A Small Company With A Big Heart
Kathi and Wayne Jacobs founded VITA Digital Productions in 2000 to create and market Virtual Experience Videos. Wayne, a retired TV Production teacher and Kathi, a retired Mathematics teacher, were inspired to form the company after returning from trips to Italy in 1999 and Greece in 2000.
After spending months researching and purchasing professional TV cameras and other equipment, they made their first professional filming trip to Venice in spring of 2001, returning to the location of Wayne's proposal to Kathi in 1999.
In July of 2001, that trip was followed by a month long filming trip to London and Rome, where Kathi worked as an au pair immediately after college.
Since then, the couple has made 17 filming trips to Europe, Egypt, Turkey, the Caribbean, and Canada and has released over 50 different Virtual Experience Videos with many more to come!
Soon after returning from the month-long trip to London and Rome, a film editor friend called from Hollywood. He was editing a movie that had been filmed in Rome several months earlier, and as is often the case unfortunately, he and the director decided they needed some transition shots to utilize at several points to show time passing.
Since the camera crew had left Rome months earlier and the film editor knew we had just returned from a filming trip to Rome, he contacted me and asked if we had any night-time shots of Rome we could license to them.
Fortunately, we did, and after making our first Stock Footage sale, we realized that while on our Virtual Experience filming trips we could also shoot tripod footage and sell it to TV Networks. Since then, VITA Digital Productions' footage has been licensed to and used on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, BBC, CBC, the History Channel, Biography Channel, and A&E in addition to being used in a number of motion pictures. In addition to being available on our company's numerous HD stock footage websites, our HD footage is also available on adobestock.com.
In 2018, the couple plans to shoot new virtual walks and 4K stock footage in the Pacific Northwest, followed in 2019 by a filming trip to Italy.
Kathi and Wayne enjoy corresponding with customers who have become friends, many of whom relate inspiring stories about losing weight, getting healthier, and staying fit.