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Everybody’s got a story to tell. These days, they’re telling it with short-form video. 

Maybe you’re a company making branded content and short form documentaries; an influencer disrupting the conversation through innovative social media; a school or non-profit telling its story to empower recruiting and fundraising; or a filmmaker creating a proof of concept for their dream project. In all these cases, we’ve used our deep background in storytelling to create compelling content that delivers your message, in your way, within your budget. 

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Even he knew it back then—keep it short, and make it awesome.

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SAMPLE VIDEOS

USC VITERBI 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

EDUCATION & ADVANCEMENT VIDEO

ACKERMAN INSTITUTE

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

GEENA DAVIS TRIBUTE VIDEO

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

SMART EATS / EVERYTHING FOOD

WEB SERIES

USC VITERBI 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

EDUCATION & ADVANCEMENT VIDEO

“DAYA” BY ZENDAYA

FASHION COMMERCIAL

WATR

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IMPERIUM

FEATURE FILM SIZZLE & PROOF OF CONCEPT

JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE

BRANDED CONTENT

BAUM FAMILY MAKER SPACE

EDUCATION & ADVANCEMENT VIDEO

LA POP-UP SHOP

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO

FAMILY PORTRAITS

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

OUR COMPANY

WHO WE ARE

YOUR BRAND

YOUR STORY

YOUR RESULTS

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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FOUNDERS

DANIEL RAGUSSIS founded a successful marketing consultancy with clients such as AOL, Fannie Mae, and MCI, before moving into feature filmmaking. His film IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, was released by Lionsgate. It was a New York Times Critics Pick; Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “a tense, chilling thriller… Radcliffe is brilliant.”

JOWAN CARBIN had his thesis film premiere at  Sundance, win Best Director at the Director’s Guild of America, and become a finalist for the Student Academy Awards. His feature debut CUT OFF is currently on the festival circuit, and his subsequent short form work has included clients such as Complex, Authentic Entertainment, Esquire, and Endemol Shine.

DENNIS LEE began his career with Teach For America, founding a highly successful charter school, and then became a filmmaker. He won a Student Academy Award for his thesis, was selected as an ABC/Disney TV Directing Fellow, and made his feature  debut with FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, and William Dafoe.

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OUR SERVICES

WHY WE'RE HERE

ONLY SERVICES

THAT YOU NEED

ONLY BUDGETS

YOU CAN AFFORD

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

And if by chance you’re looking for a cappuccino machine and a swag bag, go elsewhere; our indie film creativity appears both on your screen, and in your budget. In our world, the work—and your satisfaction with it—comes first.

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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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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.

SIZZLE & PROOF OF CONCEPT

As feature filmmakers, we've mastered the art of the visual pitch; let us help you create yours, and get your script (or book) onto the big screen.

DOCUMENTARIES & PROFILES

Whether we're profiling a person, a company, or a way of doing business, we'll tell your story in a way that enlightens and inspires.

COMMERCIALS & ADVERTISING

Whether you're selling a product or a lifestyle—or both—our powerful, innovative visual content will help you close the deal.

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.

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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.

CONTACT

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We’d love to hear more about how we can make your project a reality. Send us a message below, or you can email us at info@formshort.com.