Navigating The Waters of Santa Barbara Video

Santa Barbara is a unique place to live and work. We are fortunate to have the weather of the Mediterranean, the vistas of The French Riviera, the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles (no real difference between the 405 and the ’S’ curve, right?) and the local feel of a small town hamlet. As Santa Barbara’s premiere video production company, we’ve found it necessary to make our business as diverse as the community we are so fortunate to call home.

 YTS Films was founded to provide cutting-edge, affordable video to those looking to capture weddings, special events and moments that they want to see stand the test of time. As a family business, we know how important these moments are to the fabric of our lives. In this age of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, people often forget the value of a quality film, tragically settling for the shaky handheld moment captured on their miniature smart phone lenses. At YTS, we strive to create beautiful, personal wedding and event films and will go to the ends of the Earth to bring that reality to our client’s televisions screens…. Literally. YTS recently had the pleasure of traveling to the northernmost area of our country to create a custom wedding film for a California couple looking to explore Montana’s Big Sky Wilderness… 

YTS is also proud to be the official team on the red carpet at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This past year, we had the great pleasure of interviewing iconic movies stars including Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara & Brie Larsen, winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress! Here’s a look at one of our exciting moments at SBIFF!

If that weren’t enough, our mission to create the most diverse portfolio of Southern California video also took us into the field of television. YTS produces 4 local television programs including the multi-award winning show The Inn Crowd. In the following episode, we ventured south to Long Beach, California to take a tour of the world famous Queen Mary and, with the assistance of our Chef Host Michael Hutchings (Michael’s Catering of Santa Barbara), we re-created some of the delicious dishes from the golden age of sea travel.

Last, but certainly not least, we are pleased to welcome the newest addition to the YTS family. Starting this year, YTS is offering wedding or event video packages which include use of our 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible! This classic black on black luxury car is the perfect addition to any Southern California event! The couples who have already enjoyed a cruise down State Street after saying “I do” can’t stop talking about it!

Though our projects are diverse, at the heart of each one, we at YTS Films believe in creating fabulous work that will be treasured forever. We invite you to call our studio today at 805.964.7612 or visit our website at SeeYourMemories.com

YTS Digital Films Proudly Presents “Marlena & Ryan – A Wedding Film”

YTS Digital Films is proud to present “Marlena & Ryan – A Wedding Film”. This destination wedding was filmed in the beautiful “Big Sky” region of Montana. Whether you are planning a beachfront wedding on the sun drenched shores of California or in the graceful beauty of America’s heartland, YTS Digital Films will create an unforgettable cinematic experience for you, your family and generations to come.

YTS Digital Films At The Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film!

Last night YTS Digital Films was honored to partner with The Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the third straight year at the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film!

YTS Digital Films’ Gary & Harlene Conlin on the red carpet!

This year’s honoree is two-time Academy Award-Winner Jane Fonda. Jane was accompanied by he friends & co-stars Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks!

From left to right: Elizabeth Banks, Jane Fonda, Diane Lane, Roger Durling

On the red carpet, YTS Digital Films’ Harlene Conlin interviewed Elizabeth, Diane and Jane, where the starts talked about Hollywood legends Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda & Robert Redford. Other topics included The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (and Elizabeth Bank thoughts on the series), Trumbo (Diane Lane’s new film in which she co-stars with Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren) and Grace & Frankie (Jane Fonda’s Netflix series co-starring friend and collaborator Lily Tomlin)

After the red carpet the event commenced with a heartfelt speech by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling

The event kicked into high gear with Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane delivering passionate tributes to Jane Fonda

Finally, the moment came and when Jane Fonda took the stage to accept the 10th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film, she did not disappoint. At the end of her speech the packed room sprang to their feet, giving the Hollywood icon a standing ovation.

As always, YTS Digital Films is honored to be partners with The Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 31st SBIFF will be February 3-13, 2016. See you on the red carpet!

Another Busy Week for YTS Digital Films!

This has been an absolutely incredible few days at YTS Digital Films!

On Friday, Gary & Harlene were at the always beautiful Montecito Country Club filming Monica & Patrick’s wedding, officiated by Reverend Jerry Bellamy. As always, it’s a pleasure to work with Melissa Musgrove Photography!

The next day while Gary filmed a private party (working with Baron Erik Spafford), Harlene and William again worked with Rev. Jerry Bellamy, only this time is was personal! YTS was honored to film Jerry’s daughter Beatrice as she married Sean at El Presidio de Santa Barbara followed by a reception at World Famous El Paseo Mexican Restaurant!

On Sunday, Gary was at Cars & Coffee and had a meeting with the board of The Montecito Motor Classic, on which he currently sit. That evening William was taking photos in Montecito for a reception hosted by Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

If that weren’t enough, this morning, YTS was at Nuance, one of Santa Barbara’s best new restaurants, filming an all-new episode of What’s Cooking with Arthur von Wiesenberger!

This truly has been a busy few days and there’s plenty more to come!

Summertime and The Filming is Busy!

What an amazing month this has been for YTS Digital Films!

We have been all over the United States and locally around Santa Barbara County filming all manner of events! On Saturday June 6th, YTS was honored to take part in Pups & Purrs, the annual fundraiser aiding C.A.R.E. 4 PAWS animal rescue. Here is the official event video produced by YTS Digital Films:

Gary, Harlene and William then set out on a great adventure across the United States! Departing from Los Angeles and traveling to Montana, YTS created a fabulous wedding film for Marlena & Ryan in the heart of big sky country!

After capturing this gorgeous event, we set out to see some of the sights of the region including Devil’s Tower, Wyoming (site of the iconic closing scene from Close Encounters of The Third Kind)

We then proceeded to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota!

After an incredible week of filming, exploring and learning we returned to Santa Barbara and immediately got back to work! What’s Cooking with Arthur von Wiesenberger continued production by filming at Bouchon in beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara.

What’s Cooking triumphantly returned to the airwaves for Season Two with YTS Digital Films’ William Conlin taking over as Director (and continuing as Editor), Harlene Conlin taking over as Producer (and continuing as Videographer) and Gary Conlin taking over as Sound (and continuing as Videographer). Here is the Season Two Promo:

…and as always, we are honored to be the production team behind Design Santa Barbara with Michael Kourosh! Here’s a behind the scene’s look at a recent Appraisal sequence:

This year, YTS Digital Films’ spent the 4th of July at one of our favorite venues, The Fess Parker, filming Rachelle & Jason’s beachfront wedding!

…and just this past weekend YTS Digital Films continued our wonderful partnership with The Santa Barbara International Film Festival by photographing Actor Jason Segal and Director James Ponsoldt during a Q&A with SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling after a screening of their new film The End of The Tour. Jason’s Incredible performance as author David Foster Wallace is sure to turn heads this awards season!

As always, we are looking forward to what the next days, weeks and months have in store for us. Keep an eye out here and on Facebook for YTS updates and thanks for reading!

Another Busy Week at YTS Digital Films!

Continuing our marathon schedule, YTS Digital Films was all over Santa Barbara this past week!

First up: YTS spent an amazing day at Santa Barbara Design Center filming Design Santa Barbara with Michael Kourosh. Pictured above is a panorama of the center and it’s vast inventory. Below that is Director William Conlin leading host Michael Kourosh through a pick-up recording session.

Next, YTS filmed two new episodes of What’s Cooking with Arthur von Wiesenberger at Ca’Dario and Via Maestra 42!

Pictured above are Arthur with Chef Dario Frulati (at Ca’Dario) and under that Arthur with Chef Renato Moiso, Gary & Harlene Conlin (at Via Maestra 42). Season 2 will be premiering in July and we are thrilled to be presenting Santa Barbara’s finest restaurants, chefs and recipes!

