We do one thing
and we do it very well

Our story is a simple one.  We create meaningful connections through targeted films.  Backstory Films: we craft human stories for a digital world.  So, what’s your story?

It’s all about the work

You don’t succeed in this business without first understanding that it’s a relationship business built on service. We get that. Yet as craftspeople, at the end of our day, it’s all about the work.

Backstory Films is a virtual collective of some of the most creative and talented people around

We believe in a shared wisdom gleaned from decades in the business, coupled with enough youthful edge to keep us relevant.  It’s the grey beards and the wunderkinds, all together, all at your service.

6274127_300And I, Kevin Smith, get to lead the parade.  (For the record: my namesake, who did direct Clerks, is a different person than I.  Very different).

Any success I’ve had over the years is due largely to surrounding myself with the right people, who bring big talents and small egos.

Backstory Films can easily scale up or down as needed.  Some of our work is concept to completion, where we are responsible for every aspect of a client’s project.  Whether it’s a Web spot, TV commercial, informational piece or documentary, Backstory Films can provide everything you need.  The concept and script, the pre-pro, the shoot, the edit, the motion graphics, the custom music: yup, we can do all that and do it well, thanks to longstanding and fruitful relationships with those big talent-small ego colleagues.

But we can also flip that model upside down in a heartbeat. I’m happy to consult with agencies, producers and production companies on creative gigs where you need a writer, producer, director, creative director or some mish-mash therein.  I prefer to work with smart, talented, chill people.  But then, who doesn’t?

Some Backstory

Boy, raised by drama and English profs, meets story.  Boy falls in love with story.  Pre-teen boy sees Truffaut’s 400 Blows.  Boy is hooked on film, for life.

Boy, now young man, gets BA in film production.  He has no money and even less clue about how to make any in his chosen field.  Stumbles across something called corporate video (what?!) and blindly takes an in-house video job in California working for the silicon man.  He meets the love of his life, relegating film to mistress status. Then takes another in-house gig as a means to get himself and his beautiful young family to Seattle.

But even a very strong fish can only swim on land for so long.  Finally realizing that it may be the constant head-pounding against the wall that is causing the headaches, the man strikes out on his own.  The first shingle is hung.

And it works.  Then it works bigger.  More clients, more work, better work, blue chip clients, awards, accolades, office space, employees, and then really, really good work in a special small agency called Eyeplay.  It hums on an upward Zen-like vibe for nearly two decades…

Then 2008 happened.  Goodnight, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming.

Man rises from the rubble, dusts himself off and watches Flight of the Phoenix (the original). Repeatedly.

Man, now a bit older and lifetimes wiser, strikes out on his own, again.  The name seems to fit: Backstory Films.

The circle, having now been completed, remains unbroken.  Or something.

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.

- Charles Mingus

My stuff always starts with interviews. I start interviewing people, and then slowly but surely, a movie insinuates itself.

- Errol Morris

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.

- Frank Zappa

Great stories happen to those who can tell them.

- Ira Glass

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

- Jean-Luc Godard

We learn best – and change – from hearing stories that strike a chord within us. Those in leadership who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.

- John Kotter, Harvard Business School professor

Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world. And cinema is the best medium for doing this.

- Martin Scorsese

You can observe a lot just by watching.

- Yogi Berra

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Backstory Films, LLC
Seattle, WA

Call: 206.919.0848
Email: kevin@backstoryfilms.com