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TED launches original films, each commissioned to help bring TED’s theme in 2018, The Age of Amazement, to life.

The films have been produced by leading creative film makers from around the world and premiered on the TED main conference stage in Vancouver 10th-14th April, before going to broader distribution.

Building on the nature of TED, this film takes a different view about the future possibilities of The Age of Amazement.

Intended to set the mood for each section of TED content, the films are designed to be both entertaining and thought provoking.

After TED, the films are aimed to drive traffic to and TED’s social profiles.

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Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Mother London

Strategist: Imogen Carter

Executive Producer: Mike Clear, Matt Craigie Atherton, Ana Balarin, Hermeti Balarin

Legal Counsel: Evan Graham & Rollo Price

Agency Producer: Yuki Yamakado, (assistant) Julia Fish

Design: Jon Gregory

Production Company

Production Company: Mother London

Director: Chris Vernon and Emerald Fennell

DOP: Benjamin Kracun

Producer: Josh Hillman

Casting Director: Ali Fearnley

Production Runner: Charlie Woods

Writer: James Ross Edwards

Costume Designer: Naomi Hodgkin

1st AD: Emma Pounds

Hair Stylist: Sally Miura (Makeup)

Production Assistants: Georgie Orpin

Gaffer: Richard Burnell

Art Coordinator: Carlota Cabera (assistant)

Focus Puller: Paul Joseph Dain

Clapper Loader: Stephanie Kennedy

Video Playback: Mickey Richards

Spark: Thomas Northam

Production Design: Jessica Sutton

DIT: Huw Caddy


Editor: Myles McAuliffe

VFX: Coffee & TV

Post Production / VFX

VFX Supervisor: Jon Trussler


Music Company: Jon Clarke @ SIREN Music


Sound Company: Jack Hallett @ Factory Studios

Location Sound / Dialogue: Will Morely


Grip: Jack Jackson

Digital Production Company

Colourist: Simona Cristea