BEHIND THE SCENES

Experience and Never Forget

Our clients call us when they want to dream.

Ascender Films, Inc. believes firmly in reviving the lost art of storytelling.  We focus as much on pre-production, concept research and visual design as we do the actual production.  It informs our visual approach during production and singularly guarantees a flawless production experience for our clients as well as on-screen participants.

Production & Post-Production

PRODUCTION PLANNING, COORDINATION & EXECUTION

Our experienced production coordination and management will deliver your content on time and within budget. The only surprises that you should expect will in be our high levels of collaboration, creativity and service.

Post Production

Our post-production process is not a hidden 'black-box' experience. We work collaboratively with consultants and our clients. No matter where you are you can quickly see and review our progress.

ANIMATION & MOTION DESIGN

Our exceptional motion design and animation services will improve any presentation.

#LET'S GET SOCIAL

We got a surprise from Oakland today!

#thankyou #wandascooking #chowchow #allflavors #getsum #getyours  #mild #sweet #africahot #olives  #support #smallbusiness #blackchefs #blackbusiness #blackfood #blackfoodways

We got a surprise from Oakland today!

#thankyou #wandascooking #chowchow #allflavors #getsum #getyours #mild #sweet #africahot #olives #support #smallbusiness #blackchefs #blackbusiness #blackfood #blackfoodways
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Design is storytelling.

#design #coverart #graphicdesign #process #colonelcharlesyoung #archival #blackhistory #historicalphoto #compositing #photoshop #history #blacksoldiers #WWII #newmusic #losemymind @calvinpresents

Design is storytelling.

#design #coverart #graphicdesign #process #colonelcharlesyoung #archival #blackhistory #historicalphoto #compositing #photoshop #history #blacksoldiers #WWII #newmusic #losemymind @calvinpresents
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Happy Juneteenth! 
We shot much of this footage 5 years ago in Historic Five Points, in Denver, Colorado. It was our first time shooting a Juneteenth Festival, but even more momentous because  that weekend we were producing our first black foodways project. 
This journey has been incredibly rewarding. We are eternally grateful for all that we have learned, all the talented black culinary talents we have met and been blessed to worked with, and all of the great food we have tasted, since. Our interest, understanding and technical capacity to tell these stories has grown substantially since then.

5 years later....and we are just getting started!

#juneteeth #celebration #festival #denver #fivepointsdenver #growth #blackstories #commitment #blackfoodways #ourstories #storytelling #producerlife #cinco  #ascenderfilmsinc

Happy Juneteenth!
We shot much of this footage 5 years ago in Historic Five Points, in Denver, Colorado. It was our first time shooting a Juneteenth Festival, but even more momentous because that weekend we were producing our first black foodways project.
This journey has been incredibly rewarding. We are eternally grateful for all that we have learned, all the talented black culinary talents we have met and been blessed to worked with, and all of the great food we have tasted, since. Our interest, understanding and technical capacity to tell these stories has grown substantially since then.

5 years later....and we are just getting started!

#juneteeth #celebration #festival #denver #fivepointsdenver #growth #blackstories #commitment #blackfoodways #ourstories #storytelling #producerlife #cinco #ascenderfilmsinc
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Daydreaming and Designing... #drafts #coverart #afrofuturism #design #digitalart #photoshop #adobe #composition #illustration #conceptart #coverart #next #futurism #futuristic #ascenderfilmsinc

Daydreaming and Designing... #drafts #coverart #afrofuturism #design #digitalart #photoshop #adobe #composition #illustration #conceptart #coverart #next #futurism #futuristic #ascenderfilmsinc ...

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Support your favorite restuarant today during The Great American Take Out.

Stay healthy. Stay hydrated and Stay motivated, my friends!

#timelinetuesdays #postproduction #avid #avidmediacomposer #innovateordie #editing #producerlife #disruption #ourstories #storytelling #cantstopwontstop #blackfoodways #blackchefs  #revival #next #honeysuckle #chefomartate #chef #artist #poet #preachersofcuisine #series #digitalseries

Support your favorite restuarant today during The Great American Take Out.

Stay healthy. Stay hydrated and Stay motivated, my friends!

