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Great stories drive action.

 

HardPin is a multimedia production company founded on the heels of President Obama’s 2012 re-election. Our founding members traveled alongside the president to create inspiring stories of supporters, capture Obama’s backstage moments, cast record-breaking live streams, and help reinforce the narrative of the re-election campaign.

While on the road, we discovered our passion for the use of storytelling to drive home a message. And we saw firsthand how that message, when delivered with empathy and finesse, resonated with so many viewers and inspired them to act.  

Since then, HardPin has translated the lessons learned from an inspiring presidential campaign to the world outside of politics.

 
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Hardpin is a new kind of production partner.

Timelines are shorter, budgets are tighter and the demand for quality and execution are the same.

We know that successful messages depend on speed, quality and finesse.  We capture and communicate the essential stories of your organization on time and on budget. 

 

Docs and commercial work

HardPin introduces products, candidates and causes to new audiences through online video. From idea to execution, we draw on experience from a long line of high-stakes projects and campaigns. 

Live stream

From Hollywood film launch campaigns to presidential politics and press conferences, we open your event to a limitless online audience using scalable, small-footprint equipment and crew. 

Post-production 

Our full-service post-production team ramps up quickly to turn raw materials into polished pieces, including cut-downs for social, motion graphics, color and sound mixes and everything else, packaged for online and broadcast delivery. 

Noah Meisner Noah began producing music videos in New York and has since produced pieces for Facebook, Legendary Pictures, Porsche, Verizon, and many more.  In 2015, Noah produced the films "The Cycle" and "You don't know me" with Director Michael Marantz that aim to challenge opinions about young black men and cycles of violence.  In 2012, he oversaw post-production workflow for a team of 30 people that produced more than 1,000 videos as post-production supervisor for Obama’s 2012 video team.   

Noah Meisner

Noah began producing music videos in New York and has since produced pieces for Facebook, Legendary Pictures, Porsche, Verizon, and many more. 

In 2015, Noah produced the films "The Cycle" and "You don't know me" with Director Michael Marantz that aim to challenge opinions about young black men and cycles of violence. 

In 2012, he oversaw post-production workflow for a team of 30 people that produced more than 1,000 videos as post-production supervisor for Obama’s 2012 video team. 

 

Saimon Kos Saimon got his start in live production at MTV during the hay day of Total Request Live. Since then, he's produced and directed live streams for HBO, FOX, Legendary Pictures, as well as producing engaging video campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, Warner Music Group and others. In 2012, he traveled with President Obama, directing pop-up live-streams for rallies, events and speeches. He helped develop the live video strategy that became a staple of the campaign, broadcasting live from every barn rally in Ohio and cornfield in Iowa.   

Saimon Kos

Saimon got his start in live production at MTV during the hay day of Total Request Live. Since then, he's produced and directed live streams for HBO, FOX, Legendary Pictures, as well as producing engaging video campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, Warner Music Group and others.

In 2012, he traveled with President Obama, directing pop-up live-streams for rallies, events and speeches. He helped develop the live video strategy that became a staple of the campaign, broadcasting live from every barn rally in Ohio and cornfield in Iowa. 

 

Adam Wisneski Adam got his start as a newspaper photojournalist, and moved quickly into documentary film. Since then he's used an eye for story and a natural aesthetic to shoot and direct doc-style films for Facebook, Instagram, ONE, Hillary for America, and many more.  In 2012, Adam worked as President Obama's documentary cinematographer, capturing moments with the president on every donut shop and fire station visit from Florida to Nevada.  Adam has documented the backstage travels of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others.   

Adam Wisneski

Adam got his start as a newspaper photojournalist, and moved quickly into documentary film. Since then he's used an eye for story and a natural aesthetic to shoot and direct doc-style films for Facebook, Instagram, ONE, Hillary for America, and many more. 

In 2012, Adam worked as President Obama's documentary cinematographer, capturing moments with the president on every donut shop and fire station visit from Florida to Nevada. 

Adam has documented the backstage travels of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others. 

 

Tom Miller After studying photojournalism and interning at the White House, Tom spent 2012 directing the Obama campaigns video efforts in the battleground state of Ohio where he shot, edited and produced videos that turned the Buckeye state blue. After the campaign, Thomas returned home to Indiana to direct and shoot his first, beautifully cinematic feature documentary, One Day in April. Now, Tom focuses his efforts on pioneering cinematic documentary film in the online space.   

Tom Miller

After studying photojournalism and interning at the White House, Tom spent 2012 directing the Obama campaigns video efforts in the battleground state of Ohio where he shot, edited and produced videos that turned the Buckeye state blue.

After the campaign, Thomas returned home to Indiana to direct and shoot his first, beautifully cinematic feature documentary, One Day in April.

