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

Interview number 7

Still7-IAmAGazelleVideo: I Am a Gazelle : The Self Portrait
Director: Kevin Lin
Dailymotion account: droptheraygun

1. Give a short pitch of your video “I Am a Gazelle : The Self Portrait” (1-3 short sentences)
I think I Am a Gazelle is exactly what the title suggests, really. It’s my attempt at a self portrait as captured on film. Sort of like, a mashup of certain aspects that define me, either literally or metaphorically, ya dig?

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
This project actually began as a class assignment. I got the idea of doing like this musical mashup as I was driving back from Nor. Cal to So. Cal (There’s always lots of time to think on these road trips). I have a wide taste in music, which, in a way, correlates with my taste in not just film, but everything – I guess I just like to enjoy everything I can. I noticed transitional points in the songs I was jamming to at the time, and it pretty much sparked the imagery and everything else that came. So yeah, for the most part, this little video is, y’know, me.

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
I think the best moment, at least the one that immediately jumps to mind, is the initial reaction from my buddies, Reno and Mike (who were operating the cameras), when I start to lip sync and groove, directly in front of them. I guess they just weren’t expecting it, so there was this momentary air of awkwardness. My response was a momentary case of self-consciousness…But, y?know, I got them to groove at the end.

I’ve also got a short that I’ve recently pitched to the Motionmaker Fund (non-profit friendly plug), dealing with a duo of B-List superheroes akin to that of, say, Scott Pilgrim meets Wes Anderson. So, fingers crossed, y’know. And then just a couple of DP gigs next month. Like, what’s sleep, right?

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
Well I have a few projects going on at the moment. My KickStarter-funded short, Snippets of Wally Watkins, is currently in post going through VFX & Sound – I’m aiming for a summer release. I’m also taking this Commercial and PSA class this term, where we shoot a commercial or PSA every week (which is as exhausting as it sounds), so I’ve got a couple completed specs that should be hitting the web pretty soon. In fact, as you’re reading this, I’m probably on set shooting a spec at this very moment. But, probably not.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
Man, I just watched DEATH BATTLE! – Goku vs. Superman…and maaaaan…can’t say I’m not a little disappointed with the outcome, but I guess dreamers will dream, right? Or something like that. I don’t know. Fun stuff, can’t believe I sat through the half hour though – not sure if that reflects more on the material, or on me personally. Eh, material. Yeah. Material. 

Interview number 8

Still8-AnimalHorsesVideo: Animals – Horses
Director: Phil Matarese
Dailymotion account: philmatarese

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Horses” (1-3 short sentences)
A police horse and a central park carriage horse discuss free will & unjust labor policies in New York City. Eventually they murder a guy with a gun and do some lines of cocaine.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
We do solely NYC-centric animals in our series (AnimalsWebSeries.com), so “Horses” just felt like a natural progression. They’re a naturally funny species – especially when humans dress them up and give them jobs. It’s like – you’re a horse, dude. 

3. What’s your best story from this shoot?
We were pretty drunk when we recorded it, which isn’t that great of a story. Although, we did stay up for three days animating it. At work on Monday (Day 4 of no sleep), I felt like my body was a weird, gross vessel.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
We released an e-book on iTunes called: Animals. The Complete and Annotated Collection. It’s an encyclopedic mini-textbook that profiles the various animals within our series. It’s filled with interactive galleries, audio samplings, and every episode of the series to date. It’s awesome. Check it out here.

We also just began animation for an upcoming 11-minute episode.

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
Mike has a great comedy group called City On Film. Good Cop Great Cop are also fucking amazing.  

Interview number 9

Still9-KubrickOnePointPerspectiveVideo: Kubrick // One-Point Perspective
Director: ::kogonaga
Dailymotion account: kogonada

1. Give a short pitch of your video “Kubrick // One-Point Perspective” (1-3 short sentences)
Stanley Kubrick was haunted by the one-point perspective (and in turn haunted us).

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
I wanted to convey this perspective of Kubrick and suggest something more by putting it in relationship to the Star Gate sequence.

3. What’s your best story from this project?
I’ve mentioned this before, but after trying several music scores from Kubrick’s film, I stumbled upon Mansell’s piece (Lux Aeterna) from Requiem for a Dream. I thought I was about to unleash this song (from 12-years ago) to the masses. I was searching to see if there was a remix version, when I discovered that this song had been used in numerous trailers and videos. I took an extra day to try different pieces of music, but in the end I preferred the Mansell cut.

4. What’s next? Do you have anything in the pipe you’d like to talk about?
I have a few more of these signature style pieces (on cinema), and I will also be doing longer for essays. I just recently finished a piece for Sight & Sound. I also have a longer feature hybrid film that explores cinema and its relationship to modern life (via Ozu).

5. What was the last Dailymotion video (that wasn’t yours…) that you enjoyed?
The Mixtape by ithacaaudio