After a short hiatus, the Pick of the Week category is back with a very special entry! This week’s selection comes by the way of a Digital Visual original entitled Sleepy Hollow. Filmed and edited in one day, the short is a compilation of shots from the very beautiful town of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Captured with just a Canon T2i, a slider and tripod, Sleepy Hollow manages to blend the beauty and age of this small New York town in a very cinematic and poetic way. Check it out below and share your thoughts on our latest weekend project.
Long takes are a very difficult maneuver to pull off in just about any film project. It involves an uninterrupted, unedited and seamless shot that usually lasts several minutes in duration. This week’s selection, Easy Steady, makes use of this technique by following the Girl skateboard team as it pulls off a sequence of tricks in the town square of Milano, Italy.
Directed by Federico Vitetta and Ty Evans, Easy Steady manages to set its self apart from the carbon-copy, run-of-the-mill, skate sequences typically seen these days. Also worth mentioning, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Megan Baltimore and Spike Jonze executive produced this project.
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This week’s selection comes from director and animation artist Ari Kruger and his TROPFEST selected short film Focus. Starring Clyde Berning and Abigail Parker, Focus tells a story of love and loss through incredible narration and exceptional photography. Cinematographer, Gavin Goodman, reinforces the short’s title by creating extremely narrow depths of field and shallow focus planes that enhance the emotions that the characters feel. Focus is truly an achievement on many different levels and our choice for Pick of the Week.
View more of Ari’s films HERE
It’s that time of week again! Time to indulge in the cinematic and creative projects that earn The Digital Visual’s stamp of approval and are served here for your viewing pleasure. This week’s showcase comes from Rezcreativelabs, a multi-platform advertising agency based out of Montreal whose creativity serves the film, music, and gaming industries. On The Other Side is a story about “a detachment of French soldiers that are pinned down in their trench by a German sniper. The commanding officer is desperate to eliminate the threat, but his methods betray a disturbed psyche.”
On The Other Side was filmed in three days and one night with a production team totaling 30 talented individuals. To see more from Rezcreativelabs, visit their website for all the details on prior and future projects.
This week’s selection comes by way of an ingenious and creative take on a company’s advertising efforts that is sure to generate some well deserved traffic and buzz. The Camera Store proved their slogan “we take photography a little too seriously” accurate by re-creating a battlefield shootout with cameras and flashes instead of guns and grenades.
This fantastic piece of advertising is sure to go a long way in The Camera Store‘s efforts to gain popularity and the business of new customers. Fantastic job to all those who were involved, including Jordan Drake who shot and edited this particular piece!
This week’s selection comes in the form of an emotional and thought provoking short film by James Sharpe. Notes engulfs you in the story of Charles Osbourn, a man intent on trying to write his first novel but becomes inclined to write out details of his life on post-it notes and begins to lose his mind in the process.
Notes manages to merge visual beauty, engaging music, and superb storytelling to one technically accomplished short film. Kudos to the entire production team for creating a fantastic picture!
See more of James Sharpe’s work HERE
This week’s selection comes from photographer, film maker, and CG artist, Benedict Campbell, by way of his film Cafe Cowboy. Campbell’s story, told through the narration of Dustin Kott, is about the Californian bike builder’s passion for creating individualistic custom cafe racers and the fulfillment of the finished product.
You can see more of Campbell’s work HERE, Well done!
This week’s selection comes in the form of a music video from the artist Woodkid and the title track from their debut EP IRON. Aside from the breathtaking visuals and outstanding equilibrium between video and music, this project was actually directed by the group’s singer/song-writer Yoann Lemoine.
This video ability to capture the tone and feeling of the song is quite inspirational to a filmmaker. It is a true joy to see the amount of dedication and pride put forth into a project from start to finish in order to create one amazing visual experience.
IRON EP on ITUNES