Friday, September 10, 2010

Manifest Destiny - A History of American Foreign Policy from Lucasfilm


Was the United States a beacon of freedom or an emerging imperialist power? A new 3-part documentary series from the same Lucasfilm-JAK Films documentary unit that produced ninety four one-hour history documentaries for young people asks fundamental questions of American identity and its role in the world of nations since the early eighteenth century. Going from advocacy of democracy to containment, through the emergence of the US as a world power after the first world war to world superpower during the cold war and finally the world's only superpower.

ZAP was brought in to provide on-line post production including HD conforming, color grading, title design and animation.

This ground-breaking series revisits our foreign involvments and adventures throughout our history: Cuba and Spain, The Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, Somalia, the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The American Historical Association got a sneak preview of epsode one earlier this year:

Broadening our vision.... to the Philippines, indeed taking in the Westward Movement on the North American continent and the whole Pacific region, is the first public screening (a world premiere!) of a just-completed Lucasfilm production, Manifest Destiny: To Conquer or Redeem. Directed and produced by Sharon Wood, the film tells the powerful story of the Spanish-American and U.S.-Philippine Wars in the context of continental expansion and conquest. As part one of Manifest Destiny, which will be a three-part series on U.S. foreign policy, this film tracks the evolving role of “American Exceptionalism” as the United States grew from a rebellious colony into a continental power and began to develop an overseas empire. Utilizing some remarkable historic footage and revisionist approach, it’s a work that guarantees you’ll never again see William McKinley as a kind of innocent victim of circumstances.

The three films all create linear worlds in which ambiguity is downplayed and the argument or story is made as clear as possible given the available evidence.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Race to Nowhere Launches in Theaters

Opening This Week in Theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Vicki Abeles' documentary Race to Nowhere will play for one week at the IFC Center in New York and at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theater in Los Angeles. The film was shot using portable HD equipment and was finished in HD 1080P. These playdates will be presented with digital projection using D-Cinema Package.

Vicki will be attending the shows in New York on September 10 and 11 and will be joined by others on the RTN film team and from the cast including Sara Bennett on September 11 at 5 PM. Vicki will also attend the shows in Los Angeles on September 14 and 15 and will be joined on the 14th at 7:30 PM by Dr. Wendy Mogel who appears in the film. Other cast members will make appearances throughout the week.

Other theatrical screenings in selected cities will follow. Go Vicki!

ZAP did final post production of the film including HD mastering, trailer work, Digital Cinema Packaging and DVD design and preparation.
The film was edited by Jessica Congdon, Color grading by Gary Coates, Sound by Jim LeBrecht and Berkeley Sound Artists, Original music by Mark Adler, On-Line Editing by Jesse Spencer with Ri Crawford. A truly Northern California crew!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Nature of Cities, an exhibit of short films Opened in Shangai

ZAP just completed the design and previsualization for a dramatic installation that will open in July in Shanghai. Oakland-based Art Works for Change engaged ZAP to figure out the best way present seventeen short films at the United Nations Pavillion at the EXPO; the curator, Randy Rosenberg has been working with Nairobi-based United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to mount this exhibition that "...will be a visually compelling and entertaining exhibition, combined with effective storytelling, that informs and inspires viewers to respect nature and her ecosystems..."

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) [link]

To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

The Nature of Cities
United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China, July, 2010

UNEP has asked Art Works For Change to produce an art installation for the UN Pavilion at the upcoming Shanghai Expo. Up to 20 video artists, architects and animators will create short videos addressing the theme of urban biodiversity.

The renowned Zoetrope Aubry Productions is providing the design and technical editing for the project. The result will be a visually compelling and entertaining exhibition, combined with effective storytelling, that informs and inspires viewers to respect nature and her ecosystems. The UN anticipates that the installation be seen by 40,000 visitors a day.
Allora & Calzadilla; Vincent Callebaut; Rob Carter; Catherine Chalmers; Ri Crawford; Anthony Discenza; Cao Fei; Hall Moline; Katja Loher; Kevin Nolting; Sven Pahlsson; Kahn Selesnick; Molly Schwartz; Marina Zurkow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wikipedia Documentary Premiers at Wikimania, Gdansk, Poland

Truth In Numbers?
Everything, According To Wikipedia

A controversial new feature-length film that chronicles the remarkable rise of the "massive live collaboration" called Wikipedia. Filmmakers Nic Hill and Scott Glosserman traveled to over twenty countries filming interviews with the Wiki founders, Wiki critics, and Wiki contributors.

ZAP got involved with the film in December; the breadth of original source material is impressive. Post production: daunting. Our first task was to review the post production work flow; the film has been in post for over two years in an on-again, off-again cycle with various collaborators working in various cities on various platforms. Original interviews were shot in HDV and DVCProHD over years. ZAP organized the on-line and color grading, and will provide final delivery and DVD services. To learn more about the making of the film, you can go to an early filmmaker fan website that claimed that "anyone can edit this documentary web-site."

To view a trailer of the film, you can go to the GlenEcho Entertainment movie site.

A short list of some who appear in the film:

Jimbo Wales
Howard Zinn
Stephen Colbert
James Woolsey
Susan Jacoby
Richard Branson
Ray Kurzweil
Noam Chomsky
Bob Schieffer
Ward Cunningham
Len Downie, Executive Editor of The Washington Post
Bob McHenry, Former Editor-In-Chief - Encyclopaedia Britannica
Jaron Lanier
Lawrence Lessig
John Seigenthaler