Built to Last.
Not gonna lie, we have pretty lofty dreams for Laurelwood Studios.
Our mission is to build a legacy based on a quiet belief in limitlessness, create stories that tackle issues within marginalized communities to create dialogue and action towards positive change, and explore the power of musically driven dramas through the medium of short and long-form content.
We really believe in the power of a great score and it’s easy to overlook the importance of music in films by focusing on other elements of the filmmaking process. At Laurelwood however, our goal is to enhance your cinematic experience by using our signature style to create carefully constructed, spellbinding music to capture the untapped parts of our viewers’ hearts for years to come.
In a world filled with stories, may our stories be the ones that help you
Unlock Your Power.
Meet Our CEO.
Laurelwood Studios was founded by Texas native, Laurie J. Gardiner. She received her MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Music degrees from Oakwood University. She is a Writer, Director and Musician who creates musically driven dramas for Film and Television and has a strong desire to transform the hearts of many through the intersection of film and music.
Gardiner worked as a Professional Opera Singer, Choral Director, and freelance writer/director for nine years before joining the Trojan family at USC in 2015. In 2017, Laurie received a scholarship to study at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. She performed in concerts throughout Europe while singing in the Opera Studio and made her European debut at the Mariatrost Basilica with the AIMS orchestra.
Gardiner worked for companies such as GRB Studios, Paramount (Yellowstone), Walt Disney Studios (Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, Dumbo, Frozen II, Aladdin, Ralph Breaks the Internet & Captain Marvel), NBCUniversal, Asylum Entertainment and Big City TV in Executive Assistant, Coordinator and Executive roles.
Creatively, Gardiner was a 2019 semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition with her feature drama screenplay “Onset”. In 2020, her short drama screenplay “Remedial” placed as a finalist in the ScreenCraft Film Fund competition, made the Red List on Coverfly and was rated one of the top 20 drama screenplays for eight months. Currently, she is a finalist in the Nashville Film Festival screenwriting competition.
Gardiner has worked on numerous student and independent films, which have gone on to screen on Aspire TV, Omeleto, the BBC and at prestigious Oscar qualifying film festivals such as Cannes, LA Film Festival, New Orleans Festival, Cleveland Film Festival and Pan African-Film Festival. She has developed a distinct style that interweaves her unique voice for both film and music with hopes to reach a mass audience through her artistry.