Our story

We founded Unfold Stories in 2017 with the idea that stories matter, whatever the platform. 

We make inspiring immersive experiences, photo features, short films and multimedia.  We can help your organisation or business tell its story through creative content that engages audiences, and campaigns that cut through for real impact.

We bring diverse disciplines and backgrounds to our work - filmmaking, photography, technology, journalism, campaigns, international affairs, design and interactives.

We love to take a complex comms challenge and produce memorable, brilliant results.

Unfold Stories is based in Haggerston, east London. We work with clients all over the world, and a group of fantastic creatives. We are registered with Companies House in England, number 10551981.


 

Executive team

Marisol Grandon, CEO and Founder   Marisol loves stories, communication, technology, virtual reality and everything that happens in-between. She has worked at the highest levels of international affairs. She started Unfold Stories in 2017 after 8 years at the UK's Department for International Development where she was Head of Creative Content.  She is recognised across the international sector for immersive stories, digital strategy, social media, low-cost campaigns and high quality, original photography, video and design.  Marisol is a journalist and filmmaker by background. She started her career in journalism at the Telegraph and continues to write features for Sight & Sound magazine on cinematic virtual reality.  Marisol is a 2017 #BIMA100 and also the founder of @VRWomen, a social media initiative to rally a generation of inspiring female XR directors.

Marisol Grandon, CEO and Founder

Marisol loves stories, communication, technology, virtual reality and everything that happens in-between. She has worked at the highest levels of international affairs. She started Unfold Stories in 2017 after 8 years at the UK's Department for International Development where she was Head of Creative Content.

She is recognised across the international sector for immersive stories, digital strategy, social media, low-cost campaigns and high quality, original photography, video and design.

Marisol is a journalist and filmmaker by background. She started her career in journalism at the Telegraph and continues to write features for Sight & Sound magazine on cinematic virtual reality.

Marisol is a 2017 #BIMA100 and also the founder of @VRWomen, a social media initiative to rally a generation of inspiring female XR directors.

Simon Davis, Creative Director and Founder   Simon is a multimedia creator, editor and producer with 13 years' experience in visual and creative content. He uses photography, film, VR and social media to tell stories of people at the heart of global issues.  Mainly focussed on the international development sector, he has worked at the forefront of public and third sector communications, including the Prime Minister’s Office and Panos London. His work on the Ebola and Typhoon Haiyan crises for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) helped the agency win two top communications awards.  Simon's work has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Channel 4 News and TIME. He also worked with the UN, Google, Gates Foundation and Nike Foundation among others.  Since 2016, he has increasingly focussed on immersive storytelling, producing DFID's first 360 experience and developing and shooting Google Expeditions on international development issues. In 2017, he joined Marisol as a founding partner of Unfold Stories and went on to direct its first 360 film, Ayan's Journey.

Simon Davis, Creative Director and Founder

Simon is a multimedia creator, editor and producer with 13 years' experience in visual and creative content. He uses photography, film, VR and social media to tell stories of people at the heart of global issues.

Mainly focussed on the international development sector, he has worked at the forefront of public and third sector communications, including the Prime Minister’s Office and Panos London. His work on the Ebola and Typhoon Haiyan crises for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) helped the agency win two top communications awards.

Simon's work has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Channel 4 News and TIME. He also worked with the UN, Google, Gates Foundation and Nike Foundation among others.

Since 2016, he has increasingly focussed on immersive storytelling, producing DFID's first 360 experience and developing and shooting Google Expeditions on international development issues. In 2017, he joined Marisol as a founding partner of Unfold Stories and went on to direct its first 360 film, Ayan's Journey.

Kara Chiuchiarelli, Senior Producer   Kara is a multimedia producer, designer, writer and editor with 8 years' experience in media, digital insight and evaluation, nonprofit communications and public relations (PR).  She has previously worked for the Department for International Development in communications data & design and private sector business engagement. She has also worked for Minority Rights Group International, regional newspapers in the United States, and Marquette University through its O'Brien Public Service Journalism Fellowship programme.  Kara has an Honours BA in Communications and journalism from Marquette University and and an MSc with Merit in Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development from King's College London's International Development Institute.

Kara Chiuchiarelli, Senior Producer

Kara is a multimedia producer, designer, writer and editor with 8 years' experience in media, digital insight and evaluation, nonprofit communications and public relations (PR).

She has previously worked for the Department for International Development in communications data & design and private sector business engagement. She has also worked for Minority Rights Group International, regional newspapers in the United States, and Marquette University through its O'Brien Public Service Journalism Fellowship programme.

Kara has an Honours BA in Communications and journalism from Marquette University and and an MSc with Merit in Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development from King's College London's International Development Institute.

 
Jessica Lea, Chief Operating Officer   Jess has spent her career telling stories using video, photography, audio and graphics. Her work focuses on the personal stories behind big issues - from the importance of vaccines to humanitarian disasters, knife crime to FGM.  Before joining Unfold Stories, Jess worked for Portland PR leading the development and delivery of digital strategies and campaigns for global philanthropic organisations.  She started her career as a journalist at the BBC creating news stories for the BBC One flagship children's news programme, Newsround. After a move into government communications, Jess joined the UK's Department for International Development where she spent 7 years gathering content from around the world to tell the story of the UK's international aid work.  Her stories - both photography and film - have appeared in Marie Claire, Grazia, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian, The Independent, ITV, Good Morning Britain, and on numerous BBC outlets both TV and online.  During her career Jess has also worked for various UN organisations and the Prime Minister's Office. She has a particular interest in girls and women's issues having spent considerable time interviewing survivors of FGM and child marriage in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia.

Jessica Lea, Chief Operating Officer

Jess has spent her career telling stories using video, photography, audio and graphics. Her work focuses on the personal stories behind big issues - from the importance of vaccines to humanitarian disasters, knife crime to FGM.

Before joining Unfold Stories, Jess worked for Portland PR leading the development and delivery of digital strategies and campaigns for global philanthropic organisations.

She started her career as a journalist at the BBC creating news stories for the BBC One flagship children's news programme, Newsround. After a move into government communications, Jess joined the UK's Department for International Development where she spent 7 years gathering content from around the world to tell the story of the UK's international aid work.

Her stories - both photography and film - have appeared in Marie Claire, Grazia, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian, The Independent, ITV, Good Morning Britain, and on numerous BBC outlets both TV and online.

During her career Jess has also worked for various UN organisations and the Prime Minister's Office. She has a particular interest in girls and women's issues having spent considerable time interviewing survivors of FGM and child marriage in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia.