Videos for Good

Dorst MediaWorks, Inc. is a Washington, DC video production company helping US-based international organizations show results with documentary-style videos. Since 2002, we’ve worked at the highest level of international development and relief, with USAID, the World Bank, and dozens of nonprofits that are changing the world one person at a time. That journey has taken our team to 50+ countries. Our mission is to be the best video production company for organizations that do good.

When we film around the world, we are committed to treating our clients, subjects, and crew well, especially across cultural and language barriers. Award-winning, human-centered videos, emphatic storytelling, global reach from Washington, DC. Videos for Good ©.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2002
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Washington, DC
headquarters
  • 1219 Blagden Alley NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

USAID, World Bank Group, The Ross Prize, Millennium Challenge Corporation, AARP, Carnegie Council, Catholic Relief Servies, Columbia University, Creative Associates, Forum One, Foundation for Biomedical Research, Global Environment Facility, Human Rights Campaign, ICF International, IESC, Interaction, The Crisis Group, International Finance Corporation, International Medical Corps, International Monetary Fund, MIGA, NDI, Pact, PRI, Red Cross, United Nations, USDA, WRI

Washington DC Video Production: WRI Ross Prize Trailer 2019

SARSAI is the winner of the inaugural $250,000 WRI Ross Prize for Cities. Amend's innovative approach is creating safer journeys to school in Dar es Salaam and other African cities. But the other finalists -- Metrocable, SWach, AeT, and Eskisehir -- all have shown the world some incredible innovation.

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We help US-based international

organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks.

Washington DC Video Production Services: MIGA 30th Anniversary [Japanese captions]

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency is a branch of the World Bank. This year, it celebrates 30 years working to promote cross-border investment in developing countries by providing guarantees (political risk insurance and credit enhancement) to investors and lenders. 

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We help US-based international organizations show

results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, edited by Dorst MediaWorks, Inc.

Washington DC Government Video Production: "Annie's Story," Millennium Challenge Corporation Malawi

This is the story of Annie's tragic loss and her new passion. It's also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river communities develop new economic opportunities that protect the rivers that power 90% of the country's electricity.

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We help US-based international organizations show results

through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Government Video Production: "Judith & Alice’s Story," MCC in Malawi

This is the story of Judith and Alice's new business and their improved quality of life. It's also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river communities develop new economic opportunities that also protect the rivers that power 90% of the country's electricity.

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We help US-based international

organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Government Video Production: "Mary’s Story," Millennium Challenge Corporation Malawi

This is the story of Mary's new business and her improved quality of life. It's also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river communities develop new economic opportunities that also protect the rivers that power 90% of the country's electricity.

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We help US-based international organizations

show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: "Metamorphosis," The IMF in Vietnam

In just 30 years, Vietnam has undergone a profound transformation from planned economy to the next Asian Tiger. 

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its

subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: "The Power of Education," The IMF in Vietnam

Vietnam has invested heavily in education, allowing young people to fulfill their dreams of starting their own business. Hear how Nguyen Thu Ha thinks her studies will enable her to be a successful business owner.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our

280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: SWaCH (Ross Prize finalist)

SWaCH Pune Seva Sahakari Sanstha is a member-owned cooperative for waste pickers that is helping to clean up the streets of Pune, India.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and

diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: Metrocable (Ross Prize finalist)

Metrocable is helping to shift the boundaries of urban opportunity through an innovative transport system in Medellín, Colombia.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID

and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks.

Washington DC Video Production Services: SARSAI (Ross Prize winner)

SARSAI, a program by the non-profit Amend, is providing a safer walk to a brighter future for students in high-risk school areas across Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and other sub-Saharan African cities. 

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+

videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks.

Washington DC Video Production Services: Eskişehir (Ross Prize finalist)

The Eskişehir Urban Development Project has reinvigorated a river and city, helping to create a new sense of what's possible in Eskişehir, Turkey. 

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002.

Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: Asiye eTafuleni (Ross Prize finalist)

Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) is co-creating a more inclusive city in the markets of Warwick Junction, Durban, South Africa. 

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and

its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Health Video Production Services: "Creating Equality of Fracture Care" SIGN Tanzania

By providing both surgical training and implants, SIGN enables skills surgeons in developing countries to provide immediate care for patients who suffer badly broken bones each and every day. Founded in 1999, the organization has trained more than 5,000 surgeons in 51 developing countries—with SIGN-trained surgeons having healed more than 237,000 patients.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Government Video Production: "Powering Malawi" Millennium Challenge Corporation Malawi

This is the story of Malawi’s power sector reforms and how it is spurring economic growth and poverty reduction by by improving the availability, reliability and quality of the power supply.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+

clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks

Washington DC Video Production Services: "Economic Stability is Like Fresh Air," The IMF in Ghana

Ghana’s economy is thriving, and here are a few reasons why.

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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. The proof is in our 280+ videos with 50+ clients in 25+ countries, since 2002. Our clients include USAID and its subcontractors, the World Bank Group and its partners, and

diverse international nonprofits that are changing the world one person, one project at a time. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach. Washington, D.C. video production.

Check out our YouTube “Videos for Good” playlist: http://bit.ly/Videos_for_Good

Credits: Produced, directed, shot, written, edited by Dorst MediaWorks
 

Washington DC Video Production Services - 2019 reel - Dorst MediaWorks "Videos for Good"

Hi, I’m Steve Dorst. I started Dorst MediaWorks in 2002 to help organizations show results through inspiring documentary-style videos. That journey has taken our team to more than 50 countries. Our mission is to make the world a more just and sustainable place, which is why we only work with organizations that do good. We have a serious commitment to treating our clients, subjects, and crew well, especially across cultural and

language barriers. Check out our portfolio -- from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe -- and if you think we're a good fit, let’s make some Videos for Good. 

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Documentary-Style Video Production for Nonprofit

“They conveyed some very complex material and got our message across in a highly effective way.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Dorst MediaWorks created a short film to increase donor awareness about a nonprofit humanitarian global health organization. They wrote scripts, filmed, and edited footage. They provided images and content.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Richland, Washington
Jeanne Dilner
CEO, SIGN Fracture Care International
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the quality was high overall, Dorst MediaWorks stood out for its script-writing. They captured and distilled critical information in an engaging way while working within the confines of a nonprofit budget. They were also approachable and highly responsive throughout the creative process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of SIGN Fracture Care International. We’re a nonprofit humanitarian global health organization whose mission is to give the injured and poor in low- and middle-income countries access to effective orthopedic care by donating education and implants to surgeons who work in low-resource hospitals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dorst MediaWorks?

We hired them to help us raise awareness for fundraising.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They filmed at one of the sites we work at in Tanzania and assembled the footage into a seven-minute video, which we collaborated with them to edit. They also crafted a narrative and selected images for us to include in our newsletter.

What is the team composition?

Our only contact was Steve Dorst (Founder, Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, and Director, Dorst MediaWorks). He utilized several team members for filming, interviewing, and translating.

How did you come to work with Dorst MediaWorks?

We were contacted by one of their associates who saw that we had programs in locations they’d be traveling to. We decided to try out their services because we saw samples of their work and liked the short, documentary-style films they’d produced.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $14,500.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from February–April 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our board of directors is pleased with the video and we plan to use it to communicate the importance of our organization for future donors.

How did Dorst MediaWorks perform from a project management standpoint?

They were highly responsive. When their team was overseas, we kept in touch via email, Skype, and WhatsApp, and their owner was very approachable.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Aside from the responsiveness, they very quickly understood the depth of our mission and wrote a compelling script highlighting the impact of our mission. It’s difficult as a nonprofit to find and afford the kind of people who do that level of quality storytelling. They conveyed some very complex material and got our message across in a highly effective way.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. We really threw this project together in an ad hoc fashion and I feel like their team exceeded our expectations. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome and I was impressed with the results.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be available. If they’re reaching out to you on a Saturday, respond right away so they can continue working. They travel a lot and there’s no guarantee you’ll be in the same time zone, so you’ll need to accommodate that.

5.0
Overall Score The only reason I reduced this score is because they had to use an in-country film crew, and the video quality wasn’t quite as good as previous films.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’re a nonprofit, so anyone would be expensive, but it felt like they donated quite a bit of their time to us.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Country Documentary Series

“He grasped highly technical material, translated it well into a script, and wove together a strong narrative.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Dorst MediaWorks developed a documentary-style video, traveling to the location and providing production, filming, writing, and editing services in the process. 

The Reviewer
 
1,000 - 5,000 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Deputy Chief, IMF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Dorst MediaWorks did a phenomenal job of creating a video that effectively told the organization's narrative, including its complexities. In addition to the quality of their work, they were also great to work with–highly communicative, organized, and proactive from start to finish.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a deputy chief at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Dorst MediaWorks?

We needed to create a high-quality documentary-style video about the organization's collaboration with the Government of Ghana. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Dorst MediaWorks initially met with various people within the organization to get a sense of the narrative we wanted the video to portray and then developed a creative brief. Once the relevant people approved of the direction, they traveled to Accra, Ghana with a film crew, collected interviews, and edited the final footage. 

What is the team composition? 

We mainly worked with Steve (Director and Producer, Dorst MediaWorks), but he had a film crew involved as well.

How did you come to work with Dorst MediaWorks?

Dorst MediaWorks came highly recommended to us from our sister organization, the World Bank, based on their experience with them. 

What is the status of this engagement?

This particular project took place between September–December 2018. Steve has also worked on similar projects for us, involving films in other countries. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

First of all, they produced a beautiful video that was very visually appealing–we've posted it with pride on our website and social media channels. We believe that also led to an increase in online traffic and engagement.

It also received a lot of positive feedback from locals when the video was shown at a conference in Ghana, so it was a great success overall.

How did Dorst MediaWorks perform from a project management standpoint?

Steve was amazing to work with; he's organized, communicative, and proactive about getting the right people to approve of each step of work. He did everything he could to crystallize the narrative like collecting interviews and transcripts to run by us. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Steve gets it. Not only is he a talented video producer, but he also understands the subject matter. He grasped highly technical material, translated it well into a script, and wove together a strong narrative.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. We were very pleased with both the process and the outcome.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Treat the engagement as a partnership. Steve's approach is very inclusive and he works well with people, keeping the client informed on every step of the process. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer