instead of traveling to NYC or Philadelphia or renting through the mail, filmmakers can now rent nearby, test out equipment, receive hands-on assistance and support through their rental period.  Additionally, we wanted to make sure our rates were as low as possible so producers wouldn’t have to choose between a lens and paying their crew.

When did you decided to merge with L.Productions and what are the benefits?

Well our companies are not technically merged, Lindsay plays a vital role in Voyager Video, but L. Productions remains her separate business under which she sells her artwork, crafts, does professional photography work, and graphic design.  Dave focuses on Voyager Video’s rental department, and the two companies come together for production work.

As a creative couple… What’s your favorite part about working with each other? I’m sure you each play a different role…..

Working with a significant other has it’s rewards and challenges.  It’s great to be able to share this work and our experiences together.  We each have our strengths and weaknesses creatively and our main challenge is working in such a way that we can complement each other as a creative whole, and when that happens the possibilities are endless.  Our roles generally are divided between the creative and technical side - Lindsay is a born director and visual artist with a love for camera operation, while Dave prefers the inner workings of production, lighting, and set composition. The areas where one is weakest the other provides a pillar of strength. Having the same dreams and visions make them become a reality more and more everyday.  There is always a best friend by your side to give you advice, to help push you to reach your best, and give the other one that pep talk to keep on going.

What was the biggest production you've worked on?

We have worked on a few feature films. Last year we both worked on a feature film currently in post-production called “Susquehanna”, written and directed by Jon YonKondy. Lindsay was the assistant director on the feature and David was the director of photography.

We also worked on “The Paragon Cortex”, a feature film written and directed by Scranton native John Kilker.  Lindsay worked in the camera department with a focus on steadicam operation, while David was the head of production design. In 2013, the film won many awards including Distinctive Achievement for Production Design at the 11th Annual Wild Rose Film Festival .

We have also been working on a few ideas for a feature of our own so keep on the look out.

Why is video so important for small businesses?  

Advertising and word-of-mouth are the two major ways small businesses can reach new customers, and social networking has made it possible to do both at once.  Video can be an effective marketing tool is because it allows you to explain your business visually, which is generally the easiest way to disseminate information and keep your potential customers engaged.  A well-crafted video explaining what you do in a creative, fun way can be televised, or shared easily on the web and targeted to your audience through a smart web marketing campaign.  Video gives you the ability to connect with your customers and make your pitch in a way that print can not.  Everyone knows it’s extremely important these days to stay connected to your client base through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc - and we believe that regularly sharing new, interesting video content is just as essential.

How can vendors benefit from having a web video?

Many people will be coming to the Arts on the Square festival not knowing too much of what they are to expect, who will be there, and what everyone is selling.  With so many people walking around and so many vendors, it may be difficult to get your message out and let passerbys know all about that special, unique thing YOU do.  A web video would give you the opportunity to describe and show what you will be offering at the event, and market yourself prior to the festival.  That way, instead of having to worry if people will find you, people will come to the event looking for you.

What’s your favorite part about being a business located in Scranton?

The arts and filmmaking community in Scranton is what keeps us enthused about doing business here and motivated to continue.

Tell us more about your rental options…

We rent 1080p and 4K cameras, lenses, camera support, lighting, and grip gear.  Nothing in our inventory is anything we wouldn't use ourselves - we put a lot of time into researching what equipment to have in our inventory and making sure all of our equipment works well together.  We also strive to make sure our equipment is affordable and work with our clients to put together custom rental packages for their needs and budgets.  Additionally, we understand that not everyone who needs video equipment is making a film or TV commercial, our rates and available inventory are also enthusiast-friendly.  Finally, we want everyone who rents from us to get the most out of their equipment, which is why we are happy to guide them through proper and ideal use of the equipment for the best results.

Are you offering a special to AOTS vendors?  Readers?  If so…

From now until the event, we are offering discounted web videos to vendors who are participating at AOTS.  For $100 vendors we will create a one minute video showcasing the artist and advertising their booth at the event, which they can then use to promote themselves on the web and through social networking sites like Facebook.

