We recently wrapped the pilot episode of our new docudrama, Without A Scalpel. It is a sixty-minute 12 episode broadcast series with a large accompanying digital strategy. Each episode follows three to four patients and their doctors through ground breaking procedures that heal and transform their lives. Astonishingly, many times these patients are able to leave the hospital with just a band-aid. Click here to watch episode #1
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Evolve Media just got back from LA where we produced a series of commercials with Alyson Hannigan and Jockey’s Skimmies. The four humorous spots were directed by Glenn Clements (Daily Show, Jay Leno Show). The series features Alyson Hannigan running to the rescue of women with embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions armed with a pair of Skimmies! You can read more about the campaign here at #SavedBySkimmies.
Our new clients, New York-based ad agency Laird + Partners, hired us to get in there and produce the series. We got the call and shot the project fifteen days later. Alyson Hannigan is hilarious, she made our job easy. The Evolve producers on the ground in LA were Marc Solomon, Marc Levy and Michael Mattes. Come behind the scenes to watch Evolve and Alyson Hannigan hard at work!
The team had a lot of fun shooting this commercial in Los Angeles. We cast the talent, except for Alyson and we’re really happy with the outcome. Casting last minute can be a daunting task without enough time to really sift through your best options for the project. Our talented team made sure we had solid talent to work with and Alyson Hannigan was a great lead.
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Free Storyboard Templates for Filmmaking Projects
Wether you are trying to share your vision with your crew or a client it is always best to storyboard your script out in an organized template.
There is really no better way to portray the details of your shots than through a storyboard. While there are other important steps to take in planning your shots and production day, like creating a shot list or a detailed script, we believe a storyboard definitely has it’s place.
There are a few different ways to utilize a storyboard.
What is a storyboard?
A lot of the time a storyboard will have most of the information a cinematographer would need to shoot a specific shot. You can tell a document is a storyboard by identifying the squares on the page, these squares will contain your vision for each specific shot. In some big budget features there is a whole team of people working to create the most insanely detailed and stunning drawings to fill their storyboards. These can help to inspire the whole filmmaking process from the very beginning. In smaller production projects you can use stock photos to portray the framing information for your Director of Photography (DP), Cinematographer, Gaffer or set designer. Or if you feel confident in your stick figure drawing skills you can create the stills yourself. There is also the option to hire a specialized storyboard artist for your project and depending on budget and scope you can get a really great artist to help you visualize your story. You can expect to pay anywhere from 30.00-100.00 an hour for your artist, you can choose to illustrate your story in color or black and white. Below are a few examples:
In addition to these squares, storyboards often have important camera information like which lens to use, stabilization preferences, and a lighting diagram. Depending on the size and scope of your video project, a storyboard can be as simple as a collection of squares with scene numbers, or as advanced as a highly detailed diagram of the entire production layout. There are a few different templates out there, some more detailed than others. Below you can find a few places where you can get a free download of different storyboard templates if you want to create one on your own:
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Shiva Kumar, senior producer for Evolve Media in NY recently directed and edited a feature length documentary titled Memory After Belsen. This film was written and produced by Shiva’s long time documentary production partner, Joshua M. Greene and executive produced by Henri Lustiger Thaler. Memory After Belsen premiered at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on Nov. 20th to commemorate the approaching 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The film follows the granddaughter of a survivor as she discovers the reality of her grandmother’s concentration camp experience. Her journey to Bergen-Belsen serves as a springboard for exploring issues of memory. Voices of leading scholars and educators contribute to this unique program on the future of Holocaust memory and how it is portrayed in contemporary culture through film, the arts, human rights initiatives and education.
Evolve Media and Clayton Douglas collaborated with Kumar on the look and feel of the film and provided key visual effects to enhance the mainstream appeal of Memory After Belsen. Memory After Belsen has been accepted by Discovery Education for distribution to classrooms nationwide. Evolve Media is currently working on negotiating distribution rights for the film for national and International release. The Huffington Post wrote about the film and touches on the subject of remembering the Holocaust after the survivors are gone.
Check out the trailer for a peek into the documentary.
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Origins Project Trailor – New York’s Founders
Evolve has partnered up with Origins in New York to help create a series of projections, holograms and light sculptures of New York’s founders. Check out this Origins Project Trailer – New York’s Founders. The Founder’s life stories will be projected around Battery Park on buildings, fences, walls, airshafts, trees and the Hudson River. Accompanied by lively recordings based on the experiences of the early settlers, Origins will provide visitors with a dynamic step back in time to the beginnings of New Amsterdam/New York.
