Creative Video Storytelling

BLARE Media was formed in 2005 in California by filmmaker and technology buff Justin McAleece and entrepreneur and marketer Blake Barnett. Their mission was to create the best quality video productions possible for local businesses that did not have the large budgets that bigger brands might. To that end, they designed a completely tapeless, high-definition workflow which would allow stunning image quality while being much faster and more economical to edit than film.

WE TELL STORIES FOR A LIVING

There’s a message you want to get out there, there’s an audience that needs to hear it, and there’s a perfect way to deliver it – Your story to your customer – Simply, succinctly, and sooner than you think. This is where we come in. We tell stories for a living. We help you feel comfortable because we’ve done this before. We can take your script and tune it up a bit, we can mold your ideas into a pitch that really shines, or we can start from scratch and deliver a complete end to end solution.

WE’LL TAKE YOU BY THE HAND

We know where to look for the best light, the cleanest background, and the most favorable sound. We know not to plug into THAT outlet, so that everything keeps running smoothly. It’s our job to solve problems before they happen.
We’ll walk you through the process. We’ll take you by the hand from start to finish and identify just what needs to be done to accomplish your goals.

WHEN IT COMES TO GEAR,…

…we have it. Our lighting packages range from one man run-n-gun style to feature film worthy trailers. We shoot in 4K or 6K for many reasons, even if you only need 1080P. We have redundant microphones, extra cameras, dynamic movement, and a whole lot more. It’s the way we like to design our shoots – less is not more when it comes to options in the post-production process.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Fresno, CA
headquarters
  • 1416 Broadway Street, Suite D
    Fresno, CA 93721
    United States
other locations
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    San Francisco, CA 94103
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    Dallas, TX 75204
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    San Jose, CA 95112
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    Seattle, WA 98109
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    Phoenix, AZ 85016
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    Tucson, AZ 85705
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    Las Vegas, NV 89107
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    Glendale, CA 91204
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    San Diego, CA 92110
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    Sacramento, CA 95811
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Portfolio

Moss Adams - 100 Years

Sometimes when we do interviews for clients it's a difficult thing to get the people to give us genuine, clear and heartwarming sentiment. It's not that they don't want to, it's just that being on camera is not most people's favorite thing. Cut to Moss Adams - We did 20, hour long interviews for this fantastic company and without exception every single person had something phenomenal to say about their company. The only problem

in this sort of situation is going through that much great footage. But we did it and we are quite happy with the results. We shot in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco and shot the project with our RED Epic for the interviews and the Canon 5Dmk3 and Epic for the b-roll. The time-lapse at the beginning of the piece was accomplished by taking 3 picture bracketed bursts with the Canon camera and combining them in post with HDR software.

Cengage Learning in San Francisco is not only a great company to work for, but a great company to shoot for. This was an interesting video because we were able to take the typical model for a corporate video and turn it on its head a bit. Instead of having a bunch of interviewees cycle through a setup room, we went to them in their own spaces and had them describe what was so great about where they worked. Ian McAleece and

Enrique Meza shot it handheld on two C100 cameras.

 

http://www.blaremedia.net/portfolio/cengage-san-francisco/

When Clear Channel contacted us to do a video about signs in an airport, it seemed like something that could be tough to make visually compelling. However with the Panasonic GH4, the DJI Ronin, some creative angles, TimeLapses and slick editing, we were able to turn it into a pretty dynamic piece. Justin McAleece and Vince Cosentino brought it to life on set and it was posted by Jason Wada.

 

To view more of our

work please view our portfolio at: blaremedia.net

Reviews

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Video Production for Nutritional Company

"Throughout the entire process, BLARE was an open book."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - Sept. 2020
Project summary: 

BLARE Media was hired by a nutrition product distributor to make a series of informational videos. The team used the script to storyboard the videos before filming and editing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Trumbull, Connecticut
Scott
Marketing, NutriScience
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though the videos were recently completed, internal stakeholders are confident about the impact they’ll have on their business. Throughout the project, BLARE Media was a friendly, helpful, and communicative resource, providing insight into the process along the way.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m in charge of marketing at NutriScience. We’re a manufacturing distributor company in the natural products industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLARE Media?

We have several branded ingredients, but we didn’t have a way to explain what those ingredients were or how they work. We needed to create a video that would, in a short amount of time, explain what the ingredients do.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I have very little experience in making videos, so when I first went to BLARE, they were able to explain the process to me. We’d already had a script written because in the dietary supplement industry, we’re very regulated in what we can say. 

BLARE was able to take what we wrote and give us a storyboard that would help tell the story. They walked us through the process, and after iterating and changing directions a few times, we were able to get to the final product. 

The team was responsible for everything with the video, including filming and editing.

What is the team composition?

