Telling stories about

things that matter.

what we do

We Create Meaningful Stories, Films and Photography for People and Organizations Making a Difference to Our World.


Your brand, your mission. We help explain to the world what you do and why, in ways that make your message memorable. We want you to stand out in a crowd!

Working with our clients, we develop storytelling packages and media plans that work on all levels, because you want to maximize your dollars, and make the most of your time.

We also offer payment plans to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the success of any project.

Film Production & still Photography

We're passionate about crafting the right kind of stories to get your message across with careful planning, patience and skill. Attention is given to every detail to ensure the success of each and every project.

When you hire us for your organization, you get professionally developed media from start to finish.

Branded storytelling case studies


We wrote and produced this series of short films for CW Resources, Inc. to take to Washington DC to raise awareness among legislators of the 14(c) Special Minimum Wage Certificate, a provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act that has been up for repeal, which allows those with significant disabilities to work and earn at their own pace. It's a contentious subject because it raises questions about some basic human rights. Our job was to put a human face on a difficult issue and to create a deeper understanding overall by telling some very personal stories alongside the story of the organization.

CW Resources Inc. is a national nonprofit organization based in New Britain, Connecticut, dedicated to providing meaningful employment and training for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, and protecting the rights of the most significantly disabled who choose to work.

award-winning awareness campaign | nonprofit

Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) hired us to help them showcase the importance of their comprehensive behavioral health and addiction services to legislators, potential employees and to funders. They wanted to do it through the eyes of their clients and employees to show the longterm value and effectiveness of their work helping people from all walks of life.

We developed a plan, and identified individuals willing to share their stories. These are real stories about people who have worked hard to overcome some of life's most complex problems, so respecting each individual’s honesty and willingness to share them is something we don’t take lightly. We named the campaign "The Spirit of Caring" and we're proud to say it won highest honors, a platinum at the 2016 Hermes International Awards and a gold in the International AVA Digital awards."

Annalisa took the snippet of an idea that we had to tell our agency’s story and created a powerful and uplifting message of hope, empowerment and recovery.
— Ray Gorman, President and CEO, Community Mental Health Affiliates, (CMHA), New Britain, Connecticut

award-winning marketing and awareness | small business

Shawn Hoar of Shawn's Pianos was very excited to hire us to tell his story, because he has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the master craftsmen who built the world's most beautiful pianos, and unless you visit his showroom and workshop in person, it's really hard to understand all that goes into bringing a vintage piano back to its former glory. His customers are all over the world, so this was a perfect opportunity to showcase what he does for all to see.

In "Chasing Perfection", we follow the restoration of a baby grand Steinway over the course of several months as Shawn brings it back to life, working his magic in a state-of-the-art workshop. We wanted to show how, as a Master Craftsman, he is always chasing perfection as he restores these complex instruments from the beams up. But we also wanted to showcase the rest of his business, which includes a beautiful showroom filled with pianos, vintage and new, for pianists and collectors of all levels.

The film won a platinum in the 2016 AVA Digital International Awards and a gold Hermes award. We continue to create films to promote Shawn and his unique business.

About local planet productions

Local Planet Productions, LLC was founded in 2009 by photojournalist, Annalisa Russell-Smith, to help organizations use storytelling to create a better understanding of their mission. We are small and nimble, our knowledge of the world is deep and we understand what it takes to survive in business because we are living it too. We work with people who are passionate about what they do: nonprofits, foundations, museums, craftspeople, organic farmers and all kinds of small businesses. We understand the need to work with an agency that really gets what you are doing. By creating custom media, we help our clients market themselves, fundraise, create awareness and recruit the right kind of staff. 


Photo: ©2016 Al Malpa

Photo: ©2016 Al Malpa

Annalisa is an adventurous soul who has explored and traveled the world from a young age, always with a camera in one hand, and a radio in the other. Curious and passionate about her work, she fell in love with storytelling as a way to connect with people, recognizing early on that throughout the ages, people have relied upon stories to keep their cultures strong.

She grew up riding rather large motorbikes, and learned to fly hang gliders before moving to a Cessna, deciding she'd be better off with an engine.

At the age of 25, she embarked upon an 18-month long solo trip around the globe armed with her camera, a small backpack and plans to spend time in Africa, China, Australia, New Zealand, The Pacific Islands, America and Canada. After that grand adventure, she settled in Canada before moving to the United States in 2003. 

She has been in demand throughout her career as someone able to develop projects from the ground up with style and attention to detail, and the ability to execute with perfection. 

"What I love the most about the work I do," she says, "is being able to put a human face on some very complex issues and to lend a voice to those who so often go unheard. The best compliment I can receive is "She gets us!" because then I've really done my job. " 

A native of the British Isles, Annalisa is based in Connecticut and is available for assignments anywhere in the world.

Annalisa’s attention to detail is impeccable and the quality of her work is phenomenal.
— Sandie Lavoy, Sr. VP of Community Rehabilitation Services , CW Resources Inc., New Britain, Connecticut.

Let's talk about your project!

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Phone: 203.909.2850

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