The People Have Spoken, and They Like Videos

In the fall of 1997, I was an English teacher at a local high school when a computer connected to this weird “Internet” thing was dropped on my desk. Not knowing what the term “early adopter” even meant at that time, I was quickly swept away with the possibilities of how this technology could engage students and enhance their learning. I was particularly drawn to this ability to access a seemingly bottomless treasure trove of useful videos. Even though most were terribly grainy and pixelated, they helped me communicate profound lessons and stories in a way that I could never […] Read more »

Initial Thoughts on the Concept of Story

Cave Painting

Photo Credit: Rob Gallop “The secret of eloquence lies in believing passionately in what you’re talking about.” – Jon Steel, The Perfect Pitch. Since the dawn of time, humans have felt compelled to be a social creature. We connect and live together. We break bread together. We clearly have a strong innate desire to be relational, to find ways to make deeper connections with our loved ones and those around us. Over time, the oral tradition of storytelling gave way to the printing press, which in turn gave way to the digital age. Indeed, many believe that the Creator of […] Read more »

Heading to KC

We are heading to Kansas City in a few hours to participate in the Philanthropy Midwest Conference.  We are excited to break out the orange couch again.  Funny thing…we learned in D.C. that it costs more to ship our little couch back home than it does to buy a new one including shipping it to a new destination.  So hopefully Target will keep stocking them if we are to be successful at branding Reliant as the company with the orange couch at our conferences. Read more »

Heading to D.C.

Reliant is excited to be at this year’s Bridge Conference in Washington D.C., July 20-22. Bridge is a gathering of fundraising and marketing types who have a passion for helping nonprofits. Our team would love to connect and hear your story. Come join us at Booth 137 (look for the orange couch and big TV). To make sure we connect, reach out to Paul Vachal or Jeff Valder. Looking forward to meeting you! Read more »

3D Isn’t for Me

Gimmick, trend, fad…new storytelling standard?  It’s hard to tell exactly where the recent resurgence in 3D will fall.  Is it anything more than what it’s been in the past, which is mere spectacle?  In my opinion, no.  Granted, people enjoy seeing things in new and exciting ways. In terms of storytelling, however, it’s hard to argue with anything more than the standards that were established in film by pioneers like D.W. Griffith, and also with the basics of storytelling that were set forth by the ancient Greeks. Storytelling at its purest will do more to pull us in and grip […] Read more »

Crafted in the Heartland… Ready for the World

After the success of the first video in 2009 Lincoln Chrome, a division of Lincoln Industries, hired Reliant to come back out and produce a new video for 2011.  From the guys on the manufacturing floor to the truckers on the road learn how and why Lincoln Chrome makes the best truck stacks on the market! “Reliant Studios has played a major role in the promotion of the Lincoln Chrome brand. Their staff engaged our customers flawlessly and produced a video that is treasured in the industry.  They act as an extension to my team and represent our company very […] Read more »