Video Content Agency

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Bottle Rocket Media is a Chicago based, nationally serving video content agency specializing in video production, motion graphics, and groundbreaking 360 virtual reality production. 

 

Bottle Rocket Media was named to the Inc 5000's Most Successful Companies in America list for 2019, the INC 5000's Midwest Most Successful Companies List, and the Financial Times 500 most successful companies in Amerca.

 

We've won 16 Telly Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an AVA Award.

 

We partner with brands, agencies, and companies to make an impact through video. We have years of experience making content for broadcast television and the web. Our work has been viewed billions of times over. We know how to make videos that connect with people; customers, clients, employees, co-workers, influencers.

 

We've created content for United Airlines, Kenmore, Digitas, Glidden, Dyson, American Girl, Chase, MetLife, McDonalds, WeWork, Starbucks, PayPal, Hilton, William Blair, Tempus, TD-Ameritrade, Skywalker Ranch, Walgreens, American Marketing Association, Boston Scientific, Aon Hewitt, American Dental Association, Discover Card, Nabisco, Morton Salt, ADIDAS, Chicago Cubs, Centro, The Second City, National Restaurant Association, S.O.S Pads, The First Years, Pabst Brewing Co, and Epsilon to name just a few.

2019 Live Action and Motion Design reels ->https://on.frame.io/xvWmpTrh

 

Many examples of our work can be viewed on our website —> https://bottlerocketmedia.net/

 

Some favorite videos we created in 2019 can be found here —> https://sproutvideo.com/playlists/7c99dab51bf4

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2011
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Chicago, IL
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We've created content for Google, United Airlines, Kenmore, Digitas, Glidden, Dyson, American Girl, Chase, MetLife, McDonalds, WeWork, Starbucks, PayPal, Hilton, Tempus, TD-Ameritrade, Skywalker Ranch, Walgreens, American Marketing Association, Boston Scientific, Aon Hewitt, American Dental Assoc, Discover Card, Nabisco, Morton Salt, ADIDAS, Chicago Cubs, Centro, The Second City, National Restaurant Association, S.O.S Pads, The First Years, Pabst Brewing Co, Epsilon to name just a few.

Bottle Rocket Media Motion Design Reel

Recent Motion Design work

Bottle Rocket Media - Live Action Reel Image

Bottle Rocket Media - Live Action Reel

Enjoy a highlight reel of our work.

Kenmore Elite Grills Experience 30

Working with Kenmore's in-house agency, IMX Studios, Bottle Rocket Media produced, directed, and edited this lifestyle video around their new grill product.

American Girl - Truly Me

Bottle Rocket Media worked with American Girl’s creative team on a series of videos for their new Truly Me custom American Girl Dolls. Our role on this project included casting, producing, choreography, directing, editing and design work.

The Peninsula Hotel - Z Bar Launch video

Z Bar. The new, luxurious bar at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago needed a lifestyle video to introduce it to the scene. Everything in the space is built around the idea of an adventurous traveler… and they wanted a video about Z Bar should feel the same.

Centro - Homepage Video

We love working with Centro, it’s a super fun company with a great product. We were excited to play a hand in explaining their product, Basis. Their office is stunning so in addition to showing the software at work, we were able to capture some incredible broll to blend into the piece. We opted to film a real computer in action rather than having screengrabs take over the whole screen and we love the end result; a technical

explainer video with a very personalized and human centric feel.

Framed: An Improvised Series "The Clown"

This Chicago-set improvised series goes behind the counter of a custom frame shop, where a parade of customers reveal their troubles, aspirations, and drama in the process of framing their precious art.

Infused with the essence of improv—a symphony of ‘Yes, and”, it is truly a collaboration of talents—Framed has been providing laughs since Claire and Sam pitched the idea to us last fall. And were thrilled and honored

when it was selected to play at NYTVF 2018.

Dyson - Airwrap

Excited is an understatement when we filmed the new Dyson Airwrap. This how-to video instructs the viewer how to use the new tool to straighten and curl their hair. We filmed this model step by step over the course of two days and played around with a creative lighting set up. We were drooling over the end result.

