Aerial Ardour, Aireen Arellano

On-screen Graphics: Zero Weeks

I've admired the films of director Ky Dickens for over 10 years, so when she contacted me to create illustrations for her latest documentary feature about America's paid leave problem, my head exploded. America is one of two developed countries in the world without a government-supported paid leave program for its citizens. Ky wanted to show the disparity between America's high value placed in family and the lack of support for families in an ironic way by using retro-inspired style in the illustrations. Using a mix of manipulated photography and custom vector shapes, I constructed illustrations that motion graphics artists used to animate to make the images dynamic and support the film's narrative. I also designed the lower thirds (identifies individuals and locations) and graphics cards. 'Zero Weeks' world premiered at the Camden International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at DOC NYC 2017, America's largest documentary festival. It was also a winner at the Colorado International Film Festival 2017 and won Best Documentary at the International Women's Film Festival 2017.

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