The sun: it’s not something we think about very often in the modern world. Unlike our sun-worshipping ancestors, we don’t live by its whims in the same way we did before climate control was a thing. But when we heard BBC Ideas–a new short-format video initiative at BBC–had an open call for story pitches, we found ourselves figuratively orbiting around the sun. With the dreary winter days behind us, we wondered: what if the sun affects us more than we think?
The BBC Ideas team thought it was an idea worth exploring. Working closely with BBC Ideas’ Executive Editor Bethan Jinkinson and Commissioning Editor Cordelia Hebblethwaite, we developed a story and collaborated on shaping the look, feel, voice and tone of the piece.
Coincidentally, producing the short has us all thinking about the sun a lot. The team spanned three continents: Michu directed the piece from Austin, Luis Carlos brought it to life in Melbourne, the sound team made music from their studio in Spain. Let’s just say we all pushed against the sunrise at least once.