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We create the highest quality video, animation, design and other media to bring our clients' stories to life.

We distill complex concepts into high-quality, impactful visual storytelling.

We excel at discovering, developing, and communicating your narratives to the audiences you need to reach. We help you establish your brand, grow your business, communicate your values, and share ideas that will change the world.

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  • Distill your ethos
  • Tell your story
  • Translate your vision
  • Distill your ethos
  • Tell your story
  • Translate your vision
  • Distill your ethos
  • Tell your story
  • Translate your vision
  • Distill your ethos
  • Tell your story
  • Translate your vision

Working with Osmosis

"It is always a pleasure working with Osmosis. Time and again, we are thoroughly amazed by the team’s fantastic work. Not only are their videos stunningly creative, but they also demonstrate keen insight and understanding into the core ideas we are seeking to communicate with our content and projects." Caroline Netchvolodoff, Vice President, Education, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
“The Osmosis team was a critical partner on a series of videos that brought PayPal’s corporate mission to life. Our assignment was humanize the struggles of consumers and merchants outside of the financial system. It’s a challenge to create storytelling around digital technology, but Osmosis’ creative and hands-on approach resulted in content we continue to leverage to reach multiple audiences.” Amanda Coffee, Lead Manager, Corporate Communications, PAYPAL
“We brought in Osmosis to create videos for us on extremely tight time constraints and with very little prior information. They were incredibly professional and responsive and maintained a positive attitude even when there were hiccups on our end. The final product was even better than we expected and created an amazing and emotional experience for our audience.” Susan Pendergrass, Vice President of Research and Evaluation, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
“We could not be happier with our experience with the Osmosis team. Professional, courteous and extremely talented, we had an amazing experience and we could not be happier with the final product. I would highly recommend Osmosis for your video needs.” Ben Veghte, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, NATIONAL VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION
“Osmosis clearly has the technical expertise, but where I find their most critical value is in their creative partnership - they dug into our organization and emerged with fresh concepts and compelling scripts that truly embody our brand and mission.” Kate Zickel, Managing Director, Corporate Communications, SIFMA
“Osmosis was one of the few production companies that quickly and easily understood our business. With minimal effort for our organization they were able to bring our company story, culture, people and vision to life. We could not have been happier with our working relationship and end product.” Philipp Saumweber, Founder & CEO, SUNDROP FARMS
"We have partnered with Osmosis Films on a variety of projects from single events to larger campaigns and they are an outstanding creative partner from video concept development through to seamless production planning, execution and delivery! All members of their team bring a great attention to detail, are easy to work with and do a nice job of putting everyone at ease in front of the camera. The Osmosis projects helped deepen engagement throughout our organization as well as with our dealer partners---we would recommend Osmosis to any company looking to do the same!" Dave Bangert, CEO, CHI OVERHEAD DOORS
"Osmosis has been a great partner. Their team is very talented, versatile, engaged, accommodating and creative. They've been very quick to pick up on both the values of our organization and the technical details of our work, and they have efficiently translated that understanding into high-quality videos and interactive features that help us tell our story." Andy Zieminski, National Communications Manager, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION, USDA
"We found the process how Osmosis develops engaging content for our audience very well structured and highly professional. The six films we created together greatly help to establish the HENSOLDT brand on a global scale and we will rely again on the creative and talented team of Osmosis for upcoming projects." Joachim Schranzhofer, Vice President, Head of Communications, HENSOLDT GROUP
"We have partnered with Osmosis on several large-scale video projects. I have been continually impressed by their ability to tell fantastic stories through video and motion graphics and to help us convey our Cornell Tech mission and vision to the outside world. The Osmosis team consistently delivered videos scaffolded by an editorial vision, a tightly organized crew, and best-in-class technical talent." Michele Hoos, Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy, CORNELL TECH
"Osmosis Films is creative, diligent, and personable in their approach to problem-solving and brand storytelling. Their messaging workshop provided us the opportunity to set clear project goals and develop an effective narrative for our project. Osmosis is easy and accommodating to work with, and we are very happy with the video they created." Valerie Steele, Director, MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Our Team

  • James Lawler

    Founder & CEO

    James Lawler is the founder and CEO of Osmosis, a full-service creative agency and production company specializing in content communications strategies leveraging video, animation, and other visual storytelling formats for more than 100 clients in a variety of industries. James has over 15 years of experience in documentary films, narrative features, theater, television, and web and mobile design. Specifically, Osmosis was founded with the creation of a documentary film called The Lottery, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award.

