HERO Child Rescue Corps

Starring actor David Keith (“An Officer and a Gentleman”), this important video highlights the tireless work of the wounded veterans in the HERO Corps, to investigate, arrest, and prosecute perpetrators of the crime of child exploitation. The video is used for awareness events, fundraising, Congressional visibility, and on PROTECT’s website. We shot b-roll and host segments in Tampa and Knoxville, and placed our host in a 3-D animated environment. (Gotham Studios, Client: National Association to Protect Children)

The Spanish Tapestry

This is the story of a round-trip. Starting from a remote castle in Spain, a tapestry was stolen one chilly night and made a world tour. Eventually found by HSI, the tapestry is returned at a swank party at the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC. Illustrated with animated maps, the video is narrated beautifully by an employee of the embassy, our own happy discovery. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

The Faith Effect

Told from the perspective of a girl, this moving video talks about the hopes, dreams, and futures that all Ethiopian girls deserve. Freedom from mutilation and child marriage, and the right to learn. CIFA hired Gotham Studios to illustrate their work in Africa, fighting for women’s and girls’ rights and safety. (Gotham Studios, Client: CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action))

Back Home in France

One of our sentimental favorites, this video tells the story of a painting that was stolen from a French museum in World War One, made its way halfway across the world, and was returned by US officials, in the living room of the French Ambassador. This video shows how we like to narrate our stories using the people in them – in this case, the art expert from the French museum, who had a lovely accent. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

Luxury Hotel

The ultra-ritzy Salamander resort in horse-country Virginia had just opened when Gotham Studios went out to profile its soothing vistas, pampering spas, and delicious dishes. This was part of a series of shoots done for the spa’s architectural consultants, MGAC. (Gotham Studios , Client: MGAC Consultants)

Comedy: Wrong Way in an Elevator

With a background in comedy (at Comedy Central and E! Entertainment), Peter Nissen convinced the client's CEO to act like an utter fool in this comedic scene, showing the right and wrong ways to pitch your company to people you meet. (Gotham Studios, Client: MGAC Consultants)

World Customs Organization

Incorporating contributions from 34 countries, this video was as much a challenge of coordination and diplomacy as of editing. Shown at the annual meeting of the World Customs Organization in Brussels, the video uses footage, stills, music, graphics, and quick cutting to celebrate the essential work done by each nation’s customs officials across the globe. Made for two giant screens, the left side is in French, the right in English. (Peter Nissen at DHS, Client: World Customs Organization)

Nazi Diary returned

One of the missions of Homeland Security Investigations is to find and return stolen items to other countries. This diary, found by Special Agents, had made its way from Hitler’s right-hand-man, to the Nuremburg trials to an attic in western New York state. This dramatic video, using archival photographs and footage, tells its story. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

SAMMIES Gala Videos

Narrated by Cokie Roberts, this video played at the beginning of the evening at the prestigious “Service to America” awards gala in 2005. Gotham Studios produced nine tributes for the gala, which acknowledged great work in the government. We travelled across the country to videotape the honorees, creating 9 mini-documentaries. (Gotham Studios, Client: Partnership for Public Service)

A Legendary Surgeon

Narrated by James Earl Jones, this video, shown on the large screens of a gala for the American Heart Association, celebrates the career of a notable surgeon, George Reed. It was one of several videos Gotham made for the occasion. (Gotham Studios, Client: American Heart Association)

How to Steal an American Job

This muscular video is hosted from a warehouse of confiscated goods. The video shows how fake merchandise – fashion, drugs, technology – not only steals billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, but can pose danger to consumers. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

A Canal in Need

The US Army Corps of Engineers retained Gotham Studios to develop and produce an 8-minute video to illustrate their plans to replace the lock on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in New Orleans. The video was an integrated part of the Corps' mission to educate the public about this multi-million dollar project, and its impact upon the community. We employed 3-D animation to illustrate the replacement of the lock, and dredging of the channel (Gotham Studios, Client: US Army Corps of Engineers)

Racecar Detective

This fascinating HSI investigator busts Bosnian war criminals as his day job, and races vintage cars on the weekends. This video shows the spin-outs and the sleuthing, as Mike MacQueen travels to the Balkans and across the U.S., getting the bad guys and sending them back for jail time across the sea, then straps into his MG and puts on the gas. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

State Department Hero

A profile of Tobin Bradley, one of ten videos Gotham Studios produced for the prestigious “Service to America” awards gala in 2005. The mission of the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) is to acknowledge great work in the government. We travelled across the country to videotape the honorees, shooting interviews and b-roll, and edited with a custom graphics package and animation. (Gotham Studios, Client: Partnership for Public Service)

Operation Mummy's Curse

When it was time to return ancient sarcophagi to Egypt, Peter Nissen conveyed the mystery and fascinating history behind these artifacts. Shot at the National Geographic headquarters, this includes interviews with the Egyptian Ambassador and an archaeologist. (Peter Nissen at DHS)

The Old Woman and the Baby

There is a generational divide in Ethiopia where it comes to the inhumane practice of female genital mutilation. This video, shot in a remote village, presents the thoughts of an old woman, and her old ways. Then, we meet a beautiful young mother, who is thankful she and her husband had been presented with the warning to save their newborn baby from this cruel fate. (Gotham Studios , Client: CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action))

Advancing Excellence

Starring Dominic Chianese (“Uncle Junior” on “The Sopranos”) – and a cast of dozens from the nursing home where we shot – this series of 9 videos helps train nursing home staff and administrators how to make their homes better places to work and live. We took full advantage of Mr. Chianese’s talents, as an actor, storyteller, and singer. Along with all of the valuable information conveyed, we put in lots of music, humor, and tender moments in these 60 minutes of training. (Gotham Studios, Client: LeadingAge)

The SID Story

SID's mission is to provide opportunities for meeting and collaboration among members of the international community concerned with aiding the developing world. Featured on the client’s home page, the video employs several interviews, and used a unique 3-D animated depiction of a town square with a rotating logo, to illustrate SID's motto 'The Global Town Square of Development.' (Gotham Studios, Client: Society for International Development)


We had some help here from the naturally stunning images provided to us by our client, an architectural consultant who worked on some very prestigious projects. We added tasteful music and inspiring camera shots, along with a smart narrative thruline. (Gotham Studios, Client: MGAC)

We are DHS

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson personally asked Peter Nissen to produce this, the DHS flagship video, after seeing his work. In three minutes, it summarizes the mission of the diverse, complex, and vast department of 240,000 employees. Of this video, Johnson wrote, “I have seen DHS employees tear up and swell with pride as they watch the video.” (Peter Nissen at DHS)

Goji Points-of-Interest

Narrated by broadcasting legend Jane Pauley, this is geo-triggered audio to hear in an airplane. GeoRadio is our storytelling product for airplanes. In this show, we hear about the celebrities of Long Island, the shape of Cape Cod, bloody battles in Canada, then over the ocean, tales of shipwrecks and sea monsters. Finish with technology in Ireland and the Beatles over Liverpool. (Gotham Studios)