FLASH therapy could be one of the most significant advancements in cancer treatment in decades. The FlashForward™ Consortium is a group of leading scientific institutions around the world who are collaborating to share knowledge about Varian’s FLASH proton therapy to treat cancerous tumors. We created this powerful video about the Consortium for Varian to use online, at conferences and at trade shows.
Proton Therapy Patient Education
Varian’s proton therapy is one of the most exciting developments in cancer treatment available. It minimizes damage to surrounding tissue while targeting the tumor making it well-suited for children. We created this short video at the Baltimore Proton Therapy Center to help kids (and their parents) learn more about what to expect during treatment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: Words Matter Animated Video Series
Our longstanding partnership with The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has given us the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to critical equity and anti-racism dialogues in our country. One such project is the “Words Matter” series, a glossary of 16 short videos, each defining an anti-racism term.
This glossary of videos is part of a larger BCBS “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” awareness campaign. The series is designed to help foster meaningful and productive dialogue by providing a shared understanding of terms that are often considered hot-buttons or hard to define. We are grateful to have produced and directed this important work! (The series was featured as part of a larger story on NBC affiliate KARE-11.)
Making MN a healthy place to live, learn, work and play has long been the goal of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN, and its Foundation supports that work throughout the state. The Foundation works with grantee partners across the state to eliminate the persistent inequities that exist in access to healthy environments. We are so thankful to get the chance to celebrate their work using a variety of creative tools. This overview video, designed in infographic style and using the Foundation’s existing photo assets, highlights the reach and scope of their work.
Restoring Hope: Blaise's Story
The Covid-19 pandemic changed many things, including the way organizations operate. The Center for Victims of Torture pivoted from hosting their annual in-person Restoring Hope fundraising breakfast to an online event. We orchestrated a safe outdoor shoot to create six short videos telling Blaise’s remarkable story of surviving torture. Five videos were used to build momentum leading up to the event. The final video, shown here, was presented at the highly successful fall 2020 breakfast before Blaise delivered his remarks.
The State We're In: Teen Vaping
Want to know the truth about e-cigarettes in Minnesota? Ask teens. The Center for Prevention (CFP) at BCBS of MN had the vision to create a short documentary and a social media trailer on the dramatic issue of flavored tobacco and the industry’s insidious predatory marketing aimed at kids. We combined the authentic voices of teens and the insights of reliable experts to support the the changemakers at the CFP as they work hard for a healthier MN for all. Mission-driven video is a bullseye request for the creative team at Quiet Island. We love partnering with clients to combine urgent research, personal stories, and beautiful video into powerful advocacy tools.
We Asked Our Staff
Every once in a while the mission of non-profit client leaves us speechless with gratitude and respect. Such is the case with The Center for Victims of Torture, our partner in creating a video in which staff members share reactions they have heard to the word torture, and the need for compassion towards victims. When shooting this video, we used one of our favorite gadgets, the EyeDirect system, seen most famously in Errol Morris films. It allowed for intimacy, impact, and ease of interviewing. If you’re interested in supporting a great cause, visit their website.
Farm to School
If a great shoot is defined by cute kids, a scenic farm, and good food, then this shoot scored a hat trick. Even better was the chance to highlight the work of schools around Minnesota who are strengthening the connection between healthy food and positive outcomes in school (and life!). Thanks as always to the Center for Prevention for the chance to showcase their important work.
Health Equity Series
With our valued partners at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN, Quiet Island was honored to produce this series of animated videos, shining a light on important and challenging concepts in Health Equity. From listening sessions to animatic storyboards to final voiceovers, we directed and produced all six videos in this series. Our clients loved the bonus video, “Behind the Scenes of the Health Equity Series,” showing the production process and creative inspiration for the finished animated videos.
Our video series was featured at the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Film Festival, and has been used nationwide by public and private advocacy organizations to educate audiences around equity issues.