I grew up in Gastonia, NC (don’t hold it against me). I came from a close-knit family. My dad was an extremely creative person…although we didn’t know it at the time. He filmed lots of family events and vacations. I still remember helping him create stop motion title scenes for our family vacations. It was the beginning of my career, and I didn’t even know it.
After graduating from Hunter Huss High School, I enlisted in the United States Air Force to see the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t see much of it. I was stationed at Pope Air Force Base (AFB) in Fayetteville, NC, although I did get a temporary assignment to Panama City, Panama, but that was the extent of my military travels.
I was involved in lots of secret squirrel type stuff while working in the Command Post at Pope Air Force Base. Working alongside the Director of Operations and the Army Ground Liaison Officers, I was instrumental in the success of many missions. (All that stuff sounds good, right?)
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, I bought a Pentax K-1000 camera and began to shoot photographs. I would beg professional photographers in the Charlotte area to let me tag along with them, free of charge. I learned more in two years of shooting with those Masters than I ever would have sitting in photography school.
After shooting for several years, I transitioned into videos. I produced videos for the buyers of Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, and many drug companies and grocers’. I had perfected a system of production where I could get the job done with fewer steps than anyone else. It was then that my passion grew beyond the walls of the company where I was employed, so I said goodbye and began to plan for something extraordinary.
Randy "The Reel Man" Davis
You'll often hear me say: improvise, adapt, adjust and overcome. I live by that motto, so when I wanted to work in video, I didn't have time for formal education. My experience is a little different from other Directors. Just like Quentin Tarantino, I never went to film school. Everything that I've learned is self-taught. By studying the masters, such as Tarantino and my favorite-Stanley Kubrick, I developed a unique style, which has been sought by several Hollywood studios for various TV projects.
I pride myself on creating solutions for problems. I found lots of problems in the status quo video production workflow, while working with large crews out of Hollywood. I took those issues and, along with my business partner-Beth Sowell, created a production workflow that was completely unique to this industry.
You see, I truly love what I do. The easier that I can make it for our clients, the more clients, with which we partner and thereby, the more videos, 3D animations and product photographs that I get to create. It's so much more than money for me. It's about the experience. After all, life is about experiences.
Don't expect me to show up for our meeting with a suit and tie-that's not me. A company button-down, a pair of jeans and some comfortable shoes is what you're going to get. With me, what you see is what you get. The same goes for our crew members.
I'm determined to break the average video production company persona, of egomaniacs and power hungry crew members. I'm creating a new organizational culture of down-to-earth, friendly people who view the client as the most important person on set, and who view each crew member as equality important.
...and THAT is the REST of the STORY!