Video Content Agency

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 just named to the Inc 5000's Most Successful Companies in America list for 2019.

We've won 13 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
 
10 - 49
 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 - Live Action Reel 2019

Enjoy a highlight reel of our work.

BRM 2019 Motion Graphics reel

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

Impossible Objects

Sears - We're Open spots

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.

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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.

Immersive Video Production for Charter Elementary School

"Bottle Rocket was highly communicative, and the workflow traveled effortlessly!"

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

Bottle Rocket Media created a video for an immersive mobile experience for view at a large gala. In their work, they made the promo video for the event and an AR activated video on the printed event invitation.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Jacqueline von Edelberg
Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Academy for Global Citizenship
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The captivating final product and experience encouraged instant, frictionless donations supporting the charter elementary school. The team exceeded expectations, positioning the school to raise its annual operating costs with room in the budget to start new projects.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Jacqueline von Edelberg, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Academy for Global Citizenship and the author of How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We needed a compelling narrative that would delight and inspire 1K high net-worth individuals as they walked through an immersive video experience at a high-octane gala.

What were your goals for this project?

As the event was an entirely mobile experience, we needed to make sure everyone heard the school message before the event unfolded. Bottle Rocket Media created an entry video installation that was as joyful as it was informative.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

In my two decades of work as a non-profit leader, Brett Singer stands out as one of the most talented and thoughtful storytellers around.

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

Brett’s team prepared key video components for Chefs’ Playground, a high profile food-art-theater gala in Chicago. Now in its 6th year, the event reaches 50MM viewers and has featured more than 70 culinary leaders, including Rick Bayless, Jeff Mauro, Lee Wolen, and numerous Top Chef contestants.

The high profile event supports the Academy for Global Citizenship, a public charter elementary school globally recognized for sustainability, whole-child wellness, and civic engagement. Bottle Rocket Media helped to create a compelling promotional video and communication strategy, nimbly synthesizing seemingly disparate directives from the creative team, school leaders, event planners, and data experts. In addition to the event’s promotional video explaining our vision and mission, his team also created an AR activated video on the printed and digital event invitation.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

All our stakeholders found his team a pleasure to work with, conscientious to detail, and incredibly responsive. Bottle Rocket Media has our highest recommendation.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Brett's work help to power an innovative fundraising model for instant, frictionless giving. Thanks to his impactful visuals, the school was well positioned to close its annual 250K operating budget gap and raise the funds to break ground on the school’s future net-positive campus.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Bottle Rocket was highly communicative, and the workflow traveled effortlessly!

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Given how many galas people attend these days, it takes something really compelling to break through the clutter. Brett's team did this with such aplomb. Pure magic. Really, we were totally blown away.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None. Zero. Nada. Keep up the good work!

5.0
Overall Score Yestown.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Easy as pie.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Exceptional
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Amazing!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Run, don't walk. The best.

Video Testimonials for Advertising Software Agency

"Bottle Rocket is a great combination of flexible, professional, and friendly."

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

Bottle Rocket Media created video testimonials for an advertising software company to promote its services. After a brief planning phase, the team filmed and conducted onsite interviews. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Aubrey Lehrmann
Product Marketing Manager, Centro
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos are still underway, but Bottle Rocket Media's past work inspires confidence in a polished end result. Professional, collaborative, and adaptable, the team leads a productive workflow to accommodate the client's needs. Their friendliness and expertise open the door for future projects.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a product marketing manager at Centro, an advertising technology company in Chicago. We build media planning and buying software for brands and advertisers, and also have a services team that works in the software for clients who do not want to do their own planning and buying.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

Centro has had a long relationship with Bottle Rocket, largely because we are so happy with their work. They understand our brand (and its evolution over time) and are professional, friendly, and produce great work.

What were your goals for this project?

For this project, we needed to produce video testimonials from real clients and users of Centro and our software, Basis. We'll use these videos in sales and marketing materials like account pitches, on our website, in social media, etc.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our past success with Bottle Rocket over at least 10 years made this an easy decision.

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

Bottle Rocket met with us early on to discuss the goals, strategy, and content of the testimonials. Brett and team provided their expert opinions and we were off to the races. They quickly adjusted to a major location change (from Chicago to New York) and handled our last minute adjustments with complete deftness and professionalism. On site, they were equally as amazing. Efficient, friendly, and clearly experts in production. Brett and his crew made our interview subjects feel comfortable and pulled out some great content.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

The project management has been very collaborative. As a bit of a control freak, I like to be involved in everything, and the team was very willing to let me drive where I could and gently take the reins back when I was out of my depth. The flexibility of the team cannot be understated. I like to plan, but as with everything nowadays, you have to be ready to adjust and pivot quickly. The Bottle Rocket team moved with us easily and their flexibility gave us what we needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It's too early to share business outcomes, but our past videos have been well received and give credibility and polish to our presentations and website.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Workflow was seamless. The Bottle Rocket team was very quick to respond, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. Scheduling was easy and flexible.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Bottle Rocket is a great combination of flexible, professional, and friendly. They are genuinely easy to work with and nice people. They are accommodating and buttoned up, and I had no concerns putting them in front of clients.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None. They were very communicative, friendly, professional, and we will definitely work with them again.

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

Promotional Video Production for Executive Events Company

"Their entire team is fantastic. They really took their time getting to know us, our company, and our goals."

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

Bottle Rocket Media led production of a promotional video covering several concerts and branded experiences.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Janine Kick
Co-Founder, Nicholas Brinley Experiences
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team delivered, as expected, a flawless video which has gotten positive feedback from participating clients. They were consistent with communication and deadlines, and were obviously interested not only in the production, but the deeper brand and goals.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the co-founder of Nicholas Brinley Experiences. We work with large companies to create executive engagement strategies, from high-end dinners for 20, to private concerts for 2,000+ people.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We've worked with Bottle Rocket Media on several video production projects covering some of our larger scale events with Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, and Pitbull. We wanted to capture our own content from each of these events and they helped us to do that.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a single promotional video capturing all of our concert-type events to use in support of sales.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We've loved everything Bottle Rocket Media has produced for us in the past. We trust them and know they understand the goals of our brand.

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

Bottle Rocket Media has gotten to know us over the last year. Before the project began, we met with them to fully debrief the team on what we were looking for. From there, they presented a timeline for the project.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Bottle Rocket Media provided us an initial cut of the video. We provided detailed feedback, both verbally and written. They implemented the edits and presented the final video. If further edits or iterations are ever needed, we will continue this process.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We do not share our footage publicly due to privacy requests from our clients. That being said, we have always received very positive feedback from our clients on the footage. They love having the footage to share.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Bottle Rocket does a great job of communicating with us. They have always stuck to timelines unless we make changes to the project scope, which they've always quickly adapted to.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their entire team is fantastic. They really took their time getting to know us, our company, and our goals. They spend as much time thinking about the emotions we want to evoke through the footage as they do talking through the tactical aspects of the video.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We don't have any complaints. We love working with Bottle Rocket Media on all of our video projects because we know they will more than 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

Conference Video Package for Marketing Association

"Bottle Rocket Media was a perfect partner for high-value and impactful results that fit our budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

Bottle Rocket Media created a graphics video package for a large conference. They assisted with scripts and storyboards, created mockups, and rendered assets.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Jennifer Severns
Chief Experience Officer, American Marketing Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Event attendance and Net Promoter Score increased markedly since Bottle Rocket Media was first engaged. Flexibility and speed were hallmarks of their work. Responsiveness and the ability to turn sometimes delayed input into implementable deliverables made them a valuable partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Chief Experience Officer at the American Marketing Association (AMA). The AMA serves 30,000 members, 74 professional chapters, 350+ collegiate chapters. I oversee marketing, innovation and insights, community experience, and live experiences.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We needed a graphics video package for our biggest annual AMA National conference, the Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. The package would be used for promotions leading up to the conference, as well as in-conference guidance and branding.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a consistent AMA branded experience throughout the conference. It should be clear to attendees where to ask for help and where to find out more information about the conference or about AMA. We also wanted to promote awareness leading up to the conference.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We created an RFP and sent it to several agencies. The final decision was based on quality of work, timing (fast turnaround), and budget. Most important was quality within the budget.

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

We created scripts and storyboards together with Bottle Rocket Media. They created a mockup and we went through a few iterations regarding animation timing and design layout. After we approved a final mockup, we sent them content assets (speakers’ names, photos, quotes) for render.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Bottle Rocket Media was flexible in following our production schedule. Unfortunately, the confirmations of speakers were unpredictable. They were able to accommodate a stop-and-go flow of assets and still deliver renders quickly once receiving them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our stakeholders raved about the overall improvement in event experience, of which the video graphics were a part. We had a large lounge area where we played the videos that highlighted upcoming speakers. The lounge was a hit, and we have included a lounge at subsequent events. Our event attendance and Net Promoter Score, which we use to measure event experience value, were higher than the previous year.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Bottle Rocket Media was accommodating and flexible. We wouldn't have been able to create the graphics without their flexibility and speed. They were able to take in the big-picture vision, including existing creative designs, and bring our creative vision to life through animation and motion.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Bottle Rocket Media was a perfect partner for high-value and impactful results that fit our budget. They’re a collaborative group that felt like an extension of our creative team. They were able to quickly jump in, understand the vision, and flex with our process and changes to deliver impressive results.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I wish we had more budget to hire them again and again. I also wish more agencies had the same approach to their clients. It was a pleasure to work with Bottle Rocket 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

Employee Profile Video for Airline

"Their knowledge, wide range of expertise and creativity are their greatest strengths."

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

Bottle Rocket Media produced a video profiling a pilot to promote a design contest for an aircraft. The team managed pre- and post-production, directing the process from concept development to execution.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Director of Social Content Strategy, Airline
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Receiving positive reviews from internal and external audiences, Bottle Rocket Media created an impressive video. The team managed the project efficiently to deliver the product on-time. Their knowledge and creativity guided production, which supported a valuable collaboration.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the director of social content strategy for United Airlines.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We needed a social-first video profiling our system chief pilot.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to profile our pilot to help tell the story for a contest we were running to have female artists design and paint and aircraft. Our goals were powerful storytelling,views and social engagement and bottlerocket provided all of the above.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I’ve known and worked with BottleRocket since they opened their shop and am continually impressed with their creativity and execution. Not to mention they are an absolute pleasure to be around!

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

They helped guide the process from conception to delivery and were on time and on budget. Filming in an airport and onboard aircraft is never easy, but the team at bottlerocket pulled it off with ease.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Call/text/email — they were available any time of day.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The video was met with rave reviews internally and from our social followers.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Very effective workflow.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their knowledge, wide range of expertise and creativity are their greatest strengths.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No!

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    5 stars for working within our set budget
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer