Applying cinematic tools and techniques to produce engaging, authentic stories that captivate audiences.
Fourth Line is a Richmond, Virginia based production company specializing in documentary and authentic storytelling. As lovers, students and champions of film, we know the inherent power of a good story exceptionally told. That’s why we apply cinematic tools and techniques to produce engaging, authentic stories that captivate audiences. We strive to create films that don’t just entertain, but incite a response.
At Fourth Line, we go deep in understanding who you are and the message you need to communicate. We work closely with you to uncover your narrative and explore bold ideas to push past the expected and help your brand come to life.
Our team has worked with a range of clients, from small start-ups to large multi-national firms.
We believe there are countless great stories made possible by great people. Your story is waiting to be told. We’ll help you tell it.
“I appreciate the creativity, professionalism and integrity that Fourth Line brings to each project. They are top-flight cinematographers, sound engineers and film editors to produce a high-quality product.”Dan Roloff, H.E.Butt Family Foundation
“Their ability to find the energy, emotion, and insight in every shot, sequence, and finished piece is extraordinary. They work with uncommon intelligence, humility, and attention to everyone involved in the process.”Andy Crouch, CT
“They become an active collaborator who helps us discover what it is we might be after. Seen in this light, the resulting film serves as an artifact of a joint creative process. Of course, they ensure that it’s an artifact of the highest quality that begs to be watched again and again.”Gate Davis, Laity Lodge
“Fourth Line grasped our vision immediately, and then went beyond delivering what we asked for, elevating the original concept with imagery and sound.”Susan Higgins, WHA
We were given a rare and unique opportunity when we were contacted to document a conversation between two friends, Bono and Eugene Peterson. They had both been admirers of one another’s work so we set out to not just capture a conversation, but to capture the essence of their friendship.
We embarked on a two year project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science that involved traveling around the country interviewing some of the world’s best scientists. We created short films on space, evolution, the uniqueness of being human and many other topics. Here’s a taste of what makes these men and women so unique.
Sometimes you stumble on a great story. We met Stephen Mason while working on some other projects. Stephen is the lead guitarist of the band Jars of Clay. As a band, they were beginning a transition to something new. For Stephen that meant a new career as a barber. We followed Stephen through that transition, focusing on the beauty and the humanity of this particular moment in life.
When Heartwood launched their new financial services firm, it was easy for them to tell us what they didn’t want. We just looked at the countless other financial services firms who used shoddy video to talk your ear off. Heartwood wanted something different, something fresh. So we found a location that fit their message, made it look beautiful, and sat down for a day of interviews to get at the heart of their new endeavor. The end result was something that didn’t just look different, it felt different as the founders of Heartwood took the viewer into the story of their new firm.
We believe in the communications axiom, “Don’t talk about yourself, talk about what moves you.” The H. E. Butt Family Foundation cares a lot about 1900 acres in the Texas Hill Country, and they should. Hundreds of thousands of children and adults have been hosted on this property where they discover nature and ask the big questions in life. So they want to make sure it’s all there for generations to come. We’ve partnered with the Foundation to tell stories of this land as a way of reminding guests and employees of the amazing resource under their feet.
It’s standard practice for videographers; show up at an event, film some shots of people waving at the camera, find some pumping music, put it all in a blender and deliver it to the client. But we don’t think of ourselves as videographers so when Red Bull asked us to film the premiere of their Berm Burners bike race, we rolled up our sleeves, dug into the event, and found a thread of a story that ran through the event. Sure, it took more time and work but the product is so much better.
We collaborated with Laity Lodge, a conference and retreat center in the Texas Hill Country. to develop an online performance series that reflected the unique character of the organization. So we hiked and climbed all throughout the remote Box Canyon (even lugging in a tap dance floor and a set of tuned wine glasses) to film these musicians in a collaborative and spontaneous environment. The end result was something beautiful to the eyes and the ears and it helped introduce Laity Lodge to a new, younger audience.
We love film, we love stories and we love to push ourselves. That’s why we’ve got what we like to think of as our “Skunkworks” division, Fourth Line Films. With Fourth Line Films projects we can experiment with new forms and techniques. One of those recent experiments is the Common•wealth, a series of short films about what people in our hometown make of the natural world.
When Julianne Moore began singing in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, Nathan Clarke began to viscerally understand the power of cinema. He loves Anderson movies, old Japanese films and (shamefully) bloated action films where things blow up. He lives with his family in Richmond, Virginia. and is the director of the award winning feature documentary, Wrestling for Jesus. He specializes in short form documentaries and branded storytelling. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington (BA, History, 1997).
John Harrison is an independent cinematographer based in Seattle. In 2002 he saw James Longley's documentary GAZA STRIP and was moved by its remarkable combination of beautiful images and deeply human moments. Since then, his work has been strongly influenced by other great vérité filmmakers, especially the Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, and Haskell Wexler's work in MEDIUM COOL. The films he has worked on have screened in the world’s most prestigious film festivals and won numerous awards, including an Oscar Nomination for the film KAVI (Best Live-Action Short Film Nominee, 2010) and the Student Academy Award for VIOLA (2008). He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s film production program (MFA, 2008), the University of Washington’s department of Spanish (BA, 2003), and is (still) proud to say he made the All-League Honorable Mention Team for soccer as a senior in high school. John is available for hire and can be reached through his website: www.blueskyhill.com
Chris Payne lives with his wife and dog in Richmond, VA. He is a producer, web developer, audio engineer, and networker. In addition to countless websites (including this one), Chris helped found and run the Listening Room, a Richmond institution. Chris graduated from James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design (BA, 2002). You can see more of his work at www.welldonecreative.com