We had the good fortune of connecting with Elijah St.Hilaire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elijah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Bridge The Gap Productions started as a group of close friends and family who wanted to start an an innovative production company that seeks to create new and unique partnerships between artists, filmmakers, and small businesses by bringing branded content, which is a commercialized video marketing technique, to the small business brands in our local community. Their personal brands and presence in the community will be magnified by the content produced by our company. Through these partnerships we look to craft and facilitate better content while also meeting our double bottom line, and ultimately looking to grow and fund bigger projects.
What should our readers know about your business?
Bridge The Gap Productions (BTG) is a production company focused on bringing premium video content to the local brands in our community. The goal of BTG is to create value-focused content that encompasses the values and characteristics that make a brand as opposed to commercial-like content solely aimed at making a sale or speaking about a product. The intent of our video content is to give viewers a true glimpse at the qualities that make the businesses, artists, and creatives that we work with, unique. One of the things that makes us different is that we are not in it for the money. Our clients always come first, and we try our best to work within their budgets to create content that can compete with even some of the biggest brands. BTG was formed during the Covid-19 pandemic, a true time of uncertainty, in which many local businesses and creatives were severely impacted, forcing them to adapt and overcome. We would like to provide these businesses and creative talents a means to help highlight each of their unique attributes that allow them to thrive, even in the face of adversity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Considering many of the members of BTG have spent a lot of time in both, NYC and New Jersey, we definitely have a diverse list of places to visit. For a trip to New York, here are some things that you should do:
1. Visit Times Square
2. Visit the Statue of Liberty
3. Grab a slice of pizza from a pizzeria. Everyone knows that New York makes the best pizza, and 95% of the pizzerias you’ll find in New York will be good
4. Grab a chopped cheese from your nearest bodega. A New York Classic
5. Take an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building or the Freedom Tower to get a view of NYC from the Sky
1. Atlantic City, miniature Vegas
2. The Jersey Shore (Don’t think of the show)
3. Hoboken, NJ if you like to bar crawl
4. Six Flags Great Adventure for those who like theme parks
5. Last but not least, GRAB a Bagel, because Jersey makes some of the best bagels
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my team; Benjamin Strate, Malik St.Hilaire, Elijah Burgess, RJ Izquierdo, and Chase Martin