BRM 2019 Motion Graphics reel

Here's a quick highlight reel of our motion design work

Impossible Objects

Sears - We're Open spots

Reviews

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Video Production for AI Company

“Their overall production quality, married with the pricing structure we worked out with them, has been phenomenal.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media developed a video content strategy to help customers visualize the product in the sales process. They also manage production from video to end.  

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
VP of Marketing, AI Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos help the client close deals. Bottle Rocket Media is an organized and attentive partner. Throughout the engagement, the team never missed a deadline and never had issues communicating with the client.

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 VP of marketing for an AI company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bottle Rocket Media?

We think that having a comprehensive video strategy that helps customers visualize our product in context is essential to our selling motion. And so we're working with them on creating high quality, scalable, video content.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They help us with video content strategy then they do all the production from very beginning to very end.

What is the team composition?

We work with 3–4 people on their team. We interact one of the founders of Bottle Rocket Media, a production manager, a project manager, and a strategy expert. Dan (Principal Producer & Director) is one of the principal producers and directors we work with.

How did you come to work with Bottle Rocket Media?

We were looking specifically for experts. I’m located in San Francisco and we did a cross-country search. We’re also an early-stage company so we were looking for partners that would be the right size for us. Bottle Rocket Media has a pretty extensive background. They worked for reputable companies and produced a ton of video content among some big brands, so their references were fantastic.  

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in May 2020 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our customers love it. It’s working and is helping us close deals.

How did Bottle Rocket Media perform from a project management standpoint?

They haven’t missed a deadline. We didn’t have any communication issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their overall production quality, married with the pricing structure we worked out with them has been phenomenal. We would have spent a lot more with other companies in different areas of the country. There’s a great benefit working with a Chicago-based firm as well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We haven’t had a single issue.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about what your objectives are and communicate. Be open to their ideas because they have some great insight and can give you an idea that you haven’t thought of.

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

Graphics for Production Company

"Bottle Rocket Media drove the communication workflow in an extremely organized fashion."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media develops the show's graphic designs such as transitional elements, lower-thirds, and more. They are making it aesthetically pleasing to make sure that the production quality is phenomenal.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Brad Bessey
Executive Producer, That's Me Productions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Throughout the project, Bottle Rocket Media demonstrated versatility in the company's changing requirements and feedback. They always adhere to the client's requirements in the most efficient manner. Customers can expect a team that can bring their concepts to amazing visuals.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My name is Brad Bessey. I was the executive producer and show runner of The Carlos Watson Show for OZY media.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

We hired Bottle Rocket Media to design all our show graphics. We launched with an impossibly short pre-production window - literally days. And, yet we still needed to create a show that looked polished, stylish, current, fresh and elevated. In other words, our impossible deadlines could not compromise the production quality.

What were your goals for this project?

Polished, stylish, current, fresh, quality. We focused on the open, transitional elements, bump-ins, lower-thirds and innovative quote graphics.

SOLUTION

How did you select Bottle Rocket Media?

They came highly recommended from the team at OWN.

Describe the project in detail.

The Carlos Watson Show is a daily YouTube talk show featuring Carlos Watson, Editor-In-Chief and founder of OZY Media, a socially progressive news site for the "change generation." Each episode focused on a thought leader from entertainment, business, sports or politics. Beto O'Rourke, Grant Hill, Debbie Allen, Sean Spicer, Paris Hilton, Malcolm Gladwell, Baker Mayfield, George Lopez, Gabrielle Union have been among the guests.

What was the team composition?

The Bottle Rocket team included 5-6 designers and a project manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

  1. Because we had very little time between engaging Bottle Rocket and being on air, we needed them to be responsive to our feedback in real-time and they were.
  2. The challenge was that OZY media added creative voices from their web team halfway through the process. Rather than being thrown by this change, Bottle Rocket was responsive to feedback and able to meet the already tight deadlines.
  3. The feedback from within OZY, from advertisers, and from audiences has been extremely positive - oftentimes "the look" of the show is the first thing highlighted as a positive.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

  1. Bottle Rocket Media drove the communication workflow in an extremely organized fashion.
  2. Because of the insanely truncated timeline, the project needed to be executed over the span of a weekend and there were no delays as a result.
  3. Regular Zoom meetings, emails, phone calls were maintained.
  4. Bottle Rocket broke the project into smaller units and set a workflow schedule which they maintained. This scaffolded approach allowed us to give feedback along the way and created one of the most time-efficient approaches to show graphics that I have ever experienced.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

