'Spirit of Carnauba' - trailer
Re-creation of a 1935 expedition to explore the Amazon River basin and jungles of northeastern Brazil by amphibious airplane is the backdrop of a two-hour docudrama depicting a son's psychological journey to understand his long-deceased father.
Aired initially on The Hallmark Channel and repurposed thereafter by its sponsor, S.C. Johnson Wax, for public tours of Fortaleza Hall, located on its headquarters campus, and as video clips for a variety venues, including daily exhibition at the EAA's AirVenture Museum.
Project conceived, and the original 2-hour cinema and television version written and directed, by Dugan Rosalini. Produced by Rosalini Films in 16 countries on 3 continents over four years. Available for viewing on request.
"Mr. Rosalini brought great cinematic skill to a very challenging project…to create a memorable cinematic record of an important event in my family's and my company's history." — Samuel C. Johnson, Chairman, SC Johnson & Son (Letter of Recommendation here)
"…delivered absolutely on budget and on time. Even more significant, the film helped our former Chairman, Mr. Sam Johnson, say things that he had not had an earlier opportunity to articulate." — James P. May, Director of Corporate Affairs Worldwide, SC Johnson & Son (Letter of Recommendation here)
"'…a personal epilogue to the importance of family…and a son’s reconciliation with the past." — The Washington Post
"'Carnaùba' is one of the most beautiful and artistic documentaries to be produced in a long time." — The Tribune Review
NOTES: 100% original, live-action 35mm cinematography; i.e., no stock footage; no CGI or green-screen compositing of aircraft into background plates; no 4-ounce GoPros, but, instead, 30-pound film cameras with 400’ loads. Dual-camera aerial filming using a Sikorsky 76 with a Tyler side mount and Rosalini designed and STC’ed nose mount (no drones). Other support aircraft included a Caravan on floats, a Cessna Citation, and two Falcon 900’s. Underwater filming in Western New Guinea. All B&W scenes shot on Eastman Tri-X B&W negative; no dialed out color. The voice-over of Sam Johnson is performed by actor Danny Goldring. The corporate version of the film, produced by SC Johnson & Son and used to memorialize its late chairmen, H.F. Johnson, Jr. and Samuel C. Johnson, is a more conventional documentary and features mainly Sam Johnson on-camera and voiceover. This version and the video clips for the EAA museum exhibit and other uses are located here.)