Capture The Human Experience

We Use Story & Video To Connect You And Your Audience Emotionally To Boost Your Growth, Influence & Followers. When Paired With Bold Leaders, Conscious Companies, Advocates For Peace & Agents Of Disruption, It's a Recipe For Deep Impact. 

Emmy Award-Winning: We Are Producers Of Ads, Brand Films & Campaigns With Only One Goal. Use The Power Of Video Combined With Story To Build A Groundswell Of Enthusiasm For You.

Full Service: Strategy, Producing, Directing, Filming, Editing, Animating, And Distribution.

Adaptable: For Agencies, We Have Three Nationally Awarded Directors To Collaborate On Large Productions Or We Can "Plug In" And Provide Ongoing Video Content Support. For Brands We Provide Turn-key Production Services From Concept To Completion And Beyond. Let's Start Telling Your Story Today. 

 
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$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
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2012
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headquarters
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Portfolio

Key clients: 
Brand or ad agency, fortune 500 to non-profits, we adapt to your needs with expert guidance and value-added video solutions. Clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Johns Hopkins, D.C. United, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Pandora Jewelry, PayActiv, Callaway, Under Armour, National Geographic, Audi, United States Naval Academy, U.S. Congress, GKV, McCann Worldwide, TBC, Discovery Channel, Cape Cod Potato Chips, University of Maryland Medical Center, Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. 

PayActiv: We Heard You

We conceptualized, produced, directed, animated and delivered this animated film for PayActiv which reached a million views on YouTube in under a week. It's a celebration of the humanity of each worker. 

Throw: An Early Light Media Film

The first installment of Invisible Thread, an ongoing Early Light Media passion project series, Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr found acceptance among a subculture of “throwers” and it turns out, he’s a virtuoso. He now helps others find a creative and social outlet by sharing the very toy that inspired

him.

 

The Invisible Thread series is fueled by our passion for telling people-driven stories and will be an ongoing project that explores human connectivity, life, death, and all the moments in between. We want it to be diverse, funny, serious, and informative. We plan to have a section dedicated on our website to the series in the future, and we welcome any and all story ideas that you would like to contribute to our love of storytelling.

Throw Credits

Directors: Darren Durlach & David Larson

Executive Producer: Jody Weldon & Coffin Nachtmahr

Producer: Liz Norton / Cerebral Lounge & Iris D'Arcangelo / Cerebral Lounge

Associate Producer: Alexander Glass

Filming: David Larson, Darren Durlach, Alexander Glass

Writing: Darren Durlach & David Larson

Cast: Coffin Nachtmahr, Satarian Montgomery, Eon Duzant

Aerial: Jody Weldon

Design: Jody Weldon & Darren Durlach

Sound Design: Nick Sjostrom / Cerebral Lounge

Sound Mix: Nick Sjostrom / Cerebral Lounge

Licensed Music: Warner/Chappell Production Music

Special Thanks: yoyosam.com, Bomb Squad, Paul Han, Cerebral Lounge, Stan Heist, Amy Marquis, Maribeth Livingston, Durlach Family, Larson Family, Weldon Family, the wonderful city of Baltimore, Early Light Media and all the dreamers 

Camera: Canon C300, Inspire 1 Drone, Sony FS 700, Canon Prime Lenses

Run Time: 10:13

Date of Completion: April 2016

Official Selection: 2016 Mountainfilm

See our blog about the film: /earlylightmedia.com/blog/throw-mountainfilm/

 

AWARDS

 

Capitol NATAS Emmy Award - (2017)

 

Mountainfilm – Director’s Choice Award (2016)

 

Vimeo staff pick (2016)

 

Flagstaff Film Festival - People's Choice Award (2017)

 

Webby Award (2017)

 

Port Townsend Film Festival – Special Jury Commendation (2016)

Fargo Film Festival – Honorable Mention (2017)

 

The UnLonely Project - Honorable Mention (2018)

 

AAF Silver Addy Award Winner for Cinematography - (2017)

 

 

 

OFFICIALLY SELECTED

 

Mountainfilm (2016)  

 

Mountainfilm world tour (2017)

 

Vimeo Staff Pick (2016)

 

Port Townsend Film Festival (2016)

 

On the Edge Film Festival (2016)

 

Washington West Film Festival (2016)

 

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (2017)

 

Fargo Film Festival (2017)

 

Frozen River Film Festival (2017)

 

Lookout Wild Film Festival (2017)

 

Inspire Film Festival (2017)

 

Martha's Vineyard Film Festival (2017)

 

Doclands (2017)

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OUTLETS

 

Vimeo - 190k + (as of 6/7/2018)

 

Nat geo - 365k + (as of 6/7/2018)

 

Charm TV - (2 million household reach)

 

Aspire network (36 million household reach)

D.C. United: Stadium Megatron Hype Reel

We were tasked with getting the Audi Field crowd as hyped as possible before games! This was such a fun spot to produce. 

