Jewish History Series
PROJECT BRIEF: 20 part video series spanning Jewish history
My Roles: Wrote scripts, recruited and directed team
Developing the Idea
Three years before this was made, I wanted to make a single video covering the history of the Jews from the destruction of the second temple leading up to right before the Holocaust.
My boss, feeling it was too ambitious and no one would care to watch, called this video, “Jeremy’s Folly.”
In time, it grew and expanded to a desire to make a series of twenty videos, each covering roughly a hundred years of history in five minute segments.
Proposed Video List
I managed to make seven of the twenty videos before the company closed and still hold on to the dream of one day finishing this series.
Writing the Scripts
I travelled to Northwestern University and did a series of interviews with various experts. I’d previously done intense research on the subjects, as otherwise conversations tended to become so wide ranging, they were impossible to contain into five minutes.
Scouting Talent & Managing the Production
Illustration & Animation
Stu Sufrin did most of the visuals. He was someone we found five years back, when we ran a one week intensive artist in residency program for college students.
Recruiting people for that program is its own story.
Stu’s not only incredibly talented, he was also passionate about the subject matter, which goes a long way.
The musician, Elijah Aaron, is someone I also absolutely love. We go back many years, when he submitted a song to a contest I ran.
Anecdotally, I’ve had many teachers write me saying how helpful these videos were in teaching the subjects, and how nothing like this has ever existed before. The videos are getting tens of thousands of views, which is a great start.