David Blaine approached us to make an animated intro for his latest magic special, a palette cleanser to get people excited for a bumpy night ahead. Inspired by David’s mind-bending magic and the Paul Auster penned script which was voiced by Christopher Walken in the style of a side-show barker, we crafted a hero’s journey of sorts, a psychedelic trip into the spectacle of the real.
Original format: 16mm
Year of production: 1983
Duration; 6mins 2secs
Made while studying Film and TV dept at the RCA. Based on sketches made in Liverpool drinking clubs.
The film observes human behaviour in a social situation, hinting at the loneliness felt by the individual lost in the crowd.
Director: Jonathan Hodgson
Production Company: Royal College of Art
An animation based on the magazine cover, co-produced by The New Yorker and “This American Life.” Created by Chris Ware and John Kuramoto, with interviews and narration by Ira Glass and music by Nico Muhly.
UNICEF is launching a new animated series meant to bring attention to the youngest victims of the Syrian refugee crisis, Unfairy Tales. Created by ad agency 180LA, the videos chronicle real children’s journeys from Syria by juxtaposing stunning animation with terrifying narrations of the terrible events wrought by this globally impactful humanitarian disaster.
The campaign will officially launch with the first story, Malak and the Boat, which will premiere at the Supporting Syria & The Region donor conference in London on February 4. The event is co-hosted by world leaders of the U.K., Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations. More than 70 countries, international organizations, NGOs, civil society and private sector attendees are expected.
Malak and the Boat tells seven-year-old Malak’s harrowing story of her journey across the Mediterranean seeking shelter from the Syrian conflict.
After miraculously surviving a stabbing attack, Hananel David is faced with overcoming his PTSD to become a paramedic and pass along the gift of life that has been given to him.
As violence sadly continues to rage on in the Middle East and throughout the world I hope that people are able to turn their heads to the helpers risking their lives and putting others before themselves. Rather than focusing on the hate, I believe it's this kind of selfless kindness that we need to focus on spreading in order to begin to heal this world.
Featuring: Hananel David
Directed by: Jake Oleson
Director of Photography: Todd Martin
Animation: Casey Drogin
Executive Producer: Matt McLaughlin
Producer: Alon Simcha
Producer: Christian Silberbauer
Israel Producer: Ronny Merdinger
Production Assistant: Rony Cohen
Sound: Ronen Geva
Original Score: Matthew Kidd- slowmeadow.bandcamp.com/
Sound Design: One Thousand Birds- otbirds.com/
Color: Carlos Flores- carlosfloresfilms.com/
MDA: Robert Rosenthal, Leah Breevoort
Special Thanks: Yoni Yagodovsky, Eden Weinberg, Owen Schumacher, Jared Rosenthal, Magen David Adom, Charles Frank, Ien Chi