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FRONTLINE: Inside Assad’s Syria premieres Tuesday 10/27

I recently created the graphics for an upcoming FRONTLINE episode, Inside Assad’s Syria. It premieres next Tuesday at 10PM, and will be free to watch online after.

All eyes are on Syria as Russia’s military campaign intensifies, and as tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee the war-torn country for Europe.

What is life like for those who are left behind?

 

Iraq Map

Recent broadcast work: FRONTLINE: The Rise of ISIS

I designed a bunch of maps back in October for FRONTLINE: The Rise of ISIS. It’s free to watch online at the link. It got great reviews and I think is very much worth seeing, but a word of warning: this film contains some very graphic footage.

Mapping Arabic-speaking parts of the world turned out to be unexpectedly challenging: there are multiple ways to transliterate pretty much every place name, and good luck guessing which one your geolocation service has selected.

But there are perks to focusing on a region with such a long history. It was pretty cool finding ancient hand-drawn maps of Baghdad alongside OSM street data and satellite imagery.

Baghdad - Abu Ghraib v05

I learned a ton about QGIS working on this, too. I’d never done much with raster map data before, so this was basically Baby’s First Hillshade. In hindsight, as much as I like the final look there were definitely things I should have built differently — I ended up with a super-wonky workflow for adding new city points and one map in particular with insanely long render times.

Let’s hope the upcoming GEOlayers plugin for After Effects smooths out a lot of that process.

Watch “FRONTLINE: Climate of Doubt” online

Our latest FRONTLINE episode is now free to watch in its entirety online. IMHO it’s one of the strongest films DocGroup has made… I think my favorite review was the guy on Twitter who called it the most efficiently infuriating hour of television he’d ever seen.

Watch Climate of Doubt on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Apologies for the infrequent updates. The week after this aired we got hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy and things aren’t quite back to normal yet.