Storyfarm is a magical place where compelling visual media is grown and harvested. I offer consulting, writing, directing, and post-production services for any size screen, and specialize in helping producers of all kinds conceive, define, and finish their projects. Let’s be practical, and keep it fun.

Storyfarm’s terrestrial location is in the high desert of Joshua Tree, California; just two hours drive from Los Angeles, but a world away. Producers are welcome to stay in a comfortable guest suite while co-working on projects with me. A full professional editing studio is onsite, just steps away from the national park. Escape the distractions of the city and get some real work done, while enjoying the exquisite beauty of the desert surrounds in your off-hours. A smooth remote workflow enables me to also work with clients from around the world.

Storyfarm’s Twelve Pianos is available to stream from Amazon/Amazon prime. Produced and directed by Dean Mermell, the film documents an outrageous, ongoing art project that will not fit neatly into any box.
Film website: twelvepianos.com

R E E L S

Here are a few samples of my work. I edited all of these, while some were also written, produced, and/or directed by me.

Sunset Piano and the SF Botanical Garden’s wonderful Flower Piano is San Francisco’s most soulful summertime event. flowerpiano.com
A style of editing I like to use for BTS and “Making Of…” videos. This amazing film with a great cast is Will, by Ellen Perry.
A style of editing I like to use for crowd funding, non profits, and community organizations. Stories with heart.
Oakland artist and sculptor Clody Cates talks about her life, her work, and NIMBY. Film by Dean Mermell, music by Kundalini Kombo.
An example of a style of editing I like to use for corporate videos. The challenge is always to keep it interesting despite the many talking heads.
A style of editing I like to use to promote businesses by featuring their core philosophy. When you show your intentions, it sells your business.

D E A N    M E R M E L L

Martin Landau and me, receiving awards at the California Independent Film Festival. His was a lifetime achievement award, mine was for best editing.

I’ve been in production and post-production since 1998. I was a writer for DV, RES, and Film and Video Magazine, and had a monthly column writing about modern documentary filmmakers for Adobe. I’ve also taught digital filmmaking at Stanford and written course curriculums for aspiring filmmakers. I’ve worked mostly as an editor and consultant to many bay area producers, and have made several original award-winning short films. When not making media, I am one of the main producers of the annual Flower Piano music festival at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.