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.
Founder and Director
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 nearly twenty 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.
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’s love for experimenting, hacking, and finding the right tool for the job has made him a professional troubleshooter, always ready to solve both creative and technical problems. He has a lot of flashlights.
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 is 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.
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.
With a background in art, city planning, and business management, Gina brings a mix of creativity, strategy, and business savvy to the Really Useful Media team. She is proud to be implementing her skills in support of our clients’ mission-driven creative work. Gina studied Art & Scenic Design as an undergrad at UCLA, and earned her M.S. in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute. Outside the office, Gina spends time learning about local wildlife and riding her bike as much as possible.