#timelinetuesdays #postproduction #avid #avidmediacomposer #innovateordie #editing #producerlife #disruption #ourstories #storytelling #cantstopwontstop #blackfoodways #blackchefs #revival #next #honeysuckle #chefomartate #chef #artist #poet #preachersofcuisine #series #digitalseries
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Tonya Thomas, General Manager of Ida B.’s Table speaks to how she gained experience in the restaurant industry and the challenges that many still women face.

Follow project @preachersofcuisine

#blackgirlmagic #womenshistorymonth #experience # girlpower #ownership #smallbiz #smallbusiness #boss #businesswoman #revival #preachersofcuisine #blackfoodways  #blackownedbusiness

Tonya Thomas, General Manager of Ida B.’s Table speaks to how she gained experience in the restaurant industry and the challenges that many still women face.

Follow project @preachersofcuisine

#blackgirlmagic #womenshistorymonth #experience # girlpower #ownership #smallbiz #smallbusiness #boss #businesswoman #revival #preachersofcuisine #blackfoodways #blackownedbusiness
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Mrs. Peart captured the BTS this weekend at the @chswineandfood festival.

Mrs. Peart captured the BTS this weekend at the @chswineandfood festival. ...

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Taste The Revolution!

Follow this project @preachersofcuisine

#revival  #blackfoodways #soulfood #next #chickenyassa #herbandsoulrolls #oxtails #foodporn #soulfoodporn #idabstable #baltimore  #preachersofcuisine

Taste The Revolution!

Follow this project @preachersofcuisine

#revival #blackfoodways #soulfood #next #chickenyassa #herbandsoulrolls #oxtails #foodporn #soulfoodporn #idabstable #baltimore #preachersofcuisine
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New work. New approaches.

Follow our progress in telling black food stories @preachersofcuisine

#revival #series #chefprofiles #foodart #avid #avidmediacomposer2019 #profilestories #shortdocs #blackfoodways

New work. New approaches.

Follow our progress in telling black food stories @preachersofcuisine

#revival #series #chefprofiles #foodart #avid #avidmediacomposer2019 #profilestories #shortdocs #blackfoodways
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This 2014 promo video for @pgaamcc features one of our favorite visual artist @ulyssesmarshallart. We had amazing day filming this brilliant artist at work.

#tbt #art #visualartist #painting #blackartist #artistinexile #artlife #maryland

This 2014 promo video for @pgaamcc features one of our favorite visual artist @ulyssesmarshallart. We had amazing day filming this brilliant artist at work.

#tbt #art #visualartist #painting #blackartist #artistinexile #artlife #maryland
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For 50 years, Maurice Queen aka "The Pony Man" has taught 1000s of kids and adults  horsemanship and riding lessons all across the Mid-Atlantic area.  out from our forthcoming documentary about the Bill Pickett Pickett Rodeo. He has never missed a BPIR championship since it first came to DC 35 years ago.

#timelinetuesdays #avid #avidmediacomposer #avid2019 #avidmediacomposer2019 #culture
#greatstories #postproduction #stringout #ponyman #blackcowboys #bpir #DC #blackrodeo #documentary #film #unscripted #interview #commitment #bpir #bpir35 #35 #cowboys #blackprestigefilms #producer #producerlife #ascenderfilms #

For 50 years, Maurice Queen aka "The Pony Man" has taught 1000s of kids and adults horsemanship and riding lessons all across the Mid-Atlantic area. out from our forthcoming documentary about the Bill Pickett Pickett Rodeo. He has never missed a BPIR championship since it first came to DC 35 years ago.

#timelinetuesdays #avid #avidmediacomposer #avid2019 #avidmediacomposer2019 #culture
#greatstories #postproduction #stringout #ponyman #blackcowboys #bpir #DC #blackrodeo #documentary #film #unscripted #interview #commitment #bpir #bpir35 #35 #cowboys #blackprestigefilms #producer #producerlife #ascenderfilms #
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Let's get it started!

#storytelling #producerlife #production #filmmaking #makers #creativity #writing
#screenwriting #postproduction
#Ascenderfilms

Let's get it started!

#storytelling #producerlife #production #filmmaking #makers #creativity #writing
#screenwriting #postproduction
#Ascenderfilms
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#motiongraphics #motiondesign #process #animation #digital #design #aftereffects #type #typography #production #Ascenderfilms

#motiongraphics #motiondesign #process #animation #digital #design #aftereffects #type #typography #production #Ascenderfilms ...

