Every great story starts somewhere. New Orleans Video Productions story starts here, in 1994 with Ed Holub making some serious choices about his future in the industry and the kind of work he wanted to be doing. These thoughts would grow in importance and frequency over the next several years and lead to the fateful day when he made the decision to go to New Orleans to see his vision become reality. On that day, the company you depend on for the perfect shot was born.
Our founder comes into his own with the release of “Night Runs Red” which was written, directed, and shot on 16mm by Ed Holub and the New Orleans Video Productions crew. Since then, our methods may have changed, but our passion for making films has never wavered.
This was the year that Ed’s short film “Unknown Man” saw a great deal of major festival exposure. We were excited and grateful that his work was so well-received by audiences and critics alike. It was a big year for our development and we still learn from the lessons that experience taught us.
Our adventures into documentary film making began in earnest with our work on the Spike Lee documentary “When the Levees Broke” for HBO. This experience began a real passion for using our talents to promote change in the world and fight the battles which cameras were made for.
Feeling inspired by our work with documentary film, we chose to make a short film about the dark and sometimes troubling world of adult entertainment – specifically the psychological pain so often overlooked in a population many wish didn’t exist. “Where Strippers Go To Die” was our vision of this forgotten world.
This was the year when the the web first knocked on our door for our first webcasting engagement and the event was a smashing success. This led us to devote a significant amount of time over the next few years perfecting our approach to capturing these events for the best possible viewer experience. And, it’s been one of the best choices we’ve ever made.
“Company Town” represents some of the most important work we’ve ever done at New Orleans Video Productions. It tells the story of a small town being poisoned by a factory owned by two of the richest men in the nation and the town’s fight to win back their lives from these greedy polluters from far away. The reception by audiences nationwide was reward enough for us.
Just as with most video production companies, we began as the dream of a single individual, Ed Holub, who had already spent years working inside the industry and felt that his talents would be better served by chasing his own vision rather than pursuing someone else’s. Again, very much the same origin story you’d find behind most production companies without the flash and sizzle many would expect from a “Hollywood” industry. But, while movies may be made in Hollywood, dreams are made everywhere and they don’t always come with special effects. Those are added later.
When Ed’s idea began to take shape, he needed a base of operations that had the population he was looking for, a uniqueness that he could communicate through his projects, and a proximity to both the modern and natural worlds for opening up new avenues of filmmaking not available in New York or LA. That search, and his own experiences as a visitor, led him directly to New Orleans in 2004. That marks the beginning of what can only be described as a fantastic voyage to this point and one we hope you’ll take part in whenever you have a video production need – no matter the circumstances involved.
From poignant documentaries that challenge our thinking
to ads that resonate far longer than purchase
New Orleans Video Productions makes it happen.