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Meet Jeffrey Riley | Owner & Cinematographer

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Jeffrey Riley. Jeffrey is a Cinematographer, owner of Noble Bison Productions and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Jeffrey below.

Jeffrey, it’s been too long since we last connected. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with our community again. Some readers might have missed our prior conversations, so maybe you can kick things off for us with a quick intro?
Hi, My name is Jeffrey Riley and I am part-owner of the Denver-based video production company, Noble Bison Productions. We create content of all shapes and sizes such as corporate interviews, commercials, short films, music videos, and everything in between. We are very passionate about the work we do and truly strive to put the client first so that their needs are served to the best of our abilities.

Thanks for the quick intro. I’s been over a year since the last interview, so we’ve love to hear an update on how Noble Bison Productions has been doing?
Last we spoke, the business was just getting up and running. Since then we’ve actually exceeded our expected numbers. We’ve been super fortunate to have some amazing clients that have allowed us to do what we do best, be creative with technical precision. We’ve really fleshed out the ins and outs of running this business and a workflow that is productive for us and our clients. When Covid hit, we were pretty nervous about how we might fare, but it’s actually been pretty nonstop. We’re extremely grateful for all of the opportunities we’ve had thus far and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

Can you talk to us about one of your favorite projects?
I’m glad you asked! My favorite project without a doubt is the music video “Warpaint” that we made for the band “Silo” you can check it out at this link: https://www.noblebisonproductions.com/portfolio/silo-warpaint-music-video
This was a crazy project for us in more ways than one. Firstly, this was our second project with the band and at this point, we had earned their trust as creatives, so we found ourselves with the opportunity to really take full control of the project. Generally, bands have ideas of their own as to what they want to shoot or stories they want to tell, but in this case, we were lucky to have a blank canvas. I had been wanting to shoot a modern spaghetti western for a long time and this was exactly the opportunity I was waiting for. I wrote this treatment of a badass lone gunner woman who is pulling the lead singer along by a rope and a rifle to where they arrive at an abandoned barn. She single-handedly takes out the “bandits” played by members of the band and then leaves our singer tied upside down inside the barn. This was a cool opportunity to get footage of the singer singing the song tied upside down. Matt (the singer) was a fantastic sport about the process, even though it was pretty challenging to be upside down for so long and then having to perform on top of it! The video ends with one last shoot-out and our main character suffering a gun wound and then receiving some help from an unexpected person (spoilers) to where we fade the video to black. This video was sick for us in that we really got to step our game both cinematically and in crew resources! We really gave it our all by hiring an SFX artist for the gun wounds and even a VFX artist for muzzle flashes and some small blood squirts. The biggest challenge with this production and arguably any production was, of course, finding the location. We spent probably 5 whole days driving all over Colorado looking for the perfect barn. I got sooo lucky in that I found this barn out in Boulder right at the tail end of my journey for that day and it was literally PERFECT. In addition to the neighborhood all being extremely supportive, we even had a super friendly neighbor who opened their home to the production for both days we were shooting as a place to use the restroom and make coffee. Huge shout-out to Mary and Dwight!

Who is your ideal client and why?
Our ideal client is anyone who is willing to step outside of their comfort zone to be just a little more creative and put the story first before any other priority. The clients who understand this and let us run with them, always end up with the most captivating videos. Making a video for any need whether it’s a music video or a corporate interview always feels like a daunting task and it’s easy to do what everyone else does or what feels “safe.” I promise that putting in just a little extra effort and creativity along with the willingness to see it through has the potential to do so much more for your viewers and how they perceive you! The videos we’ve made with clients who were willing to be brave and creative are almost always the videos that stand out to people new to our work and it truly leaves a lasting impression.

Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
You can connect with us on our website: Noblebisonproductions.com. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook simply by searching “Noble Bison Productions.”

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