Opening its doors in 1985, Greg
Warren started Advanced Concepts as a desktop publishing company
creating brochures, graphics and other items linked to print
media. It quickly grew to include other aspects of advertising
production and within a year Warren had steered his company into
the video production arena. At the time, video production was
generally reserved for the larger agencies, but taking a risk
and investing in a digital non-linear editing system gave Advanced
Concepts the ability to take on some of the bigger studios. With
outstanding team members, experience, drive and now the equipment
it was time to establish its place in the market.
Everyone at Advanced Concepts is prior military, some with law
enforcement experience, and that gave its team members a rather
unique advantage. With the skills and leadership acquired through
their time in the various branches of the military, the team
at Advanced Concepts was able to communicate with confidence
with the personnel at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville as well
as the NASA personnel at Marshall Space Flight Center. It didn't
take long to establish relationships with these two entities,
which led to interaction with some of the contractors and industries
in the area. Within a short time, Advanced Concepts had anchored
itself as a leading resource for video production in manufacturing
and industrial environments, as well as military and aerospace
Video production requires creativity, editing skills, knowledge
of audio engineering and voice talent. Mastering these skills
naturally led to creating radio spots, television commercials,
instructional videos, and CD/DVD presentations. Within two years
of opening its doors, Advanced Concepts was now an established
full service media production company and was continuing to grow.
As a "Thank you" to the supporting community, the team
offered video services to local school systems by video taping
school plays at no charge, and offering DVD copies to parents.
As individuals became familiar with the staff and their capabilities
Advanced Concepts soon purchased equipment to transfer 8mm film
to DVD. This expanded into a full archival service including
the transfer of 8mm and 16mm film, video tapes, audio tapes,
records and slides onto DVD media. Free pickup and delivery in
the north Alabama area led to many new friendships as well as
additional work in media production.
In addition to its growing list of services, Advanced Concepts
offered a unique option to its customers. With over twenty years
experience as a model maker, Warren was able to offer clients
highly detailed models of their products. Again taking advantage
of the proximity to Redstone Arsenal and Marshall Space Flight
Center, models became a big plus to many of the contractors who
jumped at the opportunity to own a display model of their product.
By 1987 Advanced Concepts had a full service model shop, and
currently has models on display at several NASA installations,
the Pentagon, offices in Washington D.C., military installations,
a large number of corporate lobbies across the country, and even
a few on display in Dubai, UAE.
In 2001, Warren became infatuated with a new type of aircraft
known as a multirotor. Virtually unheard of at the time, he had
soon purchased a broken one from the internet and was examining
it. That fascination grew into an obsession and he began to design
and build various versions of what is now referred to as a "drone".
Warren continued his endeavors as he watched the industry grow.
Two patents and four provisional patents later, Advanced Concepts
now has an entire division dedicated to the design and fabrication
of drone systems. The company also offers aerial imaging, both
photo and video.
With growing demands in models and drone systems, in 2018 the
decision was made to discontinue the media production areas of
Advanced Concepts. Rather than being a full service media production
company, Advanced Concepts now concentrates on two areas of production:
TML (Tech Models Limited) is a full service model shop and SRL
(Sentry Robotics Limited) concentrates on the design and fabrication
of custom aerial platforms. Both divisions are doing well, and
we can hardly wait to see what happens in the future.