Sandgate production house earns video awards

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SANDGATE — A production house in town has been recognized by a video and television award-giving body for a company ad it recently created.

Faltskog Productions won a gold for the editing of branded content and a silver for corporate imaging in this year's Telly Awards. It was honored for a three-minute corporate video on New England Chimney Supply, a chimney manufacturer located in Williston.

Faltskog, 51, decided to nominate the video as a way to earn credentials for his young production house. Established in 2016, Faltskog Productions advertises a variety of services, including creating commercials, shooting events and filming documentaries.

The company is a family outfit staffed by Faltskog and his wife Naomi. Their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also helps out.

Faltskog said his role includes meeting with clients, shooting, writing, editing and maintaining equipment, whereas Naomi does administrative work, as well as camera work and giving the videos a second look before they're submitted to clients.

He decided to establish the business after nearly 20 years as a video journalist. He talked about undertaking a six-month television production course in Albany, N.Y., working as an intern in 1995 then getting his first paid TV job in Schenectady, N.Y.

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Faltskog said he learned about "journalistic quality and telling a good story" at WTEN in Albany, for which he covered the 9/11 terror attacks. He also worked in San Diego, Calif., where his job included reporting on wildfires.

"News offered me massive volumes of stories at a very fast pace, which gave me a lifetime of experience condensed into my time there," Faltskog said. "We really made a difference in people's lives, helping them when they had nowhere else to turn."

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Two years ago, his family moved from Cambridge, N.Y., to Sandgate after finding a house that Faltskog said has helped him leave behind memories of difficult news stories, such as those involving death, violence and destruction.

"This was an excellent place to be — very creative, top of the mountain, end of the road, which was what I needed to heal from the traumatic events," he said. "I don't wanna hear sirens, it's peaceful."

He now works closely with clients in Manchester, Bennington, Burlington, as well as in New York.

Faltskog said it was his wife who encouraged him to enter the Telly Awards for the first time this year. When he saw his production house listed among the winners in May, he "proceeded to do a little victory dance" in front of a New York client.

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The video, "Custom Work," presents the company's work and values through the everyday tasks of a custom chimney fabricator.

"I just felt it was a complete story with a good character," said David Faltskog, who owns his namesake production house. "It grabs your attention then gives you an inside look into someone's world."

Kevin Pellon, sales director at New England Chimney Supply, said his company was excited to learn that its video had won two Tellys. The piece, completed in February, was commissioned to be presented at trade shows, industry events and talent recruitment activities.

"David was able to see through his eyes and creative imagination how we impact people around us," Pellon said. "It was fantastic for him to take our story and share with others what we do."

Tiffany Tan can be reached at, @tiffgtan at Twitter and 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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