Looking for a top directing company?

Production companies plan, organize, and execute creative work in the performing arts, film, television, radio, and other video mediums. For example, video production companies may specialize in both filming and directing. Directors are responsible for directing, which entails leading the creative planning and execution of a video or other creative work.

When looking for a video production company, ask about the team's experience with directing. If your in-house team does not have a vision for the video yet, it may benefit you to find an agency that can both film, cast, and direct your video.

That's why we've created this list of the best directing services for you to review. Read through company descriptions, former clients, and notable projects to find the best fit for your business. (And, if you want personalized recommendations, tell us about your project.)

List of the Best Directing Companies

  • 1
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Severna Park MD

    Founded in 2012, Early Light Media is a media production company that offers video production services to their enterprise, mid-market, and small business clients in the advertising and marketing industry. Their 10 employees are based out of Baltimore, Md.

    Clients
    Microsoft
    Amazon
    D.C. United
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Early Light Media recently worked on video production for an internet marketplace. They created short-form reputational videos for that client.

    “We've gotten great feedback, as far as it being well produced and professional looking. It was very good movie-grade material and very compelling with how it all came together.” — Senior Content Creator, Internet Marketplace

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  • 2
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    ALCHEMYcreative is a San Francisco-based video production company that started in 2010. Equipped with 9 employees, this firm provides video production and content marketing services to mainly mid-market and enterprise companies. They focus on commercial video, corporate video, and documentaries, with skills in 2D animation and motion graphics.

    Clients
    Adobe
    PayPal
    Seagate
    Advance Auto Parts
    Industries
    Notable Project

    ALCHEMYcreative produced a short video to support branding efforts for an auto part supplier. After collecting the requirements, they led the filming, performed still photography, and led multiple rounds of edits. After being presented internally, the video received great acclaim from the client’s employees and board of directors for its ability to capture the client’s aesthetic.

    “We appreciated that they were down to earth despite their creative talent. Although they listened to our input, they were innovative and were able to create a fantastic product.  We were lucky to connect with them.” – VP of Professional & Product Marketing, Auto Parts Retailer

  • 3
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Cincinnati OH

    Epipheo is a Cincinnati based video production agency. They were founded in 2009 and have a team of 60 employees who specialize in video production and market strategy for enterprise and midmarket clients in the IT, business services, and healthcare industries. 

    Clients
    Pepper & Wits
    Walmart
    Cintrifuse
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Epipheo created a video for a lab manufacturer. They made an animated video that demonstrated the benefits of a new product being released by the client. The client was very happy with the video and said that it had received a lot of praise from others in their industry.

    “The level of efficiency within their organization is unmatched. Our engagement was unarguably the most pleasant outsourced project I’ve ever worked on.” – Marketing Manager, Lab Manufacturer
     

  • 4
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    BluBlu Studios is a design-driven, award-winning animation production company that was founded in 2014. Their team of 30 specializes in animation, video production, commercials and explainer videos. They work with companies of all sizes in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. Headquarted in Warsaw, Poland. Represented in the UK, Scandinavia, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Singapore.

    Clients
    Kiehl's
    Deloitte
    Wiley Publishers
    Riot Games
    Industries
    Notable Project

    BluBlu Studios partnered with a retailer where they helped to produce an explainer video for a new product. They helped write the script and animate the video. The project resulted in an increase in the level of customer sign-ups on the website. 

    "Since we uploaded this new feature, we’ve seen a notable increase in the number of signups we receive from our site." – CEO, Retailer

  • 5
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Irvine CA

    Sparkhouse produces marketing and advertising videos from its headquarters in Irvine, Calif. – just outside Los Angeles – and a second office in Del Mar, Calif. The 13-person team uses its video production expertise to design and develop videos for products, branding, websites, television, and social media. They were founded in 2009.

    Clients
    Youtube
    Forever 21
    Cambro
    Nissan
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A third-party health benefits administrator hired Sparkhouse to create animation videos to educate customers. The partnership is ongoing and to date includes 20 videos – from conference reels to interactive presentations to interviews.

    "The response to Sparkhouse’s work has been great, both internally and externally. That’s why we continue to use them. ... They keep things on track. Their communication and adherence to deadlines is good." – Vice President of Marketing, Healthcare Company

  • 6
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Brooklyn NY

    Blue Chalk Media is a New York-based production company. They were founded in 2013 and have a team of 48 employees who specialize in video production, broadcast video, and corporate photography. 

