Dangerous Lies


Greenpeace


2021 / 1:48 min

Dangerous Lies is a campaign aiming to expose 'carbon offset schemes' by big polluters. Through short live-action segments where the concept of greenwashing is depicted, and through educational animations, the veil is lifted on the marketing scams these companies apply to keep polluting our planet and turning nature into a commodity.

3 X Short Films | Awareness Campaign Dangerous Lies | Original Story | Production August-October 2021 | 3840x2160 | 16:9 | Colour | Premiere JBS November 6, 2021, Greenpeace Int. Youtube, Social Media | Premiere Total November 8, 2021, Greenpeace Int. Youtube, Social Media | Premiere Aviation November 10, 2021, Greenpeace Int. Youtube, Social Media

 

Series Featured Greenpeace Int. Website | JBS Featured Greenpeace Int. Instagram |​ Greenpeace Int. Youtube | Total Featured Greenpeace Int. Instagram | Greenpeace Int. Youtube | Aviation Featured Greenpeace Int. Instagram |​ Greenpeace Int. Youtube

Concept & Production Studio Birthplace | Writers & Directors Jorik Dozy & Sil van der Woerd | Producer Sean Lin | Music Composer Vitaliy Zavadsky | Sound Designer Wavefarer Audio | Colorist Keidrych Wasley | Cast JBS | Father Martin Paul Dieffenbach | Daughter Kerys MiaoJinxi Packman | V.O Artist Susie Valerioi | Cast Total | Congo Researchers Iwani Mawocha, Benjamin Obaje | V.O Artist Cynthia Kimola | Cast Aviation | Girl Hannah Lin Qing Chandy | Boy Lim Hong Ting Quintus | V.O Artist Darren Altman | Production Assistant Marsya Mohd Johari | Singapore Co-Production Chuan Pictures | Executive Producer Karen Khoo-Toohey | Assistant Director Jun Chong | Production Manager Terri Goh | Director Of Photography Shyan Tan | 1st Camera Assistant Juan Qi An | 2nd Camera Assistant Nadia Low | 3rd Camera Assistant Ivan Chong | Data Wrangler Ernest Lee | Grip Ko Swee Kheng, Dickson Chua | Soundman James Choong | Art Director Chris Koh | Art Assistant Ericson Esteban | Location Manager Feefee | VFX Supervisor Wen Hao Tan | Props Assistant Lynette Wee | Stylist Meredith Lee | Casting Hello Group | Production Assistant Lionel Seah | Production Assistant Wendy Lie | VFX Production Dead Pixel | VFX Supervisor & Lead Artist TimSmiT | 3D Lighting, Shading & Environment, Rendering Sohaib Bouaiss | Animations, Lead Comp & Additional Rendering TimSmiT | Additional Comp & Digital Matte Painting Marti Pujol | Animation Production Method & Madness | VFX Executive Producer Tan Wen Hao | VFX Producer Terence Ng | CG Director Tan Yating | Concept / Art Camille Balete | CG Generalist Muhammad Huzaifi Bin Razali, Ng Zheng Jie, Hisham Taufik | Modeling Fabio Wasques, Bosko Ognjevic, Little Chicken Game Company | Animation Benjamin Lee, Lucio Mennillo | On-set VFX supervisor Tan Wen Hao | Signboards VFX Alex Scollay | All Rights Reserved 2021 Greenpeace

JBS
'Green' Meat Industry

JBS, the world's largest meat producer, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040.

But their plan to do so, allows them to keep destroying the valuable Amazon Rainforest and does not address the fundamental source of their climate impact: methane release by cattle.

Total
'Green' Oil

French oil giant Total claims they’re committed to a clean energy future.

But they are trying to drill for oil in a pristine forest in the Republic of Congo - home to many many indigenous communities, as well as critically endangered species, such as lowland gorillas.

Aviation
'Green' Flying

'Green' Aviation? Another net-zero scam.⁣
The aviation industry wants to double air traffic by 2037 and halve their carbon emissions by 2050. What the...?!⁣

Airlines want to convince us that we can fly carbon neutral but it’s greenwashing, pure and simple.⁣

Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets are when a polluter that has emitted greenhouse gases exchanges or 'offsets' their pollution with a 'credit' for carbon captured by someone else. It’s an accounting trick used by companies like Shell, Total, Exxon, and others to burn oil and fossil gas in exchange for carbon credits from tree planting or conservation projects to theoretically “offset” their carbon emissions. Basically, they’re paying to keep polluting and turning nature into a commodity in the process.

​Offsetting isn’t just a scam, it’s unjust. Polluters in wealthy countries can effectively keep polluting by shifting responsibility for their pollution, and adding more of a burden to already vulnerable communities suffering from the effects of climate change.

Offsetting projects often distort local economies and grab local and Indigenous Peoples’ land that they use for their livelihoods. And have led to natural ecosystems being destroyed, threatened species habitat lost, and human rights abuses. 

Offsets don’t work and we’re running out of time.

Immediately stopping burning fossil fuels is the solution.

Production

Each story of the three campaign films take place a on different continent. To guarantee the authenticity of the films, we had to make sure the environments looked accurate to each of the countries while also casting great actors with the right ethnicities.

 

In order to reduce our travel footprint while also guaranteeing production through various COVID-19 restrictions, we opted to shoot the campaign in Singapore and scout local locations to accurately represent each of the countries. Singapore provided us with a rich palette of looks while also allowing high production quality.

The set provided Tingkat lunches, re-usable utensils and crew transportation to reduce the production's footprint while opting for digital call-sheets and scripts, and required crew to use their own reusable water bottles.

Animations

To convey the intricacy of the case studies done by Greenpeace in a manner that would educate our audience on the issues while also entertain, we used 3d animation. Creating beautiful worlds full of life and interesting visuals, we were able to dive into great detail regarding each of the cases and their complexities.

The 3d animations were carefully crafted to hit the right tone and style. After a research period defining the needs, artists at Method & Madness created concept art and extensive story boards, followed up with 3d animatics to create a clear picture of each of the films before heading into full production.

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