High end professionals working on feature ads and televisions commercials, kickstarter, corporate videos

Create Video Marketing that your Viewers Actually Love.

The Team

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Director and Managing Producer.   A Stanford University trained inter-media and marketing expert, with your story in mind. After seeing all the glut and wasted cost of traditional studios, Michael founded Start Motion Media in 2009 to be the agile, creative studio of the future. Because the right narrative unlocks growth. 

Director and Managing Producer.   A Stanford University trained inter-media and marketing expert, with your story in mind. After seeing all the glut and wasted cost of traditional studios, Michael founded Start Motion Media in 2009 to be the agile, creative studio of the future. Because the right narrative unlocks growth. 

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Caroline Alicia
Editor. Caroline cut her teeth as a tape editor in news, most notably at CNN, Los Angeles bureau.  Other editing in LA at Black Entertainment Tv (BET), Lifetime Television, Media Home Entertainment (trailers),  and worked in commercial production as an editor in Boston. She enjoys producing and editing videos for fashion, tech, IT, business profiles and lifestyle/human interest stories.

Executive Editor. Caroline cut her teeth as a tape editor in news, most notably at CNN, Los Angeles bureau.  Other editing in LA at Black Entertainment Tv (BET), Lifetime Television, Media Home Entertainment (trailers),  GTE (corporate videos) and then worked in commercial production as an editor in Boston. Since joining Start Motion Media, she has spent the last several years producing and editing videos for arts and entertainment, promotion, business profiles and lifestyle/human interest stories.  

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William Ewart
Producer. William has a bachelor's of Arts with a double major in Photography and Digital Media and a Minor in Journalism.  As a photographer and producer William strives to show excellence in all of his work, and his skills a studio fx and media pre-and-post-production help our variety of projects run smoothly.

Producer. William has a bachelor’s of Arts with a double major in Photography and Video – Digital Media, and a Minor in Journalism.  As a cinematographer and producer William strives to show excellence in all of his work, and his skills in writing media (pre-and-post-production) help our variety of projects run smoothly.

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Our world is at a crossroads

We believe by helping you tell your story and accomplishing your dream, we are playing an important role in this interconnected, ever-changing world. 

A one-stop creative and strategy studio. 

Full Range, Effortless Beauty

Start Motion Media is the first and only strategic messaging partner for your company, who focuses on product lifestyle story.

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Video Creatives

Ultimate quality, delivered.

Premium directors

We’ve worked with hundreds of clients, and typically videos are expensive to create, but Start Motion Media builds premium agency quality films with striking value, at a price that will make you smile.

An experience that is effortless and personal

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14 Years in Service

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Art Directors

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International Clients

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No Travel Fees

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Start Motion Media provides emerging brands with an inspiring video solution.
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Only 15 minutes could save you 50% or more on agency video costs*

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A new look for your emerging brand.

Our development and testing initiatives helps you achieve higher than normal conversion metrics, and we’ve made video production into an art and a science.

Live Action Corporate Video Commercials, with a Cinematic and Uplifting flair.

We are a leading production company based out of San Francisco, Denver, Austin,  San Diego and New York. Over the years we have partnered with Companies who are making content for Kickstarter, TV, Streaming, and Social media. Our specialty is working on creating never-before seen brands with inspired inventors, and we have a great track record in helping International brands reach the US market.

Our proprietary creative development and film making process is the reason why we can produce exceptional content while maintaining ultra competitive pricing for your marketing. Ready to save 30% and still work with the best? Contact us.

Soulful stories that inspire

Cut to the chase. Get to the heart of it. Find the core and show it first. Learn your true colors.

Kickstarter and Commercial Video Companies Near You

A unique voice is where story meets a greater purpose.  Let us help you find it.

Helping product design people with their marketing is what we do best. We support new video production initiatives on tv advertising, private equity fundraising, kickstarter, shopify, and change.org.

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Strategic branded video commercials for your social marketing, youtube ads, or kickstarter.
Our video production services are designed to address multi-tiered, cross-functional marketing initiatives, so that your story can achieve more viewership and higher levels of engagement.
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 Authenticity is our Message.
Art and Subculture, Diversity, Humanity
We are a group of artists, daydreamers, and cinematographers, specializing in film production.
A solid track record is what's most appealing from the start. Work with film production experts and rest easier on your launch day.
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Telling stories that matter
We are playing an important role in this interconnected, ever-changing world.
Urgency to transform our world
We are here to help change-makers leverage their product to improve the world and inspire people.
Get outside your mind
A storytelling strategy specifically for innovative and forward-thinking projects.
Why choose us

Empowering businesses, startups, nonprofits and brands since 2009.

A singular investment into  marketing content creates higher levels of engagement, and helps you drive  more sales revenue, every day.

  • Live Action Video Commercials
  • Animation
  • Explainer Videos
  • Cinematic
  • Documentary
  • Creative Scripting
  • Storyboarding
  • Logistics
  • Concept
  • Casting
  • Location Scouting
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Production Crews
  • Actors, Models, and Extras
  • Stock Footage
  • Drone Videography
  • Animation
  • Video Editing
  • Color Grading
  • Sound Mixing
  • Motion Graphics
  • Voice Overs
  • Music Licensing
  • Product Design
  • Games & Education
  • $100k – $1M+ Kickstarters
  • Fashion and Apparel
  • Technology, Hardware, and Apps
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Fitness & Outdoors
  • Sustainability and Nonprofit
  • Travel & Transportation

Marketing meets the Beauty of Film.

Organize the Creative

We bring our creative development skills into the realm of commercial videos, helping to produce custom tailored content and a storytelling strategy.

Production Day Logistics

We work with many clients from around the world. Our process of remote collaboration and production is seamless.

Film your Video

We brings a modern approach to video development from boutique startup initiatives, to high end commercial branding projects.

A trusted leader in commercial video production.

With casting, cinematography, editing, and color grading, we empower organizations to have authentic conversations at scale.

Cut through the noise with StartMotionMEDIA

Video Marketing works because people view and respond to videos—and to brands that feel more human.

Simple and Flexible

Our service options include introductory budgets that are attainable for any business size. Only the services you need, with the perfection and polish of a commercial grade video studio.

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Truly Social

Video production is more engaging, and more personal. A beautiful video makes people more inclined to listen. This year, 70% of internet traffic is video. Join the era of video marketing.

A Smarter Solution

Most video production companies provide an over-priced video that feels stale and corporate. Our lean and efficient production model was designed from the ground up to serve the modern world, with pricing and cinema technique that makes our clients happy. Save 50% on video studio costs when working with StartMotionMEDIA.

Success at Scale

With a fully loaded commerce, social media, or fundraising video at your fingertips, you’ll have engaging content that lasts for years. Our clients make hundreds of sales within the first 6 weeks of having their video, and on average they can drive 10X-15X their production cost in revenue for their company.



Kickstarter Video Production

Most successful kickstarter campaigns are built with StartMotionMEDIA

We understand crowdfunding. To get your idea noticed so it has a chance is nearly impossible. Want customers? A great video and proven peer-to-peer marketing plan is needed help your story rise above.

Our Creative Production Studio

The videos we make have won CES and “Projects we love” awards, and were written up in Fast Company, Tech Crunch, Inc.com, Mashable, and Gadget Flow.

Our Video Production Company creates award-winning videos and lifestyle imagery and story content for your advertising or fundraising video project. Over the last ten years, We’ve driven more than $18M+ revenue to a small handful of clients, and analyzed hundreds of fundraising principals, to help…

Corporate Advertising | Kickstarter Videos | Story Branding

Since 2009 we’ve been supporting startups everywhere with kickstarter video production as well as crowdfunding pr. We offer crowdfunding help so you can relax and succeed with your project. If your need video production and campaign strategy assistance, you can discover more about our crowdfunding services. Alternatively, you can view recent projects, or learn more about StartMotionMEDIA’s Fundraising and Kickstarter Marketing mission.

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Creative Development

Creative Development | Production | Editing

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Outstanding Video. What we do.

The keys to a successful kickstarter video:

  • Precise Visual Design
  • Effective Storytelling
  • Top Shelf Cinema Lenses
  • Community Engagement

Our full service creative video studio makes inspiring content for your project. We use proven methods to develop an engaging story for your growing company.

Kickstarter Video Marketing

Our end-to-end strategies are built on a proven approach.
Hire a team of experts with serious experience.

StartMotionMEDIA’s videos and Kickstarter campaigns are driven by storytelling. Our creative production team understands crowdfunding videos and how to inspire your audience. We’ll help build your leadership voice and plan great visuals so you can supercharge your effectiveness for your campaign.

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A New Kind of Crowdfunding

Raise more more money when you partner with a crowdfunding expert

Increase the return on your investment and reduce costs, gain access to 10+ years of experience in video production, backer conversions, brand storytelling, and more.
Lower risk 70% of Kickstarters fail. Our success rate is 2.5x the industry average, and many clients are able to raise $100k+.
We’ve done it before Let’s face it: when it comes to online fundraising, you don’t know what you don’t know. Avoid first timer mistakes and get the advice of consultants who have launched hundreds of successful campaigns

Want to discuss your project?

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Startup Growth | Backer Conversions

If there’s a problem you’re facing with crowdfunding marketing, we’ve got you covered. We put your Kickstarter goal above all else, and challenge you to be the best you can be.


“Working with Start Motion Media had enabled us to build a meaningful foundation with and succeed with our Indiegogo Crowdfunding. What they do is empowering, and the videos generate results. Highly recommended.”

The Truth about Kickstarter

The truth about Kickstarter:

There are WAY too many people launching projects today who think a “great project” is enough.

They say, “if I publish a great project, backers will pledge”

If only it were that easy…

If you are serious about creating a high performing campaign, you need to be very systematic with how you create it.

Otherwise you’re taking a “lame duck” approach: posting your best idea to the world and hoping someone swims by to help.

In our work together I’m going to show you a technique that almost guarantees that you get high quality backers from every email you send out. In fact, I recently used this strategy to boost my launch day traffic by 230%

Talk to an Expert

The Truth About Kickstarter

Unlike other media consulting firms, our video production and fundraising consultants can get you affordable video services, help you dial in your landing page, and take your startup Kickstarter Videography to the next level.

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Where We Work

Our customers will in general bunch around innovation center points, similar to Silicon Valley, New York’s Silicon Alley, and LA’s Silicon Beach. In any case, please know that we work with customers from everywhere throughout the world. In general our filming takes place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Miami, and New York City, though we are known to come to your city if needed.

We’re a Full-Service Creative Agency

We do everything: ideas, scripting, starboarding, visual generation, onsite video production and post. We bring our eye for narrating and inventing your specialized greatness to benefit each Company with whom we work.

A next-generation production company.

We’ve worked hard to make things easy on our clients.

We support our clients to visually + verbally clearly + powerfully communicate their idea to the world through video.

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Our clients often share:

  • The color, style, pacing, music and narrative exceeded expectations
  • They were able to earn over six figures of revenue within two months of launching
  • The brand and story elements impact how they pitch their project across multiple sales channels
  • They felt heard, listened to and felt like they could trust us every step of the way
  • We were able to draw inspiration from their favorite videos that they submitted as examples
  • Film day was efficient and on-schedule
  • Directors were great at guiding the crew and the actors to create a cohesive final product
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