Under Armour: Seconds Matter

This video was produced for Under Armour an End Of Year wrap up to show all of the wonderful philanthropy they did in 2019. This recently won a Gold Addy award. 

LOYOLA | Sellinger School of Business- Where are you going? :30

A branding television ad for Loyola University. We did this series called 'Where are you going?' that we wrote, directed, produced and edited. Very proud of this one. 

Microsoft: Advocacy Film For A Digital Geneva Convention

Microsoft's big agenda in the last year has been to attempt to implement a "Digital Geneva Convention" which means that it wants to eliminate cyber attacks on civilians from government entities. We traveled to the UK and Ukraine whose citizens had been cyber attacked recently from Russia and North Korea. Microsoft's President needed a film to show world leaders that demonstrated the effects of attacks on civilians. This one fit

right into our documentary backgrounds and we enjoyed being able to make a small difference. 

Some Of Our Favorite Moments In 2019

This video montage was edited mostly for our nonprofit, philanthropy, and advocacy clients as a huge thank you and hug for all the work they do around Baltimore and the world. 

Goodwill: Music Video w/ Motion Graphics

We conceptualized, directed, produced and edited this spot for Goodwill's 100th anniversary gala. It went on to be cut down into :15s and :30s for a TV and Digital Marketing Campaign. 

R.A.W. Tuba: Documentary Film (Official Trailer)

We created the Invisible Thread series to highlight positive stories out of the city we love, Baltimore. The first one being Throw about Coffin Nachtmahr, a young man whose love of a yoyo helped him overcome many challenges. It has been seen and shared MILLIONS of times through Nat Geo, Aspire Network, Charm City TV, Film Festivals, and online. This latest film directed by Darren Durlach and David Larson is the story of Dr.

Richard Antoine White (R.A.W.) and his journey from being a homeless child in West Baltimore to becoming an elite tubist in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and eventually becoming the first African American to receive a Doctorate of Music in Tuba in the world.

D.C. United: New Team Logo Announcement For Social

We worked with D.C. United to produce this promotional video, which served as one of the centerpieces of the historic reveal event for their new logo using a combination of live action and motion graphics to morph the old logo with the new. 

Non Profit Advocacy Film - Annie E. Casey Foundation

Annie E. Casey Foundation is our longest-running client and comes back to us year after year to help tell stories that advocate for their world-changing programs.

They wanted a powerful film about the juvenile justice system and why it needs to be reformed so they had us tell De'jon's story. After being arrested at the age of 17 for shooting a man, De'Jon found himself faced with the possibility of being tried as an

adult for his crime. Seeing potential in the young man his sentence was reduced to 3 years in the juvenile system where during that time he met several key people who believed in him. That support system led De'Jon to change his life. This is his story.

PayActiv: Brand Film "It's About Time"

If you're not sure what Earned Wage Access is, we weren't either, until we had a special opportunity to help usher this idea into mainstream awareness through a new documentary project entitled It's About Time. Did you know that 100 million Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck? 40% of Americans couldn't come up with $400 in the event of an emergency. These are your neighbors, family members, and friends, salary as well as

hourly. Why is this happening in the richest country in the world? And what can be done? Structure of pay is important, the amount of pay is important, but no one has been talking about the timing of pay . . . until now. 


The film follows Safwan Shah's crusade to give timely access to earned income to millions of people who have bills due now but must wait two weeks to get the money they have already earned creating billions of dollars in unnecessary fees. In collaboration with Round Table Companies, we are proud to announce that the film, lovingly presented by PayActiv, is now live. It will be an enlightening 16 minutes of your life, guaranteed. Please watch. Visit www.ItsAboutTimeTheFilm.com to read more in-depth about the project.

This is the opening 'trailer' for a web series we produced for Under Armour.

Engagement piece to create excitement for the upcoming British Open.

Reviews

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Event Videography Interviews for Educational Nonprofit

“When we work with Early Light, we’re confident that we’re going to get an end-product that we’re beyond pleased with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Early Light Media produces, films, and delivers year-end compilation videos that showcase a nonprofit’s programming. They’ve done other compilation videos and helped set up a pre-recorded program during COVID.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Baltimore, Maryland
Director, CollegeBound Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media supplements a multi-year partnership by delivering professional and versatile videos. They deploy software that allows the client to provide feedback on drafts, which allows for a straightforward and seamless process. Their consistent and high-quality work creates value for cost.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the development director at the CollegeBound Foundation, a nonprofit located in Baltimore City. We assist Baltimore City public students to and through college.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

We’re worked with Early Light Media for 2–3 years. They’ve supported us in creating a year-end compilation video of the programming that we do throughout the year.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Throughout the year, they have attended program events that we put together. They videotape parts of the programs, take interviews from staff members, and then compile that into a year-end video.

They have also taken commercials we’ve done — in which we highlight scholars we’ve served — and created a compilation video.

What is the team composition?

