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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Thank you SO MUCH for helping us get our video and presentation together. It looks great and we really appreciate your indulgence and extra effort. Your team is awesome!!

    Barbara Maloof Public Information Officer, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • 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.
  • These guys are fantastic to work with. I’d recommend them to anybody. They collaborate well with all our stakeholders, both internal and external. Video Parachute is a valuable and trusted part of our team. We’ve worked together many times.

    Tweed Thornton Executive Director, City Club of Chicago
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you did to make yesterday's event a success. This was a high-caliber guest list and your team delivered a high-caliber experience for them.  Your professionalism, flexibility, patience and your ability to anticipate LGC staff's needs were so appreciated. Our at-home guests were so grateful to be included in such a meaningful (and cool!) way.

    Sarah Morse Corporate Relations and Program Manager, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • It was a thrill to work with Video Parachute once again and everyone else at PCC now realizes why Kimberley and I were so excited to work with your company for the 2020 Golden Trumpet Awards. Everything was perfect from the interactive platform to on-screen graphics to the virtual shoots to handling Q&A for attendees during the ceremony. Thank you for being wonderful partners. Truly a great production all around. We look forward to keeping the partnership going!

    Tweed Thornton Publicity Club of Chicago
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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