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Story-driven impact video for causes and non-profits.

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NATAS Mid-America Emmy® Awards

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Engaging video is more than beautiful footage.

Engaging video tells a story. Stories move people. And people engage with causes that move them.

But we make beautiful footage, too.

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Video is too important to DIY.


91% of marketers say video is a critical tool in their marketing strategy. If you're not using it, your competitors are.


Websites with video rank higher on search engines.


Over half of people who watch a video on their mobile device will share it with someone else.


Marketers who use video grow revenue twice as fast as those who don't.


79% of donors who watch a video for a non-profit will look them up. 57% go on to make a donation.


7 in 10 people who encounter low quality video develop a negative impression of the brand that published it. Ew, that's bad.

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You need a new approach.

You've invested time and effort into reaching donors for your cause, but the results have been disappointing. Your message is getting lost in the noise and you're struggling to connect with people emotionally. You need a new approach to engage viewers and build momentum for your Mission.

Our fundraising is up 72% over prior year!

Elmi Patton
Non-profit Leader

A true delight! We cannot wait to work with them again.

Camille Simpson
Non-profit Leader

Creative, respectful, and insightful.

Glenna Steele
Nonprofit Leader

The team at Storyteller is second to none.

Annie Schoetmer
Agriculturist / Marketer

Masterful at Storytelling.

Stacy Reed
Nonprofit Leader

Their eye for detail is impeccable.

Kim Hamilton
Nonprofit Marketer
Engage more people.

Imagine your cause's story comes to life through compelling narratives and stunning visuals, engaging and inspiring people like never before. Your impact videos generate buzz and build strong emotional connections with the people who matter most.

Our team makes this a reality. We create emmy-winning video content for causes and non-profits using powerful storytelling techniques and beautiful cinematography to capture hearts and move them to action.

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Beautiful cinematography. Powerful storytelling. ⇢

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The Exhibits Team at ALPLM
The Exhibits Team at ALPLM

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL recently invited Storyteller to create several videos that bring visitors behind-the-scenes for a glimpse into how museum staff work to bring Abraham Lincoln and his story to life.

Client name: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
The Exhibits Team at ALPLM
Brand Video
Branden's Story
Branden's Story

Safe Electricity® is an award-winning, multi-media public awareness program of the Energy Education Council. Since the program’s creation in 2001, Safe Electricity® has been providing information to consumers and helping complement the safety education activities of utilities and educators. In addition to extensive online consumer education resources, members have access to exclusive services including a wide assortment of educational materials and communication tools. The Storyteller Studios is proud to partner with Safe Electricity® to produce a library of story-driven training videos.

Client name: Safe Electricity®
Link: https://safeelectricity.org/public-education/videos-library/
Branden's Story
Training Video
Edwardsville Children's Museum
Edwardsville Children's Museum

The Edwardsville Children's Museum believes that kids of all ages learn through discovery and hands-on play. Their interactive exhibits and action-packed programs are designed to build happy and curious learners from ages 6 months to 60 years. They not only inspire creativity, they spark joy for children and their grown-ups.

Client name: Edwardsville Children's Museum
Edwardsville Children's Museum
Non-profit Video
WTS Greater Chicago
WTS Greater Chicago

The WTS Greater Chicago Chapter was founded in 1986 to promote, encourage and support women in one of the nation's largest transportation hubs. Today, the Greater Chicago Chapter is an organization with members representing transit, freight rail, highway and aviation agencies, private consultants, municipalities, academics and students from across Chicagoland. More than 30 years after its inception, the Greater Chicago Chapter remains committed to the goal of promoting the advancement of women in the transportation industry. WTS recently invited The Storyteller Studios to produce this story about Colleen Miller, WTS Greater Chicago's 2023 Member of the Year.

Client name: WTS Greater Chicago
WTS Greater Chicago
Member of the Year Video
Illinois Beef Association
Illinois Beef Association

Jakobs Brothers' Farms takes pride in producing and delivering high-end quality beef. Of the thousands of cattle JBF raises every year, over 85 percent are choice or prime Angus beef cattle. A primary reason JBF is able to deliver such quality beef stems from the homegrown crop of corn, wheat, soybeans and rye used to create a very nutritional diet for the animals.