Niki (Account Manager) is our primary contact. We work with about four people total, including Rebecca (Editor), Dave (Creative Director & Co-Owner), who has done filming for us, and another videographer who has come out and recorded some of the events.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

We had an in-house communications director, and I believe he might’ve connected us with Early Light to take over the work he was doing when he left the organization.

How much have you invested with them?

It’s been about $14,000 for the annual contract in the past.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work began in January 2018, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their services are very high-quality. Early Light Media was gracious enough to not only do our year-end video but also help us host a virtual scholar’s luncheon this past July. We had remaining hours on our contract because everything had turned to a virtual setting, and we didn’t have any programs to be videotaped. They compiled the ‘scholars of the week,’ recorded our speakers, and created a pre-recorded luncheon program that was incredible and just very well received. We’ve since recommended them to other nonprofits who reached out to ask who we'd worked with.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Niki was the facilitator of the project and our main point of contact when we had questions. I thought the process was really smooth; we’d have a call and then set deadlines. They used software to send us drafts of the video that made it very easy to insert comments directly into specific sections of the content. That made the review process much more straightforward than having to go back-and-forth over email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their work always comes together, and the end product is so good and very well-received. From the standpoint of a nonprofit, it’s critical that we’re able to put out a very professional, high-quality piece of work that we can then use at multiple events throughout the year and share with potential donors and the community.

Beyond that, we’ve worked with them for multiple years now, so the relationship is there, and we know the work that they do. We both know what to expect from each other.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. There are people within our organization — myself included — who have a critical eye and go through multiple revisions. One plus side of having an established relationship with Early Light Media is that they know to expect that. There’s never any pushback, and they definitely take all of our edits and comments so that we can move through the process pretty swiftly.

Any advice for potential customers?

It’s by no means a small investment. As a nonprofit, you want to make sure your dollars are being well-spent and that you’re working with the right group. What I will say is that when we work with Early Light, we’re confident that we’re going to get an end-product that we’re beyond pleased with. Every dollar has been really well spent. From our perspective, their product is always very consistent in quality. It’s never a concern that it’s not going to turn out well.

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

Promotional Video Production for Independent School

"They’re excellent storytellers with a great eye for cinematography."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - July 2020
Project summary: 

Early Light Media provided production services to create a promotional video for an independent school. The team conducted interviews, created a script, and captured footage. They integrated sound and graphics.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Bethesda, Maryland
Director, Washington Episcopal School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media delivered visually compelling content that satisfied stakeholders. In response to external circumstances, they developed safety measures that streamlined the engagement. The team quickly implemented feedback. Their timeliness and responsiveness led to a successful partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a director of the Washington Episcopal School. We’re a nursery through grade eight independent school. We focus on a hands-on experiential and joyful learning environment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

We hired them to help us make a video to promote our distance learning program when schools went remote.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

During the preproduction process, I selected and screened families to ensure we captured all the information necessary to tell a cohesive story. I created a list of questions that Early Light Media edited and then set dates and times for interviews.

After I gave them an overview of the story, their team wrote the first draft of the script. After reviewing transcripts of the interviews, I tweaked the scripts to highlight certain points. Early Light then edited the content, added audio and graphics, and produced the final version.

What is the team composition?

I worked with a project manager who kept the engagement rolling.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

While I was at another school, Darren (Director & Founder) and David (Director & Founder) produced a documentary about one of our alumni. To support the film, we hosted a premiere at the school. I marketed the event and became close to them. When we decided to pursue the distance learning video, I received a few proposals. However, I chose Early Light because I was such a fan of their work.

How much have you invested with them?

I spent around $6,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began this project in May 2020 and finished in July.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work was excellent, especially their cinematography. They’re strong visual thinkers, which I appreciate.

I liked that they had a safety protocol because the project occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was able to not only tell families about our precautions but also send them Early Media’s pre-written safety protocol. I was able to let everyone know that the project would be done at the highest level.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?We had a video call when we talked about the project. After that, we communicated by phone and email. I could always get a hold of someone.

Their team worked quickly. We had a hold up on our end, so the project could’ve finished sooner. They were always timely in their communications. As soon as I gave them feedback, their team moved forward.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re excellent storytellers with a great eye for cinematography. They’re also decent human beings. If you have to spend 8–10 hours together shooting a video, it’s great to enjoy the company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, the entire experience was incredibly positive.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be ready to move fast. If you’re on a deadline, be ready to go. Early Light will give you a great product.

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

Explainer Video for Professional Recruiting Firm

"They were very creative and were great advisors to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - June 2020
Project summary: 

Early Light Media produced a video for a professional recruiting firm. The video's main purpose was to explain the mission statement and service offerings. They worked on the script and storyboard.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
United States
Lindsey Macella
Marketing Manager, Comhar Partners
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media's video has received a lot of positive feedback and has been posted on the client's website and social media platforms. Remaining collaborative, they had a great workflow and were very accomodating. They had great communication skills and kept the client in the loop.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Marketing Manager at Comhar Partners. Comhar Partners is a recognized national leader in retained executive search, professional recruiting, and talent advisory services. Comhar Partners is headquartered in Chicago with 6 offices across the U.S. As the Marketing Manager, I am responsible for managing our social media channels and website, content creation in support of brand awareness, and implementing strategic marketing plans in alignment with firm goals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Early Light Media?

