"If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself, and then make a change"
- Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror

About Robert Hanley

Robert and Denise Robert and denise photo small Robert Hanley is an American Producer/Director/Editor /Inventor & Entrepreneur who has turned his love for film and video into a cottage industry of companies serving customers from all over America. Hanley, founder and president of Home Video Studio, learned how to succeed in business at very young age - age ten to be exact - running his own popcorn and snow cone business at the city park! He now owns and operates the most successful video services business in the country - Home Video Studio (HVS) - with studio owners across America participating in the Home Video Studio Network (HVSN), following Robert's plan, and enjoying what he calls "an exciting and fun 'lifestyle' business." Robert's vision for running a video business from home was born from experience in film and video production.

He has been involved in every aspect of the industry as a writer, producer, director, gaffer, soundman, technician, cinematographer, and editor.

He has shot on both coasts in every format including, 35mm, 16mm, Betacam and more. He has also paid his dues logging thousands of hours in editing suites. He has written, produced, and directed a feature film, Good Cop, Bad Cop and is currently working on his second feature film, a documentary: The Great American Home Movie. Yes, Robert Hanley has been in the trenches, and now he shares his experience and knowledge with HVSN owners and others who want to open their own video production studios.

Robert's vision for running a video business from home was born from experience in film and video production.

Robert Hanley at a photoshoot Robert at a photoshoot images small Before founding Home Video Studio Robert was best known as a film and video Producer/Director/Editor. Hanley's interest in filmmaking goes back to his college days. His lifelong passion for movies and film began when he took a class on the great movie directors like Stanley Kubrick, Orson Wells and John Ford. Then one night in 1977, he went out with some friends and shared an experience many film enthusiasts remember: he saw George Lucas's Star Wars. Sitting in that packed theatre changed his life and he decided that night that he wanted to make movies and films.

Before founding Home Video Studio Robert was best known as a film and video Producer/Director /Editor.

Robert hanley using a 16mm camera Robert hanley using a 16mm camera photo small Graduating with a degree in Liberal Arts Hanley enrolled and attended Southern Illinois University film school, but the lure of "Hollywood" and the dream of starting his own business was too much to ignore so he dropped out, returned to his small town and began pursuing creative and business endeavors. Coincidentally, Robert also found and later married the love of his life, a beautiful Purdue coed - Denise Fitzgerald.

Robert dabbled in the fast food business for a short time - owning and running a 50's American Graffiti style drive-in restaurant (possibly another Lucas inspiration?) while he sought opportunities as a movie producer and director. In 1982 Hanley got his first major project a sixteen 16mm film - a twenty-three minute documentary for the Indiana Lions Club Eye Bank titled Our Goal Is In Sight with a $23,000.00 budget!

In 1982 Hanley got his first major project a sixteen 16mm film

Armed with the success of this first major project, Robert started his own film production company and moved from his small hometown to Indianapolis in 1982. As a full-time professional, Robert produced local and national TV commercials, corporate image films and videos, training tapes, and a host of other similar projects for large companies, such as: General Motors, General Foods, Jayco RVs, and Airstream, as well as dozens of advertising agencies, and local and state government organizations.

Even with this lengthy list of successful projects in both the industrial and the commercial film industry Robert faced the hard problem that all independent film and video producers face: how to "monetize" what is essentially a creative business. Robert did wonderful work but the peaks and valleys of the business had rendered him the quintessential "starving artist." In 1989, he took two years off to pursue his dream of writing, shooting, editing, producing and directing a feature film. Out of the frying pan... by early 1991, his feature was done but his financial affairs were in shambles. He had a wife and two small children. Denise, who is an RN, was working full-time and bringing home the bacon. Robert was a stay-at-home Dad and was pretty much washed up, so to speak. What do you do when you're 35 years old and out of work?

Robert hanley holding a trophy Robert hanley holding a trophy small image Call it luck, synchronicity, timing, fate, or the hand of God (and factor in the power of prayer) but the summer of 1991 proved to be Hanley's renaissance. On June 14, 1991 Robert decided to do what so many successful entrepreneurs do: he reinvented himself. Denise and he were determined to do whatever it took to rebuild their lives and recover their financial health. On that day he decided to start focusing on making money in the video business - only money. He would not make blockbuster movies or world changing documentaries. He would focus on making money.

Taking the knowledge and experience he had gained he retooled his production business into a video production services business. This new company would focus on offering video services that other production companies couldn't or wouldn't offer but that were definitely needed. Soon Hanley had created a cottage industry by focusing on transferring old 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm films and tapes, as well as Photo Video Keepsake montages, editing, and duplication.

When your work is your passion and your passion is your work - well, it just isn't work.

Robert hanley and one of our owners Robert hanley and one of our owners image small From 1991 through 1995, Robert perfected this business model. His passion for film and video would soon develop into a passion for helping others to start and run their own studios. Naturally, people started asking how he started his business and how they too could start their own home-based video business. Hanley began to realize that he had developed a unique and extraordinary business system that could be duplicated. He had a system that worked very well. In the fall of 1995 and he began to develop a plan that others could follow.

It took a while but by 1998 Robert was ready. He sold his first studio in 1999. Then he sold another, and another. From that humble spare bedroom the business grew and grew. In 2006, long out of the spare bedroom, Robert franchised HVS. Home Video Studio as a franchise seemed to offer some strategic advantages. As in all his endeavors Hanley jumped into the franchisor role with both feet and within a few years Home Video Studio was the envy of its peers, winning Entrepreneur magazine's coveted "Number One Franchise for Photography and Video Services" award, as well as landing in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500.

In 2006 Robert won Entrepreneur magazine's coveted "Number One Franchise for Photography and Video Services" award.