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Guess who picked up two TELLY Awards today? Today we brought home the bronze statues for our first black foodways short: 'Making Gumbo Jubilee:Triumph of Howard Conyers' and the second for 'Shaka's Story' from our 2018 public health video series for the CDC.

Much love to our team @jkcvisuals
@silhouettemedia, seansimmons and the East Coast's best MUA @christinmua for all that you do! And thanks to @carolinaqnola_phd and @shakabrown for trusting us to share your amazing stories.

#winners #grateful  #awardwinning #storytelling #blackfoodways #publichealth
#producerlife #tellyawards #production #filmmakers #teamwork #2019 #Ascenderfilms #ascendercommunications #weoutcheawinning #greatstories #greatstoriesmustbetold

Guess who picked up two TELLY Awards today? Today we brought home the bronze statues for our first black foodways short: 'Making Gumbo Jubilee:Triumph of Howard Conyers' and the second for 'Shaka's Story' from our 2018 public health video series for the CDC.

Much love to our team @jkcvisuals
@silhouettemedia, seansimmons and the East Coast's best MUA @christinmua for all that you do! And thanks to @carolinaqnola_phd and @shakabrown for trusting us to share your amazing stories.

#winners #grateful #awardwinning #storytelling #blackfoodways #publichealth
#producerlife #tellyawards #production #filmmakers #teamwork #2019 #Ascenderfilms #ascendercommunications #weoutcheawinning #greatstories #greatstoriesmustbetold
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Post-production is where the story comes together...Motion graphics makes it sweeter!

#storytelling #editing #postproduction #design #motiongraphics #type #production #producerlife #adobepremiere

Post-production is where the story comes together...Motion graphics makes it sweeter!

#storytelling #editing #postproduction #design #motiongraphics #type #production #producerlife #adobepremiere
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Happy Small Business Week! Be sure to support and promote those who you know really strive to live their entrepreneurial dreams and offer a quality products and services.

#support #smallbusiness #dreams #smallbusinesslife

Happy Small Business Week! Be sure to support and promote those who you know really strive to live their entrepreneurial dreams and offer a quality products and services.

#support #smallbusiness #dreams #smallbusinesslife
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Don't mind us.Just dreaming out loud... #next #rebranding #production #filmmaking #production #storytelling #culture #producerlife 
#productioncompany #cinematography #motiondesign  #documentary #animation #videoproduction #indiefilms #smallbusiness #dream #growthmindset #inspiration #ascendercommunications #ascenderfilms #ascenderfilmsinc #letustellyourstory

Don't mind us.Just dreaming out loud... #next #rebranding #production #filmmaking #production #storytelling #culture #producerlife
#productioncompany #cinematography #motiondesign #documentary #animation #videoproduction #indiefilms #smallbusiness #dream #growthmindset #inspiration #ascendercommunications #ascenderfilms #ascenderfilmsinc #letustellyourstory
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So many stories. So little time... What too often gets overlooked is the soul that has gone into making even the smallest thing ...GREAT.

#diaspora #diasporacooking #blackfoodways #idabstable #idabstablebaltimore #soulfood #ascenderFilms

So many stories. So little time... What too often gets overlooked is the soul that has gone into making even the smallest thing ...GREAT.

#diaspora #diasporacooking #blackfoodways #idabstable #idabstablebaltimore #soulfood #ascenderFilms
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Pre-Production... That is all.

#directing #scripted #storytelling
#storyboards #planning #illustration #filmmaking
#production #producerlife
#shots #shotlist #mastery
#craft #cinematography #ascendercommunications #dc
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold

Pre-Production... That is all.

#directing #scripted #storytelling
#storyboards #planning #illustration #filmmaking
#production #producerlife
#shots #shotlist #mastery
#craft #cinematography #ascendercommunications #dc
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold
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Dreaming...Designing...Building.

#wireframe #design #sketch #new #creative #digital #content #production #filmmaking #campaigns #planning #next #storytelling #ascendercommunications

Dreaming...Designing...Building.

#wireframe #design #sketch #new #creative #digital #content #production #filmmaking #campaigns #planning #next #storytelling #ascendercommunications
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It's amazing how many powerful #worklifelessons we can learn in the 1 week.  Already, this week has been all about allowing ourselves to dream bigger than the obstacles in front of us at any given time....now the work begins!

