Wind-up Pictures LLC is a full-service media production company. We make promotional, educational, fiction, and documentary films.


About us

We get things done. We focus on high standards, meticulous care, and good storytelling. Wind-up Productions is known for being supportive, collaborative, and knowledgeable. We’d love to make your project a reality.


Karen Rodriguez

Wind-up Productions LLC was founded in 2018 by director and cinematographer Karen Rodriguez, who has taught film production at several colleges and served from 2013 to 2018 as one of the primary filmmakers for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world’s leading center for research on birds and their habitats. She is the Director of Photography for the award-winning noir web series Chanticleer. Karen is a Fulbright Scholar (2017) and former delegate to the American Documentary Showcase (Poland, 2010), and she holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa Graduate College.


John D. Scott

Scott is a filmmaker and an Associate Professor and Director of the Documentary Studies and Production Degree at Ithaca College in New York. His films have won multiple awards and glowing reviews in the US and Canada. He has directed many short films that have played internationally in over twenty countries and one critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Scouts Are Cancelled purchased by The Documentary Channel (2008-11.) Scouts premiered at The Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival in 2007 and is available on Amazon Prime.



From concept to finished product, Karen has helped us realize dozens of educational video projects during the past 5 years. Karen has always impressed with her production know-how and technical skills in videography and editing. She also adds her storytelling talents and artistic eye in ways that elevate everything she works on. Karen’s professionalism, collaborative approach, and well-rounded industry experience makes working with her a great pleasure.
— Mya Thompson, Director of Education, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It became clear to me right away that our movie was in good hands. Karen is unflappable, steady, experienced, and reassuring. It was the first movie I’d ever directed and I was so glad to have Karen as my director of photography, making sure we got great shots and that the train kept moving and that the final product was something we could be very proud of.
— Emily Hopkins, director of “The Bookery”
When I needed a videographer and editor for a couple of projects, Wind-up was on the top of my list. They have a wealth of production experience that helped me to create high-quality videos.
— Robyn Wishna, Producer/Photographer


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