Sandy Hancock
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 18, 2024
Program Manager, MS, RQAP-GLP

I am delighted to recommend Maxwell for photography services. He took a draft concept in my head and quickly transformed the idea into a professional timelapse science video. Due to Maxwell’s expertise, the project was accomplished in less time than anticipated; the turnaround time from the last image captured to the finished project took less than a day. His attention to detail and his photographic talent resulted in a quality video that I am excited to use for educational purposes. I look forward to working with Maxwell in the future. Thank you, Maxwell!

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Howard Miller
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
Marketing & Website

Let me answer questions that may be on your mind: Who am I? The Free Union rep who oversaw Maxwell Mandell's video project with us. Am I related to Maxwell Mandell in any way? Categorically No! Would I work with Maxwell Mandell again? Emphatically Yes! Would I recommend him to my closest friends? My mother? Another school? Absolutely! Why? In short, because he did a high quality job on time and was a joy to work with. Can you be more specific? Yes. Maxwell Mandell is: Professional beyond his years Able to listen Artistic A technical wizard Professional: hardworking, on time, communicative, organized... Maxwell kept close track of each suggestion we made (e.g., "As you film and edit, be sure to think like a parent looking for a school. "Will my child be happy here? Will she be motivated to learn?). He kept in close touch. If he needed more footage, he would return to get it — all during the pandemic when everyone needed to be masked, distant, careful. Able to listen to the client: attentive, wheels always turning, responsive, never defensive... I have had collaborative experiences that were excruciating to manage because the videographer always knew better like a local TV station that produced for us an unusable video. But if Maxwell has a competing idea, he will express it and explain his rationale. Example: I was convinced the video should open and close one way while Maxwell had another idea. I demurred and the final product is appreciably better. Artistic: sensitive, eye for detail, good camera sense. Maxwell sees the whole project through the eyes of the audience. He could mix long shots with close-ups so the viewer did not tire. Much of his artistry came to the surface through his editing and technical work. Technically a wizard: camera work, editor, lighting, color correction, directing...Maxwell took 20+ hours of footage and edited it into a two minute video that was "of a piece." He corrected lighting such that it was balanced throughout, whether he filmed indoors, outdoors, cloudy, or sunny. He has shooting and editing tricks that make the product flow and effectively told the story of a school that is open during the pandemic. Maxwell's interpersonal skills helped him connect with adults and children to complete this project. Whenever he had to stage a scene or interview a student, he always did so with respect. Maxwell Mandell did a superlative job for us and we commend him unequivocally.

Review for Project:
Free Union Country School
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Rachel Lane
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 6, 2023
Program Director

It is my pleasure to recommend Maxwell Mandell for career opportunities in film production. With an impressive work ethic and active approach to seeking feedback, Maxwell is dedicated to improving his own technical expertise and making quality films for others. From the beginning, he took the initiative to reach out to our team to gain a clear understanding of our expectations. During his first week of production, Maxwell independently managed multiple behind-the-scenes and interview compilations for various film camps, resulting in four outstanding final products. Maxwell's excellent footage and interviews benefited from the positive and approachable attitude he maintained while filming in our classrooms and engaging with students. Throughout his second week of production, Maxwell successfully led another set of behind-the-scenes and interview compilations, showcasing versatility and strong organizational skills. We were so impressed by Maxwell's production work that we showcased it at our biggest fundraising event of the year, the Youth Film Festival. Not only did Maxwell surpass our expectations regarding the quality of production, but he also proved to be very thoughtful by checking in and asking for feedback from our team along the way. Our entire team agreed that Maxwell's production work was exceptional, and ti was clear that he understood how ot express our brand and share our students' stories. He went above and beyond, and we would gladly hire him again. I have no doubt that whatever Maxwel puts his mind ot do, he wil perform with the same level of excellence that he has exhibited ni his work with Light House Studio. With his ambition, attention ot detail, and dedication ot making quality content for others, Iknow that Maxwel wil be an excellent addition ot your team.

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Torey S.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 23, 2023

My kids loved their time spent with Maxwell! My partner and I felt extremely comfortable and confident in Maxwell's care. He has excellent communication skills and really went above and beyond to ensure my kids had a great day. 10/10 would recommend again.

