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.
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 morenoble 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.
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.
Nicely done Jaguar. This little short displays some very well done cinematography combined with an intriguing story that kept me guessing until the end. Getting Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis to play the lead role wasn’t a bad idea either. Oh and the car, the new 2013 Jaguar F-Type, looks really good too.
Remember that kid in school who was always in their own world and rarely spoke to anyone? The kid that no one messed with, not because he was intimidating in size, but because they seemed a little crazy and you were never sure what they were capable of. Andy is that kid. A little strange and volatile but ultimately sweet, Andy meets opposition from teachers and peers with an oddly inspiring courageousness.
The creator of this video describes it as “an experimental film made up of over 35,000 photographs. It combines an innovative mix of stop motion and live projection mapping techniques.” While I’m not really sure what all that means but I would say the experiment is a success.
As two children go about their day joyfully collecting and documenting the plants and animals of earth like young scientists, they stumble upon a mysterious squid. The mystery deepens as they discover that the squid not an organic creature at all but a mechanical squid that acts as a transportation vessel for what would appear to be an alien child.Set in the 1800′s, this film is definitely a visual treat as you watch the children utilize almost forgotten methods of documentation, walk through lush sunny forests in their perfect period piece costumes and then stumble upon the cleverly designed mechanical squid. While through the majority of this film we get a positive feeling of charming and youthful curiosity from the main characters, the film ends on a much more somber note with the mother of the children having a less than enthusiastic reaction to their discovery.