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OUR OCEANS 

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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 "Our Oceans" project entailed creating a number of short documentary films highlighting current problems facing our oceans while also suggesting steps we can take towards sustainability. The films featured interviews with leading scientists, officials, and community conservationist from around the world cut with spectacular footage from National Geographic expeditions.

Because the films spanned five screens, central to the challenge was creating a dynamic feel throughout the video space. We focused on creating a captivating flow of action from screen to screen, as well as giving 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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