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The First Pillar Team

The First Pillar Story:

Musicians, creatives, writers, directors - we call ourselves all kinds of names but we are mostly just friends who started a business to bring our passion to others. Though we are still true to our humble beginnings, we are very proud of our accomplishments and use that experience to serve you.

Brendon Paredes

CO-FOUNDER
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
SENIOR AUDIO ENGINEER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Brendon Paredes has owned and operated Studio 101 in Melbourne FL for 18 years - which now shares the same building as First Pillar Studios. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy and has attended the Grammys for the past 3 years alongside artists he has submitted for nomination. His accolades include working with 7 time Grammy Award Winner Victor Wooten, producing music for MTV reality shows, transferring and mastering the last concert of Bob Marley, mixing songs for The Dixie Chicks, transferring the Jaco Pastorius Tape Chronicles (the last recording of Jaco Pastorius) and working on the independant film “Jaco” with Robert Trujillo from Metallica. First Pillar Studios has provided a place for Brendon to lend his diverse experiences to a larger clientele. He has created a work environment that embraces new ideas, provides a family-like atmosphere and ensures his team is working with the most cutting-edge equipment and software. His passion for artists and every single person who walks through our doors transfers right into every project.

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Our History

Mike Ramsdell

CO-FOUNDER
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SENIOR VIDEO EDITOR
SCRIPTWRITER

Mike Ramsdell has worked in the commercial and television video production field for over 12 years. He has been part of multiple Emmy Award Winning teams while working on Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. His career has spanned across multiple creative agencies including Spectrum Productions, HSN and as a freelancer. His credits include writing, editing, directing, videography and producing for Television, Film and Advertising. For the past 3 years he has created a modern template for success as the co-owner of First Pillar Studios through attentive pre-production and planning, dynamic production techniques and world class post-production. Past clientele include National Guard, HSN, Disney, The Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, NatGeo, Busch Gardens, Seaworld, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NASCAR.

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Anthony Paredes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
AUDIO TECHNICIAN
LOCATION SCOUTING


Luis Lorenzo

VIDEOGRAPHER
PRODUCTION MANAGER
VIDEO EDITOR


What We Do

First Pillar Studios stands for quality. This mantra extends outward into our team and our family. We work with a close knit group of people who care not only about each other but about the projects they work on. Though we keep our production team small, our core team can extend out to subcontractors if a project calls for it. In the past we have scaled up anywhere from 5 - 20 people to compensate for larger video production projects. We can handle any creative production, any size, from beginning to end - and we can do it better than most. We extend a helping hand to anyone starting a new project - if you have questions about where to begin, just give us a call.

First Pillar Studios is currently working with corporate, commercial and government clients to create video campaigns, commercials, documentaries, television series and web based videos. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to single entrepreneurs. First Pillar Studios is a service business. The services it provides include:

  • Commercial Video Production
  • Television Production
  • Live Event Capture
  • Creative Development
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Storyboarding
  • Scripting
  • Editing
  • Post-production
  • 360 Video Production
  • Specialty Video Production
  • Voice Over Recording
  • Interviews and BROLL
  • Audio Recording
  • Audio Mixing
  • Audio Mastering

Why We’re Unique

First Pillar Studios is particularly unique because we not only have all the capabilities of a creative video and audio production studio but we have a built in infrastructure that can handle additional professional audio needs such as voice over, live band recordings, songwriting, audio engineering and mixing. Where most video companies would need to subcontract this type of production work, we can handle it all in house.

With over 18 years of experience creating professional multimedia projects, First Pillar Studios has positioned itself as one of the leading specialty production companies in Central Florida. Our employees are highly-trained and keen on the latest trends in technology and media. We have state-of-the art equipment including high-end PC and Mac suites with the latest in video and audio production software.

Our leadership team has extensive experience in creating television and commercial productions. Most importantly, we have a firm understanding of what goes into making a production successful; including extensive planning, communication, safety, time constraints, preparedness and overall production flow.