Our company really wanted to produce a top-notch, professional "About Us" video explaining our firm's mission and comprehensive service offerings. We are a boutique firm that wants to focus on growing our brand and marketing to our preferred industries.

What were your goals for this project?

We hoped to see an increase in traffic to our website and an increase in sales. We have used the video to help promote our brand and services on our website as well as our social media channels.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I did a lot of research on various video production companies prior to selecting Early Light Media. We were looking for a great company that provided reasonably priced services. After calling Early Light Media for an initial quote, they were willing to readjust their cost proposal to fit our budget. Their professional portfolio of work was also very impressive.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

Once we selected Early Light Media, they began working with us to understand our firm and business in great detail. Our two teams were in frequent communication via Zoom calls, phone calls, and ongoing email chains to discuss ideas and process. We described what we were looking for, and then I provided some content (i.e., our logo, brand colors, themes, scripting, etc.)

They provided their ideas and feedback, and we went back and forth perfecting and fine tuning the storyboard and script. We decided to add Voice Over to our video, and ELM held auditions for a voice actor. We then chose our voice actor and they had him record what was needed. The animators were also great. We were able to provide a lot of feedback on the video before it was finalized. The whole process took about a month.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Great project management and feedback process. Constant contact via phone and email. We were able to provide feedback on the video on Frame.io.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We are very happy with the video, and have posted it on our website and social media platforms. We have received a lot of positive feedback so far.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Great workflow between our two teams. It truly was a collaborative process. They were always very quick to respond, and were very patient with us and our many changes throughout the whole process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were very creative and were great advisors to us. They kept us in the loop every step of the way. They were also very accommodating whenever we had new ideas or changes, and were always quick to respond.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Everything was great. The only thing I would say is there were occasional grammatical issues with the scripting, but all were fixed before the final version of the video came out. I would definitely work with them again.

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

Full Video Production for Cancer Support Organization

"Their team cared about the project and that spoke volumes to me."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. - Apr. 2020
Project summary: 

Early Light Media managed full-scale production to support a virtual event for a cancer support organization. They integrated recordings, created subtitles, and researched platforms to enable live streaming.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Glyndon, Maryland
Ivelisse Page
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Believe Big
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media delivered a streamlined final product that impressed audiences. The team exceed expectations to provide support and adapted to changeable external circumstances effectively to provide the video on time. Their dedication to the project resulted in a valuable partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the executive director and co-founder of Believe Big. We help patients face, fight, and overcome cancer. We help to bridge the gap between conventional medicine and complementary medicine for fighting cancer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

We usually have two patients who share their testimonials at an in-person event, which corresponded with the heightened restrictions due to COVID-19. We wanted to protect our patients and decided to hire Early Light Media to videotape their testimonials to play at our event. Unfortunately, the event didn’t occur due to the gathering restrictions to under ten people. We moved the event to a live stream event and needed to coordinate video recordings.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Early Light Media recorded a patient testimonial in their studio. They then coordinated all of the video recordings from different individuals. We had a patient thank you video. We had my video that included my husband, which their team contracted out to a vendor here in Denver. That actually had to be canceled due to a stay at home order.

Then, we submitted the videos that we made using our equipment to Early Light Media. They made all of the videos into a seamless product that we can show at a live-streamed fundraising event. Their team added subtitles to the content. They also created a video that showed someone typing our numbers and our text to donate keyword. As well, their team helped us research platforms to upload and set up all of the backend pieces to make our video capable of live streaming.

What is the team composition?

We worked with probably 3–4 people including a project manager.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

I went online and googled the best production crew in Baltimore. Their name was at the top of the list and that drew me to their website where I saw samples of their work. I connected with them. We had worked with one of their videographers in the past, so it was nice to know that we were in good hands.

How much have you invested with them?

We ended up spending about $4,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in March 2020 and the video went live in April.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

People said that the video was incredibly produced. Our supporters and people who watched the video were impressed with Early Light Media’s work.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Early Light Media was excellent as far as organizing and communicating. Their team overcommunicated to make sure that everything was in place despite all of the changes that happened around us.

They worked around the clock to make the video happen so that we would have the video tested and on hand before the event. Their team was responsive. Any text or email, we got a response back. Even the owner spent a Sunday evening helping me to make sure that the platforms worked properly. Their team went above and beyond to help.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The final product speaks volumes. What stood out to me was that their hearts were behind their efforts. Their team really cared about the project and that spoke volumes to me.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Honestly, I don’t have any constructive feedback.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Share your vision for what you want to accomplish. Their team can help to coordinate the pieces and make sure that the finished product is what you hoped for.

