Brothers, a new spot by commercial director Nickolas Duarte for Western Union, is an experiential piece capturing a slice of life between two young brothers...and their flat soccer ball.

The spot was shot to engage viewers through the raw experience of the two boys and show the value of connection. Although it is a narrative piece, it incorporates a great deal of documentary elements to deliver on the raw and authentic connection. This is seen in everything from purely improvised scenes to moments where the kids actually look and acknowledge the camera. This approach was especially useful in working with non-actors, which the two young leads were.

Shooting was completely hand held to free the frame and embrace the doc-style approach. The DP and director did not work with a shotlist, but instead came up with a list of “visual rules” to keep a consistent look and tone. They stayed on mostly wider focal lengths to give a more realistic look, with Cooke miniS4 lenses being utilized for the warmth and handling of skin tones, and shot in a 2.40 aspect ratio to ensure the film maintained a cinematic quality despite all the rawer doc influences.

Starring: Tomas Tovar Anthony Lobato Jr
Patricia Johnson Luis Pimber Director: Nickolas Duarte
 Production Company: Riotmaker, Crown Chimp Productions 
EPs: Nick Costello, Harrison Roberts
 Writers: Nickolas Duarte, Drew Grubich Field Producer: Rosie Zwaduk
 1st AD: Thijs Boonen 
Director of Photography: Wey Wang 1st AC: Peter Brunet Gaffer: Oscar Rivera Production Design: Adam Ray, Jessica Van Ravenswaay
 Make Up: Sonia Campbell 
 Location Audio: Mike Clark
 Production Assistanst: Frank Armendarez, Jackie Stubbs, Art Wallace
 Editors: Nickolas Duarte, Harrison Roberts 
Original Music: Daniel Vildosola
 Colorist: Harrison Roberts
 Camera: Red Epic
 Lenses: Cooke S4i
 Production/Post: Tucson, AZ
 NLE: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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