Inspirations in Moving Pictures

It’s summertime, which means, of course, we are all getting extremely comfortable with our not-so-filled schedules and days of daydreaming, and, that has resulted in a drop of blog posts in my case.

Last year, each phase of the year, of places, were marked by songs. This year, I’ve realized that it’s more about the videos. The ones that make you shiver, make you cry, or make you laugh so hard that it shapes the rest of the day or the week. And of course, as a videographer, I too seek inspirations from these videos!

So if you have a few minutes or two, here’s a wrapup  of the year, through videos:

Argentina and Uruguay 

Never Let Me Go 

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“I come here to this spot and imagine, that this is the place where everything I’ve lost since my childhood, washes away.”

So starts the finals scene of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, with Carey Mulligan starring as Kathy, a doctor who is raised as one of the many to give organs and die. This film taught me the importance and the power of silence, how even though action scenes and steamy romantic moments are entertaining, it’s the silence, that pierces the heart.

Bhutan 

#MakeitCount 

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This is a Nike Ad/Travel log that Casey Neistat created. The video starts with “Instead of spending their (Nike’s) movie, I spent the entire budget traveling around the budget with my friend May.”  This has brought a whole different video philosophy to me; instead of the perfectly shot and high-cost productions, the media is turning towards more real and accessible “shots in time” -type of videos with shaky frames and the throwing out of every rule in cinematography. It works though, and I will be attempting to make a video with the same style.

And it really got me thinking, while traveling in the land of dragons and happiness, how much or how little one can get out of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Are you here for the tourist experience, or are you here to make it count?

Clarins, the Movie 

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A college-bound student, Clarins, has to decide between the prestigious law program at Hartfield University and a career in writing and the arts in a less well-knowned university. Her father sends her to Bhutan, the last Shangri-La on Earth, where she meets mountains, a mysterious figure from the past,and uncertainty.

This short movie was actually my first attempt at a piece that was over 5 minutes, and paired with lack of knowledge of the schedule (yes, my friends and I were on a tour) and Dollies, it was definitely a learning experience! Definitely guerilla filming.

USA 

My last Days: Zach Sobiech 

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Zach was an aspiring music artist and songwriter who died because of cancer, and this is his story of how he tried to live, and make others around him happy, through those last days. What actually drew me to this video was his song, Clouds. After watching his story, the song became more than just a song.

It became his legacy.

“We’ll go up, up, up and we’ll fly a little higher.

Up here, my dear, it won’t be long now.

It won’t be long now.”

It is true that music is the string that ties chapters together, and that pictures can tell infinite words, but videos are snapshots in moments in time, as if you’re really there, in the screen. Standing, seeing it unravel before you.

And that’s what makes film so beautiful.

-Yada

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