About

Really Useful Media is a full service, boutique production company based in Brooklyn, NY. We work on location around New York City, the US, and internationally.

Our videos tell world-changing stories that help clients engage donors, raise public awareness, secure new funding, break event attendance records, and make audiences laugh and cry. Our work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Artforum, among others.

Our creative team also includes a roster of talented freelance directors of photography, editors, producers, camera and sound operators, lighting designers, and audio engineers.

Interested in joining our team? Check out our current openings.

Core Team

Dan Winckler

Founder
Director of Photography
Supervising Editor
dan@usefulmedia.net

Dan founded Really Useful Media after completing his MS in Integrated Digital Media at NYU. He has worked in the creative back-and-forth between art, video, and technology for nearly twenty years, bringing together diverse disciplines ranging from interactive technology to filmmaking to improv comedy. Dan brings this deep expertise to Really Useful Media as he oversees all technical aspects of production and post-production.

His work has appeared at MoMA PS1, the Kennedy Center, and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, as well as several international festivals.

Dan’s love for experimentation, hacking, and toolmaking has made him a professional troubleshooter, always ready to solve creative and technical problems. He has a lot of flashlights.

Emily Kornblut

Executive Producer &
Story Editor
emily@usefulmedia.net

Emily joined Really Useful Media in 2009 to combine two of her passions: mission-driven work and documentary storytelling. As executive producer, Emily partners with each client to discover their best stories, communicate impact, and develop tailored methods for audience engagement. An experienced content strategist, she brings her clients’ work to life through a proven method of interviewing and narrative building. Her detail-oriented project management style helps clients execute on their vision while meeting deadlines and staying within budget.

Her previous professional experience includes over a decade in nonprofit and education management and consulting, work that took her to more than ten countries on four continents.

Emily has a BA in History and International Development from McGill University and an MA in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

When she’s not dreaming up new ideas for clients, Emily enjoys running and spending time with her family. She is also the author of Jaws Wired Shut, a culinary chronicle of her summer on a blender diet while recovering from a broken jaw, which has been featured in the New York Times, Serious Eats, and Eater.

Larissa Lamothe

Webcast Producer
larissa@usefulmedia.net

Larissa has several years of experience in video production, primarily in documentaries, and joined the team in 2016. In 2014, Larissa obtained a BS in Communication Technology from CUNY York College. During her time there she directed and produced the web series I Don’t Matter, interviewing artists on their impact and legacy. As a webcast producer, Larissa works closely with the director of photography, executive producer and crew to help execute the vision for client’s projects. She is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at The New School.

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