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What is integrated video production

Blueforest Studios is a video production firm in Raleigh, NC. Your goals + best SEO practices and our creative = a great video this can be found online. We call this Integrated Video Production.

If a video is amazing and no one sees it, does it really matter? We know it does! We are not just a video vender, we are your partner. Our primary goal is to learn about your needs & objectives to help you succeed. We understand that the creative process can be mysterious and we’re here to make it easy.

As a full service video production company we don’t just show up with a camera and a tripod and hope for the best. Our process begins with creative planning and ends one step past post production. Our video SEO services are designed to get your video seen and to keep your audience engaged.

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Through our video SEO service known as, blueboost, we are able to guide your video to success with views, audience engagement and clickthroughs. Once it’s up and running, we’ll provide you with tips and suggestions to keep it heading in the right direction. You’ll receive a report providing crucial details for your success. Check out our sample report.

Whether you are a fortune 500 company, a small business, a non­profit or an agency, we can help you! To the left is an example of one of our clients whose video was online but wasn’t getting viewed. When we updated the video with a more exciting message and then optimized it, we were able to increase its views by over 5700%, which lead to many more sales. See the video and get the case study!

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We like making people feel ways about stuff

We artfully craft stories to create the maximum impact for your audience. Studies show that by connecting with people’s emotions they will remember your message and brand more easily that without an emotional connection.

Take the speaker below for an example. He came to us to make a promotional video but didn’t provide any direction. Our team collaborated with him and developed an outstanding promotional video that helped sell out his speaking event. His message is all about how you make people FEEL rather than what you say.

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Nothing makes our team feel better than a happy customer. That’s why we’re always pushing the boundaries to create something better and more effective that’s going to drive results.

Whether it’s storytelling, hand drawn animation, music, helicopter footage, or shooting on 4K RED Cameras, it all comes down to making people feel connected with your company.

Here’s an example of how we captured a mood and emotion through hand drawn animation for a Raleigh company that builds trade show exhibits. They have a diverse customer base and wanted to convey that they will take care of everything from design to delivery and setup so that the client can relax.

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Our super secret scientific magical mystery formula 3000

OK, so maybe it’s not so mysterious but it’s important. We start by asking the right questions. Most companies spend so much time talking about how their product works, what the features are, how many employees they have, and all that stuff no one really cares about. When actually, the single most important question the viewer wants answered is:

Why are you different?

To answer this, we have to ask deep questions and look for more than superficial answers. That’s why an important part of our secret formula is our team. We are fully equipped and trained to meet a wide range of project requirements. Everything from creative, project management, execution, editing, graphics/animation and VSEO is provided.

Click below to learn more about the best team in Raleigh Video Production.


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Meet the Team

Russ Reynolds

President

Russ, also known as captain Rexford Russ Reynolds, started his career in the music industry booking and managing bands. He and his brother founded Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, which hosted a number of regional and national acts including Blues Traveler and Debra Gibson.

The music industry is very exciting but volatile and meanwhile in the business world poor quality audio persisted. Russ saw an opportunity to bring top quality audio to products ranging from on-hold messages to radio commercials. Soon Blueforest Studios was born.

Being the man behind the business, the team at Blueforest Studios loves to show their appreciation for Russ by pranking him on his birthday. Russ says he will not be showing up for work on his birthday this year… we’ll see.

When Russ is allowed out of the office he enjoys shredding on the guitar and offshore fishing.

Kathy Hughes Langfield

VP Operations

The honorable Kathy Hughes Langfield is the woman who keeps all of us at Blueforest Studios on track. She is a professional MBA with a background in business, nonprofit and environmental fields. She has worked for Blueforest Studios since its inception as Atlantic Creative a few years ago – no need to go into the double digits to make Kathy feel old. Kathy oversees finance, operations, and marketing and approves our company field trips!

Kathy is serving on both the Meredith College Board of Directors and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and is the Volunteer Manager for the Special Olympics Summer Games. Kathy also enjoys volunteering with the Eno River Association, Highland UMC, and NCGreenPower.

