Here is where dedication and rain-man-like memory of movies will get you.
The team at Ornana Films created this wonderful animation where a kid is faced with a reality where the shows that he likes becoming a reality. (at least that’s what we think is happening). The crazy twist – some of the animations are replaced with short cuts from 160 movies. (With no list available though, the movies just screams for a guess the movies game).
The movie brilliantly, and seamlessly shifts from Danny Madden’s animation to short film clips that are almost too fast to comprehend.
But awesomeness does not come easy. The editor for the movie is Mari Walker and even with “photographic memory of film” it took 7 months to complete. While this movie is a labor of love Ornana got a grant from the Borscht Film Festival to make it.
It sounds hard to pick all the right clips for the movie and Danny tells filmmakermagazine that:
The clip selection began at the storyboards. I laid out these high energy action moments that followed as many modern film and television tropes as I could muster. From there, I called Mari because along with one of the walls of her apartment being filled floor to ceiling with DVDs, she’s got a remarkable (and sometimes frightening) ability to recall shots from almost any genre of film from almost any time period.
I would say something like, “Ya know how the hero will turn around and look over his shoulder all badass-like?” Then Mari would close her eyes for a minute, almost trancelike, and draft up a mental list of films and scenes where that sort of thing happens. Also, we had a couple nights where we invited over our other film geek friends to rack their brains and help us search for more clips. It really was an education going through films like that, dissecting the construction of camera moves and why and how they’d use a certain angle at a specific moment
If you like trippy and awesome, you probably want to check the rest of Ornana’s vimeo.