The project started in the spring of 2006 in San Francisco, CA. Right after hanging up his boots (for the last time), Sylvain, Producer and Director, was considering ways to give back to the game that he played for 30 years…a game he started at the age of 10 in France.
From 2001 to 2006, Sylvain was a Cinematics Director at EA Sports, overseeing video shoots and editing for the Tiger Woods franchise. Sylvain worked with the golf legend on more than 100 video segments. Tiger narrated a series of documentaries on golf history for EA, inspiring Sylvain on his commute home on scenic highway 280, to do something similar for the rugby community.
“Working with Tiger Wood’s was a great human and professional experience. Tiger was driven to narrate golf documentaries to give back to the sport he loves,” explained Sylvain. It was only a matter of time before Sylvain started filming.
Sylvain chose to complete a film that is a tribute to American rugby, capturing the courage and determination of the amateurs against the best professionals in the world. That amateurism exemplifies the values made known by the Baron of Coubertin, creator of the modern Olympic Games... courage, integrity, perseverance.
Sylvain contacted Paul Simko, a former Mission Rugby teammate to discuss the project and the idea of following the USA Eagle’s on their road to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Paul has an extensive background in marketing and media, is in frequent contact with rugby administrators up to the national level, and works with businesses to generate support for rugby.
The project quickly expanded to a look at all levels of American rugby from youth to the national team. The San Francisco Bay Area provides the perfect backdrop for the documentary… having one of the largest, most competitive, and active rugby communities in the country. Having the Rugby World Cup qualifiers locally at Stanford University added incentive to do the project.
Sylvain Doreau: Executive Producer/Director/Director of photography
A rugby “passionate”, played more than 30 years in France and the US. He has more than 25 years of experience in the film and post production industry. After working for 10 years in Europe for a Canal+ subsidiary on acclaimed broadcast, film and animation projects. He moved in 1996 to the US to join PDI-Dreamworks and bring his experience to the new 3D animation studio. He contributed the Academy Award winning blockbuster "Shrek". In 2001 he joined EA Sports as a Director and editor for the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise. He also collaborated with Lucasfilm LTD in San Francisco on film, games, animation, and television series projects. He recently moved in Los Angeles.
Here he develops new rugby documentaries and sports marketing projects with his production company, BIN15 Productions, founded in 2006. He also work as a Director for various video game cinematics projects.
About BIN15 Productions
BIN15 Productions, producers of "A Giant Awakens: the Rise of American Rugby," is a production company that specializes in sports marketing and documentaries for film, television and digital distribution. Rugby is our passion and our goal is to become the "NFL Films of Rugby". In addition to creating and distributing rugby related programs and content, BIN15 provides consulting, sports marketing, and production services for broadcasters the entertainment industry and sponsoring brands.
Sylvain is a Director, graduate of the ESRA Film School in Paris. He’s Franco-American citizen and resides in Santa Monica, CA.
Paul Simko : Co Producer, Co Writer
Paul is a technology media professional with 20 years experience in branding and demand generation in print, online and event media platforms. He is currently head of business development for the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union and was Publisher and Editorial Director for the NorCal Rugby Magazine franchises in 2007 and 2008. He has been involved in sponsorship sales for international and regional rugby events including the Churchill Cup, Tonik Cup, Tonik Summer Sevens Series and the Air Pacific Marist USA Sevens. After playing rugby for 14 years, he is currently head coach for the Peninsula Seahawks Junior High School team.
Paul is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and has a Bachelors degree in Marketing. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA.
Connor Moore: Sound designer.
Connor Moore is a composer, sound designer, and sound engineer specializing in audio for film, commercial, and cultural media residing in San Francisco, CA.
He has had the opportunity to work with various companies including Method (San Francisco) in relation with Samsung Europe, Symphony Technology Group, AKQA (San Francisco), Gap, and Bin 15 Productions in various projects centered on enhancing the multi media experience through music and sound design. Connor created his own sound production company, Cmoore sound : http://www.cmooresound.com/
Bryan Howell : Writer
Bryan Howell is a writer living inSan Francisco. He specializes in script and story development, and currently works for LucasArts, a division ofLucasfilm LTD.
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