  1. The vendor's strength was their design aesthetic and impeccable taste.
  2. Also, they were extremely effective at translating my conceptual ideas into visual reflections of those ideas.
  3. The X-Factor which I was pleasantly surprised about was their no-ego, whatever it takes, flexibility. I had no time and threw a lot of last-minute changes their way as I introduced new people from my side into the mix...they just handled it in stride.
  4. Talented was a given...pleasant and downright fun...was a wonderful surprise.
5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were clear throughout the process and were quick to flag possible overages due to use increasing elements needed BEFORE they occurred.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I never want to do another project without them!!!

Video Production for Biotech Company

"This company is wonderful, and we highly recommend them!"

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media produced videos for a biotechnology company to highlight the experiences of a family living with a rare disease. They interviewed the family before shooting and editing the final piece.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Manager, Biotech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media produced an outstanding video that empowered the depicted patients. They delivered valuable content that the company can use to share important stories. The team showcased an excellent work ethic; they're humorous, professional, and responsive. It was a wonderful collaboration.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I work at a biotech in Cambridge, MA and I work in Patient Affairs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

BRM helped create a patient video highlighting the experience of a family living with the rare disease that our company is working to treat. This video was among many they did for different disease areas and all came out fantastic !

What were your goals for this project?

Share the patient/family experience living with the disease.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Selected by the company (other internal partners used them and had a positive experience).

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

-created content (questions) asked of the family

-came with film crew to the family's home to videotape.

-highlighted important pieces for the story and did many, many edits for our company's social media and patient affairs' groups.

What was the team composition?

team (not sure exactly)? But a variety of people including Dan, Siobhan, Stephane, and crew.. all outstanding!

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

-outstanding video highlighting the patient experience.

-family loved the video and valuable content for internal and external usage for our organization to share the patient story

- it's realness, the sadness, and the realities of living with a rare disease.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Overall - wonderful! Great on email, FAST, wonderful work ethic, professional, humorous, and a great team... thank you!

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Level of professionalism and ability to collaborate with us and meet our goals to share patient voice.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No - This company is wonderful, and we highly recommend them!

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 Precious Stone Refinery Company

"They were super easy to work with, and the finished product was beyond our expectations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2019
Project summary: 

To increase customers' understanding of a stone refiner's business, Bottle Rocket Media created videos to display the workings of a refinery facility. They shot a video of the company's equipment and protocols.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Barrington, Illinois
Jarret Niesse
COO, Precious Metal Refining Services, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client has received stellar reviews about the new videos, which have inspired them to seek a greater presence at trade shows. The workflow was seamless. Bottle Rocket Media demonstrated their experience and expertise in finding the best shots, and their team was perfectly easy to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the COO at Precious Metal Refining Services, Inc. We are a full service precious metal refinery serving the jewelry and dental industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

We needed a video to show a little bit about how our facility works while displaying our vast array of equipment and components. This allows our customers and potential customers to have comfort in the transparency of our procedures and protocols.

What were your goals for this project?

We hoped to have a professional execution of the vision we had for a promotional video for our Company.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was first referred by a mutual friend, and then our team did online research and quickly realized that Bottle Rocket could give us what we were looking for.

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

Once we selected Dan, he and his crew visited our location twice to determine the best shots. On the shoot day they arrived early and worked all day getting as many different shots as possible, while allowing us the flexibility to add new shots on the fly as we thought would be necessary.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

The team was 3 people, Dan was directing, then a camera man, and a light man. They all worked great together and clearly had extensive experience working together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have gotten amazing reviews from everyone that has seen the video. We have now made new plans to increase our trade show presence because of the quality of the video, and the reactions we get to it.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Seamless, no issues at all.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was just impressed by their experience and knowledge of how to get the best shots. They were super easy to work with, and the finished product was beyond our expectations. I have told many others to use their services for videos of their own.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not really, was happy with everything!

5.0
Overall Score THey were the best.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Easy
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Finished product was beyond our ecpectations, and cost was below our expectations.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Top notch video production in an unusual environment.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.

Video Storytelling Production for Local Bank

"We greatly appreciated their work ethic."

