Manley Films

Manley Films MANLEY CREATIVE | Full-service, Global Creative Agency

We are a full-service marketing agency with a specialty in video and storytelling.
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We know how to leverage it for our clients' full-service marketing campaigns/projects. We offer a full suite of services for your marketing needs, including:
-Video Production
-Digital Marketing
-Strategy
-Animation
-Movies
-Still Photography
-Post-Production Editing
-Professional Film Coloring
-Scripting
-Copywriting
-Graphic Design
-Lead-Gen Campaigns

To kick off our new year, we wanted to highlight the man who started it all – our CEO Jim Manley!Q: What key lessons fro...
01/04/2024

To kick off our new year, we wanted to highlight the man who started it all – our CEO Jim Manley!

Q: What key lessons from the early photojournalism days have you carried with you into your role as CEO of Manley Creative?

A: A few things.

1-Be overprepared. What we do is supposed to be fun, for the most part. I've found that when the team is overprepared, things go more smoothly and the day is much more enjoyable...not just for us but for our valued clients as well.

2-Absorb the moment. I've been so lucky to be in a profession where I get to tell the stories of incredible people and awesome companies. I never take that for granted and I make it a point to embrace and remember every moment.

3-Listen and learn. I talk...a lot. But, I learned a long time ago that listening to others, understanding them, and learning from them is the most important part of a conversation.

4-It takes a team.

Q: How do you approach building and nurturing a team of creative professionals at Manley Creative, and what do you believe sets your team apart in the industry?

A: Like any successful business or sports team, everyone needs to be rowing in the same direction. Additionally, the team will continuously improve when they are open to new ideas, swallow their egos, consistently deliver quality, and take time to recharge.

I also strongly believe getting together as a team to develop and implement a set of core values and a core purpose is essential in nurturing a team of professionals. Everyone in our company knows and lives our 4 core values (at work and at home): Wear Everyone's Shoes, Ready for The Curve, Be Present, and Make Everything Better. And our core purpose: Genuinely caring about our clients, our clients, and our communities.

Q: We've talked about your professional journey, but I'm curious about your interests outside of work. Are there any hobbies or activities that you're particularly passionate about, and how do they bring balance to your role as CEO?

A: When I'm not at work, I do many things that help bring balance to my work role.

1-I play music with my family and/or my band. I've been playing piano, guitar, and singing since I was 5 years old. I have a saying I like to repeat from time to time: Where words fail, music speaks

2-Traveling with my family.

3-Exercise.

4-Going to concerts with my wife.

5-Doing things with the various non-profits I'm involved with. I'm currently the chairman of The Phoenix Theatre Company and we're smack dab in the middle of a $30M expansion.

6-Doing NYT crosswords.

7-Watching sports with my friends or just hanging out and chatting about life.

8-Listening to books about business and life. The Anatomy of Peace is my favorite book and I also enjoy a lot of books by Jim Collins.

Meet the Manley Creative team: https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

01/03/2024

Allow MD Helicopters to reintroduce themselves.

Brand storytelling is our passion, and we're honored to have been selected to partner with Ashley Sanchez and the MD Helicopters team to bring a fresh vision to this organization. Hear from Ashley about her problem, vision and how we worked together to make some magic.

https://bit.ly/3vn7tBC

The world of podcast marketing is booming. Learn how the surge in listenership and deep engagement are shaping podcasts ...
12/29/2023

The world of podcast marketing is booming. Learn how the surge in listenership and deep engagement are shaping podcasts into a vital marketing tool. Stay ahead of the curve in digital marketing with these insights, gathered just for you.

Understanding The Podcast Landscape  As we inch closer to 2024, we’re noticing a hike in interest in podcast marketing. This shift is more than just a fleeting trend– it’s a result of the change in the way audiences are consuming. As we gear up for the new year, let’s explore why podcast ma...