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

Video Production for Nonprofit

"They were professional, personable and reliable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Early Light Media produced a 6.5-minute video to cover a fundraising event. This involved writing a script, drafting interview questions, and providing transcripts of the interviews.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Baltimore, Maryland
Hanna Mast
Comms Manager, Healthcare for the Homeless
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

It was a close collaboration marked by the vendor's flexibility and receptiveness to feedback. The video spurred a standing ovation from 800 viewers, and it helped raise over $200,000 to meet the fundraising goal. Early Light Media maintained an accountable, efficient working style.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the Communications Manager at Health Care for the Homeless, a federally qualified health center in Baltimore that delivers medical, behavioral health, dental and supportive housing care to people experiencing homelessness. We have three clinic locations in downtown, West Baltimore and Baltimore County and a staff of around 230 people.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Early Light Media?

We hired Early Light Media to produce a video for our largest fundraising event of the year - the Chocolate Affair. This video is a crucial element of the evening's program, helping to give a window into the work of Health Care for the Homeless through the story of one of our clients. With 800 attendees and a Fund-a-Need Auction that follows the video, there is a lot of pressure to create an emotionally compelling experience.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to show our supporters the impact that care with dignity can have on one person's life - walking the audience through the emotional and internal journey from isolation and homelessness to health, family and the safety of home. Our goal was to share this story in a way that put the client at the forefront of change and highlighted the trusting relationships he had with nurse practitioners, therapists and case managers. After watching the video, guests were prompted to support the work of Health Care for the Homeless - with a goal of raising $200,000.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

For the last number of years, we had worked with a freelance videographer and wanted to build out other options for video work. I reached out to colleagues at foundations and non-profits to see who they recommended and got glowing reviews for Early Light Media. I followed up by reading online reviews (all positive) and reached out to ELM to get a better picture of their process and an estimate for the project. After an in-person meeting with one of their Directors, we were impressed with the approach to the work, their experience and focus on telling human stories and felt like he understood our goals and style of storytelling. They were willing to meet our budget, and we felt good about giving this new company a try.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

Once we selected ELM, my team identified clients and providers willing to participate and their contact information. The Director followed up with pre-interview calls to build rapport and start to get a sense of story. From there, I worked to schedule our first filming day, which included one-on-one interviews with providers, client-provider interactions, b-roll around the facility and then a one-on-one interview in the client's home.

They provided day-of shoot schedules and drafted interview questions for my review in advance. Once filming was complete (including additional shoots with a third provider as well as the client's family members which they arranged), they provided transcripts of the interviews and an initial script for our review. From there, they moved into the first cut of the video and subsequent versions based on my team's edits. We finalized ahead of the event with a 6 1/2 minute professional video to show at our gala.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

They provided a 2-person filming crew and one primary editor for the post-production work. They had a project manager who facilitated communication between groups throughout. We worked closely together for the planning stages of the video – as a health care center, our providers’ availability for filming was limited and they were flexible when we needed to reschedule even while encouraging us to plan as efficiently as possible. Throughout the process, they were always open to feedback and ideas for scenes to shoot or characters to include and at the same time were able to operate independently to get additional footage when my team wasn’t available. They treated our clients with respect and had a very comfortable interview style. After filming, we received multiple round of rough drafts which we were able to offer feedback on. In other experiences, I’ve had to reiterate the same edits over multiple rounds. With ELM, they immediately incorporated edits or explained why it wouldn’t work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

After showing the video at the Chocolate Affair, the client featured in the film got a standing ovation from the 800 people in the room. Over the next 20 minutes, we raised over $200,000 dollars - meeting our fundraising goal. Since then, our Director of Development has used the video to reach out to supporters who were not able to attend and has gotten very positive feedback across the board. We look forward to using this video in our New Hire Orientation to give new staff members a window in the work they will be part of as well as to show future supporters the impact of life-saving care.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The ELM crew was a joy to work with. They were extremely responsive and communicative from start to finish. They were professional, personable and reliable - and they helped to keep me on track with deadlines and scheduling as well. During the post-production process, they used Frame.io, which allows you to insert comments directly into the video at the proper timestamp. This saved me so much time in providing feedback and made the entire editing process extremely efficient and straightforward.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Only ever having worked with freelance videographers, I was extremely impressed with the process, the thoughtfulness and the flexibility that ELM brought to our project. I was nervous initially about the idea of only two days to shoot, but we were able to get our filming days scheduled in a smart, efficient way that set the rest of the project up for success. The quality of the footage was leagues above what we've gotten in the past - resulting in a truly beautiful film.

Are there any areas for improvement?

While it's always difficult to gauge how long a round of edits will take, it would have been helpful to get a sense of the turnaround time after each round was submitted. I often needed to block time on about three teammates' calendars for reviewing later versions of the video, and wasn't always sure whether we would get an updated version in time.