JBF's commitment to tradition and sustainable farming also caught the attention of FamilyFarmed and 1871 in the form of a fellowship. The Good Food Business Accelerator is the non-profits' effort to give small businesses the opportunity to grow, while providing a local, sustainable food.

Client name: Illinois Beef Association
Link: https://www.jakobsbrosfarms.com/
Illinois Beef Association
Member Recognition Video
West Florissant Great Streets Project
West Florissant Great Streets Project

The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project aims to help re-imagine and transform part of West Florissant Avenue to create a safe and accessible area for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. These improvements will seek to create an attractive sense of place – helping to make West Florissant Avenue a more desirable place to shop, socialize, travel, and live. Ultimately, the project also hopes to be a catalyst for more community development and improved economic conditions along the corridor.

With the help of this video, the $18.2 million project has been fully funded.

Client name: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
Link: https://westflorissantavenue.com/
West Florissant Great Streets Project
Advocacy Video
Anthony + Tony
Anthony + Tony

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois provides community support services to at-risk youth, the people who love and care for them, and the people who no longer can. The services Children's Home provides don’t just impact the individual child, they create positive ripple effects within their immediate family, neighborhood, community, and world by providing the opportunity to thrive. The Storyteller Studios is privileged to help tell Anthony and Tony's story as part of the "Futures Worth Fighting For" fundraising campaign.

Client name: Children's Home Association of Illinois
Link: https://chail.org/futures
Anthony + Tony
Nonprofit Video

Our Team

Since March of 2013, the Storyteller Studios team creates compelling brand videos, impact videos, and documentary films for companies and causes across the United States.

Josh Hester
Principal & Executive Producer
Lydia Stuemke
Production Manager
Chris Costello
Kevin Christensen
Payton McCabe
Associate Producer
Jared Treece
Eli Ommen
Cinematographer | Editor | VFX
Brooks Costello

Nationwide Turnkey Video Production

We’ve had the privilege of providing the highest quality video production for companies and causes of all shapes and sizes throughout mid-America and beyond. Over the years, our work has taken us to the slums of Africa, the cafes of Berlin, the islands of Puerto Rico, the seaside estates of the Hamptons, the rolling countryside of East Texas, and the fruit farms of California’s Central Coast. We’ve helped small businesses grow, non-profits to raise thousands of dollars for their cause, and national brands land global contracts.

No scripts, no storyboards, no pain!

How We Work


All of our work is tailor-made to help you accomplish your most important goals. It begins on a discovery call with Executive Producer, Josh Hester, and Production Manager, Lydia Stuemke. We'll talk through your vision and how we can best help you fulfill it. It all gets written up in a formal proposal. Once the budget is approved and our service agreement is signed, you'll begin pre-production with Lydia. She's your concierge every step of the way. 🥂

Pre-Production and Planning

Every great video starts with a great plan. Pre-production is arguably the most important work we do. It can also be the most challenging. Lydia and Josh will personally coach you and your team through securing buy-in from key stakeholders, clarifying your message, and scheduling your production day(s). We bring over 20 years of experience to your team and our thoughtful planning tools make it simple. ✔️


Most of the hard stuff is behind us. It's time to work with our Emmy-winning production crew to follow-through on all we've planned. And they do. We are now a team of 7 talented mid-Americans. We've worked in 23 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and one Canadian province, but more importantly, we've helped small businesses grow, non-profits to raise thousands of dollars for their cause, and national brands land global contracts. You can trust us and have fun doing it!


Video editing is magic. You can expect to receive private review links to your edit(s) within 4 weeks of wrapping production. You'll have the opportunity to provide feedback and requests for changes. Two rounds of revisions are included in every budget. We'll work with you until the edits are perfect.


Once fully approved, you'll be provided a secure download link to a zip archive that includes all of the final edited video files and a set of custom thumbnail images you can use when posting to websites, streaming services, and social media channels. We archive every frame we shoot for a minimum of 2 years. Our team is always standing by to assist with any hiccups in getting your videos published. We enjoy following up and hearing our clients tell us they are seeing stronger, more meaningful engagement than ever before. 😉

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