Creating powerful stories for audiences of the digital age. VERTOV is a creative agency that specializes in digital storytelling & visual PR - standout films, interactive multimedia and social media campaigns that connect today’s audiences with brands and businesses. On this website, we showcase inspiring digital stories: join us for the ride! You can email us

A powerful story combined with the power of social media

This video is a perfect example of how a powerful story, combined with the power of social media can reach over 7 million people in a short amount of time. An Ukrainian girl tells the intruiging story about the situation in her country in the beginning of 2014. Her story went viral and got shared over 86.000 times in only 12 days.

Storytelling Technology Image is World Press Photo of the Year

Photo by JOHN STANMEYER

Such a beautiful image. Could this be a group of people taking a selfie? Of perhaps a picture of the moon? Not quite.

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

The storytelling image beat out more than 98,000 others to nab the top spot. Jury member Jillian Edelstein, a South African-born but UK-based photographer, said, “It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories — it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity.

"It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image. It is so subtly done, so poetic, yet instilled with meaning, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today."

THE GAP by Ira Glass

From art-director Daniel Sax who pulled the audio from am already well-known (and terrific) interview with Ira Glass and transformed it into a beautiful piece of visual storytelling.

I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his/her creative career. I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.

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The ANWB Wegenwacht Service explains everything you need to know!

We went on an exciting journey with the Dutch motoring organisation ANWB, by creating an appealing and instructive ‘how-to’ video-series for the public. In the videos, relevant experts from the Wegenwacht (road service men) give helpful advice about what to do when your car has mechanical problems, or simply if you’re uncertain about something. The videos answer questions such as: What to do when my car won’t start? or How to prepare my car for a freezing night? 

ANWB and Vertov worked together to create strong storytelling content, delivering useful information online - in a personal and entertaining way. A great extension of the ANWB Wegenwacht’s famed service for car owners, now just as effective online.

Check it out here! 

A typology of interactive narratives

The slide above (from Benjamin Hoguet illustrates the 6 modes of interactive narratives. Traditional feature films can mimic these topologies but, in the end, find themselves progressing linearly though time. This constraint can be an asset, perhaps no more deftly exploited than by Andrei Tarkovksy - who wrote an entire book about sculpting time in the medium of filmmaking. 

The most powerful experiences stretch us beyond our own known world, imbuing us with new perspectives. Furthermore, by having some agency in how the experience forms, the passive mode of movie-watching can turn into something tangibly active. The stories themselves can’t be linear any longer, as illustrated above, so every intention in the experience must be that much more rewarding.

Y-Community Ignite Edition. Theme: Storytelling

We are excited and proud to host the next Y-Community on Thursday June 27th right here in Amsterdam. The personal invites have been sent out and the guest list is filling up with a great crowd. Are you a perfect fit for the evening and have we accidentally forgotten to invite you? Then drop us a line at y @ vertov.com so we might make amends!

Birds (1 of 4 short films)

Stunning video for Anouk's new song 'Birds' (singing in the Eurovision Song Contest final this Saturday).

Directed by one of our favorite Dutch directors: Dana Nechushtan. Watch the entire series of beautiful, sad, lovely films here: Four short films by Anouk - Sad Singalong Songs

Great use of storytelling in this music video miniseries, intermingling and connecting characters, locations and situations, to create a story of larger scale.

Happy Digital Holidays!

Christmas is coming and we couldn’t help ourselves from sharing with you the digital story of Nativity. Although an oldie, it is definitely a goodie! Check out Joseph constantly updating his Facebook and Twitter profiles and the three Magi ordering gifts for Baby Jesus on Amazon!

In the spirit of Christmas 2.0, we wish you Happy Digital Holidays and may your gift-unwrapping be at least as jolly and as ‘close’ to your family and friends as it is in the video below!

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