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creative illusions Productions
creative illusions Productions
Our leader of the pack - Kim is our main director. Kim has a gift for putting people at ease in front of the camera so their message comes across as unrehearsed, confident and most importantly - sincere. This ability allows creative illusions to deliver real messaging from real people as easily as with paid talent. She has directed and produced; LIVE broadcast productions, webcasts, training and marketing tools and commercials both for TV & Internet. Her favorite movie of all time is 'The Wizard of Oz'. She collects all things related to the Wicked Witch of the West. We have no idea why.
With an IT background, Steve was the obvious choice to oversee the technical aspects of the company. The vast majority of our projects are produced for web delivery. That's Steve's main job as Rich Media Director - making sure it works. Originally joining the team to handle web development, the rapidly evolving landscape of digital video production offered many opportunities for skill set expansion. He's also charged with keeping the equipment maintained and up-to-date, having been accused of having a bad case of G.A.S. - Gear Acquisition Syndrome. During the several years he's been with his wife's company, he's also developed skills as a shooter and technical editor.
creative illusions started in Atlanta in the early 90’s providing set dressing as well as straight and special effects make-up to the film industry for projects such as ‘Robocop’ and ‘The Last of the Mohicans’. Working on large films, we saw an amazing amount of waste - mainly in time and personnel. We thought we could do it more efficiently. If we could put our finger on one single specialty that we have, it would be efficiency.
You will rarely, if ever, see a person on our crew who only performs one job - our people are Swiss Army Knives.
We are a professional full service High Def(HD) video production facility.
Have an idea for a video but don’t know how to get started? We’ll work with you to develop the right concepts and scripts within your budget that will ensure a smooth production path. Doing the right pre-production, such as creating storyboards and location scouting, can save you time and money down the road.
When you are ready to shoot, we can staff and equip any size job from a Hollywood-style production to a quick 2-man crew for an interview. We also have our own small boutique studio for extremely budget friendly production.
Whether it’s a corporate marketing video, training video, a local or national television commercial or a demo video for the web, our production department is equipped to handle all your video production needs.
Aside from the fact that we started in the 90’s to provide an alternative to the typical wasteful, inefficient production model -
there are other areas where we stand out.
We are extremely easy to work with! We love what we do, and you’ll see that when we’re working with you. We have a lot of fun, but in a ‘professional’ sort of way. We also dive into our client’s industry and world. We try to develop a great understanding of what you do, so that we can create a video that feels like you.
We have no employees. We hire local and some not-so-local production crew members as needed for a job. That way, you aren't paying for salaries when the crew isn't actively working!
That being said, we do have a few crew members that we use religiously, depending on needs - some for over 17 years!
He’s our 'California Dude'. Like many from his State, he headed east for his fame and fortune.
Daniel's a very gifted shooter, but he's had to explain to his family that 'shooter' means 'camera operator'.
With a sibling in law enforcement, it was making for interesting family gatherings.
Emily is our world explorer originally from Greensboro she has traveled to europe, the mediteranian and most resently Thailand.
She started her study of film and video production AFTER her studies in Science. We are thrilled to have her as a team member. Her love of film, travel and science are going to make her a noted documentarian.
If you've watched sports on Fox or TBS, you've probably see Chris' work.
He's been a jib(camera crane) operator with those networks for several years, along with many others.
Chris has been a videographer on our team for over 15 years.
Our Queen of Multi-tasking, Tess uses her sweet communication skills as a Production Manager and a Producer.
Here are some of the things Tess helps with; scheduling catering, arranging security, travel arrangements, purchasing and arranging set decor, crew hiring & equipment rentals and makeup for shiny faces as needed.
She also oversees the equipment load in, setup, its strike and shipment. Tess says that she loves the challenge of organizing chaos.
Our big man on set. Well, he is over 6 feet tall. It was John’s voice that first brought him to work with us. We met at a recording studio - he has an amazing voice. It was his audio and camera skills that have kept him with us since 1994.
He reigns from Ohio but has stayed in the South because it is just too dang cold up north. The only bad thing about John - unless you have caller ID you never know when he is calling because he will speak to you in one of over a dozen different character voices.
Coming in at over 6 ft tall, Lee is our go to guy for getting shots above the crowd. Lee has joined our team on adventures from coast to coast, and even into the wilds of British Columbia a couple of times, but what he really loves to do is edit.
He enjoys crafting together stories from interviews and is quite gifted in this area. He also enjoys script writing and critiquing movies. Not our most opinionated team member, but dang close.
Every large production needs a manager. Sabrina is the best we've ever seen. She can organize and herd cats, err...I mean 'people', in her sleep.
Brina is also an accomplished makeup and special effects artist.
These are the main services we provide. Of course the list isn't complete. If it's even remotely related to video and multimedia production, we can probably handle it!
