SECTION 01 / about us
At Venture Visuals, we’re storytellers first, image makers second. If an image doesn’t prompt a reaction, it’s not ours. When a brand, any brand, can look directly in the mirror and know exactly who they are, that’s powerful. This is where it starts. We combine technical mastery and basic human instinct to create brand advocates, believers and friends.FEATURED WORK
SECTION 02 / our approach
Once we establish the structure of a story, we mine the fringes, explore the margins and see what else can be found. Our goal is to uncover those honest, magical, unpredictable moments—from fingerprints and unkempt hair to blurred focus, spattered lenses and chocolate-covered kids. Our approach, simplified: Always make an impression. Never play it safe.
SECTION 03 / our team
Tom Kranzle, eternally smiling and deeply optimistic, founded Venture Visuals in 2005, believing a small, creatively-driven studio could be useful to some of the world’s most iconic brands. (He was right, of course.) Personally, he’s a picture of grace, perennially unperturbed, easygoing, attentive. Professionally, this Brooks alum has been directing and shooting commercials, music videos, feature-length docs and shareable entertainment for the past fifteen years.
Fresh in from Droga5, Sara Vander Horn is a bastion of peace and tranquility. She exists within the well-ordered world all of us imagine, wherein projects are completed on time and within budget. Clients (Google, Sprint) unanimously love her, as she is both cheerful (good for the soul), and forward-thinking (good for the blood pressure). A once-upon-a-time AD, Editor and Script Supervisor, Sara’s previous work earned her a bronze Cannes Lion, and a silver “Branded Entertainment” award at The One Show.
Dodging the rare honor of being named Adweek’s “Creative Director of the Decade” by a matter of inches, Benjamin Roy has nonetheless been shaping cultures, blazing trails and building world-class brands. He authored books for GoPro and Google, and developed the Creator’s Project—a joint partnership with Vice. Previously, he was an editor-at-large for Skateboarder and Strength. More previously, he was snowboarding against some of the biggest names in the sport, and losing. C’est la vie, no? It’s all downhill from here.
Jake Wasserman is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Over his storied career, he’s produced critically-acclaimed films such as James White (Sundance NEXT Audience Award) and The Eyes of My Mother (Sundance NEXT Official Selection). Jake’s also produced and directed several award-winning commercials, music videos, and VR films for The North Face, Gatorade, The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music, and Samsung.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Tye French (who is, strangely enough, neither bohemian nor Francophile) is a true gunslinger behind the camera and cinematographer sine qua non. Technical to a fault, this human Swiss Army knife is also newly-married, deeply-committed and sweetly in love. On location, however, he transforms into a light-splaying, drone-flying, habanero-flavored, take-no-prisoners DP.
In response to Hendrix, yes. Kelli Garces is experienced, and like a proper rock ‘n roller, she loves nothing more than plugging in and turning bright ideas to eleven. She’s responsible for live action, editorial, animation, design and audio production from pre through post. In her spare time she enjoys casting, budgeting, general whip crackery and artist negotiations. Did we mention she rocks?
POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
Channing Nunn loves nothing more than storytelling, which is great unless you need to go somewhere and he’s still talking. He’s also wise, friendly, intuitive and insightful—traits that serve him well in post—where building bridges between people is job one. From beginning to end, color to sound, Channing has the power to captivate. Brands like Microsoft, Sanuk and Marmot seem to like him too.
James Prola is an award-winning filmmaker and motion designer with 15 glorious years of hard work, sacrifice and beautiful images under his belt.12 films in, and 35 commercials later (including the recently completed documentary, “We Are Epic”) James’ delight in the craft couldn’t be higher. He’s both subtle and precise, and we’re happy as hell to have him join our team.
Nick Nelson entered the Venture Visuals orbit at high velocity and has yet to slow down. He’s now on his second circumnavigation of the Golden State (emanating from the Capital, where he was born) on behalf of Visit California. He’s a straight shooter (sans tripod), a gentle spirit (sans, and doesn’t need November to tell him it’s okay not to shave.
Tate Larrick, known on the street by his French Chilean auteur alias, “Joaquin”, Pronounced “Joking”. (Jk, but really.) Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Tate Larrick has found a way to combine the nine things he’s passionate about: art, community, humor, pickles, dog, dyslexia, miniature golf, turtlenecks, pickles and surfing. We promise you he exists, and that is a real mustache.
SECTION 04 / our clients
SECTION 05 / our capabilities
SECTION 06 / our specialties