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True Stories


Real Stories

COMPELLING STORIES

Real Pictures is a full service production company specializing in non-fiction story telling. Whether it's directing award-winning documentary films, producing hundreds of hours of broadcast television, or creating branded content, our approach is always the same:

 

We are privileged to share these real stories and it is our obligation to tell them with integrity. 

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True Stories


Real Stories

COMPELLING STORIES

Real Pictures is a full service production company specializing in non-fiction story telling. Whether it's directing award-winning documentary films, producing hundreds of hours of broadcast television, or creating branded content, our approach is always the same:

 

We are privileged to share these real stories and it is our obligation to tell them with integrity. 

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Meet us


Meet Us

Meet us


Meet Us

ABIGAIL TANNEBAUM SHARON | founder/creative director

Abigail Tannebaum Sharon is a native Washingtonian and discovered her love for cinema at the age of two during a drive-in movie. Her love for film has not faded and she has been telling stories ever since. Abigail feels fortunate to make a living at it as a documentary filmmaker – she has produced and directed three independent documentary films. Her first independent film Rudy and Neal Go Fishing is an award-winning film about a U.S. Veteran coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who goes fishing for therapy. Rudy and Neal Go Fishing made its broadcast premiere Memorial Day 2015 on Fox Sports 1 and began airing on PBS nationwide on Veterans Day 2017. MAINE GIRLS, the most recent film she Co-directed with Yael Luttwak, premiered at the prestigious Camden International Film Festival September 2017.

Her work over the past two decades includes an Emmy-award winning program with clients ranging from a national commercial campaign, National Geographic Channel, Upworthy, PBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, and VOA. Abigail graduated from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, and received McGill’s Scarlet Key Award celebrating excellence in leadership and is a member of McGill's Scarlet Key Society.

 

EMILY HODGES | senior producer

Emily Hodges is a documentary television producer, writer, and director currently based in Washington D.C. She began her television career in Los Angeles as a Production Assistant on EZ Streets, an American crime drama series created by Oscar Winning Filmmaker Paul Haggis for CBS/Universal Television. From there she worked as a development assistant for several production companies including the legendary comedic writer/director Harold Ramis’ Ocean Pictures at Twentieth Century Fox.  After five years of Hollywood development and production work Emily relocated to New York City where she worked for Mosaic Entertainment - a boutique theater and film production company. In 2001 Mosaic produced the first Off-Broadway run of Oscar Winning Filmmaker Kenneth Lonnergan’s Lobby Hero for Playwrights’ Horizon Theater.

In 2001 Emily was offered a producing position for National Geographic Television’s Explorer series at their Washington D.C. Headquarters. Since then she’s gone on to produce hundreds of hours of content for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, TLC, and Food Network.

ANDREW SCHWARTZ | director of photography

Andrew Schwartz is a Cinematographer, Director, Steadicam Operator and Instructor.  Working in production for over 17 years, he has shot regularly and extensively for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, History Channel, Bravo, HGTV and Sportsman Channel and more.  Andy directs and shoots documentary feature films and is currently in production on a feature in Philadelphia and multiple projects in Baltimore and Los Angeles.   As a Steadicam Operator he has worked in the scripted film, tv and music video industry and has shot for Grammy winner Brad Paisley and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the NBC hit This Is Us. He is an active member in the Steadicam Operators Association and the Steadicam Guild and teaches steadicam alongside its inventor Garrett Brown, twice a year to students from around the world.  With his one-of-a-kind perspective, Andy truly knows how to translate stories, characters, places and emotions thru a camera.   His work, from intimate reality, to beauty and atmosphere, nature to narrative, has not only a distinctive look, but also an irreplaceable emotional feel and timeless quality.   It’s not all work, Andy’s heart is with his little son Otto playing, painting, cooking, traveling, taking pictures and daydreaming. You can find more of Andy's work at his site Uncommon Camera

 

GAYLYNN BALIGNOT | editor

Gaylynn has been working in television for over ten years. Gaylynn is a broadcast television editor veteran who has cut numerous hits for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, MSNBC, Court-TV/True TV, History Channel, TLC, VH1, G4, Home & Garden Television, and NIH. Gaylynn grew up in the Philippines and is fairly fluent in Visayan, making the editing process that much easier! She lives and works in Washington, DC.

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