Now, Tom focuses his efforts on pioneering cinematic documentary film in the online space. 

 

Russ Calkins Russ is a director, DP and talented editor and has worked on short films, documentaries, commercial productions and recently was a senior DP on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Russ created some of the most successful television and online ads for the campaign, and has since brought that expertise and sense for good content to the world outside of politics. He now works with companies, causes and political candidates from across the country. 

Russ Calkins

Russ is a director, DP and talented editor and has worked on short films, documentaries, commercial productions and recently was a senior DP on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Russ created some of the most successful television and online ads for the campaign, and has since brought that expertise and sense for good content to the world outside of politics. He now works with companies, causes and political candidates from across the country. 

Sierra Kos Sierra applied her skills as President Obama’s campaign video director and producer in 2012, and went on to produce video for Mark Zuckerberg traveling around the world with him for his internet.org initiative.  She led Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign video team and most recently directed a production for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Beyond her continued work with HardPin, she serves as a video consultant for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and progressive organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and Conservation International.

Sierra Kos

Sierra applied her skills as President Obama’s campaign video director and producer in 2012, and went on to produce video for Mark Zuckerberg traveling around the world with him for his internet.org initiative. 

She led Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign video team and most recently directed a production for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Beyond her continued work with HardPin, she serves as a video consultant for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and progressive organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and Conservation International.

Tay McEvers Before joining the HardPin team, Tay helped create some of your favorite reality TV shows including Extreme Couponing, Four Weddings and many ID: Investigation Discovery series. Her career has brought her from the jungles of Peru to the glaciers of Alaska and many back roads in between. She has produced short-form pieces for a variety of clients including delish.com, Airbnb, Instagram and Elle Magazine.  

Tay McEvers

Before joining the HardPin team, Tay helped create some of your favorite reality TV shows including Extreme Couponing, Four Weddings and many ID: Investigation Discovery series. Her career has brought her from the jungles of Peru to the glaciers of Alaska and many back roads in between.

She has produced short-form pieces for a variety of clients including delish.com, Airbnb, Instagram and Elle Magazine.

 

Liz Richards Liz is HardPin's resident campaign staffer turned video producer. After getting her start at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Liz learned the ins and outs of campaigns on gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Wisconsin and by managing local and statewide campaigns in Maryland. Since then, she has led communications strategy and produced and edited compelling videos for progressive organizations, Democratic candidates and the leading national committees.  Her work has been featured at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and in some of the most competitive congressional races across the country.

Liz Richards

Liz is HardPin's resident campaign staffer turned video producer. After getting her start at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Liz learned the ins and outs of campaigns on gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Wisconsin and by managing local and statewide campaigns in Maryland. Since then, she has led communications strategy and produced and edited compelling videos for progressive organizations, Democratic candidates and the leading national committees. 

Her work has been featured at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and in some of the most competitive congressional races across the country.

Jake Paque Jake is a filmmaker, writer and producer. Since childhood he's been an avid storyteller; initially filming narratives with Lego people and action figures, he quickly graduated to working with real live humans. Jake's passion is creating and developing original content and bringing those ideas to life on screen. Whether it's producing an emotionally charged indie film, a documentary in Central America, post-producing for a corporate client, or punching up a comedy script, Jake strives to deliver engaging, original and thought-provoking content. 

Jake Paque

Jake is a filmmaker, writer and producer. Since childhood he's been an avid storyteller; initially filming narratives with Lego people and action figures, he quickly graduated to working with real live humans. Jake's passion is creating and developing original content and bringing those ideas to life on screen. Whether it's producing an emotionally charged indie film, a documentary in Central America, post-producing for a corporate client, or punching up a comedy script, Jake strives to deliver engaging, original and thought-provoking content. 

Hamad Altourah Hamad is a writer, director, and editor whose interest in storytelling began with an education in Journalism and Cinema Studies. He got his start working in documentary alongside filmmakers Henry Corra (George, Same Sex America), Parvez Sharma, and Sandi Dubowski (A Jihad for Love, A Sinner in Mecca). Hamad has since moved onto producing, directing, and editing his own narrative fiction shorts. His short films, Playtime and Alice in the Meantime, have screened worldwide from The Dubai International Film Festival to Palm Springs International Shortfest.  

Hamad Altourah

Hamad is a writer, director, and editor whose interest in storytelling began with an education in Journalism and Cinema Studies. He got his start working in documentary alongside filmmakers Henry Corra (George, Same Sex America), Parvez Sharma, and Sandi Dubowski (A Jihad for Love, A Sinner in Mecca). Hamad has since moved onto producing, directing, and editing his own narrative fiction shorts. His short films, Playtime and Alice in the Meantime, have screened worldwide from The Dubai International Film Festival to Palm Springs International Shortfest.

 

 

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