February 10, 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
After seeing how cool the FS-700 is concerning the slow motion options, this music video demonstrates some scenes in which slow motion is appropriately used for creative effect. There are a variety of shots in which paper cranes are flying, whether off a ledge, in the little boy’s hand or in the wind, and I imagine they were all different speeds when they were shot. This music video showcases how in post, we can slow down the rhythm of all the shots to match what we’re making.
I also worry about location a lot, whether the logistics of permission or of something not being “beautiful” enough of a location to shoot, but this video also shows how artistically interesting an abandoned building filled with piles of forgotten waste can actually be. There are so many close-up detail shots that bring you in to the intimacy of exploring the space, and the lighting is very well done. All in all I think this piece shows that when done right, slow motion can really be a magical effect.
Hammock – Breathturn from David Altobelli on Vimeo.
Category Winter Week 6 | Tags: close-ups,lighting,music video,Slow Motion Shots | 2 Comments
January 23, 2014 by email@example.com
I went to a Laika open house this week, and it was really cool to see their studio and production space. From stop motion to sets and puppets, what’s clear about Laika is that they maintain a connection to artistic detail –there is a person who knits miniature sweaters, for example. In a world where we increasingly rely on computers to similate realities, I find it impressive when people use maintain high cinematic as well as artistic integrity. So: check out this stop mortion. One of videos’ tops for 2013, it’s kind of amazing to see the amount of detail work that went into the cutouts. I like that it’s abstract, synced to music, and holds it own as an artistic piece while using film.
Category Winter Week 3 | Tags: music video,stop motion | No Comments
January 13, 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I was first drawn to this video because I’m totally hooked on this song. Frankly, the actual shots themselves and their subsequent sequencing aren’t all that impressive to me. I would have liked some more solid pans, and less of the Motely Crue-type zoom ins. There are two huge things I love about this video though – the primary thing being the use of the added blue backdrop. It’s a minuscule touch, but it really frames the whole piece. It makes me realize that the perfect shot isn’t always just laid out in front of you; sometimes you have to slightly manipulate your environment so that it serves as a better foundation for your vision. By eliminating the house in the background, this little blue wall actually creates a sense of more openness.
The second thing I dig about this video is the use of the sepia-tone in the filming. These Haim sisters have an old-school feel to their music, and by having that slight filter on the video it really adds an ideal touch to unite the images to the music. Is that an actual setting on the cameras or was that done in post-production?
Category Week 1 | Tags: framing,music video | 1 Comment
November 20, 2013 by email@example.com
So unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an embed code associated with this piece, presumably since it’s using some different technology then just straight video streaming. Thus, check out the brand new video for “Like A Rolling Stone” here and get prepared to lose more than a few minutes of your day. This is not only a collection of wonderfully staged and set pieces, it’s also an amazing example of the use of both interactive media and multimedia. With 16 different channels or “angles” to choose from, there’s essentially an unlimited amount of possible ways to watch this piece. There’s plenty of different things to marvel at with this work, but my first stage of wonder comes with the perfect synchronization of the sound. The seamless interconnections of each channel create a surreal experience that gives off a real Truman Show type of sensation to the viewer.
The use of familiar visuals like The Price is Right, Pawn Stars, Mark Maron and so on creates a degree of familiarity with the audience that initially draws them into the piece. I find this very inspiring in the way that it emphasizes the idea of doing something unexpected with something that is familiar to the viewer – just because something has been seen before doesn’t mean that you can’t show it in a whole new way. Obviously though, the real power of this video lies in granting the power of control to the audience. I think it’s not only brilliant and beautiful, but also a potential glimpse into the future of how entertainment will be presented. The Red Hot Chili Peppers made a similar video in 2012 that you can check out here.
Category Week 8 | Tags: music video | No Comments
November 13, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I haven’t been the first to post a Sigur Ros music video, but this has always been one of my favorites. This is a story without words as the only sound used is the music, and it features mostly tight and super tight close-up shots on faces as well as detail shots on buttons, shoes, and the environment. I think it’s a very beautiful and creative use of the environment of Iceland, as there are many natural springs that give off steam and tall grass that looks lovely close-up or far away. The costumes of the children have a naturalistic element that makes you think they might just be wild children, wandering the plains of Iceland.
The lighting is also remarkable considering the entire video is shot outdoors. It seems to be nearing sunset when the video starts and it is dawn towards the end, but you are able to tell due to the contrasting color change which seems to work well. While the majority of the shots are close-ups and only occasionally medium or long, there is an extreme long shot at the end that is absolutely magical. There isn’t much of a narrative model as we are simply on a journey with the mysterious wandering children, wondering where they are going, but the last few shots answer our question and make it completely worthwhile. All in all, it’s an ethereal piece of cinematic work.
Sigur Rós – Glósóli from Arni & Kinski on Vimeo.
Category Week 7 | Tags: close-ups,extreme long shot,lighting,music video,Sigur Ros,week 7 | No Comments
October 23, 2013 by email@example.com
I fell in love with this video when it came out in the Spring, and not just because it’s a perfect visual companion to the song. The video uses a backwards sequencing of events to create the dynamic flow – reverse chronological order. This is a technique used before in movies like Memento, and Irreversible, and Betrayal all though I’ve never been able to find a copy of that last film. The first two are obviously must-sees if you haven’t already, and I’ve heard Betrayal is too but I’ve never wanted to pay $80 for a VHS copy of it to find out. What I think is wild about this video is that they use this specific cinematic trick to make a four minute video utterly compelling. It’s amazing to see it work so well in such a short amount of time, although there is also that great episode of Seinfeld where they pull it off too – but still not this short amount of time.
It makes me wonder how this technique would work in a documentary format. If the most shocking part of a story is the introduction, then would it potentially be possible to film and chronicle peoples’s reactions without actually revealing the event they’re discussing or reacting to? The best part of this video and any format of film using this technique is that your first reaction when it ends is to immediately watch it all over again.
Category Week 3, Weekly Inspiration | Tags: music video | 1 Comment
October 12, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Django Django – WOR from Jim Demuth on Vimeo.
This is a really well done short documentary/music video. It is very original and is a great example of how to tell a good story in a short amount of time. We get a good sense of the people and characters by the way they have been captured. The filmmakers begin with some dialogue from the characters before they are ever shown, and this establishes what the video is about. Then they introduce each character by showing a shot of them in front of their bikes, which really establishes who they are and what the environment is. It is important when trying to really capture something to really get in there, show perspective shots, establishing shots, close-ups, shots where the characters are being really candid. This video is a great example of all of that. It also shows how extreme close ups make nice transitions and help avoid jump cuts. And sometimes music over a video can be too much, or kill the natural sounds. But this is a good example of where the music really works for the piece, and the natural sounds are allowed to come through.
Category Week 1, Weekly Inspiration | Tags: music video,week 1,weekly inspiration | 4 Comments