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“IF YOU TELL PEOPLE A GREAT STORY, THEY’LL GET EXCITED FOR YOUR CAUSE, BUT IF YOU INSPIRE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, THEY’LL JOIN YOUR CHARGE TO CHANGE THE WORLD” – SIMON SINEK

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“CURIOSITY ABOUT LIFE IN ALL IT’S ASPECTS, I THINK, IS STILL THE SECRET OF GREAT CREATIVE PEOPLE.” – LEO BURNETT

Storytelling With A Mission

We Are Truth Be Told

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to help good causes tell their story through the art of film. We listen & learn to create insights and then craft individual stories to help causes make an impact. We inspire audiences to act and are working to make the world a better place. We have over ten years of creative direction, conducting ethnographic research, and creating documentary style films.” 

Story of the founder

Growing up small changed my life. As a result of a defective pituitary gland I went through high school and half of college standing a little under four feet ten inches tall. I sat on pillows so I could drive my car. Needless to say athletics weren’t my strong suite; I tried out for soccer, tennis and ice hockey freshman year and didn’t make a cut. Instead I focused on community service and volunteering, and never looked back. I went to the Philippines with Operation Smile, built houses with Habitat for Humanity, taught Down Syndrome children with EPOCH  and did retreats at inner city rehab centers with Bridges.  The end result is that I’m a compassionate listener who genuinely wants to help others; ten years of creative and strategic experience at a few of the top advertising agencies in the world helps me do it effectively. Armed with professional film gear and a great team I’ve set off to tell social impact stories and change the world!

Films that make the world better
We are inspired by effective social impact and we believe that together we can change the world. Our mission is simple, help great causes tell cinematic stories. Our most recent films are being shown on Virgin America entertainment to raise awareness for ocean health for The Marine Mammal Center, our Alzheimer’s Disease documentary is raising awareness on PBS, and a short film on Family Planning is being used in the country of Malawi.
Experience
We have over ten years of experience conducting ethnographic research, bringing creative ideas to life and producing documentary style films. We are experts at writing scripts, developing screenplays, cinematography, producing and editing films and as you search around our site you’ll see we’ve done it for some wonderful clients.

::TRUTH BE TOLD CLIENTS::

 

THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER /

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE /

PBS INDEPENDENT LENS / HAND UP/

AQUARIUM OF THE BAY / LAVA MAE /

CURE BLINDNESS/ ADOPT A FAMILY /

LOCOMOTIVE LABS / SOCAP/

HOMELESS ACTION CENTER /

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT /

WESTERN PSYCHOLOGICAL / PEERS / GOOGLE /

EBAY MOTORS / SF +ACUMEN /  ENGINE 2 /

NEW SCHOOLS VENTURE FUND / CLIMATEWORKS /

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY / SF FOODBANK /

HUNTERS POINT FAMILY / SCRAP / TAPROOT

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Insights & Thoughs

Truth Be Told Blog

The Art of Meaningful Video Stories

Making a video can be one of the most powerful ways you can increase your exposure. That being said, creating a video can be daunting and seemingly complex; so here are a few things to think about that make creating a film for your organization more approachable. Let’s start with the subtle difference between telling […]

SPIN Academy

Last week at SPIN Academy we gave a presentation on telling your story with video to fuel your cause. We’ve been paying close attention to best practices for nonprofit storytelling. Below is the deck that we presented. We covered storytelling strategy, targeting your primary audiences, producing a beautiful video and engineering your video to be […]

Creating a film that will incite action

This film “It’s Time” tells a moving story and employs powerful cinematic techniques to make an impact. Our mission is to not only create powerful films that incite action, but do so through a strategy that encourages the film to be shared. Our friends at ListenIn Pictures recently wrote down some helpful strategies for creating […]

Stop Digging for Insights

Great post by Emma a thought also articulated by Steve Jobs; the notion that insights aren’t discovered, but rather they are intuited by understanding an audience and making a connection that has previously gone unnoticed. STOP DIGGING FOR INSIGHTS I am fed up with digging for consumer insights. More precisely, I am fed up with […]

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-DAVE KELLY

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