San Diego's #1 Audio Video Specialist Since 1973


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Business & Corporate

Professional video production & photography services for businesses. From a simple staff interview, a business profile video or your national TV commercial spot, clients depend on Act One Pictures.

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Personal Events

Professional wedding & special event photography & videography. We offer inexpensive single camera coverage thru multi-camera productions for your wedding or special event plus.

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Complete movie & television video & film production. Act One Pictures has extensive resources for local crews and equipment, as well as post-production and duplication services.

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web & multimedia

Professional web site design, graphic art & multimedia production. Act One Pictures can build you an effective web site, create your logo or put together a PowerPoint presentation.

We Moved! As of April, 2016 we have moved our facility to Carlsbad

About Act one pictures

Act One Pictures is committed to exceptional customer service, competitive pricing and superior quality. We keep in touch with past, present and future technologies to ensure our customers receive the highest level of satisfaction."
We focus on you!

Act One Pictures was established as the production division of Voice & Video, a highly respected leader in A/V services in Southern California since 1973. In 1980 David Gimbel, along with two other partners, purchased Voice & Video and changed the focus of that business toward the sales and repair of audio & video equipment. In June of 2006, Act One Pictures moved to its current location on Vickers Street and was then purchased by Kathleen St. Peter. Since the purchase, the management has updated its equipment list to include more of the older formats as well as expanding on the latest technologies. Other improvements include bringing in the latest in film transfer equipment, construction of a small in-house recording studio and add an additional edit suite. Customer service is what we are all about. We will do whatever it takes to make you look good and relieve your stress. All nighters and long weekends are the norm at Act One.


Customer service is what we are all about. We will do whatever it takes to make you look good and relieve your stress. All nighters and long weekends are the norm at Act One.

Kathleen St. Peter

Executive Producer of films and established entrepreneur in Southern California. Ms. St. Peter has owned several local small businesses like Deli Wishes in Carlsbad, Poway Printing in Poway, and Popcorn Entertainment in Oceanside. She spends most her time in script writing and concepts and actively assist in video productions media transfers. Kathleen also spends time volunteering at elementary schools, charitable organiziations and art galleries. Kathleen loves to stay busy and is a true visionary.

Robert A. Borer

Producer, Director, Cameraman, Production Manager
Prior to coming to Act One Pictures, Robert was a director and studio/ENG camera operator on the 4-5 hour Morning News shows at San Diego’s KUSI-TV for 5 years. Before that, Robert was a photographer, videographer and editor for over 20 years with Popcorn Entertainment. With over 8 years education in television & theatre and 30 years plus experience in video production, Robert brings his own fresh and unique style to your “final cut”. Robert is also the captain of the Coastal Carvers, a semi-professional sandsculpture team.

Sherry Butay

Project Manager, Editor
One of Act One Pictures finest and longest standing project managers. Her expertise with older media formats and transfers is well known in the San Diego audio/video community. A graduate of UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree, she has evolved into one of our finest editors. Sherry has been with Act One Pictures since 1999.

Brian Thompson

Director, Photographer
Act One Pictures award winning film director and photographer. Although music videos as seen on MTV and other music channels are Brian’s specialty, He has directed a few feature movies and spends a lot of his time writing and rewriting scripts. He has an excellent eye for composition, lighting and movement. We are a very proud of Brian’s talent and accomplishments.
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