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Allison B.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 5, 2023

Maxwell set a new all-time high standard for hiring anyone to watch my kids. He was proactive in asking about them, their routine and our family with an online form, he was on time, prepared and absolutely delightful. My kids loved spending time with him! He even cracked the code for getting our toddler to sleep without multiple wakings. Highly recommend! Will hire again, I hope!!

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Virginia C.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 4, 2023

Max was great with our kids. He can prepared with a copy of his ID and background information and a list of activities he would love to do with the kids. When requested he played our old piano beautifully and my daughter was so impressed. He has kept up to date with us even a couple years later and sends the kids birthday cards.

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Andrew B.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
November 20, 2023

Maxwell is really organized and great with kids! He came to our hotel to play with our kids for hours and help them sleep while we visited Charlottesville. He did a thorough online pre-meeting and has documentation and surveys and stuff. He brought some toys with him for my kids and even asked ahead of time what theme of temporary tattoos they would prefer. Very reliable.

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Diana Ofori - Manu
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 7, 2023

Review for Project:
VT Exodus Encore
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Izzy de Sturler
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 7, 2023

The photos turned out absolutely amazing! The quality and editing were great. I'm so so so happy I was able to find him for the Exodus at VT Spring 2022 showcase and that we were able to work together! I can't wait to see the photos he'll take for the Spring 2023 showcase!

Review for Project:
VT Exodus Encore
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Allie C
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 7, 2023

Maxwell did an amazing job taking photos of our Exodus dance showcase. Despite the complicated lighting conditions which can be tricky to capture well on camera, his photos came out vibrant and dynamic, with a great selection of poses and shots.

Review for Project:
VT Exodus Encore
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Prachi Tomar
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 6, 2023

The photos for the Exodus Spring Showcase 2022 came out so well I posted them on all my socials and have had many of them as my desktop wallpaper! I'm so excited for this semester's showcase pictures too!

Review for Project:
VT Exodus Encore
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Mariana Sanabria-Padilla
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
March 6, 2023

Maxwell did an incredible job with the action shots of our Spring 2022 dance showcase for our group Exodus at Virginia Tech. High quality images with beautiful composition and captured a very good amount of incredible moments in our show.

Review for Project:
VT Exodus Encore
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Jeff Mattingly
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
November 25, 2022

Maxwell did videography for my wedding and he did an amazing job! He went above and beyond with capturing footage, and edited it all together beautifully. We are so grateful to have the video as a keepsake, it has already brought many smiles

Review for Project:
Kira + Jeff Wedding
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Bridgette R.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
January 2, 2023

Maxwell is awesome with my 5&6 year old! He keeps them busy and engaged with fun games (he has many that he just pulls out of the trunk of his car - fun Frisbee, board games, etc). He is very understanding and patient with my super emotional children. He seems to be able to preemptively get in front of meltdowns that I can't seem to do as a parent. Overall they have a ton of fun when he's around and they are happy at the end of the day! We would definitely hire Maxwell again.

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Elle T.
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Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
July 14, 2022

We hired Maxwell to watch a 6 yr old girl for several days after school. He was always punctual, prepared with fun activities and crafts, and showed a true interest in her and her preferences. I'm not sure we've ever had a more caring or professional sitter. I would use him again in a heart beat-and my kid loved playing with him as well.

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Anna T.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
July 27, 2022

Maxwell takes his responsibilities caring for children very seriously. He is invested and reliable. He is interested in the children's needs, and gave a thorough report on the activities and going-on while he was babysitting. He came prepared with activities, and was very trustworthy. He has a great communication style with parents.

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Ashley Martin
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwells videos was just as good as any professional competition videos. Would definitely recommend him for any of your video needs. Kim and co dance was honored to have film this year.

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Shelley Flanagan
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

I was very impressed with the professionalism shown and the quality of the videos! So happy our dance company went with Maxwell, he went above and beyond.

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Brooke Weber
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a wonderful job capturing our dance recital. He was so professional and so personable with all our girls. If you need a videographer, look no further!

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Melissa Brasfield Moling
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a fantastic job with our videos! Awesome quality! Thank you!!

