The Best Documentary Production Services in NYC

Looking for a top documentary video production company in New York City?

The main benefits of hiring a documentary filmmaker are expertise and resources. A documentary company will have the equipment and trained video producers to create a stellar documentary. They also will have knowledge and experience of documentary storyboarding and production. Some documentary production companies even help you market your documentary using their connections in the industry.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top documentary companies in New York City. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best New York City Documentary Production Services

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    Blue Chalk Media

    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. 

    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
     

    Former clients
    Food Network
    Freedom House
    The Weather Channel
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    4 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Social Impact Media Awards , Silver Anvil Awards , Global Trend Awards

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    Miller/Datri Entertainment

    Miller/Datri Entertainment is a video production company based in New York, with a secondary location in Los Angeles. Founded in 2017, this company has seven employees. Miller/Datri Entertainment focuses exclusively on video producton for businesses on varying sizes.

    Notable Project

    Miller/Datri Entertainment was tasked with creating a promotional video for a gaming company. The video served as an explainer for potential investors, and the client reported significant growth as a result of Miller/Datri Entertainment's work.

    "They accommodated all our requests and needs and went above and beyond." CEO, Gaming Company

    Former clients
    Forbes
    Gore-Tex
    WeatherBug
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    Lemonlight

    Lemonlight is a video productions agency headquartered in Marina Del Ray, Calif. It also has offices in Miami, New York City, Chicago, San Diego, and Austin, Texas. Its team of 39 employees specializes in video production, content marketing, and broadcast video. It was founded in 2010 and works mostly with mid-market firms. 

    Notable Project

    An independent school hired Lemonlight to produce branding videos to show prospective families.  Lemonlight scripted, produced, and gave feedback on the final, 90-second product. The client was so impressed by the video that they have asked the team at Lemonlight to film and create additional content. The client was impressed with the team at Lemonlight's professionalism. 

    "We were happy they were really easy to work with. The two onsite crew members that came the day of the shoot were fantastic. They were really considerate and thoughtful but also engaged with the people they were shooting. They knew all the right questions to ask which made everything easy and seamless." – Head of School, Independent School

    Former clients
    Hyatt
    Audi
    Uber
    Accenture
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    10 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    2018 FORBES Best Entrepreneurial Companies in the United States

  • 4

    Goodbrother

    Founded in 2012 as a video production company, Good Brother has a small team of about 15 employees. They work out of an office in Brooklyn, N.Y., serving clients in numerous industries, including advertising and marketing, arts and entertainment, consumer products, transportation, and nonprofits. Their specialization in video production spans creative development, copywriting, production, and post-production for commercials, marketing campaigns, virtual reality, and social media.

    Notable Project

    A youth mentorship nonprofit hired Good Brother to create a video for an upcoming event. The nonprofit had images to include and a tight budget and timeline. But, Good Brother was able to develop a creative video that met all the client's demands.

    "I appreciated their response time and how willing they were to deliver on short notice. We needed to submit the presentation to our event venue within the hour." – Administrator, Youth Mentorship Nonprofit

    Former clients
    CitiBike
    NBC Universal
    Oxygen Media
    Panasonic
    Bud Light
    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Dow Jones & Company
    Slate
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.8
    4.8
    10 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Prosper Digital TV

    Prosper Digital TV is a full-service video production and marketing company of 8 members that's based in Brooklyn. Since 2012, they have provided video production, advertising, and broadcast video for mid-market firms, as well as both small and large businesses. Prosper Digital TV works primarily in the fields of advertising, business services, and education.

    Notable Project

    Prosper Digital TV was once tasked by a legal services firm to create a video that showcased their work. The resulting commercial produced by Prosper Digital TV ended up getting over 100,000 views on YouTube, with greatly increased demand for the product in the commercial and more conversions overall.

    "I was very impressed by the caliber of the actors and the crew. Their prices were also very reasonable, and the other companies in our award category paid much more to other agencies." - Vice President of International Digital Marketing, Legal Services Firm

    Former clients
    MTM
    Amalgamated Bank
    Accelerate
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
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    Highline Studios

    Founded in 2004, Highline Studios is a video production company based in Los Angeles. Their team of two employees provides video production, broadcast video, and branding services.

