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Past Projects and Career Themes
The seemingly opposite movements toward both globalization and localization are the themes that bring our body of work together.
CONNECTEDNESS AND THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY
We wrote + directed + shot + co-produced the launch campaign for World Expo 2020, including 24x short films and 500x stills. We filmed stories of technology, connectedness, and sustainability around the world. Many of the stories were based on projects we have already been involved with for several years.
TOURISM, TRAVEL and the arts
The global tourism industry is booming! We've shot stills and video campaigns for national tourism boards (Canada Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism, Dubai Tourism), airlines (Emirates, Thai Airlines, Lufthansa) and editorial travel stories for Condé Nast, The New York Times, and many other leading publications.
AGRICULTURE AND POPULATION DENSITY
Feeding a growing population while dealing with the growing environmental crisis on our planet is perhaps the most complex set of challenges facing humanity. We have covered this subject from a CSR angle with Nestlé and from a crisis response perspective with the UN World Food Programme.
Our newest personal and commercial projects have looked at leading technology applied to sustainable food systems. The One Acre Project is our proposal for a large scale, global Branded Partnership documentary series on the subject.
THE STATUS OF WOMEN
Years of living in the Middle East and South Asia brought this topic into focus. We've collaborated on several projects aimed at providing opportunities for girls, promoting gender equality, and the empowerment of women.
We recently wrote + directed + shot + produced a manifesto video for a ride sharing tech company based in the Middle East, featuring a woman driver with male passengers - a groundbreaking concept in the region. For World Expo 2020, our video series was based on stories of women around the world.
EDUCATION AND LEARNING
Connectivity has created a world of opportunities in education, and the potential is life-changing for billions of people.
We have spearheaded education projects across a broad spectrum, from working with a boat school in South Asia to provide solar electricity, to creating a lecture series at Harvard University on Cultures of Protest and the social uprisings of 1968.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY IN THE GULF
The pace and scale of urban transformation and economic growth in the Arabian Gulf has changed the world's geo-political power structure.
During our many years based in Dubai, we witnessed the transformation of a local culture and landscape as the city became a symbol of wealth and grew from approximately 500k to nearly 3 million inhabitants. Our assignments took us throughout the Middle East, from Saudi to Yemen to Syria and beyond, allowing us to gain insight on a rapidly changing region.
TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME
Transnational organized crime networks are ever more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises. We worked with The New York Times on the movement of contraband across the Straight of Hormuz, and with Legatum on a comprehensive report on human trafficking in India. A longterm personal project on the trafficking of Philippine domestic workers in Dubai led to interviews with the BBC and CBC.
CLIMATE CHANGE IN TEMPERATE FORESTS
Our forests face significant challenges due to climate change, industry, and fire suppression. The long life cycle of evergreens makes it difficult for them to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. We've worked on the front line of the wildlfire crisis in western Canada, creating photostories and gathering reports to document change from a grassroots level.
TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY
Population growth and urban migration have placed immense strain on urban systems and created a need for constant improvement and implementation of new technology. Our work with General Electric (GE) has taken us to Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey to document multiple business streams - Aviation, Renewable Energy, Power, Healthcare, Lighting, and Transportation.
As part of our work with Expo 2020, we told the story of breakthrough container farming technology and looked at the global shipping industry through one of the world’s largest cargo ships, loading up at Dubai port heading out to sea in the Arabian Gulf.