What We Do
At 590films, we create the stories that help organizations and companies do great things. Whether you want to raise a million dollars, reach more people, or simply educate the world, we’ve got your back. We’ll help you hone your message and tell your story in a way that grabs the heart and engages the mind. Digital storytelling to make the world a better place.
We are a brother-sister team, collaborating with a talented crew of filmmakers.
Scott Elliott is founder and creative director of 590films. He directs, shoots, and edits 590films' projects. His documentary Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, about the history of the Bowery in New York City, aired on PBS in 2005. His documentary, Into the Gyre, about plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, won numerous awards at international film festivals. His latest film The Trees, about the National September 11th Memorial, premiered on PBS on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Julia Elliott is producer and writer at 590films. Her first film project was as co-writer and co-producer of the award-winning feature film Windhorse, which tells the story of one Tibetan family’s struggle under Chinese occupation. She also brings to 590films experience working on several nationally broadcast PBS documentaries: This Far by Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys, Race: The Power of an Illusion, The Supreme Court, and The Old Man and the Storm. Her favorite 590films project was “Dreams,” produced for the National Down Syndrome Society.
A powerful story can change the world
590films is a full-service video production company, soup to nuts. We come up with visual and storytelling concepts, organize shoots, conduct interviews and gather beautiful footage. We write compelling scripts and edit moving pieces that we’ll deliver to you in whatever format best suits your needs and provides you with the greatest impact.
Why hire us? To start, we’ve produced and directed award-winning documentaries and we bring that sensibility to every single project we do. We know how to digest huge amounts of complicated information and tease out a heart-tugging story.
Over our 15 years in business, we’ve collaborated with some topnotch marketing companies. In the process, we’ve learned a thing or two about branding. We know to read everything we can get our hands on, interview key stakeholders, research the market, and listen, listen, listen. Then we write up a treatment proposing our creative concepts. Not to brag (okay, we’ll brag a little), but sometimes our ideas drive an entire project across assets — web and print.
Out in the field, we can make even the most reluctant participant pour their heart out in an interview. We have technical bonafides and a creative eye that we bring to both filming and editing. We work with an amazing team of freelancers, including kickass photographers, that we bring onto our projects depending on the scope. From every angle, we know how to tell a good story—one that will change minds and inspire action.
But these are just words. Take a look at our videos and decide for yourself.
Our films have shown on PBS, the New York Times, National Geographic and in all nooks and crannies of the internet. Producing documentaries is our passion, and it helps us to tell your story better.
Faith in the Five Boroughs
Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery
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