Need video? Photo? It’s Turner Time
November 22, 2006
Back in Southern California, Tina and Mark Turner used to call their family outings Turner Time. They even had TRNR TYM on their license plate.
After the couple decided to open their own videography/photography/editing business they knew they needed a catchy name one that people would remember, but that also meant a lot to them.
"It was a no-brainer," Tina said. "We went with Turner Time and it stuck."
The Turners run the business from their Park City home. The office, which is located in the basement, looks like an electronic guru’s dream. There are three linked computer screens, miles of intertwined cords, dozens of outlet extensions, high-definition video cameras, bookshelves filled with software and lots of blinking lights, including two that flash 12:00 p.m.
Mark uses all the equipment to do everything from shooting video to editing it, from making a DVD to watching one. The pair started Turner Time just over a year ago; Mark said he has been doing this kind of work in his spare time for more than 17.
Turner Time specializes in videography. Mark has done a video for a ninth grade dance, taken family videos and edited them onto a DVD and is preparing to make a DVD flyer for The Colby School to use in recruiting.
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"We’ve worked with Colby School doing in-class videography as well as the Colbytown Circus," Mark said. "I think we’re their official videographers."
Mark has also helped athletes get into school or get sponsorships. Turner Time made a video to send to college coaches for Briana Sardo, a local volleyball player.
"Something like that can range anywhere from $700-$1,500, but what will they save in scholarship money?" Mark said. "The parents love it. They said every coach they spoke to mentioned the video."
"We chapterize it and put the player’s stats on the cover art," Mark said. "For this soccer player named Ryan I had the entire list of all the tournaments he was in with his stats. But the best part is that, since it has chapters, coaches can skip straight to anything. If they want to skip to a workout schedule, they can go to the chapter menu and click on workout and, boom, they’re watching the workout. If they want to see footage from a specific game, boom, they’re watching that game."
The Turners have also done sponsorship videos for winter athletes seeking sponsorship from major companies. They made a three-minute video for Siena Palmacci, who then was a 12-year-old Park City skier. Palmacci’s mother handed the film to representatives from Oakley, Solomon and Head during ski competitions, and she ended up with a full-ride from Solomon and Head.
"I would probably say the Siena Palmacci video is one that I’m the most proud of because of the response they got with it and how much fun it was to make," Mark said.
Despite his knack for helping to earn athletes college scholarships and professional sponsorships, Mark said most of his projects are simply taking home videos from 8mm and editing them onto DVD.
"People give us their old video and we make it so they want to watch it," he said. "People’s videos are boring; they need to be edited, they need to be put to music. We can do that for them."
On the photography side, the Turners have done everything from family photos to baseball cards, from real estate photography to specialized gifts for weddings and other parties.
"On the photography end I’ve done big projects, montages, single stills," he said. "I take a lot of sports photos for Black Diamond and Park City Extreme Soccer Clubs. I have the Web site http://www.turnertime.net where people can go on and see the photos and decide what and if they want to purchase. Just because I take it doesn’t mean they have to buy it."
Tina, meanwhile, does a lot of the sales and paperwork side of the business, but said it’s the creative parts, such as editing, she likes best. Her real passion, however, is being a mother.
"I went to high school, graduated, met Mark my senior year, went to college and got my associates," she said. "I became a full-time mom once we started our family and I love it."
But don’t tease her about her name. Tina Turner has heard them all.
"I even have people ask me if I was born in the ’60’s and if my mother was a hippie," said Tina, whose maiden name is Parry. "There was a point when we were dating and it looked like we were going to get married that I was like, ‘Mark, we’re moving forward and I was wondering if you’d take my last name?’ ‘Not a chance,’ he said."
In July of 2002 their California home got caught in a wildfire, destroying part of their home. A new job brought Mark to Park City. Although he worked in sales, he would come home at night and do videography and photography as a hobby.
"One night I read to him from a book I was reading that talked about living your life passionately," Tina said. "I knew his passion was in video, so we prayed about it, and we knew others were praying for us. We started the business that night."
The couple agreed they are happy where the events of their past have led them.
"We love what we do," Mark said. "We love the community here. We’re not going back to California, I’ll tell you that. This is a great community and we’re engaged in that community."
Turner Time can be reached at (435) 645-7667 or on online at http://www.turnertime.net.