Archive for the ‘Short Films’ Category

This is a post on personal behalf.
I’ve made a new short/videoclip/fashionfilm, you might want to check out.

You can find more info on the Vimeo Page.

If any filmmaker needs encouragement to really follow his passion he should watch Werner Herzog eating his shoes, literally! Once Herzog proposed to his good friend Erol Morris, that if Morris would ever finish a film, he would eat his shoes. So when Morris released ‘Gates of Heaven’, Herzog ate his shoes in front of a student audience, to proove that filmmaking is an act of commitment. Moreover he had some good advice for the students: “If you want to do a camera, steal a camera.”

See the short film about the incident at NY Entertainment.

This is already a couple of months old but well worth a look: An 8 minute Short Movie by Johannes Brueckner about the progress and problems of globalisation. Bar & line graphs on world maps, formed by real people become realtime-animated ‘living’ infographics.

English version and german version available on youTube

Nice Video-Campaign for Samsung Mobiles.

At the of each youTube Video you get to choose what the main character should do next. Every decision leads to a different storytwist (= new youTube Video).

One theme. Twenty films. One-hundred and twenty seconds a piece. Twenty 120

YouTube has opened an indie film screening program called YouTube Screening Room. They’ll release 4 films every two weeks, both animation and real action short films, featuring award winning high quality movies. YouTube really steps away from it’s regular distribution methods, for the program it drops it’s 10 minute limit and experiments with a higher video quality. Moreover, all screened indie short films take part in a revenue sharing program. What’s really thrilling is, that you can buy the films directly from the page via direct download (1.99$) or DVD. Looks like a new distribution channel for the indie film industry?! Submit your film to ytscreeningroom@youtube.com

From the first batch of films I deeply enjoyed Miranda July’s “Are you the favourite person of anybody?”

What’s interesting is, that Atom films tried to push exactly the same idea for about ten! years and finally failed and has become a sub brand of comedy central. YouTube has a much bigger audience so I’m quite excited that they might can create more awareness for indie films.

What I don’t understand is that YouTube constricts the community tools for the Screening Room. You can’t embed the films, there’s no option for commenting or bookmarking them. Haven’t those tool been the key to YouTube’s success? So why do they make a step backward for distributing indie films?

Flight404 published a new short film made with Processing. Music by The Flash Bulb. Truly Beautiful!

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The very famous experimental short film “Der Lauf der Dinge” von David Fischli and Peter Weiss from 1987 is uo on Joox. The film is up 30 minutes long and just show a long chain of everyday object, reacting to each other. A must see!

passepartout! (by Anne Helmond)

…and once again, all the great photos in this entry are made by the very talented Anne Helmond!

And on yet another rainy morning in Amsterdam (not surprising, you get used to it after a while!), full of curiosity and hopes for the day, I went to the second day of the Video Vortex - Responses to YouTube conference. I was hoping that today would be more fruitful than yesterday, and indeed, what a pleasant surprise! Well, call me selfish, but instead of giving a general overview I will focus on the session that was the most interesting for me personally: Curating Online Video.

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video vortex at club 11 (by anne helmond)

all the fantastic photos in this entry were taken by Anne Helmond - thanks a lot!
You can also visit the Institute of Network Cultures flickr set of all Video vortex events.

On a rainy morning in Amsterdam (that demanded lots of coffee!), the Video Vortex - Responses to YouTube Conference was kicked off at Club 11. I will be blogging on the conference for movingweb, but I was also there because I have been involved with the project through my work at the Netherlands Media Art Institute where we made an exhibition with the same title and related topics. Well, the program of the conference is quite extensive, and I was very disappointed by some of the presentations today (that seemed unprepared, unfocused, had nothing new to say…a total contrast with the first Video Vortex conference in Brussels!). So I will focus on the gems of today’s presentations!

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