We're an NC-based production company specializing in silly commercials/photos, social media, and abstract work.

Services

Now, you may be asking, "Where can I get a funny commercial?"  "I need a funny commercial for my brand!"  "Where can I get an ad like Geico?" "Funny commercial maker!" "Funny commercial ideas!" "Funny commercial script?" "I need a commercial for my business" "Social media advertising" "Dollar shave club commercial" "Branded content" "Branded content makers"

 

These are all real questions and not just things we plugged in for SEO.  Whatever your needs--we've got you covered.

 

We've amassed dozens of clients from e-commerce entrepreneurs to small-town artists looking for help with personal branding.  Many of these clients have returned to us for additional media work.  We treat our clients with warmth and professionalism, and we like to think that's what brings them back.

 

Here at Mean Bean Productions, we really do thrive on variety, but regardless of the medium, we consistently strive for playful, colorful, and abstract.  Our forte includes funny commercials/photography, acoustic sessions, and abstract work.

Intrigued?  Read on for the nitty gritty.

 

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Videography
Silly Commercials

Silly/Funny/Crazy Commercials

Ever gone to a business or bought a product just because you liked their ad? We have. In the day and age of memes and online advertising, funny commercials sell. And we've got professional experience making them--write through edit.

Instructional/Product Shorts

Engaging Instructional/Product Videos

Imagine an informative video that shows your customers how to operate your merchandise while entertaining them at the same time. Stop imagining! We'll workshop your script or write one from scratch and make it.

Music Videos/Acoustic SesSions

Music Videos/Acoustic Sessions

Draw a larger audience and wow them with a professional look and feel. We can write and storyboard conceptual/narrative videos or record your live performance(s) with multiple cameras/angles and high-quality audio.

Event Videography

Events

Celebrations, ceremonies, and festivals captured for years to come. Drunk uncles and all.

Editing

Editing

Buckets of footage and no idea what to do with it?  We also offer our editing services independent of packages. We're Adobe Premiere, Audition, and After Effects-savvy.

Photography

Our photography style focuses heavily on color play, symmetry, framing, and abstraction.

Playful Portraits

Playful Portraits/Character Photography

Too goofy for a runway pout? Want an excuse to dress up as a star or a supervillain? Tell us your vision, and we'll work with props, fun locations, and hints of surrealism to give you something that's flat out fun. Cosplayers/Cosplay costumes welcome.

Pet Sets

Animal Photography/Pet Sets

We'll capture your critters in their greatest forms, be they puppies, kittens, cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, or exotics like bearded dragons, snakes, or lizards.

Product Photography

Product Photography

There's no way to legitimize your product listing than with crisp product photos. Whether you want white-background product images or demonstrative on-location pictures, we'll help you make your Amazon of Shopify listing stand out.

not-Yo'-Average Portraits

Not-Yo'-Average Portraits

Plain ol' smile-at-the-camera portraits just aren't enough to capture the essence of you. You are what you do--so why not photograph you doing something? Whether you want pictures of yourself doing yoga, playing sports, dancing, playing music, or the ol' classic of basket weaving, our cameras are at the ready.

Event Photography

Event Photography

Capturing all of your events' important moments, happy guests, food, decor, location, and atmosphere.

Social Media Marketing

Looking to grow your business via social media, but don't have the time, energy, or practical experience to make it happen? Rest easy. We have professional social media outreach experience, 1,000 Instagram followers, and #hashtag like fiends!

FaceBook

FaceBook Social Media Marketing

Facebook has proven itself to be one of the leading marketing tools of the digital age. It has all the features of Craigslist without the "I could be talking to a serial killer" undertone. We'll help you start a page, plan some posts, and up your overall engagement.

Instagram

Instagram Social Media Marketing

You don't get to 1,000 followers without studying hashtags and algorithms. We'll show you the ropes of some cool tools you can utilize to maximize your profile's potential and get more eyes on it, draft up posts you can share, or post new content for you.

Combination

Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter/Vimeo/YouTube Social Media Marketing

Want to start social media accounts from scratch across the board, give the ones you've got a revamp, or create interactive content to spread across your social channels? Not every formula works for every entrepreneur. We'll work with you to best target your demographic and where to share your content to improve your community outreach online.

Music Performance/Jingles
Jingles

Jingles

This is where Alex Bradford Cobb shines. His instrumental expertise and wit paired with Melanie's snappy lyrical skills mean catchy, high-quality jingles with a fast-turnaround for you. We can work with music and lyrics you provide or compose it from scratch.

Music Performance

Music Performance

When we're not behind the camera, we're on the stage. We are available together or individually for events and commercial or personal songwriting. (Nothing says "I love you" or "I hate you" like a song.)

 

Alex plays guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, trumpet, banjo, recorder, and drums. He describes his singing as "loud," but you can decide for yourself in the clip below. His voice ranges from tenor to bass and he can sing falsetto.

 

Melanie sings and plays guitar and ukulele. Her sound is contemporary, quirky, and full of vibrato. Her vocal range is that of an alto-tenor. Check out her covers and original songs on YouTube.

