2020 - The Year We've Had

2020 has been an unprecedented year. We wanted to look back and also look forward to 2021, celebrating the power of hope.


2020 - The Year We've Had


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Concept Development. Storyboarding. Post Production. Creative Direction

2020 has been a year like no other, one that will go down in modern history as one the most challenging and uncertain for the world as we know it. Covid-19 has personally affected almost everyone on the planet. We have seen political instability, divided and polarised nations, the US election, Brexit uncertainty, Civil unrest, rising unemployment and the continuing rise of populism across the world. Not to mention extreme weather events attributed to climate change.

It has highlighted that in our interconnected world, we are more vulnerable than ever but also shown that through global communities we can work together to fight the issues that effect us all.  As the year draws to a close, we wanted to create something that we hope both sums up the year we have had, but also speaks of our collective hopes for the year ahead.


This was not a commercial project for a client but one we undertook ourselves, investing our time to create something we hope people will watch and relate to.

In many ways the film is about togetherness and community and we wanted to imbue this idea into the process of making the piece. 

Thus, we invited people we know, the extended Black Paint family, to contribute ideas to the film. 

In particular we would like to thank:

Lutia Swan-Hutton, for her unexpected and brilliant ideas.

Oystein Lundstrom, for managing to send ideas while juggling, visiting parents, a home renovation and  his two boisterous little boys at home. 

Carlo Lee, for providing a different perspective on the idea.

Tim McGloughlin, for his sharp cultural awareness and satirical creativity. 

We must also acknowledge the inspiring poem of Brother Richard Hendrick, exerts of which were used in the second half of the film. 

Other footage from: 

Daniel Broadley Via Vimeo - Colin Becker via Vimeo - Mathew Butler via giphy.com - Dan McComb via vimeo - Neo - Into Action Via Giphy.com - Michael Steingard - Daniel Hume via Vimeo - Apo Genc Via VImeo - Alex Gao - Robert Anthony Via Vimeo - Robert Anthony via Vimeo - BBC News - New China TV -  ABC News - The Telegraph - Freedom News TV - Good Morning America - The Evening Standard - VOA News - NOICE - Bloomberg - ABC15 Arizona - WPLG Local 10 - Channel 4 News - CTV News - UW Medicine -   VOA News - CBSN - Global News - The Sun - Washington Post - BBC London - The Independent - Skynews - Guardian News

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