Media is a tool that can program and reprogram the human bio-computer. Stories pattern the imagination. Language helps us think about our thinking. Cinema can open up new vistas for our minds.
This video is a new collaboration with my friend, artist and filmmaker Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's BrainGames and creator of Shots of Awe.
Jason sent me an inspiring recording he made in the park with his Iphone discussing how powerful advances in technology can extend our connections to each other making us more compassionate and kind-hearted beings.
He proposes that communication technologies act as "empathy machines", opening up new intersubjective spaces where we can all become one.
These new tools give us new "spaces of possibility" to explore, and this video is a celebration of that new space of imagination, compassion, collaboration and inspiration.
Jason and I have become good friends, kindred spirits, and share a passion for intense inspiration, for using videos to share new vistas, and when he sent me this I was so excited, I started creating visuals right away. Hope you find it inspiring.
We took three days and repurposed footage from Shots of Awe series, it was a spontaneous desire to create a campaign for POSSIBILITY and a call to action to improve the world.
Special thanks to UNEP - United Nations Environment Program for supporting the creation of this video - unep.org
Thanks to Discovery Digital Networks, TestTube, Bokeh, Imaginary Foundation and Shots of Awe team for supporting the images. Especially Tom Lofthouse, Barry Pousman, Jordan Dertinger, Nick Philip, Colin Decker and the rest of the team.
Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities.
I've crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.
This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it :)
Directed and edited by Leonardo Dalessandri
Music: "Experience" by Ludovico Einaudi
Voice off: Meryem Aboulouafa
Director: David Wilson
Animation Direction: David Wilson and Thomas Ormonde
EP: Tamsin Glasson
Producer: Julie Crosbie
Production Manager: Drew O'Neill
Casting: Anna Kennedy and Alec Drysdale
Schoolboy: Bill Milner
School Teacher: Liza Callinicos
Male Teacher: Andrew Docker
Schoolboy: Jake de la Mothe, Joshua Charles, Hugh Lovric, Laurence Montagu, Seb Luke-Virgo, Imran Mair, George Kirchner, Jack Kirkwood, James Welsh, Nima Bazcar, JJ Tominey, Stephen Rawson, Tim Walton
DP: Pau Castejon
1st AD: Paul Bennett
2nd AD: James Evered
Location Manager: Stephen Sanchez
Focus Puller: Fran Weston
Loader: Jenny John-Chuan
Grip: Ben Freeman
Gaffer: Jonathan Spencer
Electrician: Jason Martin, Oliver Poole, Lee Martin
Art Director: Laura Johnstone
Art Dept: Jack Johnstone, Luke Judlin, Cassia Dickinson, Susie Gaydos
Wardrobe: Natalie Marie Willis
School Emblem designed by Alex Trochut
Hair & Makeup: Anna Thompson
Runners: Natalia Maus, Jack Glossop
Editor: James Rose at Cut and Run
Lead Animator: Jonathan Harris
Illustrator: Andres Guzman
Flash Animators: Michael Zauner, Matt Lloyd, Frankie Swan, Alice Dupre, Sarah Beeby, Ella McLean, Tom Brown, Jack Nelson, Patrick Koduah, David Wilson, Thomas Matuszewski, Tom Bunker
Colourists: Stefan Georgiou, Rezvan Abbaspour, Jamie Fraser, Claire Ritchie, Maria Cecilia, Emmy Castelain, Katy Beveridge, Jessie May Peters, Emma-Rose Dade, Janna Lundius, Steve Shaw, Dele Nuga, Julie Crosbie
3D Previs: Simone Ghilardotti
Ink Footage: James Lowrey
Compositing: Thomas Ormonde, Simone Ghilardotti
Sound Mixer: Ben Gulvin at 750mph
Grade: James Bamford at The Mill
Commissioner: Glen Goetze at Modular Records
Special thanks to Jess Reese for loaning her 2CV, Barnaby Laws at Panalux and Chris Youlton at ARRI