Video Production, Editing, and Taping Services from FMP Studios

Originally posted 2008-04-30 19:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Video Production, Editing, and Taping Services from FMP Studios

Jim Fusco has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication with a specialization in Video Production from Southern CT State University. He’s also been professionally videotaping and editing wedding videos for Audio Video Concepts, the pioneers of event video, for over three years.

Jim is called-upon to work on complex projects and is always up-to-date on the latest video technology and equipment. Click on any of the buttons above to view Jim’s video production, editing, and taping services and prices.

Photo Restoration & Touchup Services from FMP Studios

Originally posted 2008-04-30 19:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Photo Restoration & Touchup Services

We at FMP Studios believe that a photo should show you at your BEST. And, you don’t need a professional camera to get a great looking photo, either!

Over the years, Jim Fusco has become a Photoshop MASTER! There’s no project he can’t handle. Just LOOK at everything he can do for your precious photos, both personal and professional:

Standard Photo Package (1 photo): $30
(We’ll contact you to get your photo within 12 hours!)

Includes:

  • Removal of:
    • Wrinkles
    • Crow’s feet
    • Moles and blemishes
    • Unwanted hair
    • Simple background objects
    • Shadows
    • Dark under-eye circles
  • Fixes:
    • Color balance (and correction of unnatural lighting)
    • Contrast
    • Add color to washed-out photo
    • Whiten teeth
    • Lighten eyes
    • Red-eye removal that looks natural!
    • Sharpen slightly blurry shots

Example: To the left is a photo of Jim Fusco taken from a cell phone. To the right, Jim edited the photo using the features of the Basic Package. Of course, there’s not TOO much work needed to be done on Jim’s face (yeah, right!), but look at all the differences:

  • The edited photo is brighter and the colors are more natural.
  • Notice the dark circles under the eyes are gone!
  • His hair isn’t frizzy anymore.
  • His eyes and teeth are brighter and whiter.
  • Moles and blemishes have been removed.
  • And, if you look closely, the towel and broom handle in the background have been completely removed!

Jim Fusco before touchupJim Fusco after touchup
Transform your photos from drab and tired to bright and presentable for only $30!

Advanced Photo Package (1 photo): Only $50!
(We’ll contact you to get your photo within 12 hours!)

Includes ALL the features of the Basic Package, PLUS:

  • Fix “half-closed” eyes
  • Re-align someone’s gaze direction
  • Repair tears in photos
  • Restore torn-away areas of photos
  • Insert another person/object into a photo
  • Colorize black & white photo (complete or partial)
  • Straighten teeth
  • Lighten 5 o’clock shadow
  • Remove complicated background objects
  • Remove other people from photos!
  • Sharpen even EXTREMELY blurry photos!
  • Fix double-exposure, so common in digital camera photos
  • Forensic work: have a photo of a car in the background, but can’t see the license plate? We can make it visible- just like on C.S.I.!

 

All packages come with a 24-hour turnaround time and e-mailing of the digital photo back to you!
Print prices are as follows, INCLUDING SHIPPING!:

Video Production Services from FMP Studios

Originally posted 2008-04-30 19:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Video Production

Jim’s Video Production Services are only $30 an hour-
Click HERE to contact us and get your project started today!

If you’re a professional, you need to market yourself in new ways that will help you stand out from the rest. Video is a great tool for that purpose, and you could get a promotion video done for a website or DVD for MUCH less than you thought possible. Plus, the results will blow you (and your customers) away!

We can film television commercials, promotion videos, and even music videos to suit your tastes. For all your video production needs:

Get YOUR video project done at only $30 an hour! Jim works faster and more efficiently while still maintaining the highest levels of quality. Click HERE to contact us and get started!

Music Review: Jim Fusco’s “Halfway There”

Originally posted 2009-04-13 23:55:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

RATING:  4.5 / 5 stars

By Chris Moore:

When Jim Fusco released What About Today? in May 2005, his official website claimed that “this album will prove to be Jim’s best work to date.”  I didn’t think about it much at the time, but that tag of “to date” is key, particularly now — four years later — as he releases a new album.

Now, his website asserts that Halfway There is “his most professional and mature album to date.”

There is certainly something very appropriate about the title of this new release.  Careful listeners will certainly appreciate the conceptual and thematic connections.  In most places on the record, Fusco seems upbeat and generally optimistic, and yet there is a clear feeling of being stuck in a transition phase.  “You go on for miles then you stop,” he sings in “On For Miles,” possibly referring to his fiancee (now only months away from their wedding).  On “Exception,” he sings, “Why can’t we be an exception to the rule?”

Fusco is even more blunt on “I Got You,” as he wails, “I’ll always have you here and shouldn’t that be enough?”

Halfway There is truly unmatched — as promised — in Fusco’s catalog in terms of not only sound quality and “professionalism,” but also lyrical content and overall effect.  This is an album that should draw listeners in and make them feel something.  From the opening track, this is apparent, as much from the snarl of the verse as from the fed-up indifference of the chorus.  The guitar solo is emotive and supported with a classic Jim Fusco — no, better — bass riff.

