Big ideas come in short form

Our company

About us

We are a short-form production company founded by feature filmmakers. We specialize in dynamic, impactful content with a narrative edge. Rather than starting in shorts and aspiring to features, we made movies first, and then brought our skills (and sensibility) to shorts.

We’ve had the privilege of working with some of the biggest movie stars, film festivals, and distribution companies in the world. That, plus more than 20 years of marketing experience with some of the world’s most powerful brands, allows us to bring a wealth of best practices to our work with you.

FORMSHORT is also proud to be an official MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), with over 65% ownership by people of color.

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Our work

what we've done

Our award-winning content combines classic storytelling principles—honed over two decades creating narrative feature films in Hollywood—with cutting-edge visual equipment and techniques. We combine beautifully lit and crafted footage with advanced motion graphics to create unparalleled emotional engagement for your viewers.

We have a special focus on educational & non-profit institutions, and we invite you to compare our work with anything else on the market.

Have a look, and see the FORMSHORT difference for yourself.

Education & advancement

THE JOHN BROOKS SLAUGHTER CENTER FOR ENGINEERING DIVERSITY

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Social Work & Diversity Program

Geena Davis Tribute Video

2020 Year in Review

Scholarship & Fellowships

DR. ALLEN & CHARLOTTE GINSBURG TRIBUTE VIDEO

2021 Year in Review

DEAN LEONARD SILVERMAN LIFETIME LEADERSHIP AWARD

Branded content

Breaking Barriers Through Surfing

Dinner Is Served

Advancing Black Pathways

The Job of a Mother Never Stops

Bacardi x Blavity – The Look

Sydel Takes On

Advertising & social media

Project Runway Fashion Commercial

Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Quesadillas

Shopping Commercial

WATR Commercial

LA Pop-Up Shop

Rum Balls

Our services

how we help

Given our unique experience—in both filmmaking and marketing—there’s a lot of services we can offer. But what’s important to us is giving you the ones you actually need, at a price you can afford. As independent filmmakers, cost-consciousness is always a top priority,

Our approach is always customized, and unique to each client—we’re here to achieve your objectives, not ours.

PRODUCTION

Using decades of experience producing high-quality content—whether it’s with a budget of millions, or nothing but a million favors—we’ll use cutting-edge equipment and techniques to develop polished, beautiful work that you’ll be thrilled to call your own.

PRE-PRODUCTION

From script development and creative design to budgeting, casting and crew hiring, we’ll handle all the logistics necessary for the shoot, keeping you involved all the way through.

SHOOT

Our experience as feature filmmakers delivers huge dividends in the shooting process; our expertise and contacts enable us to produce content unlike any other company out there.

POST-PRODUCTION

Through editing, sound mix, color correction, visual effects and graphics, we’ll work closely with you to ensure the final product achieves your vision, and exceeds your expectations.

CONTENT CREATION

Whether you’ve developed your own marketing plan or we’ve helped you build it, we’ll create dynamic, innovative content that is strategically designed to achieve your objectives.

EDUCATION & ADVANCEMENT

The story of a school is the story of its people; reach your funding, recruitment and publicity goals with polished videos that make you proud.

BRANDED CONTENT

Let us tell the story of your brand (and the people behind it), and we'll strengthen your relationships with your most valuable customers.

advertising & SOCIAL MEDIA

Let us help you disrupt the conversation, influence your followers, and get your story into the feeds that are most important to you.

MARKETING

With over 20 years experience building marketing campaigns for some of the most powerful brands in the world, we treat video production as an integral part of a cohesive marketing effort, providing all the benefits of a full-service agency at a fraction of the cost.

STRATEGY

We start with a very simple question—what are your goals? And how can we create an integrated marketing campaign and video production strategy to help you achieve them?

STORYTELLING

As narrative filmmakers, we know that whether it’s a 30-second product spot or a 10-minute lifestyle video, it’s about story; and we help you tell yours in a way no other company can.

DISTRIBUTION

Having distributed and promoted content all over the world, we can help you make sure your content is made available to, and seen by, the widest audience possible.

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Leadership

who we are

With over two decades of experience in both narrative filmmaking and corporate marketing, our leadership team provides one-stop shopping and turnkey solutions. Having worked with some of the biggest stars and companies in Hollywood, and created marketing campaigns for some of the most notable names in the Fortune 500, we have a skill set that simply can’t be found at other video production company.

Every FORMSHORT project is personally supervised by a Managing Partner, to ensure we exceed your wildest expectations—with the product itself, and with your experience of having it created.

JOWAN CARBIN

Carbin’s film WELCOME TO LIFE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won Best Director at the Director’s Guild of America, and was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards; his first feature, THE SECURITY OF FEAR, is in festival circulation, and his second feature, DOPE LITTLE CREATURES, is in development at a major studio. His short-form work has included major brands such as Bacardi, JP Morgan Chase, Sephora, Doritos, ONSTAR, Patron, and GMC, and he has produced content for Amazon Studios, Facebook Watch, Soledad O’Brien Productions, Complex, Authentic Entertainment, Endemol Shine, YouTube, Discovery+, Netflix, and NBCUniversal.

