Drones give us a different perspective for shooting photos and video. But, they are also useful for adding light from totally new angles and for lighting inaccessible areas. In his latest short film The Place Where, filmmaker Tim Sessler mounted a 1,600W LED light onto a drone and created a moody masterpiece.
When I look at photos and videos of Iceland, they often remind me of another planet. In his short film Anomaly, German filmmaker Jacco Kliesch made Iceland look like another dimension. While this beautiful country sure looks incredible in photos and videos, this video brought it to a whole new level.
Travel photography used to be one of the big earners in photography. These days, with as many people have a phone or camera in their pocket, half decent stock images of far-flung corners of the world are all over the place. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can stand out when it comes to documenting travel.
We’ve seen some great timelapses from folks such as Kirill Neiezhmakov who take us on wild rides through various cities around the world. But this one from Mwita Chaca of Mwendo just has a little something special about it.
Apple’s ProRes has been a staple codec for video editors for years. But as RAW is being adopted by more cameras, people are starting to stray from ProRes. Apple’s response has been to release a new ProRes RAW format. But so far, nobody’s really been able to see how it is to work with or what it’s capable of.
But now, thanks to the Panasonic EVA1 and Atomos Shogun Inferno, and Filmmaker David J. Fernandes, we get some insight. Fernandes shot a short film, Binge, entirely using that setup with ProRes RAW and it appears to be the first one out there. Here’s the trailer for that film.
They say that the gear doesn’t matter, and to some degree that’s true. Sometimes, though, it absolutely does. Even if that gear isn’t very good. The intentional choice to use lower quality or old equipment is used to achieve a certain look, feel or effect. And this is what we see here from filmmaker Matteo Bertoli.
This short film was shot on an iPhone 3GS. Released in 2009 the iPhone 3GS is pretty ancient by today’s standards. Matteo says he picked it up on eBay for a mere $32. He basically just wanted to see if it could be done. The reason for choosing the iPhone 3GS was that it was the first iPhone capable of shooting video. It offers a measly 640×480 resolution. But in this film, it looks fantastic and tells a great story.
Smartphones have come a long way, and every once in a while there’s a photoshoot or a video shot entirely on a phone. But, Apple Singapore brings you something a bit different. A short film titled Three Minutes was shot entirely on iPhone X, but there’s more to it than just showing off what the phone can do. It’s a beautiful movie that will make you think and maybe even bring you to tears.
Cinemagraphs seem to be more and more popular among photographers. If you like this type of artwork, this video will be a real treat for you. Filmmaker Erick Flores Garnelo has made a short film created almost entirely of cinemagraphs. It doesn’t only demonstrate Erick’s talent and skill. It has such a special atmosphere that it will make you feel like you are somewhere else.
When I first started watching this short film, I thought it was a promotional piece. After all, Polaroid just announced its new OneStep 2 camera a couple of months ago. It was released a couple of weeks ago, so, thinking it might be a Halloween advert to get the word out is a logical assumption to make.
But no, this is the creation of filmmaker Joey Greene and a wonderfully talented, but small, crew of people. It starts off with what appears to be a guy moving into a new place, unpacking his boxes. When he pulls out a Polaroid OneStep, he opens it up and it goes off in his hand. Out pops a picture. So, he decides to have a play with it.
We haven’t featured all that many timelapse films on DIYP this year. I think it’s mostly because there were so many amazing ones last year. It’s quite difficult for them to compete for peoples attention now with the bar being raised so highly. This one, though, stood out to us.
Created by Will Pattiz and the team at More Than Just Parks, Rocky Mountain takes us on a journey spanning the seasons. Will tells us that the film took a couple of years to actually shoot. And watching the film, you can understand why. There’s so many different scenes and locations, that trying to capture an entire season in just one cycle can be difficult.
A One Shot Film, is a movie shot in one long take, by a single camera. Or, it’s cut in such a way as to give the impression that it was. There have only been twenty movies ever shot in a single long take. And another seven that have been edited to look as if they were.
While not feature length, this 12 minute short film written and directed by Ruben Östlund is an ambitious project. He made the most of what was then state-of-the-art 5K technology to shoot his main master shot. The pans and zooms were then created in post to move the viewer through the story.