RECORDS OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TRIBUTE FILMS
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The Records of Achievement Award is an annual tribute given by the National Archives Foundation to individuals whose work has cultivated a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records.  Figure has worked with the Foundation for the past seven years to create a tribute documentary to honor each recipient during its gala event.  Previous recipients of the Foundation’s award include: Former First Lady Laura Bush, Tom Hanks, Ron Chernow, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taylor Branch, Robert Edsel, Steven Spielberg, David M. Rubenstein, Ken Burns, Annette Gordon-Reed, and more.

Creative

We examine the life and career of each recipient to find a storyline that connects them to the American story and the archival records that shaped their contributions.  Once we have our story, we build it over the course of nine months through interviews with their notable collogues, archival footage and motion animated archival records. 

Services Provided

– Project Origination
– Project Management
– Creative Direction
– Research
– Copywriting
– Video Production
– Motion Graphic Design

Tom Hanks

With the help of historian David McCullough and filmmakers Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, we traced Tom Hanks’ passion for American history through the American Revolution (John Adams), World War II (Saving Private Ryan), the space race (Apollo 13), and the Cold War (Bridge of Spies) connecting footage of these films with the actual National Archives records they are based on. 

Hamilton

The award honored Lin Manuel Miranda, Ron Chernow, and Thomas Kail for their collective work on the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton,” inspired by the 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton by Mr. Chernow.  We connected actual Hamilton-era documents and illustrations with the unique hip hop treatment of Hamilton’s story.

Hamilton

The award honored Lin Manuel Miranda, Ron Chernow, and Thomas Kail for their collective work on the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton,” inspired by the 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton by Mr. Chernow.  We connected actual Hamilton-era documents and illustrations with the unique hip hop treatment of Hamilton’s story.

Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush was honored with the award for her commitment to building a literate and civically engaged global community.  We used her memoir as a basis to explore her life as a mother, teacher, First Lady, and founder of both the Texas and National Book Festivals.

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts’ life and legacy were honored in recognition of her commitment to chronicling the American story as an award-winning journalist, historian, political commentator and best-selling author.  We zeroed in on her life long effort to bring the long-ignored vital contributions of women to American history through her books.

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts’ life and legacy were honored in recognition of her commitment to chronicling the American story as an award-winning journalist, historian, political commentator and best-selling author.  We zeroed in on her life long effort to bring the long-ignored vital contributions of women to American history through her books.

Taylor Branch

American author and Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch was honored for his lifelong work to chronicle the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the Civil Rights movement in his landmark series America in the King Years.  We brought his writings to life through hundreds of hours of research through archival records and compiled some never-before-seen footage Selma march footage into a storyline that brought Dr. King’s words to life.