We’re pleased to announce that we’ve won yet another two Telly awards for our video production work. These two are for our 2013 project for MPAC in Los Angeles called “American Muslims, America’s Leaders”, which celebrated MPAC’s 25 year anniversary.
The project was written and directed by Patrick Ortman, and MPAC’s executive producer was Hasnain Syed. Special thanks to Jessica Rothert, and the MPAC staff and volunteers.
The concept behind the video was to imagine how American Muslims would be seen, 25 years from now. We imagined a world where American Muslims are an even more vibrant part of our country’s political, artistic, and corporate landscape.
“I did some thinking about my own heritage- especially the Irish part of me” says writer-director Patrick Ortman “and I realized that when the Irish came over to America, it took some time for them to really become known as a strong part of our country. It’s the same for any group. And America’s this amazing place, because we’re the melting-pot. We all have strengths and points of view that can make us stronger, that make our country better. I wanted to show this process in the American Muslim community, which is a community a lot of us don’t know much about, and one filled with stereotypes.”
Patrick teamed up with Oscar-winning special effects makeup house B2 Productions in Hollywood to help realize his vision. “Those guys, wow- it was fantastic watching them take our 20-something MPAC interns and turn them into middle-aged people. I’m glad we reached out to them, and I’m grateful they took the time to do the job right. Of course, I spent some time wandering around their shop and taking in the amazing body of work they’ve done. You have to, right? I mean, they did Mr. Spock’s ears!”
MPAC’s Hasnain Syed adds “Going into this project, we wanted to make a bold statement on our vision of the future and a manifestation of America’s diversity as it’s core strength. To achieve this, both the message and visuals had to be impactful and visionary, without leaning on recycled ideas.
We had to turn to Patrick as our partner in bringing this vision into fruition. From the start, he told us to throw technical & budgetary limitations out the window and just think big. A great partner is one who keeps his eye on the project’s overall vision and emotional impact, without letting details detract from the end goal.
In Patrick, we have someone to imagine with, not someone who just executes or takes directions. If there’s a better way, or a different approach, he’ll say it.
MPAC works to make American Muslims a positive, integral and contributing member in America’s fabric. The video is a reflection of our work and it’s fruits in the future.”
These Telly awards come on the heels of Patrick’s Telly and ADDY-winning TV commercial “Meet Biff” for the Paffrath Organization
Both winning videos are also online at http://patrickortman.com