While the national spotlight and exposure was wonderful for Home Video Studio, Hanley started to notice a national internet trend that was sparked by Google, Bing and Facebook. Basically local businesses with individual brands were becoming very popular and easy to find. Local was hot. So in 2014 Hanley decided to once again offer Home Video Studio as an independent business, with studios having a local face and name, but supported by a network of success and expertise. Home Video Studio has come full circle. With a proven system, an established method of success, and a winning plan HVS puts you into your own local business. It is the best of both worlds. Today, new studios can use their own name or license the Home Video Studio brand - either way they are independent businesses. Your in business for yourself but not by yourself.

"I can truly say I'm living the American Dream! I love my business and the people I serve. I can't wait to get into my studio each and every day. When your work is your passion and your passion is your work - well, it just isn't work. I have other interests; I love cooking and fix most of our meals at home; I collect classic sheet music, especially from movies and TV shows; I'm also an avid reader and, of course, a film buff. I am an expert blackjack player. Denise and I enjoy perusing antique malls and exploring wineries. Most of our vacations usually involve a winery, a casino and an antique mall. I have a theory that wine always tastes better in the winery!" - Robert Hanley.

I can truly say I'm living the American Dream!

Robert has two grown children. Nicole Lewis is an artist, art teacher and an entrepreneur as well as a stay-at-home mom. Aaron Hanley is a graduate of Full Sail University with a filmmaking degree. Denise continues to work as an RN and still brings home her share of the bacon.

"The American Dream is alive and well at Home Video Studio. I truly believe that this is the perfect business. If you think our business and lifestyle might fit you, I urge you to call me at 1-866-714-1956. Let's make making movies your business as well as ours. I look forward to hearing from you." - Robert Hanley.

Robert Hanley is truly living the American Dream.

Watch: To learn how to get started

It's a Wonderful Lifestyle!

Watch Now!

Control your life and your lifestyle. You and only you should determine your daily schedule- your hours of work and play. Start your own Home Video Studio

Come and See: Show and Tell
Start your own Home Video Studio Business.
Home Video Studio Show 'N Tell on the Road!
Join us in one of these cities!
Join Us: Weekly Online Webinar
webinar
Join us for our next webinar!

May 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM EDT.

"Making Money With Video"

In forty-seven minutes we'll cover:

  1. What makes HVS the perfect business for the right person.
  2. The basic principles that drive our business.
  3. The training and support you will receive.
  4. Home-based and Studio Store options.
  5. Ramp up times - how quickly can you be profitable?
  6. How you can start part-time or full-time.
  7. Your questions and our answers.

Show 'N Tell: A first glimpse
john and tammy
"Tammy and I came to a Show 'N Tell Saturday. The initial conversation was Robert talking about what it is to be a Home Video studio Owner. Of course we'd listened to the CD's over and over in our car for a couple of months. I think Then we had the presentation and we signed right there at the end of the presentation."
- John Montgomery - Newark, OH.
tony and lori
"Our Show 'N Tell Saturday was on May 11, 2002 - Mother's Day weekend! We were already operating our own video business, but we wanted to run it at a higher level with better equipment. We needed a plan and a system like the one offered by Home Video Studio. If you're thinking about HVS, you should go to Show 'N Tell Saturday."
- Tony & Lori Melendez - Amherst, OH.
Call 317-358-5932 or 1-866-714-1956 to reserve your spot! Or Email Robert@homevideostudio.com. Space is limited. Travel paid for qualified attendees!

Here's what we'll cover at Show 'N Tell Saturday.


MAKING MONEY
The number one thing we'll cover is making money in the video business. I'll cover pricing video as well as collecting the money. What's the difference between a $500.00 video and a $5000.00 video? Are you leaving money on the table? I'll teach you how we do it! Oh... what about a $30,000.00 video?
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
This is the great unknown for most people who attempt to enter our industry. How do you get business and find clients? I'll share with you.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
I'll cover our 12 month and 21 day in person training program in depth. How do we take you from where you are now to where you want to be? We are very good at this as long as you can take that first step and get to Show 'N Tell!
STUDIO EQUIPMENT
You'll be in my studio all day so we'll definitely get into the nitty gritty on equipment and gear. How will you outfit your studio? Do you have current equipment that can be used? Maybe and if so that will save you some money.
FINANCIAL GOALS
Home Video Studio is a short cut to success. You may be looking for both financial success and creative achievements - money in the bank and an Oscar! We make no promises except to put you in an environment with others who have the same vision. Our mission is to help you achieve success as you define it.
CREATIVE GOALS
Not everyone is out to make a fortune. Home Video Studio is a very fun and exciting business and lifestyle. Want to turn your hobby into a real live functioning studio? We can do that for you. Want to get your family involved in the business? We'll help train them. This is a very family friendly business.
TRANSITIONS
We'll discuss transitions and getting started. Going to quit your job? Come out of retirement? Convert a 401k? Will you work the studio part time until you can go full time? We will start designing a plan for you at Show 'N Tell Saturday.
FUNDING
We are experts in funding and financing. If you need us to help you find the money we would be happy to. It is easy to convert a 401k or IRA with zero penalty. Many people do a refi or a home equity loan. There are other avenues as well. One of the things we do on Saturday afternoon is cover financing. It's not that difficult. If you need consultation on funding call us.

We suggest you bring your spouse/partner to our Show 'N Tell Saturday. That's our treat. You'll know a whole lot more about running a Home Video Studio by end of day on Saturday!

"You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us"
- John Lennon "Imagine"
TAKE ACTION!
If you would like to learn more about starting your own business and see more videos teaching you how!
Home video Studio logo
Home Video Studio
8148 Raven Rock Dr.
Indianapolis, IN. 46236

Copyright 2017 Home Video Studio Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.