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 | 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. (more…)
Posted by Samantha Alexander | June 14th, 2013 at 5:14 pm
This neat little nugget of cinematic tribute pays homage to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Each shot is dedicated to a different one of Hitchcock’s classics using each of the films unique styles to inspire the the cinematography. Director Jean-Baptiste Lefournier meticulously creates each image, echoing Hitchcock’s own attention to detail and ability to create suspense and fear through simplicity. The original score Cyril Balta does a great job and rounding out the Hitchcock feel of the whole piece with it’s mix of heavy brass horns and sneaky sounding symbol and drums.
With spot on cinematography and music that sets the perfect Hitchcock ambience I would say this short successfully payed respect to Hitchcock and his work with the directors own interpretation of Hitchcock’s cinematic style.
Posted by Samantha Alexander | May 21st, 2013 at 10:36 am
In Among Giants I got to watch as a group of environmental activists lived a dream I’ve had since I was a kid, living up in trees among the leaves; but while as child I was just looking to live some place different where I was high above the ground and out in nature the activists followed in this short cinéma vérité style documentary had a much more noble purpose for choosing to make trees their homes.
In 2008 Green Diamond Resource Co. began clear cutting red woods in what is known as the McKay Tract, located in Humboldt county California. In response to the clear cutting a group of established a protested by initiating a tree sitting in which they lived hundreds of feet up in canopy on small platforms. For the duration of their protest they sat, slept and cooked on these platforms, risking both serious injury and incarceration. Four years later their risk and vigilance payed off when Green Diamond Resource Co. agreed to negotiate the sale of the McKay Tract to the community of Humboldt.
Posted by Samantha Alexander | May 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Located in the southwest portion of Berlin, Beelitz-Heilstätten was originally built in 1898 as a sanatorium to care for victims of tuberculosis. Soon after however it was utilized in World War I and II as a German military hospital where most notably a young corporal Adolf Hitler was treated after being wounded at the Battle of Somme during World War I. Surviving two wars and Soviet occupation the massive complex still stands consisting of over 60 buildings spread over 200 acres that are linked by underground tunnels. While some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinson’s disease the remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000 and continues remain uninhabited.