Posted by Samantha Alexander | August 15th, 2013 at 10:24 am
If you couldn’t already tell, we here at YouPlusMedia love movies. Whether it’s an independent short film or a high budget thriller, we love watching stories unfold between characters that are made even better with good cinematography and music. Often times however as movie audiences, we get so caught up in the movie magic we don’t think about the team behind the scenes that make the movies possible.
This team is called the movie crew, and that movie magic I mentioned earlier, they make it happen. The crew consists of a director, producer, gaffer, grip, assistant director, sound recordist, set and costume designer, unit production manager, boom operator and cinematographer (or director of photography). You no doubt already know what a director does and you can probably guess what a costume and set designer does, but what about a gaffer or a boom operator?
Posted by Samantha Alexander | August 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm
The best way you could describe the short film Wildcat is captivating. Lacking dialogue or any intentional narrative, the black and white images of rural life in Grayson Oklahoma are set to a hypnotic music score and create a dream like flow that draws you in and makes you not want to look away. Director and editor Kahlil Joseph does an excellent job of composing the footage in such a way that it feels poetic, and there is more than one occasion where if you pushed pause the frozen shot would make a photograph worthy of framing.
Posted by Samantha Alexander | July 1st, 2013 at 4:20 pm
How did this money end up on the ground? That is the question that begins Victor Carrey’s The Runaway, a charming short film that makes you stop and think of all the stories that surround us in our every day lives. In the first half of the film the narrator sets into a rapid-fire explanation of how the money came to be on the street. In a very Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director of Amelie) manner the narrator reveals the origins of the money through a less than linear explanation that exposes the complex web of connected occurrences that make up that singular moment. It is through the narrators A.D.D.-like tendencies that we see the stories behind objects and people that we may have never even noticed before.
Posted by Hayden Pittman | July 1st, 2013 at 12:55 pm
In the past, I haven’t spent much time with short films, but just recently I saw one that caught my eye. Table For One tells the story of Philip, who is constantly looking for something more in his life and one day comes home to find his world upside down as his apartment has been transformed into a real life restaurant. Part of the “Short Of The Week” short film series, Table For One is original, simple, funny, and all around well done.
Philip is an everyday guy with average, boring problems. Everything in Philips’s life seems to be in limbo as he is waiting for something great to happen at work, in his love life, etc. Table For One starts off with Philip at work speaking to his boss. After an awkward and unsuccessful meeting, Philip goes back to his desk and begins talking with one of his female colleagues, who happens to be extremely attractive. One thing leads to another and the two decide they might get together later that night. Fast forward to Philip arriving home after work, and this is where the film gets interesting: Philip’s apartment has been turned into a restaurant. The rest of the film is fresh, hilarious, and very entertaining as Philip experiences what its like to wait for a table in his own home, a metaphor for his entire life of waiting. Read the rest of this entry »