creatives . outdoor adventures . storytellers . entrepreneurs . project managers . dog & cat lovers
creative director | dog lover
Madelaine is passionate about using video to tell stories, amplify voices and messages, and help others build awareness of their work. She wears many hats in the film world including producer, creative director, production designer, and actor. When she's not behind or in front of the camera, she can be found hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling with her husband, daughter, and pup, hosting her podcast, or training as an aerialist on silks.
head of production | business director
Jordan loves crafting images, and bringing people together to create amazing visual stories. He is the head of production at Talus Films and leads all content creation operations. Beyond creating ads and movies, Jordan loves going out for a hike and growing vegetables. He's a cat lover to the core and the adoptive dad of two rambunctious kitties.
experienced . passionate . unique
as unique as you are
As the only Chicago based, eco-conscious, award winning, and woman owned company specializing in video and film production, our team is pretty unique which gives us a fresh perspective in the industry.
Talus Films was co-founded at the beginning of 2019 after we'd been working together creatively since 2015. With over 16+ combined years of filmmaking and producing experience working as storytellers and collaborators, we strive to be our client's ultimate partner. And we've event been named one of the top video production companies in Chicago across multiple publications.
Our video production services are truly full service. We consult, strategize, develop, handle pre-production, production, and the entire post-process delivering on-time and on-budget with the utmost professionalism.
We're passionate about protecting our natural world, responsibly recreating outdoors, and inspiring action through branded content video. We hope to leave the world a little better than we found it, hence our eco-conscious approach.
We value adventure, sustainability & giving back, curiosity & empathy, collaboration, and inspiration. As you might expect, this often shapes who we work with. We love creating for:
Purpose Driven Brands
Outdoor Industry Brands
Sustainability & Conservation Organizations
Founders, Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses
We also know not everyone is suited to telling every story. We're acutely aware of this. Therefore, we consciously keep our core team small and nimble so we're able to build the perfect production team for each unique story we tell. We draw from a highly skilled network of creatives across the country and hire locally whenever possible.
customized . strategized . created
Let's Journey Together
Our process is centered around curiosity and strategy. We focus on crafting the highest quality branded content to build trust and emotional connection with your audience.
Our work together also aids reforestation efforts as we donate to have trees planted for every project we produce. Here's our 3-step process:
1. We Explore
Our process begins with a free 30-min Explore Call get to know each other and assess project fit so we can best support the work you're doing.
2. We Collaborate
Once we're underway, our team will work hand-in-hand with yours to ensure you're set up for success with everything you need from strategy to development.
3. We Create
We'll bring your specially curated production team together to fully produce your project from pre-production through final, on-time & on-budget delivery.
Trusted by brands of all sizes
Your Project Plants Trees
We take an eco-conscious approach to video production in order to protect our natural world and leave it a bit better than we found it. In addition to our sustainable practices, each project we produce aids reforestation efforts through our partnership with One Tree Planted.
We plant trees wherever they are most needed with a preference, when possible, for US National Forests and wildfire recovery efforts.
The number of trees planted per project directly correlates to its overall scope.
Each of our free quotes includes an estimate of how many trees will be planted
if we produce your project.
What's In A Name
(noun) - ta·lus | /ˈtāləs/ - a slope formed especially by an accumulation of rock debris
A talus field or slope is a geological feature you might encounter while summiting a mountain - a rock field. The trail tends to disappear in these sections, and you're left to navigate your own way through.
For us, this parallels how we each as humans walk our own paths through life. Each with a unique story to tell.
Our chosen method for creative storytelling is film.
where we're located
Our creative team provides full service video production and are headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. We also frequently provide video services to the greater Chicagoland area and the Midwest.
Our team is additionally located in Fort Collins, Colorado producing content in Denver and throughout the Colorado Front Range.
We're available for nationwide travel
and as adventurers at heart, we love it!
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