TED Talk – Oliver Jeffers 

An ode to living on Earth’

Image for project TED: Oliver Jeffers

If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to be a human being living on Earth in the 21st century, what would you say?

 

Visual artist OLIVER JEFFERS put his answer in a letter to his son, sharing pearls of wisdom on existence, and the diversity of life. In this poetic talk, Oliver offers observations of the “beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization” paired with his original illustrations and animations.

The talk was originally planned to be given live onstage at TED, but global circumstances required a rapid rethink. Undaunted, and working remotely in conjunction with both Oliver and NORTH HARBOUR PRODUCTIONS, Studio AKA director KRISTIAN ANDREWS helped make the talk happen.

TED2020: The Prequel 

 

The talk also touches on the themes which led Oliver to write ‘HERE WE ARE: Notes For Living On Planet Earth’ – which we have adapted into a beautiful film of the same name. Find out more HERE.

AN ODE TO LIVING
ON PLANET EARTH
From
OLIVER JEFFERS STUDIO

 

Commissioned by

TED

 

Animation Directed by

KRISTIAN ANDREWS

 

Animation sequences produced by

STUDIO AKA

 

Live action & additional sequences

 NORTH HARBOUR PRODUCTIONS

 

‘The Moon, the Earth and Us’
produced by MAC PREMO STUDIO.

 

‘HERE WE ARE:
Notes for living on Planet Earth’
by STUDIO AKA
Courtesy APPLE TV.

 

Books featured courtesy
HARPER COLLINS,
PENGUIN
& RANDOM HOUSE.

“Hello. I’m sure by the time I get to the end of this sentence, given how I talk, you’ll all have figured out that I’m from a place called planet Earth. Earth is pretty great. It’s home to us.”

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