#worklifelessons #dreams #dreambigger #thenwork #work #inspiration #motivation #production #producerlife #filmmaking #dc #humpday #lessons
#content  #202creates #smallbusiness #creative #ascendercommunications

It's amazing how many powerful #worklifelessons we can learn in the 1 week. Already, this week has been all about allowing ourselves to dream bigger than the obstacles in front of us at any given time....now the work begins!

#worklifelessons #dreams #dreambigger #thenwork #work #inspiration #motivation #production #producerlife #filmmaking #dc #humpday #lessons
#content #202creates #smallbusiness #creative #ascendercommunications
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Let us know your thoughts on this new poster concept for our extended, remastered version of our  short documentary: 'Making Gumbo Jubilee'

Let's see if any film festivals give us love!

#film #shortfilm #documentary #fire #posterdesign #poster #filmposter #movieposter #festivals #filmfestival #design
#art #promote #filmmakers #cantstopwontstop
#ourstories

Let us know your thoughts on this new poster concept for our extended, remastered version of our short documentary: 'Making Gumbo Jubilee'

Let's see if any film festivals give us love!

#film #shortfilm #documentary #fire #posterdesign #poster #filmposter #movieposter #festivals #filmfestival #design
#art #promote #filmmakers #cantstopwontstop
#ourstories
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Storyboards for a scripted client project, circa 2009....time files when you are creating fun!

#storyboards #TBT #production #art #conceptart #filmmaking #production
#ready #storytelling  #preproduction #gettingready #producerlife #previs

Storyboards for a scripted client project, circa 2009....time files when you are creating fun!

#storyboards #TBT #production #art #conceptart #filmmaking #production
#ready #storytelling #preproduction #gettingready #producerlife #previs
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#work #office #sneakerculture #culture #next

#work #office #sneakerculture #culture #next ...

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We're cooking up something good!

#2019 #next #storytelling #preproduction #work #storytimethread #unscripted #documentary 
#producerlife # #cantstopwontstop #ascendercommunications #greatstoriesmustbetold

We're cooking up something good!

#2019 #next #storytelling #preproduction #work #storytimethread #unscripted #documentary
#producerlife # #cantstopwontstop #ascendercommunications #greatstoriesmustbetold
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Bearing Shakespeare's 'Soul' for @soulfoodscholar's 'Soulful Bites' series.

#aftereffects #timelinetuesday #motiondesign #puns
#animation #soulfulbites 
#design #soul #series
#behindthescenes #foodways #postproduction

Bearing Shakespeare's 'Soul' for @soulfoodscholar's 'Soulful Bites' series.

#aftereffects #timelinetuesday #motiondesign #puns
#animation #soulfulbites
#design #soul #series
#behindthescenes #foodways #postproduction
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Here's something new for 2019!

#soulfulbites #adrianmiller #food #foodies
#foodiesofinstagram #soul #blackchefs
#soulfoodscholar  #series #videoseries #
#foodhistory #soulfood #blackfoodways #americanhistory #blackhistorymonth #
#historynevertastedsogood

Here's something new for 2019!

#soulfulbites #adrianmiller #food #foodies
#foodiesofinstagram #soul #blackchefs
#soulfoodscholar #series #videoseries #
#foodhistory #soulfood #blackfoodways #americanhistory #blackhistorymonth #
#historynevertastedsogood
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From whence we came...No matter the medium, TV or streaming, a great story is a great story.

#35mm #film #filmreel
#analog #filmmaking #storytelling #production #postproduction
#ascendercommunications 
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold

From whence we came...No matter the medium, TV or streaming, a great story is a great story.

#35mm #film #filmreel
#analog #filmmaking #storytelling #production #postproduction
#ascendercommunications
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold
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@amcthewalkingdead isn't the only show filming in ATL. 
We are here too!
@pgrant7 @christinmua @jkcvisuals @silhouettemedia

#weoutchea #atl #atlanta #brightscreenstudios  #production #documentary #ascendercommunications 
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold

@amcthewalkingdead isn't the only show filming in ATL.
We are here too!
@pgrant7 @christinmua @jkcvisuals @silhouettemedia

#weoutchea #atl #atlanta #brightscreenstudios #production #documentary #ascendercommunications
#whengreatstoriesmustbetold
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