Life Buoy (2010)

"Life buoy" is my project for my degree at the National University of Arts from Bucharest, Romania. The film was made in mid 2010 and it is a music video for the song "Life buoy" by the band "The Pixels". I used a mix of stop motion animation techniques in order to tell the story.

Worth mentioning:

Selected for the "Romanian Film Days 2011" at Vienna, Austria. rkiwien.at/eveniment/21-noi/zilele-filmului-romanesc-2011

Won Best Music Video at Filmul de Piatra Festival 2011, Piatra Neamt, Romania. filmuldepiatra.ro

Shortlisted for YouTube Play – A Biennial of Creative Video in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum. youtube.com/play

Selected for Contemporana 4 - Stanford Film Festival 2012 in California, USA.

Selected in the Romanian Visual Survey 2011 that gathers the work of over 40 Romanian visual artists. incotro.org/survey/2010/dragos-bardac/

Selected at Crosstalk Video Art Festival 2011, Budapest, Hungary. crosstalk.hu/?lang=en_US

Selected for the Advertising and Music Video Category at Anim’est International Animation Film Festival 2010, Bucharest, Romania. animest.ro/the-pixels-life-buoy-.aspx

Selected for the FESTIVAL TEMPS D’IMAGES 2010 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. colectiva.ro/en/proiecte/temps/2010/program/video/1.html

Selected for the Animation Category at Kinofest International Digital Film Festival 2010, Bucharest, Romania. kinofest.com/?page_id=429

Selected for the Cooper Video Wall at the Cooper Design Space Building. It can be seen Monday through Friday 9am – 6:30pm, at 860 S. Los Angeles Street, LA, CA 90014. The projections are randomized to show the work twice a day and keep it fresh as it’ll be up for a while. The work will be up for the next year, and possibly indefinitely. Organized by Flux. flux.net/

Synopsis:

A modern day knight slips into an imaginary where he is not welcome. He undergoes daring challenges to stay in the world where he is alone. This journey is a tribute to the tales of 1001 nights and to classic Romanian fairytales, but it all happens in a modern world, where the bicycle replaces the horse, a cardboard dog replaces the dragon, and some chairs stand in for the mountain, the place where the truth lies. Whether he finds the truth or not will determine the fate of the young knight: he will either go back to the real world, or he will live this imaginary experience as if it was a dream. Everything can happen all over again.

Technical aspects of the film:

For the animation, over 5400 photographs were shot, using a Canon 40D with Canon EF-S 10-22 F3.5-5.6 USM and Canon 24-105 F4 L USM lenses. For the indoors scenes I used three 250 watts Hensel Flash triggered with Pocket Wizzards. The camera was controlled through a MacBook laptop using the Canon EOS Utility and a long USB cable.

Credits:

Written, directed, photographed and edited by Dragos Bardac ( dragos.bardac.net )

Starring Ovidiu Naclad (ovidiu.naclad.net/)

Art director: Sebastian Oprita

Photoshop collage: Vlad Jerca (jercavlad.studentartfolio.com/)

Credits soundtrack: Radu Oprea (raduoprea.com/)

Thanks to Florin Costache (florincostache.com/)

Music Life Buoy by The Pixels ( thepixels.ro )

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