STORIED STUDIOS

About

Storied Studios creates bespoke documentary, scripted, and animated film campaigns for not-for-profits, brands, and television and streaming platforms. Contact us to learn more.

After two decades in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles producing and directing documentary films for international public and cable television outlets, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick joined a life-sciences and healthcare agency in the Bay Area where she built and led a full-service creative team. The experience brought Joanna back to her training as a science, environmental, and health journalist and further opened up the worlds of 2D and 3D animated video, live-action animation hybrids, and 360 experiences.

The creative magic of all of these worlds coming together leads to Storied Studios, where Joanna combines her passion for documentary film and advocacy with her training and interest in humanizing healthcare stories and working with companies and not-for-profits to foment meaningful action.

STORIED

Services

We handle all aspects of casting, pre-production, production, and post-production and work in close collaboration with our partners. In order to maximize our reach, we create video toolkits that include a number of versions of the main film targeted and edited for different channels and targeted audiences.

Documentaries

  • Consulting
  • Production
  • Direction

Story Development
Proposal Development
Budgeting
Fundraising
Distribution
Directing
Story Producing
Line Producing

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Branded Video

  • Brand Launch
  • Brand Awareness
  • Product Launch

Documentary Film
Animated Film
Scripted Film
Social Media Trailers
Town-Hall/Annual Meeting Video
Digital Video Ads
YouTube Pre-roll
Tradeshow Loop
360 Video

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Not-for-profit

  • Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Actions

Documentary Film
Animated Film
PSA
Event Video
Outbound CTA Videos
Social Media Trailers
360 Video

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We have documentaries in development. Check the News section for updates.

 

OUR WORK

Documentaries

In the Family

In the Family is a documentary about predicting breast and ovarian cancer, the consequences of knowing, and the women who live with the risk. Beginning with her story of testing positive for the familial breast cancer mutation (BRCA), filmmaker Joanna Rudnick chronicles the lives of several women currently undergoing the process of genetic testing—following them from their decision to seek testing, through the testing process, and in the aftermath when they are coming to terms with the information they receive. These stories of the first generation of women to live with the knowledge that they are predisposed to a life-threatening disease teach us what it means to survive a diagnosis of high risk without being consumed or defined by it.

Role:Director. Producer. Writer
Production Company:Kartemquin Films
Broadcast:2008 POV | PBS

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On Beauty

On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world after he grew frustrated by the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. It was a chance encounter with a young woman at a bus stop with the genetic condition albinism that reframed Rick’s lens forever on people who are closed out of the beauty industry and too often relegated to the shadows. By doing so, he not only changes their self-perceptions, he challenges our perceptions of beauty.

Role:Director. Producer. Writer
Production Company:Kartemquin Films
Broadcast:2017 Shorts TV
2018 Reel Midwest |PBS

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Crossfire Hurricane

Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together in this all-access archival masterpiece that gets at the essence of memory and the role of the band in society.

Role:Supervising Producer
Production Company:Milkwood Films and Tremolo Productions
Broadcast:2012 HBO
2012 BBC

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Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

A Good Man follows acclaimed and provocative director/choreographer Bill T. Jones as he and his company create their most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial.

Role:Producer
Production Company:Kartemquin Films
Broadcast:2011 AMERICAN MASTERS | PBS

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Hard Earned

Hard Earned tells the story of five ordinary American families as they face the reality of everyday life in a post-recession economy. With the majority of job recovery being low wage, a new class of workers dream of a better life while they struggle to survive.

Role:Director – Hilton and Diana’s Story
Production Company:Kartemquin Films
Broadcast:2015 Al Jazeera America

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Branded Video

Evie’s Story

When Evie was born, she wasn’t expected to survive due to a rare metabolic bone disease which affected her ability to make bone, breathe, and to walk. As her parents worried for her future, a clinical trial opened up for a promising new enzyme therapy to treat her ultra-rare disease.

Agency:The Linus Group
Company:Charles River Laboratorie
Role:Director. Creative Director

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Trial of one

A Trial of One chronicles the story of Darious Gallegos, a teenage video gamer, as he begins a clinical trial at the National Institute of Health using CAR T-cell therapy to battle Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The story captures not only the science behind the novel treatment, but also the love story between a father and son.

Agency:The Linus Group
Role:Director. Creative Director
Client:Anonymous

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Ginger’s Story

Like most lung cancer patients, Ginger Tam’s symptoms began with a nagging cough that doctors initially tried to quell with antibiotics. Tam, a musical performer, who thought she was in good physical shape, was shocked to learn that her problem wasn’t an infection but Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Years of treatment took her voice away and with it, her livelihood. With a new clinical trial, she not only got to watch her daughter go to high school, she got her voice back.

Agency:The Linus Group
Company:Charles River Laboratories
Role:Director. Creative Director

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The Unrelenting Pursuit

In 48 hours, two pediatricians, two engineers, and an industrial designer prototype an inventive and plausible solution to newborn breathing-related problems, which claim the lives of an estimated 1.8 million newborns every year.

Agency:The Linus Group
Company:Elsevier
Role:Director. Creative Director

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Not-for-profit

Free The Data

What happens when a scientist, a street artist, and breast cancer survivors and “previvors” come together to create a community mural? A compelling story of the injustice of one company owning our genetic information and keeping it locked up in a black box where it cannot be analyzed and shared. The people in this video—all with mutations in the BRCA genes—are calling upon all of us to join this grassroots movement to FREE THE DATA.

Production Companny:Storied Studios
Role:Director.Creative Director
Organization:Free the Data Coalition and Invitae

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