Postscript is producing this documentary project centered around Diomede Island, a rural island off the coast of Alaska, home to about 70 indigenous Iñupiat.
This project trailer is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject matter we’re exploring on the island.
This is the island. Diomede is populated by about 70 indigenous Alaskans, some of the hardiest individuals on Earth. There’s a wealth of history and stories to be told about this village, but its future is being threatened. As climate change continues to disrupt the Bering Strait ecosystem, margins of survival for these subsistence hunters are growing thinner. We’ve set out to explore how this community perseveres through immense change, despite the social and cultural consequences.
Below are some stills from our footage, taken on the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro. We chose the Ursa because of its insane efficiency. Not only does it have crazy price to performance, but its Blackmagic RAW codec delivers incredible quality at tiny bitrates. That allowed us to record nearly endlessly, with far less time spent on D.I.T.
From our footage from the trip, we’re currently in Post-Production on Northland, a video series made in partnership with our alma mater’s Los Angeles Loyolan newspaper. Below are the preliminary designs for the graphic style. Leaning into the YouTube documentary style, we’re placing a heavy emphasis on slick and educational motion graphics, paired with narration.
Northland Assit. Editor
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Checks and Balance is the result of years of development, a passion project of director Brian Smail III. It takes place in the fictional New England Collegiate School of Higher Learning, where the student government builds a mafia around selling grades.
In a culture where fashion is central to signaling status, we had to pay close attention to the nuances of our wardrobe design. Beyond curation of appropriate pieces, items had to be made from scratch to build out the world of our fictional school.
In Checks and Balance, the baseball team serves as the mafia’s muscle. We made custom jerseys for the few team members.
We used a in-house process of layering iron-on vinyl to create a seal for the main character’s blazer. Below shows the three different layers, which are made on our cutting machine.
The vinyl is then carefully weeded and overlaid on a piece of fabric, then sewn on to the blazer.
This film had a large number of paper props, the key paraphernalia of the mob. We opted for all custom designs to dial in the exact look the film needed.
We created flags to place throughout the school’s campus.
Below are other graphics created for marketing and building out the school’s world.
More is to come. Stills from the film. The trailer. The poster. Eventually the final film.
BRIAN SMAIL III