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

Bottle Rocket Media produced videos of client success stories for using throughout the website, social media, and internally. They handled storyboarding, scriptwriting, and prepping clients for their videos.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Moira Dolehide
Marketing & Communications Manager, Byline Bank
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Overall, the videos are a success and receive only positive feedback from the general public and internal stakeholders. They’ve also made an impact online. Bottle Rocket Media is proactive in keeping the project on track and offers a quick turnaround time, making them a pleasure to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Byline Bank has been part of the local scene for over 100 years. We’re in the neighborhoods where you live, work and hangout. We take pride in offering customized solutions to meet the needs and support the goals of our customers. And we’re always available–in-person, online, or mobile app. We’re grateful for all our customers who have chosen Byline Bank to help them write their story, together. My role as Marketing and Communications Manager includes supporting our teams and business lines in marketing and communications needs bank-wide.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

I engaged Bottle Rocket to fulfill our vision to have a library of case studies and testimonials of how Byline Bank helped to write their story. Our first challenge was, how to explain what we wanted and the fear of will it work out the way we hope without a strong knowledge of production. Our second challenge included how to let the customer shine, tell their story and what was important to them, while still sharing how Byline Bank supported that dream to help it come to life. And relay that story in a way new business could see the possibilities and solutions we offer to achieve the same outcome and success.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to achieve quality videos that shared interesting stories to share across a variety of channels including, website, social and internally. We anticipated having the public come across the videos and recognize names from their communities to know that Byline Bank helped them get there, brand recondition of both the customer and Byline Bank, if they already bank with us to consider us for continuing to support them or look at new opportunities, and if they don't bank with us to consider what solutions we can offer.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We selected Bottle Rocket Media based on the care and attention they drove from the beginning. I was impressed by their respect for our time and bandwidth, but direct and clear outlines and communication. We chose Bottle Rocket because it was clear we could trust their work from their experience and process.

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

Once we selected Bottle Rocket Media, we had a few meetings to get to know each other, our teams, and our process to really understand our business but most importantly how much support we needed. We collaborated on ideas, gave a general thought and they really hit the ground running to give us a draft script and storyboard to begin to narrow us to a more clear concept. We were able to provide our feedback on the outline while incorporating their best practices and suggestions. Bottle Rocket coordinated all scheduling and preparations with the customers, helped them feel at ease and prepared, and kept us in the loop with communication to be involved where we wanted or to let them handle. Once the videos were cut, the editing process was a breeze.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Bottle Rocket kept us on track to meet our deadlines and have been able to quickly turnaround updates and edits based on different uses and opportunities that have come along.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Ultimately, we had to trust Bottle Rocket to drive the project with their expertise and we were not disappointed. We've heard great feedback from our internal partners, the customers profiled and general public. Our metrics from web, social and ads have demonstrated great success compared to what we were expecting.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The Bottle Rocket workflow was was extremely effective for our team. Once we set a deadline they did everything to communicate and push us to meet those deadlines, especially if they were waiting on us. With friendly reminders, agility, and care we were consistently impressed with their workflow from conception to fulfillment.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We greatly enjoyed working with the Bottle Rocket team. Every member from the planning, to production on-site, and in-between has been truly wonderful to work with. They're wonderful people who all have interesting stories and backgrounds, that it was a pleasure to learn more about them and their unique expertise. While we had plenty of fun, they always brought us back to get the job at hand done and done well. We greatly appreciated their work ethic.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We were satisfied with their process and couldn't be more happy with the quality of work they produced.

5.0
Overall Score You can't find a team that is easier to work with and produce the outcome and success that you're looking for.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Always let us know what was available, what would be a challenge, what they needed and kept things moving.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We expected the cost based on hours and production needs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If there's an opportunity to get a great shot or soundbite, they'll help you get there to create quality videos.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Such a pleasure to work with.

Welcome Videos & for Children's Extracurricular Program

"They brought a ton of creativity to the project and elevated our concept to the next level."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media produced welcome videos for an educational extracurricular program. Based on the provided branding and messaging guidelines, they prepared the film schedule, interviews, and final delivery.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Julie Lyon
Sr Dir of School Partnerships, Right At School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The top-of-class videos have contributed to the company's massive growth over the past several years. It's an entry point to the brand for many families and highlights the human component of the organization. Bottle Rocket Media continues to update the videos with testimonies.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Right At School provides safe, engaging and meaningful in-school and extracurricular programs to enrich the lives of students, give parents peace of mind and enable schools to focus on their academic mission. I’m the Senior Director of School Partnerships

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

We needed a overview company and services video to show both parents and school and district leadership when selling Right at School to a new community.

