Corduroy Media is a creative agency and production company that creates story driven content for brands.
Corduroy Media is a San Francisco based video production company and creative agency.
Since 2003, Corduroy Media has provided creative storytelling and production services to a host of clients.
Whether the story is about new technology, a social issue, a non-profit, a corporation or an individual we help our clients successfully engage their audience and communicate “their” story.
Before we even get to the medium in which our clients want to display their work, we get down and dirty with the concept. We provide creative direction, concept development, script writing, and storyboarding services. The way we see it, every idea is like a seed. That seed needs to be nurtured, watered, and maybe even moved around to a different part of the garden before it can flourish. Ideas need concept development to make sure the execution (whether video content, still photography, or animation) translates into something unique. No, we don’t work within your organization, and this is a good thing! Ever heard someone tell you not to edit your own work? This applies to creative production as well. Let’s face it, you are too close to your mission. You are emotionally involved. As creative professionals, we absorb your ideas, let them swirl around our overactive imaginations, get excited, bounce ideas all over the place, and come up with concepts that illustrate your mission clearly.
Welcome to our site, take a moment to look around in our motion portfolio, you’ll find a variety of work from Animation, to Testimonial to Documentary style productions. In our still portfolio you’ll find photography that ranges from outdoor lifestyle and adventure to corporate headshots and portraits.
Each one of our projects starts with a conversation so give us a call. We would love to hear about your story and share our ideas about how we can tell it in an engaging way.
I look forward to speaking with you,
Carl D. Brown | Executive Creative Director
I’ve never really worked with a company quite like Corduroy. They’re a production company, ad agency and strategic specialists all rolled up into one. Every time we bring them a project, they don’t just bid it — they put their super-creative minds to work making it a more human and more engaging story. Certainly, they are skilled and experienced craftsman — production design, cinematography, editing, graphics, copywriting — every element of our job gets better when we put it their capable hands. And frankly, they’re just wonderful people to be around. I always look forward to working with Corduroy because I know I’m going to end with a great final product, and I’m going to have a ton of fun in the process.Tom Rosenfield
Carl and his team are top-notch. From the first call to discuss strategy and goals, to “shoot day “to the end-product, they are professional and consistently exceed expectations. Their crew is both knowledgeable and warm, able to interact with employees and execs at all levels to get the best genuine comments and reactions for an organic result that is both visually stunning and authentic. Where I oversee corporate communications, they’re our go-to external video resource and we continue to be impressed with what they deliver.Autumn Casadonte
When we set out to create videos for our annual Gas leadership meeting, we were looking for something fresh and compelling. We had difficult concepts to get across to our employees and little time in which to do it. We turned to Corduroy Media to help us with this challenge. The videos they created for us were a huge success and set the bar for how our future video content will look and feel. The Corduroy Media team has a rare combination talent of gorgeous cinematography and rich storytelling. We are delighted with our Corduroy Media experience and will definitely be using their talents again for future projects.Hailey Wilson
Corduroy Media was able to tell the story I wanted to convey creatively and in an informative fashion. They are communicators in the true sense of the word by being active listeners, collaborators, and ensured the story is told in an authentic and impactful manner through film.Chau H. Vu
Corduroy Media’s work speaks for itself. Between Carl’s ability to elicit amazing interviews, Sean’s creativity in capturing stunning shots, and the production team’s expertise in bringing it all together, our expectations have been surpassed with every project. The fact that they’re fun to work with is just an added bonus.Justin Bryant
I worked with Corduroy Media on a logistically complicated project to produce a number of short employee interviews as well as a longer promotional corporate video. The project was not easy – I think we were a relatively picky client who wanted the folks at Corduroy Media to film in 6 spots on both coasts in a narrow time window. Throughout the entire process, Carl and his team were professional, talented, responsive, and just an overall pleasure to work with. A number of people at our firm commented on how great it was to work with them during the filming sessions as well as how wonderful the final product looked after editing. We will undoubtedly use Corduroy Media again next time the need arises.Abe Chernin
I have worked with Corduroy on several different video projects. Though the projects vary in format, length, theme and other criteria, Corduroy has always delivered the highest quality of work. Aside from the fact that they are really nice people to work with, there are several things that set them apart from other video production companies 1) they don’t try to sell clients the world and then deliver something else underwhelming. If anything, they set very realistic expectations up front and over deliver. 2) they don’t have the principals to pitch clients, then leave the execution to junior staff. You actually work closely with the principals who are seasoned professionals who come up with great creative ideas. One of the recent projects we have completed with Corduroy was an animated video. This comment from one of the sales engineers pretty much summarizes the reaction to the video “I am not sure that even Pixar themselves could have done any better. Great video!”Yael Zheng
We looked at several production companies, and boy are we glad we chose Corduroy Media. The team offers unparalleled value – we were blown away by the polish of the final product. They crafted a story and flow that took our seed ideas and made them vastly better. And they did it all on the tightest of timelines. Collaborating with Corduroy is a no-brainer.Eric Veillette
I’ve worked with this San Francisco video production company on several higher-ed projects and have been extremely happy with both the process and the end product. Corduroy Media goes above and beyond to ensure projects are successful. They are also a pleasure to collaborate with, while bringing a level of passion and professionalism to each project that is truly profound.Alex A.G. Shapiro
From concept and creative direction through filming and editing the final cut, Carl and his team are absolute professionals. We partnered with Corduroy Media on several video and still photography projects, all of very different flavors, and were very pleased with all of them. Carl has tremendous creative insight, translating any communication objective easily into provocative and creative visual storytelling. He and his team have become an integral part of our marketing team, and we will continue to work with Corduroy.Heather Blonkenfeld
Carl’s work for the MTV Street Team was some of the most thoughtful, interesting, and well-produced journalism that came out of the project. From surfers fighting to save their break in San Diego to young people in Oakland organizing to elect Barack Obama, Carl found great stories that weren’t being told any place else.Ocean MacAdams
Carl Brown has the whole package. He is an extremely talented shooter, a thoughtful and creative storyteller, and a pleasure to work with. I have hired him repeatedly, and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any project.Liz Nord
I first starting working with Carl and Corduroy Media five years ago, and I’ve continued to hire them because I know that the final piece will be extremely professional and effective. But more than that, I know that the process will be creative, collaborative, and fun – qualities that are often hard to find in one place.Dave Yanofsky
We looked at several production companies, and boy are we glad we chose Corduroy Media. The team offers unparalleled value – we were blown away by the polish of the final product. They crafted a story and flow that took our seed ideas and made them vastly better. And they did it all on the tightest of timelines. Collaborating with Corduroy is a no-brainer.Scott Buchanan