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Sara McManis
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a fantastic job with our videos! Awesome quality! Thank you!!

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Shelley Vise
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell is wonderful to work with. He was so good with the kids in our studio! His artistic ability truly shows in his work!

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Tiffany Stone
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

We loved all our videos from here for our dance recital with Kim & Company dance! You've done an amazing job! Can’t wait to work with you again this season!

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Stacye Alexander
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

Maxwell is awesome! I wanted something special for my little girl and he made it happen! Having the opportunity to work with Maxwell has been amazing! His talent is amazing and his work represents that! 10/10 recommend! I can definitely see us working more with him in the future!

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Stephanie Rainey
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

Maxwell provides very professional work in a timely manner! I look forward to working with him again in the future. Thank you!

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Jennifer Rowan
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

The quality of the videos are AMAZING!

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Morgan Robinson
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 12, 2022

So easy and great to work with! Also does amazing work! Thank you!

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Felicia Rhodes
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 7, 2022

Maxwell is so easy to work with. Not only is he extremely talented and hardworking, but also such a genuinely kind person. He is amazing with children and goes above and beyond the job he’s doing. We are so pleased with his services and can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

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Tim B.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 9, 2022

Maxwell has been such an engaged and caring person with our children, especially our youngest two (ages 9 and 10). Our family lives in a residence hall, where Maxwell is a student. Whenever he's with them he always listens closely and follows their interests. And when our children attend events in the building, Maxwell always helps them to feel comfortable. He's flexible and always positive. I especially appreciate how he's worked with our son to make stop-motion videos, and present their work to our whole community! Really, he's become a great family friend - and we're so grateful to have him in the residence hall with us!

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Kiyah D.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 5, 2022

Maxwell is amazing. He is patient and kind and firm. He listened to our kiddos - what they liked and didn't - and was wiling to engage and explore their interests. And he did it with the utmost patience and care. He's always proposing new ideas for engaging our kids. He's flexible and punctual and very thoughtful.

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Becky G.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 28, 2021

Maxwell is thoughtful, caring, and creative. I have 3 children ages 9-11, and 2 have special needs. Maxwell arrived with things to do and took time to get to know each child's interests. He was on time or early. My kids often requested that my husband and I leave so that Maxwell can come over to babysit. I would highly recommend Maxwell.

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Deborah G.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 16, 2021

Maxwell is a genuinely kind, caring, respectful and gentle person. He understands how to listen to kids and help them feel heard. I was very impressed with his preparedness including first aid training, and a huge arsenal of activities to fall back on if boredom strikes. We love him like part of the family and my kids always look forward to seeing him. Strongly recommend!

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Lauren Oliver
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 14, 2021
VT Living-Learning Programs Associate Director

Maxwell and I met at a community event, and he shared his love for making movies. I invited him to make a video for the Grand Opening of our building as a community member. When he said yes, I didn't think to myself that it would be the highlight of the evening. He did a phenomenal job putting on display what the program is centered on - creativity and innovation in community.

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Catherine Zimmerman
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 31, 2019

I recorded my college music supplements with Maxwell, and could not have chosen better. He was very patient, and the quality of the final video was amazing. I highly recommend Maxwell for any recording or filming jobs!

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Harmanjit Singh
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
December 15, 2017

I would definitely recommend Maxwell for editing videos. I will most likely use him again in the future [He did]

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Lori Ott
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
August 30, 2016

Absolutely fantastic! I asked for aerial footage for my wedding and I couldn't be more pleased with the final product. He did a phenomenal job capturing the venue and the surrounding area!

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Howard Miller
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
January 28, 2021
Free Union Country School Marketing Representative