Website Design
From-Scratch

From-Scratch Website Design

Starting in the first place or starting over? It doesn't have to be a nightmare. A fresh, polished website is a great way to up your company's exposure and bring in new clientele.

Style-Only

A Website Style Makeover

Never underestimate the aesthetic power of great fonts and colors. If you just want a style-lift, we can work with you to pick and implement a new look that complements your brand.

Copy-Only

Playful, Fun, Fresh Web Copy

Like our funky-fresh web copy? A good website shouldn't read like a textbook. It should feel like a conversation. Or the starts of one, anyway.  You give us the information you want to share, and we take care of bringing the spunk by rewriting your pages.

For more information about services, packages, and pricing, email us at meanbeanmail@gmail.com.

Reviews

"This is brilliant! You guys took a lot of crap and made something hilarious. Folks have already started sharing. Thanks."

-Cale E., Queen City Comedy

 

 

"Great work, very creative and can't wait to do more projects! Very fun and unique approach!"

-Bryan G., Superhero Buddies

 

 

"Charismatic as hell."

-Micah F.

 

 

"Alex and Melanie are amazing! Their dedication to excellence is truly inspiring, and their work is stunning and just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to work with them again and again!"

-Nathan D.

 

 

"Melanie was excellent and super professional about everything. I would hire her again in a heartbeat."

-Danielle O., Feast on History

 

 

"I enjoyed working with Melanie on our video project. She was creative and made a beautiful video - which was exactly what I was looking for. In fact, Melanie exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to work with her again."

-Elizabeth V., Glacier IT Solutions

 

 

"It's a wonderful experience doing business with Mean Bean. Quality work!"

-Jerain W., Bonve Pet

 

 

"It's fun to watch Alex & Melanie working together and see their synergy thriving as they come up with ideas when plans have to be changed on set. Their strengths and weaknesses are well balanced so they are able to stay calm during filming, acting and directing."

-Sandy C.

 

 

"Quick, easy, friendly turnaround on an urgent task."

-Danielle O., Little Italy

 

 

"This company's production value is phenomenal! From the filming process, to the editing process, Mean Bean gets the product out in a timely manner and with professional quality."

-Zachary S.

Equipment

Panasonic GH4

Panasonic makes great cameras, and the GH4 is one of their leading models. The GH4 records in 4K Ultra High Definition, which has nearly four times as many pixels as 1080p HD video. This means more color, more flexibility, and four times the picture quality of standard HD. If you've got epic slow motion in mind, the GH4 also records in crisp quarter speed. Combine that with a significantly  high dynamic range and you're left with a killer camera capable of capturing a high-quality and professional look, like you see in movies or TV!

 

Nikon D750

We're Nikon fans in this family, so when it came to choosing a camera for our photography, we went with the full-frame D750. Full-frame means there's no crop to the picture, so we can see 50% more per picture than on a traditional DSLR. What does this mean? Well, it means that when it's time for a group photo at your event, there will be no need to squeeze and smush to get into frame—you'll all be there. With various adaptable lenses and a Popular Photography Camera of the Year award to its name, we'd stand by our D750 to the edge of flat earth and beyond.

 

TASCAM DR60D-MKii Mixer

The number one biggest killer of video quality is audio. Watch any semi-professional video that's almost good and you'll notice it's not the story or the visuals that let you down--it's the sound. Many folks try to take shortcuts with sound by using their in-camera mic, but the resulting audio comes out compressed (carrying less information) and the preamps (responsible for preventing the addition of excess noise) make it impossible to edit to crispness. We use a pro-grade external mixer to capture uncompressed, high-quality audio and then eliminate white noise so that your project can sound as great as it looks.

 

RØDE NTG-2 Microphone

RØDE is our personal favorite brand when it comes to microphones and audio equipment, and once you hear its quality, you'll understand why. The NTG-2 is a cardoid condenser mic, which means it's both sensitive and directional, so we can hone in on even the quietest whispers of dialogue without capturing other sound-ruining background noises.

 

Lighting

You can't shoot what you can't see, so lighting equipment is crucial to any film or photo shoot. Some would say that all of film and photography is just light! We've got light stands, a selection of bulbs, diffusers, and reflectors to paint your scene with brilliant, bright colors. Ample lighting prevents grain and noise in an image and results in smooth, sharp pictures.

 

Neewer Stabilizer

Movement is one of the most important, if not the most important, aspects to making your video superior to your competitors'. Our new stabilizer allows us to go mobile with our cameras and shoot action sequences with running, jumping, and curated chaos while keeping the picture steady and preventing distracting shakiness.

 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe has the best software suite in the biz, so we use it for video editing (Premiere Pro), photo editing (Lightroom and Photoshop), audio editing (Audition), website work (Dreamweaver and Muse), and special effects (After Effects). We count on Adobe software to help us keep our workflow smooth and bump-free so that you can count on us to make the best project possible in your time.

For more information about packages and pricing, email us at meanbeanmail@gmail.com.

 

Last updated May 2020 | Launched February 3rd, 2017

meanbeanmail@gmail.com Charlotte, NC