Manley Films

About Manley Films

A modern, global creative agency offering a complete suite of services.

WHO WE ARE

Manley Films is the creative agency that has revolutionized the old, stale ad agency model.

You deserve fast responses. You deserve an agency that becomes an extension of your team so you can achieve your goals. Furthermore, your time and money are valuable and should be treated with respect.

That’s why we have the equipment and people you need, in-house, for all of your advertising needs. In short, we make your job easier and we have fun doing it. 

WHAT WE CREATE

First and foremost, we want you to win.

From concept to final deliverable, we work closely with you to produce national and local television commercials, copywriting, graphic design, still-photography, podcasts, live-streaming, internal and external video content, scripting, post-production, feature film editing, color-grading and strategic marketing messaging and campaigns.

OUR MISSION

We make your job easier by eliminating traditional agency shenanigans. Ultimately, your unique company culture is what drives our creative collaboration.

CORE VALUES

Wear Everyone’s Shoes
When we make it a daily practice to truly walk in other people’s shoes, we begin to bury hate, bias, anger, misunderstandings and so many other negative things. When we open our minds to each unique situation and each unique person, that gives us the opportunity to treat every new project and every new client with excitement and energy.

Never Stop Never Stopping
We give it our all during the moment we’re currently in. We strive for excellence at work AND at home. We remind ourselves to rest and recharge. Most importantly, it’s a reminder to not take everything so seriously.

Be Ready for the Curve
Ready for The Curve means we plan and overplan so that when something doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to, we’re easily able to find the solution for ourselves and for our clients.

Make Everything Better
We make our clients’ lives better by taking care of their projects and exceeding their expectations. We make each other better by respecting and genuinely caring about one another. We have a daily opportunity to make the world a better place, not only with the work we do for our paying clients, but for the in-kind charity work we do for our non-paying clients.

MEET THE MANLEY FILMS TEAM

Jim Manley

Jim Manley

CEO & DIRECTOR

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Jim is a seasoned project leader with hundreds of successful projects created in his career. An award winning director, he manages all production projects from concept to final. He has been creating videos for nearly 30 years and has won many awards, including 28 Rocky Mountain Emmys and 2 worldwide film festival awards. In addition to being a Dad of 3 boys, Jim is also an educator, a Phoenix Theatre Company board member, a member of the Suns Charities 88 philanthropy group and an advisory board member for the Phoenix Film Foundation.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: The wide variety of projects we get to work on every single day with our valued clients. Watching the Manley Films team doing everything they can to always make those projects better for our valued clients.

At home: My family is numero uno. Always. My wife, my 3 boys, my dog, my parents, and my brothers and sisters. Also, giving back to the community that has given so much to me by serving on various boards in Arizona and contributing to causes however I can.

Rich Beissel

Rich Beissel

COO

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Rich is an award-winning videographer and editor who has been with Manley Films since 2010. Altogether, Rich has managed all operations including videography and post-production editing. Known for his attention to detail, artistic eye and strategic storytelling, Rich leverages his unique perspective to bring campaigns to life for clients like U-Haul and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I work with the best team in the business. They are consummate professionals, but they are also genuinely good people.

At home: My wife and my kids make me smile every day. Also the idea of the Phoenix Suns not being terrible at basketball.

Jason Allread

Jason Allread

HEAD OF PRODUCTION / LEAD PRODUCER / ACCOUNT MANAGER

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Jason has been creating and producing video projects for over 20 years, ranging from local television news to national weekly programming for ESPN. His portfolio also includes numerous commercial and corporate projects. Combining his knack for logistics and details with his passion for creativity, Jason likes focusing on seeing a project develop from creation to completion. Indeed, he feels that he’s never worked a day in his life being in this business! A native of Ohio, Jason and his wife, Monica, have lived in North Phoenix since 2002 and enjoy spending time with their 2 rescue dogs, Zeke & Kosar.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love when the pre-production planning for any project,  big or small, comes together and is put into action by the best crew in the business.

At home: Spending time with my wife and family, traveling, being active, and following my favorite sports teams.

