My name is Sam Felman and I make commercial and narrative content that sells, entertains, and aims to make the world a better place. My passion is telling stories about the beauty of human connection.
I'm meticulous about planning each shoot so I can focus on the performances during filming. My planning allows for better transparency with clients, communication with crew, and faster shoot schedules. Additionally, my signature visual aesthetic and skills in editing and visual effects give my work its special look and feel. Most people recognize my work for having great pacing, beautiful cinematography, and powerful performances.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in screenwriting from California State University, Northridge, and rent out my plethora of props and costumes under my company name "Film Ethos." For my day job, I work in corporate as a writer, director, producer, and camera operator of mostly internal content, and I freelance on nights and weekends as a jack-of-all trades.
My passion for delivering high-quality work has driven me to teach myself various skills within the film and marketing industries. I believe that having a diverse skillset not only enables me to communicate more effectively with my colleagues on set and in the office, but also helps me bring my marketing clients' visions to life more effectively.
By continuing to expand my knowledge and skills in both filmmaking and marketing, I can seamlessly incorporate both into my projects and ensure my work meets the highest standards of excellence.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
"Sam is the epitome of customer service. I've dealt with a number of videographers, filmmakers, and editors. I have struggled with them all in that they didn't listen to my needs. Sam was quite the opposite, he listened intently and yet still offered creative solutions to meet my needs. His work turned a jumble of video and audio content into a cohesive, clear, and compelling story. I would definitely use Sam again!"
President, Pinnacle Product Innovation, Inc.
"Sam Felman did a great job designing our flyer for our show. He captured all of the characters and feel of the production. I’ve worked as a producer for many years and his work is some of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you Sam!"
President, Southland Sings
"I was working on a [project] for Kendrick Lamar and, it was annoying, they sent me this drawing of this [item] where I had to figure out the proportions with a ruler and all that. And here you are, sending me exact measurements and being communicative. It's refreshing. [...] Sure, you can quote me on that."
Film Industry Professional
"Sam Felman helped me with designing and copy writing my business cards for my new business. He asked me great questions and offered alternatives. I thought I had a nice company tagline ... Sam tweaked it just slightly and wow what a difference. I have had many compliments on that tagline. It is the first thing people say when they receive the card. I would highly recommend Sam Felman to help you with your vision, he is immensely talented."
Owner/Uniform Concierge, Tips of the Trade
"Your film is amazing, and your beautiful creativity and talent is proof of that!"
Serbest International Film Festival
"Thank you so much for your help with our video. Given the short time frame, it was great! Your input gave it the needed pep to communicate our message."
SUSAN BERMAN, PHD
COO, The Help Group
"Sam does good work. He proved invaluable on my last production with his production design knowledge and experience. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for 10+ years and he’s always there when you need him, professional, and performs quality work fast. He’s great."
JUDE DANIEL CHACON
Music Video Director, Backstreet Boys
"Sam is amazing! We consulted on a unique project right at the beginning of the pandemic. The unknown was daunting, our school site was due to permanently close its doors at the end of the school year in May of 2020 and we needed to end the school year as best as possible despite the pandemic. As we dealt to accept our next steps that school year, we were not able to say our final goodbyes in person. Our promotion video for the 8th graders needed to be a tribute to their success and a goodbye to a legacy. Sam was able to capture our sense of community, keep the tone of our school spirit all while saying our final goodbyes. He understood the assignment!! You will not be disappointed. He is professional, passionate about his work and is the right guy for your next project. Thank you Sam! Always grateful to you for making our final year memorable even during one of the most scariest times in our lives."
Principal, Wilson Middle School of PUSD
"The director does a fine job telling this story. The strength of this film is in the performances and a lesser director could have easily mishandled them. Not the case here. Advance."
Judge, Global Shorts Film Festival