Meet some of New York’s (or New Amsterdam’s as it was called until 1664) early settlers:
American Indians – the original settlers of ‘Mannahatta’, or ‘Manahatouh’ in the Munsee language: ‘the place where we get bows’
Henry Hudson – (England) who dropped anchor in NY Harbor early September 1609 with his ship ‘Halve Maen’ (Half Moon)
Jan Rodrigues – (Dominican Republic) New York’s first non-native American settler
Asser Levy – (Poland or Germany) Jewish activist, merchant and a successful mediator
Manuel – (West coast of Africa) survivor of a public hanging, one of the first freed slaves in New York and a farmer on what is now Washington Square
AdriaenVan der Donck – (Dutch Republic) lawyer, landowner and activist, whose nickname ‘Jonker’ lives on in the name of the city of Yonkers
Griet Reyniers – (Dutch Republic) New Amsterdam’s infamous prostitute, wife of the Moroccan pirate Anthony van Salee
Petrus Stuyvesant – (Dutch Republic) New Amsterdam’s one-legged, powerful and last Governor
Margaretha van Varick – (Dutch Republic) a 17th century businesswoman
Jacob Leisler – (Germany) an influential business- and political figure who was pardoned shortly after being executed by the British.
Please contact us if you know of other historic characters who should be immortalized. Through their life-stories Origins Project Trailer – New York’s Founders celebrates New York, the amazing and diverse City of Opportunity.
From Sept. – Dec. of 2015 every night, from 7:00 pm to midnight, Battery Park will be transformed into a living open-air light exhibition. Visitors will come face to face with some of New York’s first settlers. Through their life stories we celebrate New York, originally called New Amsterdam, the enlightened and diverse city of opportunity. If you want a preview of this awesome project, check out this Origins Project Trailer – New York’s Founders video Shiva Kumar directed.
For more information on the enlightened Origins sponsor and partner benefits contact Evelyn Ellis or Gerard Jongerius.
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Making the Whiteboard Video Format Entertaining
If integrating multiple business systems and navigating the cloud and on-premise hardware sounds daunting to you, you’re not alone. Success Factors came to Evolve to produce a series of Whiteboard videos. Their script ideas were complex and hard to grasp.
When SuccessFactors approached Evolve to produce a series of Whiteboard videos, we challenged ourselves to develop a fresh take on the format that would be educational as well as entertaining. We worked with our team to add dynamic movement to almost every hand drawn scene, creating a form of magic in every piece of the video. The goal was to demystify the integration process and educate potential customers on the benefits that SuccessFactors and SAP can offer with this process. In the end, we were able to do that and more. Their audience truly “Got It” and we were able to make a complex message one of ease and simplicity while making the whiteboard video format entertaining. SuccessFactors now has a video they can be proud of while also informing potential customers of the benefits to using their product.
If you are interested in creating a whiteboard video to tell your story, idea or business concept you’ve come to the right place. Evolve has experience in working with many different companies and we are always looking to challenge our storytelling skills. If you think your concept could benefit from this format, check out our other work. Take a look at our website for our various takes on this format. We are experts at making the whiteboard video format entertaining. Contact us and speak to one of our producers, we always make sure to answer any questions as quick as we can. You can fill out our contact form and expect a same day response. We are looking forward to working with you. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our blog!
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The #GlobalPOV Project Viral Video for UC Berkeley
This eye-opening project has been ongoing for over a year and has recently been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post and Upworthy. The piece was produced for The #GlobalPOV Project at the Blum Center for Developing Economics at the University of California, Berkley. It’s turned into a viral video while making it’s rounds via Facebook – and for good reason. The video has been shared throughout social networks and has received recognition for the content and artful storytelling. The viral video uses unique storytelling tools to combine critical social theory, improvised art and digital media to explore innovative ways of thinking about poverty, inequality and undertaking poverty action. It’s a great way to learn about these issues while also enjoying an entertaining viral video.
There are a total of eight episodes with number eight in post and an intro in the works. I asked Daniel Lafrentz, the director, about his relationship with the project and he said, “Now that I know so much about the inequality, I cant shut my eyes to it. I really believe in it. Working with such eye opening content was interesting and figuring out how to artfully represent it was just as exciting. ”
It was a challenge to figure out different ways to represent the ideas besides just drawings. In “Is Privilege Poverty” a game called Bagatelle was built to demonstrate global poverty. Fortune cookies were made to tell why some programs don’t work in “Who is Dependent on Welfare.” In “Are Slums the Global Urban Future” a magic eight ball was used to answer questions before being turned into a wrecking ball for inequality.