3 guys spent 44 days traveling 38,000 miles to visit 11 countries. They filmed their experiences in a rather organized manner to produce three short films: Move, Learn and Eat. I’m exhausted just watching all of that traveling.
I just came across a great resource for filmmakers - a blog that sequentially lays out still frames for every shot in each movie posted. The result is something like a storyboard that allows us to analyze the cinematography of a film at a quick glance. The list of films posted aren’t shabby either.
One of the far more talented classmates of mine from film school was a fellow named Michael Simmonds. Over the last several years, he has been making a name for himself in the independent cinema world as a cinematographer and has come to be known as a regular collaborator of acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop). I was quite pleased to discover that two of the more beautifully filmed commercials that I’ve seen lensed lately turned out to both be his work. Here is his spot capturing a series of striking sunrises for Prudential and here is a commercial announcing the celebration for the unveiling of the MLK Memorial in Washington DC.
Yoanne Lemoine is uniquely talented as both a film director and a musician. He combined these skill sets on the stand-out video Woodkid - Iron. Every shot in the piece feels like a picture-perfect composition from the pages of a glossy fashion magazine.
Its quite disheartening to see the state of these 75 abandoned theaters across the US. They stand as reminders to the rise of corporate America and the decline of great towns and cities. Its striking to see how an eye for detail and design was once an important part of our cultural landscape, and not just for the grand theaters but the local small ones too. On a positive note, #49 in Brooklyn is in the process of being renovated.
Stanley Kubrick was known to have rooms of his estate literary filled with project research. The topic which took up the most space was Napoleon. After studio support for the project was pulled, Kubrick was never able to secure the financing necessary to film his screen play. For decades, the wealth of amassed groundwork sat filed away until recently. The art publisher Taschen have put many of these materials together in a book set, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made. Here is a short film on the book’s backstory.
(via In Secret Agreement)
Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of a simple electronic foot controlled device that changed the face of music. The film covers everything from the accidental advent of the technology to it’s marketing, and landmark moments of it’s integration into popular music. This 60min documentary is a must watch for music nerds and guitar freaks alike.
Check out this cool how to convert your super 8mm film to a digital format with a DSLR camera.
Check out this wonderfully inspiring short interview with Frances Ford Coppola discussing risk, money, craft and collaboration.
I’ve never had the chance to shoot Kodachrome and unfortunately, I never will. For that very reason, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the film stock’s beauty. Here is a gorgeous example of Kodachrome super-8 shot at a motorcycle race in 1974 and another example shot in 1975 in what appears to be the Middle East.
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a gorgeous short film portrait that focuses on how skateboarding and a skate park provides a young generation of Afghani boys and girls alike with hope in a place riddled with tragedy.
Alex Roman’s The Third & The Seventh is an entirely CG created visual landscape short film journey. The experimental piece explores the relationship between design, space and photography, as well as the constructs of man versus nature. Every frame of the project was made by him alone; very impressive. He must have a render farm the size of a city block.
In Ry Russo-Young’s Peepshow project participants are asked to design their own sexual performance and are then filmed with just one roll of super-8 film. (NSFW)
The iPhone 8mm Vintage Camera app brings some of that same nostalgic charm to your mobile videos that polaroid apps do for your photos. The manual frame jitter function is particularly fun.