In her spare time Kathy loves bringing her dog, Rocket, to the office for play dates with the Blueforest crew. Kathy has also recently taken up a new instrument to contribute to the Blueforest Studios band: she is an aspiring boomwhacker player and a talented one at that!

Ammon Ehrisman

Creative Director

Ammon, also known as Ammon Robespierre Worthingon Maximillion Moneybags Ehrisman the Third, is a professional video producer. He has over 15 years of experience creating HD videos and graphics for businesses throughout the country.

Since joining Blueforest Studios, Ammon has produced many award-winning videos for clients ranging from the American Heart Association to Alex Patterson. Ammon loves a challenge and the beach so his latest challenge is how to convince every client they need a beach video.

In his spare time, you can find Ammon hanging out with his family and his band. He also puts in about 10 hours per week volunteering at his church. And since he is the 5th sibling in a family with 10 kids, he is an incurable attention hog. Maybe that’s why he is so driven to make great videos!

Laura Faughtenberry

Account Executive

The Intrepid Laura “Goodstory” Faughtenberry started her career as a reporter and producer for WECT news in Wilmington, North Carolina, after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2007.

Laura has a B.A. in broadcast news and minors in speech communications and Spanish. While at the University of Georgia, Laura was President of DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Society and worked production for the prestigious Peabody Awards.

Laura is now excited to be working in the field of commercial video production. She is a member of the Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professional Network and participates in local AMA events.

Laura is also a gifted singer and occasionally contributes her killer vocals to our Blueforest band. In her spare time, Laura enjoys plantains, photography, and spending time with her husband and 2 adorable kids.

Bryan Reklis

Video Producer

Staff Sergeant Bryan Reklis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 where he studied media production. Bryan is the youngest of 5 siblings, who also attended UNC. Although Bryan attended UNC, he is a die-hard Duke basketball fan. While most people are confused by this, Bryan finds himself unable to break the passion for Duke basketball that began when he was 4 years old. Bryan’s interest in media production began in high school, but in college, production became a passion. After graduation, Bryan started an internship with Blueforest Studios before joining the team full-time. In his free time, Bryan enjoys making music with his band, Supreme Fiction, performing stand up comedy, writing for The Moth Chase, a pop culture blog, and using Oxford commas.

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Emily Kohler

Illustrator

Emily Kohler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in illustration and learned valuable lessons about sleep deprivation. When Emily is not drawing, she spends much of her time thinking about what to draw next.

In her spare time Emily likes to go outside to see what the weather is like, but not too often. Her hobbies include collecting mechanical pencils, misplacing her keys, and reading predictable mystery novels.

Vann Dwiggins

Video Producer

Professor Vann Dwiggins worked in print publishing, wildlife conservation, and social work before finally finding his true passion in videography. A Raleigh native and a graduate of North Carolina State University, Vann is also an aspiring documentary filmmaker.

When he’s not busy helping to create game-changing videos at Blueforest Studios, Vann enjoys camping, etymology, wildlife photography, and making videos for local nonprofits.

Sean Riddle

Project Manager

Sean Riddle, better known as Sleuth Sean Riddle “The Unriddler”, grew up in Orange County, California. He always had a passion for film, but decided he wanted to get into the industry after watching “Goodfellas” and being blown away by the way the story was told through voice over, freeze frames, music, and specific camera movement.

Sean moved to Los Angeles and started as a production assistant at Warner Bros. Due to his hard work he was offered different positions on several TV shows, including “The West Wing”.

Sean and his wife, Lindsay, moved back to Orange County to start a family away from the madness of LA and started working at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Sean recently moved to Raleigh with his wife, daughter, and two pugs – Matty & Dwight. Sean absolutely loves Raleigh and all it has to offer and is looking forward to continuing his career at Blueforest Studios.

JoAnna Schurtman

Customer Care Specialist

Specialist JoAnna Schurtman has been in the customer service industry for over 8 years. Her entrepreneurial spirit started at the young age of 12 with her own business called Teen Clean. She is a Raleigh native who is currently pursuing a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. JoAnna handles the customer care, audio sales, and anything else the Blueforest crew might need assistance with.