Dear Friends: Let me answer questions that may be on your mind: Who am I? The Free Union rep who oversaw Maxwell Mandell’s video project with us. Am I related to Maxwell Mandell in any way? Categorically No! Would I work with Maxwell Mandell again? Emphatically Yes! Would I recommend him to my closest friends? My mother? Another school? Absolutely! Why? In short, because he did a high quality job on time and was a joy to work with. Can you be more specific? Yes. Maxwell Mandell is: Professional: hardworking, on time, communicative, organized… Maxwell kept close track of each suggestion we made (e.g., “As you film and edit, be sure to think like a parent looking for a school. “Will my child be happy here? Will she be motivated to learn?). He kept in close touch. If he needed more footage, he would return to get it — all during the pandemic when everyone needed to be masked, distant, careful. Able to listen to the client: attentive, wheels always turning, responsive, never defensive… I have had collaborative experiences that were excruciating to manage because the videographer always knew better — like a local TV station that produced for us an unusable video. But if Maxwell has a competing idea, he will express it and explain his rationale. Example: I was convinced the video should open and close one way while Maxwell had another idea. I demurred and the final product is appreciably better. Artistic: sensitive, eye for detail, good camera sense. Maxwell sees the whole project through the eyes of the audience. He could mix long shots with close-ups so the viewer did not tire. Much of his artistry came to the surface through his editing and technical work. Technically a wizard — camera work, editor, lighting, color correction, directing…Maxwell took 20+ hours of footage and edited it into a two minute video that was “of a piece.” He corrected lighting such that it was balanced throughout, whether he filmed indoors, outdoors, cloudy, or sunny. He has shooting and editing tricks that make the product flow and effectively told the story of a school that is open during the pandemic. Maxwell’s interpersonal skills helped him connect with adults and children to complete this project. Whenever he had to stage a scene or interview a student, he always did so with respect. Maxwell Mandell did a superlative job for us and we commend him unequivocally. Feel free to call me if you need more.

Review for Project:
Free Union Country School
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May Day
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Elinor Glassco
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2018

Excellent person with great equipment! He can help you finish that song or film you’ve been meaning to produce forever. He is a professional with high-end technology and quality acoustics. Would recommend!

Review for Project:
Glowing
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Next To You
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Mikhal S.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
August 30, 2021

To Whom it may concern, I write this letter on behalf of Maxwell Mandell, our favorite childcare provider. We’ve known Maxwell for the past 4 years. He advertised his childcare services on our local neighborhood listserv and we reached out to get to know him. He was the most prepared sitter we have ever interviewed. Maxwell came to our home with a portfolio of his certifications (CPR, First-Aid and Childcare class), as well as a copy of his license. He had an extensive questionnaire ready to get to know our family dynamics and our children’s likes and dislikes. He was prompt, on-time and eager to get to know our family. For two years we had Maxwell over for occasional sitting. He was always engaged with our children in play and quickly became a favorite. We began to utilize him more and had him watch our children extensively over the summer. He devised a “summer camp” for them with options for exploratory learning and play. They made slime together, swam, played tennis, he taught my daughter photography, did stop-motion animation with my son, hiked and LOTS and LOTS of arts and crafts. He got my daughter a role in one of his high school video productions and she had the time of her life acting with his class! When Covid hit and we needed daily care, Maxwell graciously stepped in and cared for our kids, taking our daughter each day to her carpool drop-off for school and staying at our home while our son learned virtually. He was incredibly flexible when the schedules changed and school opened and closed based on area levels. He was a true life-saver for us this past year as we attempted to juggle work outside of the home with a student whose school was only open for virtual learning. Over the last 4 years, Maxwell has become more than merely a kid-sitter. He’s truly become a part of our family. Even as my children have begun to age out of needing his care, we’ll continue to stay in touch with him and are eager to see all he has to accomplish in his future. I highly recommend Maxwell! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Suzanne P.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 3, 2018

My children always look forward to having Maxwell over, they have a great time playing with them and he is very attentive to their needs.

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Sigrid E.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
July 6, 2019

Maxwell is extraordinarily responsible and engaging. He has watched my 11 year old on several occasions and my son adores him! I would definitely recommend him to watch your children.

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Sena M.
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
November 26, 2017

Maxwell was attentive to instructions and also looked out for my daughter who was helping out (she is 5 years younger than he is). Maxwell followed through with his assigned duties and performed them well. He also picked up on things that needed to be done and did them without being asked. He is a thoughtful and polite young man who takes a job seriously. I trusted him to not only do his work with very little supervision but also in supervising my daughter when she helped out. I would be happy to hire Maxwell again and believe him to a genuinely kindhearted person who is responsible beyond his years.

