Taking Down Giants, the movement serves as a catalyst in the wheelhouse of creating and visualizing a different future for our Planet and it’s inhabitants. The way we treat one another, the way we treat, use and replenish our resources. Coming together as soul-u-tionists and creating modules of gatherings where we not only continue the discussion about Planet issues and Human issues but, we come together to create solutions to them.

The Team

 Deborah Charles
Deborah CharlesFounder/Director/Executive Producer/Cinematographer
I believe stories have a way of entering our lives for a reason and what we do with those stories is how we transform, AND transfer the information into action.
Taking Down Giants the Film, serves as a tool amongst many tools to create visions of sustainability and what our world would look like if we turned the tide and banded together to tell and share stories of change and it’s change-makers. Firstly women and girls and then all inclusive. Our intention is to bond with other like minded partners and organizations, artists, filmmakers and other mediums, to get the stories of change out into the World on a large scale. We aim to make a difference from one life to many lives, from one area to many areas around the Globe.
What’s meaningful to me are extremely compelling stories that jumpstart change, give hope and inspire an audience to make a difference.

Our mission and intentions are to create change where we see it needed through various mediums and begin to create more soul-u-tions for the many issues facing each and everyone of us today. To Capture the essence of untold stories, bring them to life, inspire action and give them a voice in the world.

Growing up between Spain & New York City, John graduated in 1991 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhatten earning a BFA in Film Studies. He has since worked on hundreds of commercials and music videos with some of the world’s best directors.
Artists (Partial): Beyonce, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Coldplay, JayZ, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Sade, Shakira, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Tupac, Usher, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey.

Clients (Partial): Lexus, Nike, Toyota, L’Oreal, Dolce & Gabbana, Pantene, Sony, Chevrolet, Nissan, Target, T-Mobile, Sprite, Coca-Cola, SAP, Crest, Visa, Kodak, Canon, Levis, Reebok, Hewlett Packard, Puma, Nivea, AIG

Directors (Partial): Spike Jonze, Harmony Korine, Noam Murro, Macolm Venville, Dante Ariola, Daniel Barber, Melina Matsoukas, Sophie Muller, David Dobkin, Jonathan Gurvit, Martin Romanella, Fredrick Callinggard, Charles Mehling, Anthony Mandler, Jake Scott, Stepane Sednoui, Hype Williams, Mark Seliger, Rocky Morton, Hughes Brothers, Jake Nava, Emil Nava, Paul Hunter, Alex Courtes, Jim Sonzero, Mikon Van Gaskel.

John divides his time between Barcelona, New York & Costa Rica

Riani Singgih
Riani SinggihCinematographer Thailand
Born and raised in South East Asian countries such as Indonesia and Singapore, Riani thrives to tell stories about the South East Asian community and create social issues Documentaries around the world.
She was trained in Cinematography and Documentary film-making.
Currently Riani is freelancing as a Cinematographer, Editor, Assistant Camera and Grip/Electrics in LA. She is also working on her next film series to highlight the life film photographers from around the world and how they’re thriving in the digital age.
When she’s not working on film, Riani enjoys doing street photography or looking at photography books. She aspire to make her own Film Photography magazine one day to bring together film photographers from around the world.
Member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Michael Abt began his career more than 25 years ago as an Assistant Director before becoming Director of great pieces recognized and awarded worldwide. He worked with brands such as Sony, Vodafone, Coca Cola, Claro, Gatorade, among others. In his work, Michael achieves not only a perfect narrative that takes his realistic style to the extreme, but also stands out particularly for his cinematographic sensibility, through the successful use of powerful visual effects to create unique universes in fiction. Based in New York, he traveled around the world, filming on all continents, thus achieving a unique and distinctive stamp for his work.