Surface Below Media is a full service video production company with expertise in short-form documentaries, non-profit 'About' videos, commercials, music videos, and art films.  We are a collaborative of creatives producing media content about arts and culture, travel, and music. Surface Below Media offers a wide range of services from story concept and branding, production scheduling, directing, crews, equipment, editing, music, and graphics.  

Surface Below Media is located in Charlottesville, VA and takes projects nationally and abroad.  




Ross McDermott - Founder / Director, Producer, Creative 

Ross started his career in the media world with the American Festivals Project, his 2-year project funded by National Geographic that documents small, hidden, and bizarre festivals across the United States.  His love for travel, people, and the arts has taken him around the world producing stories.  

His first feature-length documentary, Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans, premiered at the Camden International Film Festival in 2016 and is now distributed by Grasshopper Film.


Dimitri Salonikios - Motion Graphics, Animation, Post Production, Creative

Dimitri got his start in media through his love for music.  He's a mean design machine, working his magic in After Effects, Cinema 4D, Logix Pro-X, color grading, and songwriting.  Check out his beautiful commercial and personal work at Dimitri Dimitri!   


Surface Below Media works with a wide variety of professionals and we owe our success to the hard work and collaboration of many talented individuals.  Just some of our colleagues include Stuart Maxey (cinematography+grip), Jon Combs (cinematography), Arvold (casting+production), Emily Richardson-Lorente (production+writing+editing), Eric Hurt (cinematography+grip), Kho Wong (production), Abel Okugawa (scoring+mastering), Abe Costanza (editing), Kai Crowe-Getty (camera+sound), and Lori Shinseki (production+consulting).