Research. Strategy. Media.



Research. Strategy. Media.

Camisary integrates three tools that give clients a competitive advantage: researchmedia strategy, and film production. Survey research, including surveys, focus groups, interviews, and desk analysis, assembles crucial data needed to make informed decisions, including for designing a powerful video story. Well-researched film production is essential to telling powerful stories. Media strategy pulls it all together into a strong, coherent plan to achieve the client's goal, whether raising awareness, selling a product, or winning an election. This research-driven capacity offers an integrated approach to video production and media strategy.

We primarily serve the Appalachian Alabama region, with operations in Huntsville and Birmingham.

Please join our first Video Production Clinic in Birmingham, free, open to the public, 10 AM Friday, 25 August, Forge at the Pizitz Building:



Pre-Production Checklist

If you're interested in learning more about our pre-production process, download our checklist here. 



How To Plan Your First Professional Video - Available now!

Camisary offers an e-book that presents our approach to planning your first professional video. Filled with over 50 pages of valuable resources,  experience, and links, this e-book will jumpstart your professional video production experience.


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Who We Are


John R. Whitman, PH.D.  |  President & Executive Producer

John R. Whitman combines extensive research, educational, and business experience with creative tools to shape effective video communications. Formerly John started and sold Oakland Group, Inc., an international software tools company; started Surveytools Corporation, a survey research company (collaborating with Camisary, see; co-founded the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC; and taught in graduate schools at American University, Babson College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. John's photographs have been purchased byThe National Geographic Magazine and other publications. He is co-author of Understanding the Social Economy of the United States (University of Toronto, 2015) and Delivering Satisfaction and Service Quality (American Library Association, 2001), has published chapters in textbooks on entrepreneurship and law, including in Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice (Elgar, 2015), and authored scholarly articles published in peer reviewed journals. He has a BA from Boston University, EdM from Harvard University, and PhD from the University of Toronto.


Nathan M. Bivens  |  Creative Director

Nathan M. Bivens is Creative Director. Prior work includes lead photographer, marketing videographer, graphic designer, and independent producer through He has directed and produced over 80 videos and films. He was a Director & Editor for multiple advertising videos for Lee University Relations. Nathan was part of a team that received the ADDY award in the world's largest advertising competition. Nathan has a BS degree in Telecommunications, magna cum laude, from Lee University. 


Jonathan D. Wade  |  Associate Videographer

Jonathan D. Wade  has experience working in cinematography, directing, editing, and management. Prior work includes Auburn University Men’s Basketball team student manager and volunteer/practicum student at War Eagle Productions. He has worked on events such as Auburn University’s national football broadcasts of National Signing Day and A-Day on SECNetwork, AUHD, and ESPNU. He has also produced a couple of short films through Almost Home Productions. He earned his BS degree in Media Studies with a minor in Business from Auburn University. He is also certified in Avid Media Composer.