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Sandy Hancock
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
May 18, 2024
Program Manager, MS, RQAP-GLP

I am delighted to recommend Maxwell for photography services. He took a draft concept in my head and quickly transformed the idea into a professional timelapse science video. Due to Maxwell’s expertise, the project was accomplished in less time than anticipated; the turnaround time from the last image captured to the finished project took less than a day. His attention to detail and his photographic talent resulted in a quality video that I am excited to use for educational purposes. I look forward to working with Maxwell in the future. Thank you, Maxwell!

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Howard Miller
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
Marketing & Website

Let me answer questions that may be on your mind: Who am I? The Free Union rep who oversaw Maxwell Mandell's video project with us. Am I related to Maxwell Mandell in any way? Categorically No! Would I work with Maxwell Mandell again? Emphatically Yes! Would I recommend him to my closest friends? My mother? Another school? Absolutely! Why? In short, because he did a high quality job on time and was a joy to work with. Can you be more specific? Yes. Maxwell Mandell is: Professional beyond his years Able to listen Artistic A technical wizard Professional: hardworking, on time, communicative, organized... Maxwell kept close track of each suggestion we made (e.g., "As you film and edit, be sure to think like a parent looking for a school. "Will my child be happy here? Will she be motivated to learn?). He kept in close touch. If he needed more footage, he would return to get it — all during the pandemic when everyone needed to be masked, distant, careful. Able to listen to the client: attentive, wheels always turning, responsive, never defensive... I have had collaborative experiences that were excruciating to manage because the videographer always knew better like a local TV station that produced for us an unusable video. But if Maxwell has a competing idea, he will express it and explain his rationale. Example: I was convinced the video should open and close one way while Maxwell had another idea. I demurred and the final product is appreciably better. Artistic: sensitive, eye for detail, good camera sense. Maxwell sees the whole project through the eyes of the audience. He could mix long shots with close-ups so the viewer did not tire. Much of his artistry came to the surface through his editing and technical work. Technically a wizard: camera work, editor, lighting, color correction, directing...Maxwell took 20+ hours of footage and edited it into a two minute video that was "of a piece." He corrected lighting such that it was balanced throughout, whether he filmed indoors, outdoors, cloudy, or sunny. He has shooting and editing tricks that make the product flow and effectively told the story of a school that is open during the pandemic. Maxwell's interpersonal skills helped him connect with adults and children to complete this project. Whenever he had to stage a scene or interview a student, he always did so with respect. Maxwell Mandell did a superlative job for us and we commend him unequivocally.

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Rachel Lane
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 6, 2023
Program Director

It is my pleasure to recommend Maxwell Mandell for career opportunities in film production. With an impressive work ethic and active approach to seeking feedback, Maxwell is dedicated to improving his own technical expertise and making quality films for others. From the beginning, he took the initiative to reach out to our team to gain a clear understanding of our expectations. During his first week of production, Maxwell independently managed multiple behind-the-scenes and interview compilations for various film camps, resulting in four outstanding final products. Maxwell's excellent footage and interviews benefited from the positive and approachable attitude he maintained while filming in our classrooms and engaging with students. Throughout his second week of production, Maxwell successfully led another set of behind-the-scenes and interview compilations, showcasing versatility and strong organizational skills. We were so impressed by Maxwell's production work that we showcased it at our biggest fundraising event of the year, the Youth Film Festival. Not only did Maxwell surpass our expectations regarding the quality of production, but he also proved to be very thoughtful by checking in and asking for feedback from our team along the way. Our entire team agreed that Maxwell's production work was exceptional, and ti was clear that he understood how ot express our brand and share our students' stories. He went above and beyond, and we would gladly hire him again. I have no doubt that whatever Maxwel puts his mind ot do, he wil perform with the same level of excellence that he has exhibited ni his work with Light House Studio. With his ambition, attention ot detail, and dedication ot making quality content for others, Iknow that Maxwel wil be an excellent addition ot your team.

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Jeff Mattingly
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
November 25, 2022

Maxwell did videography for my wedding and he did an amazing job! He went above and beyond with capturing footage, and edited it all together beautifully. We are so grateful to have the video as a keepsake, it has already brought many smiles

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Ashley Martin
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwells videos was just as good as any professional competition videos. Would definitely recommend him for any of your video needs. Kim and co dance was honored to have film this year.