DANIEL RAGUSSIS

Ragussis founded a successful marketing consultancy servicing a broad range of organizations, from major corporate clients (AOL, Fannie Mae, Verizon, DHL) to non-profits and tech startups, all while covering widely divergent industries, from healthcare and financial services to energy and telecom. He then moved into feature filmmaking; IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, was released by Lionsgate and Universal. It was a New York Times Critics Pick; the LA Times called it “impressively dimensional… tense, gripping and disturbing,” and Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “a tense, chilling thriller… Radcliffe is brilliant.”

Clients

who we serve

The best part of our day is working with our incredible clients. We have a special focus on education and advancement, creating videos for organizations as varied as the University of Southern California, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the National Academy of Engineering.

We’ve also had the opportunity to create branded content, social media and advertising for brands as diverse as Doritos, Facebook, Bacardi, JP Morgan Chase, GMC, ONSTAR, Sephora, Patrón, Daya by Zendaya, Soledad O’Brien Productions, Vox Creative, Netflix, and Amazon Studios.

TESTIMONIALS

why we're here

In our world, nothing remotely compares to the feeling of a satisfied client.

We pride ourselves on creating a seamless, turnkey experience for our customers. You really and truly won’t believe how easy it is to have us work for you. Let us give you an amazing product; but just as important, let us make your job easier, thrill your internal stakeholders, and make you look great. We provide a white glove service experience that simply doesn’t exist at other production companies.

Will Pisnieski
Will Pisnieski
Special Projects, Unscripted
Amazon Studios
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“I have had the pleasure of working with Formshort on multiple projects over the years and they have always delivered results. They are an innovative team who creatively exceed expectations and stay customer-focused throughout the course of the project. “
Ken Bonner
Ken Bonner
CMO of Advancement Services
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
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“The Formshort team has produced USC Viterbi’s advancement videos for several years now, and the results have been phenomenal. Daniel and his team’s work showcases our school and its story in a profound way, and their videos have become cornerstone of our advancement efforts. We routinely get effusive compliments from faculty and donors alike.”
Jama Toung
Jama Toung
Vice President of Development
Ackerman Institute for the Family
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“We chose Formshort for their creativity, which they used, along with tremendous sensitivity and flexibility. Daniel and his team exceeded expectations, creating highly impactful videos that made a tremendous contribution to our organization.”
Rose Marie Arce
Rose Marie Arce
Vice President
Soledad O’Brien Productions
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“We were extremely happy with the Formshort team. They are creative, artful, understand storytelling, and embrace feedback. The work reflected a deep understanding of the editorial content and our aims for the project.”
Shaheen Nazerali
Shaheen Nazerali
Director of Post-Production
Vox Creative
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“Jowan will go above and beyond to find the story, and will deliver the best final product possible. Prompt, efficient and creative—you're in good hands with Formshort.”
Chef Monti
Chef Monti
Food Network Host
Culinary Content Creator
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“I had invested quite a bit into a web series with a production company that delivered awful work. I thought we were going to have to reshoot the whole thing. Then I made the best decision of my career and hired Formshort. Not only did they save the show with incredible out of the box thinking and technical prowess, they took it to a level I had never dreamed of.”
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Awards & Recognition

what we've won

Our content has played at the most exclusive film festivals in the world; won dozens of international awards; and even qualified for the Academy Awards®. All this recognition means one thing for our clients—stunning results that empower them to achieve their goals.

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Contact

Get in touch

We'd love to hear more about how we can help you achieve your goals. Send us a message by using the form below, or reach out to us by phone or email. We’d be thrilled to speak with you.

Email: info@formshort.com

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Let us

Help you

Tell your story

Breaking Barriers Through Surfing

Branded Content

Dinner Is Served

Branded Content

Advancing Black Pathways

Branded Content

The Job of a Mother Never Stops

Branded Content

Bacardi x Blavity – The Look

Branded Content

Sydel Takes On

Branded Content

Project Runway Fashion Commercial

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Quesadillas

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Shopping Commercial

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

WATR Commercial

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

LA Pop-Up Shop

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Rum Balls

ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA

DEAN LEONARD SILVERMAN LIFETIME LEADERSHIP AWARD

Education & Advancement

2021 Year in Review

Education & Advancement

DR. ALLEN & CHARLOTTE GINSBURG TRIBUTE VIDEO

Education & Advancement

Scholarship & Fellowships

Education & Advancement

2020 Year in Review

Education & Advancement

Geena Davis Tribute Video

Education & Advancement

Social Work & Diversity Program

Education & Advancement

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Education & Advancement

THE JOHN BROOKS SLAUGHTER CENTER FOR ENGINEERING DIVERSITY

Education & Advancement