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Netflix / Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is a weekly Netflix original series that explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth, humor, and ground-breaking technological innovation. With the help of a massive high resolution LED stage and backdrop, the show employs revolutionary motion design and animation to help communicate complex ideas and densely packed narratives.

I was asked to serve as Episode Lead during the show’s Emmy-winning first season. Responsibilities included design, art direction, and animation direction for each episode that I worked on, as well as storyboarding key moments, conceptualizing ideas & pitching them to Hasan, and coordinating with the writing and news departments on how best to tell our story visually. During rehearsals and tapings I was also responsible for giving feedback from the control room to ensure that everything looked as intended on stage.

Below you’ll find individual case studies for the episodes I worked on, each containing a brief graphics reel, stage designs, and selected animations. Full episodes can be viewed on Netflix.

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Fentanyl

“As overdoses involving fentanyl continue to skyrocket, Hasan traces the origins of the synthetic opioid and how drug companies profit from it’s misuse.”

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The Real Cost of Cruises

“Cruise lines promise fun, inexpensive vacations, but Hasan discovers that major carriers are exploiting loose regulations on labor, safety and crime.”

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The Broken Policing System

“Five years after three high-profile killings by police, Hasan looks at the culture and systems in place that help officers avoid accountability.”

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Graphics Team Credits

Creative Director: Jorge Peschiera

Graphics Producer: Justine Webster

Episode Lead: Chris Carboni

Head of Animation: Yussef Cole

Lead Animator: Brandon Sugiyama

Animators: Apollo Baldoz, Richard Lampasone, Tynesha Foreman, Ananya Ghatrazu, Jeejung Kim, Ryan Mauskopf, Dorca Musseb

Junior Animator: John Hughes

Pre-Vis & Screens Supervisor: Jaimie Van Dyke

Pre-Vis Operator: Mikaela Baird

Graphics Coordinator: Riann Weyers