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Shelley Flanagan
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

I was very impressed with the professionalism shown and the quality of the videos! So happy our dance company went with Maxwell, he went above and beyond.

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Brooke Weber
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a wonderful job capturing our dance recital. He was so professional and so personable with all our girls. If you need a videographer, look no further!

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Melissa Brasfield Moling
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a fantastic job with our videos! Awesome quality! Thank you!!

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Sara McManis
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell did a fantastic job with our videos! Awesome quality! Thank you!!

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Shelley Vise
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
June 24, 2022

Maxwell is wonderful to work with. He was so good with the kids in our studio! His artistic ability truly shows in his work!

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Tiffany Stone
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

We loved all our videos from here for our dance recital with Kim & Company dance! You've done an amazing job! Can’t wait to work with you again this season!

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Stacye Alexander
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

Maxwell is awesome! I wanted something special for my little girl and he made it happen! Having the opportunity to work with Maxwell has been amazing! His talent is amazing and his work represents that! 10/10 recommend! I can definitely see us working more with him in the future!

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Stephanie Rainey
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

Maxwell provides very professional work in a timely manner! I look forward to working with him again in the future. Thank you!

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Jennifer Rowan
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 20, 2022

The quality of the videos are AMAZING!

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Morgan Robinson
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 12, 2022

So easy and great to work with! Also does amazing work! Thank you!

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Felicia Rhodes
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 7, 2022

Maxwell is so easy to work with. Not only is he extremely talented and hardworking, but also such a genuinely kind person. He is amazing with children and goes above and beyond the job he’s doing. We are so pleased with his services and can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

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Lauren Oliver
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
Service Review
October 14, 2021
VT Living-Learning Programs Associate Director

Maxwell and I met at a community event, and he shared his love for making movies. I invited him to make a video for the Grand Opening of our building as a community member. When he said yes, I didn't think to myself that it would be the highlight of the evening. He did a phenomenal job putting on display what the program is centered on - creativity and innovation in community.

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Catherine Zimmerman
Photography
Cinema
Music
Childcare
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October 31, 2019

I recorded my college music supplements with Maxwell, and could not have chosen better. He was very patient, and the quality of the final video was amazing. I highly recommend Maxwell for any recording or filming jobs!

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Harmanjit Singh
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December 15, 2017

I would definitely recommend Maxwell for editing videos. I will most likely use him again in the future [He did]

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Lori Ott
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August 30, 2016

Absolutely fantastic! I asked for aerial footage for my wedding and I couldn't be more pleased with the final product. He did a phenomenal job capturing the venue and the surrounding area!

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Howard Miller
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January 28, 2021
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Dear Friends: Let me answer questions that may be on your mind: Who am I? The Free Union rep who oversaw Maxwell Mandell’s video project with us. Am I related to Maxwell Mandell in any way? Categorically No! Would I work with Maxwell Mandell again? Emphatically Yes! Would I recommend him to my closest friends? My mother? Another school? Absolutely! Why? In short, because he did a high quality job on time and was a joy to work with. Can you be more specific? Yes. Maxwell Mandell is: Professional: hardworking, on time, communicative, organized… Maxwell kept close track of each suggestion we made (e.g., “As you film and edit, be sure to think like a parent looking for a school. “Will my child be happy here? Will she be motivated to learn?). He kept in close touch. If he needed more footage, he would return to get it — all during the pandemic when everyone needed to be masked, distant, careful. Able to listen to the client: attentive, wheels always turning, responsive, never defensive… I have had collaborative experiences that were excruciating to manage because the videographer always knew better — like a local TV station that produced for us an unusable video. But if Maxwell has a competing idea, he will express it and explain his rationale. Example: I was convinced the video should open and close one way while Maxwell had another idea. I demurred and the final product is appreciably better. Artistic: sensitive, eye for detail, good camera sense. Maxwell sees the whole project through the eyes of the audience. He could mix long shots with close-ups so the viewer did not tire. Much of his artistry came to the surface through his editing and technical work. Technically a wizard — camera work, editor, lighting, color correction, directing…Maxwell took 20+ hours of footage and edited it into a two minute video that was “of a piece.” He corrected lighting such that it was balanced throughout, whether he filmed indoors, outdoors, cloudy, or sunny. He has shooting and editing tricks that make the product flow and effectively told the story of a school that is open during the pandemic. Maxwell’s interpersonal skills helped him connect with adults and children to complete this project. Whenever he had to stage a scene or interview a student, he always did so with respect. Maxwell Mandell did a superlative job for us and we commend him unequivocally. Feel free to call me if you need more.