    Clients
    Food Network
    Freedom House
    The Weather Channel
    Notable Project

    Blue Chalk Media created 4 videos for a medical charity foundation. They filmed, edited, and produced documentaries detailing the process of caring for different medical issues in a developing country. The client reported that the videos have been extremely successful at raising awareness of their organization’s efforts and that one of the videos has more than 21 million views.

    “They brought a tremendous amount of awareness to our organization. Viewers noted that the videos were impactful, emotional, and beautifully filmed.” – Former Director of Strategic Projects, Medical Charity Foundation
     

  • 7
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Atlanta GA

    The DVI Group is a strategic video communications agency that has been in business for over 21 years. Company capabilities include live-action filming, 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, instructional design, static banners, and print campaigns. The DVI Group also uses the latest technologies and new insights to re-imagine what business video looks like. This means they can also offer interactive video, personalized video, sales enablement, and all production and post-production services critical to every type of content required.

    Clients
    UPS
    McKesson
    Delta
    Intercontinental Hotels
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An airline hired The DVI Group to transform written training manuals into educational videos for pilots. The DVI Group tackled this task by reading the training manuals, interviewing stakeholders such as trainees, and developing a storyline to present to the client. Next, The DVI Group wrote a script and produced about 10 videos.

    "Their ability to digest mass amounts of highly technical information allowed them to have intelligent and productive conversations with us in order to produce effectively engaging and informative video content. It's miraculous how much they were able to learn about our industry." – First Officer, Airline

  • 8
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Bottle Rocket Media is a video content agency headquartered in Chicago. They were founded in 2011, and their team of 9 employees provide video production and AR/VR development to their small, mid market, and enterprise clients.
     

    Clients
    Google
    McDonald’s
    Starbucks
    ADIDAS
    Notable Project

    Bottle Rocket Media produced video testimonials for an advertising software agency. They met with the client before filming to discuss goals and strategy, and then delivered a complete project on-time and on-budget. The finished project was well-received by viewers and provides credibility for the client.

    “The Bottle Rocket team was very quick to respond, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. Scheduling was easy and flexible.” – Product Marketing Manager, Advertising Software Agency
     

  • 9
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA

    BX Films is a concept-to-consumer video agency based in Walnut Creek, Calif. founded in 2010. With a team of 12 professionals, they offer assistance in video production to clients from startups to enterprises, with a focus on advertising and marketing. They produce various video types, including commercial videos, brand videos, and explainers.

    Clients
    Cisco
    VSCO
    JBL
    Fellow Products
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A private equity firm commissioned BX Films to produce a video for recruitment purposes aimed at undergrad students. The video ended up being of higher quality than previous projects done by the firm, and it made candidates more interested in the firm than before.

    "From a project management standpoint, their team was awesome. The team at BX Films is organized, collaborative, and flexible. With video production, there are a lot of pieces and people involved. We really appreciated that they were willing to work with everyone’s schedules by getting different teams to participate. They were well-organized throughout the entire process." - VP of Marketing, Private Equity Firm

  • 10
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Toronto Canada

    Signature Video Group is a video production company and content agency based in Toronto, Canada. This company was founded in 2009 and has three employees. Services provided by Signature Video Group include video production and content marketing.

    Clients
    Fallsview Casino
    Boston Pizza
    Ontario Tourism
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Signature Video Group took on a video production project for a home insurance company. The project involved planning shoots, filming, editing, and publishing the final videos. 

    "Their support for our team has had a huge impact on my staff’s stress levels just by being consistent and providing a vendor we can always count on for really high-quality work. They also go out of their way to source really cutting-edge camera technologies for our shoots, which helps make us look incredibly professional." Digital Product Analyst, Home Insurance Company

  • 11
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Seattle WA

    Spin Creative is a video production agency headquartered in Seattle, Wash., with additional offices in San Francisco and London. The team of 6 has been specializing in video production since 2009. They work mostly with enterprise and midmarket clients, primarily in the business services and consumer products and services industries. 
     

    Clients
    Microsoft
    GAP
    Amazon
    Wave
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Spin Creative worked on a promotional video for a manufacturing company. They offered creative guidance while managing all directorial and production responsibilities. The client was impressed with their project management skills. 

    “Their project management was central to the seamless execution; things progressed smoothly but never felt rushed. They communicated very well with us and included us in every decision.” – Senior Training Manager, Manufacturing Company 
     

  • 12
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Newport Beach CA

    VeracityColab is a video agency located in Newport Beach, Calif. Founded in 2008, VeracityColab's team has over a decade of experience in video strategy and execution. The firm primarily works with mid-market and enterprise clients from the consumer products, business services, and healthcare industries.

