I've always enjoyed watching shorts, and that's how I started talking to Point8cam. We share the same love for art, and it's not the generic art that is mainstream. He knows that I don't conform to the norm. My taste is very much different, I crave for new things, new scenes, the unseen. Damn, I rhymed hahaha =D
Music score also plays an important part in videos, as it sets up the mood. I'm a very choosy person when it comes to art. I will not be satisfied by just an ok one. It HAS to have the it factor that catches my eye instantly and the flow of the story must be brilliant. Well, to cut things short, here are my fave videos of all time, well at least so far.
1. Leave Me (3 minute contest winning version) from Daros Film
AmandaChoe showed me this one when were in uni one day and truth to be told, I loved it that I cried halfway. To me, it showed an eternal love of a husband towards his wife, if given the chance, he'd sacrifice the rest that he had to just be with her. Sounds cliche, but watch the twist at the end. Perfect ending for me. Storyline was brilliant
2. APRICOT - A Short Film by Ben Briand from Moonwalk Films
The story of Apricot touched me in a different way. When asked, "Do you remember your first kiss? Do you remember your first love?" it instantly brought me back down to memory lane. Although a vague one, I'm sure most of us will remember the first love ever, where beautiful has a totally different meaning.
3. Dear Japan (親愛なる日本) from Matthew Brown
Dear Japan, simply.just.makes.me.miss.every.bit.of.the.beauty.and.essence.of.traveling.
The scenes, the sound, the pace of the video was a perfect mixture of every single thing that I appreciate.
*buys flight ticket*
4. Wednesday - Short Film from Rob Sorrenti
If fate is your friend, fate will come back to you, even if he's been away for half your life. Who knows, one day, it will shake your hands again. This is a story about a boy and a girl, who was born on the same day, in the same hospital but led very different lives and circumstances which made them that way when they're adults.
5. "SNOW" - Megan + Narbeh's Sweden Thriller Concept from PACIFIC PICTURES
Wedding videos are usually very very cliche. Why not make one, with a storyline. I'm sure your guests would really be in for a surprise. Oh did I mention that, you do need good acting skills too!
6. Zerotohundred's Time To Attack: Sepang 2010 by Point8cam
Now, now. I didn't put this here just cause I know him. I do think this is one of his best work so far, and I liked the rain part. It was just purely beautiful. Watch it, then you'll know what I mean.
7. SIGNS by Patrick Hughes
What's not to love about this short. Everything that happens in love are about chances. Even personally, how I found love is by chance. Point8cam and I questioned, what if, he didn't miss his flight to Australia. Would we still be hanging out like this? What if I didn't ask him to join me for the screening? What if we didn't talk during one of the trips? There's so many what ifs. But I guess, if you take a leap at chance, chance will open its arms for you =)
8. THE BEAT OF NEW YORK from tim hahne
Just like Dear Japan, these kind of videos makes me miss travelling. The sound, the people, the smell in the air, the cold, the hecticness. Everything is rolled into one big, juicy Sushi Roll. Messy but delicious.
9. Mankind is No Island by Jason van Genderen
(Winner of Tropfest NY 2008)
Fully shot with a cellphone camera, this short is nothing short of touching you in the sensitive spot. Hunger is an issue everywhere, but most of us are blinded by big lights in the city so bright that the dark corners remains dark and the stories of these men on the streets remains unlit. Watch it, and have a thought, what if you were one of them?
Simple, but gets the message across very very well.
9. Beyond Words by Armand de Saint-Salvy
This short was a wow for me. Not only that I like the quality of the picture. The storyline was also a good one. You can feel the sense of danger, especially after knowing that the girl is actually deaf. The sounds and visuals to emulate the deaf and the blind was brilliant! I felt the vulnerability of that particular person, even as an audience.
There you go, hope you enjoy the videos!