Meet Vaughan Crittenden, owner and the talent behind Riverdale 24 Productions.
I have a passion for film and storytelling that began when I was young. When most “watched” a movie…I found myself the entire time trying to figure out how they “made” the movie. I picked up a video camera early in high school and there was no turning back. From filming during the middle of a hurricane (much to my parents dismay…I was only 16 at the time), to freelancing during my college years as the Communications Director for Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, I began my business long before it had officially launched.
In 2015, I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors Degree in Media Arts & Design with a concentration in Digital Video and Cinema and a minor in Sports Communication. During my college career at JMU, I worked for the Athletic Department shooting and developing sports video content. From hype videos on the jumbo-tron to public relations pieces for the teams, I had a blast! After graduation, well….I wasn’t ready to leave it all behind – who is after college? I decided to stay briefly in Harrisonburg to hone new skills in a different filming arena and became a photojournalist for Station WHSV. My freelance work continued to grow, taking over my photojournalist job and I made the leap and officially launched Riverdale 24 Productions in July, 2016.
Working with JMU Sports in 2014
Filming during the 2016 RE Strong Run 10k
The philosophy behind my approach
The most important thing I have learned over my years in freelance is how to approach the process with my clients. I believe in the collaborative approach. I want to get to know you. I want to understand your needs. Together, we can identify your goals and reach them. I believe one of my talents is having that unique ability to understand my client’s vision and bring that vision to life in video. I use the most advanced and innovative equipment in the industry in cameras and lighting and operate the Phantom 4 drone for that cinematic quality that some jobs require.
What I love to do!
• Corporate & Small Business
• Real Estate
• Aerial Video & Photography
• Tourism Work
• Sports Video
• Government Contracts
Where did the name Riverdale 24 Productions originate?
I grew up on Riverdale Farm in Deltaville, Virginia and that’s where I learned the value of hard work, long hours and the dedication to an end product. I have worked my entire life on my dad’s 150 acre produce farm (he’s the cantaloupe king!) from the time I was a child all through my college years. Not easy work. Hats off to all the farmers out there… there may be no harder job. On the plus side, I can pick out the best cantaloupe at the grocery store...hands down.
As a young boy of 12 years old and an avid NASCAR fan (I am from rural Virginia), I took up the sport of kart racing and number 24 was my racing number and still is today. In racing, I learned that teamwork, preparation, patience and practice all led to success on the track. I aptly named my company, Riverdale 24 Productions to remind me of what it takes to succeed not only in business but in life.