Our job is to make you look good. Every project, every deliverable, every time. Curious how we do it? Get in touch today...
12/21/2023

Our job is to make you look good. Every project, every deliverable, every time. Curious how we do it? Get in touch today.

https://manleycreative.com/

Lights, camera, action 🎥Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes with our latest shoot for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona ...
12/19/2023

Lights, camera, action 🎥

Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes with our latest shoot for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for their Body by Jake series, promoting accessible ways for getting your body moving and staying healthy. Can you take a guess what Jake is talking about in this shot?

Behind every polished video, is a set-up that brings your best story to light. From audio to visual, we take every produ...
12/12/2023

Behind every polished video, is a set-up that brings your best story to light. From audio to visual, we take every production to the next level.

Lean about our creative services: https://manleycreative.com/services/creative

We're always looking for ways to raise the bar, and that starts with our COO, Rich Beissel. With a long road of creative...
12/04/2023

We're always looking for ways to raise the bar, and that starts with our COO, Rich Beissel. With a long road of creative excellence, Rich shares a bit about his experience to date and approach to leading the team. Get to know Rich!

Q: Let's rewind a bit. Can you take us back to the early days of your career? What initially drew you to the creative field?

A: I got into the creative field by chance. At the time, I was a sophomore without a major and decided to follow a friend of mine down to the student station at ASU on the way to lunch one day. While down there, I found out that I was able to use cool video editing and camera equipment whenever I wanted. That seemed a lot more appealing to me than a career in accounting or sales. Thus a career was born.

Q: What’s your approach to maintaining high standards of quality throughout the creative process, from conceptualization to final delivery?

A: My approach is to make sure I hit two things.

Make sure whatever myself or my team puts out reflects what our client was requesting. If we are not fulfilling the clients needs, then the project is a failure.
I never want to put out just good enough. The goal for every project is to put out the best product possible with the given scope of the project. If you aren't always giving your client or yourself the best effort possible, then it's not good enough.

Q: If you could switch roles with anyone on the Manley Creative team for a day, who would it be and why? What do you think you'd enjoy most about stepping into their shoes for a day?

A: If I could switch roles with anyone at Manley Creative it would be our lead editor Zack Bender. I'm constantly in awe of his talent in every facet of editing, and I'd love to have a day that combines his skills, and my joy for everything creative.

Meet the team: https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

11/30/2023

Go behind the curtain with one of our brand builders, Director of Photography Courtney Pedroza. She brings magic to each and every client set, from setting the vision up front to making everyone comfortable in front of the camera. Can you guess her favorite joke to drop on set?

Check out our photography portfolio: https://bit.ly/3T6klGh

11/29/2023

The texts we love to see. We are honored to partner with The Phoenix Theatre Company to bring their events to life.
Learn more about our 5-star partnerships: https://manleycreative.com/

Culturally responsive advertising isn't just good ethics—it's good business. Learn the strategies that will help you con...
11/29/2023

Culturally responsive advertising isn't just good ethics—it's good business. Learn the strategies that will help you connect with your diverse audience and why it's crucial for your brand to embrace inclusivity and acknowledge your audience authentically.

https://bit.ly/47vuTTn

We call our process of operations "The Manley Way", and it always starts – and ends – with these four words. From onboar...
11/14/2023

We call our process of operations "The Manley Way", and it always starts – and ends – with these four words. From onboarding to final wrap, we're always big believers of listening to your challenges before assigning solutions, as well as taking any and all feedback to continue improving results.

Check out the seven steps of our legendary Manley Way. https://manleycreative.com/about

11/13/2023

Lead Producer, Jeff Dykhuizen, not only has great taste in filmmaking and creative arts – his midnight snack order isn't half bad, either. Meet Jeff!

https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

Partners that are so in sync with your business, that it feels like they're part of your team. That's the level of servi...
11/10/2023

Partners that are so in sync with your business, that it feels like they're part of your team. That's the level of service we strive for day in and day out with our clients.