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Elinor Glassco
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October 20, 2018

Excellent person with great equipment! He can help you finish that song or film you’ve been meaning to produce forever. He is a professional with high-end technology and quality acoustics. Would recommend!

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Diana Ofori - Manu
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March 7, 2023

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Izzy de Sturler
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March 7, 2023

The photos turned out absolutely amazing! The quality and editing were great. I'm so so so happy I was able to find him for the Exodus at VT Spring 2022 showcase and that we were able to work together! I can't wait to see the photos he'll take for the Spring 2023 showcase!

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Allie C
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March 7, 2023

Maxwell did an amazing job taking photos of our Exodus dance showcase. Despite the complicated lighting conditions which can be tricky to capture well on camera, his photos came out vibrant and dynamic, with a great selection of poses and shots.

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Prachi Tomar
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March 6, 2023

The photos for the Exodus Spring Showcase 2022 came out so well I posted them on all my socials and have had many of them as my desktop wallpaper! I'm so excited for this semester's showcase pictures too!

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Mariana Sanabria-Padilla
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March 6, 2023

Maxwell did an incredible job with the action shots of our Spring 2022 dance showcase for our group Exodus at Virginia Tech. High quality images with beautiful composition and captured a very good amount of incredible moments in our show.

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Catherine Zimmerman
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October 31, 2019

I recorded my college music supplements with Maxwell, and could not have chosen better. He was very patient, and the quality of the final video was amazing. I highly recommend Maxwell for any recording or filming jobs!

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Elinor Glassco
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October 20, 2018

Excellent person with great equipment! He can help you finish that song or film you’ve been meaning to produce forever. He is a professional with high-end technology and quality acoustics. Would recommend!

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Torey S.
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May 23, 2023

My kids loved their time spent with Maxwell! My partner and I felt extremely comfortable and confident in Maxwell's care. He has excellent communication skills and really went above and beyond to ensure my kids had a great day. 10/10 would recommend again.

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Allison B.
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March 5, 2023

Maxwell set a new all-time high standard for hiring anyone to watch my kids. He was proactive in asking about them, their routine and our family with an online form, he was on time, prepared and absolutely delightful. My kids loved spending time with him! He even cracked the code for getting our toddler to sleep without multiple wakings. Highly recommend! Will hire again, I hope!!

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Virginia C.
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June 4, 2023

Max was great with our kids. He can prepared with a copy of his ID and background information and a list of activities he would love to do with the kids. When requested he played our old piano beautifully and my daughter was so impressed. He has kept up to date with us even a couple years later and sends the kids birthday cards.

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Andrew B.
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November 20, 2023

Maxwell is really organized and great with kids! He came to our hotel to play with our kids for hours and help them sleep while we visited Charlottesville. He did a thorough online pre-meeting and has documentation and surveys and stuff. He brought some toys with him for my kids and even asked ahead of time what theme of temporary tattoos they would prefer. Very reliable.

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Bridgette R.
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January 2, 2023

Maxwell is awesome with my 5&6 year old! He keeps them busy and engaged with fun games (he has many that he just pulls out of the trunk of his car - fun Frisbee, board games, etc). He is very understanding and patient with my super emotional children. He seems to be able to preemptively get in front of meltdowns that I can't seem to do as a parent. Overall they have a ton of fun when he's around and they are happy at the end of the day! We would definitely hire Maxwell again.

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Elle T.
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July 14, 2022

We hired Maxwell to watch a 6 yr old girl for several days after school. He was always punctual, prepared with fun activities and crafts, and showed a true interest in her and her preferences. I'm not sure we've ever had a more caring or professional sitter. I would use him again in a heart beat-and my kid loved playing with him as well.

