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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Haiku My Heart: Alberi (The Poetry of Trees)

Alberi from Raffaella Traniello on Vimeo.

Animated art gallery - Poetic documentary about trees.
Made by 22 Italian pupils (9y old) during Art and Music classes.

To make this work they learnt to play the recorder, they played a real concert harp, they spent 2 years learning watercolour techniques for sky, bush and trees, studying the shape of a tree in different situations.

It's the most advanced piece of art of the entire project (so far). It's made by the group that produced "Acqua", "Chiarastella" and "Babbo Natale".

This video is published under the Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA 2.5 Italy.

Haiku My Heart: Tree Dancer

Kim Large (Middle School Student 5th grade) (not part of the filming project)
For more Haiku My Heart go to Recuerda Mi Corazon. You will be glad that you did!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Canary Sky ~ Tenerife from Daniel Lopez (Time Lapse)

El Cielo de Canarias / Canary sky - Tenerife from Daniel López on Vimeo.

This beautiful Time Lapse Photography originally published as the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, and the National Geographic Staff pick from the Web with these words: “This time-lapse video shot over the course of a year in the Canary Islands captures the beauty of the world around us, including clouds, stars, and even a double rainbow” is quite remarkable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

~Noelle Renee

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Arctic Light

The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

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This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on
the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.

My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser.What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.

The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact
same time of year, to photograph. Based on previous experience, I knew this was going to be a very
difficult trip. Having lost a couple of cameras and some other equipment up there before, it was crucial to bring an extra set of everything. I also
made sure I had plenty of time in case something went wrong.
If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller,
camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then
having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence - it all proved bit of a challenge.

And almost as if planned, the trip would turn out to become very
difficult indeed. I had numerous setbacks including: airline lost my
luggage, struggling to swim ashore after falling into the Arctic sea: twice, breaking lenses, filters, tripod, computer, losing the whole dolly rig and controller into the sea, and even falling off a rather tall rock and ending
up in the hospital. As much as I wanted to give up, the best way Out is
always “Through”. I am glad I stuck it through though because there were some amazing sunrises waiting. At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that.

I asked the very talented Marika Takeuchi to specifically compose and
perform a song for this movie, and what she came up with is absolutely remarkable. Thank you very much Marika!

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Music: "The Arctic Light" by Marika Takeuchi
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Starry Night (Interactive Animation)

Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo.

A try to visualize the flow of the famous painting "Starry Night" of Vincent Van Gogh.
The user can interact with the animation. Also, the sound responds to the flow.
Made with openframeworks.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Father and Daughter

The story of a father who leaves his daughter and rows off into the sea, it commences with two figures riding their bicycles, the smaller of the wheels in perfect symmetry with the larger. The father and daughter climb to the top of a hill at which point the father alights, hugs his daughter before climbing down to the seashore. He cannot resist running back and holding the girl one last time before rowing off towards the distant horizon. The girl runs up and down against the skyline as the sun gradually sets. There is no explanation. She returns again and again to her vantage point on the cliff to peer out to sea for his return. Each return marks a passage in her life from child to adolescent, mother and eventually old woman. And still she returns to search for the father who left her. Of course it is not literal, of course her father will never, can never, return. But still she hopes.

Viewed as allegory or truth the consequent sense of grief and a longing for the return of the father is so intense that one attaches an individual interpretation or significance to the movie, be it a lost father, child or love. In the creator's own words it is about "longing" that never diminishes despite the passage of time, defeating all logic.

The landscape of the Netherlands with its wide skies and tall poplar trees is the backdrop to the movie. The sky and landscape is a delicate colour wash of brown, grey, sepia, sometimes hints of green or blue. The drawing is pencil and charcoal, the drawings scanned and colour added digitally. Remarkably in a film that deals in emotion, there is no facial detail whatsoever. Often the figures are drawn in silhouette. This can be remarkably effective in conveying mood: the old woman toiling up the hill, the flapping arms of the child, the teenager gliding down the slope on her bike, which in another later scene will simply not stand upright. Always the brushwork is spare, perhaps a stroke that transforms into a slender girl or a smudge for the squared old woman. Each shot is exquisite: the long shadows of trees or bicycle; seascape and sky, vast and empty. The seasons change with a rustle of leaves or the girl struggling up the hill against a wind that bends trees. The music by Norman Roger is sympathetic to the theme, essentially a lilting tune but arranged with tone and depth.

Music: Normand Roger, Denis L. Chartrand

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Leave Me

Leave Me (now on Hulu at from Ryan Dunlap // Daros Films on Vimeo.

"Dear Shane," the 2nd in the Camera Trilogy has premiered on Hulu! Here is the film!

Also, if you'd like to help support Daros Films, "Leave Me" has also been accepted into the ranks of Hulu and every view helps us to make more shorts!

A recent widower deals with his grief through his wife's broken camera.

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Shot the weekend after the wrap on the feature film Greyscale -
Greyscale Teaser Trailer -

*WINNER of the 2009 36-Hour Contest
*Honorable Mention for Drama at the indieProducer Film Fest (10/1/2009)
*WINNER of the Best Short Film category at the 2009 Script2Screen Film Fest in Tulsa, OK! (10/4/2009)
*Official Selection of the Mammoth Film Festival
*WINNER of the Best Narrative Short for the Trail Dance Film Festival (1/24/10)
*Placed on the Paste Magazine Quarterly DVD Lineup for subscribers
*WINNER of the Best Short Film Award by HOSFU at the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival (6/6/10)