MGX CREATIVE a full-service production company and creative agency founded by Karam Gill (Variety’s Top 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch) and Daniel Malikyar. Our offices are located in Los Angeles where our in-house team of creatives and producers are based. From feature length documentaries to multi part series – all MGX projects are rooted in stylistic and emotional storytelling.
When we began working with Marshmello in 2015, his manager Moe Shalizi had the idea to create a brand that was accessible to everyone. We helped him bring that vision to life through emotional and story-driven content that connected on a global level. The brand has since become a digital sensation, jumping from 25k YouTube subscribers to over 36 million in 4 years.
The evolution of Marshmello
The Alone music video, a short film about bullying and the emotional struggles around overcoming it, received 100+ million views in the first few months. It is responsible for helping launch Marshmello’s YouTube channel and overall brand.
Joytime Series Begins
In the Summer music video, we leveraged the non-human aspect of Marshmello’s character to develop stories that position him as a young teenager exploring the universal themes of first love, peer pressure, following your passion, teenage angst, etc. The video was an extension of the story-driven ‘Joytime World’ that we created with the Alone music video.
‘Cooking with Marshmello’ allows Marshmello to connect with international fans in an authentic way by showcasing recipes from different cultures. The show has become a cross-promotional marketing tool for new music, product launches, merch drops, and many other brand initiatives.
Gaming with Marshmello featured a wide range of celebrity guests playing an assortment of new and classic videogames. The show has incorporated on-screen game recordings and became a platform for videogame specific brand integrations.
Joytime II visual album
With the release of Marshmello’s 2nd studio album, we continued using his music videos to craft short films that explore universal themes/emotions. For Joytime II we created a visual album, with each of the 9 songs having their own unique narrative short.
Happier release campaign
For Happier we built a full campaign to visually support the release of the single. The music video captured an emotional relationship between a young girl and her dog. The stylistic and innovative vertical video became the most watched vertical video in Spotify history. The song was in the Billboard Top 10 for 27 weeks.
How To series
Capitalizing on the most common ‘how-to’ tutorials, this series was developed to piggyback off existing internet searches and organically increase marshmello’s online presence. The series shows fans ‘how to’ do a wide range of common things such as ‘tie a tie’ or ‘change a tire’.
YouTube Music Documentary
‘More than Music’ is the story of how Marshmello built a global brand that is rooted in all aspects of today’s culture and transcends music. The documentary explores how his positive message and innovative creative strategy has reached audiences around the world.
FUJIFILM brought us in to spearhead all production and creative strategy in 2016. Since then, we’ve overseen every product launch and worked to create content on a daily basis for their entire US division.
When we began working with FUJIFILM in 2016, the US division was simply manufacturing cameras and rarely producing original video content. We developed the first annual content plan, new branded digital series, and started to oversee each product launch. The creative strategy we’ve since provided has pushed FUJIFILM to new heights and the US division has started to develop a lasting brand identity in the film and photo community.
The evolution of Fujifilm
A 4-part interactive commercial series that premiered live on vertical + horizontal jumbotrons in Times Square for the launch of FUJIFILM’s flagship X-T2 camera.
Shot On X Series
A compilation of short films exploring the people, places, and ideas that shape today’s world. The series is shot entirely on FUJIFILM cameras and lenses, showcasing how the X Series system can create stunning video content for both the consumer and professional creative.
Magnum Photographer Series
A 6 month doc-series profiling the world’s most respected and renown Magnum photographers. Each episode explored different aspects of their career, inspiration and approach to imagery.
A compilation of short documentary-style films that provide an inside-look on the process behind different photographers & filmmakers’ creative endeavors – all using the FUJIFILM cameras and lenses.
A 5-part international launch campaign for FUJIFILM’s X-H1 camera, consisting of an experiential event at Hubble Studio and 4 mini-documentaries shot entirely on the X-H1. The experiential event had 3 unique rooms – all designed and built from scratch for guests to explore.
Monster Glass Launch
A 3-part documentary series used to launch FUJIFILM’s newest lenses. The mini docs profiled a different photographer creating imagery in various environments such as: Rio de Janeiro, Alabama Hills, and Smoky Mountains National Park.
A 4-part launch campaign for FUJIFILM’s flagship X-T3 camera. The content roll-out consisted of a product commercial and three short documentaries profiling different filmmakers and photographers including Matthew Libatique, A.S.C.
A 6-part launch campaign for FUJIFILM’s X-T30 camera built on the idea of ‘legacy’. The content roll-out consisted of a marquee commercial, product sizzle commercial, three unique digital series pieces, and a short documentary.
Making Of A Photograph Series
A monthly series that features FUJIFILM photographers selecting one of their best, recent images and breaking down its step-by-step creation. Fusing documentary filmmaking and screen-capture tutorials, this initiative seeks to both inspire and educate the consumer audience.
Camera Prep Series
A recurring series that profiles talented cinematographers as they put unreleased, upcoming FUJIFILM products through precise camera tests. This exploratory element gives the series a strong narrative flow, while also touching on specific technical details.
A 5-part launch campaign for FUJIFILM’s GFX100 built around the camera’s superior capabilities within the world of medium format imagery. The content-roll out consisted of a product sizzle commercial, two unique digital series pieces, and two short documentaries.
A monthly animated series that breaks down photography and filmmaking techniques in an engaging, concise manner. Developed with the beginner-level consumer in mind, these videos help explain the world of photography to all types of creators.