Film Making

Friday Inspiration, “Glaz”.

This is a short film about Vladimir Kurashov, a young photographer from Moscow. It tells the story of how photography helped him recover from a serious injury that almost cost him his left eye. It was shot on 16mm Film, in Moscow in 2013. Hat tip to Director, Cinematographer, and Editor Maxim Tomash for shooting on film, and producing such a great little piece.

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.

“In Saturn’s Rings” Stephen van Vuuren’s 4K Journey Into Space.

South African filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren is working on an IMAX film titled  In Saturn’s Rings. The film is being created by stitching, processing, and animating over one million images. The result is a spectacular immersive journey from the view point of Cassini-Huygens mission using Saturn and 25 additional sources.

Vuuren’s  film has been in development for a few years now, and its slated for release in IMAX at 6K resolution early next year. The visual process, which compiles still photographs into a moving images, is a proprietary  system by Van Vurren himself and if the trailer shows that this is going to be one beautiful film. The trailer is below, but if you click through to YouTube you can watch in 4K resolution which looks fantastic.

“The goal is to use large screen imagery, synchronized to powerful but moving music, to create an experience for those who see it, hear it and feel it.”

Friday Inspiration. “Jonah” from Factory 15

This is a fantastic short film from Factory Fifteen and Jellyfish Pictures. The storyline is solid, the quality of the cinematography and special effects are absolutely top notch. There are multiple themes presented in this 20 minute film, all of which are supported by moving performances by Daniel Kaluuya, Malachi Kirby and Louis Mahoney.

The film has plenty of visual effects that enhance rather than detract from the main story line.  greed, pride and loss are rendered through the story as the small town the film takes place in blossoms into a tourist destination over time. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, the links and the distances between them. It is a visual feast, shot though with humor and warmth, Jonah tells an old story in a completely new way.

Directed by Kibwe Tavares
Written by Jack Thorne
Produced by Ivana MacKinnon

Daniel Kaluuya
Malachi Kirby
and Louis Mahoney

Town VFX: Factory Fifteen
Fish VFX: Jellyfish Pictures

Executive Producers – Katherine Butler, Ollie Madden, Chris Collins, Phil Dobree, Eva Yates
Co-Producer Fiz Oliver
Line Producer – Sarah Jane Wheale
Editor – Adam Biskupski
Cinematographer – Chloe Thomson
Production Designer: Paul Nicholls and Jonathan Gales
Fish Concept Art – Warren Holder
Composer – Mark Sayfritz
Sound Design – Jens Petersen
Sound Recordist – Will Whale
Costume Designer– Celia Lusted
Casting Directors – Saheen Baig & Aisha Walters