In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys participating in events to find a cure for breast cancer, Color me RAD 5k’s, boxing (not competitively), and playing with her teacup chihuahua, Delilah.

Donald Best

Audio Producer

The Amazing Donald Best’s love of music began after discovering Michael Jackson’s sweet sweet voice at the age of 5. Donald was singing and dancing along to Michael’s songs all before he had even learned a single word of English.

After obtaining an A.S. degree in recording arts and a B.S. degree in music business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, Donald relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been creating sounds, recording, managing, and playing in bands ever since.

When he is not hanging out (working) with the Blueforest Studios crew he enjoys moonlit walks on the beach, pizza, creating, recording, and playing all types of music.

Marguerite LeBlanc

Bookkeeping Assistant

Marguerite, le Cat Burglar, joined our team in the summer of 2012 as a bookkeeping assistant. She has worked for nonprofit and for-profit organizations ranging in size from two to several thousand employees including local and national nonprofits and several publishing companies. Her experience includes fundraising, sales, marketing, event planning, and office administration.

Marguerite’s interests include travel, reading, live theater and trying to keep up with North Carolina politics. She serves on the board of The Justice Theater Project, as a cultural arts coordinator at a local school, and on the WCPSS Parent’s Advisory Council.

Russ Reynolds

President

Russ, also known as captain Rexford Russ Reynolds, started his career in the music industry booking and managing bands. He and his brother founded Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, which hosted a number of regional and national acts including Blues Traveler and Debra Gibson.

The music industry is very exciting but volatile and meanwhile in the business world poor quality audio persisted. Russ saw an opportunity to bring top quality audio to products ranging from on-hold messages to radio commercials. Soon Blueforest Studios was born.

Being the man behind the business, the team at Blueforest Studios loves to show their appreciation for Russ by pranking him on his birthday. Russ says he will not be showing up for work on his birthday this year… we’ll see.

When Russ is allowed out of the office he enjoys shredding on the guitar and offshore fishing.

Kathy Hughes Langfield

VP Operations

The honorable Kathy Hughes Langfield is the woman who keeps all of us at Blueforest Studios on track. She is a professional MBA with a background in business, nonprofit and environmental fields. She has worked for Blueforest Studios since its inception as Atlantic Creative a few years ago – no need to go into the double digits to make Kathy feel old. Kathy oversees finance, operations, and marketing and approves our company field trips!

Kathy is serving on both the Meredith College Board of Directors and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and is the Volunteer Manager for the Special Olympics Summer Games. Kathy also enjoys volunteering with the Eno River Association, Highland UMC, and NCGreenPower.

In her spare time Kathy loves bringing her dog, Rocket, to the office for play dates with the Blueforest crew. Kathy has also recently taken up a new instrument to contribute to the Blueforest Studios band: she is an aspiring boomwhacker player and a talented one at that!

Ammon Ehrisman

Creative Director

Ammon, also known as Ammon Robespierre Worthingon Maximillion Moneybags Ehrisman the Third, is a professional video producer. He has over 15 years of experience creating HD videos and graphics for businesses throughout the country.

Since joining Blueforest Studios, Ammon has produced many award-winning videos for clients ranging from the American Heart Association to Alex Patterson. Ammon loves a challenge and the beach so his latest challenge is how to convince every client they need a beach video.

In his spare time, you can find Ammon hanging out with his family and his band. He also puts in about 10 hours per week volunteering at his church. And since he is the 5th sibling in a family with 10 kids, he is an incurable attention hog. Maybe that’s why he is so driven to make great videos!

Laura Faughtenberry

Account Executive

The Intrepid Laura “Goodstory” Faughtenberry started her career as a reporter and producer for WECT news in Wilmington, North Carolina, after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2007.

Laura has a B.A. in broadcast news and minors in speech communications and Spanish. While at the University of Georgia, Laura was President of DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Society and worked production for the prestigious Peabody Awards.

Laura is now excited to be working in the field of commercial video production. She is a member of the Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professional Network and participates in local AMA events.

