Despite our unabashed love for superheroes here at Atlantic, we’d also be the first ones to agree with the adage: “Not all heroes wear capes.” One other such organization which would happily concur is Starbucks, a company that knows a thing or two about what it means to serve one’s community. In fact, so much so that it is getting ready to launch the second season of its original series, Upstanders — a series which exemplifies service itself.
From a college student who created an app to help fight the hunger crisis to hiring a full staff of people on the autism spectrum, Upstanders explores ten individual stories of citizens who have sought to serve their communities in different ways. In turn, the series itself gives a voice to those who would otherwise go unrecognized by sharing their unique set of stories on various platforms and mediums, such as podcasts and audiobooks.
With the help of our Los Angeles-based crew (which consisted of a location producer, two DPs, a sound recordist, a gaffer, and a PA), we were able to film actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) on two Sony FS7s in glorious 4K, as he recorded narration for Upstanders and sat down for an interview with Audible about the important role these stories serve.
Watch the end result below, or on Audible’s YouTube channel.