Richard Robbins
10×10
Girl Rising
Directed by Erin Sarofsky
Live Action
Editorial
3D Modeling
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VFX/Visual Effects

Girl Rising

Amina in Afghanistan, Sokha in Cambodia, Wadley in Haiti, Yasmin in Egypt: These four, and five more equally remarkable girls, tell stories heartrending and powerful in Girl Rising a revolutionary film from Academy Award-nominated director Richard Robbins.

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A Project With Passion

Amina in Afghanistan, Sokha in Cambodia, Wadley in Haiti, Yasmin in Egypt: These four, and five more equally remarkable girls tell stories heartrending and powerful in Girl Rising a revolutionary film from Academy Award-nominated director Richard Robbins. Although voiced by an incredible group of actresses (Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchet, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and more) with original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Grammy Award- winner Lorne Balfe, the girls themselves are the stars.

Robbins came to Sarofsky with a challenge: To give face and force to the message that education changes everything for girls in the developing world, Robbins wanted to present each girl’s story as a chapter in the film. But he needed a beautiful opening and transitions to stitch the stories together. He also needed to find a way to present facts and numbers that add meaning and context to the film, without disrupting its flow. We are thrilled that Robbins came to us for creative solutions.

After lengthy discussions and numerous script revisions,  Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky developed a series of scenarios that met every objective. She worked with a large cast of young girls to visually articulate the scripts. For the opening, a group of girls draw, laugh and interact in a sundrenched prairie as an animation of a beautiful school sprouts up from the earth behind them. For the interstitials, the girls present important statistical information in additional playful, and filmic ways. A few examples: An illustrated canvas with openings for faces stretches out to show the roles girls in undeveloped countries have to fill at a very young age. Following this, the girls pass oversized books that open to reveal shocking numbers, and poster boards with more jolting facts.

Liam Neeson’s voice-over was the finishing touch, adding depth and resonance.

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Please visit girlrising.org to learn more about the ongoing projects and programs that continue to give voice and opportunity to so many girls around the world. You can also follow them here.

Erin and everyone at Sarofsky is so proud to be have been part of a project that delivers a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and You Change the World.

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Project Credits 
  • Director
    Erin Sarofsky
  • Executive Producer
    Rachel Steele
  • Line Producer
    Anna Jung
  • Producers
    Erik Crary
  • Michael Burke
  • Director of Photography
    Steven Piet
  • VFX Supervisor
    Matthew Crnich
  • CG Director
    Andre Zazzera
  • Editor
    Steven Piet
  • Artists
    John Filipkowski
  • Nik Braatz
  • Kyle Romaneck
  • James Lee
  • James Reid
  • Alex Kline
  • Nick Hopkins
Client Credits 
  • Client
    Richard Robbins
  • 10×10
  • Girl Rising
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