Photo Organizing & Video Editing Experts
New York City, NY
Rachel Cohen DeSario and Bettina McCall founded Silk Purse Factory in 2009. We were both professional film editors with over 20 years in the business. We’d edited feature films, documentaries, TV shows and commercials, and worked in post-production management and sound editing. Our work experiences were amazingly similar, just separated by the Atlantic. We’ve also each had over 18 years of Mom experience. We realized that the same things that were important to us: keeping our family photo libraries up-to-date and organized, archiving the older materials and having the photos accessible, were something that everyone wants but few have time to do for themselves. Together we bring our professional experience, love of technology, organizational skills and sense of humor to your photos and home videos.
Silk Purse Factory is now collaborating with Done & Done Home, efficiency experts specializing in home organizing, moves and estates. Together, we will help you organize your photos AND your home.
I love to take pictures. Problem is I like every one I take. Three kids and 11 years of picture taking yielded 60,000 favorites!!! I hired Silk Purse Factory to edit my library to a manageable number. Not only that, they organized photos in groupings so that I could print photos for each of my kids and create several family photo walls. These women were very enthusiastic about my job, very efficient and easy to work with. The product is terrific. Great snapshots that tell a story of 11 great years. Hire them and your family will thank you as they look back on the memories!!
People were blown away by the montage. Family and friends that stopped by today all asked to see it again. I think at least 25 people specifically said it was the best montage they had ever seen and my best friend said everyone around her laughed then cried then laughed some more. I can’t possibly overstate how great you are to work with and how amazing the end result was.
Though I am not a sentimental type, really, I must admit to a catch in the throat every time I see Sana’s 13th birthday video. It was a difficult edit, I am sure, patching it together from hand held video clips and turning it into a coherent story. Your choice of music was nothing less than inspired. “Suddenly I See” for a project runway party! Thanks Bettina & Rachel, this is a video we will be watching again and again for a long time. Sana will show it to her children!
Our baby’s precious moments were slipping away. We had footage all over the place! digital cameras, video cameras, Flips, Blackberry’s and iPhones. Silk Purse Factory came to our rescue, downloading and organizing all of our media then painstakingly reviewing all in order to cull the most precious moments, editing it into a heart-tugging 3 minute “movie” of our son’s first 2 years of life, and preserving it for posterity. We made copies for friends and grandparents. But the biggest fan of all, as it turns out, is our son who can watch his videos with delight over, over, over and again.. even one year later! In addition to being masters of media art, Bettina and Rachel are dolls and a pleasure to work with- energetic, warm and funny. We plan on using them every year!
We hired Silk Purse Factory for two holiday projects: creating a video summarizing our son’s first year (using all of our Flip videos), and making album gifts for family using the best pictures from this period. Overall, we have been EXTREMELY impressed with the two women whom we have worked with. The quality of their work is great (I cried the first time I watched the video, it is so amazing!), and they are very professional and easy to work with. I wholeheartedly agree- Silk Purse Factory is wonderful for this sort of project.
I just want to say that Neal and I love your video so much, I don’t know how I’m going to convey it to you. I burst into tears 10 seconds into it, and wept the whole way through. And I’ve watched it over and over, weeping all the while. It is so gorgeous, moving, funny! It really captures how joyful Teddy can be and how happy we were that year. Thank you so much for it.
From inception to completion of my Electronic Press Kit, working with Silk Purse Factory was a joy. Rachel and Bettina jumped in at the very first meeting with ideas and viewpoints that went well beyond the scope of my own vision, complementing and augmenting it… making it better. It was a truly satisfying collaboration in which they brought out the best in me. They have a contagious enthusiasm at every stage – pre-production, shooting and editing – and it reflects in the finished product, which I proudly use as my calling card.
Be it a 30 sec. spot, a feature, or a doc, directors work with people who can amplify and enhance their vision: i.e. make them look good. I’ve never looked better than when working with Rachel and Bettina, the SPF crew. Both of them blessed with intuitive minds and daunting motor skills, they weave, more than cut, the variegated post-pro elements into a seamless and elegant representation of my original vision — only better.
Conveniently located in New York City but thanks to modern technology we can edit from wherever you are. Just call or email us. Feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form to the right.