Which services would be most valuable to add to your team? Check out what we do here: https://manleycreative.com/services

When it comes to digital marketing, Hillary Applegate is our go-to expert. From aerospace to guacamole, there aren't too...
11/09/2023

When it comes to digital marketing, Hillary Applegate is our go-to expert. From aerospace to guacamole, there aren't too many industries she hasn't worked in. We're always learning from her and had to ask a few questions to share with you all about her journey thus far.

Q: In the fast-paced world of digital marketing, staying inspired is crucial. How do you keep your creativity flowing and stay up to date with industry trends that can inform your strategies?

A: By surrounding myself with talented people, of course! Independent research is helpful, but working with other digital practitioners helps me pause to look at things differently – whether it’s rethinking how we build out an omnichannel campaign or where we show up on social media.

Q: What's a pivotal moment or learning experience from your past that significantly shaped your path and perspective in marketing?

A: My ideas that have flopped have paved the way for some of the most breakthrough moments in my marketing career. Learning to be okay with trial and error, especially in an ever-changing field, has allowed me to be quicker to adapt and offer better solutions for our clients compared to the standard cookie-cutter marketing.

Q: Content marketing plays a significant role in establishing thought leadership and building trust. How do you develop and implement content strategies that position our B2B clients as reliable sources of information within their industries?

A: People build trust in people. I think that one of the biggest B2B misconceptions is that you must be corporate… or in other words, stale. At the end of the day, humans are making these buying decisions. Content marketing allows for the real people behind these companies to shine in their own unique ways. When we partner with clients to break them out of that outdated mentality of B2B marketing, it paves the way for more meaningful and valuable information for everyone.

Meet the team at Manley Creative: https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

11/03/2023

After a fateful encounter with a local cult, Bradley is brought to the front door of their figure of worship: a mystical, powerful, somewhat reluctant Seer. With his help, Bradley unlocks the mysteries of his fate, decodes the secrets of his future –– and most importantly, discovers the virtues of mundanity.

Introducing “The Seer”, a short film produced by Manley Creative, starring Jacob Cano, Michael Margetis, Johnny Kalita, Stephen George, and John Ennis.

Out now.

https://bit.ly/3siwrkm

As a creative agency, we know how valuable the arts are. The transformation taking place at The Phoenix Theatre Company ...
11/02/2023

As a creative agency, we know how valuable the arts are. The transformation taking place at The Phoenix Theatre Company will bring people together to laugh, cry, and build new memories over a shared love of storytelling. With our own Jim Manley as President of the Board at The Phoenix Theatre, we couldn't be more proud.

Curious about the renovation? Dive in here: https://bit.ly/3S5NaCc

What do you get when you combine operational excellence with creative skillsets galore? Michael Kneller. Not only is our...
10/31/2023

What do you get when you combine operational excellence with creative skillsets galore? Michael Kneller. Not only is our Systems Director the one who keeps our technology running and efficient for clients - Michael is also a talented creator, writing and directing our latest short film "The Seer". Get to know Michael below!

As someone who wears multiple hats and manages various aspects of the agency, including IT systems and office management, how do you effectively stay organized and prioritize multiple requests to ensure each task receives the attention it deserves?

- Keeping organized while managing such a variety of systems and user needs can be challenging, not unlike playing "keep-it-up" with a hundred balloons. Over a cactus field. And the balloons have people in them, and expensive computers.

I find it extremely important to have a strict queuing system for requests, tasks, and overarching projects. Creating several easy pathways for users to communicate their support needs helps me organize, prioritize and focus on the most pertinent issues at hand.

Looking ahead, what technological trends do you see shaping the future of Manley Creative, and how do you plan to prepare the team for those changes?

- I think it’s already become clear to most people that most businesses, Manley included, are going to be heavily influenced by this confluence of emerging technologies that are getting tons of buzz right now. Artificial intelligence will no doubt reshape content creation and predictive analytics, while augmented and virtual reality will revolutionize storytelling and experiential marketing. Any presentation you'll see on the emergence of these technologies invariably hit three bullet points: 1. They're amazing. 2. They're scary. And 3. Get ready.