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

Multiple Production for Healthcare Marketing & Communications Firm

"Their team was the whole package."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2019 - Feb. 2020
Project summary: 

Early Light Media produced several videos to improve visibility for a client of a healthcare marketing firm. They created production boards and audio, identified locations and interviewed two subjects.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
La Grange, Illinois
Production & Creative Mgr., Creative Dir., Art Dir., SPM Marekting & Communications
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media delivered visually appealing videos to positive reception from multiple audiences. The team directed interviews effectively to generate engaging content and remained accessible to facilitate a streamlined postproduction process. They were affable, leading a productive partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Respondent 1: I’m the production and creative manager of a healthcare marketing communications firm.

Respondent 2: I’m a creative director at the firm

Respondent 3: I’m an art director at the firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

R2: We wanted to create awareness for one of our client’s and their program.

R3: We came up with a concept to film a couple of patients in the Maryland area. We hired Early Light Media to help us shoot and edit those videos.

R1: We needed help telling these stories as proof of the care that these patients receive is better than the perceived notion of a hospital.  We wanted to tell these stories in a big and creative way.

R2: We also wanted to be real and honest. We wanted someone to bring these stories to life and make them genuine but also looking beautiful and heartfelt to resonate with consumers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

R3: We shared the storyboard, minimal keyframes, and a script. Early Light Media not only saw our vision immediately but also expanded on it. Their team added their thoughts and suggestions that we hadn’t even considered to areas of that project.

R2: From our storyboards, they created shooting boards and mapped each shot for the videos. Their team determined the final product’s look so that there were no surprises during the shoot.

R1: Their team scouted and found a location for us in advance.

R2: Our client was sensitive about the location because it’s a secure place, but Early Light Media worked with them on their terms.

R1: We worked with two patients. For each, their team created a long-form video, a 30-second version, and two different 15-second versions.

What is the team composition?

R1: We worked with Dave (Director and Founder, Early Light Media) on the shoot directly. I also worked with Nikki (Account Manager, Early Light Media) in terms of the production’s details.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

R1: I searched for production companies in our client’s area. We liked their portfolio as it aligned with our creative needs.

R3: They produced the documentary-style videos that we wanted.

R1: When I reached out to them for a proposal, they understood our idea right away. Their team also had a location in mind.

R2: The decision also came down to the budget, which their team accommodated.

What is the status of this engagement?

R2: We signed the initial agreement in October 2019 and the project finished in February 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

R3: We’re all proud of the final product.

R2: We get great feedback. We put this shoot— from mapping the shots to scouting locations—in their hands, which wasn’t easy. Early Light Media managed the art of interviewing and relating to people. The first cuts of the videos were amazing. I was blown away by their team’s colorist and music creation. Working with them was a fantastic experience. I would work with them again.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

R1: We communicated by email but also had a few initial calls. Once we awarded the project to Early Light Media, we had a couple of calls with them to talk about our ideas and goals.

R2: During editing, we communicated by email mostly. We also worked with them for postproduction. It’s not easy to edit offline but our back and forth went smoothly. We got on the phone to them to make our ideas clear. We never felt like we needed to talk to them more or less.

R1: Whenever we wanted to get on the phone with them, they were available for that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

R2: They’re nice people. Most importantly, we were able to work with them and have a relationship with them. Even if they handled production well but had attitudes, the process would’ve been terrible. Their team was welcoming from the minute when we touched down to the moment when we finished.

R3: It felt like a partnership.

R2: Their team was the whole package. The directing, camera work, and drone shots were beautiful.

Are there any areas they could improve?

R2: No, I don’t have anything to add.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

R2: If you want a vendor to collaborate and add to the project, you’ll get that with Early Light Media. It’s a collaborative process—a partnership. Their team works with you to bring your ideas to life. Go into the project with an open mind.

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

Video Production for Tourism Marketing Agency

"The final deliverable is always exceptionally high, no matter the scope of the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Early Light Media delivers video production projects for a geographically-focused marketing agency.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Baltimore, Maryland
Bridget Weininger
Marketing, Visit Baltimore
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos that Early Light Media delivers routinely garner praise and admiration. Flexible and supportive, the team maintains open lines of communication to address issues when they arise. Customers can expect a dedicated partner that meets requirements with high-quality work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of marketing for meetings and conventions at Visit Baltimore, a non-governmental tourism marketing agency for Baltimore City and the greater region. I support and market conventions and meetings, bringing business to the convention center and area hotels.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

I’ve worked with Early Light for several years, and they’ve helped me address quite a few challenges. When I first started working with them, we had no video content programs. They help me set up a series that told the story of being in Baltimore from the point of view of a meeting attendee or a meeting planner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Every project starts with a detailed conversation where they ask us about our needs and then follow up with an estimate. We’ve done all different types of videos; it depends on whatever we need at the time.

What is the team composition?

I usually work with 2–3 people, sometimes four.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

Early Light approached Visit Baltimore about a partnership. They came in and did a presentation—a capabilities pitch—to our marketing team. I liked their reel and what they had to say.

