Helping your

creative team

produce more.

In more places.

with less hassle.

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Our Services

How we help

Pre-Production

  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Talent Sourcing
  • Location Scouting
  • Scripting/Storyboarding

Production

  • Video Crews
  • Photography
  • Aerial footage
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Lighting
  • Audio Capture

Post-Production

  • Video Editing
  • Animation/Motion Graphics
  • Repurposing Existing Content
  • Voiceover Recording
  • Audio ads
Our Process

Making the

magic happen

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Wherever you are in the creative process, we’ve got you.

Have an idea but don't know how to bring it to life? Know you need video but aren't sure where to start? We'll meet you where you are, whether you need video concepts, scripting, storyboarding, or just a shoot.

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We’ve got a crew for that!

We'll help you plan your video or photo shoot down to the smallest details. We book the crew, provide equipment, source talent and locations, and acquire any permits needed to guarantee a smooth experience.

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Just need editing services or animation? We do that, too!

Whether or not our crews captured your footage, we can still edit it. Our project managers work with our in-house editing team to ensure your final video is exactly as you envisioned.

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Lightswitch’s approach gives you the best of both worlds - local filmmakers with top notch agency level editing all at a fair price. They have met our needs for several years for small web video shoots for local businesses and for broadcast quality documentaries. The best thing though is always the people. Lightswitch team members make it easy - they walk you through the process and ensure an amazing result.

Robert Young
Vice President of Digital Solutions | The Advocate

Lightswitch has been instrumental in allowing us to easily share our customers’ stories through video. The ability to quickly schedule video shoots across the country, working with the same professional managers, and affordable pricing have all been key customer requirements!

Janelle Gregerson
Media and Public Relations Specialist – Zeiss

We have worked with Lightswitch for several years to create videos that feature some of our top merchant partners throughout the country. Regardless of location, Lightswitch has consistently connected us with quality videographers and backed them up with an effective editing team, resulting in a series of high-impact videos that we are proud to call "Built with Groupon."

Mark Desky
VP of Special Projects – Groupon

Our customers are all over the country, but our team is here in Austin, Texas. Over the past two years, Lightswitch has helped my startup companies build a library of customer testimonial videos that put a face to the people we work with every day. From scheduling to editing, the entire process is seamless with a professional-quality end result.

Erin Myers
Content Marketing – Outbound Engine

As a PR practitioner working with B2B clients, I've come to rely on the specialized video services Lightswitch provides. I know I can confidently recommend Lightswitch to my clients looking for high-quality video, and they will deliver on-time and above expectations.

Allison Ward
Account Director – Walker Sands Communications

MEET

THE TEAM

Creatives who feel lucky every day to be able to create work for our clients.
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Lynette Schwanger

CEO | Founder
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Senior Video Editor
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CRO | Founder
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COO | Founder
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Video Producer
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Marketing Coordinator
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  • Sales Development Representative Rob Dean
  • Multimedia Account Manager Dane Madrid
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Lynette Schwanger

CEO | Founder

As a teen, Lynette developed an unhealthy obsession with the Lord of the Rings movies which sparked a lifelong interest in film. After graduating from Denison University with degrees in Cinema and English Writing, she worked her way through Chicago’s film scene keen on mastering all aspects of video production, from the creative to the technical. After witnessing first-hand the always-on burnout culture that permeated the production and agency world, Lynette knew there was a better way. She co-founded Lightswitch with the belief that happy people do great work - and that employee work-life balance is essential to success

As CEO, Lynette loves using her video expertise to help the Lightswitch team bring clients’ visions to life creatively through video. On the weekends you can find her climbing mountains with her husband, Mike, or cuddling her cat, Pierre, and dog, Voo, who hopes to be as good of a climber as Biscuit someday.

Thom Pfiffner

Senior Video Editor

Thom is from a town 40 minutes north of Chicago where he started watching R-rated movies at a questionable age. He attended Columbia College Chicago where he majored in film & video and has been a professional video editor since 2006. He spends most of his time failing at helping his partner cook, defending the White Sox, and dreaming of where his next vacation will be. He wishes he had an orangutan friend.

