Multiscreen Project

In 2015 we had the opportunity to provide post production support on a unique five-screen project for National Geographic entitled "Our Oceans." The project was shown at an international conference in Valparaiso, Chile that brought together over 500 government leaders, researchers and conservationists around the goal of creating initiatives to protect marine biodiversity. 

 
 
 

The project entailed creating a number of short documentary films highlighting current problems facing our oceans while suggesting positive steps forward towards sustainability. The films spanned five screens that wrapped around the main hall audience.

The films featured interviews with leading scientists, officials, and community conservationist from around the world cut with spectacular footage from National Geographic expeditions.

Central to the challenge was creating a dynamic feel throughout the video space by creating a captivating flow of action from screen to screen. We also gave careful consideration to reframing and repurposing images to enhance the eye-catching geometry of the video panels. In some cases, video required paintwork to extend the shot and fill the widescreen frames. 

In addition, since the conference took place in Chile, we had to accommodate both English and Spanish speakers. English films were composited with Spanish subtitles, and vice-versa for Spanish films.

A mockup view from the back of the main hall (with two screens not pictured on the left).

A mockup view from the back of the main hall (with two screens not pictured on the left).

A frame of Mozambique fishermen from one of the center screens.

A frame of Mozambique fishermen from one of the center screens.

 
 

The Results

 
A composite showing all five screens together. 

A composite showing all five screens together. 

 
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries watch the opening film at the Our Oceans conference in Valparaiso, Chile. Image courtesy of International Institute for Sustainable Development.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries watch the opening film at the Our Oceans conference in Valparaiso, Chile.

Image courtesy of International Institute for Sustainable Development.

 
 

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