Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Thin Green Line


an event not to be missed… if you’re in melbourne the end of july   design: moi

while i was in australia i reconnected with sean, a park ranger from australia whom i met while travelling in patagonia. at that time he was at the start of a trip around the world to film his fellow rangers for a documentary film to be shown at the next international ranger conference. he mortgaged his house (4 or 5 times by now), sold his car and set off on adventure. the premise was grand, the budget was low, the film-making skills non-existent, and yet it won him a standing ovation when he showed it at the ranger conference last fall. he was encouraged to pursue his efforts further and release the film as a feature-length documentary, using the proceeds from the film to assist families of rangers killed in the line of duty as well as help fund other conservation projects.
at the time i saw him mid-april, he had gone on hiatus from his ranger duties in order to finish the film for a simultaneous worldwide premiere the end of july. (so far the film will be shown in more than 500 locations in 50 countries in venues ranging from living rooms to grand theaters.) jim and i were privileged to view the final cut of the film at sean’s house. at the time i thought of offering my help, and i may have even done so weakly, but it wasn’t until i returned home and sean emailed me the DVD design “concept” from the DVD production house, that i was offended enough to take over the design duties… and it’s been a blast. while it can sometimes stress me out to no end to play designer, creative control is an opiate that counters even the worst moments… sounds like a bad relationship, but it makes me feel alive.
i’ll post more about sean’s documentary as the premiere approaches. for now if you’re interested, you can check out the Thin Green Line website.