Friday, December 18, 2015
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Wonder In The Smokies from Drew Perlmutter on Vimeo.
Settling Mascotte from Drew Perlmutter on Vimeo.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Glue from Bo Mirosseni on Vimeo.
Friday, October 30, 2015
LES NOUVELLES AVENTURES D'ALADIN - VFX BREAKDOWN from Digital District™ VFX Post-Pro on Vimeo.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
First Place went to our film.
I Hear The Calling from Chris Wegman on Vimeo.
Second Place went to Jean Plaid.
Third Pace went to Girls Are From Venus. The girl who heads this group has a great eye for editing. They also like to use makeup FXs.
Audience Choice went to Odeon. In this film they tell most of the story through radio transmissions. It gets the story out clearly and sets up the style. Even if the piece is a little long in the middle it had the right idea.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Friday, October 2, 2015
As we look forward to The 2016 Tree City Film Festival, I can't help but watch films and videos like these and wonder how we can continue to raise the bar.
While I had a lot of fun helping out, I was really hoping to have a educational experience on set and, for better or worse, my time on set was not very different than what we do all the time. From a filming stand point, I'm happy to report that everything went really well and that it would be a very boring DVD commentary :) Everything was very low key, the folks from Fog Edge were very positive, and Kit was a patient and gracious host. Below is the reel that Roberto from Fog Edge cut together.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
In this post I wanted to highlight one of his projects, the Everything is a Remix series. Originally distributed in four parts, Everything is a Remix explores how every idea is somehow predicated on another. Whether it's movies, music, technology, etc, you can draw connections to a preexisting thought, idea, or concept. This is a remastered version that combines all four parts into one film.
I think the subject matter is really interesting especially as it relates to the creative or vocational work we do and how we're often looking for something "original." After watching this, I definitely feel inspired, like I've been given a license to "steal..."
Update: The Stew's search function is not what I'd describe as "awesome." After posting this, I eventually did find one of the originals that was posted over a year ago...
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
GUNSHIP - Tech Noir from Lee Hardcastle on Vimeo.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I had forgotten about the name for a while until, the other day, when it came up again in a recent episode of a podcast I was listening to. So I decided to do some research. In short, he was an American actor and writer who may have been best known for his monologues. I've posted the two that I've watched so far. Both originally aired on HBO; one in 1988 and the other in 1996 (directed by Steven Soderbergh).
It's difficult to know where to start. I really enjoyed these two monologues - everything from the economic/minimal set, the on and off-stage reenactments (some reminiscent of something like Drunk History), and just his style of writing in general.
All this to say, I can definitely see why people would assume Spalding Gray might have been a proponent of podcasting.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
"Often the projects you put the most thought and work into don’t hold up as well as the ones that just kind of happen.
And when asked, "I think you guys are hitting on one of the most frustrating parts of being a creative person. [Is] there’s rarely a direct link between working hard on something and it turning out well?" Salomon responds...
"I don’t have it figured out, but it seems like you need to let yourself be the product of the process. Then things tend to happen a bit more organically, rather than trying to strong-arm your way through. Just this morning someone asked me if Rocket Wars turned out how I was expecting [it to]. And the answer is no."
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
U.F.Oh Yeah (Sci-fi/Comedy short film) from Ryan Connolly on Vimeo.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In the past, portaying texting, social media, or other phone based activities has been boring and anticlimactic to me. Now filmmakers are not only making the display of these devises more engaging to the audience, these intangibles are playing more of a central role in stories. In Chef, it could be argued that social media itself is a character in the film and had to be portrayed somehow. All that to say, I was really impressed how twitter was used.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
That said, I've been reading a few of the online articles and have been very impressed. I particularly like these two so far... The Golden Age of Documentary: A Conversation with Wendy Cohen of Picture Motion is, in short, about Wendy Cohen and her experience with Picture Motion. Picture Motion distributes socially aware documentaries and helps film makers find an audience. While talking about her process she notes that...
"On every film, we try to do something we’ve never done before. We always start with a lot of research, a lot of listening. We make 20, 30, 40 phone calls to hear what’s happening in the issue, what the issue is going to look like in the next 12 months. What are the organizations that are working on this, who has been doing this work since long before the film existed and will be doing this work long after? We figure out how the film can help them, these organizations. Then we put a strategy together. We think about what we want to accomplish, the goals."
I also really liked this article about the art of short filmmaking entitles New Theories of the Short Film: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Raskin. In the story, Raskin illustrates how short filmmaking and short stories differ from traditional story telling models that revolve around conflict, character development, and context. The article paints him as an authority of the short film format. In fact, Raskin says...
"Very few academics are passionately interested in the short film. Sometimes I get the impression that I am the only one. In any event it’s a niche I am happy with, and I get to give seminars on short-film storytelling at festivals and film schools... I love narratives that are very short and meaningful. Jerry Seinfeld once said: “If I wanted a long boring story with no point to it, I’ve got my life”. I have a low boredom threshold; and films running, for example, six or seven minutes are just right for me."
Friday, June 5, 2015
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
In it, projections are placed on the object of desire and coupled with inspirational and aspirational imagery. Loans aren't cool, but what they represent absolutely is.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
This video was conceived, written and narrated by award-winning designer, branding specialist and Fast Company blogger David Brier to distill branding down to its basics answering that basic question "What is branding?" (from http://www.RisingAboveTheNoise.com )
Written plainly with equally minimalistic motion graphics, this video unveils the magic, the spark and the simplicity that is branding in its most fundamental form.
Nuance from Marc-Antoine Locatelli on Vimeo.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
An inspiring piece about perseverance, sportsmanship, endurance, and hunger. Hunger to win. Hunger to take every challenge that is in front of you. There are many stories about fighters, but each fight is different.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I'll fully admit that I have become jaded at the concept of going onto a theatre. While my intentions are good heading to the theatre, the realities of public showings are exactly what the Alamo protects against. They are usually attended by loud talkers, presented by workers who think focus is not of importance, and lets be completely honest... gross food.
I thought this captured the majesty and awe of a good theatre experience that transforms you to another place and allows you to lose yourself in a good story.
Barcelona-based production company Tàndem Entertainment wanted to pay tribute to the “meta-cinema”
120 years watching movies together from Tàndem Entertainment on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Color Reel - The House On Pine Street from GradeKC on Vimeo.
Here is an interview with the guy who did the Color for the piece above. It's not the best interview of all time from a content perspective, but he does share his typical workflow and talks about coloring day for night which we were talking about recently
A Conversation About Colour-Creating A look In The Grade from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.