Cinema Selects is a collaboration between Nitehawk Cinema and Dailymotion that brings creative, user-generated videos to the big screen. Featured videos belong to Dailymotion’s MotionMaker program and include a variety of genres that include animation, comedy, web series, live-action shorts, documentaries and more.
Leading up to the May 8th Cinema Selects screening (go to Facebook invite here), Hatched is featuring a related series called Five Questions/Five Filmmakers that aims to familiarize the audience with these emerging filmmakers.
FIVE QUESTIONS/FIVE FILMMAKERS :: PART ONE
Release, 2011, television and web, 3:29 minutes
1) Explain your film in one sentence. That project was for Channel4 UK TV for the documentary “Concrete Circus” featured on TV in the UK, Canada and the US.
2) When did you begin making films? I started making movies almost 3 years ago but I did more than 200 videos in that short time. In all my videos I make everything by myself : the shoot, the edit, the colorgrade, the vfx and the motion design.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? The movie doesn’t have the same impact on a huge screen and on a monitor of course. But it’s interesting to reach another kind of audience than the web.
4) What are you working on now? I’m about to finish my new small shortfilm called “History of Time” with the Cesar award winning Valérie Kaprisky, Mélanie Zadeh and Matilda Rose Vignale. I will be on another huge project schedulded on September with my agency Icutwood. Hope it will be a blast.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? One of my favorite movie is Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly. I think that movie deserves better and Richard Kelly is a genius!
1) Explain your film in one sentence. The film is an audio visual mashup of music videos, film, and TV.
2) When did you begin making films? We are primarily an audio studio but after making the audio mashup of Don’t hold back, just push things forward in 2011, it seemed like an obvious choice to create a live video performance of the film. We have now created three video mashups and are busy working on a new one for this summer.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? Showing films online is a great way of getting instant feedback about the work and really helps to build connections between other film makers. Having the film shown in cinema is going to be great as it will really highlight the imagery and the audio mix that is not possible with a conventional computer screen and speakers.
4) What are you working on now? We are busy working with a few high profile clients on some exciting projects for this summer (which we can’t say too much about) and also working on a new mashup which should be out in the next couple of months.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? I think rather than a director it is often the audio crew that are overlooking in the film world. Take the sound designer Ben Burtt for example, he created many of the sounds for Star Wars e.g. the lightsaber, Darth Vader’s breathing, TIE fighters etc.) without which the film wouldn’t be half as dramatic. There are a host of people like this behind the scenes working hard to give great films that extra edge they need.
2) When did you begin making films? Just like every other filmmaker, I have been thinking in pictures all my life. At first, I thought that photography was the right thing for me. But I slowly discovered that moving pictures offer so much more creative possibilities. I shot a lot of experimental stuff during school time, but it was not until my 19th birthday that I decided to become a director and started to shoot short films with a crew, a script and proper equipment.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? You can reach a much bigger audience by showing your film online. The viewer’s experience, however, will be much stronger at a real cinema screening. It’s a dilemma.
But I think the future will bring us a much better online viewing experience, with home cinemas being able to stream from online video platforms. In fact, the online viewing experience is already SO much better than it used to be a few years ago.
4) What are you working on now? I am in Tanzania right now, shooting commercials. When I get back to Germany next month, I will immediately start working on my next short film as well as some spec commercials. I am also working on a feature film script.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? Darren Aronosfky just got the attention he deserves with “Black Swan”. Before that, he was not very well-known, but it was obvious that he is one of the strongest creative minds of our time! And there is this other director called Martin de Thurah. I am following all of his work online. He is mostly directing music videos, but I would love to see him directing a big feature film some day. And of course, there are lots of other names yet to be discovered. That’s what makes this whole online movement so exciting.
If Angry Birds were invented in the ’80s, Web video, 00:45 seconds
1) Explain your film in one sentence. What the popular game Angry birds would have looked like if it was invented in the ’80s.
2) When did you begin making films? I’m not sure what my exact age was, but since childhood, after I bought a cheap video camera on a flea market. My first film was a portrait of an old neighbor, who was sitting in front of his own house, watching people passing by and enjoying a glass of wine. With Bach’s Toccata and Fugue as background music, it became an interesting video.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? It’s the difference between cyberspace and the real world. It gives me a good feeling when people watch my video online, but it feels even better when people take the effort to watch my video in a cinema.
4) What are you working on now? I’m still working on retro videos. I receive a lot of requests.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? Robert Altman’s ‘3 Women’ (1977), starring Shelly Duvall and Sissy Spacek. The film script is based on a dream Altman had.
1) Explain your film in one sentence. Madonna’s album “Like a Virgin in 80 seconds”, sung by floating heads with mental issues.
2) When did you begin making films? I began making videos to accompany my music-productions, in 2009. With time I started thinking visually and the video was not an after thought anymore, but the DNA of the work.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? Honestly, this is the first time my video’s shown on the big screen. I don’t know what is the difference yet, but I’m sure I’ll eat popcorn when it happens.
4) What are you working on now? Right now I’m working on a kids series about Music.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? I guess I spend more time thinking about directors that get too much credit. It’s a little sad, but I don’t have a great answer to this. France, do forgive me.