Filming the Montana Rail Link on Mullan Pass on snowy January day. The temperature was five degrees below zero (F) and the camera’s LCD screen was starting to freeze. Fortunately the video came out great! (Lloyd Palmer photo)
Hello! I am Aaron Bentsen, photographer and voice behind all the programs you see in our store. I started my professional career as a radio announcer working various markets around Oregon. I founded 7idea Productions to fulfill a dream of making railroad related videos. So with the support of my wife, a little bit of money and a whole lot of prayer, our first film Union Pacific’s Cascade Sub Part 1 was released in early 2007. People often ask me where the name 7idea came from. Back when I was seven, I carried around a tape recorder and pretended to work for a news network. I started each program with “this is a 7idea presentation.” Decades later when I put together the opening sequence of our first film, the same words appeared on the screen.
When you buy a 7idea Productions DVD or Blu-ray, you are supporting an American family. I handle the production side, while my wife Karie takes care of orders and balances the books. Our two enthusiastic children (ages 9 and 5) love to help put orders in the mail and are amazed that these videos ship all over the world. We have over 25 titles available with many more in the works as our library continues to grow. To me, this isn’t work. It’s just plain fun! Therefore I put a lot of effort into each program with the goal of creating something you will want to watch again and again. All DVDs are glass mastered and professionally replicated just like your favorite Hollywood DVDs. Currently our Hi-Definition Blu-rays are replicated in house with special attention to quality control. The picture is really incredible on an HDTV!
I am continually amazed by the positive reviews I receive by phone, email and on the website. Thank you for your support!
Aaron frames a shot along the north bank of the Columbia River in Washington State during filming of Columbia River Gorge Part 2. (Marc Fournier photo)
Aaron poses while filming during the Train Mountain 2012 Triennial. (Marc Fournier photo)
Meet the crew! Karie, Aaron, Haley and Clayton pose for a photo.