To better familiarize you with the filmmakers featured in DailyMotion’s February 28th CINEMA SELECTS, here are “five questions”…

Interview number 4

Still4-ABriefHistoryOfJohnBaldessariVideo: A Brief History of John Baldessari
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Max Joseph, Gabriel Nussbaum
Dailymotion account: Max Joseph

1. Give a short pitch of your video “A Brief History of John Baldessari” (1-3 short sentences)
A dazzling safari through the life of the legendary conceptual artist John Baldessari, narrated by gravel-voiced vagabond Tom Waits. No more boring art!

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art asked us to make a short film about John Baldessari, to show at their first ever Art + Film Gala. Baldessari was being honored alongside Clint Eastwood, and we wanted to make sure that everyone at the fancy dinner knew how amazing Baldessari is. For the style of the piece, the first inspiration was the artist’s own work – he sets the bar high for keeping things non-boring.  We added elements of Clockwork Orange, cattle auctions, old industrial films, and other secret ingredients.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
There were two parts to this shoot; interviewing Baldessari and recording Tom Waits.  Sitting with Waits in his freezing abandoned-schoolhouse lair, surrounded by mysterious instruments and mouldering piles of ancient almanacs, was pretty memorable.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
Editor Max Joseph is busy co-starring on MTV’s hit reality series “Catfish: The TV Show”, produced by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and is directing a new short doc about James Murphy’s DFA Records.  Henry & Rel are teaming up with writer Gabriel Nussbaum as producers on the upcoming film “White Girl”, directed by Elizabeth Wood.  Henry & Rel will be directing a screen adaptation of Edward Abbey’s classic novel “The Monkey Wrench Gang” in the near future. Producer Mandy Yaeger is at work on two films for Blumhouse Productions, and is ready to work with the “Brief History” gang again…

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
Recently re-watched Casey Neistat’s “iPhone Siri vs my Human Assistant”  and it’s still great.

Interview number 5

Still5-PoetryCornerVideo: Very Successful Advert #8: Poetry Corner
Director: Adam Morley, Dulcie Cowling
Dailymotion account: A Very Successful Business

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Poetry Corner” (1-3 short sentences)
Poetry Corner is a promotional offer, for a fictional store. It’s part of a series of spoof adverts celebrating and promoting unsung / less fashionable food stuffs.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
We’re constantly amused by the lengths advertisements go to stand out and grab peoples’ attention. We thought it would be funny to do the same thing for more unusual and slightly unglamorous items such as cress, clams and celery etc.

We craved a challenge.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
The two of us filmed all 16 adverts within 36 hours and it was well-oiled madness. The following morn, when clearing up our living room / set, we’d realised that we’d thrown out our flatmate’s very expensive extra strong magnet (which was glued inside a walnut shell- see advert #6 for details). We knew it would be somewhere in the bin along with an abundance of half rotten cress, clams, celery etc. We dashed outside, only to witness the bin men with our sacks driving out of sight. All hope seemed lost. We were gutted. I bitterly glanced at our smelly metal bin, when an overwhelming feeling of joy filled my face- on the lip of the bin was a walnut, clinging on with all its might.

“Magnets always exceed my expectations” muttered Dulcie.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
We’re currently developing a couple of new comedy sketch series ideas, which we’re very excited about, so with any luck we’ll be bringing them to life very soon.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
The last one we very much enjoyed was “Charity” by Good Cop Great Cop. We enjoy the simplicity of the sketch, and it’s written very well indeed.

Interview number 6

Still6-ApolloRunStarsVideo: Apollo Run // Stars
Director: Alex Fischer
Dailymotion account: Alexhfischer

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Apollo Run // Stars” (1-3 short sentences)
“Stars” is a stop-motion animation and contemporary dance video that follows one person at a time as they move through a city, a forest, a living room and eventually up into space. This music video for Brooklyn-based band, Apollo Run, uses just under 2000 individual photographs, composed and choreographed one at a time.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
The concept, and specifically the choreography, came from the lyrics of the song. It’s about feeling constrained by your environment and falling into patterns that you can’t break. Then the song takes a major turn with a chorus of deep voices chanting (not in English), and there’s this powerful feeling of breaking free. John (lead singer and writer in Apollo Run), literally sings about leaving the earth and joining the stars. The idea to use stop-motion came more out of necessity. The song sounded to me like a person gliding backwards down a street at high speeds with their eyes closed, and the only way to really do that was by shooting one frame at a time.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
There were a couple fun things we snuck into the video. In the living room where we showed John, Jeff and Graham over and over (starts at 0:49 sec), there just happened to be a book called “Stars!” on the shelf, so Jeff reaches for that in the video. Also, figuring out this scene took a while so while they waited, Jeff and Graham wrote a bunch of the lyrics on the scrabble board. You can see it at 1:04/1:05.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
Right now I’m working on a second music video for Born Gold. It’s about the metamorphosis of these little humanoid bugs and we’re making it using hand-drawn animation composited over live-action macro footage. We’re pretty deep into a long post production process now and it’s exciting to see it come together.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
I watched a few videos by Kevin Lin on Dailymotion recently. His Cults video and his animation for Frank Ocean were both pretty awesome.