“Pretty Sweet”

I’m really into drone photography and think it’s the most interesting new tool for film making out there right now. This video is a bit of an old one but pretty dam good!

The amount of preparation to get the timings right for this must’ve been immense, it’s pretty flawless expect for the one guy who stares at the camera for ages before moving!

What I really like about this is they’ve added the shoot without the music, showing the difference the stabilising the camera in post made. It gives you a good feel of what the film was like to make.

Chernobyl Boy And LA Dreamers

LA Dreamers is a short film directed by Dani Fortuny, featuring 5 Japanese girls trying to make their dreams reality in the USA. The city of Los Angeles is as much a character in the film as the 5 dancers, it’s filled with shots of back streets, run down strip malls and aerial shots of shining sky scrapers at night. the way it’s shot reminds me of Drive and to a lesser extent Heat.

This is much more interesting than a promo for dancers, it’s a look at America from the outside, for these girls it’s still a land of opportunity, a place to be themselves and achieve their dreams. They want to live their lives, not watch other people doing it on YouTube. Dancing makes them feel free.

The second film I watched directed by Dani is Chernobyl Boy. This follows a young man from Ukraine, who’s had himself trained in special forces techniques and passed this on to his friends. All his family have been in the military and his father was shot down in Afghanistan.

He’s hardly ever out of combat gear or unarmed, this is hardly surprising considering the current state of the country. There’s not much colour in the images as we see him practicing in the woods and roaming around destroyed and abandoned buildings, on his way to Chernobyl.

Both of these films look at very different people with very different dreams. They feature real people but the films themselves are ethereal, it’s like we’re floating alongside them in a different reality. The director certainly has a knack for finding interesting people and situations to focus on, I can’t wait to see what he does next!

How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps

Before reading this post, scroll down watch the film and get back to me.

OK, so that was an enjoyable 7 minutes right?

I’d have to admit, I clicked play to watch the film thinking there’d be some weight loss tips (pounds could do with being lost) but hopefully like me, you had a pleasant surprise when you started watching!

I’m going to assume that most of us have suffered heartbreak at one time or another (if you haven’t I wouldn’t recommend it!) It affects us all in different ways, for this guy it triggers him to hit the gym and get into shape.

It’s a repetitive set of motions sleep, eat, work, gym punctuated by moments of self loathing and loss as he sees his ex move on, right in front of him! Until he meets the girl at the gym who starts to make him feel better about the world and himself again.

If this was a feature film it would probably be boy loses girl, meets a new girl who understands his pain, corny mope fest. In a condensed form like this, it manages to be fresh, funny and interesting. It really works.

The stories completely narrated, there’s no dialogue heard coming out of the actors mouths throughout the run time. The physicality of the actors performances are great, we really get a sense of how they’re feeling. We can truly relate to moments like these in our own lives.

Choosing just an internal monologue, helps give you the feeling that you’re getting a glimpse of this guys life, a year in 7 minutes, the highs and the lows.

The filmmakers, just in case you were feeling duped, even throw in a few legitimate health tips to take away! I may not have come out of this with a weight loss plan, but I certainly had a smile on my face.

Zion National Park Time Lapse

I was browsing through Vimeo and came across this really cool time lapse by Issimo. It’s of Zion National Park and was made for the National Park’s service centennial year.

The camera is fitted with a tilt shift lens for some shots, really focusing your attention on small elements in-between the vast cliffs and canyons. The people and vehicles look like miniatures, roaming around the landscape which is truly stunning.

Check out more of Issimo’s videos here. I’m off to book a plane ticket!