    Clients
    Thermo Fisher
    Intuit
    BlackLine
    AT&T
    Industries
    Notable Project

    VeracityColab helped a gaming startup with a branding campaign, producing custom videos. VeracityColab provided storyboards, scripting, and editing services for all the videos. Many of the videos created by VeracityColab featured 2D or 3D animations. The client was impressed with the VeracityColab's video production skills. 

    "When it comes to video, they're very strong in everything, from lighting and technology to storytelling. We can tell that they're invested in our success. " - Creative Director, Gaming Startup 

  • 13
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Loganholme Australia

    Located in Loganholme, Australia, Explanimate is an animation house that started in 2011. They boast a team of under 10 employees who offer video production services in 2D, 3D, and motion graphics.

    Clients
    Exxon Mobil
    Telstra
    Queensland University
    Garmin
    Notable Project

    To improve a food safety firm's online training courses, Explanimate wrote and produced a series of animations that would engage learners while conveying key course concepts. They were in charge of storyboarding, animating, and editing. Their collaboration with the educators and their ability to visually communicate information contributed to a 5-out-of-5 rating for the courses.

    "We have been delighted with the quality of work and their ability to visualize technical concepts in a fun and engaging way." – Communications Manager, Food Safety Firm

  • 14
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    New York NY

    Flow Production and Post is a TV commercial and video production company that has offices in New York and Philadelphia. Founded in 1998, this team of fewer than 10 focus primarily on commercials and high-end corporate videos. The team offers a variety of video editing services, including motion graphics, visual effects, color grading, and music editing.

    Clients
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mercedes Benz
    Comcast
    Quick and Dirty Fitness
    Notable Project

    Flow Production and Post delivered a series of ads for a well-known publication. The team selected clips from a vast library of raw footage, added music and effects, and completed post-production edits before sending the final product. Their wealth of knowledge, coupled with their creative approach, made for a fruitful engagement.

    "They were well-organized, reliable, and capable of keeping up with our fast-paced production cycle, even if it meant working on weekends. I never felt like I had to push them to stay on task. Everyone on their team possessed solid expertise and was easy to communicate with, and I was impressed by their collaborative nature." – VP of Global Brand Marketing, Leading Publication

  • 15
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Sofia Bulgaria

    HandPlayed Productions is a Bulgaria-based production company that specializes in pre-production, production, post-production, commercials, films, music videos, creative direction, concept development, and casting. Founded in 2015 and with a team of fewer than 10 employees, HandPlayed Productions helps clients tell meaningful stories that attract customers, drive sales, and generate traffic. 

    Clients
    Telenor
    EVN
    KitKat
    Absolut Vodka
    Industries
    Notable Project

    handplayed provided video production services for a grocery store retailer. Their team produced six videos featuring a luxury beef meat. The videos were a huge success, and handplayed's passion comes across their work.

    "They think outside the brief and try to bring additional value to the work." –Marketing Consultant, Lidl

  • 16
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Umault is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2010, this company has six employees. Umault exclusively specializes in video production services for small, mid-sized, and larger businesses.

    Clients
    Dell
    MassMutual
    Deloitte
    APA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Umault produced an 8-part video series for a management consulting firm. The project involve pre and post-production processes, including the creation of teaser trailers. The final videos were viewed hundreds of thousands of times, triggering a great increase in site views and inquiries for the client as well.

    "They created a masterpiece that I’m personally proud of. More importantly, it’s had a dramatic impact on our audiences, substantially more views than the platform we launched it on usually sees." - Research Director, Management Consulting Firm

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Pittsburgh PA

    Covalent is a video production company located in Pittsburgh and Berlin. Founded in 2012, they have between two and nine employees specializing in creating unique and impactful stories for small, midmarket, and global companies, usually in education, finance, and healthcare. Services include video production, experiential marketing, VR, and drones.

    Clients
    Westinghouse
    The Ellis School
    Yelp
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Covalent produced two animated videos for a third-party client of an advertising and marketing company. They prioritized clarity and storytelling in their work to convey the value of a new healthcare brand. Working closely with their partner on revisions, they demonstrated a commitment to quality and a strong understanding of the end client’s needs.

    “In the world of technology, one of their greatest strengths is their people skills. They’re honest and willing to have hard talks with us without hiding information. The team is full of engaging artists, always thinking about the process, not the product.” – Owner & Chief Creative Officer, Advertising & Marketing Company

  • 18
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    London United Kingdom
    RD Content, a video production agency, is headquartered in London, United Kingdom; Downtown Core, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They provide video production, digital strategy, and marketing strategy and were launched in 2009.
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An interior design company partnered with RD Content in order to produce a video that showcased who they were as well as their services on offer.