What were your goals for this project?

The accurate convey our services offering to prospective parents and school districts. It’s important that the viewer understands not just our value proposition, but the love and care that each and every Right at School team members brings to the children everyday.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were referred to us from another company.

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

Once we selected them as our video production company, we had a kickoff meeting where they came to our office and we walked them through our business, the videos goals, and the access we had to various schools, parents, administrators, etc..

We also shared our branding and messaging, bullet points of topics we wanted included in the video, etc.. They then developed a creative and logistics plan to execute the video, including a production calendar from that first meeting all the way through delivery, interview questions, day of shooting plans, and so on.

Everything we needed to understand what they needed from us to complete the project, and what they were going to do and deliver on a set timeline.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

As I described above, it was a very transparent process from the beginning with absolute clarity on both our deliverables, and their deliverables. When and what things were due. If we got a little behind schedule in providing feedback, they adjusted the schedule accordingly.

Feedback was given on a schedule too, via an online video commenting system. It was super easy to use and allowed us to see multiple versions if we wanted to go back to cross reference.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The videos have been hugely successful for us. We've seen massive growth over the past several years, and it's in no small part to the video we made. Often times it's a family's first exposure to us.

They get to see the ins and outs of what we do, and hear from the real people that make this company run everyday. We've updated the video several times (adding new testimonials and kids) as we continue to grow. Bottle Rocket Media makes the updating process effortless.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They communicate very effectively and moving notes and comments between the teams was easy with their software. I’d say the workflow was extremely effective.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Bottle Rocket Media, while full of wildly talented and creative video professionals, is just a great group of people that are so easy to work with. Making a video was a big deal for our company. It's a lot of money and time on our part.

What's most impressive about Bottle Rocket is how easy they made the whole process for us, while delivering a best-in-class product. They brought a ton of creativity to the project and elevated our concept to the next level.

We highly recommend them to anyone looking for video production services.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There are no areas that need improving as far as we’re concerned.

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

Process Animation for 3D Printing Company

"They were able to understand our process at the deepest level and build visuals based on our descriptions."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2019
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media created an animated explainer video for a 3D printing company to use at trade shows. Along with the video, they provided voice-overs, music, effects, and diagrams.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Darren Fill
Industrial Designer, Impossible Objects LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video provided by Bottle Rocket Media serves as an effective tool for explaining a complicated process to interested third parties. Their team exceeded all expectations, providing an extremely creative and enjoyable final product that regularly receives compliments.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am an Industrial Designer for Impossible Objects, a 3D printer and materials company pioneering advancements in the additive manufacturing and composites manufacturing industries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

We hired Bottle Rocket Media to create an animation of the 3D printing process that Impossible Objects created.

What were your goals for this project?

We aimed to create an animation that could demonstrate our entire 3D printing process in a concise two minutes. The animation would be used for investor meetings, website, and trade shows.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Through a carful selection and interview process. Bottle Rocket Media has an extremely strong portfolio of work, smart individuals, and a fair price.

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

The video is a two minute animation of a 3D printing machine and the materials used at a macro and micro scale. The machine is animated with moving parts and materials. The animation has after effect graphics and diagrams to further describe the process details. The animation has a voice over, music, and captions.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We were extremely impressed with the amount of work Bottle Rocket Media was able to complete in the short timeframe we presented. We went through many rounds of iterations and scheduled frequent touch point meetings to improve efficiency. Their communication and teamwork is spectacular.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The animation they created allows us to describe parts of our process at the microscopic level. This is something we struggled to communicate and we use this animation as a demonstration tool whenever we introduce our product and materials.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was well managed and flexible. Frequent updates and valuable feedback.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team is extremely smart as well as creative. They were able to understand our process at the deepest level and build visuals based on our descriptions.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I honestly feel the project blew all exceptions out of the water. We continue to get regular compliments about the animation on our website. I will continue to refer Bottle Rocket Media to those wishing to create compelling videos and visuals.

5.0
Overall Score Hands on, Smart, Strong work
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were extremely flexible
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Best price in Chicagoland. We did the research and it paid off.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have referred BRM. I will continue to do so.

Video Production for Alzheimer's Research Company

"They’re all very creative and passionate about what they do, and that shows in their work."

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

Bottle Rocket Media threaded clips together to produce an interview-based video. Their services included animations and special effects. 

The Reviewer
 
1 - 10 Employees
 
New York, New York
President, Communications Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team delivered a quality video within budget and timeline constraints. The third-party client showcased the video at an international event, and it was well-received. In particular, interviewees appreciated how their comments were framed. The team’s responsive communication was a highlight.

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 president of a communications agency. We’re a small, boutique communications company strictly dedicated to healthcare, and we’re located in New York City.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bottle Rocket Media?

Our clients wanted a video summary of recordings we made during a large Alzheimers meeting years before. We had interviewed top leaders in the field by asking specific questions about plasma-based biomarkers (which detect Alzheimer's disease in the blood).

We wanted to put together a short video that the client could use in their exhibit booth at an upcoming international meeting. It would be an opportunity for thought leaders to make comments about the potential clinical utility of blood-based biomarkers for detecting dementia.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided the full-length video interviews of leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease along with the final transcripts.  With this, the Bottle Rocket Team worked with us to develop a final, 4-minute program that communicated the large unmet needs for plasma-based biomarkers to detect dementia, while also showcasing the potential role and value of the client’s technology in meeting those needs.

Given what Bottle Rocket Media had to work with (ie, they inherited less than optimal video footage and lengthy interviews) they were able to bring these interviews to life using interesting transitions, animations, and special effects.  Their expertise in video storytelling made for a high-quality deliverable.

What is the team composition?

I’m not sure of all the players, but I worked directly with one of the editors and one of the producers. I had a day-to-day contact, and I always had access to Dan (Creative Director, Bottle Rocket Media).

How did you come to work with Bottle Rocket Media?

We had worked with them before to develop video summaries of meetings. So, we knew they do very high-quality work. When we really needed them to work with us on a lower budget, they did it using the resources that we had available. I can always depend on them to deliver a high-quality product. In this case, it was very cost-effective for our client.

How much have you invested with them?

The entire project was less than $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in May of 2019, and they finished the product by July of 2019. We had a firm deadline because the international meeting was in July of 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was used at the client’s exhibit booth during a large, international Alzheimer’s meeting, and the client was very happy with the outcome. Every single one of the doctors that we interviewed said how great they thought the video was. They believed it was fair and balanced. They also said they were well-represented their comments. 

How did Bottle Rocket Media perform from a project management standpoint?

They had excellent project management — they were on top of it all the time. They replied to our questions right away, and they were definitely on time. 

In the beginning, we had a kick-off. Then, we had a creative session. Since the timeline was so short, we were on the phone with them virtually every day for the 2–3-month window. 

Dan was always available to talk about strategy and creative ideas. My day-to-day contact was terrific. She kept things moving. When she didn’t know an answer, she found it out for us. We had an editor come in on an as-needed basis, and he also provided good feedback. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

The high level of quality and vision that they bring to the table are impressive. They have a lot of experience and bring background knowledge from different areas. They’re all very creative and passionate about what they do, and that shows in their work.

Also, the team was able to put the video together at a cost that was available to our client. They were instrumental in putting together a program that was interesting and exciting while remaining cost-effective.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there weren't any areas.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Customers should start as early in the project as possible. They should establish the creative parameters, including the messaging and storytelling you’re trying to communicate.

Let them work with you as a partner to tell that story in the most effective way possible. Once you have a vision of what you want to say, they’ll work with you to say that in the best way.

5.0
Overall Score We want to work with them, have worked with them, and we’ll continue to work with them. We think they’re terrific.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were on-time and on-budget.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were very cost-effective. They do the best they can with the budget you have to offer.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They offer the highest quality of any vendor we’ve retained in the last 5–10 years.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer anybody to them, and I already have.

Video Production for Education Nonprofit

"Seamless! They were adaptable, flexible, friendly and very responsive."