    Notable Project

    Highline Studios produced a video for a construction client. The video has been posted to the company website and Youtube and has received positive feedback from consumers.

    "Everything from the pre-production, filming, editing was handled with strong attention to detail." –Project Manager, Construction Company

    Former clients
    Vanity Fair
    Aecom
    Speedo
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    Column Five

    Column Five is a creative agency founded in 2009. They are based in Irvine, Calif., and have an office in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their 57-person team provides content marketing, public relations, and video production services to their clients in the advertising & marketing and business services industries. 

    Notable Project

    Column Five designed a full-service campaign to market an update for a popular web browser. They build a site and carried out SEM, email marketing, and social media marketing to drive awareness for the campaign. Their efforts brought positive impressions for the commonly ridiculed browser, which earn laud from the client. 

    "One of the things that makes them so strong as an agency is the fact that they pride themselves on being client-led. They are an extension of your team. There is no ego and no attitude to the way that they work." – Creative Technologist, Web Browswer

    Former clients
    Microsoft
    A&E
    Nike
    LinkedIn
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    12 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    PANOPTICA

    Panoptica Films is a full-service creative video production company based in New York City. It was founded in 2011 and employs a team of 3 expert resources.  Panoptica Films provides both video production and broadcast video services. 

    Notable Project

    An educational non-profit wanted to create videos celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding. They hired Panoptica Films to facilitate this process. The team conducted interviews, configured sound and lighting, and then  filmed, edited, and produced short documentary films showcasing the company's expansion and growth over the years.

    "Panoptica Films' documentary films are a great fundraising tool for us. They showcase the impact of our work well to our donors and have significantly increased our fundraising." — Associate Director of Communications, Educational Non-Profit

    Former clients
    L'Oréal
    Instagram
    Lexus
    Nike
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Muddy Trails Film Co.

    Muddy Trails Film Co. is a video production company located in Brooklyn, N.Y. Founded in 2013, they have two people on staff. Their clients are primarily small businesses and midmarket firms in the following industries: advertising and marketing, manufacturing, and business services.

    Notable Project

    Muddy Trails Film Co. provided full-scale production services to communicate brand values for a religious organization. They created storyboards, filmed, and edited videos, which featured individual stories. They delivered visually appealing content that received positive feedback.

    "We were impressed with their creativity and the quality of their deliverables."— Administrative Pastor, Religious Organization

    Former clients
    Burn Boot Camp
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures is a creative production company headquartered in New York City. The company primarily provides video production services but also does broadcast video and corporate photography. They have a team of fewer than 10 people who mainly work with small businesses; they also work with mid-market and enterprise businesses. The businesses they serve are in various industries including consumer products and services and e-commerce.

    Notable Project

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures did video production for a third-party beverage client of a market consultancy. The beverage client only had a patented product, but they had no branding or market strategy. The consultancy needed Tiny Giraffe Pictures to develop content for the client. The company collaborated with both the client and the consultancy to create the video; they provided the production teams, equipment, and space for the video. After working with Tiny Giraffe Pictures, the client’s visibility increased.

    “After showcasing the longer-form video, our client received several requests for products and began to build their brand presence. The social media cut of the video has helped increase online followers to more than 1,000 in just a few weeks.” — Founder and Principal, Marketing Consultancy

    Former clients
    Unilever
    Snapchat
    Resecurity
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Melty Cone Video

    Melty Cone Video is a video production company and agency in New York. Founded in 2014, they have approximately 10 employees and create videos for businesses, organizations, companies, brands, firms, and agencies in NYC and across the country. Services include full-service video production, social media video, web/digital video, broadcast video and animation video.

    Notable Project

    Melty Cone Video is producing a video for a high school. The client needed a video to help their enrollment process. Melty Cone Video has managed the entire project and took on tasks including filming students and developing the storyboard. 

    "They're [Melty Cone Video] very professional, organized, and responsive. When I send them an email, they get back to me within the same day.' – Principal, High School 

    Former clients
    People Magazine
    Expedia
    L'Oreal
    Scholastic
    Voya Financial
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    Gigante Vaz Partners

    Gigante Vaz Partners is a branding, advertising, and media agency based in New York City. The agency was founded in 1989 and currently employs a team of 29 staff members. Gigante Vaz Partners provides advertising, branding, media planning & buying, social media marketing, video production, and web design services. Most of their clients are enterprise or mid-size companies.

