"When people watch the film they gain confidence in our skills
and consider choosing us over the competition."
Not only is it a great film of the shop, it's also a great film. It's fascinating to see yourself through the eyes of others. And hearing myself reminds me of what I do and why. It redoubles my commitment to it. Catherine is very instinctive. She knew the right questions to ask. Knew how to get the shop in the right angles. And was able to assemble a complete feel and spirit of the shop and me. She did a wonderful job in being like a fly on the wall, very unobtrusive yet able to capture everything.
I have had many folks watch it and, when they needed our help, they thought of us. They recommended us by directing people to the film. When people watch it they gain confidence in our skills and consider choosing us over our competitors. -- Sebastian Laws, Owner, Sutton Clocks.
“The process really made me think about what my artwork is
about and how to hone that message more clearly."
I really felt supported throughout the process. This especially mattered to me because I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing. I wanted to work with a pro and that's what I got. Catherine gave 110% which meant a lot to me. She was so thorough in her preparation, asked great questions, and provided structure. She had a vision of what the film could be and was so thoughtful about every step.
I felt video would provide me with a tool to connect more easily with potential clients and business partners (like galleries and consultants) who are far away or only online by communicating my story in a more immediate way and I feel strongly that the film will help me sell more art.
-- Sarah Bush, Fine Artist.
"Telling my story and showing my passion have been great tools for
helping potential clients feel good about what we do."
Catherine is an extraordinary filmmaker. She created two wonderful marketing videos illustrating my business. I’ve never seen marketing videos that look like mine. They are really more like films. She “got” my philosophy of teaching art to kids and what my goals were. Telling my story and showing my passion have been great tools for helping potential clients feel good about what we do. It’s been very positive for my business.
I love Catherine's ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ approach. I think it's so much more valuable to show what you do, rather than explain it. It was a great investment and the main video has had 18K views on YouTube since I posted it. She was great with the kids and they responded really well. They loved the attention. She is creative, professional and easy to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again if needed.
- Donna Bernstein ,Owner, The Messy Artist
"Though we've grown substantially since the film was made, four years ago,
our business still has the same vibe that Catherine had captured so well."
Catherine Stratton created a short video of our bakery called For the Love of Butter. From conception to editing, she was able to capture the essence of my small business. Though we've grown substantially since the film was made, four years ago, our business still has the same vibe that Catherine had captured so well. Having to talk about the business for the film forced me to hone in on essentially what our brand is.
We’ve had dozens of compliments from people who have been equally charmed by her fiIm and it’s been a great tool for meeting new customers and telling our story. Now that some time has passed, I realize that the film, not only serves as a marketing and promotional piece, it also marks a place in our history that might otherwise have gone undocumented.
-- Julie Pauly, Owner, The Able Baker.
"What Catherine saw about my business was what I felt. It was reaffirming."
After several years of searching for a company to make short films to represent my company and the programs we offer, I met Catherine Stratton, looked at her company’s portfolio and hired her on the spot. With blind faith, I allowed her complete creative license. My only directive was that I wanted the viewers to "feel" our culture and accurately portray it on film. I was astounded and thrilled with the results. What Catherine produced far surpassed my imagination. She hit the nail on the head in all eight films I hired her to make. What Catherine saw about my business was what I felt. It was reaffirming. You can write all you want about your business but people still read it with a bias. What you see in our videos is the truth. They are spontaneous and we aren't trying to hide anything. People love the videos and often comment about them. We get lots of calls from prospective clients who mention the videos when they call to make an appointment to visit. -- Bridget O'Brien, Superkids Childcare & Learning Center.
"Catherine had a strong instinct as to how she'd satisfy
both her client's requirements and her own vision."
"I recently had the privilege of working with Catherine on a small documentary. Her focus was unwavering and she had a strong instinct as to how she'd satisfy both her client's requirements and her own vision. She is a passionate filmmaker who will create work that she can stand behind and that more than fulfills the parameters of a given job."
-- Russell Christian, Fine Artist.
"Catherine created a film that compellingly shows my work and tells my story."
Before seeing Cathy Stratton’s films, I could not imagine how to make a film about my green interior design business. Minutes after seeing her work, I phoned her to schedule a meeting. Cathy created a film that compellingly shows my work and tells my story. I am thrilled with the results and have gotten so much great feedback about it.
-- Tracey Stephens, Interior Designer
"You will be able to send a Stratton film to clients and they will
immediately be engaged with you and your product."
As my work involves clients hiring me to educate and entertain their employees, one of the most important tools in my business is video. It is a way for potential clients to get to know me - they are hiring ME as the product so it allows them to understand that product more deeply. It is critical that I clearly understand what my value proposition is for clients and the process of working with Catherine helped me define that. Catherine was able to tell my story from a professional as well as personal place. That is the magic that makes her stand out. Each film takes the audience on a ride that lets them not only understand the product but also the person or people behind it. She does that for each of her clients. Catherine was passionate about my business and how deeply I cared about my message and she spent the time to make sure my video was beautiful and memorable. You will be able to send a Stratton Film to clients and they will immediately be engaged with you and your product." -- Tami Evans, Motivational Speaker.
"The film captures a moment in the story of my business and my life
and it will be wonderful to look back and watch it later."
I enjoyed seeing myself on the set because it gave me a chance to see and hear for myself how I probably appear to clients. I enjoyed doing the interview because it made me really think about the message I want to send, about the value of my work and how important it is for people to have a memento of their special companions. It means so much to have this record of my business and work. I feel it captures a moment in the story of my business and my life and it will be wonderful to look back and watch it later.
-- Tricia Rosenkilde, Fine Art Photographer.
"Catherine is a creative and clever collaborator who thinks hard about a story,
delivers it on time, and infuses the entire process with thought and care."
hired Catherine two times now as a director/shooter/editor of documentary shorts for Etsy.com, and she’s a creative and clever collaborator who thinks hard about a story, delivers it on time, and infuses the entire process with thought and care. The first short she made was about Sutton Clock Shop – a story she also pitched. In that case, she approached this gem of a story with narrative smarts, beautiful cinematography, and an attention to detail that impressed me at the first cut. The second short she made for me was more of a commission and no easy task; this time, not only did she take some very specific story and creative direction from us (with gusto), but she also fractured that through her own lens to deliver a terrific piece. I have come to both admire and respect Catherine for her creativity, determination, and integrity. I would happily work with her again and give her an unqualified recommendation. -- Beth Levison, Executive Producer, Etsy.
Catherine Stratton’s films are beautiful works of art. She is, quite simply, an amazing filmmaker and artist.
-- Rick Parker, Artist