DVD Your Memories was started in 2006 and has since grown to four stores in California and Colorado. Below you will find information about the dedicated individuals who make up our Orange County store.
Manager - Orange County Store
Blake has been writing, editing and shooting short films and events for over ten years. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Film and Visual Culture. Since then, he has worked steadily as an independent filmmaker and a freelance videographer. Blake has worked as both the Film Transfer Technician and the Editor here at DVD Your Memories and in 2011 he became the Orange County Store Manager. Blake enjoys working at DVD Your Memories because of the dynamic atmosphere of working with technology and using his knowledge to enhance family memories.
Audio/Video Technician - Orange County Store
Stephen has been interested in computers and electronics since childhood. From making skate videos with his cousins, to playing video games and watching movies for hours, Stephen has always been around technology. He graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, but soon realized his passion was still working with electronics. Stephen was hired as the Video Transfer Technician in September 2012 and is currently working on a bachelors degree in Computer Science. He gets great satisfaction from previous customers saying how great it was to watch videos they haven’t seen in years.
Image Scanning Technician - Orange County Store
Allen has a background in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California Orange County. Through his course work he has become a very skilled artist in various components especially Photoshop which we use extensively in our projects here at DVD Your Memories. Allen has great attention to detail including but not limited to retouching images. As an image scanning technician, these skills are very valuable in the work he does here at DVD Your Memories.
Film Transfer Technician - Orange County Store
Matt became fascinated by the junction of technology and art a from a very young age. His passion for computers and artistic media drove him to begin learning, performing, and teaching digital imaging when modern techniques were in their infancy. Matt brings a painter’s eye and 17 years of image correction experience to the delicate process of film capture and restoration at the DVD Your Memories Irvine location.
Bryan was hired on as a technician in 2007, but soon proved capable of much more. Within four months, Bryan was the first manager of the San Diego location, and helped plan, set up, and grow each of the other stores. A wearer of many hats, Bryan now works on new product development, quality control, and new systems/policies from customer satisfaction to transfer and encoding methodologies. Bryan also has a hand in researching, purchasing, maintaining and updating all of the tech and equipment the company uses, and is the main man when it comes to support in both software and hardware for our employees and customers alike. He drinks a lot of coffee. Who can blame him?
Outside of the office, you’ll likely find Bryan listening to music, playing guitar, or exploring newly available digital media. Legend has it if you trick Bryan into revealing his one weakness, he has to grant you a wish.
Director of Training
Richard Uruchurtu’s experience working in post-production for over 10 years makes him a veritable expert in all things multimedia! Richard is a film school graduate from The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking. He has worked on several independent projects including short films, music videos, TV shows, and feature films. Richard began at DVD Your Memories as a video tape transfer technician and he quickly earned creative license to perform video editing. His ambition and expertise are a powerful resource when helping customers to create exciting and memorable slideshows, film projects, and video presentations.
In 2009, Richard was called upon to pioneer the second store in DVD Your Memories. The Orange County location quickly became a success helping hundreds of families preserve their family media. Also taking on the challenge of DVD Your Memories biggest project! The digitization of the City of Irvine’s meetings from the 70′s till present day. In 2011 Richard was promoted to Director of Training. Where he imparts his passion and expertise to the future employees of DVD Your Memories. In his free time Richard enjoys reading, gaming, and traveling.
Bookkeeper and Business Development
Brandi Mitchell was a customer of DVD Your Memories when we hired her as our in-house bookkeeper and business assistant. She used her family home videos on DVD as “in-van entertainment” during a long drive the previous summer. As a result of “DVD-ing” her memories, she discovered that her kids love watching videos of themselves as babies (better than Sponge Bob!) and we found an employee who shares our company’s vision! She is committed to documenting her life and family history through the lens of her digital SLR camera. Her family and friends love the updates to her online photo and video gallery and enjoy flipping the pages of her custom photo books at home. She is known around here for assigning office “theme days” (with required snapshots), recounting tales of her two young children’s latest discoveries (“Mom, I know leprechaun’s exist, but, come on, is there really a Solar System?!”), and final score announcements from her weekly women’s league soccer games. Brandi has fifteen years of professional experience in small business management, customer service, and bookkeeping, and is a graduate of French Language and International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her interests, skills and enthusiasm for capturing the sights and sounds of the present and past make her a fantastic fit for the DVD Your Memories team!