An Oscar for the White Helmets

I am hugely proud of Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara, Franklin Dow, Patrick Jonsson, Amelia Franklin, Abigail Anketell-Jones, Esme Peach and all my friends and colleagues at Grain Media and Violet Films for, once again, bringing a very difficult and complex story into people’s living rooms, in order to bring the attention of the world to the heroism […]

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New Home for Google XPrize Team Plan B

The wonderful Team Plan B, the only Canadian team in the Google XPrize have a new home! I’m hoping that means that the Dobrianskis have a little more room in their apartment! See my favourite episode of Moon Shot at the end of the page. http://commons.bcit.ca/update/2016/07/google-lunar-xprize-lands-at-bcit/

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King of the Mountain

With typical boundless energy, Orlando flew directly from the Oscars in LA to Rwanda to shoot this film about Samuel Mugisha, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Franklin Dow set up an amazing rig on Samuel’s bike and the cycling shots were fun to edit. Playing with sound design is always really fun too. However the […]

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Moon Shot Episode 2: Germany – Part-Time Scientists

The second episode of the Moon Shots films was actually the first we shot and therefore became the template for all the films. All the films are unique to each other in style but getting the balance between the human story and the science in them all started with this film. The human stories behind all the […]

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Moon Shot Episode 1 Pittsburgh Astrobotic

Legendary roboticist Red Whittaker is a professor who splits his time between teaching future engineers at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and running a working cattle farm in rural Pennsylvania. With a crack team of former students, he co-founded Astrobotic because he believes robots are the best solution for exploring remote, harsh environments — from nuclear […]

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‘Moon Shot’ launch

This week saw the launch of ‘Moon Shot’ at SXSW, the series of short documentaries that I worked on for much of last year, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and executive produced by JJ Abrams. I always love working with Orlando who is completely focused on creating engaging films about the human experience. He also […]

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