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On July 8th an expedition to one of the most untouched places on earth set sails in the town of Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka headed towards the Kuril Islands to explore the environmental impact on this remote area of the earth, try first ascents and raise awareness for the protection of the islands. Tomorrow Unlocked accompanied the adventurers on their journey and reported on their insights, feeling, and challenges.
In August we introduced our very first web documentary series hacker:HUNTER by telling the infamous Carbanak story. An incredible heist that cost banks millions of dollars. A few weeks later we premiered the second documentary titled hacker:HUNTER - Wannacry: The Marcus Hutchins Story. An exclusive Tomorrow Unlocked documentary. Both documentaries have more than 2.345.500 views on YouTube today. Watch all episodes here.
IT security expert Marco Preuss takes us all on a journey to unlock how tomorrow may look like in his web series Imagine Beyond. Marco talks with experts about how technology may shape our humanity in the future, and the potentials of human augmentation. We are at an exciting stage of evolution: What was science-fiction is now becoming fact and it is happening faster than most of us expected.
Art is never easy. A work that fascinates and inspires one could insult and annoy the other. Social media offers creatives a perfect place to showcase their art to a completely different and international crowd. Street art in particular is a great example of this. In our web documentary Leaving the Underground we follow a group of artists to understand how technology and social media shape their art and made their creative movement possible.
With Covid-19 taking over the world and a lot of countries in lockdown 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us – but it also is one major historical moment we are all experiencing as a collective, be it in Russia, Germany, Nigeria or the US. We partnered up with The Community Creatives and asked creatives all over the world to capture one hour of their life in lockdown in a one-minute short film. In three rounds we managed to capture TWELVE minutes of history, creativity, and connection with entries from all over the globe, showing us that we are all the same with our fears and hopes.
Heroes of tomorrow!
In a world where everything becomes more digital and intertwined it has become more important to protect ourselves against hackers and cybercriminals. Our web series Defenders of Digital portraits heroes like Eva Galperin and Salvi Pascual, who take a dive into the dark side of the web and combat bad guys to protect our technological future. Meet our heroes on YouTube.
Ryan Hill was managing the camera equipment at #fromkurilswithlove
Ryan Hill was the assistant to Chris Burkard on #fromkurilswithlove. And although the camera crew was travelling light, there still was an enormous amount of equipment to take care of. They only brought less than 20 bags with equipment. it can easily be 100 in other shoots. Looking after the equipment, among other things, was Ryan's job. Here, he gives a short impression of his work and the challenges on board.
Chris Burkard's thoughts at the end of #fromkurilswithlove
#fromkurilswithlove was a coincidence, in many ways. A photographer (Renan Ozturk) does a commercial shoot for a company (Kaspersky) and they find a common interest (The Kuril Islands). The photographer finds a group of people that is as passionate about the idea as himself, and a year later they all board a boat.
Chris Burkard was one of those people and in this video he explains how this random mix of people ended up being a perfect crew.
Chris Burkard – Breaking Monotony
If you are a surf fan you probably heard of Chris Burkard. By breaking out of his daily routine he became not just one of the most famous surf photographers but also nature photographers. Neither he nor his parents thought so when Chris decided to quit his job at 19 to pursue his dream career and travel to exotic touristic destinations taking pictures of surfers in front of blue skies. Chris was seeking adventure – but all he got was a monotonous routine. The more he travelled to overcrowded places, the more he craved secluded wide and open places. And so began, as he calls it, his personal crusade against the mundane by searching for destinations that seemed too cold, too remote, and too dangerous to surf at.
Chris' first trip took him to Norway, where in-between of harsh conditions and frozen chunks of ice he found exactly what he was looking for: the perfect surfing place in a naturally beautiful landscape. And he connected with the world in a way, he could never do on a crowded touristic beach. Validated by this experience he travelled all over the world to Alaska, Iceland, Norway, Russia, as well as the Kuril Islands, where he was part of the #fromkurilswithlove expedition, to seek the beauty and adventure the world has to offer and by this inspiring us to appreciate nature and ideally create a world where the environment doesn't need protection.