Stress-free A/V

Event A/V, live streaming, video production, and more

 
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Relatu

Ree-LAH-two
From Latin Relatus:
"Relating of events"

We believe audiovisual production should be purposeful, excellent, and sustainable.

You shouldn’t have to gain stress or waste time & money to communicate with your audience.

Whether it be event production services, promotional videos, or live streaming, we are here to help you navigate the world of everything A/V in a way that makes sense, is measurably effective, and quite frankly “just works”!

Our promises:

  • Concrete and timely communication with one dedicated point of contact throughout the project.

  • Good stewardship of our joint resources with proactive, realistic assessments of your needs.

  • Clearly defined next steps that will keep the project focused and on schedule.

We are based in St. Louis, MO, but often serve organizations across the Midwest and beyond.

 

Our "Why"

 

We are gentle heralds of the good . . .

We aim to share joy and goodness with our local community (and the world!) by helping good people create greater wholesome media. We mix our creativity with organizations' missions, translating their intangible "why" into audiovisual experiences. The result? Authentic organization-audience relationships and inspired hearts.

We inspire action . . .

We aim to inspire action. What we create is a sign and indication of something bigger and lasting; it doesn't end when our video stops playing or the event is over. We believe that the consumption of any media must inspire action, otherwise it is an exercise in futility. If we do not awaken action through what we produce—whether that be in heart, mind, or behavior— then we have failed. Traditional media too often produces passive coach potatoes; we, on the other hand, aim to produce a bounty of action.

We are a group effort . . .

We know what it’s like to feel as if you were the only person doing what you are doing, or to be understaffed or overwhelmed. And we hate that feeling. No one should experience that aloneness- and that is why we are a group effort. Our bigness is found in our combined littleness—doing the next right thing, the best we can, together. A mission must be shouldered on the strengths of each of us, and that is why each of our members are an integral part of the solution. We know our identity: we can't promise to be "the best production company in the world," but we DO promise to always give our best. Those we work with aren't numbers or just "clients," to us; they are human beings with profound dignity, and as such we give only our highest respect and work ethic to everyone we serve.

We direct, not distract . . .

We believe in a better model of media production and consumption. Too often we see another cat video or some other form of fundamentally purposeless media in our feed. We believe these don't truly serve people, but rather distract them from meaningful action. We believe that when consumption is separated from intentionality, even consuming positive things can lead to emptiness. We seek to replace impulse with intention and distraction with direction. Our artistic vision often promotes saying "yes" to purpose in every second. Yet this doesn't mean "do, do, do!" nor encouraging "constant activity." Rather, we believe that "purpose in every second" means embracing whatever is best for us in the present moment, regardless if it's labor, leisure, or using a particular product/service.

We integrate so that we can radiate . . .

We aim to be an integral part of everything we partake in. Not integral as in "important," nor "micro-managing," for we are not concerned with prestige nor minutia. Rather, we seek to be integral in the sense that our team is a "co-creator-with" and "partner-to" those we serve. We treat all collaboration as an opportunity for unity and community. Integration for us means to encounter and accompany everyone we come in contact with, whether that be a person we pass by on the street or our long-time clients. We want to understand what people believe and why so that we can help foster encounter and lasting business relationships. We aren't just a "service provider," but rather combine our artistic vision with the ethos of each mission we participate in, radiating a beautiful mix that isn't "Relatu's" or "the client's," but rather "ours": something truly special and synergistic. We integrate so that we can radiate.

We are bold about modesty . . .

You may be thinking "Huh? That's a weird core belief." However, this is foundational in all that we do. We believe that modesty promotes a culture of respect for the other, and this isn't a statement about clothes or fashion. We believe modesty means showing something or someone in a way that is true, revealing them in all their humility, beauty, and humanity. This mindset helps destroy pretense, heal objectification (of people) and prevent commoditization (of businesses). Our objective is to never objectify. And that is why we are bold when it comes to modesty.

We are harmlessly eccentric . . .

We are an eccentric bunch, but our eccentricity is never flippant nor foolish. We are spontaneous, but sensible. Playful, but prudent. We believe life is more joyful when we embrace our unique oddities and absurdities. Equality is beautiful, but sameness is blandness. We are committed to precision and professionalism, yet communicate with camaraderie. We take our work seriously, yet always try to help our team and clients have a little fun, too. We are harmlessly eccentric.

We are devoted and devout . . .

