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ABOUT BRAVE MAKERS

Brave Makers is a collective of creative problem solvers dedicated to crafting inspiring stories for audiences of all screens. You are what you make. And what we make are stories with soul.

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WHAT WE MAKE

We love what we do and who we do it with. When you work with us, we become a part of your team. We speak honestly, we ask questions, and we share information. This is how we build trust. It leads to better creative and a far superior end product because we did it together. Collaboration is bravery. So let’s make something we can be proud of.


As you’ll see below, we can make a lot. Some of this you’ll make with our core team and the rest will be made by our roster of producers, directors, DPs, editors, animators, and colorists we work with. There’s no limit to what we can do.

CONTENT PRODUCTION

TikToks, Instagram stories, commercials, PSAs, event capture - you name it, we can produce it! 

  • Concept development, scripting, and storyboarding
  • Casting
  • Crew staffing
  • Location scouting
  • Photography
  • Production consulting

ENTERTAINMENT

From documentaries to comedy shorts and brand films, we have an eye for culturally diverse stories in small and big packages.

  • Script development
  • Production staffing
  • Casting
  • Pitch Packages

EDITING, ANIMATION & FINISHING

We cut and polish stories for every kind of platform. 

  • Video Editing
  • Motion Graphics
  • 2D Design & Animation
  • Color & Sound

LIVE STREAMING

We handle everything from large scale arena events, award shows, in-studio webinars and trade shows, and so much more.

  • Conceptual development, Run of Show Planning and Scripting
  • Casting for event hosts and voiceover narration
  • Private on-site internet support
  • Optimized livestreaming to private and public platforms
  • 4K quality multicam, cable cam, aerial filming, and AV team services
  • Live editing with custom motion graphics and animation
  • Original content production

MEET THE MAKERS

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JUSTIN ROSS
Director, Founder & EP

Justin’s experience directing and producing commercial/branded and entertainment content spans over 13 years. His work has been Featured in The New Yorker, Vulture, Austin Chronicle, theDad and has earned him a Webby nomination.

Brave Makers latest comedy short, Here To Make Friends, had its Austin premiere at the 2023 AFS ShortCase, and is currently in its festival run. It’s been supported by the Sundance Institute, Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship, NewFilmmakers LA & Warner Bros. Discovery’s OneFifty, and Austin Film Society, amongst others.

As a producer and the founder of Brave Makers, he bridges the gap between creativity and social relevance, crafting content that goes beyond the surface level of entertainment.

Ross's commitment to storytelling is mirrored in his pursuit of socially impactful projects. His recent work includes a collaboration with his sister and co-producer, Meghan Ross, on a short film that challenges conventional patriarchal narratives. "If You Ever Hurt My Daughter, I Swear To God I’ll Let Her Navigate Her Own Emotional Growth," an adaptation of The New Yorker essay, illustrates Ross's ability to infuse social commentary with humor, creating content that stimulates dialogue and reflection.

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HEATHER DIPIETRO
Head of Production

Heather DiPietro is a producer in New York City with 8+ years of experience in digital media, broadcast, print, and film. She has an in-depth understanding of the production process from development to post-production. Her work has appeared online, on television, and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Heather thrives on helping creatives and directors achieve their vision. She's a collaborative partner and cross-functional leader, consistently driving process improvement in order to maintain the integrity of the creative and budget.

Apart from producing, she's a Jane of all trades project manager, editor, photographer, and teacher. She enjoys mentoring students and lecturing at the Digital Film Academy in Producing and Web TV Development. Also, she provides production consulting to small agencies and content shops.

She loves spending time with her adorable miniature dachshund Lucy. She also enjoys playing basketball, building Legos, and street photography.

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MEGHAN ROSS
Producer

Meghan is a New York-born, Jersey-raised, Austin-based writer/director, comedian, and activist who loves to put a feel-good spin on feel-bad stuff by making social issues more accessible through comedy. As a director, she’s part of the Blackmagic Collective Emerging Filmmaker Initiative and as a screenwriter, she’s part of The Tasajillo Residency. She was also selected for Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Lab, NewNarratives grant from NewFilmmakers LA & Warner Bros. Discovery's OneFifty, and Table Read My Screenplay: Park City’s Top 10 Finalists for her half-hour comedy Here to Make Friends (also her personal tagline).

Most importantly, Meghan’s an aspiring stage mom to her rescue pit-lab, Dreidel.

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SAMI ABDOU
Director & Producer

Born in Saudi Arabia but raised in California under the household of a single mother, identity and identity politics have always been a constant in his life. After eventually graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sami began exploring those themes through his work in digital media. Eventually transitioning to documentary journalism through MSNBC’s Vocativ and then his work for Vice, he found his foothold in non-fiction story telling. Since then he’s gone on to direct and produce for a wide range of genres including true crime, docu-follow, reality, and more. He’s been nominated for an Emmy through his directing for Intervention’s special season “The Heroin Triangle.” He continues to focus on the voices rarely heard and those of us not often seen.

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JAMIE WISE
Sales

With a commanding presence in diverse entertainment and storytelling realms, Jamie Wise, also known as Jaimie-Lee, is a multifaceted storyteller acclaimed for their imagination, and fluid voice in crafting captivating narratives. They live in Los Angeles, alongside their cats Mulder and Scully.

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