Big Life Films specializes in corporate filmmaking and personal storytelling

Bob Bates is a writer, producer, photographer and skilled video editor.  With a keen sense of storytelling and visual design, he creates imaginative messaging campaigns as well as touching human stories, taking short-form projects from concept to delivery on a one-man-band budget.

During his six years as a staff producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”,  Bob Bates found his passion for telling a personal story in a meaningful and emotional way. Since his early career as a news anchor and television host, he’s directed hundreds of field shoots, interviewing celebrities, and newsmakers.   Bob co-produced "Building A Dream-The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy" special on ABC. And as the Oprah Winfrey Show came to a close, Bob executive produced "Oprah Looks Back: 25 Years of the Oprah Winfrey Show" for ABC Owned & Operated stations.

For Maria Shriver's famed Women's Conference in California, Bob created tribute films to honor remarkable women such as Gloria Steinem, Sally Ride, and Sandra Day O'Connor.   He's produced live event coverage and short form documentaries for local stations in New York, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as E! and ABC's Good Morning America. 

Much of his work is one-on-one, but he has extensive experience supervising single and multi-camera crews as well.    He currently provides creative production services to non-profit organizations including Pacific Clinics of California.   

“I’ve been fortunate to do projects that are meant to inform and enlighten as well as celebrate the efforts of others. As a former news reporter, I believe a small crew is best for telling a meaningful and emotional story. I like to travel light, maximizing resources and never allowing the production to get in the way of the story.   I can offer my clients experience, creativity and depth... as well as a production budget to suit the non-profit world.”  

-Bob Bates