Your Boutique Multi-Platform Media Arts Shop

About Us

Erie Looking Productions is based in Ashtabula, Ohio. We are a boutique multi-platform media arts shop available for contract work. From work in LaTeX2e to audio production to video editing, we provide unique solutions for you. Examples of audio works we have created can be found online at the Internet Archive.

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Support Your Local Small Business

As a sole proprietorship we are not part of the gold rush to seek funding from the Small Business Administration's loan program under the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are on our own and are definitely too small to qualify. We are sustained by honest trade with you rather than federal largess.

To Reach Us

For more information as well as price quotes, please contact us via Telegram or via Skype. Our rather secondary presence on Facebook can be found at https://www.facebook.com/erielooking/ and we generally prefer to operate outside the hegemonic realm of the House of Zuckerberg.

Serving You In The COVID-19 Crisis

Although much of the business world was disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to stand in the gap to assist others. We have been proud to be able to assist in ecclesiastical matters during the crisis. Whether it is looking up scriptural references in response to inquiries from bible class teachers handling prep or handling the logistics of a “drive-in” church service, we’ve stood in the gap.

We have been able to record condensed worship services for a variety of video platforms on short turnaround. Typesetting of worship materials using LaTeX2e is one of our specialties that we have had to leverage repeatedly. Utilizing thorough knowledge of radio frequency tech we even got a church parking lot rigged legally for FM sound temporarily for a drive-in service. With multiple church supply vendors not functioning we’ve also taken up prepackaging communion as needed to help meet local health authority requirements. These solutions and more have been part of our work during this crisis.

In a time of many questions we can offer solutions to at least some of your problems. We may not be a traditional partner that you would consider but in these times of change are problem-solvers worth considering. Contact us for a consultation.

Regular Commercial Services Offered

We offer many services on a general commercial basis. During the COVID-19 crisis we may not necessarily be able to fulfill all service requests. Please contact us to discuss the availability of services.

Audiovisual

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Education

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Print

Other Matters

Works in Progress

Supporting A Vibrant Local Media Environment

A continuing research effort on our part is to look at venturing into the creation of microfilm works as well as establishing our own small press. Our local media environment is growing darker. We are looking for ways to keep the light of knowledge lit. The radio landscape is also becoming less responsive to local needs which requires us to look at innovative ways to respond.

We recognize that during the COVID-19 crisis there are radio stations, television stations, and newspapers dying across the country. Ashtabula County is at a very special risk of losing any "local" media. It is with abject horror that we have watched newspaper chain after newspaper chain shutter titles in both their print and online forms since the start of this crisis. The horror only continues as we see the list of radio stations seeking special temporary authority from Federal Communications Commission to go into extended silent periods get longer and longer.

Eventually we will need to prepare and present a post-crisis plan for a new media future for Ashtabula in terms of our community having a locally-originated media. Cleveland-area outlets ignored our community prior to the crisis and with them all being at reduced strength they will not be in a position to provide us with coverage and reporting. When Lake County is being referred to as "outlying" and "distant" to Cleveland perhaps Ashtabula County is on the dark side of the Moon?

Other Efforts

We have a variety of general matters that are works in progress before us. Due to the COVID-19 crisis we may not be able to proceed expeditiously in concluding these matters. Works include:

Our Recent Works

Support of Yester-Tech LLC

We were proud to have the opportunity to support Yester-Tech LLC with a custom multimedia display at a small business tradeshow on Black Friday 2019 in Eastlake, Ohio. We deployed open source software using the Raspbian Linux distribution on a suitably configured Raspbbery Pi device in the field. This was a rapid-deployment project for us with minimum turnaround.

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Our credit slide from the multimedia show

Over The Air Reception

We have been experimenting with various styles of receiving television signals. With the recent "channel repack" the landscape has changed a bit as to what we now can receive. Displayed channel numbers on a television screen for Over The Air stations don't necessarily have to match the actual RF channels in use. This work helps us explain to clients the engineering limits of our constantly changing over-the-air television broadcast environment.

KCRW 7th Radio Race (2019)

We had the opportunity to participate in the KCRW Radio Race which is part of the station's Independent Producer Project. The submitted piece was entitled: "When Local Media Isn't Truly Local". The track is available for download from SoundCloud for listening. We didn't win but were happy to have the chance to participate with a submission that certainly did not simply fit the mold the rest of the pack did. We look forward to next year's competition.

Continuing Experimentation

We do attempt to keep track of developments in the realm of microcontrollers and single board computers. These are important items that help drive various aspects of our work. The primary software in use is gitit which is a somewhat lower-impact wiki compared to other options out there. We currently utilize a headless Raspberry Pi unit to run that.