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A RACE TO THE MOON
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ABOUT EPIC
NARRATIVE INSIGHTS
STORY TALKS
UNCOVERING GOLD
GAME FOR A GOOD CAUSE
FILMAKERS OF THE FUTURE
A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTAURANTHERS
TACKLING THE GENDER DIVIDE
MORE THAN A JOB
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THE ACADEMY-AWARD-WINNING FILM
A MAGAZINE ABOUT IDENTITY
RIO DE JANEIRO IN 360°
A STORY HUNT ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

MOONSHOT

MOONSHOT

This series of short documentaries follows eight teams of eccentric space enthusiasts on their quest for the XPRIZE, a $30 million award given to the first group to put a robot on the moon. Produced with JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, each film features a team and its story: the lives of their idiosyncratic members, their strategies and sacrifices, and what inspired them to take on the challenge.

FURTHER

FURTHER

A car is so much more than a way to get from A to B. This is something Ford wanted to celebrate, so we helped them make Further, a book all about the many ways that people use their cars to do more. From the Ford employee who turns biowaste into sustainable car parts to a Native American teen who uses her car to shuttle supplies to her tribe’s annual harvest ceremony, Further is all about how people around the world use cars to achieve the extraordinary. The collection of stories sparked an on-going speaker series and serves as a resource for the communications team.

Beyond the Map takes you deep into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in an innovative, choose-your-own-adventure-style experience. Produced in partnership with Google, this documentary series—shot largely in VR—gives viewers a glimpse into the rich, complex lives within Brazil’s oft-overlooked neighborhoods. Along the way, we are immersed in the stories of extraordinary individuals whose grit, creativity, and spirit are the lifeblood of Brazil.

YOU is a large-format, glossy magazine that explores human identity through a kaleidoscopic lens of art, literary longform journalism, photography, and illustration. Produced in conjunction with Okta, the magazine delves into race, sexuality, art, technology, and more so that we can see ourselves and the world around us with more clarity. To order a copy of Volume One click here.

“We are in the midst of renaissance—an identity renaissance—and it is time to embark on a journey of exploration.”

- Joshua Davis

In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran was overrun by an angry mob, and 52 employees were taken hostage. Epic’s Joshuah Bearman brought the CIA’s strange rescue operation to life in a wildly captivating article that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film.

EPIC JOURNEYS INTO THE HISTORY OF IDENTITY.

To launch their annual conference in Vegas, Okta needed a powerful statement about the importance of identity in the modern world. So Epic boiled down the history of the world into a 4 minute animated film that shows just how much our understanding of ourselves has evolved over the millennia. The video was so successful, it launched the ongoing Identities series, which seeks to explore how we become who we are, and why that makes us unique.

TOGETHER WE WORK

TOGETHER WE WORK

Together We Work tells the stories of five GE employees whose backgrounds and passions off the clock shape their approach to work. Featuring a professional water skier and a Pakistani engineering prodigy, this documentary series proves that the best jobs don't define us, they play to our greatest strengths.

After engineers at Google employed AI to analyze the split between a movie’s male-female screen time, it was time to reveal the stark findings. Google asked Epic to help explain why the topic was so important and we began by interviewing women across the country to understand the emotional impact of unequal representation. We then told those stories on the Google About page through a moving combination of audio, text, and illustration. Epic helped Google tell the story of the research effort by crafting a story-driven look at gender representation in media. The piece lives on the Google About page and combines audio, text, infographics and illustration.

CELEBRATING FEMALE

RESTAURATEURS

CELEBRATING FEMALE

RESTAURATEURS

The food industry may be male-dominated, but women are increasingly carving out a space for themselves. We helped GrubHub highlight a few of the best, from a prima ballerina turned baker to a couple creating a safe space in Atlanta for the LGBTQ+ community. After profiling women restaurateurs in five major cities, we made a documentary about Stephanie Vitori, the founder of Miami’s Cheeseburger Baby, who kept her restaurant open through Hurricane Frances (and has weathered multiple storms since).