Crystal Baus

Crystal Baus

STRATEGIC MARKETING DIRECTOR / ACCOUNT MANAGER

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Crystal brings her extensive marketing experience to Manley Films from developing successful global marketing campaigns and growth strategies. Likewise, she has experience implementing and executing integrated public relations, communication and social strategies. Additionally, she’s practiced in the health and wellness, insurance, digital graphics, specialty oil, industrial gas, agriculture, cloud technology solutions and medical industries. From account management to driving new business, she draws from her experience to generate innovative ideas. Altogether, her focus is on taking clients’ communication planning and strategies to the next level.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I’m honored to work with such a talented and creative team. They produce amazing work because they think outside the box.  It’s a great balance of professionalism, with genuine, goofy personalities that makes working together fun! Also, the variety of clients keeps every day exciting, which I love!

At home: I love playing sand-volleyball, hiking, running, experimenting with food, traveling and hanging out with Sadie-pup, my energetic little jack-Russell. I’m also grateful to have an amazing family and circle of friends that brighten my life!

Zack Bender

Zack Bender

LEAD EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION

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Zack is very passionate about all post-production and specializes in film and video editing. His pursuit of post-production mastery started at the age of 10 and he continues to learn new tools, techniques, regulations, specifications and other nerdy stuff. Additionally, his experience includes freelance editing for film, video and television, as well as two years at LinkedIn. Zack cherishes his wife and their son, and feels blessed to come home to them every day.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love guiding the viewer’s attention and emotion through the art of editing to serve whatever story is being told.

At home: I love spending time with my wife and son, playing board games and watching films.

Anthony DiMaria

Anthony DiMaria

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Anthony watched The Fellowship of the Ring when he was 7 years old. From that moment, he was hooked on making movies. Through high school and college Anthony kept writing, directing, and producing projects. Altogether, this lead to opportunities to create short films, national commercials, and non-profit films in South Africa, Iceland, and Burundi. Recently, Anthony produced his first feature film, Teenage Badass, and is passionate about continuing to bring meaningful stories to life.

At work: Collaboration. I love working with talented people to take an idea from its inception to completion.  Ultimately, seeing how a project evolves and improves because of everyone involved is why I love creating.

At home: Traveling and seeing the world, spending time with people I love, and getting to explore outside makes me smile.

Jeff Dykhuizen

Jeff Dykhuizen

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

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Jeff Dykhuizen is an experienced independent filmmaker, producer and director. His passion for filmmaking  grew from his weekly trips to the movie theater with his parents. Altogether, his reel includes a diverse variety of projects and clients ranging from sports and news coverage to national commercials and feature films. Additionally, Jeff’s recent feature, Teenage Badass, was selected to have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

At work: I love the process and the people. I’m privileged to have worked on projects with the most amazing clients, cast and crew.

At home: Happily married, dad of a 3-year-old and two pups, shoots 35mm film and a Lakers fan for life.

EJ Hernandez

EJ Hernandez

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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EJ is an award-winning multimedia storyteller, director and documentary filmmaker. His previous posts include director of the Saturday editions of Good Evening Arizona as well as occasional Good Morning Arizona shows. Additionally, EJ was director and production crew member for Arizona Horizon, Videographer for Eight and Arizona PBS, and worked with Fox Sports Arizona.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: Creating and telling stories everyday & seeing how long I can keep up elaborate long running lies with my coworkers. When asked why: “Because I’m a storyteller!”

At home: Listening to vinyl on my porch, enjoying popcorn at the movies, and spending time with friends and family. Also, instagramming and riding my bike.

Matt Burkett

Matt Burkett

EDITOR

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Matt’s interest in filmmaking was spurred after his dad took him to see the original Jurassic Park. Since then, he has worked in film, television and streaming media.  His last short film was screened across the world where it won several awards and picked up distribution through Amazon Prime.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: Absolutely dig working with the team of creatives at Manley Films who all excel in different fields.

At home: Working on personal video projects and finding any and all excuses to travel back to Tokyo.

Brett Cline

Brett Cline

VIDEOGRAPHER & EQUIPMENT MANAGER

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Brett Cline discovered his love for film at a very young age when he would often spend time watching old classic movies with his father. Amazed by the films he watched, Brett desired to capture and tell his own stories through the lens of a camera. Knowing that his imagination had no boundaries, Brett strived to capture beautiful imagery and tell creative stories, just like filmmakers he admired.

