What is integrated video production
Blueforest Studios is a video production firm based in Raleigh, NC that works with agencies, brands and nonprofits to create memorable videos that move people.
Of course, a beautiful video on its own is incomplete. So we’re not just creative storytellers – we’re online video marketers. That is the key to Integrated Video Production. We understand that you have goals and your video needs to help you reach them. Using our proven process, we make sure your video is found online, your audience is talking about it and, most importantly, that you get real results.
We’re great listeners. Reach out and tell us what you need, and we’ll tell you how we can help. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company, a small business, a nonprofit, or an agency, we’ll work with you to craft an engaging story with a big impact.
Through our video SEO service, called blueboost, we’ll guide your video to success with views, audience engagement, and clickthroughs – and we’ll give you 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.
We like examples and we bet you do too.
One of our clients had a video online that wasn’t getting viewed. When we updated it with a more exciting message and used blueboost to optimize it, we increased its views by over 5700%, which led to many more sales. See the video and get the case study!
We like making people feel ways about stuff
When you connect with people’s emotions, they’re more likely to remember your message. This is what the research says, and what we know from our own storytelling experience. But when it comes to making your audience feel something, you may not know where to start. Luckily, we do!
Take one of our clients, a professional speaker. He came to us for a promotional video but wasn’t sure what he wanted. Our team collaborated with him to develop an engaging promotional video that helped sell out his speaking event.
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 we’re creating hand-drawn animation, composing pitch perfect music, capturing helicopter footage, or shooting a spot with state-of-the-art 4K RED Cameras, it all comes down to making people feel connected with your organization.
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.
Our super secret scientific magical mystery formula 3000
OK, so maybe it’s not so mysterious. We start by asking the right questions. You have mere moments to capture your viewers’ attention. Many videos spend a lot of time talking about how the product works, what the features are, and when the company was founded.
But 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 video SEO.
Click below to learn more about the best team in Raleigh Video Production.
Meet the Team
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 LangfieldSenior Vice President
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 EhrismanCreative 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!
Kimberly CorriganExecutive Account Manager
Ever since she was a little girl, Kimberly has been stimulated by visuals and aesthetics. Her early childhood love of movies inspired her to take editing into her own hands. Armed with a Broadcast Journalism degree from UNC-CH and a passion for video, Kimberly embarked on a career that would enable her to tell her own story. From the beginning days of voiceover and sitting side-by-side with Woody Durham and Mick Mixon at the Tarheel Sports Network, to her ventures being on-air and behind the scenes broadcasting in Pinehurst, NC, she finally found a place to nest in the Blueforest.
Kimberly is devoted to genuineness and creativity and is inspired by those around her. Dedicated to service, quality, and professionalism with a sense of humor, Kimberly is thrilled to combine her industry knowledge with her agency experience at Wildfire and Centerline Digital.
A former UNC JV Volleyball player and lover of the beach, you can always find Kimberly with her trusted furry sidekick and partner in crime, Trixie.
Bryan ReklisVideo 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.
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 DwigginsVideo 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 RiddleProject 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 SchurtmanCustomer 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 BestLead 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 LeBlancBookkeeping 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.
Dustin PainterAudio producer / Composer
Dustin Painter, space cowboy, is our newest addition to the team. He and lead audio producer Donald Best work together on tracking and editing voiceovers, audio mixing, and audio production for clients that come to us for video production. Outside of Blueforest Studios, he works as a freelance composer and sound designer for film, TV, video games, and any form of media possible. He studied Commercial and Electronic Music at Western Carolina University here in the mountains of NC and did graduate studies at the University of Southern California in the Scoring For Film and Television program.
Dustin is passionate about bringing the listener into the heart of the story through music and sound.