    Notable Project

    A large real estate firm with various subsidiaries wanted to develop awareness of the parent company as a whole instead of just the individual subsidiaries. They hired Gigante Vaz Partners to come up with a strategy and execute on it.  Gigante Vaz Partners used a digital marketing campaign, print collateral, conferences and onsite programs, and promotional videos to bolster the client's web presence.

    "We successfully supported our leasing teams and achieved leasing occupancy goals. The increasing leasing activity was the direct reflection of the work Gigante Vaz Partners did. They continue bringing fresh, creative ideas, which is the key to success." –SVP of Marketing, Real Estate Firm

    Former clients
    St. Martin's Press
    Flatiron Books
    Sylvia Day
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
    Awards

    2015 First Place Global Ace Awards

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    Beechwood Film

    Beechwood Film is a video production agency in Portland, Maine, and Brooklyn, N.Y. Founded in 2009, they have about 2 employees that serve mostly small businesses in the nonprofit, advertising, and marketing industries. Their services are specialized in video production.

    Notable Project

    Beechwood Film provided video production services for a writers alliance. They produced 15 short films that were shot on location. The films received positive feedback and were published on a television station.

    "Lindsay is a great listener. He brought ideas to the project that enhanced it." –Poet Laureate, State of Maine

    Former clients
    Macys
    Rolling Stone
    New York Times
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 15

    Bolex Brothers LLC

    Bolex Brothers LLC is a New York-based studio with 10 or more employees founded in 2013. They solely offer video production services for clients ranging from small businesses to large enterprises in industries such as advertising, arts, and health care.

    Notable Project

    Bolex Brothers LLC developed a video for an independent production house. Bolex Brothers LLC was tasked to produce a music video to be submitted in music festivals. The video was well-received.

    “They never say No to anything right away and always try to give it a shot first. That’s why we are in unison.” - Director & Executive Producer, Independent Production House

    Former clients
    MoMA
    Viacom
    Michael Kors
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 16

    DanDJ Lab Inc.

    DanDJ Lab Inc. is a production studio based in New York. The studio, founded in 2018, is a one-man freelance enterprise that provides video production services to small and midmarket clients and companies in various industries.

    Notable Project

    A media company hired DanDJ Lab Inc.'s Dan de Jesus to create appetizing food video content that will act as visualizations of the menu to replace restaurant menus. As part of the engagement, Dan will be the director, director of photography, set designer, and creative designer of the production. Dan delivered work that exceeded expectations.

    "We consistently get incredible reviews of the work that Dan created for the company." - Owner, Media Company

    Former clients
    BEHR
    Statefarm
    Crate & Barrel
    Apartment Therapy
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    6 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Webby Awards: Nominee for Apartment Therapy's "House Calls with the Plant Doctor" (2019) , Webby Awards: Nominee for kitchn's "The Cooking School Series" (2020)

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  • 18

    Powers Video

    Nathan Lee Bush Video is a production company headquartered in Brooklyn. They have about 1 team member. Since 2010, they have provided video production, advertising, and branding services to small and midmarket businesses as well as enterprises. Their clients typically come from the advertising and marketing, arts, entertainment, and music, or media industries. 

    Notable Project

    Nathan Lee Bush Video provided full-scale production services to a nonprofit. Over two days, they filmed a short documentary, which featured B-roll of a city and interviews. The final product spurred action from supporters and received positive feedback from stakeholders.

    "The end product was better than I ever could have imagined." — Program Assistant, Nonprofit

     

    Former clients
    Youtube
    Budweiser
    James Beard Foundation
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    groupFreelancer Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 19

    Flywheel Film

    Flywheel Film is a studio founded in Brooklyn in 2016. Their team of no more than 10 specializes in video production services for small and mid-market businesses in the fields of education, advertising, and government services.

    Notable Project

    Flywheel Film produced a recruitment video for a school. The school needed the video to help recruit students in the community. The video has been met with positive feedback from many sources.