Find out more about Voyager Video:
Address: 515 Center St, downtown Scranton
Instagram: @voyagervideo
Team: David Corigliano & Lindsay Barrasse

Find out more about Arts on the Square:
Twitter: @scrantonmade
Instagram: @scrantonmade_blog

Introducing Ashley Kujat, Designer, Illustrator and newest member of the Arts on the Square Team!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
We love working with creative college students, such as designer & illustrator Ashley Kujat. Ashley is a Graphic Design student at Marywood University and has already won an ADDY award from the NEPA AAF.  Ashley has been designing some of the fun social promo banners for this year’s Arts on the Square and has fast become an invaluable member of the ScrantonMade team.  

Hello Ashley!   We’re so excited to be working with you for AOTS and want to find out even more about you and your work!  

Tell us more about your design and illustration background.  What made you want to go into this line of work?

I was always interested in drawing when I was younger, so I think I always wanted to pursue some sort of path in illustration or design.  I decided to go to school for graphic design because I couldn’t see myself not creating art.  I thought graphic design would be the most versatile way to get started.

What is your favorite thing about doing design work?

You can create anything you want. If you can imagine it in your head, you can put it down on paper.  My favorite part about creating is seeing someone appreciate it when it is all finished.  It is such a great feeling to see someone react to your work.  It makes everything worthwhile.

Who is your dream client and what would you be doing for them?  

My dream client is anyone who is interested in and loves my work.  There are so many people I would be honored to work with. From apparel design and web design for the Drop Dead Co to packaging design for Yards Brewing Co, I would love to help develop their image.

Do you have any advice for someone considering studying design or illustration?

Yes, keep doing what you are doing! Never stop creating.  The more you practice what you love, the better and more experienced you will be. Don’t be afraid to take risks and explore the art world outside of your comfort zone.

Why were you excited to work with Arts on the Square?

AOTS is a great opportunity to be involved with getting the art community together and bringing awareness of the arts to the public. Its really fun to work with awesome people!  

Pictured: some of Ashley's graphics for Arts on the Square

Thank you, Ashley, for all your hard work & dedication to making Arts on the Square a success!

Follow Ashley Kujat:
Instagram: @kooyacht
Twitter: @kooyacht

Follow Arts on the Square:
Twitter: @scrantonmade
Instagram @scrantonmade_blog

Top Vending Tips from Reclaimed A Candle Company's Ashley Paschke

Saturday, May 24, 2014
We've got so many incredible vendors lined up for Arts on the Square.  Ashley from Reclaimed A Candle Company's merchandise presentation is literally a work of art in itself. Check out some of her top tips to make your vending experience a great success.
Don't forget, there is still time to apply to be a vendor at Arts on the Square! 
Top Tips
Make your little space feel welcoming.  Create a space where people will feel welcomed and want to linger for awhile.  I love using small pieces of furniture and rugs to define my space and make it feel homey.
Bring lots of product.  You want your table to look full at all one wants to feel like they only have the items that no one else wanted to chose from.  

Hand out as many cards as you can.  People will admire your work but may not buy anything.  Don't be discouraged...hand them your card and thank them for their kind words.  Your kindness will encourage them to contact you at a later time to purchase something from you.  
Make friends with the other vendors around you.  Over the past two years, I have created friendship with those I have been placed next to at a show.  Offer to watch their booth if they need a quick break, share your snacks and enjoy some laughs with them!  

Don't take yourself too seriously.  Enjoy yourself!  You get to spend the day on beautiful and historic Courthouse Square in your (o.k. really it is MY) favorite city in PA! Chat with those around you and share the passion you have for the pieces you have worked so hard to create.  No one likes a sour puss!
Bring snacks and water.  Last year was packed and you may not be able to sneak away to grab something (ScrantonMade has the reputation of throwing bigger and better events then the one previous so be prepared to stay busy all day!)

What do you love most about Arts on the Square?
I don't know if I can pinpoint what I loved most about AOTS last year.  It could be the snack station they set up for all us overworked, under-slept and hungry vendors.  It could have been the fantastic vendors they hand picked to be a part of the event.  Or how about the amazing crowd they attracted with all the press material.  The ladies of ScrantonMade sure know how to put together an event.  

The whole day was filled with fun shoppers who were not afraid to express their love and enthusiasm for your creations.  Many will even track you down later to buy from you again!  Courthouse Square was the perfect location for this event.  Scranton is full of grassroots and what a better place to showcase all of the talent that is coming out of this town.  We felt so welcomed by the community and you don't always feel that way at shows.

