The Photographer

Volunteer NC & AmeriCorps

Through creative storytelling, we worked with Volunteer NC and AmeriCorps to share the heart behind their mission and encourage others to join.


Color Grading
Costuming & Props
Creative Direction
Production Planning
Script Writing
Sound Design
Talent Casting
VO Talent Casting


What is AmeriCorps? It’s a question Volunteer NC is used to answering. Similar to the military or Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is another form of service to our country, working with nonprofits, schools, public agencies, faith-based groups, and community organizations. AmeriCorps programs meet critical needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, as well as with our veterans and military families.

Volunteer NC advocates for individuals and communities to get involved with the needs of their own neighborhoods, through local and national programs like AmeriCorps. However, they were still missing connections with communities that could benefit from their programs. Going beyond definitions, they wanted to visually show the impact AmeriCorps programs have on hometowns throughout North Carolina.

In our creative direction, we showcased the needs in North Carolina through the lens of a photographer. The photographer captures beautiful yet somber photos all over the state of North Carolina, spotlighting the needs in each community. These photos are then viewed by AmeriCorps members who work to change them. In the end, these photos are a bit different instead showing the beneficial effects AmeriCorps had in each environment.

Highlighting all the ways AmeriCorps enables change with grants, assistance, and programs with real AmeriCorps members allowed future volunteers, and communities alike to see the impact and imagine how they could be a part of it.

“When our organization was faced with adjusting from our annual in person fundraising luncheon to a virtual event, we had little experience with hiring a company to produce this level of work. The turning point that inspired us to have faith in Amazing Studios was viewing examples of their other work, their clear connection with our mission, their supreme willingness to flex and bend based on multiple people starring in the video, multiple scripts to craft, multiple filming locations and lots of cooks in the SAFEchild kitchen. They also met a very aggressive timeline. I also had faith they would help us utilize a longer shelf life and therefore return on our investment by separating out pieces of the video in a way that they live impactfully on our website and we use all the time when hosting smaller virtual events or training. I used both of our featured story pieces recently - one when I live streaming to an audience and the other for a community stakeholders convening. That’s two intentional uses in just one week - 6 months after our initial virtual event. We also had the ability to share the video in its entirety to those who could not attend the scheduled first viewing for the virtual luncheon. Your responsiveness was always rapid and on point. We likely wore you out, but you never let that on. You outwardly displayed that we were a top priority and quite frankly that’s what our community’s children deserve.”

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