    “They were always open to feedback and willing to make modifications no matter how late in the game it was.” - Principal, School

    Former clients
    New York City Department of Education
    Voice Charter School
    Growing Up Green Charter School
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 20

    SN Media Services LLC

    SN Media Services LLC is a freelance studio based in New Haven, Conn., and founded in 2009. They are experts in video production and broadcast video solutions for small and enterprise-level businesses alike in the fields of arts, media, and nonprofit.

    Notable Project

    SN Media Services LLC produces videos for a management consulting firm. The firm works with SN Media Services LLC for their clients’ various projects. The firm enjoys producing videos with SN Media Services LLC.

    “Sebastian always goes the extra mile whenever we encounter any challenges or problems.” - Senior Director, Management Consulting Firm

    Former clients
    JORGE'S CHILDREN
    Newlink Group
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    groupFreelancer Employees
    place New York City, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 21

    Azai Studios

    Azai Studios is a digital design and branding agency headquartered in New York City, with an office in Dubai. Founded in 2014, the small team of 3 specializes in branding, digital strategy, and UX/UI design. Their work focuses on hospitality and leisure, real estate, and advertising and marketing.  

    Notable Project

    Azai Studios worked on branding and web development for an information-sharing startup. They designed materials including letterheads, email signatures, and logos. They also developed wireframes and mockups for the client’s website. The client appreciated their responsiveness throughout the project.

    “The site hasn't gone live yet, but we're very happy with their work internally; we've received lots of positive feedback from testers. They were very responsive to all our iterations and requests throughout the process and exceeded our expectations.” – Founder/CEO, Information-Sharing Startup

    Former clients
    Riya
    Hotel Chantelle
    Bond Communications
    Suite 303
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 22

    Artificial Creations

    Artificial Creations is a studio founded in Queens, New York in 2020 with no more than 10 professionals. They specialize in video production, corporate photography, and social media marketing solutions for small businesses.

    Notable Project

    Artificial Creations provided video and content creation services for an entertainment company. The company worked with Artificial Creations on photography and marketing as well as videography. The company enjoyed working with Artificial Creations.

    “Their efficiency is one of the most impressive aspects of Artificial Creations.” - Owner, Entertainment Company

    Former clients
    LAB Accounting
    AIO Enterprise
    RBF Apparel
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Queens, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 23

    The Emotional Company

    The Emotional Company is a digital agency based in Atlanta with over two experts. They have provided web design, video production, and branding solutions to clients since their founding in 2018. They mainly work with small and medium-sized agencies.

    Notable Project

    The Emotional Company provided web and marketing solutions for a boutique vinegar line. The Emotional Company redesigned the label of their products and the company website as well. The vinegar company is happy with The Emotional Company’s work.

    “We have since been able to drive more traffic to our store and also we are seeing an increase in sales due to all these factors coming together.” - Owner & Founder, Boutique Vinegar Line

    Former clients
    Nobu
    The Orchard
    Bonobos
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 24

    StartupBug

    StartupBug is a software development and production firm founded in 2008 with no more than 50 members. They offer custom software development, branding, and SEO solutions from their office in New York. They work with small firms and enterprises alike.

    Notable Project

    StartupBug provided digital marketing solutions for a dry-cleaning business. The business was looking to establish a digital presence. With StartupBug’s efforts, the business now receives orders online.

    “Very effective, feedback was taken promptly and used.” - Founder, Dry-Cleaning Business

    Former clients
    Microsoft
    Johnson & Johnson
    AVG Antivirus
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 25

    Simba Productions

    Simba Productions is a corporate video production company, founded in 1979 and located in New York. They employ 19 staff specializing in the pre-production, production, and post-production of corporate videos for small, midmarket, and global companies typically in media and the arts and entertainment. Services include scriptwriting, storyboarding, casting, location scouting, videography, editing, special effects, and graphic design.

    Notable Project

    Simba Productions created a short video of a media event for an entertainment company. They handled the lighting, filming, and editing. They adapted well to situational hiccups and found the best ways to get the right shots, satisfying the client.

    “Everyone on the crew showed up on time and was incredibly helpful. Simba also edited the video together for me quickly and I couldn't be happier with the results. If you need a reliable company for your video needs, I would highly suggest Simba.” – Event Planner, Entertainment Company

    Former clients
    Kate Spade
    Paramount Pictures
    British Airways
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
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