This past Saturday also saw the premiere of our 3rd Annual SBCC Cooking Challenge on The Inn Crowd! Host Craig Case and Chef Host Michael Hutchings were joined by SBCC Culinary Arts Chair Randy Bublitz and Food Network All-Star Academy Alumni Vanessa Craig.

Our three contestants did an excellent job! Check out this exciting episode streaming on News Press TV now: http://tv.newspress.com/vnptv.jsp?category=Food&video=441

William also had a wonderful opportunity this weekend to photograph a Q&A and reception for the new film Me and Earl and The Dying Girl at SBIFF Cinema Society. Pictured are director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, actors Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler with SBIFF Director Roger Durling.

Finally, YTS came full circle and returned to Santa Barbara Design Center for the grand opening of Michael Kourosh’s new Designer Showcase!

It truly has been an exciting week for YTS Digital Films! But of course, with all this filming comes a massive amount of editing so throughout the week our editors have been hard at work…

(YTS Digital Films’ Chloe Conlin assists William Conlin with an editing project)

Thanks for reading our blog and keep an eye out! We’ll be traveling to exciting places and filming with interesting people in the coming weeks!

Exclusive Interview With Royal Chef Darren McGrady!

YTS Digital Films recently produced an exclusive interview with Royal Chef Darren McGrady in advance of his appearance on The Inn Crowd this Saturday at 6:30pm on KEYT Channel 3. Darren McGrady was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and Princes William & Harry. In this personal and candid discussion hosted by Craig Case and Michael Hutchings, Chef Darren tells stories of the royal family, personal memories from his interactions with them and his thoughts on the newest member of the family: Princess Charlotte!

For more information about Chef Michael Hutchings visit:
http://michaelscateringsb.com/

For more information about Chef Darren McGrady visit:
http://www.theroyalchef.com/ 

For more information about The Inn Crowd visit:
http://www.facebook.com/TheInnCrowdTV

Exciting Times At YTS Digital Films!

The past few days have been a marathon of exciting activities for YTS Digital Films!

Saturday saw Gary, Harlene & William Conlin filming Jennifer & Dave’s beautiful vineyard wedding in Santa Ynez, CA. As always, we’re honored to be creating lasting memories for our couples and this beautiful May day provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding film!

Sunday saw YTS welcome the newest member of the team at the State Street Premier National Car Show! After several months of preparation we are introducing our classic “Black on Black” 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible. This iconic car is now available for chauffeured use at weddings and events and comes FREE with purchase of our “Continental Package”! Contact us for more information about booking “THE LINC”!

Lastly, this morning YTS was again on location filming Season 2 of What’s Cooking with Arthur von Weisenberger! Today’s shoot was at Industrial Eats in Buellton. YTS has taken over all production for Season 2 with William now serving as Director and Harlene taking over as Producer. Stay tuned for the exciting new season to premiere in July!

As always, we’re excited to see what the next week brings!

YTS Digital Films Meets J.S. Bach

On a rare night off YTS Digital Films enjoyed last night’s Camerata Pacifica performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at Music Academy of The West’s Hahn Hall.

Also in attendance were Chef Michael Hutchings, his lovely wife Christine Dahl and several Inn Crowd Alumni. Adrian Spence, artistic director of Camerata Pacifica and the ensemble’s lead flutist closed out their 25th season with an absolutely spectacular rendition of Bach’s masterpiece.

YTS Attends Special Screening of “Tracks”

YTS Digital Films was honored to be at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA last night for a special screening of Tracks (2013 film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver). YTS’ William Conlin was the official photographer for the event.

The event was hosted by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin in coordination with SBIFF Cinema Society and included a cocktail reception before the screening.

After the screening Rick Smolan & Robyn Davidson (the subjects portrayed in the film) were on hand for a special presentation and Q&A.

After the presentation Rick and Robyn signed copies of the book about the making of the film and comparing images from the film with the actual images take in the 1970′s. Here is YTS’ Harlene Conlin with Robyn Davidson: