I recently got the movie Wreck-It Ralph from Netflix.  I thought it was pretty good (some of the music was better than the film, I think), but when I went digging in the (non-existent) bonus features, I discovered the short that would have played before the start of the film in a movie theater.  Paperman.

It’s another one of those videos, like Morris Lessmore in my previous post, that instantly draws you in, leaving you enthralled and oblivious to all around you.  I love the black and white rather than color, the contrast of light and shadows they use, the simplicity and also the great detail put into it.  I think it’s really well done, and great for the imagination.  Hope you all enjoy it as well.

(Follow the link and scroll down just a bit.  I couldn’t find a link on Youtube to post, but found it here instead.)  🙂


Thought of You

I saw this video posted on a friend’s Facebook page a while.  The music paired with the beautiful animation is just stunning.  The characters’ movements are incredibly lifelike.  In watching part of the behind the scenes video posted elsewhere, I believe the artist used real life models and choreographed dances to work from for the video.  Anyway, wanted to share.

Cartier Short Film

This evening I was watching TV and fiddling on my computer, passing time, not doing anything important.  The show that we were watching went to a commercial break, but I wasn’t paying much attention.  I happened to glance up from my laptop, and for the next three and a half minutes I sat mesmerized, staring at the TV.

What played was a commercial, but it was no commercial like I’ve seen before.  Many advertisements are funny, dull, or interesting, factual, possibly intriguing, but not this one.  This one was beautiful.

It was an advert for Cartier, a jewelry and watch company.  They also have another site detailing about their commercial/short film and giving details about their roots and background.  I think Cartier was wise to call this a film, because it is so much more than a normal advertisement.  Here’s the video for you all to enjoy.

“The Key” Video Project

Hello again, everyone!

My poor blog must be feeling so alone right now.  Life (scratch that), school has been oober hectic this semester.  Even when it’s not been actually busy, it’s been destroying my brain cells.  I think I have half as many as I started the semester with.  I had four classes this time again, and three of them are things I try to avoid: video, portraiture, and photojournalism.  Granted, I’ve not done photojournalism before now, but it’s not what I enjoy, not what I’m terribly good at, so…it’s been a bit interesting.

ANYway, in Multimedia we’ve been working on our final video.  The idea was to have a video, five to seven minutes in length, that told some sort of story, I think.  A narrative.  Maybe.  (I’ve just taken a peek at the outline for this project, and it is described as a “narrative short film”…)  Our teacher really left the door open to us to be creative and do something awesome.  I, however, am not wildly gifted in the video department, so I did the best I could do.

While filming, I decided to use the separate audio recorder I’d borrowed from the school to record only the parts of the film where my friend, Erika, was talking.  When I began to put the video together, I realized I’d not thought through to how the off-camera and in-camera audio would not sound the same.  In addition to realizing this, several large audio files from the off-camera recorder failed to produce any data.  In other words, there was a file on the memory card, but absolutely no sound contained in that file.  A bit frustrating, especially since it won’t make my teacher happy.

Alrighty, well enough ranting.  (Ha, you people should be grateful…I started typing this big rant the other day with the intention of blogging it, but then decided I didn’t want people to know THAT much about me…it ended up being over three pages long…)  So, here is my video I made.  For my story, since I don’t have that many people at my disposal to use as actors/actresses, I aimed for a simple but still interesting story.  I won’t spoil the “plot” for you.  Here it is.  Hope you guys enjoy.

Touch of Magic

Well, while everyone else has been busy posting Facebook statuses about the presidential debate, I have been watching a lovely short film.  I’m not terribly keen on the narrator voice at the beginning, but bear through him and it’s quite delightful.  I love things like this with that magic feeling (And more than just magician/illusionist sort of magic…the kind you feel deep inside you.  It’s difficult to describe, but if you’ve felt it, you know exactly what it is.).  Hope you guys enjoy.  And props to the the awesome guy/group who made it.  He/they did a great job.  Leave a comment on the video for them if you want.  🙂

As an end note, I really hope the lady in the story took the magic with her and went on to become something amazing.  I also hope that the magician (I might kind of adore him) found a place to go where he was loved and appreciated after his theater was torn down.  I hate the thought of an artist of any kind being kicked out of his home and livelihood.  I’ll pretend they both went on to be amazing, artistically magical people.  That’s a happy thought.

Note: In case anyone wonders, no disrespect was meant about the debate tonight.  I do realize it’s very important to be involved in that sort of stuff.  I should have watched it, but chose to relax instead.  I needed relax time.  🙂