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Short Film

The Diamond Life Episode 10

Here is the next episode of the online web-series I do director of photography for. We interviewed our good friend Writer/Actor Tommy O’Reilley about his career. He’s been in multiple short films and has auditioned for some features. The style of the photo shoot and video goes along with the short film we did called (Love) That Kind Of. In the film it follows Marisa’s (Ana) dreams about Jake (Tommy), and for this we wanted to do Jakes side of the dream. I used interesting and unique techniques to capture some of the images. I found a blue flash light that I shined on a slight angle to give a short of lens flare. For some shots I took a drinking glass and kept spining it on an angle slowly to make a quarter of the frame blurry, but this also reflects the natural light off the crystals in the glass which causes a natural lens flare.

Our next episode is to be shot some time in February,



40 years of Dodge

Heres just a nice little video put together that shows the history behind one mans favourite possession. The way this video was pieced together was so elegantly done, that I had to share it. The colour corrections and filters in the beginning gave the video a nice vintage touch. I think the unique angles and point of views of the camera made a deeper impact on the total outcome of the video. You get to see the feeling of driving the car, and how cool it looks to drive. I find it enjoyable to watch these types videos where its something so simple and not much to it, but it gives such an impact and make you smile and want to watch it a second time. The music used has a nice flow to it. Gives of a folkie vibe to the finished product. It was mixed together excellently I might add. This is an all around neat little video.

Mobius – Short film

This 11 minute film is filled with action, mystery and suspense, and to top it all off, it has a phenomenal twist at the end. I quite thoroughly enjoyed watching this master piece of a film. Its amazing to see how far technology has become over the years. You may call this film a “Big Budget” Short film, but the if you compare it to Hollywood blockbusters like Christopher Nolan’s Inception, this film was made on next to nothing. Each shot just looks so crisp and clear. The lighting from transitioning between inside the car to outside was just incredible.  The action scene of the car chase was brilliantly done. It stands out from the kind of car chases you see in movies like Michael Bays Transformers, where half the time you dont even know whats going on, or whats happening. Its simple but elegant. Throughout the entire short, the cinematography was fairly impressive. It had the right balance of close up shots, to establishing shots. Its short films like these that motivate me to keep working towards becoming a film maker. If they can do such an amazing job on this, why can’t I? Get comfy, sit back, and enjoy.

All Around The World

“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage” Thats what it took to create this master piece. Move is part of a three part mini shorts. Its a neat little video that shows one mans journey around the world. The cuts between all the shots were really well done. Each shot must have been carefully planned out in order to achieve the look of the actor walking at a constant speed toward the camera.

Weird or What?

Im still having trouble figuring out how exactly this video was created. The video suggests that at 5:46 in the morning the streets are flooded with a river of water. Could this be some strange phenomena that occurs in this town?  After watching I looked more in depth to the subject and come to the conclusion that the water was digitally placed in during Post Production. With a little hard work and attention to detail, the creators of this video were able to pull off the illusion of a river right in the middle of the town. The audio mixing and sounds for the video really pulled it together, giving it an erie, unsettling feel to it. The subtle camera shakes and pans gives the audience the feeling of actually being there, standing in the water. Its truly amazing to see what other film makers can do with such a simple concept design.

The Plot Device

Red Giant is a video editing software company who is well known for its program Magic Bullet. As  a sort of advertisement, Red Giant had asked a young film maker, Seth Worley, to create a short film that would really show the true awesomeness of the new Magic Bullet Suite 11. He came up with the idea of a button that will take you through the unique styles of cinema. From being black and white as a  Film Noir to a Michael Bay production where everything is exploding around you and there’s lens flares going off all over the place. This short film really captures the true essence of  the many different techniques of cinema. I love how it keeps true to the camera motion and movement when it switches between all of the scenes. Enjoy!

The Making of (Love) That Kind Of