Corporate Video Production
Turnkey, soup to nuts, that's us.
We use the Adobe Creative Suite in our studio. Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, the whole shebang.
We have a videographer to fit every need.
Green Screen Studio
Online video - the new frontier. Be a part of it. We can help!
The best way to train new employees the right way, is to show them the right way.
Pre-lit to save time, and therefore, money. You can walk in, do your shoot, and get out in record time.
Simulated Live Webcast
Full camera crew packages available!
Using Telestream's Wirecast, we've been producing live webcasts for almost 10 years!
Want it to look live, without the fear of Murphy's Law? We can help.
creative illusions has created two online web series. Have you wanted to start one, but didn't know how to go about it?
We've developed a method for creating great real whiteboard animations. Sometimes there's no better way to get your message across.
Confused about how to use Social Media and especially how to integrate video? We're experts!
Just a small sample of our body of work.
Atlantic Southern Bank
River Club Golf Course
Engineered Parts Sourcing
Chemical Design Corp.
The Ripple Effect
Dixon Foods Group
Canvas Systems - Toys for Tots
BellSouth Yellow Pages
Ronald McDonald House of Durham
Since 1992 we have been awarded 39 Telly awards, 5 Communicator awards and 5 Videographer awards.
The first step will be to develop the plan. Most likely you’ll already have an idea, or even an exact design for your project. We’ll help to ensure that this initial idea is maintained throughout the production, and doesn’t get lost. We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your project, not ours. We will have at least one pre-production meeting where all of the wrinkles will be ironed out, and production won’t begin until we get a green light. If professional talent is included, this is where they’ll be auditioned and picked. If professional voiceover is needed, we have a large pool of talent to choose from, and we’ll present you with many samples.
Once everyone is satisfied with the plan developed during pre-production, it’s time to pull out all of the equipment and get to work. We can shoot on location, in our small studio, or if a larger studio is needed, we can obtain one. We prefer our client to be on set for the shoot, because you are part of the team - we value your input during this phase.
This is where we take all of the media shot during production, and put it all together. You are welcome to sit in on the editing sessions, or we have an online solution for you to review and comment on daily progress.
We can provide your finished project in many formats - online video, either for your own website, or for upload to YouTube. We’ll even help you set up your own YouTube channel, and assist with setting up your videos to play on your site. We can author DVD or Blu-ray discs, and output to pretty much any type of deliverable you could need. We can also provide the necessary formats for broadcast.
“You’re really nice for a female director.”
"Kim and her team were the epitome of professional. They delivered the completed project on time and within budget and responded positively to ideas and suggestions from our team. Kim and her team became a partner in the project, allowing for open and honest communication between all parties. We were impressed with the experience and knowledge that Kim and her team brought to the project and in the quality of the finished product. We look forward to working with her again!"
“You’ll never get rich with your prices, but you’ll always have work.”
“Our agency has worked with Kim and her team for many years. There are no better video production crews than those associated with Kim Brame and her talented company - plain and simple.”
President, Performance Public Relations
“Kim performed miracles time and time again. Frequently tasked with complex projects, compressed schedules and limited budgets she always delivered a high quality product, on-time and within budget. A great resource to me for a variety of projects.”
Chief Marketing Officer at National Flood Services
“I've worked Kim and her team for over 9 years now on our video and streaming productions. They are a great group to work with and have delivered great quality for a wonderful price. If you're looking for video production or streaming work, make certain to include them in your bidding process.”
VP Marketing at PowerPlan, Inc.
“I highly recommend Kim and her team at Creative Illusions. Kim is excellent at what she does and I don't know anyone who works harder than she does. She also has a talent for surrounding herself with quality people. I would trust anyone who works for her, as much as I trust her. When you hire Kim, you know that you have a true partner in the project. ”
President and Owner, NxSteps Communications
“Kim has created videos for technologies that were under development these videos allowed potential investors and prospective clients to easily understand the benefits of the product and how it worked.
I found this type of video to be a valuable marketing tool and would hire Kim again because they were easy to work with and reasonably priced.”
President - Quantum Level Success
"It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your team! Not only were you all so flexible and easy to work with but you also delivered a stellar product - the video is WONDERFUL! We personally believe that EVERY Owner/Operator should have one. :)
We also so appreciate your willingness to push to get the video done by the tight deadline and have truly valued your partnership throughout the whole project."
"Kim and her team did an excellent developing a compelling video of one of our most complicated processes. This video was used around the world in non-english speaking meetings and proved to be a strong method of communication. She accomplished this on a nearly impossible time frame and worked non-stop to meet our tight timeline. I would recommend her for professionals needing to communicate by video. She did a terrific job."
Director of Executive Communications, AT&T
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