A short, colorful book trailer for Facebook and YouTube marketing. The book, "Famous Stutterers- Twelve inspiring people who achieved great things while struggling with an impediment", is written by
Gerald R. McDermott and is available on Amazon.  
Concept, Direction, Sound: Ross McDermott
Design: Whitney McDermott
Graphics and Design: Dimitri Salonikios
Voiceover Artist: Jon Terzis

This film documents the production of a six-story mural located on the Graduate Hotel in Charlottesville, Va--blocks away from a World Heritage site, the University of Virginia. The film features two collaborating artist: UVA professor and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Rita Dove, and world-renowned artist David Guinn from Philadelphia, PA. 
Director: Ross McDermott; Producer: Charlottesville Mural Project; Supported by: Uva Arts; Editors: Emily Richardson-Lorente and Ross McDermott; Graphics: Dimitri Salonikios; Camera: Jon Combs; Additional Camera: Abe Costanza, Stu Maxey, Fred Viebahn, Sanjay Suchak, Chris Suarez, and Ross McDermott; Music: Poddington Bear, Plus Plus, Chris Zabriskie, Cloud Mouth

60sec commercial for Devils Backbone Brewery's Vienna Lager. We also created a 15sec version for more specific social media marketing.
Director + Creative: Ross McDermott; Editor: Ross McDermott; Cinematographer: Jon Combs; AC: Stuart Maxey; Grip: Ben Page; Producer: Amy Quick; Marketing: Okay Yellow


 

Commercial for Charlottesville Airport

Director + Concept: Ross McDermott; Editor: Ross McDermott and Dimitri Salonikios; Graphics + Color: Dimitri Salonikios; DP+ Steadicam: Eric Hurt; Co-Production: Surface Below Media + Arvold; Casting: Arvold; Producer: Amy Quick; Creative: Okay Yellow;  Writer: Dimitri Salonikios; AC: Rinny Wilson; Gaffer: Mark Belcher; Key Grip: Seth Coogan; PA's: Megan Apostoles and Brendan Sostak

Short profile film for the Southern Environmental Law Center

This is one short in a series of 8 videos focusing on solar power in the South.  Produced for the dedicated website: Stories of Solar.
Producer: Quick Wit Media
Director: Emily Richardson-Lorente
Edit: Emily Richardson-Lorente and Ross McDermott
Camera: Surface Below Media

Art Installation video for Instagram

ARTIST : James Marshall : dalek @dalek2020 Direction, Camera, Edit: Ross McDermott Production: Andrew Owen, Instagram
Location: Photoville, 2014 - NYC
Music: Professor Kliq 'Wire and Flashing Lights' - Licensed through Jamendo.com
 

Music Profile for Red Knierim of Red and the Romantics

Here's a music profile to fully sink in that cozy fire-side and hot chocolate feel. Or in this case, "Firewood, Whiskey, and Tea"!  Shot on location at Red's home in Buckingham County, VA during the January snow storm of 2016.

Direction, Camera, Edit - Ross McDermott; 2nd Camera, Sound - Alistair Wilson

Business profile 'About' video for the Rivanna River Company. Featuring the owners and paddling extraordinaires: Gabe and Sonya Silver.

Director, Edit - Ross McDermott; Camera - Stuart Maxey and Ross McDermott; Drone footage - Skyclad AP

Music Video for Guesthouse, by David Wax Museum 

Buy the Album HERE.

Director - Ross McDermott; DP - Stuart Maxey; Motion Graphics - Dimitri Salonikios; Prop Design and Grip -Annie Temmink

Feature Documentary- Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans

Public Release - 2016
Five world-renowned photographers travel to Cuba just weeks before the historic U.S.-Cuba reconciliation in 2014. Retracing the footsteps of legendary photographer Walker Evans, they reinvent his iconic 1930s images at a new historical tipping point.  This colorful documentary brings together five unique visions of Cuba’s complex and transforming cultural landscape.
Director, Editor, Camera: Ross McDermott; Executive Producer: Skip Klein; Motion Graphics and Art: Dimitri Salonikios; Sound Engineering: Abel Okugawa

Music Video for Club Girl, by The Winn Brothers Band

Buy the single on iTunes, HERE:  

Story, Production, Direction and Graphics: Ross McDermott and Dimitri Salonikios; Styling and Art Direction: Amanda Finn; Starring: Valeria Semkova and Gordon Winn; Yoga+Club cast: Casey Paul, Rachael Savoy, Amanda Finn, Whitney McDermott, Mike; Special Thanks to: Mike at M+M lounge, Melissa at La Taza, and Lori and Kona 

 

A trailer for Arranging Suitcases, a short film by Avery Lawrence. 
In his films, Lawrence creates surreal, yet familiar worlds in which he pushes physical limits as his characters engage in absurd tasks.  In Arranging Suitcases, Lawrence draws from the story of how his paternal grandmother transitions in life after her first husband dies. She reconnects with an old friend that she marries and moves with to a new town to start a new life.  Full film available upon request. 

A film by Avery Lawrence; Camera+Direction: Ross McDermott; Music: Cleek Schrey; Second Camera: Emily Nelson
 

Profile of the Center for Leadership Excellence at the University of Virginia 
"From individual career planning to leadership development to organization development for managers and their teams, the CLE offers resources for UVA employees to succeed in their career."  Shot over the course of six weeks in conjunction with a short documentary about UVA's staff.  

Camera and Edit: Ross McDermott; Director and Camera: Kai Crowe-Getty; Graphics and Sound: Dimitri Salonikios

The Atlantic 'First Draft Series' - Sam Abell
Since 1970, Sam Abell has worked as a documentary photographer, shooting primarily for National Geographic. Over his 40-year career, he has depicted Aboriginal Australians, Montana cattle ranchers, and the Imperial Palace of Japan. Here, in an exclusive video interview for The Atlantic, he recounts his year-long quest to find the perfect image of bison skulls for an essay on American painter Charles M. Russell.

Director, Editor, Camera: Ross McDermott; Interview: Alex Hoyt for TheAtlantic.com; Special Thanks to Tony Higgins for Sound. tonyhiggins.org/
 

A trailer for Moving a Tree, a short film by Avery Lawrence
In his films, Avery Lawrence creates surreal, yet familiar worlds in which he pushes physical limits as his characters engage in absurd tasks. Moving a Tree re-presents the story of his maternal grandfather’s struggle with dementia and how Lawrence’s grandmother came to cope with the gradual deterioration of her husband’s mind and body. Full film is available upon request.

 A film by Avery Lawrence; Camera+Direction: Ross McDermott; Music: Cleek Schrey and Coogan Brennan; Second Camera: Nemanja Cetic

Casa Alma - Charlottesville's Catholic Worker House
Embedded in the heart of Charlottesville's Hogwaller neighborhood, Casa Alma is "a community that seeks to live their faith deeply by housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger, striving for justice, cultivating peace, caring for the earth, and living intentionally and prayerfully." 
More at casa-alma.org

Production, Camera, Edit: Ross McDermott