A Team of Journalists & Artists

ELM creates powerful videos that shift perceptions and build emotional connections.

Early Light Media is an ambitious team of journalists, educators, producers, artists, makers and doers who create powerful videos that shift perceptions and aspire to change the world.

We put social responsibility first, using video as a medium to capture our interconnectivity as humans in a way that is both beautiful and relatable.

Early Light Media did a wonderful job helping each associate to feel comfortable enough to open up. Internally and externally we received positive feedback.

Lauren Rodriguez, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Our Clients

While we were shooting they had ideas that really took our project to the next level ... it was just a blast working with them.

Andrew Langtry, Harvard Business School

Meet the Team

Darren Durlach

Darren Durlach

Director, Founder

Darren's tireless focus on refining footage into a beautiful and captivating narrative stems from more than a decade of meticulously crafting impactful award-winning films. His unique skill of pulling raw stories out of natural conversation is what makes his work compelling. Darren believes that motion pictures is the most powerful medium for showing fascinating stories of ordinary people and driving human connection. Most recently, Darren co-directed “Throw,” a moving shortfilm that won Director’s Choice award at Telluride Mountainfilm and a Vimeo Staff Pick.

David Larson

David Larson

Director/Director of Photography, Founder

Dave is a disciplined photographer and an intuitive storyteller who uses the human experience as a canvas for creative expression. Dave balances technical savvy and gathering gorgeous cinematic images with his ability to blend into the background to capture real moment-driven stories making his work connect on deeper levels. Dave’s film making talents have garnered him many industry awards. Most recently, David co-directed with Darren Durlach “Throw,” a moving shortfilm that won Director’s Choice award at Telluride Mountainfilm and a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Jody Weldon

Jody Weldon

Director of Post Production, Partner

Jody is always observing-people he admires, work that moves him, the emotional reactions that come when he watches his final work with stakeholders. A master of pace, finding moments, creating emotion-driven sequences and motion graphics, he lives for the creative intimacy that comes from working with a passionate and engaged team who care about what they are building. Jody has edited short films for clients all over the world and been recognized time and time again for his work with industry awards.

Rebecca McCutcheon

Rebecca McCutcheon

Production and Editorial Assistant

Rebecca is a multifaceted story teller. Her focus is people, her passion is telling their stories. With a Bachelors in Film from Ringling College of Art and design, she continues to form her skill set and is always looking for something new get her hands on. From the edit bay, to a hot set, she isn't afraid to tackle the awkward or unknown. With the strong belief that we are all naturally good, she hopes to share with her audiences stories that highlight the beauty in us all.

Jessica Schemick

Jessica Schemick

Controller

Jessica is not interested in your free form thinking—give her logic, patterns, numbers. She prefers spreadsheets to novels and loves seeing how the heart of a business is pulled together through data. Jessica is a fitness buff and supermom who geeks out over long-term budget forecasting and loves watching ELM evolve and grow over time.

Angela Malley

Angela Malley

Executive Producer

Angela has dedicated her career to producing films that make a social impact. Having worked on a range of projects from large-scale commercials to feature-length films, including an Oscar-nominated documentary about HIV/AIDS activists, she has a talent for bringing people together to create, advocate and inspire change. As a team leader and project manager, Angela believes everyone brings unique skills to the table and that creativity is a collaborative process.