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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, explore, investigate, learn, create insights and then craft compelling 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 attended 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 a full suite of professional film gear like aerial drones and electronic steadi-cams, 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 films have influenced legislation, educated children around the world, been awarded in international festivals, advised world leaders and have appeared on PBS, VICE, History Channel, Virgin America and several other global media channels.
Experience
Before starting Truth Be Told, we worked on award winning campaigns at advertising agencies named top agency of the year like TWBA/ Chiat/ Day, GoodBy, Silverstein and Butler, Shine. 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::

 ADOPT A FAMILY / AQUARIUM OF THE BAY / THE ASPEN INSTITUTE  CLIMATEWORKS / CURE BLINDNESS / DISNEY / EBAY MOTORS / ENGINE2 / EVENTBRITE / FUSE PROJECT / GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY/ GOOGLE / HABITAT FOR HUMANITY / HALLORAN PHILANTHROPIES / HAND UP / HISTORY CHANNEL / HOMELESS ACTION CENTER / HUNTERS POINT FAMILY / LAVA MAE /  LOCOMOTIVE LABS /THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER  / NEW SCHOOLS  VENTURE FUND  / PEERS / PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT / PBS INDEPENDENT LENS / / SCRAP / SF FOODBANK / SF +ACUMEN  / SOCAP / TAPROOT / WESTERN PSYCHOLOGICAL / TYNKER /  VICE / WHOLE FOODS

Insights & Thoughs

Truth Be Told Blog

Just the Way You Are

“Desperate for a birthday gift to win over his girlfriend, Jasper enlists the services of a “consultant” who has special talents, and gets more than he bargained for.” Written, Shot, Edited and Scored in 48 Hours for the 2011 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival. Becoming a great filmmaker means getting lots of practice.  Our […]

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities from Christian Marc Schmidt on Vimeo. Invisible cities – an application for visualizing social media in context of geography: http://christianmarcschmidt.com/invisiblecities/

Insights

Some interesting thoughts by prettylittlehead about planning, insights and strategic thinking. “IInsight is a capacity to gain accurate and deep understanding of a person or thing. Insight, in other words, is what a good planner or creative – or hell, in a perfect world a good client or account manager – should have. The depth […]

Swirl Personality

Swirl is a San Francisco based integrated marketing firm. Swirl is unique for its ability to solve business problems. With an emphasis on story telling and digital solution their blazing a path founded on the principle of solving consumer problems. CHALLENGE: It’s not often that you find a business environment that just gels. Much of […]

Did Spurlock sellout with Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Some would argue that this was the point of the movie, right? But isn’t the point of a documentary to challenge our thinking and present controversial findings? One of his interviewees makes a remark that Morgan’s integrity is on the line and I’m sorry but you’ve crashed and burned Spurlock. This film made a clever […]

Emotion and Consciousness

The conscious mind writes our autobiography but the unconscious mind does most of the work. The unconscious mind is quite smart. Emotions are not separate from reason, they are the foundation because they tell us what to value. We’re not primarily self contained individuals, we are social animals, not rational. We emerge out of relationships. […]

Origin of Insight

“There’s a wonderful New Yorker article titled “The Eureka Hunt” (PDF). It’s the story of a firefighter named Wagner Dodge who survived an out-of-control fire in the Mann Gulch in Montana in 1949. Thirteen other smoke jumpers died in the fire, but Dodge was saved by a brilliant insight. Fleeing for his life, he suddenly stopped […]

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