Who We Are

Our team has been working together since 2007, and combined, we have over 100 years of video production and editing experience. For us, it’s personal. We don’t outsource our work to the young filmmaker with the lowest rate. Instead, we’ve placed a premium on service by understanding your needs firsthand. That’s why we’re personally invested in getting you the video you want.

T.W. Li

Producer / Director

T.W. has been making video and film for more than 25 years. Since 1989 he has directed or photographed over 500 videos for businesses, including Reebok, VH-1, Chanel Fine Jewelry, Discovery Channel, Sears, and MTV Productions.

As a lighting and camera specialist, he directed the photography of 13 feature films including What’s the Matter with Kansas, based on the best selling book by Thomas Frank, and Pilot Season, directed by Sam Seder, and starring Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron, David Cross, and Isla Fisher.

T.W. has taught Cinematography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago, and his technical articles have been published in International Cinematographer, the magazine of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.

Suzanna Boelter

Project Manager

After getting her degree in electrical engineering from University of Illinois Chicago, Suzanna started her career supervising projects for a video game production company in Atlanta.

She then traveled all over the US, Canada, and Europe, managing tours for folk/roots bands.

Kenneth Reed

Post-Production Supervisor

Kenny earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. He has done camera and audio work for several networks, including MTV, Food Network, Fox, as well as several Chicago based production companies.

Kenny is an experimental filmmaker, and his short films have been shown in Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Ukraine, and all over the United States.

Brandon Petrizzo

Co-Producer

Brandon earned an art degree from Weber State University in 2011, and has spent over a decade working as a photographer and graphic designer.

He has directed several short films and his oil paintings have been shown in a number of Chicago galleries.

J.B. Schiess

Director of Photography

After completing the Cinematography curriculum at Columbia College Chicago, JB went on to shoot, direct, and edit a wide variety of projects. Having worked in fiction, non-fiction, and commercial spaces, he brings an informed expertise to every production.

Over the last 10 years, his work has been featured at the The Chicago Cultural Center, the Phoenix International Film Festival, and the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival, where his film won the Best Documentary, Jury Prize.

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Dawn Kraemer-Meseck

Accounts Manager

After high school, Dawn began her career in the automotive industry, where she learned the intricacies of accounting on 12 column green ledger paper. This experience led her to a degree in finance, which she obtained magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She has broad experience in several finance and accounting roles, focusing on client services.

  • Thanks for your work on the Commercial Real Estate Awards Video. It was a tremendous success. Everyone absolutely loved it, we got tons of great feedback. As usual, you guys rocked it again this year. Thank you for all your help, support and extra effort!

    Andrew J. Christensen Director of Promotions & Events, Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • These videos look really great. Everything is perfect. Thank you for helping us to think through our goals and knocking them out so fast. You guys are gems, and we really like working with you. I'm sure you'll be hearing from us again soon!

    Margaret Brask Office Manager, Smart & Associates, Inc.
  • The video looks great, super work. Thanks for putting this together on such short notice. I'll recommend you to our Chicago team for their videos in the future.

    Kenneth Jameson Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
  • T.W. is my first call for shoots in Chicago. We get frequent last-minute production requests, and he's always able to accommodate our schedule. Working on-site with these guys, you get more than just a camera crew, you get creative collaborators. I've also dispatched them on their own with high level clients. I can always count on their production acumen, professionalism, and eye for detail.

    Jean Whatley Executive Producer, Creative Producers Group, St. Louis
  • Video Parachute is always a joy to work with. They were very involved at the initial stage of our project and stayed there every step of the way. They are efficient and always keep our goals and vision in mind, both on the shoots and in the edits. Our videos are always on time and better than we originally envisioned.

    Amanda Krueger Vice President - Marketing, Guaranty Bank, Milwaukee
  • Thanks very much for pulling this off so quickly. The footage looks excellent. We love the view of snowy Chicago in the background, really brilliant!

    Frenske van den Dries Marketing & Business Development Advisor, PwC - Nederlands
  • Thank you for all your help in making our 25th Annual Spring Benefit such a success! The video was a big hit and it was great to have a team we trust to handle it all. I look forward to working together again.

    Kate Later Senior Director of Board Management and Special Events, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Thank you for the quick turnaround in getting these videos completed. The owner loves them and they're a great asset for our sales team. Your work will be a key part of our web site — GREAT JOB!!

    Lauryn Toczylowski Director of Marketing, Windy City Wire
  • The H&R Block convention video was a BIG HIT today!!! There will be a sequel next spring. Seriously, you guys did a great job.

    Richard Bumgarner Chief Creative Officer, HERO Marketing, SanFrancisco
  • First and foremost, the marketing video turned out great. Rob and David were very pleased with it at the tradeshow. The motion graphics worked really well.

    Chris Sullivan Vice President, Victory Management Group, Charlotte NC

A Chicago Video Production Company

Video Parachute is a proud Minority-Owned Business (MBE) certified by the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois

The members of our Chicago-based team are highly skilled and deeply experienced in all facets of video. We adapt to the way you want to work, putting your priorities first while understanding that every marketing department has different stakeholders throughout their organization.

Don’t worry, we’ll work to ensure that they are just as excited about your final video as you and your audiences are.

Let’s talk about your video or virtual event.

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