We worked with two different people, Corbin (Author) and Mauricio (Author).

How did you come to work with BLARE Media?

We found BLARE on Clutch. We decided to partner with them because they had a great portfolio and great reviews. When I called them, they were very genuine, nice, and down to earth, which is important to me.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $3,000–$6,000 with BLARE.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took place from May–September 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We just put the videos up, so I can only give internal feedback. However, within the company, there’s a lot of excitement about the videos. 

Over the next few months, we’ll start introducing the videos to our customers, who will be able to customize them for themselves and use that in their marketing. Given the feedback from our own sales staff, I think it’s going to be a really big hit.

How did BLARE Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Corbin and Mauricio were both extremely nice and helpful. At one point, we were on the phone with them doing some edits, and Mauricio was able to share his screen and make our edits in real-time. It was amazing to watch.

In terms of managing the project in a broad sense, BLARE met all of our timelines. We didn’t move very quickly, because we had a lot of input on the videos and there were a lot of different opinions. However, the team was very patient with us and made sure all of our notes and edits made it into the videos. 

They were also great at getting back to us whenever we needed. We kept in touch with email for the basic stuff, but they used another tool, Wipster, that allowed us to make notes within the editing software.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication sets them apart. Before we started working with BLARE, we’d built another video, and even though it turned out well, there was such a lack of communication, I didn’t want to work with that vendor again. 

Throughout the entire process, BLARE was an open book. They were always available for any of our questions, and we always got an immediate response.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This might be different for other clients, but I needed more push from them. It would’ve moved the project along if they’d called and made sure we were kept on track. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s important to know what you want. Even if it’s just a list of products or images you like, it’ll be really helpful for BLARE. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was a very affordable project.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Production for Nonprofit

"They quickly turned around clean footage from a terrible location, delivering a quality product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. - Oct. 2019
Project summary: 

BLARE media filmed an event at a restaurant on substance use disorder. They edited the footage, making video snippets to air at a future meeting.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Madison, Wisconsin
Executive Director, Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

BLARE Media quickly turned around the video, producing quality content despite the difficult filming location. However, they could've better adjusted the lighting during filming. They were incredibly communicative throughout the process and professionally explained their work to those unfamiliar.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the executive director of a nonprofit that provides medical education and quality improvements to physicians.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLARE Media?

We were working on a grant to increase the treatment of substance use disorder in California. Our group was working with a number of residency programs in the state, and we brought together a large group for a face-to-face meeting.

We wanted them to understand the community resources that were available. Our challenge was how do we present our work in the community to this meeting, so we brought in BLARE Media to help us with video.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We assembled a group of 13 individuals, all of whom are treating patients with opioid or substance use disorders. They were from the fields of government, health care, law enforcement, and more. We held a lively two-hour discussion event that was recorded by BLARE Media, who recorded both audio and video.

BLARE Media quickly turned it around and helped us edit it into digestible segments. We used those snippet-videos BLARE Media produced as discussion triggers in our meeting.

What is the team composition?

I worked with five different people. This included an account project manager, two video people, an audio person, and an editor who helped me get the content into its final form.

How did you come to work with BLARE Media?

I was looking on the internet for a Fresno-based videographer. They had good reviews and were really responsive when I reached out, so they got the job.

How much have you invested with them?

It was less than $20,000 but more than $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began in late September 2019 and were finished by the middle of October 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We had a tight timing challenge. We recorded the session at night in a restaurant, which is a terrible place to record. They needed to have the edited footage ready eight days later.

While I don’t have performance metrics, they quickly turned around clean footage from a terrible location, delivering a quality product.

How did BLARE Media perform from a project management standpoint?

They were fantastic at communication. We mainly talked over email, and they had an online review tool that let me leave comments while they were editing. They were also incredibly fair at pricing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m a rookie at the video process, it’s not a normal part of my job. They walked me through the process, explaining everything in a professional manner. They were so good that I immediately recommended them to others.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The lighting in the restaurant room was really difficult. We could’ve evened the lighting out on that day to improve the quality of the video, but none of us were aware of it and it showed in the final product.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be truthful about what you need. They’re a top-notch shop and will deliver.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Weight & Health Management Company

"BLARE Media handles everything—they take care of our needs better than we could have imagined."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

BLARE Media produced a full-length feature film for a health services provider. They helped with the scripting and storyboarding phases, and are supporting the team in conversations with distributors. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Bellevue, Washington
Jonathan Bailor
CEO, SANE Solution
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though not released yet, the film and overall support provided BLARE Media have impressed the internal team. Their ability to deliver fantastic work remains a valuable part of their engagement, and their easy-to-work-with team is creative and reliable. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a company providing both physical and digital services to help people live better.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLARE Media?