  • Zach Russo

    Head of Production

    Zach is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who has produced several documentary features for HBO and A&E, as well as concert films, music videos, and other digital content for Sony Music Entertainment. Zach is responsible for managing Osmosis production from the initial strategy and creative vision through to the final deliverable. Zach oversees each project from start to finish and manages our team of producers, editors, assistant editors, production coordinators, writers, sound designers, composers, and more.

  • Deana Croog

    Director of Content Strategy & Client Services

    Deana establishes and fosters Osmosis' partnership with organizations to develop and implement visual communication strategies that drive business outcomes while building empathy, and fostering understanding. Deana is also an award-winning producer, having previously driven creative, strategy, and execution for Osmosis on a number of campaigns for Osmosis. Her work ranges from short documentaries to thought leadership films, product launch animations, interactive experiences, and everything in between. Deana received her MA in International Film Business from the London Film School.

  • Sarah Cortese

    Creative Director

    Sarah is a director, designer, and animator with over a dozen years of industry experience in the industry spanning commercial, television, and mobile formats. As the Osmosis Creative Director, Sarah oversees the look and feel for all visual deliverables including video, web design, photo elements. She directs our animators through the creation of graphic elements and animation while maintaining the applications of these elements in support of the creative vision. She is both a Promax and Summit Creative Award winner for her work with Showtime and Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Mike Furth

    Director of Post Production

    An award-winning filmmaker with over fifteen years of experience across television, feature-length work, commercials, and digital marketing, Mike focuses on how the editing process can help bring out the humanity of every story that we work on. All while creating strong relationships between our team and yours to ensure that we are creating the highest quality content. Former clients include Fortune 100 companies such as Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Verizon, American Express, Nike, and IBM.

  • Josh Eriksen

    Art Director

    Josh works across our clients creating stunning graphics and animation. From lower-thirds to complex data visualization, he ensures our films provide a beautiful and clear visual experience for every audience.

  • Alison Reader

    Senior Manager of Content Strategy & Client Services

    Alison helps to shepherd new projects through the ideation and brainstorming to kick-off. She works across all our new and existing clients to create a strategy that will support their internal and external communication goals. Once the scope of a project is defined, developed, and ready to go, she connects the client and the production team for the kick-off. Alison received her MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School.

  • Scott Nelson

    Senior Creative Producer

    Scott is a multimedia creative with over 10 years of experience collaborating with leading brands and institutions to create meaningful content and experiences that go beyond entertainment. Most recently, Scott was a pioneering member of The Explainer Studio at Vox Media. Scott acts as a liaison between our clients and the Osmosis creative teams, holding the creative vision for the project while managing the project timeline and budget.

  • Julia Pontecorvo

    Senior Creative Producer

    Julia is an NYC-based creative producer enthusiastic about telling humanity’s most idiosyncratic and heartfelt stories. She has produced award-winning films and projects for the world’s leading museums, platforms, and brands, including Vogue, HuffPost, Vice, American Express, PBS, Annenberg Space For Photography, and National Geographic. Her recent projects include the acclaimed Where There's Smoke, Design For All, and In The Making anthology documentary series. Julia is also proud to be a 2020 Impact Partners Producers Fellow.

  • Leah Sherman

    Producer

    Leah acts as a liaison between our clients and the Osmosis creative and development teams, holding the creative vision for the project, maintaining the schedule, handling the project budget, and managing the Osmosis staff.

  • Megumi Nishikura

    Producer

    Megumi is a video producer with over 10 years of experience producing both short and long-form content for a variety of clients including corporate, educational, and non-profit.

  • Jack Zellweger

    Manager, Content Strategy & Client Services

    With a background in web development, design, branding, and photography, Jack helps interface and ideate with clients on content and communication strategy. Jack received a degree in physics from Kenyon College.

  • Anna La Roche

    Editor

    Anna works across our live-action projects throughout the post-production process to create everything from an initial rough cut of a film through to the final piece. She develops, maintains, and applies the vision of the project to each edit and works hand-in-hand with the producer to deliver a successful final film.

  • Roger Lee

    Junior Post Engineer

    Roger has worked in post-production for 2+ years as an AE. Today, he works across all of Osmosis' clients supporting our team throughout the post-production process.

  • Axel Baumann

    Cinematographer

    Axel Baumann received his first Emmy nomination in 2005 for Liberia: An Uncivil War, directed by Jonathan Stack and broadcasted on Discovery/Times. In 2008, Axel was awarded an Emmy for Carrier, a 10-part series for PBS. Recently Axel completed cinematography on Herb and Dorothy, an audience award winner at Silverdocs, as well as a biography on Thomas Jefferson for the History Channel.

  • Matthew Rinehart

    Designer