Meet The Team

Chris Bryant

Creative Director / Principal


At the helm of Empire Studios is Chris, who generally handles everything from concept development and editing all the way to which font to use on a client's website.


Chris credits Jurassic Park with his immense love for film and how movies are made. He founded Bryant Productions, LLC in 2005, which was later rebranded as Empire Studios as the company grew and expanded its service offerings.


Also Founder and Business Coach at Studio 12 Academy, Chris is always learning AND always educating!


Chris' book, "The Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing Your Video Views" is published exclusively on Amazon, and focuses on making sure the readers' videos are seen by as many eyeballs as possible.  Chris has been featured in numerous publications such as Momentology, Inc, Business News Daily and "The Ultimate Guide to Online Marketing Success".


When he's not creating something awesome, he's speaking at events, vlogging, taking photographs around the tri-state area, playing with his dogs or watching another great movie. Preferably one with explosions and car chases.

James "Lucky" Braxton

Director of Photography / Camera Operator


Always hustling to get the best angle, James seems to always have a camera glued to his hand.


James has worked on a multitude of music videos and promotional content for businesses and brands.  Clients love his creative eye and level of professionalism brought on every job he touches. Check him out on his YouTube channel where he vlogs and reviews gear.


In the rare instance James doesn't have a camera on him, he's enjoying time with his beautiful wife and four children.

Frank Chieffalo

Producer / Camera Operator


For projects that require multiple live camera operators, you'll often find Frank on set. He also assists with coordinating logistics and making sure things go smoothly behind and in front of the camera's lens.


Frank has worked with the likes of MTV, Outdoor Life Network, The History Channel, A&E and the TriBeCa Film Festival.  Chris and Frank's paths crossed when they were both working on the New Haven, CT Unit of Indiana Jones 4.


When he's not getting the perfect shot or running things behind the scenes, Frank is cheering for one of his favorite sports teams (Mets & Giants!) and is perusing his MBA in Finance, Technology & Innovation Entrepreneurship.


Erin Bryant

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist


When on screen talent needs to look their best (or their worst), Erin is called in to make them look amazing (or grisly).  From hair styling and extensions to natural makeup and open wound prosthetics, she's an ace.


A graduate of Paul Mitchell The School, Erin has worked at New York Fashion Week and with area theaters on live productions. Brides love her for making them look extra stunning, and boys and ghouls love her for making them look appalling on Halloween.


When she's not rocking it with a pair of texturizing shears and a blending blush brush (say that three times fast!), she's creating stunning watercolor artwork, jewelry, restoring antique furniture and spending time with her dogs, Lucas & Jake.


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Members of our team have worked with or have been featured at these companies and publications:

Additional team bios coming soon, including additional freelance crew, Business Development Managers and office pups!

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