To ensure we’re prepared, we're investing in continuous training and research in technical innovations, fostering a culture of adaptability and innovation within our business, and focusing on a deep understanding of data ethics and responsible AI to ensure our campaigns are not just technologically advanced, but also socially responsible, with a people-before-profits mentality.

10/26/2023

After a fateful encounter with a local cult, Bradley is brought to the front door of their figure of worship: a mystical, powerful, somewhat reluctant Seer. With his help, Bradley unlocks the mysteries of his fate, decodes the secrets of his future –– and most importantly, discovers the virtues of mundanity.

Watch our short film "The Seer", out at 12PM 10/27. https://bit.ly/3tPI1n

10/25/2023

You have challenges, we bring solutions. Hear from Erica Brinker on the quality that Manley Creative brings to the table time and time again.

2024 is around the corner. Let's tackle your problems together.
https://manleycreative.com/

10/19/2023

Exciting times ahead as our CEO, Jim Manley, helps kickstart a major renovation at the Phoenix Theatre Company, a project close to our hearts at Manley Creative. Dive into our latest blog to discover more about our commitment to nurturing the arts and the community in Phoenix.

https://bit.ly/3S5NaCc

10/17/2023

The right choice, every time. Hear from U-Haul on why Manley Creative stood out in a sea of shops to take on their national creative campaign.

https://bit.ly/46AB5cm

We're beyond lucky to have the talented Mariah Ahern on our team. As Senior Graphic Designer, Mariah brings a balance of...
10/11/2023

We're beyond lucky to have the talented Mariah Ahern on our team. As Senior Graphic Designer, Mariah brings a balance of creativity and precision to our team. Her ability to ideate and dream beyond a simple task gives our clients a creative edge in their design work. Get to know Mariah!

Q: What external factors, whether it's art, nature, or technology, consistently spark your creativity and influence the designs you create?

A: There are a lot of factors that inspire/influence me daily, thanks to all the amazing artists consistently putting their work on social media. I’m inspired by digital artists, photographers, sculptors, and animators. I enjoy seeing work that is different from the norm, nowadays a lot of art can feel the same, so finding those gems out there is inspiring. I also question how a certain artist makes their work and how I can mold it into my own. I think that what makes being creative great is you are constantly pushing yourself and finding ways to grow your art and yourself.

Q: Collaborating with clients to bring their vision to life is crucial. How do you initiate and maintain a productive creative dialogue that ensures your designs align with their expectations?

A: I ask questions that will aid me in the design process. Most importantly the “why” behind their design needs and the “who”. It’s hard to create a design without those deeper questions. Secondly, I like to ask what are the parts of this design that need to stand out? What information is important to convey to the client/viewer? Lastly, I move to the overall theme of the design they want. Do they want simple, modern? Do they want edgy, abstract? Are there other designs that have caught their attention and they want their work to resemble? Long story short, ask the important questions!

Meet our whole team of designers, strategists and brand magicians: https://bit.ly/3P3eC1u

Data sparks creative ideas. Learn from real-world examples like Netflix, which shows how a good mix of data and creativi...
10/10/2023

Data sparks creative ideas. Learn from real-world examples like Netflix, which shows how a good mix of data and creativity leads to a better understanding of what audiences want. It's not just about numbers, it's about making those numbers tell a compelling story. Explore our analysis here: https://bit.ly/45q6IUD

Our digital marketing services ensure your message reaches the right eyes and ears. With a rich history in production an...
10/06/2023

Our digital marketing services ensure your message reaches the right eyes and ears. With a rich history in production and distribution, we're experts at connecting your brand's story to your audience efficiently and within budget. Explore our services and let's amplify your presence in the digital world.

Stalk this service: https://manleycreative.com/services/marketing

10/05/2023

Above and beyond is what we aim for. Hear it from from Erica Brinker in her own words about what makes Manley Creative a partner or the long haul.

https://bit.ly/45IZ4G2

10/02/2023

Can you guess what the first assignment Jason Allread ever worked on at Manley Creative? Drop your guess in the comments and watch to learn more our our Head of Production who is responsible for making every production that runs through our doors run smoothly and exceed expectations.

