Since its founding in 2007, our company has enjoyed a steady period of growth, success, and new opportunities. However, its true origin can be traced back to Red Wing, MN with three childhood friends and a video camera.
Twin brothers Jack and Bob Knudsen and their closest friend Nate Haustein began creating home movies just for kicks – a funnel for their creative energies. But as their knowledge and experience grew, so did their vision. The trio went from loosely reenacting Lord of the Rings and Star Wars scenes to filming and producing their own original content, granting them wider audiences and greater success. After a few short years, a childhood pastime had turned into a profession. Most importantly, it didn’t feel like work — it felt like progress.
With college on the horizon, the three decided it was time to get serious. They started working out of their home basement as River's Edge Digital Media, filming and producing videos for concerts, events, weddings, and whatever else came their way. The projects allowed them to generate extra income and hone their talents while they completed their education.
After graduating with business, marketing and film degrees, together they found a way to keep growing the company, all while working additional full-time jobs. In 2011, after years of bootstrapping, the three young pioneers finally had enough resources, experience, loyal clients, and professional-grade equipment to commit to their passion full-time. River’s Edge Digital Media became Flight Creative Media, and with the new name came a renewed sense of purpose and vitality.
Now a full-service video marketing agency, FCM encompasses a team of well-rounded creative professionals, tackling hundreds of projects a year. Our crew employs a wide array of talents and proficiencies, with one unifying mission:
“To tell visually compelling stories that inform, engage, and inspire to communicate ideas that advance the common good.”
Jack plays an essential role in plotting and steadying the course of the company. When he's not engaging with clients or supervising the development of new video projects, he's formulating new ways to further the company's ambitions. Under Jack's leadership, FCM's growing fleet of camera drones have become one of the most valuable and sought-after services we offer. And perhaps most importantly, Jack cultivates a spirit of open collaboration among the crew, making for a highly productive and exceptionally gratifying place to work.
Armed with a vast knowledge of film tech and video production, Nate’s strong instincts and attention to detail make him an excellent Production Lead. Whether coordinating film shoots as Director of Photography or managing post-production as Supervising Editor, Nate plans and delegates like a pro. However, it's his genuine eagerness to assist the crew with any task, during any stage of production, that earns him the most respect from his co-workers.
Bob is a key contributor to streamlining production, cultivating client relationships, and maintaining brand consistency. His technical versatility and decisiveness allow him to move freely between filming, producing and editing, and his strong interpersonal skills make him an excellent creative conduit between our crew and our clients. While Bob loves getting involved in production, he's always exploring new marketing opportunities for us and our clients.
While Josh spends much of his time in the editing room, he also loves flexing his writing talents by generating FCM’s social media posts, composing marketing / web content, and drafting and revising scripts as needed. He is also an experienced graphic designer, having built most of the visual assets for this very website. He even serves as our resident voiceover artist.
Andy is a valued member of our field production team, and his talents and proficiencies continue to grow with every project. Whether in the studio or on location, Andy is as proficient and reliable behind the camera as he is in the editing room.
Alec is highly regarded among the Flight crew for his skill and ingenuity with computers, particularly video editing software. He boasts an impressive ability to organize and assemble a complex video project with speed and efficiency, while still meeting or exceeding FCM's high standards of quality and visual fidelity.