WHO WE ARE

We're a small team of specialists that can contract or expand in size as needed. We're all film fanatics who love a good story.

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Lizzie Costello
Owner + Creative Director

Formally trained in creative writing, I get my energy from dissecting characters, finding their innate truth, and materializing a story that connects them to each of us. Whether the goal is logical, ethical or emotional persuasion, I create straightforward narratives that reflect who my clients are and how we can feel connected because of them. I welcome the chance to talk to potential clients and explore how a video can help them reach their audiences and achieve their goals.

 

Fun fact:​​

Like many of our team members, I seek out international experiences. The year after college, I lived and worked in South Korea.

Interested in working with me? Reach me at lizzie@costelloproductions.com. If you want to chat film or catch a screening, you can contact me there too. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn.

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Shannon Umetani
Production Manager + Field Producer

I'm a Colorado native with more than 15 years of experience in all types of production from TV and documentaries to narrative and adventure-sports films. I love meeting new people and having the opportunity to tell their stories. Whether it's riding along with Gang Cops in Detroit or bar-hopping with an 80-year-old German wheat farmer, I can fit in with anyone and make them feel comfortable on camera. I bring an eye for detail to every set and enjoy collaborating creatively with my colleagues.
 

Fun Fact:
I play the Japanese drums and once lived and performed in Dubai for a five-week gig at the Global Village.​​

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Keiko Ozaki
Editor + Motion Designer

With a background in design and animation, I bring strong visual sensibilities to every edit. I cut my teeth on action sports and love using music to drive the story. I know how to bring out the best in the visual content and communicate a clear narrative. I like working on all kinds of projects from short docs to commercials and everything in between.

 

Fun Fact:
I always mix up the way clichés are supposed to work.I met John Denver when I was in grade school.

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Katelyn Mitzel
Editor + Motion Designer

I am a visual storyteller with a passion for creating cinematic productions to share experiences, teach lessons and influence audiences. I've worked as a videographer and editor for eleven years, creating a variety of content including (but definitely not limited to) marketing, documentary, informational and educational videos. While I love being behind the camera, editing is my niche and the production realm in which my true skill set as a storyteller shines. There is nothing better than pulling sound bites to craft a stellar narrative that brings emotions to the viewer.I enjoy pushing my artistic limits to continually expand my creative capacity. Most recently, I've taken interest in graphics and 2D animation and my next goal is to introduce myself to 3D animation.

Fun fact:
Whenever I travel internationally, I pick one national dish to try at each restaurantI visit. In Amsterdam, I ate 12 different Bitterballen in my four-day stay​​.

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Andrew Mairs
Editor

I love telling authentic stories through the medium of film and video. It's a passion. From commercial work to long-form documentary, seeing a project come together through creative collaboration is what fills my cup. I have been at this craft for 17 years, having worked with diverse clients, including National Geographic, The Weather Channel, Travel Channel, GMC, Marmot, LL. Bean, Purina and Vail Resorts. I'm always hungry for innovative and challenging new projects.
 

Fun Fact:
I worked in the 'Explosives' department at a northern Canadian diamond mine as a summer job in college.

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Summer Simpson
Editor

I'm a visual storyteller who specializes in creating top-quality non-fiction television programming, videos and documentaries. I craft projects with advanced editing, writing and motion design techniques I have honed over the past 13 years. I have a keen sense of story arc and dramatic moments, sharpened over nearly a lifetime of bibliophilia and film appreciation.

 

My ears perk up and eyes open wide when people tell me something fascinating that demands to be told, especially on topics of the arts, sciences and the natural world. And if this story is captured in exceptionally shot footage, I might just jump out of my chair and yell, “Woot!"

 

Fun fact:​​

I hiked across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

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Colin Witherall
Director of Photography/
Cinematographer

I specialize in adventure documentaries and commercial videography. I'm captivated by natural beauty and the challenges of capturing its nuances through moving pictures. Shooting on feature films, documentaries, and internationally syndicated commercials and television shows, I've lent my expertise to productions for HBO, National Geographic, Warren Miller Entertainment and The History Channel, and have brought my camera to some of the most remote corners of the globe. Adding my adverse climate and location capabilities with my continual pursuit of dynamic shot making, I'm a well versed director of photography and an exceptional addition to your project’s visual team.

Fun fact:

I grew up in Maine and can still bring out a pretty thick accent with the timing's right. 

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Keely Skyy
Cinematographer

I've been a cinematographer for the past seven years with experience in corporate, event, and documentary filmmaking. Before that I was a passionate fine art portrait photographer in the analog days of film. As a cinematographer, my fine art background informs my style of documenting events and capturing interviews and performances — always looking for the most beautiful light and angle. My strength is working with natural light, augmenting with additional lighting when needed. By utilizing mostly natural light, it allows our production and crews to remain small and nimble, with minimal set-up and break-down time.

Fun fact:

I am a fourth generation Colorado native and rather obsessive backyard gardener

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Will Jones
Cinematographer

I’ve been lucky enough to work in video production for five years, from experimental filmmaking to event videography to documentary storytelling. With the goal of ensuring the visuals of each project matches and complements the intended message, I keep an open mind and lean into the overall collaborative process. I always look forward to working directly with those in front of and behind the camera as a means of finding inspiration when filming.  

 

Fun fact:

Along with film and production, I also have a background in English literature. 

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Scottie Peitzman
Junior Editor & Production Assistant

I love being a part of the creative process. It’s tantalizing to watch an idea take shape and morph into a finished product. I think visual storytelling is unique because of the way it allows the viewer to be fully immersed in a story. I’m happy bringing new stories to life though video. I have a background in video production and creative writing.

 

Fun fact:​​

I lived in Sydney, Australia for a year.

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Elizabeth Vigil
Graphic Designer

I'm a multi-disciplined designer who brings a wide breadth of knowledge in digital, print, packaging and branding to the table. I have more than a dozen years of experience building companies from the ground up and am passionate about bringing clients success through creative problem solving. I also use my love of nature and outdoors to bring an organic quality into my work. I'm always thinking ahead for my clients.
 

Fun fact:​​

I've traveled to 23 countries and lived in Australia for 1.5 years and. New Zealand for a year.