When a big project came up—it was a year-long project, a series of 4–5 videos—I included them on the RFP. We awarded them the job, and I’ve been working with them ever since.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $800,000–$100,000 over the years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them at least five years ago. Now, anytime I have a video project come my way, I always go to Early Light. I’m planning to kick off another project with them in the next month or so.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve gotten only positive feedback about our videos; that’s why I continue to work with them. Not only am I happy with the videos, but my CEO and leadership team also think very highly of them. Our sales team loved the first series that we did. Anytime I have someone reach out for a video production company in Baltimore; I send them to Early Light.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

For some projects, I will act as a producer, but other projects are more turnkey in the sense that Early Light handles everything. It depends on the budget and time constraints, as well as the specific requirements of the video. I’ve called on them before to come in during an emergency, and they’ve always made it work for me. Other times, I’ve had to jump in and help.

They’re great, and they keep me on task. We’re a small nonprofit, so I wear a lot of hats and tend to fall behind on email sometimes. They always follow up to make sure that we stay on schedule. 

If it’s a big project, we’ll kick it off over the phone, but the majority of our communication happens over email. They’re open to phone calls, though. Every now and again, I’ll call them, like if we’re getting close to a shoot day and something urgent comes up, and they are easy to reach.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve always been able to complete our projects on time and within the estimate. They ask a ton of questions at the beginning so that we don’t have to implement multiple rounds of edits midway through the project. They’re also collaborative—they offer excellent ideas while taking our feedback and edits and leaving their personal touch on the product.

The quality of their work also sets them apart. The final deliverable is always exceptionally high, no matter the scope of the project. I pitch them all types of videos, and even the little ones that aren’t as glamorous get the same attention to detail. You don’t find that at every boutique agency.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything that I see as a point of improvement at this time. They’re doing a great job. Communication is excellent, and the quality of work is high. I’ve been working with them for five years at this point, and I’m very happy.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have an open conversation. They’re full of great ideas, and they have tons of experience, so they make for great collaborators. Most people tend to do everything over email, but sometimes, having a conversation to toss ideas back and forth can make a huge difference. That’s the way to get to know new creatives that you haven’t yet worked with.

I love hearing their ideas, even if we can’t use them. Just hearing about the potential is helpful. They’ll look at your challenges with a fresh perspective.

5.0
Overall Score I'm going to have to give them a five. It's been pretty good.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think they're very competitive. They’ll work with you and price things according to the scope of the project in a very fair way.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've always delivered an incredible product both on time and within budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them all the time.

Video Production for Measurement Solutions Firm

"There was a very effective workflow between our teams."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July 2019
Project summary: 

Early Light Media filmed and produced a short testimonial video for a measurement solutions company. Their team came on-site to film the video and edited the final project.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Columbia, Maryland
Kimberly Meyers
Digital Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media's video has been well-received by internal stakeholders and has received many views online. Their team had a very effective workflow and showed particular skill in coaching the presenters. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a digital marketer targeting electronic engineers with test & measurement solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Early Light Media?

Early Light Media recorded a customer testimonial video for us that focused on a new solution for 5G NR testing.

What were your goals for this project?

To tell a story about how our customer is at the forefront of 5G technology, and how they use our instruments for testing.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

My cousin, who works for a marketing agency in Baltimore, recommended Early Light. After contacting them and receiving a quick response, reasonable rates, and the ability to meet our deadline, I knew they were the right choice for the project.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

We first had a brief meeting about our objectives, then went over the logistics. A team of two showed up to the video site and we spent a few hours recording. Then about 1-2 weeks later I received the first cut of the video. I submitted a few minor changes, then received the final version.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

I worked closely with one person on scheduling and billing. There were two people who attended the filming. Everyone was very professional and great to work with.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Internally our video was well received inside of the company and has received several views on our website.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

There was a very effective workflow between our teams. I am overly impressed with Early Light Media.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was most impressed by the coaching of the presenter in the video to deliver the lines we needed for the video. I was even more impressed with the final cut and how they were able to take 1/2 day of filming and crunch it to less than a minute of perfection.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No areas for improvement! We are 100% satisfied with Early Light Media's work. Seriously!

5.0
Overall Score It was a pleasure!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were able to meet a crazy deadline.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    A bit more than our budget, but it was worth it for the quality and ease of working with them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    10 stars.

Video Production for Internet Marketplace

"Their flexibility is great—we appreciate that they can adjust on a moment’s notice."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2017 - Oct. 2019
Project summary: 

Early Light Media provides ongoing video production support for an online retailer. The team typically produces short-form reputational videos, but they’ve also produced longer documentary-style versions. 

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
United States
Senior Content Creator & Social Media Lead, Online Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos continue to impress the vendor, satisfying all requirements even as they change throughout the project. Early Light Media’s ability to change its staffing or approach to fit the needs of the project is impressive. As a partner, customers can expect an adaptable, creative team. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior content creator for an online retailer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media?

