Smith Atwood Video Services, Inc

Smith Atwood Video Services, Inc We're a full-service video production company We specialize in informational video programs for non-profits, government agencies, corporations, and for website applications; we also specialize in working with the legal community on website videos, day-in-the-life videos, settlement brochures, and depositions.

We are agents for WCSH, WGME, and WMTW for people and businesses wanting to purchase copies of news stories www.smithatwood.com.

Operating as usual

11/19/2013

We just produced a video honoring Moira Hastings Fuller, recipient of the Claddagh Award, presented by the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Mary McAleney, President of Heritage Center Board, told us this: "You knocked it out of the ball park! The room was dead silence during the video and then erupted into a standing ovation!" She also mentioned we were fun to work with. Wow! Thanks MIHC and congrats, Moira Hastings Fuller!

Smith Atwood produces a variety of video programs and often works for lawyers and their clients.  Having done so much le...
03/27/2013
Disney grants man $8,000 after ride malfunction forces him to listen to It's a Small World for 30 mi

Smith Atwood produces a variety of video programs and often works for lawyers and their clients. Having done so much legal work, we've come to realize there are two sides to every story.... like this one that at first seems odd. But when you understand it, well, the judge's decision makes sense.

Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez, who is wheelchair-bound, was the only passenger not rescued when the California Disneyland ride broke down in 2009, and staffers failed to call the fire department to free him.

03/06/2013

Maybe this is something you or someone you know might be interested in?

We're hiring!!
IT Support Technician – WCSH6

WCSH's engineering department has an immediate opening for a technician with good network and desktop-support skills that could be applied in a broadcast multi-media environment. This position supports a variety of television-centric software including station automation software, non-linear-editing, and media storage. Will train the right person. Competitive salary and benefits. Please mail or email your resume and salary requirements to: Dave Mundee, WCSH6, One Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101. [email protected]
WCSH6 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Well, it looks like another iconic publication may be going away....
02/18/2013
Reader’s Digest Is Bankrupt as Iconic Magazine Falters

Well, it looks like another iconic publication may be going away....

RDA Holding Co., publisher of the 91-year-old Reader’s Digest magazine, filed for bankruptcy to cut $465 million in debt and focus on North American operations as consumers shift from print to electronic media.

I've always enjoyed the poetry of Carl Sandburg.  And now comes a fascinating discovery: a newly discovered poem called ...
01/21/2013
U. of I. volunteer finds unknown Carl Sandburg poem

I've always enjoyed the poetry of Carl Sandburg. And now comes a fascinating discovery: a newly discovered poem called "Revolver". How appropriate for these times. What do you think?

With the debate over gun control heating up, a retired volunteer at a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made a timely find.

Sure it's the middle of winter.  But today I spotted a woolie bear catepillar on a salty-wet sidewalk in North Deering, ...
01/17/2013

Sure it's the middle of winter. But today I spotted a woolie bear catepillar on a salty-wet sidewalk in North Deering, Portland...slowly crawling along. Hope he finds a warm place to hang out tonight, with temps predicted to be in single numbers!

Now this is amazing.  And even though you have to watch a commercial first...it's absolutely worth it to see the best pi...
01/16/2013
Las Vegas ‘theatrical pickpocket’ reveals secrets

Now this is amazing. And even though you have to watch a commercial first...it's absolutely worth it to see the best pick pocket ever flim-flam the TODAY Show hosts...

Video on TODAY.com: Apollo Robbins, known as the “gentleman thief,” takes all sorts of things from jackets, pants, and purses as a theatrical pickpocket in Las Vegas. He chats with the TODAY anchors about his special skills and reveals just how he’s able to swipe people’s possessions (which he alway...

Smith Atwood Video is proud to have produced a video for a mental health organization based here in Maine that is workin...
01/16/2013
Video | Resources For Resolving Volence Inc.

Smith Atwood Video is proud to have produced a video for a mental health organization based here in Maine that is working to prevent violence. No matter your position on guns, I think we all agree mental health pros' intervention can go a long way to reducing violence.... Joann Schladale explains...

We want you to know about our work and our commitment to stopping violence. Please check out our video below for an overview what we do.

01/14/2013
Poetry Everywhere: "One Boy Told Me" by Naomi Shihab Nye

I've always enjoyed poetry. And now my horizons have broadened to enjoy my three grandkids ages 2-4. The connection.....little kids and poetry is obvious. Listen to this:

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem "One Boy Told Me." Part of the Poetry Everywhere project airing on public television. Produced by David Grubin Productions an...

01/01/2013

Tomorrow should be interesting....especially the call time for our shoot in Damariscotta.... 4am. YIKES! The good news is we need to be done by 8am....just in time for breakfast!

Happy New Year!
12/31/2012

Happy New Year!

12/24/2012
Silent Night

Merry Christmas to all! What a wonderful feeling as the world slows, shops close, families gather and we reflect on our lives. We celebrate Christmas on Chistmas Eve....the German tradition....and we'll have a wonderful time as I hope you will on this wonderful night. Many blessings. Need to get in the mood? Listen:

2012 Christmas Devotional The choir and congregation sing "Silent Night."

12/20/2012

We're looking for an actor to play the part of a grocery store shelf-stocker supervisor...probably late 30's/40's for a short video we're shooting early Jan 2. Ideas? [email protected]

12/11/2012
Season's Greetings

Our friends at Bowdoin have created a wonderful little Christmas greeting from President Barry Mills and wife Karen Mills. Very clever indeed....check it out:

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Do you remember from the old college days how stressful it could be preparing for exams, writing papers etc?  Check-out ...
12/11/2012
Therapy Dogs Calm Students During Hectic End-of-Semester Rush « Bowdoin Daily Sun

Do you remember from the old college days how stressful it could be preparing for exams, writing papers etc? Check-out what they're doing at Bowdoin College with therapy dogs for the students!

The student organization Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere, led by Megan Massa ’14 and Janki Kaneria ’14, recently invited several therapy dogs to campus to provide licks and cuddles to students under stress due to looming paper deadlines and final exams. Although the Sail Room in Smith Union was f...

The US Geological Survey is reporting a little earthquake (2.4) has hit central York County...so says WCSH!
12/04/2012
NEWS CENTER Maine

The US Geological Survey is reporting a little earthquake (2.4) has hit central York County...so says WCSH!

NEWS CENTER Maine is the NBC affiliate for the Portland-Auburn/Bangor markets which includes Northern, Southern Maine and Eastern New Hampshire. Visit www.NEWSCENTERmaine.com

11/29/2012
Lincoln (2012)

I saw the movie "Lincoln" last night. It portrays Lincoln in all his brilliance as a leader and tactician. It portrays Congress in much the same way most of us view Congress today....mired in politics, influence peddling, with a few good people trying to do the right thing. A wee bit long, but wonderfully acted and shot.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the s...

11/28/2012

Just thought you should know: Powerball lottery officials say tonight's jackpot has now reached $550-million...and that was early this afternoon. Maybe the Federal government should run an international lottery to get rid of the fiscal cliff. Nah. They'd screw it up!

11/26/2012
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The rule of reciprocation. If you get a Christmas card from someone, even if they're not on your card list, do you make sure you send THEM one? This NPR story is very interesting.

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11/21/2012

Tonight I'm at Hannaford buying turkey and all. I stare at the jellies/jams section stripped by earlier shoppers. "it's like a storm is coming," I say to a passing woman. "it IS coming," she says . "its called 'family,' says she as she walks past without expression. Good one, eh?

11/19/2012
30 Dog Stunts in 90 Seconds

I couldn't resist posting this one. Got 90 seconds? Check it out:

What is the time marker of your favorite stunt? These talented dogs will blow you away as they perform 30 off the hook stunts and tricks! - - If you love dog...

Two friends of ours from Falmouth, Anne Cote (you might know her from Morong Falmouth and Catherine Cook will be marchin...
11/19/2012

Two friends of ours from Falmouth, Anne Cote (you might know her from Morong Falmouth and Catherine Cook will be marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade holding ropes for the huge Hello Kitty balloon....how cool is that?

Voting goes until 8PM.......Baxter reminds you....you can still vote!
11/06/2012

Voting goes until 8PM.......Baxter reminds you....you can still vote!

10/30/2012
Yes on 1: Mainers United for Marriage - Brian Arsenault

Denise LaFrance, the Smith Atwood Video office manager has a great son, Brian Arsenault, who has freelanced for us on a variety of shoots. Well now, Brian is featured in a commercial supporting YES on ONE in Maine. We support Brian AND his Moms. We support YES on ONE.

Brian talks about his family, the fact that his moms are the best role models he could ask for and why he hopes Mainers will join him in voting "Yes" on Ques...

10/29/2012

Back in the mid 1980's when we started Smith Atwood Video there were only a handful of video production companies in Southern Maine. Maine Video Systems was one of the leaders. By 2000 there were something like 36 listed in the phone book. Thru it all we've made a go of it. But now we are sorry to learn Maine Video Systems has closed. And so it goes.

Turns out the Romney campaign has a real Maine connection....or should I say a BOWDOIN connection...with a campaign mana...
10/29/2012
Bob White, a Troubleshooter Plotting Romney’s Trajectory

Turns out the Romney campaign has a real Maine connection....or should I say a BOWDOIN connection...with a campaign manager we have interviewed before for Bowdoin's capital campaign videos. Here's a good backgrounder on the man who once was the Polar Bears' goalie...

Bob White, a designated troubleshooter and in-house consultant for Mitt Romney’s campaign, has helped steady a wobbly candidacy and reverse its trajectory in recent weeks.

As Barry Atwood and I drove back from a job we were shooting in Presque Isle, I was struck by this image on Main St. in ...
10/26/2012

As Barry Atwood and I drove back from a job we were shooting in Presque Isle, I was struck by this image on Main St. in Mars Hill, ME. If nothing else, somebody is ready for winter. In this shot you can also see one of the many wind mills up on Mars Hill.

@Elm Tree Diner Houlton, METhat's right .... Workin' in the County.
10/24/2012

@Elm Tree Diner Houlton, ME
That's right .... Workin' in the County.

Congratulations Bowdoin College.  Smith Atwood is pleased to have worked on a video project that helped celebrate the op...
10/23/2012
George J. Mitchell Oral History Project Receives Top Prize « Bowdoin Daily Sun

Congratulations Bowdoin College. Smith Atwood is pleased to have worked on a video project that helped celebrate the opening of the Mitchell Oral History Project.

The George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has received the Oral History Association’s top prize for an outstanding oral history project. The association’s biennial Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award was presented to Bowdoin College at the OHA’s annual meeting in Cleveland October 13.

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