Diomede

Case Study

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.

Director

Connor Smyers

Producer

simon GEISKER

Northland Assit. Editor

anika jess

Executive Producer

Michele drake

Producer

Jackson Casimiro

Northland Editor

ryan harpole

Northland Advisor

Tom nelson

Northland VFX

logan a. williams