Spikes Asia

Every Home is Worth Protecting

ARC EDIT, Sydney / NRMA / 2019

Awards:

1 Shortlisted Spikes Asia
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Overview

Background

In Australia a lot of power-poles are made from tall tree logs. They could easily be mistaken for a living tree. Koalas eat gum leaves. Koalas are a threatened species, with the primary reason being habitat destruction.

Execution

The stand out feature of the edit is the way it tells such a big story so quickly. It is difficult to tell an involved and comprehensive story succinctly, without losing any emotional impact. The pacing is brisk, whilst it doesn’t compromise the viewer’s comprehension and emotional response.

Working with animals and children is known to be tricky. They both don’t always do what you want them to do. It’s more work in the edit, because you’ve got to find a piece that works with another piece but there’s really not many pieces that work. Continuity is the biggest challenge with these factors.

The edit tells different sub-stories under the overarching story: alienation of the child as a lone kid in a rural town; alienation of the koala in a world where their habitats are being destroyed; and more broadly an important environmental message that has global context.

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