Everything we begin we see through to its end. We go the extra mile, "burn the midnight oil" and always deliver the highest value for our customers. We never give mediocre a pass. This may sound like marketing fluff, but to us comes from heartfelt devotedness. We are devoted to our craft, but more importantly to our people and our God. As a faith-based company, our job is never just "a thing we have to do," but rather a blessing we get to partake in. We've served everyone from lawyers to agricultural companies, from children's theater to multi-thousand attendee events. What these all have in common are good people trying to do so much good for the world in whatever industry they're in, and we consider it an honor and privelege to accompany them in serving others.

 

Our "Who"

 
Matthew

Matthew

Founder and Producer

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Rachel

Production Assistant and Graphic Design

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Rickie

Cinematographer

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Trey

Audio Engineer and Music Producer

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Jonathan

Business Development

 

Our Work

 

Event production reel

 

See three of our projects below. For more, visit our Event Coverage, Promotional Video, or Event Photography pages.


JP II Prep school: “Who are we?”

Thank you JP II school for providing such a warm and welcoming community as we crafted this video!

Click here to see more of our Promotional Videos

Fullness of Truth events

Thank you Fullness of Truth Ministries for the opportunity to be a part of your amazing events!

Click here to see more of our Event Coverage Videos

Passion project / pro-bono piece

This was a pro-bono passion project for the very talented spoken word poet, Konner Kloster.

Shot in one day as a joint effort with our friends at Luxian Films


Want to collaborate?

If you would like to discuss the potential of working together, please use the contact form below to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you!


 

Our History

In 2015, Matthew realized that many of the top video search results involving important topics were out of date, aesthetically displeasing, or- at worse- intentionally misinforming. Our company is an attempt to rise up and meet the need for an increased quantity and quality of wholesome media.

In the years since, we've had the privilege of working on some amazing projects. On the journey, we've grown drastically in skill, resources, and openness to grace. We offer not only a wide range of video production and photography services, but also magnanimous hearts on a mission!

Motivated by the belief that we serve God through serving our clients, we treat each project and person with our highest respect, work ethic, and service.

FAQ

How much does a video cost? . . .

The answer (we know, not immediately satisfying- but bear with us!) is "it depends." Now, that's not sidestepping the question, but rather the only fair answer. If we said "X dollars" upfront (and there are some companies who do) that would be taking a one-size-fits-all approach which is not helpful or in your best interest. We start by gaining an understanding of what your project needs, and then build a customized quote around what would be best for you. We do this in a timely manner, and the quote is clear and understandable.
We're always happy to walk clients through each bullet point, and we don't use a bunch of "A/V jargon." We won't say "we'll send a feed from the Freefly Movi through the Teradek Bolt into the switcher and send that via NDI to the projector; by the way, do you prefer Christie or Barco?" but rather "We believe that a cameraman who moves around the ballroom with a camera that is stable and smooth would accomplish the type of energy you want to convey, and we'll be able to wirelessly get the video onto the main projector screen."
In short, one-size never fits any, and we're not here to sell you a pre-made package, but rather to truly serve your needs. And although not an immediately gratifying answer, a custom quote tailored to your specific needs is the only way to make sure you get the most value for your investment.

Why should I hire you rather than my venue’s in-house audiovisual team? . . .

Aside from our unique culture and values, we've always matched or beat our clients’ chosen venues’ in-house audiovisual quotes (even after including out-of-state travel)! We're able to do this because of our values and commitment to good stewardship of our (and YOUR) resources, as well as our investment in technology which allows us to reduce personnel needs (which is often the most costly part of AV services) while simultaneously reducing mistakes and streamlining setup and takedown of our equipment.
In addition, we are able to accompany our clients outside the grand ballroom. If you're having the same event in a different location next year or in multiple locations throughout the year, you won't have to start from scratch and we can travel with you with the same consistent and reliable setup at each event.
Either way, we can help you before the event to pubilicize and after the event to follow up with your attendees through promotional media and consult on the distribution of all types of media content.

What does "Relatu" mean? . . .

Our name, Relatu, comes from the Latin “Relatus,” which means “relating of events.” Phonetically, it’s pronounced “Ree-LAH-two .”

 

Our "Behind the Scenes"

Completely candid shots of where our projects and travels have brought us.

 
 
 

Blessed to have served many clients including:
 

 
 

Catholic Marketing Network Tradeshow
Joyful Noise Children’s Musical Theater
Respect Life Apostolate, St. Louis
The Evangelical Catholic
Dynamic Catholic
Biking for Babies
Coalition for Life
Mater Media

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
St. John Paul II Preparatory School
St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
Fullness of Truth Ministries
St. Thomas Legal
Vitae Foundation
Blondin Group
CatholicFIT

 

 

Happy to be an

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Thankful for winning a Louie Award (2019) for Best Event Videography in St. Louis, MO

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Based in St. Charles, MO
Serving the Greater St. Louis Area and the Midwest.

 

General Inquiries

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