Saints & Strangers


The Pilgrims landed at New Plymouth in 1620, but that was really only the beginning of the story. This promo for the scripted film "Saints and Strangers" tells that whole story. Shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa, we shot with the cast for 3 full days, capturing the tension, uncertainty, and danger of those early moments when each group was sizing up the other.
Centered around the idea of prayers from both Pilgrims and Natives (the Native chant was written and performed by Native American, Jesse Bowman Bruchac), the spot echoes the idea that no matter how different they may have been, their fundamental experience was quite similar. Big thanks to our good friends and brilliant minds at National Geographic and of course to the amazing cast and crew.
Client: National Geographic Channel
SVP/Group Creative Director: Andy Baker
Creative Director/Writer: Tyler Korba
Creative Director, Design: Brian Everett
Production Manager: Kevin Lahr
Production Company: Variable
Creative Collective: Variable
Creative Development: National Geographic + Variable
Director: Salomon Ligthelm
2nd Unit Director: Jonathan Bregel
Director of Photography: Olivar Millar
Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter
Producer: Alex Friedman
Production Supervisor: Paige DeMarco
1st AD: Lisa Holland
Stedicam: Dale Rodkin
1st AC: Daniel Stewart
2nd AC: Michelle Brooks
Phantom Tech / DIT: Jeff Levine
Gaffer: Lesley Manuel
Production Designer: Joe Sciacca
Art Director: Brad Burke
Make up & Hair: Liz Kaplan
Wardrobe: Stacey Dunn
Location Manager: Lance Lezar
BTS Filmmaker: Frans Marais, Dreamcatcher Productions
Production Services: Film Afrika
Line Producer: Cindy Viljoen
Production Manager: Lee Faurie
Local Prod Coord/2nd AD: Gerhard Van Wyk
Post Production: Variable
Editor: Joel Douris
Post Producer: Alex Friedman
Post Production Supervisor: Lareysa Smith
Colorist: Mikey Rossiter @ The Mill
Sound Mix / Sound Design: DeFacto Sound
Original Score: Ryan Taubert
Native American Chant Written and Performed by Jesse Bowman Bruchac