The name Last Minute Productions (LMP) started as joke in college. Everything I did was exactly that — last minute. So I injected humor into what could be a stressful situation and gave my work habits a name, “Last Minute Productions.”
In 2005, I found myself able to embark on what I always wanted to do — work for myself. Finding the name was easy — finding work was challenging. Slowly, companies came to trust me. As the jobs got bigger, I needed help — someone to handle the writing and producing. Lucky for me, Gary Gillis was peddling his own company and was more than happy to help out. We were fortunate and had opportunities to work with some amazing companies, including The Home for Little Wanderers, Memorex, Catholic Memorial, and a number of hospitals throughout the state.
In 2007, Gary and I became partners and took LMP from a DBA to LLC. Along the way, we’ve learned the meaning of plenty of business acronyms and what it takes to be successful in a competitive market like New England. There are a lot of good video production companies in our area, so it goes without saying that price and quality matter. What we always want to excel at is client relations. We understand deadlines (it’s in our name). We get that budgets are tight but standards are high. Video can be hard work, long hours — we make sure that during every stage, no matter how stressful, somehow we will put a smile on our client’s face.
Maybe it’s because we have the privilege to shoot in cancer centers and schools for the blind that we know not to take ourselves too seriously.
When Gary and I began this adventure, our offices were in my vacated step-daughter’s room and my dusty basement. We now have a “grown-up” office space in Needham, Mass., which houses a studio and two edit bays. One of those edit bays belongs to an extremely talented editor/compositor name Ryan Mecheski. We also added another partner, Jim Johnston. Jim and I were roommates in college for a year — he might have been the first person with whom I shared the joke about “Last Minute Productions.”
The first website we had was built on trade — Springsteen tickets. Today, we proudly show off our new site. Thanks to the good people at SPIN350 — spin350.com — we can now easily add new videos, write blogs, and post photos of our dogs. (We are very happy about the last part.)
Thanks for finding us on the Web and reading my first blog. I promise the next one will be so much better.
— Jay Dobek