Brett Cline studied film production at Scottsdale Community College and then gained years of experience working in the film industry in Los Angeles and Phoenix. Moreover, Brett has worked in the camera department for many corporate commercials, features, and award winning short films throughout all of Arizona. Brett’s biggest desire is to continue to strengthen and develop his own skills so that he can continue to create and tell stories so that they may impact and inspire others.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: My passion is my job and my job is to collaborate with my team to create the most beautiful and unique shots that we can for our clients. Every single shot, no matter how big or small, is equally important to the Manley Films team and I. Above all, my goal is to make sure the production is going as smooth as it can go whether it’s operating cameras or building unique rigs to help us be as creative as we can with our shots.

At home: When I’m not on set I’m outside climbing mountains, snowboarding, traveling, always looking for adventure and chasing the next big thrill. My life, like my work, is a story and I’m the author… so I better make it exciting.

Michael Kneller

Michael Kneller

EDITOR & SYSTEMS MANAGER

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Michael became an asset to the Manley team in 2015 when he came on board as a videographer and editor with a degree from Grand Canyon University. His interests in the world of multimedia are diverse and wide-ranging, giving him a plethora of opportunities to immerse himself in projects with his friends and colleagues. Michael is an accomplished videographer, production coordinator and innovative systems manager for the abundance of footage we accumulate every day here at Manley Films. Working at Manley and formerly living in New York City as a freelance editor has greatly informed his eye for quality, work ethic, and passion for narrative storytelling.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love hearing client feedback about how happy they are with the results of the projects they entrusted to us!

At home: Cherishing quality time and laughter with great friends

Hanna Lacy

Hanna Lacy

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

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Hanna has participated in the arts since the young age of 3. In high school, she directed and stage managed every play and musical produced at school from freshman to senior year. At her core though, she has always been amazed by the magic of movies. Taking words on paper and transforming them to the screen is simply magical.
Hanna has been trained in organizational leadership and project management, which she brings to the Manley team in her role of Production Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys shopping for vintage treasures and exploring new places.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: At work, Hanna is passionate about working smart and always bringing innovation to solution finding. Hanna strives to make her team members’ lives easier and to provide an awesome product to Manley’s clients.

At home: Animals! Before joining Manley, Hanna worked for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and loved being able to drive around to see the different animals! Besides loving animals, she is a strong advocate for animal rights and wildlife conservation.

Sarah Alvis

Sarah Alvis

MARKETING ASSISTANT

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Sarah’s love for marketing began as curiosity – what exactly IS marketing, anyway? But after taking a college marketing class for fun, she didn’t ever want to stop learning. The homework was simply too much fun!

Sarah began developing her skills as a marketing intern for a growing Bay Area startup. She now continues learning as she helps with paid ads, web optimization, and content management. She feels lucky to be part of such an extremely talented team at Manley Films.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love finding better and better ways to match prospective clients with an awesome solution. I believe marketing should truly be about helping people.

At home: I love cuddling my dog, Muffin, and going on outdoorsy photography adventures.

Natalie Bacon

Natalie Bacon

EDITOR

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Natalie has had a passion for storytelling and the world of post production since a young age. She began with small projects that were only to be seen by family and friends, and grew more fond of big production editing as her education reached higher levels. She has edited a plethora of short films, advertisements, trailers, etc. Natalie feels inspired and hopeful about her future in the filmmaking industry.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love working with the Manley Films team and appreciate the guidance and inspiration I’m surrounded with daily.

At home: In my spare time I love reading, watching movies, listening to musicals and spending time with my family and friends.

Courtney Pedroza

Courtney Pedroza

Director of Still Photography

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Courtney Pedroza is a passionate photographer who’s background is in photojournalism. Her work was regularly published with The New York Times, The Washington Post, Getty Images and The Wall Street Journal before joining Manley Films. She is from Arizona, but has worked at newspapers across the country photographing award-winning stories. Her love for photography started when she took her sister’s camera at 12 years old.

What I’m passionate about:

At Work: I am passionate about telling stories and making sure a vision is achieved through photos.

At Home: I love playing with my puppy, spending time with my family and doing yoga.