A First Time For Everything

The following post was written by Bennett Northcutt. He is one of our 2015 summer interns learning about business and finance in video production and marketing. Welcome aboard Bennett!

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Earlier this week, I began my internship here at Blueforest Studios. Not knowing what to expect, I walked into the office Monday morning to find an intrinsic group of people dedicated to what they do, and boy, do they do it well. Blueforest offers an array of avenues for companies to increase local awareness. One way Blueforest does this is by offering an annual competition for one lucky nonprofit in the Triangle area to receive a free video called Blueforest Givesback. Nonprofits submit applications as to why they deserve the video and Blueforest selects one company which they feel has the most compelling story. How awesome is that? Then Blueforest creates a free video worth $5,000 to $10,000 for the nonprofit. This year CASA was the lucky winner of the Blueforest Givesback competition. The other interns and I were tasked with brainstorming a radio spot to advertise the screening of the winning video Blueforest created for CASA. CASA is different from any other organization I’ve worked with in the past. CASA’s mission is to provide affordable housing to those who are homeless and disabled in the Triangle. With over 300 apartments in the Triangle and constant need, CASA cannot continue to thrive and house those in need without your help. Visit http://www.casanc.org/ and help make a change today.
The radio spot we created can be heard here:


Welcome to the Team!!!

Kimberly Corrigan has joined our team to further develop our growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.  Kimberly Corrigan comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent the last 8 years in creative agencies, including Centerline Digital and Wildfire. Previously, at Sandhills TV 3, Kimberly was instrumental in setting up the station’s first live feed for the 2005 U.S. Open, and still contributes today to local businesses as a voiceover artist.  Joining in advance of the launch of the first Blueforest Gives Back Triangle Nonprofit Video Giveaway event, Kimberly can continue her success.

Kimberly Corrigan

Kimberly joins Blueforest as Executive Account Manager to continue our recent success providing integrated video services to brands, nonprofits and agencies. Kimberly comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within Blueforest and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive integrated video approach. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

On another note – we are in the process of developing Kimberly’s Alter Ego.  We all have one at Blueforest – what do you think her’s should be?

Hello From The New Audio Guy! (read: amazing composer)

Hello to all of you out there reading this on your computer screens, phones, tablets, and all forms of electronic devices! My name is Dustin Painter and I’m the new audio producer at Blueforest Studios here in Raleigh, North Carolina. The higher ups wanted me to write a blog post to introduce myself so here it goes!

I started workiIMG_0715ng here in November teaming up with our insanely talented lead audio producer Donald Best. Together we work on tracking and editing voiceovers, audio mixing, and audio production for clients that come to us for video production. We also produce any kind of audio production that you can imagine.

We take pride in producing excellent quality audio work for our video production team here at Blueforest Studios. Have you ever watched a video online, maybe even on TV, and thought to yourself “something doesn’t seem quite right here…?” The production value of the video looks great, the acting is superb, and the story the company is trying to convey is being told in a solid manner, so what is it? It’s probably because the audio has been thrown on the back burner during the production process and simply placed in. I can tell you one thing: that does not happen here!

The purpose of audio is so much more than just you hearing what someone is talking about in a marketing campaign. Nobody wants low quality audio in their videos. Even when you watch TV how many times are you actually watching? It’s easy for us to flip the tube on and go about working on different tasks. Maybe you’re cleaning the house, or cooking, or even just have it on for background noise. Why is it so easy to still enjoy TV even if you aren’t watching it? Perfect audio is why! Audio, even without the visual aspect, can bring you into whatever medium you are exposing your attention to. Audio is a vital part of storytelling and very well may be the most immersive part. What else in the audio realm is important for videos? Music! This is where I hope to come in and and to help you out personally here at Blueforest Studios: original music designed specifically to YOUR needs.

Outside of my work here at Blueforest Studios I work as a freelance composer and sound designer for film, TV, videos games, and any form of media possible. I studied “Commercial and Electronic Music” at Western Carolina University here in the mountains of NC and was lucky enough to do graduate studies at the University of Southern California in the “Scoring For Film and Television” program. During my time in Los Angeles I had the chance to study with some pretty incredible composers such as Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3, The Rum Diary, Sinister), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Tiny Toon Adventures, Lost In Space), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock Series, Dante’s Inferno, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor) among many others.

