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Bringing your vision to life.

Scratch Takes works with companies and independent artists to produce a variety of content.


From concert recordings and live streams to interviews and editorial content,

Scratch Takes works with their clients

to bring their vision to life.

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Started in 2016 by McGill University instructor John Castillo, Scratch Takes was a video solution for musicians who needed more content in a fast-paced industry.


The name itself, Scratch Takes, embodies this ideology. The objective was to take advantage of studio time for an album recording, bring in cameras, and capture a studio performance that could double as a session video.

This allowed artists to take full advantage of their time in a recording studio and get as much out of it as possible.


Although Scratch Takes has grown, the underlying purpose has remained the same.

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Studio Sessions

Take advantage of a your next recording studio booking, and get a video live off-the-floor. The microphones are already up and in place, so let's get some cameras in there and film a few tracks in order to promote your release.

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Live Streaming

The convenience of broadcast meets the picture quality of cinema.

Get all the benefits of a virtual live show without sacrificing posterity.

A live stream with Scratch Takes is one that you will keep online for years to come.

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Short Form

Whether it is a narrative or a music video, we can be the partner that brings your idea to life. Our team is made up of producers, directors, lighting technicians, audio engineers, and post-production specialists, so we can help at any stage along the way.


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Let's fix it in post! Scratch Takes' facilities and team can can tackle everything from mixing, mastering, audio/video editing to colouring and delivery. We've delivered projects to spec to some of the largest Canadian and International broadcasters.

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Although video is taking over social media, photography is still as present as ever. Photos dictate our brand identity on the web whether its portraits, thumbnails, or event coverage. Scratch Takes can bundle a photographer into our various offerings.

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Event Production

There are so many components to an event: ticketing, sales, time management, sound, lights, photography and video. You don't need to do it all, in fact you shouldn't have to. We have experience with galleries, concerts, conferences and virtual events.

The Team

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Discover the creative, passionate forces behind Scratch Takes.

Creative Director | CEO

John Castillo

McGill and York University instructor,  John founded Scratch Takes in 2016. He is a leading creative power at Scratch Takes.

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Producer | COO

Caylamina Roberts

Cayla works tirelessly as a producer, coordinating shoots, taking every creative measure to ensure quality final products!

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Technical Director

Liz Bellotti

A McGill Sound Recording graduate, Liz is a master of all things technical. She runs cameras, sound, live-streaming and more...

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Junior Producer

Vanille Debray

Our junior producer Vanille is active on all fronts: coordination, filming, livestreaming footage on location, and more.

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Alex Francoeur

Alex is Scratch Takes' editing wizard, compiling and cutting footage into lively, engaging and creative videos.

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Production Assistant

Priam David

Priam assists on productions and in the office: setting up rigs, building and fixing what needs it, and helping with the filming.

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Chief Morale Officer


Mia, Scratch Take's resident Australian Shepherd, keeps the team in high spirits and is always ready to lend a paw.

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