Documentary Films

Struck by Lightning a Jägermeister Documentary.

I’m going to say this up front, I think this ad is pure bullshit. I’m saying this for a number of reasons. First off it promotes something extremely dangerous, second I think it’s fake, third I guarantee some jackass is going to try and reproduce this and end up dead.

From a video production perspective its a really nice piece of film work. It has a great look, nice editing, and the story line is solid. But what the hell was Jägermeister thinking when they produced this? Yes it will probably go viral. Yes their name is on the end of it. No it has nothing to do with their product or brand, and more over it promotes something totally stupid and dangerous.

Wait a sec… totally stupid and dangerous… I guess that does work with their target audience.

A new Film from Made by Hand. “The Knife Maker”

Each new Vimeo short from the “Made by Hand” crew just blows me away. The look is absolutely fantastic, and the quality of the finished product is outstanding. The second film in the series “The Knife Maker” not only has a really solid narrative, but the look,editing, post production, music, and audio come together to really sell this.

Do yourself a favor and watch this full screen on Vimeo if you get a chance.

Serious hat tip to, director-producers KEEF, and JOSHUA KRASZEWSKI, editor-composer MATT SHAPIRO, music MICHAEL TRAINOR & NATHAN ROSENBERG, sound recordist ROBERT ALBRECHT, re-recording mixer NICHOLAS MONTGOMERY, assistant re-recording mixer JOHN GUMAER, gaffer ADAM ORELLANA, and title designer MANDY BROWN.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter. A Documentary.

Onr of the things I miss about living in a much larger city like LA is the fact that they get films mid-sized cities like KC hardly ever get. Case in point, “Eames: The Architect and the Painter” which will be opening in select cities on November 18th”.

The film looks inside the lives of the famous designers Charles and Ray Eames, exploring their lives through interviews with family members, design historians and archival material. The documentary contains never before seen behind the scenes footage of the designers at work as well as interviews.

The film is Narrated by actor James Franco, this is the first film to be made about Charles and Ray since their deaths. The documentary takes an in-depth look into their personal relationship as well as their artistic collaboration.

A full review of the film can be found here at  The Hollywood Reporter or here at Variety.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter will open at the IFC Center in New York and the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles on November 18, and at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco on December 2. Other dates in select cities around the country will follow. If you are like me, you can also catch it on PBS on December 19 as part of the PBS American Masters series.