About us:

Cinematic storytelling meets commercial video production.

   In a world full of negative news, noisy advertising, and obnoxious interruptions of our daily life, Provid Films was founded with one commercial video production goal. That goal was to empower organizations and business leaders in telling their story.

   Stories about organizations like Depart Smart. The athletic, vibrant, role model student Tyler Hill (barely 16 years old at the time) researched and chose to take of on a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Japan. After his researching and preparing for the trip – he and his loving parents hugged and kissed before flying off on his journey. When the news came that Tyler had been involved in an accident – a preventable situation really – and that he had died without ever getting to say goodbye to his parents – they were devastated. Turning his memory, his energy, his drive into a positive force, his mother Sheryl quit her career in corporate America to found an organization to prevent any other family from suffering the same pain. How is she doing this? Through on online travel safety organization teaching high schoolers, college students, and employees of all ages how to depart smart. Provid Films has helped her create radio and tv commercials and PSA’s that are currently being aired across the USA.

   Aside from Steven Spielberg’s ability to create immersive worlds, our storytelling method and approach is heavily influenced by the psychology taught by the Muse Storytelling Academy crew and of course Donald Miller’s Storybrand (TM). We have no affiliation or endorsements from any of them, however this Youtube video really does a good job of sharing why storytelling matters. This video below is by our “mentors” over at Muse as he explores death, disease, and leading a purposeful life. As they say, you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their mentors. Enjoy this video made by Muse (not us).


   Perhaps you run or are part of an organizations / business that is changing Minneapolis one life at a time – perhaps you’re helping a small business reach big aspiration – or perhaps you feel stuck in a medium sized company that is doing great work but you don’t feel like you’re making the difference you desire.

   Provid Films exists here, right in your backyard, to help the best businesses and organizations like yours make a positive difference in our world. We offer custom commercial video production services for businesses, associations, schools, non-profits, and organizations looking to tell an engaging story that emotionally connects and inspires action. We’re more than just great commercial video production company in Minneapolis making marketing videos to sell stuff. We sift through every inquiry to determine if we’re the right fit because we don’t want to create just another tv advertisement or Youtube video ad.

   We want to reveal the story behind your widget – helping donors see specifically why your organization is the one making the impact they care most about this year.

Story always comes first.

 Always asking:

  • what is the story?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Why does THIS or THAT matter?

   Reducing the picture to its bare necessities where everything contributes to the vision and message.

    Everything has a purpose.

   From there, we’re building the story to it’s most compelling and powerful form possible.

It started with a passion.

   Starting out in the professional photography industry back in 2006 as a photojournalist, portrait and event photographer, Provid Films’ founder Travis Johansen sought to blend the pure visual aesthetics of photography with the emotional power of moving pictures and audio in video. In 2012, Travis founded Provid Films to bring that vision to life.

   What emerged was a unique style and perspective of commercial video production. As Provid Films has grown, it is with those roots that each story grows.

White Glove:

We make it easy.

   Back in 2006 when our founder Travis was doing weddings, he encountered (as you can imagine) “bridezillas”. But he never saw them as bridezillas. He saw them as just particularly detailed, sometimes hard to please and challenging. When you can please a bride on the most stressful day of their life – working in the corporate and commercial video production industry is a breeze.


   Get It Done

   Yes / Can Do Attitude.

   You’re not looking for a complicated process.

   That’s why Provid Films created an easy video production system that guides you each step of the way from your first inquiry, through the production phase, and finally through the marketing and optimization of your finished marketing video.

Convenient located in the Minneapolis – St. Paul – Twin Cities of Minnesota

   Part of the benefit of hiring a local video production company in Minnesota is our location. Schedule an appointment to meet us at our Minneapolis video studio space – or sit in our edit bay as we video edit your film – or come in for a grand reveal of your finished film premiere!

   After working with us, people often say how great it is to work with a video production company in Minneapolis for many reasons.

   We have ample free off street parking.

   We have a dedicated producer working with you from start to finish.

   We are easy to work with.

   We are available when you have questions.

   We are conveniently located right in the heart of the Twin Cities.

   Would it be helpful to have a site visit with a video producer before your video shoot to discuss details in person?

   Our experience and knowledge of the MSP Twin Cities area can help you get the best video production possible.

   We work with local and international corporations/organizations to produce content here without any travel costs. And for projects nationwide, we travel regularly.

   One way we make that easy is through our system that send you a direct camera and audio feed from each camera AS WE’RE FILMING – plus two way communication with talent where you can both see each other. 


We want to hear your story.

   If you’re ready to learn more about sharing your story and how our video production company may help you accomplish your organization’s goals, please give us a call at +1 (612) 208-8819 or fill out the quick quote request right on this page for a speedy commercial video production pricing quote.

   We look forward to hearing your story.

The Process We Use

   Over the years, we’ve gone through a lot of storytelling training.

   If you’re looking for some top notch training on brand storytelling, we’d recommend checking out Donald Miller’s Storybrand framework / BrandScript training and download our free pdf – as we’re definitely fans of his content. We don’t have any affiliation with him or the organization, we’re just big fans.

   For projects with longer stories – we use a different storytelling framework. For more emotional and deeper connections, we follow a framework by Muse Storytelling Academy (formerly Stillmotion). They’ve authored different books on story telling, they’ve filmed multiple feature length documentaries, they’ve worked for global brands in different continents, and their work is memorable.

Lastly, check out this little BTS video for a local social media client’s interview for national TV.