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Hi, i'm gillian.

An award-winning filmmaker with fifteen years of diverse visual storytelling experience ]

 
 

 

 

 

 

My passion for filmmaking lies in the process

  • The process of uncovering a story that needs to be told.
  • The process of collaborating with the relevant content wizards and mining image archives for visual gems.
  • The process of pushing my team of DPs, editors, and animators to create a film that is innovative and enriching. 


I spent a decade working at Cortina Productions, a cutting-edge multimedia production company. As Senior Producer, I wrote, directed, and produced video and interactive content for more than a dozen cultural institutions around the country. 

As staff Senior Producer at the Newseum, I created short films for the “Reporting Vietnam” and “40 Chances” temporary exhibitions, and developed concepts for films and interactive presentations in the “Inside the New FBI” permanent exhibition.

AS A FREELANCE PRODUCER, I LOVE HELPING CLIENTS FIND NEW WAYS TO TELL THEIR STORIES.  

this is what i've been up to recently:

  • Producing and Art Directing "Artists Unite," the Newseum's Big Screen theater presentation about the history of charity rock concerts. 
  • Collaborating with Noisy Neighbor TV to co-write and co-produce a white board animation for HHMI's Janelia Research Campus.
  • Creating "Empowered: Changing the World Through Bright Ideas," a digital series for National Geographic Studios that highlighted six remarkable renewable energy innovators.
  • Producing a short film for the Musical Crossroads Gallery in the new Smithsonian Museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

I’ve conducted interviews and directed narration record sessions with iconic figures, including:

Selected WORK

I bring stories to life, from immersive film experiences in presidential libraries, to digital shorts and animations, to whiteboard videos.

  6 x 90 sec series for National Geographic's 'Great Energy Challenge" Role: Writer / Producer Client / Company: National Geographic Studios    
Empowered: Changing the World Through Bright Ideas (Digital Shorts)
Role: Writer / Producer
Client / Company: National Geographic Studios
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky Role: Producer / Writer / Co-Editor / Art Director / Creator Production Company: Spokeswoman Productions
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky
Role: Director / Producer / Writer / Co-Editor
Client: Gillian's Independent Film Project
Company: Spokeswoman Productions
Artists Unite Role: Producer / Writer / Art Director Client/Production Company: The Newseum & Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Featured in: "Louder than Words" exhibition at the Newseum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Artists Unite
Role: Director/Writer/Producer
Client / Company: The Newseum


Discover Janelia
Role: Co-Producer / Co-Writer
Client: Janelia /Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Production Company: Noisy Neighbor TV
Discovery Education Network's 6-part Series, "The Science of Plants" Role: Producer / Writer Client: Discovery Education Production Company: Cortina Productions
The Science of Plants (6 x 30)
Role: Producer / Writer
Client: Discovery Education
Production Company: Cortina Productions
The Value of Basic Scientific Research
Role: Producer / Co-Writer / Art Director
Client: The Sloan Foundation
Production Company: National Geographic Studios
Various Films in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead Client: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Production Company: Cortina Productions  
Various Films in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead
Client: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the LBJ Presidential Library Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead Client: LBJ Foundation Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the LBJ Presidential Library
Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead
Client: LBJ Presidential Library
Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the Jimmy Carter Presidential LIbrary & Museum Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead Client: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead
Client: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the National Civil Rights Museum Role: Producer / Writer Client: National Civil Rights Museum Production Company: Cortina Productions
National Civil Rights Museum  
Role: Senior Producer / Writer
Client: National Civil Rights Museum
Production Company: Cortina Productions
Various Films in the "State of Deception: Power of Nazi Propaganda Exhibition"   Role:  Producer / Writer / Client Lead Client: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Production Company: Cortina Productions  
Various Films in "State of Deception: Power of Nazi Propaganda"  
Role: Producer / Writer / Client Lead
Client: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Production Company: Cortina Productions
Musical Crossroads Introductory Video
Role: Producer
Client: National Museum of African American History & Culture
Production Company: Black Robin Media
The War at Home
Role: Writer / Producer
Client / Company: The Newseum

Newseum’s Corporate Engagement Video
Role: Producer / Writer
Client / Company: The Newseum

TV Covers Vietnam
Role: Writer / Producer
Client / Company: The Newseum

CLIENTS

Through my work at Cortina Productions, The Newseum, National Geographic, Black Robin Media, and Noisy Neighbor TV, I'm honored to have helped these  institutions tell their stories.

Testimonials 

Gillian contributed immeasurably to the successfully redesigned museum at the LBJ Presidential Library by producing media that stands as a vital component of the visitor experience. In particular, the orientation film she produced offers a perfect introduction, whetting the appetite of visitors who eagerly anticipate the rest of the museum. Our consistently growing attendance numbers stand as a testament to her superlative work.
— Mark K. Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library
Gillian is a talented creative who knows not only how to deliver strong story telling and visuals but keeps her eyes on the prize of “on time and on budget.”

She’s a pleasure as a collaborator.
— Pam Caragol, Executive Producer, National Geographic Wild,
The 100-ft Big Screen Theater is our premiere theater at the Newseum, and the most technically and creatively challenging.

Gillian took on the challenge to produce “Artists Unite,” our best Big Screen Theater production to date. Gillian is highly creative, collaborative, passionate, and driven. She pushes everyone around her to make the best product possible.
— Doug Yuan, Executive Producer, Newseum
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Let's collaborate!

gillian@spokeswomanproductions.com
 202-841-2574