Get to know Manley Creative: https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

Shannon brings the steadiness of an air traffic controller with the sharpness of a chess grandmaster in her role as proj...
09/27/2023

Shannon brings the steadiness of an air traffic controller with the sharpness of a chess grandmaster in her role as project manager. Get to know how she balances it all, while bringing every project to the finish line here at Manley Creative.

You work on a multitude of projects simultaneously in your day-to-day. Do you have any tips for staying organized and managing the various moving parts of coordinating multiple creative projects at once?

My best advice would be to make sure you are balancing out what you need to accomplish each day. I always keep my calendar updated with notes on anything I need to follow up on. That way, I can reference it and ensure everything is being addressed. Additionally, I would say it is important to always be flexible. You cannot always rely on sticking to that calendar, so it is great to be aware of that and prepared when things change.

As project manager how do you approach project planning and scheduling to ensure deadlines are met and resources are allocated effectively?

The starting point is always to prioritize the client’s needs. From there, communication. My approach can vary depending on the project but making sure there is open conversation between myself and the team throughout helps ensure we are setting every project up for success.

At Manley Creative, you get to work on diverse projects across different industries and sectors. What do you enjoy most about working on such a wide range of projects?

I really enjoy the opportunity to work with all our clients from such diverse sectors. It is always exciting to become an extension of their team and learn more about their industries. I love how it makes every day unique!

https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

At Manley Creative, we're not just setting up a strategy; we're crafting a roadmap to your long-term success. Whether yo...
09/26/2023

At Manley Creative, we're not just setting up a strategy; we're crafting a roadmap to your long-term success. Whether you have data to leverage or need our expertise to find the perfect insights, trust us to handle it with care and creativity. Let's chart your path to success together!

Check out our strategy services: https://bit.ly/3RvJLMB

Meet Ashley Carnacross, the brains behind our production coordination! She is always looking ahead to forecast how she c...
09/20/2023

Meet Ashley Carnacross, the brains behind our production coordination! She is always looking ahead to forecast how she can make projects run more efficiently, keeping our team and clients on pace for a production that exceeds expectations.

❓If you had the opportunity to work on a dream production, what type of project would it be, and what role would you most enjoy in bringing it to life?

🔈If we’re talking about “dreams”, then I’d want to go back in time and work as a Producer on the 1998 show “Charmed”. Not only is it my favorite show of all time, but it would truly be incredible to help produce such a fantasy/effects-driven show. I can imagine every day needs to be very creative to pull off a high fantasy show like that in the 90s/early 2000s. I’m not sure I’d want to work on a long-running TV show for a living, but if this was a dream world then I’d give it a shot!

❓Can you tell us about a particularly challenging project you've successfully coordinated and how your expertise played a pivotal role in its successful ex*****on?

🔈I’ve been a Production Coordinator/Manager for around 5 years, and honestly every project I take on is different than the next and challenging in its own way. I’ve worked on everything from short films down to local car commercials. That large range really is what I love about coordinating, especially coordinating the commercial/video productions we do for our clients. Not only do we get to peek into such vastly different worlds with each new project, but also no day is the same when it comes to coordinating these wildly different productions. That makes my job a bit challenging, but also what makes it so exciting!

❓For someone aspiring to be a successful production coordinator, what advice would you offer in terms of honing the necessary skills and developing the right mindset for the role?

🔈An amazing Production Coordinator is always thinking about their team/crew and wonderfully communicating with and for them. Truly understanding, listening, and communicating with the team and crew is extremely vital. I am always thinking about what they need to be successful and efficient on the production day. The best part of my job is when I truly feel I know, or can anticipate the team’s needs and ultimately plan a successful day where everyone on set truly shines.

https://manleycreative.com/meet-the-team

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