Hynt Films is about your story and the journey getting there.
Though the paths were different, we are shaped by our experiences as filmmakers - kids who understand the power of a creative thought, the importance of the craft, and the peculiar perspective necessary to bring a story to life.
Our process is primed by our position that the best work comes from a dedicated team of allies working together across creative, production, and post processes.
We built Hynt Films to play host - because innovation is the result of true collaboration, varying perspectives, and unforeseen outcomes. Inspired by the rich Welsh etymology for, “the journey - the process”, Hynt is your story found within the journey.
Creatives work in concert with our producers, directors, and post teams - crafting and problem solving together. This integrated approach makes us a powerful partner for agencies, brands, and directors.
Our work spans across all genres - TV commercial spots, to branded content and narrative films. We’ve been fortunate to tell stories for formidable companies like Dolby, Nike, Qualcomm, Vuori, and Petco.
Full video production services - from ideation to execution.
Specializing in brand content, documentary, commercial storytelling and short narrative with flare.
We're a team of filmmakers, strategists, producers, writers, and editors, collaborating to tell impactful stories with bold creativity.
A keen eye can recognize his work through light and distinctive flair. Steve made a name for himself with over 20 years as a SoCal based cinematographer working to evoke artistic bend and curiosity with an otherworldly sensitivity. He has collaborated with national brands that have allowed him to both sharpen his technique and find new ways to incorporate it in their story and mission. Influenced by a multi-faceted creative background, his style has cultivated and refined with help from the industry’s best artists and directors which ultimately inspired, Steve to start Hynt Films. Boasting a client base including directors: Colin Tilley, Sahara Bushue, Keone and Mari Madrid, and Raymond and Joyce Tsang, Steve has stood on the shoulders of giants and Hynt Films has had the opportunity to film for companies like Dolby, Netflix, Nike, Titleist, Mitsubishi, Qualcomm, Intuit, Petco, and Vuori. Steve’s focus on relationships has made him a favorite to work with both on and off set. Understanding one another takes precedence as he believes forming a bond lends to the production of not just beautiful art, but gratifying experiences.
Steve holds awards from the Webby Awards, Cannes World Film Festival, Venice Shorts , Independent Short Awards, IndieX, Indie Shorts Fest, Festigious, LA Indies, Short to the Point, San Diego Film Festival, Official Selections for Red Wood Film Festival, and was Emmy nominated for Savor San Diego. Steve is forever grateful to those who have guided him along the way and is ardent about doing the same for those around him.
Born in Baguio City, Phillipines. Steve currently resides in Solana Beach, California.
As a tried and true producer within the Branding and Marketing space, Joe has held various roles as Brand and Marketing Director to Executive Producer within the Fashion, Design and Commercial industries. He strives and continues to carry the philosophies of; Organization, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Strategy within every team, process, campaign, brand and agency he collaborates with. Exercising his experiences and those philosophies have enabled strong creative outcomes and long standing partnerships with brands like Urban Outfitters, Footlocker, Ebbets Field Flannels, Qualcomm, Google, Los Angeles Football Club, and Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego. The approach with all clients inherently starts with answering a need, Joe’s approach and process includes the ability to act and operate like the client. Therefore developing a more comprehensive strategic plan and ultimately a more intentful execution from concept to delivery. His goal is to continue to bring and harness these qualities to any applicable work space, project and partnership.
“I carry the piano for the artist to play.”
-Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos
Despite Klara’s diverse background, storytelling remained a constant. Adventurous hobbies and life pursuits led this Colorado native to documenting wildlife and she found herself nestled in the niche world of underwater production. She spent her time photographing sharks and filming research in hopes of spreading knowledge through media and was recognized for her film Protected Waters - a WildAid conservation effort to end shark finning in the Coral Triangle.
After traveling around the globe somewhere between 14 thousand feet up and 1,300 feet below filming world-renowned scientists and conservationists, Klara received a Masters degree at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she focused on science communication.
It is with such curiosity and malleable workflow that Klara became the Executive Producer and Lead Editor for Hynt Films, most recently assistant directing on award winning film, Lolo. Her work has been featured on Dolby, Apple, and National Geographic and she has produced and edited films for national brands and local creatives. Klara’s fire lives within the creation of the story both on and off set and she plans to continue spreading awareness through narrative and commercial storytelling with Hynt Films as they remain attuned in this evolving industry.
Kelsey Fordham is an award-winning director, actress and producer committed to telling powerful and daring stories with a soul. Her art is influenced by over 6 years of work for a documentary-based NGO that partnered with local leaders to provide protection resources to vulnerable communities in some of the most dangerous areas of central Africa. There, Kelsey witnessed film at its best and fell head over heels for the power of storytelling.
As an actor Kelsey is known for her ability to tap into the depths of the human experience with raw honesty, vulnerability and strength. She is a winner of Leah Daniels Butler’s 2020 Monologue Challenge and won Best Actress at the San Diego Film Awards for her leading role in See Me. She has led the screen in over a dozen projects including Run Out Groove, Catastrophizing and This Land. Recently, she was cast as May in a Los Angeles production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love as well as the lead in the upcoming indie feature Blood Wine - both to begin production in 2022.
As a filmmaker, Kelsey has produced 11 films including the 2021 short, Milo, written by and starring Harry Shum Jr, the 2019 HBO APA Visionaries winning film, Halwa, and the 2020 Academy Sponsored Armed with a Camera film Thank You, Come Again which opened for Sound of Metal at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
In 2020 Kelsey directed her first film, Entitled - a story about a woman thrust into the spotlight when the details of her sexual assault go viral. Her directorial debut had its World Premiere at HollyShorts and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Narrative Short at DC Shorts in 2021.
Kelsey’s films have premiered at Austin FIlm Festival, HollyShorts, Outfest, San Diego International Film Festival, LAAPFF, LA Shorts, Dances With Films, among others and have aired and streamed on HBO.
Jordan is a versatile filmmaker that strives to paste pictures and sound together to transform them into a visual medium—more commonly known as magic. With a background in documentary filmmaking, he believes that a good story, in any form, can change how we see ourselves, others, and the world around us.
He’s been lucky enough to have made moving pictures for National Geographic, GoPro, Dolby, the NFL, Subaru, Adidas, VW and AWAY.
But more importantly, he once drove an ice cream truck across the United States handing out free ice cream to anyone and everyone. Sounds too good to be true, we know but ask him about it.
Our Brand Pillars
You’re not just a client, you’re a collaborator. No one knows your story like you do. We’re here to help you tell that story through thoughtful video content that moves your audience.
Don’t let our creative titles fool you: we wake up early, we’re the first ones on set, and we're the last to leave. We’re planners and strategists. You can rely on us to keep your project on deadline and on budget, and to execute the content strategy seamlessly.
Whether it’s a 10-part episodic narrative or a 30 second ad spot, we just want to make meaningful work with intentional companies. And have fun on set while doing it!