Video Storytelling for Individuals, Organizations and Small Businesses

About Us

Based in Madison, Wis., Life Messages Media, LLC was founded by Ann Massie Nelson and Ren Patterson in 2013. Life Messages Media works with a select group of professional video producers to record and produce high quality, digital recordings. We also retain experienced writers and graphic designers to create expertly written and illustrated bound copies of your memoirs and ethical wills.

Ann Massie Nelson at Life Messages Media in Madison WI

Ann Massie Nelson Founder

Ren Patterson at work

Ren Patterson Founder

Ann Massie Nelson is an interviewer and writer with more than 35 years of experience in marketing and communications, working primarily in financial services and trade associations. She has interviewed people on a wide range of topics for news and features articles that have appeared in print, video, web, broadcast and social media. Nelson has facilitated meetings and focus groups, developed and presented continuing education seminars, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She returned to the university in 2010 to earn a certificate in consumer health advocacy from the Law School. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in life sciences communications from the UW-Madison.

Ren Patterson is a filmmaker with more than 40 years of experience producing film and video for the corporate, creative and educational industries as well as the nonprofit community. Patterson also has extensive experience in marketing and communications for global and mid-sized professional services firms, where his responsibilities included creative direction, video production, strategic planning, advertising, internal communications, market analysis, media relations, vendor relations, long- and short-term budgeting and planning, department management, event planning, graphic design and copywriting, development of special programs and initiatives. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York and studied fine arts at the Art Students League in Manhattan and Woodstock, New York.