FILM WORKSHOP

FILM WORKSHOP

CARE International and Epic worked to develop a hands-on curriculum for the kids in Azraq to learn about storytelling, and how to shoot, direct, and edit movies themselves. The kids worked in groups of four, each playing a different key role in the process, and all the films were shown in a “film festival,” where the new filmmakers presented their work to friends and family and stood up to answer questions.

GO UNICORN GO!

GO UNICORN GO!

In 2014, Epic premiered an 8-bit, interactive video game for young cancer patients during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Projected on the big screen via Skype, a young girl played “Go Unicorn Go” in real-time, while a live audience tweeted their pledged donations—which showed up in the game as power boosts. The game ended up generating $1.2 million in pledges to cancer research.

THE STORY HUNT

THE STORY HUNT

Telling great true stories is a critical component of a company’s success. It drives sales, morale and recruiting. But finding all those great stories is a challenge for any organization, let alone one as big as IBM. That’s where Epic comes in. In 2018, IBM brought Epic on to report our way through the company’s 380,000 employees and massive customer base to uncover amazing stories on an ongoing basis. We then work together to develop the stories for media or create original content, from graphic novels to feature-length documentaries. As the era of the 30 second commercial fades, the most innovative companies realize that finding and telling the best true stories will set them apart.

The media landscape is in flux. Marketing and comms teams are struggling to be heard. The 30 second commercial is losing steam every day. What the hell is going on? Companies from Google to JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot have turned to Epic co-founders Joshua Davis and Joshuah Bearman for inspiration and practical insight. The fact is, people love listening to a great true story. It cuts through the messaging clutter and helps us understand the world. But it’s not easy to do. You’ve got to understand reporting and narrative structure and be ready for adventure. Davis and Bearman are two of the world’s best teachers and their storytelling talks are in high demand.

The media landscape is in flux. Marketing and comms teams are struggling to be heard. The 30 second commercial is losing steam every day. What the hell is going on? Companies from Google to JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot have turned to Epic co-founders Joshua Davis and Joshuah Bearman for inspiration and practical insight. The fact is, people love listening to a great true story. It cuts through the messaging clutter and helps us understand the world. But it’s not easy to do. You’ve got to understand reporting and narrative structure and be ready for adventure. Davis and Bearman are two of the world’s best teachers and their storytelling talks are in high demand.

The media landscape is in flux. Marketing and comms teams are struggling to be heard. The 30 second commercial is losing steam every day. What the hell is going on? Companies from Google to JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot have turned to Epic co-founders Joshua Davis and Joshuah Bearman for inspiration and practical insight. The fact is, people love listening to a great true story. It cuts through the messaging clutter and helps us understand the world. But it’s not easy to do. You’ve got to understand reporting and narrative structure and be ready for adventure. Davis and Bearman are two of the world’s best teachers and their storytelling talks are in high demand.

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ABOUT EPIC

ABOUT EPIC

Audiences connect to the truth. They want to be surprised, thrilled, and captivated by stories from the real world. As a result of our reporting capabilities, Epic Digital delivers the kind of authenticity that people are looking for. We are reporters with roots at Wired, This American Life, GQ, and Rolling Stone. And because we also come out of Hollywood (Epic has a film deal at Fox), the stories we tell connect emotionally. Our work has won the Academy Award for Best Picture and landed on the New York Times Bestseller list. Brands come to us because of this unique sensibility. Our mission is to uncover and tell incredible true stories that resonate with audiences everywhere and illuminate a brand's core values.

Epic Digital is the sister company of Epic Magazine.

HOW WE WORK

01.
Story Hunt

Epic story hunters travel the world in search of true stories that reflect a brand’s spirit and ethos

02.
Story Time

Epic presents the stories with ideas for how each could come to life.

03.
STORY CREATION

Epic turns the stories into documentary films, magazines, books, video games, photo essays, live events, and speeches that express a brand’s values.

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