We’ve worked with Early Light Media on several occasions. We typically hire them for short-form video production.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Over the course of our several engagements, Early Light Media has produced many videos. They typically create reputational video content with narratives and documentary-style videos. Their team produced one longer product that documented a very large, important conference for our company. From there, they created shorter, edited clips of the full version. 

What is the team composition?

The team size varies depending on the video project. They’ve provided a team of five before, but it’s usually two people working with. However, they’ll adjust depending on our needs. 

How did you come to work with Early Light Media?

Like so many good relationships, we found Early Light Media through a connection in the industry. A trusted production partner of mine connected me with them for a job on the East Coast. After they did a great job, I decided to continue using them. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent in the range of $25,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve had an ongoing relationship since 2017. Although we don’t have a current project, we just wrapped on one up last week, and I plan to use them again. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work continues to be great. For example, the video they captured of our company’s major conference was immensely helpful and high quality. The video definitely got noticed and received comments. They were hired to do something and added more value than we expected for that project. 

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through phone calls and emails. As we get closer to the project, I prefer to speak things through with them, and they’re always available. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

For me, I come from a network news background, so I like their lean style as opposed to a big agency approach. Their flexibility is great—we appreciate that they can adjust on a moment’s notice. If we need an additional lighting person or B-camera, they can capably make those changes. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything for them to improve; we’ve had only good experiences with them. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be communicative. They bring a lot of great ideas, so even if you don’t come prepared with a specific direction and hands-on approach, they’ll be able to work well with just a discovery brief. 

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

Video Production for Direct to Consumer Marketing Company

“They were really blown away by how well it's all just come together.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2019 - May 2019
Project summary: 

Early Light Media created a seven-part docu-series for a Health Company. They team did storyboarding, ideation, fleshed out the plan of action, line up interviews, coordinate filming, and post-production.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Baltimore, Maryland
Karen Reddel
CEO, OmniVista Health, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Early Light Media’s efforts have been met with positive acclaim. The team is proactive, punctual, and has excellent collaboration skills. Customers can expect a fine-tuned product from passionate professionals.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am president of OmniVista Health, LLC. We are direct to consumer publishing and marketing company. We publish e-letters and newsletters on alternative health and nutritional supplements.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Early Light Media ?

We hired Early Light Media to help us create a seven-part docu-series.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We kicked things off with a description we were looking for. It was definitely a project that was a lot bigger than Early Light had done before, so we had an initial one-on-one, for them to ask questions and get a better sense of our vision and end goals. They really did a great job of trying to fully understand what it is we were trying to do.

We were looking to create an informational docu-series, on the topic of medical marijuana and CBD. It was going to be a series of interviews put together into a seven-part documentary, with seven hours of content that we needed to create and produce. Their team helped us with storyboarding, ideation, fleshed out the plan of action, line up interviews, coordinate filming, and post- production. They were very good about working openly, and this scope of project was new for them, but also very new for us too. It involved multiple shoots in multiple locations, multiple cities.

What is the team composition?

We worked with one of their key associates and 5 other people during the actual shoots.

How did you come to work with Early Light Media ?

We introduced to them by one of their previous marketing partners, who was working with our company as well. They made the introduction and after sitting down and meeting with their team, we really got a great sense of how proactive they were. We knew they were going to come in and take the lead and help flesh out the ideas and really pull the story together. I really liked that proactive approach that they had. They really brought some independent thinking to the table, and it really helped with the end results. We really needed someone who I could trust, and we needed someone who could lead the sessions in a credible, authoritative way.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested over $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in February 2019, and we wrapped up in May 2019. We've continued to keep in contact for tweaks, getting additional materials, and other post-production was done.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've gotten great feedback, as far as it being well produced and professional looking. It was very good movie-grade material and very compelling with how it all came together and how we bring so much content that we needed to boil down. We've gotten a lot of great feedback from the viewers, as well as the people who were interviewed for the content. They were really blown away by how well it's all just come together. It's been really great feedback to get.

How did Early Light Media perform from a project management standpoint?

We had initial meetings in person, email back and forth, but also just quick phone calls, to help nail down final details. In terms of project management, they were among the best of any project managers I've had for bigger projects in the past.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They really did a great job of making the project feel like their own. Therefore, they made it the best that it could be, while still keeping their client in mind, which I believe is a very difficult thing to do. They bring that level of professionalism to it and wanting to do the best job, but always coming back to what the client wanted.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don't think so, especially as this was such a large and unique project that required both of us to figure out as we went on. They were great about doing that as a team, which I appreciated. They were always looking for additional feedback and input along the way, which was great and helpful.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to be open to input and feedback, but also don't be afraid to give feedback. We had a very good dial log, in which we would kick off with some ideas, but they were very open to getting that feedback from us. Making the process as collaborative as possible makes it a stronger end product overall.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a ton of deadlines and meetings to set up, but they were on top of it the whole time.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're definitely on the higher side, but they were willing to work with us to figure out how to scale it. They don't do cheap solutions, but you will get your money's worth.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were very professional and top of the line.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer