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“Shadows” for the 10th annual Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival.

This is such a simple idea, and it is executed so well. Each of the stingers for the 10th annual Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival were inspired by the the photography of Pol Ubeda Hervas. Director  the metaphor of empty shoes as a testament to those filmmakers who are filling them and creating phenomenal documentaries around the world. The shots are simple. A slow, small tracking camera movement, with the action taking place in the shadow. Each visual represents an individual award: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Editing, Jury Award etc. Once again keeping it simple renders solid results. Love them.

Director: Omar Khalifa
Producer: Shereen Ali
Senior Producer: Jaime Siordia
Director of Photography: Chris Moon
Art Director: Yasmin Al-Naib
Assistant Producer: Ashiq Khan
1st AC: Cenon Costales
Editor: Rob Nield
Motion Design: Vlad Illiescu
Music: Pierre Serafini, The Shift
Driver and Support: Ibrahim

“The Craft of Movement”

Since it is a frozen waste land of bone crushing cold and snow outside I thought I would search Vimeo for some nice Spring clips. Something with green leaves and cherry blossoms. I thought it might make the 6 more weeks of winter a bit easier to tolerate. While cruising through a number of Spring related short films I came across ‘s Spring/Summer campaign fro 2013 and the making of film.

 got together with NAM to capture the Craft of Movement in modern day Japan. The 60 second spot features some really nice slow motion footage great camera work and post. As you watch the film you see objects, and people suspended in air slowly moving through frozen objects. NAM made no attempt to hide the rigging and wires in the shoot, which ads a level of surrealism to the overall effect. If you are the least bit curious about how they made this, watch the making of video below. It takes almost 24 hours of studio time and compresses it into just a few minutes showing the magnitude and complexity of of the final piece.

Diesel Dogs in Sunglasses.

What better way to start your work week off than a video of dogs wearing sunglasses? Hmmm, right now I can’t think of one, so here is a video from Diesel Eyewear featuring dogs wearing sunglasses shot in slow motion on a Phantom Flex.  Directed by Tim Main & Joseph Dixon, this effects laden online spot is a nice piece of visual eye candy for your Monday morning.