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ORIGIN

Founded in 2013, Simon Eisenbach Productions originally was created to serve non-profits in developing countries.  Realizing the impact that his visual storytelling abilities could have on businesses, Simon Eisenbach expanded his services to serve corporate and commercial clients in a diverse range of industries. 

Who We Are

We are visual storytellers that push creative boundaries.  We do whatever it takes to tell your story, even if it means putting cameras in harm's way.

We find the story that will help your company grow.  Our process differentiates by listening to your goals, and building a visual strategy to help you succeed.  We take our time to ensure our clients get the best visual product possible, while having a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

At SE Productions, we integrate your vision into our production.  Located in Utica, New York, our state-of-the-art facility creates a space for our clients to have an interactive experience with their production.  Our office space allows clients to sit side-by-side with our team and make real-time edits on their projects.


Meet The Team

Simon Eisenbach, Founder

A self proclaimed 'travel junkie,' Simon Eisenbach's global perspective shapes every aspect of his company.  A native of New Hartford, New York, Simon is a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College and Nyack College.  Picking up a camera in his senior year of college, his hobby quickly turned into a passion for visual storytelling.  Moving to Asia for an opportunity to pursue photo/video in Taiwan, his experience made him realize his appreciation for his Central New York roots.  Upon returning home, he began SE Productions to offer businesses multimedia growth solutions

In his own words:

Farthest Destination You've Traveled: Bandung, Indonesia

Funkiest Food You've Eaten: Stinky Tofu

Describe Your Craziest Adventure: I don't know if there's a "craziest" but going to the D.R. Congo had the craziest travel. It took 5 days to arrive at our final destination, then 24 hours to get home. Along with 4 plane rides, a super short runway for take off, insanely off the grid living, and the worst roads I've ever experienced it was definitely memorable. 

Favorite Method of Travel: Land Rover Defender on a dirt road

Playlist: Saosin, Story of the Year, and Vitamin String Quartet

Inspiration: Being able to have a global impact while growing my local community.

Describe an unforgettable moment caught on camera:

In 2014 I was able to teach two young adult women how to use a faucet for the first time. This was the first time in these women's lives that they didn't have to work for water as we provided a water system with spigots where they were living. As an American that can't remember when I learned how to do this it greatly impacted me. It shows how privileged we are in First-World Countries.

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Stephanie Inserra, Video Editor/Assistant

Stephanie joined the team in January 2018. After 2 years of living in South Korea after college, she came back to Central New York where she grew up. Her role as editor will help SEP continue to provide our clients with the best possible experience & product.

In her own words:

Farthest Destination You've Traveled: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Funkiest Food You've Eaten: Durian (once and never again)

Describe Your Craziest Adventure: It's a toss up between moving to South Korea for two years on a whim and traveling Vietnam solo...also on a whim. 

Favorite Method of Travel: Train

Playlist: Currently old Laura Marling 

Inspiration: Seeing people in privileged positions use their resources and skills to give a voice to those who don't have one as easily or as frequently. 

Describe an unforgettable moment caught on camera: While living in South Korea, I spent a few days on Jeju Island. One morning, I watched a group of Haenyeo; female divers who collect shellfish for local fisheries. Most of them were elderly, in their 70s and 80s. I took a few shots of them emerging from the water and gathering their findings in large buckets, faces beaming with pride. As a woman I found it empowering and a fine example of Jeju's semi-matriarchal society. 

 

Chips Eisenbach, Chief Break-Time Officer

Chips joined the team in April 2016. She instantly became a very important part of the team keeping Simon in check so he doesn't stare at a computer screen for 24 hours straight. She has settled into her role well adapting to the new office space along with her 3 key sleeping locations depending on the time of day.

In her own words:

Farthest Destination You've Traveled: Alabama

Funkiest Food You've Eaten: Frozen chicken

Describe Your Craziest Adventure: The first two years of my life involved running in big circles chasing a bunny. However my dad loves taking me on road trips all over the north east. We tend to go to grandma's a lot where I try to chase chipmunks that taunt me out the window.

Favorite Method of Travel: Mini Van- my dog bed in the back is wonderful

Playlist: Whatever dad makes me listen to

Inspiration: Naptime

Describe an unforgettable moment caught on camera:

This one time I was soooo tired from running at the park that dad caught me in full on derp mode with my tongue completely out of my mouth while I was sleeping... It's a good thing i'm cute because the pile of drool he had to clean up was grossssss.

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Jake Link, Intern/Assistant

Jake joined the team in October 2017 through Boces. He started with a curiosity of video production, but didn't know much more about it. Jake's been a quick study learning the basics & thinking of unique ways to approach situations at the studio.

In his own words:

Farthest Destination You've Traveled: Los Angeles, California

Funkiest Food You've Eaten: Fish Eyes

Describe Your Craziest Adventure: When I was skiing with family in Vermont, my brother and I went into the backcountry and were completely lost for a few hours. We came across this abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods, got in, left a message for the next person, and then kept heading down hill. We finally came across a road that brought us back to civilization. 

Favorite Method of Travel: Airplane for sure, mostly because it means that I get to go to an airport

Playlist: Kamasi Washington, Paul Simon, and Thundercat as of now.

Inspiration: Having the ability to document hidden parts of nature and revealing them to the world.

Describe an unforgettable moment caught on camera:

I was able to get a picture of the entirety of Salt Lake City from a peak in the Wasatch Mountains. It really showed how the entire city is encased in the surrounding chains of mountains and shows just how sprawling the Great Salt Lake is.

Jayson Bretton, Intern/Assistant

Jayson joined the team in January 2018 while finishing his degree at Utica College. His goal is to grow in the commercial side of video production, and learn more about various aspects of the job. 

In his own words:

Farthest Destination You've Traveled: Kingston, Jamaica

Funkiest Food You've Eaten: Frog Legs (not voluntarily) 

Describe Your Craziest Adventure: I went hiking with my family and the campsite we were staying at went on lockdown because a family of bears were roaming around and messing with people. You could even hear them outside of the tent that I was sleeping in. 

Favorite Method of Travel: Driving, mainly because I get the opportunity to experience the thrill of sight seeing rather than looking at clouds the whole trip.

Playlist: A Boogie, Chris Brown and PnB Rock. Mostly anything Hip Hop.

Inspiration: Learning new techniques to make better visual content people will want and enjoy.

Describe an unforgettable moment caught on camera: When I bought my first camera, I took it out of the packaging and the first photo I caught  was a bird flying into the windshield of my car. It was pretty unfortunate for the bird but led to a very insane picture.

 


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