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Transient Pictures.
Changing the world, one story at a time. 

Transient Pictures is an Emmy award-winning documentary production company based in Brooklyn, NY. We bring the same passion for storytelling to our clients that we do for our films. Like us, our clients tend to be founded on a larger mission. They’re socially conscious organizations, non-profits, artisanal producers and companies who, like us, take a bit more care to make sure they’ve done their very best to make a positive difference through their passions. 


How we got here.

In 2005, fledgling filmmakers Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest hit the road with $500 and a borrowed camera for the volatile U.S./Mexico border to film WALKING THE LINE, the documentary about vigilantes taking border security into their own hands.

Despite the minuscule production budget, cramped sleeping accommodations (our rental car) and questionable decisions about personal safety (like spending the night alone in the desert with convicted felons, armed with sub-machine guns) we managed to create a documentary that would win great success and international acclaim.

Six years later, we've had our work broadcast to millions of viewers around the world, screened at dozens of international film festivals, and won awards for production and human rights, including an Emmy.

We’ve created original content for prominent broadcasters, arts organizations and businesses, including PBS, National Geographic, the Sundance Channel, The Economist, The Dramatists Guild, Working Films, United States Artists, Au Bon Pain and the George Street Playhouse. And we co-founded the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective to provide support and a community for talented Brooklyn directors and producers.

Over the years, we’ve built an elite team of hand-picked producers, cinematographers, editors and motion graphic designers. They’re some of the best, brightest and most in-demand talent in the NY film community.

Our Team

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    Chris Casey

    Associate Producer / Editor / Cinematographer / Motion Graphics

    Chris Casey is an associate producer, shooter, editor, and motion graphics animator at Transient Pictures. His documentary work has championed education and political engagement, working with NBC Universal, Comcast, and OurTime.org. He is also a writer, producer, and director of short narrative films, experimental videos, and web series. Before joining Transient, Chris founded and directed of the Westport Youth Film Festival, the first international film festival for high school student filmmakers. 

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    Nicholas Weissman

    Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Photographer

    Award-winning filmmaker/photographer Nicholas Weissman, has led projects from commercial rebranding to time-sensitive feature video pieces for major print and network news outlets. Clients have included Sony Pictures, National Geographic Channel, Time Magazine, HBO, New Yorker, Nike, Intel, Microsoft, and many others. Nick is currently producing School of Last Resort with us. 

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    Paul Trillo

    Director / VFX

    Paul Trillo is a writer/director with a strong visual aspect in both design and technique. He has directed innovative commercial work for the Brooklyn Brewery, (RED), Nokia, and Path and his music videos have played on MTV, Vh1, and Canadian music channels. His short documentary, Béla: L'Homme Chat, was shot, edited, and screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Paul also has a strong knack and understanding of VFX and motion graphics.

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    Mike Wechsler

    Motion Graphics / Animator / Art Director

    Mike started his love affair with moving images when he was eight years old, making special effects using only a VHS camcorder and things he could find under the sink. Today, Mike’s work as an art director, motion designer, and animator is as varied as the clients he works for. His work has been seen in television, documentaries, music videos,  commercials, and immersive projections for MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, the Brooklyn Brewery, TriBeCa Film Festival, the US State Department, the Miami Dolphins, and many comedy and musical acts.

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    Eric Phillips-Horst

    Cinematographer / Producer

    Eric is a director, producer, and cinematographer based in New York. Some of his featured work includes broadcast television (PBS, History Channel, Biography Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Arte France), documentary and independent festival circuits (CPH:DOX, Rooftop Films, HBO NY and LA Latino) and numerous online publications (The Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, TED Talks, Indiepix). He teaches production and digital arts at The Documentary Center, and is a founding member of three filmmaking collectives: Brooklyn Filmmakers, Meerkat Media, and The Goddamn Cobras.

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    Marina Fernandez Ferri

    Producer

    Marina is a producer with over ten years of experience producing films, award-winning documentary series, magazine news shows, music videos, live programs and advertisements. She has recently produced commercial projects for Facebook, (RED), Belvedere, Ben & Jerry’s, Time Warner Cable, and Demand a Plan and is also producing Leal, a narrative feature by director Begonia Colomar and La Noche Buena, a narrative short film shot in Cuba by director Alex Mallis. She studied Audiovisual Communications at Valencia’s University in Spain, with a year at DAMS Cinema in Bologna, Italy and speaks four languages fluently. 

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    Lily Henderson

    Director / Cinematographer / Editor

    Lily works as a film director and editor and often incorporates cinematic narrative into her documentary stories making for emotionally resonant pieces that go beyond what is expected. Her recent clients have included IBM, Current TV, Ogilvy Entertainment, AOL, the BBC, Huffington Post, and the Biography Channel. Her most recent feature documentary film, Lessons for the Living, a meditative and poignant look at Hospice volunteers, is currently screening throughout the country. She is currently a member and co-organizer of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

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    Joe Gabriel

    Director of Photography

    Joe Gabriel is a dynamic Director of Photography whose diverse platform of work includes commercials, television, documentaries, and feature films. He has traveled around the world shooting campaigns for Merck, Victoria’s Secret, Revlon, Sephora, AT&T, and many others.  Joe has worked on a variety of multi-million dollar world wide campaigns including The Olympics, the launch of Project Runway, and the award-winning campaign introducing Brian Williams as the anchor of NBC Nightly News. He continues to work in television on various projects for MTV, Discovery, and the Sundance channel. 

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