“Best of Luck with the Wall,” “Before The Flood,” and “We Are America”

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Do you know what the entire U.S.-Mexico border looks like? Director Josh Begley wanted to show all 1,989 miles of it through satellite imagery in a six-minute film called “Best of Luck with the Wall.” It’s a subject referencing one politician’s claim of making a great wall along this very path, which is full of desert, mountains, rivers, and more — like an existing border fence.

You can also read an interview with the director on Field of Vision with culture critic Eric Hynes. There’s also an article by the director on The Intercept that talks about technicalities, like the use of ffmpeg to automate the stitching together of 200,000 images.

Director: Josh Begley
Motion Graphics Editing: Jonah Greenstein
Original Score: Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture) and Andy Moor

Thanks to CartoonBrew for the initial heads up.

National Geographic released today a feature-length documentary “Before the Flood” on YouTube for free for a short period of time.


They’re also doing a hashtag promotion where getting the word out about the film helps calculate a benefactor’s donation to the cause: “For every use of #BeforeTheFlood across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram between October 24 – November 18, 21st Century Fox and National Geographic will together donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to the Wildlife Conservation Society, up to $50,000 to each organization.”

Director: Fisher Stevens
Writer: Mark Monroe
Cinematographer: Antonio Rossi
Music: Mogwai, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Gustavo Santaolalla
Editing: Brett Banks, Geoffrey Richman, Abhay Sofsky, and Ben Sozanski

Back on July 4, professional wrestler John Cena was the face of a “We Are America” campaign focused on inclusivity to all people. The campaign was for Love Has No Labels. His post on Facebook summed it up nicely: “Celebrate the diversity that makes America, America.”

Client: Ad Council
Agency: R/GA
Production Company: MJZ
Director: Rocky Morton
Executive Producer: Emma Wilcockson
Line Producer: Larry Shure
Director of Photography: David Lanzenberg
Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Editor: Dan de Winter
Original Music: Human/ Phillip Glass
Color: Nice Shoes, Chris Ryan
Flame: Nice Shoes,Jason Farber
Mix: Nylon Studios, Dave Robertson
Music Supervision: wool and tusk

(For additional agency credits, see AdWeek.)


Aaron Proctor
Founder, FWD:labs
Director of Photography site

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