    "The on the spot engagement was very impressive and we were made to feel very relaxed when interviewing."

  • 19
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Leesburg VA

    Distant Moon is a video production studio founded in Leesburg, Va. in 2014 with no more than 10 professionals. They provide video production, branding, and marketing strategy services to small and medium-sized businesses alike.

    Clients
    Google
    Stella Artois
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Distant Moon produced videos for a policy advocacy nonprofit. The nonprofit was in need of media to communicate better with their community online. The nonprofit’s internal staff are happy with the videos.

    “They’ve built a strong relationship over the years, so they generally understand our needs from the start.” - Marketing, Policy Advocacy Nonprofit

  • 20
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Kyiv Ukraine

     XPLAI is a digital production agency located in Kiev, Ukraine. Since its beginning in 2016, the team of 6 has created web videos, presentations, and graphic designs for startups and digital agencies.

    Clients
    Design Lab
    Sahara Net
    SEON
    Try
    Industries
    Notable Project

    XPLAI partnered with a fashion directory application provider to create a promotional video. Following a discovery phase, the team captured the client’s mood and culture in an expertly produced 25-second video. Users responded positively to the video and the client experienced an increase in conversion rates

    “Their team sought my approval before making any modifications and accepted all of my feedback. Other companies would only allow you a certain number of modifications, but XPLAI was flexible.” — Founder, Fashion Company

  • 21
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Demo Duck is an animated explainer video company based in Chicago. Founded in 2011, Demo Duck's team of 16 employees offer video production services for clients from the advertising, education, and media industries. 

    Clients
    Geico
    Netflix
    Blue Cross & Blue Shield
    Northwestern Mutual
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Demo Duck partnered with a clinical pathology organization, producing various educational and promotional videos. Stakeholders consistently give positive feedback on Demo Duck's videos. The client was impressed by Demo Duck's ability to produce quality and unique work despite multitasking or difficult circumstances. 

    "Everybody really loves their videos, especially the editing, the production, and how they convey emotion. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback." - Senior Manager, Clinical Pathology Organization 

  • 22
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Dubai United Arab Emirates

    Doleep Studios is a video production company located in Dubai. Founded in 2007, they have since expanded their team to 32 employees. They provide many services to their clients, including advertising, branding, and market strategy.
     

    Clients
    Egyptian Super Cup
    Emaar
    Pepsico
    Notable Project

    Doleep Studios produces videos for a fitness company. They crafted these videos and provided professional photography services. They then helped the client distribute the video materials on social media, generating frequent leads for the company.

    “The system of getting the video content and rating it, and the lead generation part was very sophisticated and had great impact on our sales.” – Marketing Manager, Fitness Company
     

  • 23
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    New York NY

    Indigo Productions is a media production company located in New York. Founded in 1991, Indigo Productions' team of about 20 employees specializes in video production and broadcast video. Indigo Productions provides services to clients in consumer products & services, media and education industries.  

    Clients
    United Nations
    Viacom
    Kellogg's
    Columbia University
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Indigo Productions worked with a global investment firm to produce videos for the firm. The client wanted a video that would explain the organization's investment philosophy to prospective clients. Indigo Productions was able to successfully develop 6 videos that met the client's needs. Indigo Productions will continue to work on projects for the client in the future.

    "Indigo Productions did well from a project management standpoint. Things were organized and flexible when we needed them to be. From that perspective, it was great to work with them, as that was very important to us." - VP Digital Strategy, Investment Firm 

  • 24
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Mission Viejo CA

    Kyro Digital is a production company located in Mission Viejo, California. The company launched in 2015 and features a team of 17 specialists. Kyro Digital is exclusively dedicated to providing their clients with video production services.

    Clients
    NETGEAR
    Bose
    El Pollo Loco
    Oakley
    Notable Project

    A storage company needed a production agency's support to get the word out about their services by creating promotional videos. Kyro Digital developed scripts and storyboards and produced a brand video that included an interview with one of the location managers. Based on the excellent results, the client hired Kyro Digital again to create a promotional Christmas video that was very well received.

    "Our Christmas video was a big hit and went viral on social media. We created a special landing page on our website for that video and received the highest traffic we’d ever seen. We got great feedback." — CMO, Storage Company

  • 25
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Warszawa Poland

    ExplainVisually.co is a visual thinking agency based in Warsaw, Poland. The agency, founded in 2014, has a team of more than ten that provides video production and graphic design services. ExplainVisually.co serves enterprise and smaller-sized companies in the IT, health care & medical, financial services, telecommunications, energy & natural resources, and utilities industries.

    Clients
    IKEA
    Carlsberg
    Orange
    ING
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A general merchandise retailer hired ExplainVisually.co to help generate more awareness about their actions to prevent food waste. As part of the engagement, ExplainVisually.co analyzed, synthesized, and visualized the key information about the food waste prevention initiative. They then prepared hand drawings that presented this initiative on the walls of their shops. The wall drawings worked well as shoppers asked for more information from staff and congratulated them for having it.

    "Their fantastic flexibility and ability to prepare great visual synthesis." - Former Operational Community Manager, General Merchandise Retailer

  • 26
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Washington DC

    LAI Video capitalizes on the role video plays in marketing by specializing in video production. Based in the heart of Washington, D.C. with a second office in Chicago, LAI Video was founded in 2013 and has a team of 39 employees. They create videos for branding and communications campaigns, commercials, and events.

    Clients
    Real Estate Arts
    National Retail Federation
    DC Education Fund
    NRF Foundation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    LAI Video helped an education nonprofit partner recognize educational professionals at an awards ceremony by creating tribute videos for each recipient. The partnership began two years ago and requires producing eight, two-minute videos for the ceremony. To keep the videos unique, LAI Video used its trademark approach to gathering information: They interviewed each award recipient, pieced the information together to create a storyboard, held multiple video shoots, and wove the stories together. They orchestrated a surprise moment to capture each recipient being notified to show the real emotion and impact of the award. It created an unpredictable story with an authentic feel.

    "Their project manager will reach out to us months ahead of filming to start intro conversations. LAI is flexible and they always bring new ideas to the table. They’re customer-oriented and do a great job of implementing our insights into the final vision." – Development Manager, Education Nonprofit Partner

  • 27
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Kyiv Ukraine

    Untime Studio is a video production firm headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine. Founded in 2015, their team of 9 specialists primarily serves enterprise-level clients in the IT, advertising, and consumer goods sectors. They specialize in motion graphics and 2D animation, and they provide explainer, branding, and commercial videos.

    Clients
    Talkable
    Reach Labs
    Design Bro
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Untime Studio created an animated product video for an IoT tech company. The video describes the different ways that users could leverage the client's product. The client commends them for their effective and iterative video production style.

    "They did an exceptional job of processing our ideas and messaging into an accurate visual representation." — Director of Ops & BizDev, IoT Product Company

  • 28
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    New York NY

    Top Notch Cinema is a video production company based in Astoria, N.Y., with a secondary office in New York. Founded in 2014, this company has eight employees. Top Notch Cinema focuses exclusively on video production services, including scripting, casting, shooting, and editing for businesses of varying sizes.

    Clients
    T-Mobile
    Reese's
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
    Notable Project

    Top Notch Cinema provided full-scale video production services to an insurance agency. They were responsible for creating a video advertisement to support the agency's digital and TV marketing campaigns. The client reported satisfaction with the final product.

    "The completion of the commercial was the best part. We’re happy with how the commercial turned out." - Owner, Insurance Agency

  • 29
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Columbia MD

    5:00 Films & Media is a video-focused creative agency headquartered in Columbia, Md. Founded in 2004, they are an 8-person company that primarily does video production, but also does some broadcast video and web design. Their clients are mostly in the non-profit industry.
     

    Clients
    Association of Fundraising Professionals
    Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
    George Mason University
    Industries
    Notable Project

    5:00 Films & Media did marketing films for a trade association. The client puts on a large conference each year, and they wanted to create video content to market the conference. The client provided content to the company, and they produced and filmed the video for the client. The video included a variety of interviews, and the client was happy with the company’s work, and they received positive feedback. 

    “Their work is really good. We're getting very high marks for the new program. It’s completely different and better than what we’d done before.” — Director of Communications, Trade Association
     

  • 30
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    London United Kingdom

    Theory Films is a video production company based in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 2009, this company has two employees. Services offered by Theory Films include video production and broadcast video.

    Clients
    Jeep
    Heineken
    Google
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Theory Films produced an animated explainer video for an online jewelry company. They were responsible for expanding on the client's initial storyboards in order to develop a promotional video. The client reported an increase in site traffic, sales, and social media engagement since the video's publication. 

    "We saw an increase in social media interactions aswell as website visits. Our sales have increased since the video was put live" - Marketing Manager, Online Jewelry Company

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