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

Bottle Rocket Media produced videos that utilized imagery, music, and narration to communicate the mission and progress of an education nonprofit.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel
Founder & Director, Academy for Global Citizenship
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media delivered inspiring videos that exceeded expectations and invoked emotion from the audience. Their team was passionate and professional, making the engagement a pleasant experience.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Founder & Director of an educational learning laboratory and public school that is reimagining the future of public education.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bottle Rocket Media?

We had the honor of working with Bottle Rocket Media on video production needs to help bring the mission of our organization alive through media.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to showcase our innovation in a succinct, inspiring and compelling way.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was referred to Bottle Rocket Media from a colleague who spoke very highly of them and was thrilled that they had the capacity to take on our project.

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

Working with Bottle Rocket Media was such a smooth and easy process! I was extremely impressed with their level of professionalism and expertise.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

N/A

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The final videos were incredible, and quite honestly, far exceeded my anticipation of what was possible given the limited investment of time on behalf of my organization. Our audience has been inspired, in large part, due to Bottle Rocket Media's perfectly executed use of imagery and music to align with the narration.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Seamless! They were adaptable, flexible, friendly and very responsive. They also accommodated our requests for updates and changes given some shifts we had internally. I also felt that they shared an authentic passion for roar our mission, which made it such a joy to work with them.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Bottle Rocket Media has unparalleled experience in the space and a very impressive background in working on a range of projects. I was impressed with how down-to-earth and humble the team was, particularly given their historical clients.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. I hope to work with them again in the future!

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

Production of Promotional Video for Studio

"Their ideas were very supportive of what we wanted to see in the production."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May-June 2019
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media produced a promotional video from start to finish. Their work included storyboarding, developing a treatment, editing, shooting, and talent scouting.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Ben-Hur Uribe
Executive Producer, IMX Studios
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All stakeholders were satisfied with the final video. They were responsive and attentive, completing the multitude of edits that were requested throughout the project. The team demonstrated its flexibility in working within a set budget. They were successful, taking on a larger project than usual.

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 executive producer for IMX Studios. We produce much of the video photography for a few large general merchandise retail chains.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bottle Rocket Media?

We were asked to produce a fun, energetic promotional video for the Fourth of July. It was going to include a media buy, so we wanted to put more money and engagement into it. The video also needed to be able to cross over the English and Spanish-speaking markets. It was a bigger project for us.  

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We presented them with creative material that our team produced, and they gave us some input on how they thought the project would work best. From there, they developed storyboards and a director’s treatment detailing how the director would see the project forward. They proposed a few directors, and we chose one of them. Once the treatment was approved, we went forward with approving their storyboard that best represented the concept we provided.

Then, we moved into production. The script was written by our team, but they handled everything else, including contracting talent, scouting locations, shooting, and post-production. After they made their edits, we had a final cut to wrap the project.

What is the team composition?

My two main points of contact were Dan (Principal Content Director & Producer, Bottle Rocket Media) and Brent (Principal Director & Creative, Bottle Rocket Media).

How did you come to work with Bottle Rocket Media?

We’d worked with Bottle Rocket Media on a few smaller projects at that point. They’d done a great job in the past. Once the scope of the project became larger than anticipated, we brought in their team believing they would be up for the challenge. I’m glad to say that they were.

How much have you invested with them?

The final scope came out to be around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from May–June 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

At the end of the day, everyone was happy with the video they produced. They were responsive and rolled with the punches. In this industry, there are so many eyeballs on every step of the process and constant revisions that have to be made. The team was able to accommodate those quick changes and turnarounds without a problem. 

How did Bottle Rocket Media perform from a project management standpoint?

This was a union shoot, and they were able to work closely with other agencies to ensure that we stayed within budget while accomplishing everything we wanted. We communicated mostly through email and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ideas were very supportive of what we wanted to see in the production. The changes they made were always in line with our original concepts. That paired with their responsiveness was commendable. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

At one point, they were wanted responses and answers from us before we had them. While over-responsiveness is generally a good problem to have, it's important that they’re able to wait for us to have information, too. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be upfront in the preproduction space in terms of your needs. Their initial storyboards were not exactly what we were looking for because we didn’t communicate our ideas as effectively as we could have. Being as clear as possible will streamline the process.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Bottlerocket Media LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Illinois
Id
03663906
Date of Formation
Oct 4, 2011
Last updated
Aug 14, 2020
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last updated
Aug 14, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
16
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
September 23, 2020