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Don't Miss Out! Last Call for Applications for Arts on the Square

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Did you get your application in yet?  Don't miss out on being a part of the largest arts festival in Lackawanna County.   See what our returning vendors have to say about Arts on the Square here

Applications can be found on the event website or by emailing us at 

AOTS Returning Vendor's Top Tips & Testimonials

Monday, May 19, 2014
Arts on the Square is fast approaching and we already have sooo many return vendors….We feel LOVED and oh-so-grateful!  Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing Top Tips from some of our returning vendors who always go above & beyond.   They’ve also shared some very kind words about why they are returning to Arts on the Square ( and we’re blushing... ).

Annie Cadden of Fisher Cat Fiber Company, Bethel Woods, NY
What is your Top Tip for new vendors?
Good signage and clear pricing are a must! Customers like to know what the item costs without having to ask. Tell them how it’s made, that's what they are buying along with the finished product.
Why have you decided to return to Arts on the Square?
I LOVE Scranton, it's a city with a neighborhood feel!  As a vendor, last year's AOTS was a great opportunity for networking, meeting new friends, fellow artisans and making valuable connections.  The team at ScrantonMade are super friendly, organized and go above and beyond with their hospitality. We're looking forward to our day on the Square this year!
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Aubrey McClintock of A Daily Obsession, Scranton, PA
What is your Top Tip for new vendors?
Smile! This one is easy for me, because I am happy to be participating and I totally enjoy what I do! And I tend to smile quite a bit anyway! There are plenty of reasons smiling is important and beneficial, but to put it simply: smiling people are easy to approach, less intimidating, and they look like they are having fun--so wouldn't you be interested in why they are so happy? And, of course, it is easier to smile if you are not stressed about having enough change, needing to use the restroom, or hungry and/or thirsty ;)
Why have you decided to return to Arts on the Square?
There are so many things I loved about AOTS:
It was so well organized, marketed, and planned. There was plenty of communication too. I also feel that the handmade community, makers, artists, musicians, etc are truly appreciated by ScrantonMade. I know such an event takes a massive amount of planning, time, gnashing of teeth, asking for help and favors, and even more time. After the first two events, I think the community really trusts ScrantonMade, knows the caliber of the events they organize, and is looking forward to more events in the future.
That it takes place right smack in downtown Scranton, which I think is such a great location surrounded by fabulous old buildings. I have a total soft spot for Scranton and am proud to live in the area.
The marketing hit a target demographic  that is underserved in the Scranton area, but definitely a growing segment of the population. To me, it is our Scranton version of a Renegade, Art Star, or Crafty Supermarket. Located in NEPA, I think many people could go to NY or Philly for this type of an event, and it is great to have one right here at home. Plus, I think most people had no idea Scranton had so much to offer, and the cohesiveness and professionalism of the events has given a credibility to the craft/art/handmade scene in our area.
That there is so much going on, so you can easily make a day of it: craft vendors, art activities, music and entertainment, food trucks!
All in all, it was a great event and a super positive sales experience. :)
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Thank you Annie & Aubrey for helping to make Arts on the Square such a great event! 

Announcing ScrantonMade's We Love Our Vendors Giveaway Series!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We're so excited to announce our We Love Our Vendors Giveaway Series.  From now until the end of May, we will be running a series of giveaways exclusively for Arts on the Square vendors.  All vendors are eligible to win great prizes from our sponsors.  Haven't applied to Arts on the Square yet?  Get your applications in soon to secure your spot and the chance to win! 

Our First Giveaway:  Totally Rad's RadLab  
Our friends over at Totally Rad have generously donated their most popular set of stylets, RadLab (a $149 value), to one lucky vendor. Here at ScrantonMade, we use Totally Rad for business and personal photography.  

So what exactly is Radlab?  Radlab is a Photoshop Filter plugin that offers a fast + easy way to edit and filter your photos.  RadLab's 80+ stylets can be layered to create the perfect combination for your image. From basic edits to eye-catching color to stunning black and whites, RadLab has everything you need to make your photography stand out.

What programs does RadLab work with?  You can use Radlab with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. 

RadLab Recipe: Lights Out + Rumpus + Go, Go Saturation
Remember, Arts on the Square spots are filling up fast.  Get your application here!    

Special thanks to Totally Rad for sponsoring our first 
We Love our Vendors Giveaway!

Hey Foodtruckers, Arts on the Square wants you!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Applications are now available for food truck and food cart vendors for Arts on the Square!