Emily Riebe

Assistant Video Producer

Having grown up just 20 minutes away from the bustling and artistically eclectic city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Emily is no stranger to the world of art and entertainment media. Emily recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Media Studies and a minor in Theatre Performance. During her undergraduate career, Emily participated as an actor in dozens of theatrical productions, published research that looked at the intersection of sexuality and gender in post #MeToo media, as well as spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain studying Intercultural Communication as it relates to media. Outside of work, Emily loves binge watching reality TV, enjoying nature, and hanging out with her two year old calico cat, Rooney Meow-ra. Her favorite YouTube video is this hilarious cat who definitely is not crying.

Bryce Anderson

CRO | Founder

Bryce grew up in Iowa, attended the University of Iowa and has worked in media sales for nearly a decade. He tried out both coasts and the mountains before settling down in Chicago - his true love. His interests include movies, Frasier, being correct, and obsessively tracking packages.

He lives with his lovely wife, son, dog and very soon to be born daughter.

His favorite web video of all time is The Farting Baby

Nat Seidel

COO | Founder

Nat studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and has worked in post-production for over a decade. He loves pretending to be good at video games, pretending to be good at cooking, and pretending to be a horrifying monster to his two small children. He also loves comic books, horror movies, and reading science fiction. His favorite month is definitely September.

Andrew Nuño

Video Producer

Andrew was born and raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois where he cultivated his love for video production by visiting the cinema every chance he got. After graduating from DePaul with a degree in Communication and Media, Andrew spent a few years in the agency world of communications/PR before making the dive into video production. In his spare time, he loves watching movies and TV, attempting to become a polyglot, and creates films of his own! His most recent project, is the Latinx web series Border'd.

Courtney Kurhayez

Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Courtney’s love for stories has turned into an obsession for all things entertainment — from books, to movies, to music. She graduated from North Central College with a double major in Organizational Communication and Interactive Media Studies, and fills her spare time with reading and running her own book blog, Buried in a Bookshelf, along with playing drums and singing in her band, Double Identity — all while binge-watching her favorite TV shows. One of her favorite web videos is this Vine that she quotes without fail whenever she sees a “Road Work Ahead” sign.

Alexandra Clark O'Donnell

Senior Video Producer

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Alex thought the allure of Chicago’s four seasons would be a perfect backdrop to become a TV News Reporter. Instead she fell in love with video production and begrudgingly accepted living in snow and cold weather during the winters. She enjoys sharing adventures with “The Hubster,” chasing after her three little girls, talking smack during NFL season, cooking, reading, traveling, and trying new things. Alex also considers herself the unofficial head cheerleader for Lightswitch and sincerely enjoys helping her clients turn their ideas into videos. Her favorite YouTube video of all time is A WestJet Christmas.

JD Davis

Video Editor

JD found his love for video storytelling in high school before majoring in Theatre at McMurry University. A native Texan, he spent 10 years in Minor League Baseball telling stories through video, design, and ballpark entertainment before joining the Lightswitch team. Away from his desk he enjoys spending time with his wife Hilary exploring the great outdoors. His favorite YouTube video is watching poor RipTide crash his 4-wheeler.

Ian Becker

Video Editor

Drawn to the world of video by a love for technology and film, Ian's as passionate about consuming media as he is creating it. Despite having a wife, a house, and over a decade of living in Chicago, he maintains that he's Minnesotan and represents his sports teams with pride. Ian treasures time with family and friends, travel, golf, and learning something new every day.

Rob Dean

Sales Development Representative

Born and raised in California, Robert has spent most of his life working and studying in the Bay Area. His biggest adventure was studying in Ticino, the Italian canton of Switzerland, for two years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Media Studies at Franklin University Switzerland before returning to the US. Before his time with Lightswitch, he worked as a freelance video editor. He lives every day fully charged, just like Robo Dog.

Dane Madrid

Multimedia Account Manager

Dane was born in the show-me state of Missouri but quickly relocated to Denver, Colorado where he grew up loving the outdoors. As a kid, he always had a camera in his hand and was inspired by the likes of David Attenborough and Steve Irwin and hopes to follow in their footsteps. Dane studied Biology & TV/Film Production at Metropolitan State University of Denver. On any given weekend, you can find him enjoying the many mountainous activities afforded to him by the Mile High State, or at home with his 3 dogs and Fiancé watching TV with a critical eye for videos that make him laugh.

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