Laura is also a gifted singer and occasionally contributes her killer vocals to our Blueforest band. In her spare time, Laura enjoys plantains, photography, and spending time with her husband and 2 adorable kids.

Bryan Reklis

Video Producer

Staff Sergeant Bryan Reklis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 where he studied media production. Bryan is the youngest of 5 siblings, who also attended UNC. Although Bryan attended UNC, he is a die-hard Duke basketball fan. While most people are confused by this, Bryan finds himself unable to break the passion for Duke basketball that began when he was 4 years old. Bryan’s interest in media production began in high school, but in college, production became a passion. After graduation, Bryan started an internship with Blueforest Studios before joining the team full-time. In his free time, Bryan enjoys making music with his band, Supreme Fiction, performing stand up comedy, writing for The Moth Chase, a pop culture blog, and using Oxford commas.

Alter Ego

Emily Kohler

Illustrator

Emily Kohler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in illustration and learned valuable lessons about sleep deprivation. When Emily is not drawing, she spends much of her time thinking about what to draw next.

In her spare time Emily likes to go outside to see what the weather is like, but not too often. Her hobbies include collecting mechanical pencils, misplacing her keys, and reading predictable mystery novels.

Vann Dwiggins

Video Producer

Professor Vann Dwiggins worked in print publishing, wildlife conservation, and social work before finally finding his true passion in videography. A Raleigh native and a graduate of North Carolina State University, Vann is also an aspiring documentary filmmaker.

When he’s not busy helping to create game-changing videos at Blueforest Studios, Vann enjoys camping, etymology, wildlife photography, and making videos for local nonprofits.

Sean Riddle

Project Manager

Sean Riddle, better known as Sleuth Sean Riddle “The Unriddler”, grew up in Orange County, California. He always had a passion for film, but decided he wanted to get into the industry after watching “Goodfellas” and being blown away by the way the story was told through voice over, freeze frames, music, and specific camera movement.

Sean moved to Los Angeles and started as a production assistant at Warner Bros. Due to his hard work he was offered different positions on several TV shows, including “The West Wing”.

Sean and his wife, Lindsay, moved back to Orange County to start a family away from the madness of LA and started working at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Sean recently moved to Raleigh with his wife, daughter, and two pugs – Matty & Dwight. Sean absolutely loves Raleigh and all it has to offer and is looking forward to continuing his career at Blueforest Studios.

JoAnna Schurtman

Customer Care Specialist

Specialist JoAnna Schurtman has been in the customer service industry for over 8 years. Her entrepreneurial spirit started at the young age of 12 with her own business called Teen Clean. She is a Raleigh native who is currently pursuing a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. JoAnna handles the customer care, audio sales, and anything else the Blueforest crew might need assistance with.

In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys participating in events to find a cure for breast cancer, Color me RAD 5k’s, boxing (not competitively), and playing with her teacup chihuahua, Delilah.

Donald Best

Audio Producer

The Amazing Donald Best’s love of music began after discovering Michael Jackson’s sweet sweet voice at the age of 5. Donald was singing and dancing along to Michael’s songs all before he had even learned a single word of English.

After obtaining an A.S. degree in recording arts and a B.S. degree in music business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, Donald relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been creating sounds, recording, managing, and playing in bands ever since.

When he is not hanging out (working) with the Blueforest Studios crew he enjoys moonlit walks on the beach, pizza, creating, recording, and playing all types of music.

Marguerite LeBlanc

Bookkeeping Assistant

Marguerite, le Cat Burglar, joined our team in the summer of 2012 as a bookkeeping assistant. She has worked for nonprofit and for-profit organizations ranging in size from two to several thousand employees including local and national nonprofits and several publishing companies. Her experience includes fundraising, sales, marketing, event planning, and office administration.

Marguerite’s interests include travel, reading, live theater and trying to keep up with North Carolina politics. She serves on the board of The Justice Theater Project, as a cultural arts coordinator at a local school, and on the WCPSS Parent’s Advisory Council.

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5809 Departure Dr. Suite 108
Raleigh, NC 27616

919.832.2220

sales@blueforeststudios.com

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