Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold wins the Gold for Shots Branded Entertainment of the Year!

11 / 14 / 2016


Congrats to Werner Herzog and Pereira & O’Dell New York for winning the Gold for Shots Branded Entertainment of the Year: One-Off Project. Produced by Saville Productions, Lo and Behold was commissioned by Netscout and features interviews from some of the most influential minds of the modern Internet era.

View the Shots Awards 2016 Winners.


Congrats to director Judd Ehrlich for his Best Sports Documentary nomination!

10 / 13 / 2016


Judd Ehrlich has just nominated for Best Sports Documentary on his film Keepers of the Game at the Critics’ Choice Awards’ inaugural Documentary Awards.

The documentary tells the story of the Salmon River Shamrocks, a Native American girls lacrosse team and their struggles in establishing their rightful place in the sport.

Watch the trailer.

Director Gavin O’Connor on the Ben Affleck Thriller “The Accountant”

10 / 11 / 2016


In “The Accountant,” Ben Affleck plays a CPA on the autism spectrum with mad math skills and even madder martial arts skills. It is an exceptionally entertaining thriller with some deliciously surprising twists right up until the last second. In an interview, director Gavin O’Connor talked about blurring the lines of genre and the research he and Affleck did to explore the world of non-neuro-typicals.

Like your last film, the underrated “Warriors,” this one straddles genres and focuses on family relationships — fathers, brothers.

Being a dad is like there’s nothing more important. So the exploration of that in stories, with parents and fathers and brothers, siblings, I just think that you’re always in the terrain of love, whether it’s absence of love or the giving of love or the desire for love. There is nothing more powerful than love so I just like living in that very fertile kind of terrain.

How did you and Ben Affleck develop the Christian Wolff character?

“You can’t show up on day one and play someone with autism. It’s going to require a lot of work and a lot of research and I just need to know right before we do this together I need to get you committed to doing that because it’s really important. And he did, he was unbelievable. We went on a journey together because I said, “Look, I am going to do this with you. We’re going to do it together because I need to know it too. We all have people on the spectrum in our lives but the thing that Ben and I agreed on was, “Let’s go in like we know nothing. We’re like a blank canvas and let everyone start painting on the canvas for us.” And that’s how we approached it.

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Watch This Exclusive Sneak Peek of ‘Lo and Behold,’ Starring Elon Musk

08 / 17 / 2016

Werner Herzog, the inimitable documentarian behind the films Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Encounters at the End of the World, has traded his muse in the natural world for a virtual one.

In his latest cinematic exploration, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, due out this week, the German filmmaker tours the bleeding edge of innovation. He chats with thinkers, inventors, tinkerers, and scientists about our networked future, dipping into the Internet, robotics, artificial intelligence, and space. The film is part homage to the Internet from the vantage point of an admitted (indeed proud) neophyte, and part warning.

In the video teaser above, shared exclusively with Fortune, the audience is treated to a heavy dose of the latter. In the first segment, supercomputer inventor Danny Hillis says it’s possible that artificial intelligence has already evolved spontaneously out of the Internet. Next Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, offers an example of how capitalists could abuse AI to advance self-serving, potentially evil ends. Imagine machines investing in military contractor stocks and then inciting war (somehow) to make a buck?

Finally, the camera turns to the silhouette of a Cylon, a race of revolting machines yanked from pop culture, and the clip ends with Herzog musing, in his elegiac way, about how dull Musk’s proposed apocalypse would be compared to an alien invasion. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The movie, sponsored by the IT networking firm Netscout hits theaters on Aug. 19.

Continue reading at Fortune.com.

Does The Internet Dream About Itself? Werner Herzog Wants To Know

08 / 17 / 2016

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, is a meditation on technology and humanity that includes interviews with everyone from developers of the early Internet to astrophysicists to Elon Musk.

It’s also a film with a strange genesis. Lo and Behold is the result of a collaboration with Netscout, a hardware company that was originally interested in Herzog making short films about what would happen if the Internet was disrupted.

“I immediately declined because I thought it was an attempt to hire me for a commercial,” Herzog tells Co.Create. “I have had an attitude in all my working life that I’ve never done commercials because I feel uncomfortable with the consumer civilization in which we are living. I feel uncomfortable and I would not like to somehow instigate and promote consumerism even further.”

“It turned out, no, it was much more like something I did for YouTube once about texting and driving. I was told it was something like that, and in fact I was completely left alone and could do whatever I wanted to do. [. . .] It was a very pleasant collaboration, and they loved the film when they were finished. We all watched it and they loved it. They were proud to be part of it.”

When you watch Lo and Behold, it feels like an installment of Carl Sagan or Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos filtered through Herzog’s sensibility in the best possible way.

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Is Werner Herzog’s New Film the Future of Branded Entertainment?

