Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. Soon before his death, he gave an inspirational speech during the San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade that is still celebrated today.

With only an audio recording of the Hope Speech, we compiled a kinetic typography animation, an animated style of written words moving creatively as they are spoken. This creates a dynamic illustration of the speech, utilizing actual historic photos from Harvey Milk’s career and movement.


Harvey Milk Speech


Focus Features

What We Did

Producing, Editing, Motion Graphics

“You Cannot Live on Hope Alone”

When you want to focus on the speech itself, you let each word carry its own weight and emphasis.

The Life of Harvey Milk in the Footsteps of Gandhi and King

With the success of the first video, Focus Features tasked us with creating another piece that referenced the soon-to-be-released Milk feature film, starring Sean Penn in the title role. Instead of focusing on another speech, we covered other famous civil rights leaders in tandem to Harvey Milk’s life before he was elected to office.

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