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We help US-based international organizations show results through inspiring, documentary-style videos. Washington DC video production.

Steve’s passion to help make the world a more just, sustainable, and equal place gave impetus to Dorst MediaWorks’ storytelling for organizations that do good. As an independent documentary filmmaker, his films Jobs for G.I.s (2015), Shattered Sky (2012), and Volcanic Sprint (2007) have aired on DirecTV, PBS, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon. As the founder of Dorst MediaWorks, Steve has 15 years’ experience as a director/producer, and has delivered more than 250 videos for more than 50 clients. His favorite skill is forging outstanding relationships—with client teams, crew, and video subjects alike. He operates with an “indie” documentary ethic: knowing how to stretch a dollar while maintaining highest quality along the project cycle; and is known for problem-solving in a myriad of challenging situations across the globe, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to Vietnam and 25+ countries in between. Steve earned his Master’s in Economics and African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy. A recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, he atttended the Université de Yaoundé II in Cameroon, and also apprenticed under Noah Ondongo Generaud learning an ancient stringed musical instrument, the mvet. When he’s not out shooting or in the edit bay, you’ll find Steve playing piano or racing road bikes, hiking with his wife and dog, or hunting the beach for fossils with his daughter.

Steve Dorst

Producer, Cinematographer, Director

Doug is an Emmy, Remi, and Telly award-winning director of photography for short- and long-form documentaries, dramatic shorts and features, broadcast television shows, commercials, and videos for corporate and nonprofit organizations.

His work has appeared in several film festivals and broadcast on numerous networks, including NBC, PBS, The National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Al Jazeera America, HGTV, and ESPN. Corporate and nonprofit work includes films for Budweiser, Pearl Izumi, Walmart, AARP, The Nature Conservancy, and the Human RIghts Campaign.

In addition to cinematography, Doug is an accomplished editor of three documentary films that have garnered film festival awards and are in wide distribution via Netflix, DirecTV, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, and VOD.

When he’s not contributing to films, Doug is busy creating fine art photography and paintings. He is a music lover and an avid athelete. He enjoys skiing, kayaking, skateboarding, and road and mountain biking, as well as playing soccer, racquetball, and tennis.

Doug Gritzmacher

Cinematographer, Editor

Since 2003, Jake has filmed and photographed in more than 60 countries for humanitarian organizations, editorial publications, and corporations making a positive impact in the developing world. As advocacy tools, his videos have been instrumental in bringing emergency services to survivors of sexual violence in the DR Congo (CARE-European Union), in streamlining and enhancing the Government of Malawi’s policies on HIV/AIDS (CRS-USAID), and in helping to bring urgent relief to earthquake-stricken Nepal (ChildFund – Caritas). Jake’s photos grace the Annual Reports, websites, and promotional materials of dozens of organizations, offering an intimate and compassionate glimpse into the lives of the underprivileged and disenfranchised around the globe. Jake has extensive knowledge of international development programs and issues, and has lived for much of his career outside his native USA, including 7 years’ experience in Uganda and Tanzania. He is known for his respectful way with his documentary subjects. Jake’s passion is for people, and for bringing to light the issues and challenges they may face.

Jake Lyell

Still Photographer, DP

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Our Clients

USAID
World Bank Group
AARP
Amtrak
AT&T People Planet Possibilities
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Catholic Relief Services
Colombia University
Creative Associates International
DAI
Earth Institute
Forum One
Foundation for Biomedical Research
Global Environment Facility
Habitat for Humanity
Human Rights Campaign
ICF International
ICSID
IESC
Interaction
International Crisis Group
International Finance Corporation
International Medical Corps
International Monetary Fund
Johns Hopkins University
Milennium Challenge Corporation
MIGA
Nathan Associates
National Democratic Institute
NCRC
PACT
PIR (Public Interest Registry)
Powell Tate
Red Cross
See Forever, Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Thurgood Marshall Academy
Tokyo Distance Learning Center
UN Foundation
United Nations
University of Baltimore
University of Southern California
USDA
US Department of State
VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance)
Volunteers of America
Women for Women International
World Resources Institute
YWCA

Our Capabilities

Pre-Production

Discovery

Style and Concept

Scriptwriting

Location Scouting

Crew Assembly

Art Direction

Talent Search & Audition

Storyboarding

Set Design

Production

Live Video

Studio & Greenscreen Shoots

Location Shoots

International Shoots

Virtual Reality Video

Event & Sport Shoots

Lighting & Grip

Multi-Camera

Hair & Makeup

Professional Wardrobe

Teleprompter

Still Photography

Post-Production

Voiceover Casting & Recording

Transcriptions

Translations

Video Editing

2 & 3D Motion Design & Graphics

Music Scoring & Composition

Audio Edit

Sound Design

Color Correction

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