We hired BLARE Media to help get our message out to as many people as possible in a compelling way through a film.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They worked with us to create a full-scale, feature film about avoiding and reversing the co-existence of obesity and diabetes. We collaborated together on the scripting, storyboarding, and overall concept creation. BLARE handled the actors for the film, and I was in charge of locating doctors and people with success stories. Together, we’re currently in talks with distributors for the film now. 

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with around 20 people from their team. 

How did you come to work with BLARE Media?

I found them through an online search about six years ago and they’ve supported us on a myriad of projects. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2013 and they’re still supporting us. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We don’t have any success metrics at this point, but we know we’ll never work with a different production company. Without question, they dedicate themselves to make sure the work is good so it always exceeds our expectations. Our internal team finds them to be a great partner to work with. 

How did BLARE Media perform from a project management standpoint?

We don’t rely on them very heavily for project management since our internal team takes the lead on that. We give them tasks and our needs, and they go from there. They’ve been reliable and accountable throughout the process. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

BLARE Media handles everything—they take care of our needs better than we could have imagined. They don’t need us to tell them exactly what to do. Even if we did give them specific needs, they’d come back with better work if they’re left to their own devices. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Any CEO wants things to go faster since faster is always better. This doesn’t mean their work comes in slowly, so I don’t have any complaints about their speed. Of course, we could ask them to drop everything and focus on delivering one part faster, but that comes down to cost and efficiency, and their speed really hasn’t been a problem. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Invest their team in your mission if you’re passionate about what you do. Do everything you can to share those passions with BLARE Media. If they believe in something, they will do everything it takes to rock your world.

For example, if you’re an accounting firm, don’t focus on the details of accounting. Instead, tell them about the people you help and why your firm exists, because that will unlock some magic when working with BLARE Media. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production Services for Marketing Agency

“Taking their time and paying attention to all of the little details are key to how they produce outstanding work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

BLARE Media provides ongoing video production support for a marketing firm’s clients. They supply equipment and produce a range of videos, including educational and music videos. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Alexandria, Virginia
Managing Partner, Marketing Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos have been a success, all meeting the company’s expectations for quality and adding production value. The BLARE Media team is a top-notch team, providing excellent service and proving their expertise through continually impressive final products. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work for a marketing and communication firm. A lot of our clients are federal and corporate clients looking for video production and graphic design work.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with BLARE Media?

They’ve provided ongoing video production support for our clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve used BLARE Media for an array of projects, so they’ve produced various types of work for us. The videos range from informational, educational videos to music videos. Their team mostly provides filming services, but occasionally do pre- and post-production tasks, too. They also provide equipment for the shoots and have done shoots all across the country. 

What is the team composition?

Typically, Ian (Co-Founder & CEO, BLARE Media) and Justin (Head of Production, BLARE Media) support these projects and involve other members of their crew, too. 

How did you come to work with BLARE Media?

We followed the recommendation from a graphic artist who was working with us. From there, we set up a few initial phone calls. The energy felt good, so we decided to move forward with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent in the $50,000–$200,000 range. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in 2015 and our engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

The quality of the production is fantastic. Our clients are very happy with the HD footage and the level of attention to detail. The amazing angles, superb lighting, and other details make all the difference in the production. 

How did BLARE Media perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re great at managing the work with us. We work very closely together. Their team is flexible with their time and we’ve worked together well. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Taking their time and paying attention to all of the little details are key to how they produce outstanding work. Their creativity and outstanding lighting abilities are great. They stay up to date on industry standards, use Hollywood-level equipment, and are economical. Everything they produce has a strong HD feeling to it. 

We’re pleased with the services and overall relationship. When they come to our set, they bring an optimistic mindset, are ready to work, and willing to accommodate to meet our needs. Working with them has been really refreshing. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’d pass on this because I don’t have anything they could improve. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

High-Quality Footage of Urban Automated Driving

"They were very focused from the beginning and are highly professional."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Project summary: 

BLARE Media captured high-quality automated driving scenes of a Mercedes. They were also responsible for casting the talent.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Stuttgart, Germany
Sascha Haas
CEO, V4 Media GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A collaborative team, BLARE Media organized a successful project that resulted in excellent footage.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Our agenca V4 produces corporate videos and 3D animations. I´m the CEO and Creative Director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire BLARE Media?

We were looking for a video producer in California to film an automated driven Mercedes in San José.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed high quality driving scenes of the Mercedes and also a good Cast of talents.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We liked the high quality references of Blare Media and their highly professional attitude from the beginning.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

The whole project was very well organized by Blare Media. In a short time.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We could give feedback for every step of the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

It was a very successful project. The video material we got was excellent.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was very effective. We enjoyed the corporation between our teams.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were very focused from the beginning and are highly professional.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer