Kenyan small-scale tea farmers
Chance Multimedia has established itself as a respected name in visual storytelling.
We produce projects worldwide, from impact reporting to feature-length documentary film; we specialize in distilling and humanizing complex subject matter. We don't just shoot, we provide you with a specialized team to coordinate every step of the process, complementing your organization's goals and communications needs.
In all situations we extend care and compassion to our clients and subjects, acknowledging the sensitivity and vulnerability inherent in sharing personal stories.
Video Placement Strategy
Strategic Communication Planning
Journalism / Reporting / Storytelling Expertise
Award-winning Visual Content
We're an efficient, caring group of professionals that you can trust with your project. Our team is designed with complementary skill sets to meet the dynamic needs of each client, while keeping budgets affordable..
Executive Producer and Media Consultant
Jessica is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and communications specialist with more than 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. She loves uncovering the story in every person and telling it in a compelling way with great photos, video and audio. She is a graduate of Ohio State University’s Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in Geography.
Executive Producer and Director of Photography
James is an internationally recognized photographer and videographer whose work has regularly been featured in major international and American publications. The vision behind the vision at Chance Multimedia, he directs the cinematography and visual narratives during projects. James has a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication (specializing in Photojournalism) from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.
Editor and Cinematographer
Alex is a visual storyteller with a passion for the beauty and wonders of the natural world. Hailing from our nation’s capital, Alex has always had an interest in political activism and hopes to use the power of filmmaking and photography to foster conversation and inspire positive change. He is an avid environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast, and spends as much time as possible in the woods and mountains, beyond the reach of cell phone service and work emails. He has a degree in Communications and Production from Northeastern University.
Chloe is a journalist with a passion for the art of visual storytelling. She has a Technical Journalism degree from Colorado State University – Fort Collins. She has experience capturing interesting stories through a variety of mediums including photography, video and writing. Her curiosity and fervor about unique people and the untold story took her to Chance Multimedia where she is coordinating all aspects of production and client relations.
Caring for Colorado
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
Children's Museum of Denver
The Pew Charitable Trusts
"I have had the pleasure to work with Chance Multimedia on creating more than a dozen videos over the last few years. On every occasion, their expertise, professionalism and storytelling abilities have been exemplary, and resulted in a remarkable return on the investment for their time and services. Most of these videos have necessitated creating sustained relationships with community members in cities, towns and neighborhoods across Colorado. The Chance Multimedia team has helped us maintain and even strengthen our own reputation by building trust and working with integrity in these communities, and truly representing the work we set out to accomplish."
-- Julian Kesner, Communications Director, The Colorado Trust
"The Colorado Health Foundation launched Healthy Places: Designing an Active Colorado, a five year initiative designed to inspire and support the development of active, healthy communities. Through community-led processes, Healthy Places focuses on fostering a built environment where it is easier, safer and more appealing to walk, play and engage in daily activities that encourage movement, connection and fun. Changes to the built environment take time. The Foundation selected Chance Multimedia to shadow the three selected Healthy Places communities and capture the transformation. In order to successfully portray this change over a period of years, Chance built solid relationship with each of the communities and community members involved in the initiative. Each year, they completed a short video that clearly reflected the accomplishments and the people that made it happen. The Healthy Places video series has be a useful tool for telling each community's story and inspiration of what we can accomplish across the state."
-- Jaclyn Lensen, Communications Manager, The Colorado Health Foundation
"As I helped start up the Verse.com site and platform, I was seeking visual storytellers who were not only talented, but who were open minded and willing to experiment with a new way of doing multimedia.
Jessica and James Chance, and their team at Chance Multimedia, were the perfect choice. They enterprised a touching, fascinating and complex story idea about tea growers. It’s a story that resonates with so many people in the world who find comfort in the beverage.
With speed and clarity, they crafted their proposal, created accurate budgets for an international reporting trip and lengthy production, and went to work. The result was a poignant human story, captured with beautiful visuals and produced in a way that made a complex topic make sense to all. At every step of the way, their process and progress was transparent to me, allowing for dynamic dialogue about the project. Keep in mind that this entire project was accomplished with reporting from a country where they had no experience, few contacts and in a foreign language. No easy task.
On a human level, the Chances are a delight to work with — collaborative, creative, thorough and pleasant. I’d highly recommend working with Chance Multimedia."
-- Meredith Hogan, Managing Editor, Verse
Over the years we have built a tight team that balance each others' complementary skills, offering expertise in all areas of the storytelling process. We work with you from the pre-production phase through production to post-production and placement, providing exceptional care-taking of interviewees, beautiful visuals and crafted editing with the story in mind.
Often the stories we tell are highly sensitive and feature vulnerable people who have never been on camera. You want to be able to trust that your organization's storytellers and content are taken care of and receiving value throughout the process - our team believes an ethical approach is necessary in order to create an authentic story and ensure the featured subjects have a comfortable experience.
We provide an unlimited amount of support and time in the pre-production phase to our interviewees and coordinators to ensure all questions are answered, objectives are clear and everyone has an understanding of how the process will occur. We approach the production phase from a very personal angle, ensuring all subjects are comfortable with our team and our equipment. We take care during the interview process so participants know what to expect. We have deep respect for every step of the process and the subjects that we work with.
You can be involved as much or as little as you desire - it will be slightly different for everybody. We can take over the entire process as long as we're given a clear objective for the project and are connected to the desired subjects. With that piece of initial direction and connections to video participants, we can carry out a project with little effort from the client.
Yes! We offer consulting for clients who would like a story development team. We believe you have the pieces to a beautiful, impactful story and we can provide the direction and insight that fits those pieces together.
Absolutely - we understand that the client may know exactly what they want and how it should look, they just don't have the means to produce it. We can work under a client's close direction to produce the story they envision.
Due to advancement in filmmaking tools these days, high production value doesn't require a lot of equipment. For a normal shoot, we typically travel with a few small cases only. Everything fits compactly enough for us to be free-moving and be able to jump at shooting opportunities swiftly and without disruption to the environment we're in. We generally travel with a team of 2 to 4 people (1 videographer / 1 producer or 2 videographers / 2 producers).
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