Documentary Short

Dustin Cohen’s “Conrad and the Steamplant”.

This morning a friend of mine sent me the link to the video below. “Conrad and the Steamplant” is the product of photographer Dustin Cohen. This is the latest in a series of short films he has produced over the last year or so, and like his previous short films this one profiles an individual in New York with a unique job. It is a striking portrait of Pratt Institute’s Chief Engineer  which  follows the story of 79-year-old Conrad Milster.  Milster started working at the steamplant in 1965 and is one of only four to hold his position at Pratt in its 127-year history. Like all of Choen’s works this is a beautifully shot and edited documentary short that is well worth the watch and a great way to start your work week.

Follow Your Fears This Afternoon.

They say if you don’t try, you’ll never know, and I agree with that. If you have a dream, a passion, or a goal, you’ll never make it if you don’t try. The short documentary from LiveUnbound is a perfect example of this. A bit crazy, and way beyond my safety zone, but none the less a great example of setting a challenge and going for it. This is a great little story, that has been beautifully shot and edited, with a really nice underlying message.

Some Monday Magic. “The Grand”.

 Glen Milner does some really nice short film work. The piece below was commissioned by Steinway & Sons to highlight and reveal the craft that goes into producing one of their pianos. Working with a small crew, Milner shooting with Camera Assistant Arne Zacher, the two created a wonderfully timed black and white short. The editing is tied tightly to the original composition by Elwin Hedrijanto and Dominic Ferris with cuts hitting on time to the music. In just two and a half minutes Milner shows the amount of skilled work and love that goes into producing a Steinway. The film highlights the Hamburg factory, the workers, the 1200 parts in each piano, and slowly builds through the performance by  Hedrijanto and Ferris ending with the star of the show on stage.

Monday Inspiration. “Cowboy As I Am” by Philip Hodges.

The nine minute short film by  below tells the story of Steven Millward who was paralyzed in a rodeo accident almost twenty years ago. It is a story that focuses on his relationship with veteran horse whisperer Grant Golliher and Steven’s horses. The short film features some killer cinematography from James Coombs and Morgan Mercier. The editing, post and sound work help complete this, wonderful little documentary. Take nine minutes of your day and give it a watch. You’ll be glad you did. It is beautiful and inspiring.

Watch Making. “The manufactory” from Peter Wollring.

Having returned from my snow walk I thought I would thaw out while perusing some fine video work on Vimeo. While trolling through the people I follow I came across this fairly new upload from . It showcases the manufacture of NOMOS watches in Glashütte, Germany with some great camera work, solid editing, and tight features on what makes NOMOS watches stand out. 

Awesome in Every Sense of the Word. Paul Klaver’s Alaska.

When a film comes together, many times things are missed, or parts don’t add up to complete the whole. In the case of the short film “Alaska Nutrient Stream” everything adds up. The photography, sound editing, post production, film editing, all combined with the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the power of nature. Major hat tip to film maker Paul Klaver and his short film.

Shot over a 3 week period on his Canon 5D and a GoPro, the results are pretty stunning. Klaver has a fantastic eye for framing shots and editing in a way that completes the story.

The Well of Death. Django Django “WOR”.

OK, you might call this madness, I think it’s freaking awesome. When Django Django wanted to make a music video to promote for “WOR” they enlisted the help of Noisey. The one catch, they wanted to shoot the entire thing in the infamous Indian Well of Death, featuring the daredevils themselves. So the crew went to Allahabad, set up and shot this amazing little music video. Not only is the song great, the integration with a documentary short style film is brilliant. I love this.