As a composer my purpose is to bring you into the heart of the story. Music should help to propel the piece of media forward into a part of your brain that will make you remember what you just saw. It is all about making a personal connection to the viewer! Once again, how many times have you had something on in the background while working and have known exactly what is on because of the music that’s playing? Music not only works directly on viewers but can access a subconscious level of the brain to tell them how to feel, what is happening, and can engrain itself into the memory without you even knowing it’s there.

With all of that said I want to help bring your story, your product, your ideas, or anything you want to tell to the forefront of people online and everywhere! I feel very lucky not only to make music and sound as a career but to also have the chance to do it here at Blueforest Studios with some of the most talented, creative, and kind people you’ll find in the business of marketing and video production.

Of course there are some times when trying to create that right piece of music feels like this:

Then an idea comes along and it feels like this:

Finally a music track that fits just right is made and both I and the client I’m working for can sit back and know their video is ready for everyone to see!

Now that I’ve talked your ears off, or I suppose typed your eyes out, feel free to check out this playlist of some various work I’ve done on projects!

I hope you enjoyed what you’ve heard. Thanks for a few moments of your time and I hope to work with you all very soon!



Blueforest’s ‘Best’ Hits

It’s been about a year and a half since The Amazing Donald Best zoomed into the Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 12.29.17 PMBlueforest Studios office, wowing us with his powers of audio production. A little background story on this melodic superhero – it was the late, great Micheal Jackson who inspired Donald’s love of music at the ripe age of five. Though he couldn’t utter a word of English, the little producer-to-be could belt out all the words to Thriller.  This passion led Donald to pursue an Associate’s degree in Recording Arts and a Bachelor’s in Music Business at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. These days, when he isn’t hard at work at Blueforest or vanquishing villains, Donald puts his skills to use composing his own original music. Donald recently sat down with me to give me insider info on some of his recent achievements and the future of his music career.

AR: So tell me how you got into this business.

DB: Well I used to be in a band and that’s when I began recording music, because I wanted to be able to record my own band. From there, I decided to go to college for Recording because I learned that it was something I enjoyed and wanted to know more about.

AR: You’ve been working on your own compositions recently, what do you plan to do with them?

DB: Basically I want to build a portfolio of original music, kind of like Audio Jungle, so that I have demos for future corporate video projects. It’s been a different experience from what I’m used to because  in the past my music has revolved around my own interests and the band I was in, but lately I’ve been focusing more on music that would appeal to clients. I want to add to my corporate audio portfolio.

AR: One of your original pieces got picked up for a radio spot, that must be exciting!

DB: [Laughs] That was completely unintentional. I was going through music options with a client and they weren’t liking anything. So I played them one of my pieces as an example of the type of music we should go for, and they actually liked it and wanted to use it.

AR: What are the other songs on your demo like? Do you go for a specific genre or feel to your music?

DB: No, they’re all pretty different. Since none of them are intended to actually be used in a project, they’re pretty generic just to showcase what I can do. I want to be able to make music specifically tailored to the project. So after talking to the client, getting a feel for what they want, and watching the video, I have a better idea about what the piece needs.

AR: Do you have any other side projects or work you do outside of Blueforest Studios?

DB: Megan, [my girlfriend], and I recently played at Lincoln Theater downtown for the Raleigh Chamber Arts Forum. That was a lot of fun. We always talk about playing together but rarely get time or an opportunity. I also have my own studio where I record and produce other bands’ music.

AR: What kind of work do you see yourself doing in the future?

DB: I’m always looking for new opportunities. I like taking on projects that are different from anything I’ve done before and learning new crafts. There’s a girl recording in my studio and her music is being produced in California. We use Skype so the producer can see me and listen to her as we’re recording to basically produce from his house in L.A. In this day in age, technology can make a lot of dreams possible. Who knows where my career could take me?

Listen to Donald’s original music here.