Last night we were lucky enough to be invited to the screening of Dan Mace’s latest YouTube release titled ‘Humankind’. The private gathering for the screening took place in Cape Town’s CBD where Mace gave a short intro speech about the making of the video and the collaborative efforts of more than 100 content creators from across the globe that contributed to the final edit.
While the powerful and building imagery shows you the world in four minutes, the video is more than just a visual carpet ride through the eyes of 100 people across 100 countries – like with most of Dan’s art, it’s a call to action, a think piece that, in its essence is meant to drive you in whichever direction you’ve been most scared to turn. This is felt deeply through the script of the video and can be read in full below.
Since its simultaneous premiere and upload last night, ‘Humankind’ has already smashed close to 200, 000 views on YouTube. Watch ‘Humankind’ in full below and be sure to check out Mace’s official YouTube channel and Instagram.
JANETTE DE VILLIERS -EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
DEBRA STUBBS – HEAD OF PRODUCTION
CHRISTO POTGIETER – RESEARCHER
PARIS BRUMMER – RESEARCHER
TERENCE MASAMUNA – RESEARCHER
LUKE VEYSIE – RESEARCHER
NEELAN RANCHHOD – STUDIO MANAGER
NATE BUTTNER – STUDIO MANAGER
LUKE VEYSIE – OFFLINE EDITOR
CHRISTO POTGIETER – EDIT CONTRIBUTOR
ALEX PHILOTHEOU – EDIT CONTRIBUTOR
STRANGE LOVE STUDIOS:
XANDER VANDER – OFFLINE EDITOR
NIC APOSTOLI – COLOURIST
BEVIL SCHWARTZ – PRODUCER
GAVIN COETZEE – VFX CREATIVE DIRECTOR
CARL JEPPE – VFX CREATIVE DIRECTOR
GABRIELLA HARRIS – VFX EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
DOTAN NEGRIN – PIANIST
EBENHAEZER SMAL – SOUND DESIGN AND MUSIC
Hey… who are you? Like in a casual way… who are you actually?
Let’s start right at the beginning. You’re definitely human. Unless you’re watching this really far into the future and in that case hello new species.
If you have access to this video, you have routine, it may not be structured, but you eat when you’re hungry and sleep when you’re tired. You have a dream, the need to feel somewhat significant, which you are.. but you need to know it. Adventure and uncertainty keep you wondering, keep you curious to learn. But most importantly you need connection, connection to people. Now more than ever.
The point of the imagery on the screen is to showcase the unseen
Hidden in plain sight. A lens with no boundaries, no script, just 100 filmmakers with a dream.
Across 100 different cultures, from east to west, imagery untouched, unprocessed.
Look at all these people.
Look at this man smiling at his son. That feeling you felt right there that’s called connection.
In a world of organized chaos, chaos organized… to keep you from imagining a world that hasn’t been advertised.
Characterised not by your disguise but loved for what’s inside.
Ever wondered how Dancing to music is speaking every language at once.
Imagine a world with no language, only feeling, who then would be the most gifted?
The world needs to reimagine LOVE. Not the Shakespearian understanding, love is blind,
But rather imagine the world as one, like Lennon’s mind…
Who are you? This should not be defined by an act.
if couldn’t start with your qualification, status or job what would you answer to that?
You are a Devine being.
You are Love.
You are made up of 1 lifetime… well on earth at least.
Just as Day moves into night, you’re growing older.
Make change, before it’s too late.
The smallest gestures are where change begins. Therefore make them great.
Now ask yourself… who am I… really?
And what are you going to do with that to make change?
By doing that, you’ve just started.