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Anna T.
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July 27, 2022

Maxwell takes his responsibilities caring for children very seriously. He is invested and reliable. He is interested in the children's needs, and gave a thorough report on the activities and going-on while he was babysitting. He came prepared with activities, and was very trustworthy. He has a great communication style with parents.

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Tim B.
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May 9, 2022

Maxwell has been such an engaged and caring person with our children, especially our youngest two (ages 9 and 10). Our family lives in a residence hall, where Maxwell is a student. Whenever he's with them he always listens closely and follows their interests. And when our children attend events in the building, Maxwell always helps them to feel comfortable. He's flexible and always positive. I especially appreciate how he's worked with our son to make stop-motion videos, and present their work to our whole community! Really, he's become a great family friend - and we're so grateful to have him in the residence hall with us!

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Kiyah D.
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May 5, 2022

Maxwell is amazing. He is patient and kind and firm. He listened to our kiddos - what they liked and didn't - and was wiling to engage and explore their interests. And he did it with the utmost patience and care. He's always proposing new ideas for engaging our kids. He's flexible and punctual and very thoughtful.

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Becky G.
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October 28, 2021

Maxwell is thoughtful, caring, and creative. I have 3 children ages 9-11, and 2 have special needs. Maxwell arrived with things to do and took time to get to know each child's interests. He was on time or early. My kids often requested that my husband and I leave so that Maxwell can come over to babysit. I would highly recommend Maxwell.

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Deborah G.
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October 16, 2021

Maxwell is a genuinely kind, caring, respectful and gentle person. He understands how to listen to kids and help them feel heard. I was very impressed with his preparedness including first aid training, and a huge arsenal of activities to fall back on if boredom strikes. We love him like part of the family and my kids always look forward to seeing him. Strongly recommend!

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Mikhal S.
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August 30, 2021

To Whom it may concern, I write this letter on behalf of Maxwell Mandell, our favorite childcare provider. We’ve known Maxwell for the past 4 years. He advertised his childcare services on our local neighborhood listserv and we reached out to get to know him. He was the most prepared sitter we have ever interviewed. Maxwell came to our home with a portfolio of his certifications (CPR, First-Aid and Childcare class), as well as a copy of his license. He had an extensive questionnaire ready to get to know our family dynamics and our children’s likes and dislikes. He was prompt, on-time and eager to get to know our family. For two years we had Maxwell over for occasional sitting. He was always engaged with our children in play and quickly became a favorite. We began to utilize him more and had him watch our children extensively over the summer. He devised a “summer camp” for them with options for exploratory learning and play. They made slime together, swam, played tennis, he taught my daughter photography, did stop-motion animation with my son, hiked and LOTS and LOTS of arts and crafts. He got my daughter a role in one of his high school video productions and she had the time of her life acting with his class! When Covid hit and we needed daily care, Maxwell graciously stepped in and cared for our kids, taking our daughter each day to her carpool drop-off for school and staying at our home while our son learned virtually. He was incredibly flexible when the schedules changed and school opened and closed based on area levels. He was a true life-saver for us this past year as we attempted to juggle work outside of the home with a student whose school was only open for virtual learning. Over the last 4 years, Maxwell has become more than merely a kid-sitter. He’s truly become a part of our family. Even as my children have begun to age out of needing his care, we’ll continue to stay in touch with him and are eager to see all he has to accomplish in his future. I highly recommend Maxwell! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Suzanne P.
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May 3, 2018

My children always look forward to having Maxwell over, they have a great time playing with them and he is very attentive to their needs.

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Sigrid E.
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July 6, 2019

Maxwell is extraordinarily responsible and engaging. He has watched my 11 year old on several occasions and my son adores him! I would definitely recommend him to watch your children.

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Sena M.
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November 26, 2017

Maxwell was attentive to instructions and also looked out for my daughter who was helping out (she is 5 years younger than he is). Maxwell followed through with his assigned duties and performed them well. He also picked up on things that needed to be done and did them without being asked. He is a thoughtful and polite young man who takes a job seriously. I trusted him to not only do his work with very little supervision but also in supervising my daughter when she helped out. I would be happy to hire Maxwell again and believe him to a genuinely kindhearted person who is responsible beyond his years.

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