Really Useful Media is a full service, boutique production company that makes videos with a mission. We are dedicated to serving nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations in fields ranging from health and science, the arts, design, education, public policy, community development, and beyond.
Our videos tell stories that help clients change lives, engage donors, raise public awareness, secure new sponsors, 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 includes videographers, editors, producers, sound operators, lighting designers, audio engineers, and animators. We are based in Brooklyn and work on location around New York City, the US, and internationally.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our current openings.
Dan is Really Useful Media’s director of photography and supervising editor.
Dan founded Really Useful Media after completing his MS in Integrated Digital Media at Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). He has worked in the creative back-and-forth between art, video, and technology for over fifteen years, bringing together diverse disciplines ranging from improvisational comedy to projection design to filmmaking.
Dan now brings this deep expertise to Really Useful Media as he oversees all technical aspects of production and post-production, including leading our team of talented camera operators, sound engineers, and editors.
His work has appeared in live performances at MoMA PS1, the Kennedy Center, and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, as well as several international festivals.
Dan, AKA: “that guy” you call when you need help figuring something out. His love for experimenting, hacking, and talking shop have made Dan a professional troubleshooter with a wide and versatile skill set, always ready to solve both creative and technical problems. He has a lot of flashlights.
Contact Dan: email@example.com
Emily is Really Useful Media’s executive producer and story editor.
With over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Emily joined Really Useful Media in 2009 to combine two of her passions: mission-driven work and documentary storytelling.
As executive producer, Emily works closely with each client to discover their best stories, communicate impact, and develop strategies for audience engagement.
She has a BA in History and International Development from McGill University and an MA in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Emily, AKA: 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 by The New York Times, Serious Eats, and Eater.
Contact Emily: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larissa is Really Useful Media’s webcast producer.
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.
Contact Larissa: email@example.com