Portland OR branding & corporate identity films

Founded in 2001, Portland, Oregon based Wave One Films creates scripted and unscripted brand and corporate identity films for organizations that are serious about creating emotional connections with their best customers. We help clients find the heart of the story they want to tell about themselves and their organizations.

We work with small to medium sized businesses owners who struggle to explain what they do and why they do it; employers who are losing sleep because they can’t find the right people for their teams; and nonprofits that need to tell their compelling story so they can raise money and awareness. Our films feature real people sharing real experiences about they work they do and how they show up for their clients.

Our services include:

  • Story visioning and discovery
  • Message development
  • Creative consultation
  • On-camera interviewing
  • Script development
  • Story production
  • Filming
  • Editing
  • Digital delivery

By weaving together thoughtful interviews with moving images that visually captures the heart of our client's story, we create film and video content that our clients are proud to share, so they can do a better job of reaching their goals, whatever those goals might be.

Wave One Films is proud to be a woman-owned business.

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Portland, OR
  • Portland, OR
    United States


Key clients: 

Clark Public Utilities

Food for Lane County

BRIC Architecture

IBI Group

AKS Engineering and Forestry

Oregon Episcopal School

Jesuit High School

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Oregon & SW Washington

Sandler Training--Grounded by Cedar Root

ALS Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter

Easter Seals Oregon

Rose Villa Senior Living


Alive at 75: Clark Public Utilities

In 1972, Clark Public Utilities installed lights at Louis Bloch Park, so teams from the Camas-Washougal Babe Ruth League could play at night. Over time, the lights dimmed, and night games faded to black. The League turned to Clark PUD for help, and the utility stepped up in a big way, reaching out to community partners, and even Major League Baseball, to raise money to replace the park’s lights, bleachers, and


We knew this story was more than replacing lights and light poles. Through our work with the utility, we helped tell a community engagement story highlighting cooperation, collaboration, and heart. And like all good stories, this one will endure for generations to come.

Celebrating the Student Voice in Higher Ed Design: IBI Group

Developing and nurturing student creativity on college campuses starts with giving students a voice in the way they design their own learning.  That was the premise behind the unique collaboration between design students from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and architects from the New York City office of IBI Group in designing the Commons area of the University’s new College of Human Ecology


In producing this film with the marketing team from IBI Group's Learning+ division for higher education, we focused on answering the following question:  How can spaces help to nurture and celebrate creativity? And the answers we got—from students, University leaders, professors, and designers — shaped our story about a warm and welcoming place where people gather to share ideas, and create their futures.

Playa las Tortugas: A Slice of Paradise

Located north of Puerta Vallarta and Sayulita, Playa Las Tortugas (Turtle Beach) is a vacation getaway that offers beachfront luxury in one of the world's most beautiful places. Set along a former coconut plantation, the 10-mile stretch of unspoiled beach shares space with a sea turtle conservation camp as well as a protected mangrove estuary for resident and wintering water birds, turtles and crocodiles. 


client wanted to produce a marketing film highlighting Playa's vacation rental opportunities. We focused this story on Playa property owners and guests who talked about why they love living and visiting here.

Taking the Terror out of Sales: Brad Kleiner

Brad Kleiner is on a mission to change the way people view the noble art of sales. Brad is President and CEO of Sandler Training, Grounded by Cedar Root. As a sales coach, Brad challenges business professionals to step outside their comfort zones and think differently about the sales process and their roles as sales professionals. So, when Brad decided he needed to improve the way he connected with potential clients, he stepped

outside his comfort zone and hired us to produce a short film about himself and his business.

Brad wanted his film to give potential clients a glimpse of who he is and what it might be like to work with him. Like a lot of people, Brad was nervous about appearing on camera. Because building trust is such an important part of what we do, we created a comfortable atmosphere that made it easy for Brad to talk on camera about his role as a sales coach and his philosophy around sales training. Additionally, we interviewed Brad’s clients to learn about the impact Brad’s training has had on their businesses. And we filmed Brad leading his training sessions to give potential clients a taste of his style and demeanor.

The result? A human story about a kind and enthusiastic coach who helps his clients achieve their goals, whatever those goals might be.

