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Exclusive Instagram mini-series: Travel to the future with director Danny Sangra

Updated 21st July 2015
Exclusive Instagram mini-series: Travel to the future with director Danny Sangra
Imagine you could interview people from thousands of years into the future. What would you ask? There could be few sweeter exclusives for a journalist than a face-to-face sit-down with a humanoid robot from the 33rd century, right? Well, we couldn't wait any longer.
To launch a rolling program of original artist commissions, CNN Style has sent London-based director Danny Sangra into tomorrow.
This is the start of many upcoming creative projects, as we aim to support and shine a spotlight on the work of our favorite artists and makers the world over.
In this short fictional video series -- created exclusively for CNN and premiering on CNN Style's Instagram feed -- Sangra playfully imagines 15-second interviews with characters living in the years 2125, 3226, 5265, 7510 and 100005.
Sangra's series of Instagram shorts marks the end of our future-themed Instagram week. Click through to see the gallery of images we have curated over the last seven days featuring work from designers and creative collectives such as Universal Everything, FIELD, thegentlemanbronco and others.

Episode one: Teleportation in year 2125

Episode two: Talking robots in year 3226

Episode three: Back to basics in year 5265

Episode four: Living forever in year 7510

Episode five: Balls of gas and stardust in year 100005

Danny Sangra: Back from the future

Danny Sangra first began drawing as a child to save himself from the boredom of the many hours spent in his mother's hairdresser's. Years later, his illustrations are still gently reminiscent of childhood doodles.
Drawing was just the beginning for this creative polymath, and over the past few years Sangra has proved with each new project that he's fully capable of moving between various media.
The illustrator, photographer, and now director, signed to Academy +, has created music videos and fashion films for Lianne La Havas, Mercedes Benz, Louis Vuitton, and, more recently, British Vogue but he can often be found on low-fi and low budget film sets directing his actor friends in fictional videos made for the internet. His latest project is a feature length film (his first) called Goldbricks in Bloom.
Sangra's films are easy to spot, normally laced with awkward or dark humor. He's managed to build an audience of loyal followers that often challenge the use of dialogue in fictional shorts.
Director Danny Sangra
How long have you been working in online video?
I never made any videos before the internet, so I guess I've been working with online video since I've been making videos. Which is 5 years(ish).
What has been your most challenging project?
I made a feature film last year (Goldbricks in Bloom) which I'm just finishing now. We had to shoot a 110-page script in 12 days, we didn't have much budget and we had a crew of seven people.
How did you go about crafting your tone of voice and style of video-making?
I make a lot of personal work, where I can do what I want. This allows me to test out things without anyone looking over my shoulder.
I start by looking at what I have available and then try make something from it. Most of it is just simple trial and error. If I make a mistake then I go with it. I come from a painting background, so when something doesn't work you keep working on it until you turn it into something you like.
To what do you attribute the rise in short form online video?
Easy access and people can watch them between reading emails.
What appealed to you about this project?
I liked the idea of interviewing people in the future despite clearly not being in the future. Advancing through time, thinking about where human existence is going, but in a totally casual way.
This isn't the first time you have created short films for Instagram, why do you like this format?
My personal work tends to have a lot of dialogue so it's a challenge to make it fit 15 seconds. It's much faster, stripped down and direct. I like the humor you can play around with.
What's next for the world of online video?
I don't know what's next, I can barely keep up with what's now.
Who is your rising star right now?
Some kid, living in some dull town in the middle of nowhere. They're about to develop a new perspective/style/voice that will push everything in a new direction. That's the one I watch out for.
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