Chicago production house

About Richter Studios

Pioneers In The Golden Age of Digital Cinema®

Richter Studios is a video production, animation and photography studio located along Chicago’s North Shore. Since 1997, we have managed almost 4,000 comprehensive productions, casted over 4,500 onscreen talent and created over 11,000 “films”. Widely regarded as pioneers in digital cinema, we develop a diverse range of branded video content for our clients, including TV commercials, corporate videos, explainer videos, web videos and animations.

Our Chicago production house has won over 60 international awards, including the prestigious Cannes Awards and the world-renowned German Design Award. We have experience filming up to 8K resolution, sophisticated drone aerials and have coordinated many nationwide and global video productions for our clients. To date, we have filmed on location in 48 states and 12 countries.

We began as a simple 2D animation studio but have diligently advanced our skill set over the years. Eventually we began to develop hand-drawn illustrations which redefined the art of testimonial films and also animated Christmas trees using just still photography. Our productions now feature photo-realistic 3D buildings that are inserted into the Chicago skyline and we have also brought Xtreme BUGS to life as they storm the Windy City.

Our production journey has led to work with megastar Ludacris, Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, TV icon Bill Kurtis, legendary Apollo 8/13 astronaut Jim Lovell and dozens more sports, business and entertainment celebrities. Silicon Valley tech titan Elon Musk even tweeted a video created by Richter Studios. And finally, after many years of perfecting our craft, we had the treasured opportunity of working on a Star Wars-themed production that took place “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”

The views have become increasingly more amazing along the way, with us filming from the top of the Empire State Building, underneath the Eiffel Tower, deep in the High Desert and at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. We have filmed onboard private jets, helicopters, Cessnas and United States Battleships. We have even climbed and filmed from on top of skyscrapers (using basic ladders and construction cranes), including the 92 story structure which bears the name of the 45th President of the United States (Trump Tower in Chicago). And – yes – we have even persevered through brutal storms on the waters of the Bermuda Triangle after a life-affirming and career-altering brand film production in the Bahamas.

Through these journeys and many more, Richter Studios has become known as the iconic Chicago production company.

Years In Business

Clients We've Partnered With

Comprehensive Productions


A Production Company Built On The Power Of Cinema

Partnering with Richter Studios means much more than creating a standard video.

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The Power Of Digital Cinema

There is very different experience when you see a video on YouTube versus watching a movie in a theater. Richter Studios is one of very few Chicago production companies that embraces a traditional film approach. What that means is your creative content will have a visual aesthetic and emotional appeal that is superior to standard videos. 

Emotional Storytelling

It’s a well-known fact that videos which convey emotional energy are much more successful than ones that convey facts. If you want your video to resonate with your target audience, you need to carefully consider what emotions you are trying to appeal to. The creative team at Richter Studios will work with you to map out a game plan for success with your messaging.

Sophisticated Production Technology

Cheap, inexpensive production gear will get you unfavorable results. We utilize some of finest production cameras, cinema-grade lenses, lighting techniques and audio recording methods available. If you want great results, you need sophisticated production technology. Since 1997, Richter Studios has been a leading Chicago production company that has been at the forefront of digital cinema technology. 

The Richter Difference

We Bring The Power of Cinema To Video Production

In an age of increasingly saturated video content, you have to find a unique way stand out. 
The truth is, standard video fare is becoming less effective every day. 
We tell your story by bringing the power of cinema to video and animation productions.

See How Our Craft Tells Your Story


Richter Studios receives my highest praise as industry visionaries.

“For more than a decade, I led marketing for the most successful brands in recreational boating. Many of my most ambitious — and fulfilling — projects in that span have been in collaboration with Richter Studios. Their passion for the craft and early adoption of technology mean they constantly push technical boundaries. Richter Studios receives my highest praise as industry visionaries, savvy business partners and fundamentally great people.”

Matt Guilford | Bayliner, Meridian Yachts & Sea Ray

Ready To Get Started With Your Production?

Looking to have an exploratory call about how to get started with your video, animation or photography project? We can step you through our creative process, pricing and more. Your journey to the red carpet begins with Richter Studios. Contact us now to learn more!

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