Hallock and McMillan Building: A Glorious Revival

In 1857, the Hallock-McMillan Building opened its doors along Portland’s waterfront. Erected by Absalom Hallock, the city’s first architect, the building was Portland’s first and oldest brick commercial structure, adorned with cast iron decorative arches on its facade.

During the 1940s, the building’s owner stripped away the cast iron columns and
arches to give the structure a modern appearance. And there it

sat, until 2011, when Portland developer John Russell bought the Hallock-McMillan. He launched plans to upgrade the building’s interior, and restore the building’s exterior to its original 1857 glory.

In telling this story, we filmed the process of pouring the building's cast iron design elements that would eventually be re-attached to the building's facade. We interviewed a historian about the role cast iron architecture played in the city's early history. We also interviewed John Russell about his love for historic preservation and his personal passion for preserving the past. The facade's restoration is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Making the Case for a Great Case: FOOD For Lane County Capital Campaign

Making the case for more space to safely store, prepare and package food is the focus of the Building to Serve FOOD for Lane County Expansion Program. Located in Eugene, FOOD for Lane County is Oregon’s second largest food bank, and the organization recently launched a capital campaign to raise $6.5 million over a 3-year period. The money will be used to purchase and renovate a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse into the organization’s

primary food distribution center, as well as renovate its existing warehouse space.

Thoughtful, heartfelt interviews with community partners and FOOD for Lane County’s executive director formed the story’s narrative. Visually, we showed the need for more space by filming inside FOOD for Lane County’s existing warehouse. We also created a series of visually appealing graphics to weave the campaign’s key messages into the story.

Told right, stories are great conversation starters. And that’s how the executive team at FOOD for Lane County is using this story: to start conversations with individual donors about the role they can play in helping FOOD for Lane County get the space it needs to serve more people and alleviate hunger in Lane County.


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Video Production for Several Nonprofit Initiatives

"I really appreciated their attention to detail and personal service."

Willing to refer: 
The Project
$10,000 to $49,999
Jan. 2014 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Wave One Films is a partner of choice for anything related to video production. They’ve created both event-specific and storytelling videos for raising awareness and gathering financial support for each cause.

The Reviewer
1-10 Employees
Arlington, Virginia
Christine Dockter
CEO & Director, Various Nonprofits
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work increased awareness and donations during events. Wave One Films excels at grasping the unique needs of each project, producing results that exceed expectations. Other highlights include their creativity, great communication and listening skills, and willingness to adapt to tight budgets.


Please describe your company and your position there.

I've worked with Wave One Films in my time leading various nonprofits. I was CEO of the Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a board member of a Jesuit high school.


For what projects/services did your company hire Wave One Films?

I engaged with them to create videos for the different organizations I was involved in.

What were your goals for this project?

Each project had separate goals but they all were targeted to raise awareness of a specific project/mission with the intention of gathering both corporate and individual financial support.


How did you select this vendor?

They were introduced to me by a professional colleague. After reviewing their work and meeting them in person, I knew that the organizations I led were in professional and capable hands.

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

While at Komen, Wave One Films helped us with a general awareness mission video for breast cancer as well as a few videos for our fundraising event. At the Jesuit high school, we used their skills similarly to increase awareness and raise funds for specific projects.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

There were multiple checkpoints during the process and I found both founders to be top-notch professionals.


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

The event videos always resulted in increased donations on the days of the event. We used additional footage on the websites as well as in email marketing strategies.

Wave One Films approaches each engagement with the intention to understand the unique objectives of the project and the outcome that is desired. What I found refreshing was that there was great care to understand the variety of stakeholders involved in the process, as well as the intended internal and external audiences. The quality of their projects and the results exceeded expectations. They were creative and highly proficient.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was excellent and communication management was outstanding. Wave One Films understands customer service and truly listens to what the client wants. Their years of experience result in a remarkable end product.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I really appreciated their attention to detail and personal service. They are true professionals.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None that I would note.

Overall Score It’s always a pleasure to work with them. We’ve had wonderful results.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    Wave One Films accommodates to busy schedules.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They can work within any budget and will suggest ways to save when applicable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Wave One Films is my go-to video storyteller for generating maximum impact!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them on many occasions without hesitation.