Since 2015, the premier retail fundraising event has brought together influential people to support the next generation of talent, while celebrating innovators who are changing the industry. In 2020, we helped re-wrap the gala with the new "Honors" branding, adding a more contemporary aesthetic for an event that lasts much longer than one night. Rob introduced an elegant, ever-moving white flare that travels across cities and retail scenes in-between its resting position swirling around the new "R" ribbon.
We partnered with the NRF Foundation on its sixth, newly-rebranded fundraiser event, Honors, with a sweeping video package. A promotional teaser excited attendees about the upcoming purple carpet event. A show opener reminded retail A-Listers and donors about the Foundation's cause. A pair of tribute videos announced the night's biggest winners. And a recap video was made mere hours after the event to continue the show's marketing circle of life.
A New Honors
The Students Are The Stars
In two separate shoots leading up to Honors, we produced videos that featured the Class of 2020 Next Generation and Student Challenge Scholarship Finalists. Both filmed at New York's YouTube Space, Sarah, Jun and Jordan directed individuals and groups to tell their unique retail stories, while enjoying a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of the location and New York itself. The final edits juxtapose glamorous photo shoots with fish-out-of-water b-roll, creating earnest portraits of sharp students ready to begin their careers in retail. Both videos were designed as emotional anchors to Honors, playing moments before the winners were announced.
The Talk of Times Square
At Honors, we crafted a story in near real time. Sarah and Jordan interviewed the who's-who List of retail icons as they dazzled across the purple carpet. Jun was special-ops, armed with a gimbal stabilizer to glide and maneuver through the packed crowds. With thoughtful planning, and a strong working relationship with NRF's internal events team, we planned a shoot schedule that let us catch every moment -- every tear drop -- with a lean crew size. We pre-produced series of sponsor loops that contributed to the night's dynamic branding, with the all-powerful, new "R" emblem dazzling through the Marriott Marquis's windows from a four-story Times Square display. Whoa!
Playing in the midst of NRF's Big Show, it was essential to communicate the success of Honors to a much broader audience. Moments after the evening was over, the video production baton was passed to our overnight editor. Rob only had a handful of hours to cut together a video that carried with it the same gravitas as Honors itself. Fun, hip, glamorous, emotional -- no pressure. The final two-minute carefully edits together Honors scenes with pre-scripted messaging, reminding viewers, supporters and Big Show attendees that the $4 million raised is a victory for the entire Foundation's cause.
As Senior Producer & Project Manager, Sarah Wides handles some of our largest projects and oldest clients. Her attention to detail, passion for video, and thorough production experience consistently generate incredible results.
As our Associate Creative Director, Rob Kramer leads the animation team and directs a range of client projects. With his suite of production and design skills, he creates one-of-a-kind styles that seamlessly mesh with your narrative.
Jun Young Yang
Jun is the Director of Photography for LAI Video. His sharp eye and even sharper focus have earned him a reputation as an industry-leading cinematographer. He started his career freelancing before becoming a staple on the LAI Video team.
Jordan is a Cinematographer + Editor at LAI Video. Coming to us from Louisiana, he hails from a rich background of documentary and commercial-making, traveling the country to tell some incredible stories.
As the Vice President of Creative at LAI Video, James offers his docu-style and motion graphics expertise to transform brands and campaigns. He’s won numerous accolades, including two Emmy® Awards as a Director, for his incredible storytelling and vision.
As Vice President of Operations and Client Experience, Tori manages all aspects of LAI Video’s production and delivery. She’s led LAI Video’s project management for over a decade, building our award-winning portfolio and team into what it is today.
James Loizou leads the team at LAI Video, building the Emmy® Award-Winning agency from scratch over the last 15 years. His innate balance of creativity and methodology guides our team forever forward towards innovation.
Helena is Leading Authorities’ Senior Vice President of Client Services, responsible for growing business among its clientele of national associations and corporations. During her 25 year tenure with LAI, she’s built relationships across diverse industry groups and identified common needs in content strategy and communications.