Centered around the events of this year's World Refugee Day, two of the videos below were produced by Skydrift and the other two were commissioned by the client. The director of these pieces has created visual works for World Refugee Day ceremonies annually since 2013, when she began working with and getting to know refugee communities and resettlement agencies in Arizona.
Enticing a love of the outdoors, all footage was shot on the fly with an old model Samsung Galaxy S3 phone or GoPro Hero 4 between November 2014 and July 2015. No staging or actors were involved—just outdoor amazingness. Lean back in your chair and enjoy.
Serial entrepreneur Ian Ippolito was awarded the College of Engineering & Computer Science's Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Central Florida on March 19, 2015, in Winter Springs, FL, during an event informed by high technology and high hopes for the future of space exploration.
The first video contains the film's opening sequence with clips of the reception. Speeches and Ippolito's entertaining keynote address are on the full version of the video below.
Everyone can feel like a comic book hero. This clip was a quick visual test for the end titles on a project we considered producing. The film isn't very clean (it was personal footage of the camera operator's family having lunch), but the effect proved to work well. Created in After Effects.
Skydrift film director Dawn created the honoree video that played for a packed house at the annual celebration of World Refugee Day in Phoenix, AZ. Featuring individual refugees, families, and a standout community partner, the video was used to introduce the evening's honored guests before each of them was presented an award.
Note from Dawn: Pre-production began nine days before the premier, during which time the award recipients were still being selected; and though there are B-roll, cuts, and sound issues I wish I had had time to address, I am proud of the stories told, the editorial decisions made, the interview style, and the effect the video had on the audience, particularly on colleagues and families of the people who were receiving well-deserved recognition that night.
The video is in two parts, nine minutes and six minutes long.