Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The Atlantic.
Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.
Why We Fight, a series of seven propaganda films commissioned by the U.S. government and directed by Frank Capra during World War II, was an attempt to explain U.S. involvement in the war and justify becoming allies with the Soviet Union. This excerpt from The Battle of Russia describes the siege of Leningrad. For photographs of the Eastern Front, see Alan Taylor's World War II retrospective.
The Sub City series explores the wonder in the humble experience of exiting the subway through dreamy slow motion and elegant steadicam cinematography. New York-based filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason talk about the inspiration for the project and where they'll film next in an interview with The Atlantic.
While on vacation in Greece, filmmaker Joerg Daiber skipped the traditional tourist video and used a tilt-shift look to miniaturize the landscape. With a couple subtle effects Cute Creta turns the island into an adorable toy model. Find out how he did it in this interview with The Atlantic.
Melbourne-based filmmakers Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble flip the conventions of extreme sports videos to create this awe-inspiring, ethereal twist on the genre. The result looks more like a modern take on the Rapture than a viral video.
People used to believe spirits or gods created the aurora, but the scientific truth is just as intriguing. This video traces the origins to solar storms that hurtle across our solar system at 8 million kilometers per hour before the Earth's magnetic field funnels them toward the poles.
Photographer Ágúst Ingvarsson shot over 6,500 still photographs of the aurora borealis in and around Reykjavik this past winter. Combined, they make up Aurora Islandica, a gorgeous time-lapse video of this supernatural meteorological phenomenon.
"95% Water, 100% Amazing: Jellies" is the tagline for the Shedd Aquarium's jellyfish exhibit. Here, the production company Stillmotion captured the creatures with RED's Epic, the new digital camera that's shooting the 3-D blockbusters of tomorrow.
This orphaned baby elephant was found wandering the forests of Cambodia in 2007, having somehow lost his leg (most likely to a poacher's trap). Since then, conservationists at the Wildlife Alliance have built Chhouk a new prosthetic leg each year, giving him a "new lease on life."
The lush forest of Cambodia's Koh Kong Province was destroyed when people fleeing the Khmer Rouge began living there, and now the Wildlife Alliance is working to regrow it. Filmmaker David P. Alexander talks about his adventures documenting the project in an interview with The Atlantic.
"I can't stand it, I know you planned it, I'm gonna set it straight, this Watergate," begins the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage." All the President's Boys is one of those perfect remixes that works so well, you can't believe you didn't think of it first.
Filmmaker Brad Kremer spent the summer of 2009 traveling around Japan, documenting the landscape in time-lapse video. These moments were shot in Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Ishizushisan, and elsewhere.
In 1974, just a year after the Twin Towers were completed, French tightrope artist Philip Petit set out to achieve his ultimate goal: to string and walk a wire between the Towers. The original CBS News broadcast documents the unimaginable feat.
In 1968, Professor Thomas R. Kane conducted an experiment to see if astronauts could move like falling cats. A photographer for LIFE Magazine, Ralph Crane, documented his results, and here we've turned them into a stop-motion video.