Project Impossible will air in Latin America, Thursdays at 9PM on History.

Project Impossible is an original series that follows a new generation of epic engineering projects that were considered unthinkable just a few years ago. Each episode presents multiple stories that illustrate man-made projects that are crucial to our future. These projects include a huge North Sea wind station with 600-foot rotors, a giant sea wall that will protect the ancient city of Venice from the rising waters, the world’s largest mobile structure in Chernobyl, and the construction of a fleet of nuclear-powered icebreaker ships.

For more information, visit the History Latin America website.

April 14, 2015.

Our thanks to Peter Caranicas of Variety and Nicholas Korody of Archinect for writing reviews: “Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by ‘post-Panamax’ ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series,  ‘Panama Canal Supersized’ documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.”

Check out the article in Variety.

Check out the article in Archinect.

April 9, 2015.

Kudos to Jennifer Walden for writing a fantastic article about the Panama Canal Supersized in Post Perspectives.

Here is an excerpt: “Have you noticed just how casually people throw around the word ‘epic’ these days? For example, ‘That burrito I just ate was epic!’ Or, ‘That concert I went to last night was epic.’ For the record, those things are not epic. What truly is epic? The new Panama Canal expansion project that has been documented via a Modern Marvels special on the History Channel.”

Check it out the article in PostPerspective.

March 24, 2015 – The 5.5 billion expansion project of the Panama Canal is revealed for the first time in “Panama Canal Supersized,” a one-hour special airing on History’s “Modern Marvels” at 9 pm ET / PT Saturday evening, April 11, 2015.

Radiant Features filmmakers Dylan Robertson and Bill Ferehawk seamlessly integrate time lapse, drone and regular photography with full immersive sound in a fast-paced, one-hour narrative. Memorable sequences include a tour through the underground channels while water rushes in, a concrete pour ten stories high, and the fabrication of the jumbo gates in Italy. The one-hour special features seven MWH engineers who describe the feats taken to build this world wonder.

“’Panama Canal Supersized’ is one of the most ambitious specials ever filmed for ‘Modern Marvels,” said John Verhoff, History Channel’s Senior Producer. “New filmmaking technologies allow this special’s production, storytelling and cinematography to soar to new heights and allows viewers to go places and see things never before possible.”

The original Panama Canal, a wonder of the modern world, was finished in 1914 after ten years in construction. The current project includes the installation of new locks that will permit ships to carry three times the volume of cargo carried today and provide a boon for U.S. port business. In August of 2014, the Panama Canal Authority celebrated the centennial of the Panama Canal’s completion. The documentary focuses on the technical engineering and design to carry the Panama Canal forward through to the next century and beyond.

MWH served as the lead technical designer for the third set of locks on the Panama Canal expansion project and leads the joint venture: CICP, Consultores Internacionales. The third set of locks will expand the Canal’s overall capacity to accept larger cargo ships through two lock facilities – one on the Atlantic side and another on the Pacific. Each of these locks will have three chambers that provide water saving basins.

The innovative teaming of History with a global engineering firm is an example of the creativity of Radiant Features, a non-fiction development and production studio that specializes in television, feature film and web programming. Filmmakers Dylan Robertson and Bill Ferehawk formed the company in 2008.

Watch Trailer Here

 

For all of you buried in snow on the East Coast, sometimes going a little stir crazy can lead to inspiration. Our good friend, DP extraordinaire Andrew David Watson, directed an exceptional piece about waiting out winter. Check it out.

 

 

We were up all night, and it came down to the wire – but it couldn’t have gone any better. After stepping on a plane with an HDCAM produced only hours earlier, we screened in a huge theater to a sold out audience. The film looked and sounded fantastic. The packed crowd was riveted and everyone stayed for the Q and A. Thanks to the awesome HIFF press coordinator, Jake Anderson, and producer, Lorraine Minatoishi, we picked up two newspaper articles and a TV interview in the press. To top the weekend off, Aloha Buddha walked away with the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 31st international Hawaii International Film Festival.  Wow.

Thank you to the team who helped make this possible: Lorraine Minatoishi, Chris Yogi, Raza Ahmad, Mikiko Sasaki, Quinn Messmer, Amy Johnson, and Miranda Yousef and many, many more. A big thank you to our funders: Hawaii Architectural Foundation, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, A&B Foundation, WCIT Architecture, Minatoishi Architects, Swinerton Architects, & Central Pacific Bank.

We also want thank Chuck Boller, Anderson Le, Joshua Nye, and Don Chan and Jake Anderson at HIFF for including us in this truly unique and fantastic festival.


Radiant just finished principal photography on their web series about the design of Camana Bay. Radiant Features first traveled to Philadelphia, PA to visit Dennis McGlade of the Olin Studio. We were blessed by fantastic weather as McGlade took us on a tour of his rooftop garden to talk about the impact landscape design has on the urban environment. We then visited his office, Olin Studio, where he spoke about shaping the natural environment to create public spaces.

We then travelled up to Rockport Maine, where awning and shade device master craftsman Charles Duvall took us on a sail in Penobscot Bay. While enjoying his sunset cruise, Duvall described how is work with shading devices continues to be inspired by his love of sailing. We then visited Duvall Designs to see how he designs expertly tailored shading devices to create shady outdoor gathering places on the Cayman Islands. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and we can’t wait to edit together the finished product.

Many thanks to Dennis, Charles, our host Sandy Urquhart, and DP Andrew Watson for making the journey with us.

Dylan & Bill

 

After months of hard work and a great partnership with David Funkhouser, the Radiant website is now live and running. David has even been so kind to feature our site on his homepage. Thanks David!  Check out his website.