Go on: I dare you not to get it stuck in your head.

The Best Indie Album of 2009!

The Best Indie Album of 2009!

“Go Back to Him” sets the tone for an album that does what great albums are supposed to do, leading you from highs to lows as you wind your way through its eleven tracks. Perhaps due to his experience with the recording process (and life in general) or an array of new equipment and instruments, Fusco’s vocals are warmer, his guitar effects are more unique and authentic, and the overall sound quality is higher.  The volume level is impressive — sometimes to0 much so, as I’ve had to turn down a couple tracks during pronounced, high-pitched guitar parts.

Indeed, longtime Jim Fusco fans will find traces of sounds here and there that are reminiscent of past work, but this time around there is sense of evolution and a clear progression.  “Our Love Doesn’t Translate” should clearly be the single, as catchy and pretty as it is, weaving a tale of two lovers who don’t always understand each other or see eye to eye.  “A Night Away” is the distortion-drenched track for this album, showcasing just one of many energetic guitar solos and — although he sings “I’d rather be ashamed than proud and angry” — some considerable resentment.

The standout track of the album is “I Got You.”  It is placed perfectly on the album, just past the halfway point.  It begins as a quiet song, just an electric guitar, then a bass, and finally a lead vocal.  When the drums shake and roll into place about a minute in, the song picks up speed and continues its slow assault until just over a minute and a half in when Fusco belts out the first chorus.  The lyrics are my favorite on the album; indeed, this would be the first song I would discuss with him if I were to sit down for an interview.

The album closer, “Ruins,” makes a final and interesting statement on the overall theme of the album.  Using the metaphor of ancient historic ruins for a relationship, Fusco sings, “There was a time when everyone had admired you from afar… But nature has a way of tearing apart what we’ve built, and if it stands, it’s eroded away.”  He leads up to the conclusion in the chorus, “I guess that’s what you call progress.”  The song itself is a dark, haunting number, and you won’t find a better mix anywhere on the album.

As “Ruins” fades, you are left with a momentary silence before a quiet hum fills the speakers.  Almost a minute later, a guitar fades in to the pop powerhouse that is “Winning You Over.”  Not officially included on the album, all I can say is that this song fits firmly into the company of such songs as America’s “Here and Now” and the Wallflowers “Empire In My Mind” — all quality tracks that make you wonder, “Why not include this on the album proper?”

Fusco has said the song was recorded much later than the other songs and didn’t really fit into the album as a whole, which does make sense.

Halfway There is easily his best, most accessible and enjoyable album to date — it is clearly a prime time for Fusco to attract new listeners while impressing his current fanbase.

In his review of Jeff Copperthite’s 2008 album Greenlight, Fusco wrote, “As an independent artist, I’ve found that people don’t take our music seriously. They won’t listen to it in the car like every other album they own. They won’t recommend it to their friends and write online reviews. It just doesn’t happen very often.”  Halfway There is an infectious record.  I’ve already listened to it a half dozen times in the car alone, not counting just as many iPod listens, and I don’t see a time coming when I will want to take it out.  (Well, maybe when the Dylan album is released later this month… :-))

Oddly — perhaps sadly — this level of mastery comes at a time when Fusco, for the first time, has eschewed all the frills, including music videos, enhancedCD content, and even his own original design for the album cover.

Fusco at work in the Meriden, CT-based FMP Studios

Fusco at work in the Meriden, CT-based FMP Studios

This is yet another visible sign of advancement — he brought in talented and accomplished painter Ben Quesnel to design and create an original work that would be used for the cover.  If you watch Fusco’s Laptop Session for “Our Love Doesn’t Translate,” you can see the painting in all its glory.

The album isn’t perfect, though.  The fourth track, “Write it All,” is both a writing collaboration and a rare duet — his first since My Other Half.  Fair warning: that second voice is disconcerting and may lead listeners to frisbee-toss their discs out the windows of moving cars.  (Actually, that second voice is me!)  In all seriousness, “Write it All” is perhaps my favorite collaboration I’ve ever written and performed — and there have been many — with Jim, and I think fans of MoU will especially appreciate this track.

Another notable collaboration showcased for the first time on this album is with longtime friend Alberto Distefano.  “Go Back to Him,” “Our Love Doesn’t Translate,” and “Ruins” were written while on vacation in Italy, and the influence of a new environment with a rich history and unique language is apparent in the writing.  His previous album may have been “purely Jim Fusco from top to bottom,” but the injection of a second perspective seems to have sparked new and different ideas and perhaps even a new era for this already established, accomplished songwriter.

If you’ve made it this far in reading my review, there really isn’t much more that can be communicated in words.  The bass is bassier.  The guitars are crisper, more jangly.  The vocals are as ambitious as ever.  Truly, this is an album that deserves your attention —  it’s only the second great album of 2009, in league with Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream.

Click HERE to listen to the album for free!

Trust me, you’ll be glad you tuned in.