08 / 02 / 2016

It’s been almost four years since PJ Pereira unleashed “The Beauty Inside” on the world. The years since that groundbreaking work of branded content-which Pereira & O’Dell made for Intel and Toshiba-have been a time of experimentation, Pereira says, with agencies testing formats and boundaries in the one advertising genre that truly likes to pretend it isn’t advertising at all.

“I don’t think we’re at a point of evolution [in branded content] yet. We’re still testing the waters and seeing what can be done, or can’t,” Pereira told Adweek here in Bali this week, where he’s been chairing the Branded Content & Branded Entertainment jury for the Clio Awards—sifting through hundreds of entries and picking the 2016 winners.

Around the time of “The Beauty Inside,” which won gold Clios in Film and Branded Entertainment in 2013, there was lots of long-form content, even things over an hour long. “I didn’t see anything this year like that,” Pereira said of the work he and his jury evaluated here at the lavish Ritz-Carlton resort.

VR is coming into play,” he said. “Super long-form is slowing down, but I’m not sure it should be. It’s more difficult to do. And now, it doesn’t have the novelty. It becomes less inviting. And if you’re going to do a feature-length thing, it has to be really good because it’s competing against other movies out there.”

That’s a challenge that might well put off many agencies these days, but not Pereira. In fact, he’s preparing for the theatrical release on Aug. 19 of Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World-a 98-minute documentary, which Pereira & O’Dell produced and documentary master Werner Herzog directed, about the past, present and future of the internet.

Continue reading on Adweek.

‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Posters: Werner Herzog Examines The Virtual World

07 / 08 / 2016

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” chronicles the virtual world from its unlikely origins to its outermost reaches, examining the modern, malleable digital landscape with a curious, keen eye. Aided by his indelible voiceover, Herzog speaks with such tech visionaries as Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, and Sebastian Thrun to explore how the virtual has completely changed the physical, and the ways in which our lives are forever altered by our connection to the Internet. Herzog probes the philosophical questions that lie not so far beneath the surface and takes a harsh look at the benefits and pitfalls of our new world. See some exclusive posters from the film below.

Continue reading at Indiewire.com.

Paul Haggis wins two Cannes Gold Lion for “Out There!”

06 / 27 / 2016

Directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis, the short film is the first global campaign for luxury outerwear brand Canada Goose. Produced by Saville Productions.

Link to Adweek.

Saville In Conversation with Martin Campbell

06 / 23 / 2016

Netflix and other digital platforms are attracting huge audiences who wish to watching film and tv without disruptive tv commercials. As customers migrate to these platforms, it’s necessary for a brans to integrate themselves into these new programming opportunities.

Director Martin Campbell twice relaunched the Bond franchise, first with Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, and again with ‘Casino Royal’. He also transformed his classic 1985 BBC eco-thriller ‘Edge of Darkness’ into a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Mel Gibson.

In discussion with Rupert Maconick, Martin shares his experiences of telling stories in an established fictional universe working with Bond and Zorro. Hear about the challenges involved in incorporating real life brands into the rarefied world of Bond, and how popular stories are re-purposed and updated for modern audiences.

The talk will take place at The Palais 2, Inspiration Stage on Friday June 24th at 2pm.

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The brazen Bavarian Werner Herzog is back with his latest directorial effort, ‘Salt and Fire’

06 / 22 / 2016

On the fine line separating the fearless from the reckless is where you’ll often find Werner Herzog. Again and again over his five decades in film, the German director has turned his lens on figures who walk that tightrope, frequently in exotic landscapes – the bear-obsessed loner of “Grizzly Man,” the Irish rubber baron who wanted to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle in “Fitzcarraldo,” the oddball Antarctic poets of “Encounters at the End of the World.”

Such characters seem to be both reflections and projections of the director himself, who has become legendary for real-life episodes of derring-do in the execution of his professional duties, though Herzog recounts them almost nonchalantly.

He’s been detained during a coup attempt in Africa (“a case of mistaken identity – they were looking for a guy named Hertz,” he explains with a wave of the hand). He was shot in the crotch near Lookout Mountain in Los Angeles, not far from his home, during an interview with the BBC (“a minor wound,” he demurs, with a twinkle in his eye).

Perhaps most infamously, one of Herzog’s local crew members sawed off his own foot deep in the South American jungle to save himself from a poisonous snake bite. (“It was the right thing to do, because he survived,” Herzog intones matter-of-factly, his Bavarian accent still strong despite decades in America.)

But at 73, Herzog insists he remains firmly on the sane side of the line.

“I was always, not without fear, but from a certain point in my life, [fear] is not even in my vocabulary anymore,” said Herzog last week at the Shanghai International Film Festival, where he premiered his latest film, “Salt and Fire.” “But it’s not stupid fearlessness. There’s such a thing as heroic stupidities, and there are some sort of grotesque stupidities, and there are such a thing as stupid stupidities, and I’m not into that… none of those categories.”

Continue reading at LATimes.com.