1. Nominated for an Emmy at the 2013 50th Annual Emmy Awards!
    I wanted to take the prim and proper concert piano and pianists straight off the stage and throw them into the dusty, scary, grimy mess of the factory where these majestic black creatures are born.
    I have always wanted to make a video with a piano in it and finally got the chance to make this quick little video! I have always been mesmerized by pianos, even just the look of them. They have always had an ominous quality to them. Their shiny, black skin, and volcanic vibrations inside. I wanted to show the piano the way I saw them...as passionate, living beings that suck the creative life out of anyone who touches them and feeds it into the ears of the listener.

    Steinway let my cinematographer (Nathan Miller) and I into their factory to run around and shoot with some of their brand new crazy expensive pianos. It was a dream come true! They don't let filmmakers or photographers in very often, so I am very grateful that they let us do the things I did inside there!! Haha! And to work with the pianists, having fun experimenting on this was one of the best times I've had this year. I almost got heat stroke, I sprained my ankle, and almost died from the fumes in the factory, but I (we) survived it! And thank you, Clay, for enduring the craziness!

    Director, editor, sound design (Sony Vegas): Matthew Brown
    Cinematographer (Canon 7D and HV40): Nathan Miller (nathanmmiller.com)
    Piano Track Engineer: Steven Epstein

    Arrangement for piano/four-hands by ANDERSON & ROE
    Performed by the ANDERSON & ROE PIANO DUO (andersonroe.com)

    Production Assistants:
    Greg Anderson
    Clay Doggett
    Anthony Gilroy
    Elizabeth Joy Roe

    Special thanks to:
    Steinway & Sons
    the Yale School of Music
    And HUGE thank you to the pianists for letting me beat them up, soak them, cover them in paint, and make them play their fingers off! You are two extremely talented people! WOW.

    BEHIND THE SCENES of the shoot...random fun moments, hehe... http://tinyurl.com/3nxq5x6

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  2. DON'T BLINK... ;)

    Choreography by Olivier Wevers whimwhim.org

    Cinematography and Editing by Matthew Brown

    Joshua Bell's rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Summer)

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  3. A sudden minor shock or meaningless/meaningful interruption...here is a blip of the land of the rising sun. JAPAN!

    Shot with the 7D by Nathan Miller natemmiller@yahoo.com
    Please visit his page vimeo.com/35675173 and 'Like' this video on his page instead of mine. He's the cinematographer and guts of it and should be getting more attention! :)

    Edited by Matthew Brown meh_eh@hotmail.com

    Music - "Empty Room Trailer Version" by Zack Hemsey zackhemsey.com

    Featured in The Atlantic Magazine

    I hope this video gives hope to the people of Japan after this devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011

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  4. Watch Part Two, Daydreaming It[aly}... vimeo.com/51078732

    I was asked to go to Basilicata, Italy to participate in a Digital Diary contest for the tourism board to show one of the most untouched parts of Italy...
    It won Grand Prize in the competition.

    Created by Matty Brown
    Music by the amazing Reid Willis (If you like his music please contact Reid personally at reid.m.willis@gmail.com That is his PayPal email too, so donate a little smoething to him! Help an unknown artist out! He deserves it!! His new album with some amazing tracks is not out yet, so contact him) reidwillis.com The main song used in this is called "Parachute". The first aural song is called "My Sincerity" And please donate a little something to him! He deserves it! His

    Shot with the 7D
    Edited with Sony Vegas

    Special thank you to Nathan Miller and Jason Vo for letting me use your equipment. And a massive THANK YOU to Mikaela Bandini and Caspar Diederik; without you two this would not be possible for me. Big hugs to you guys! cantforget.it

    Thank you Steven Weinberg for the impromptu help getting the words to go in the video! you my script doctor! haha. Without you editing my words around it would've been a joke, lol.

    And thank you to everyone who supported me with the project! SJ Chiro, Goncalo de Almeida Costa, Steven Weinberg, Joaquin Baldwin, Brenton Perry, and the list goes on and on!

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  5. Full improvisation

    Dancer, choregrapher & actress : Stella F.
    Film & edit : Axelle Emden
    Music : "La Rupture", Yann Tiersen & Claire Pichet (no copyrights intended on the music)

    La difficulté pour elle, c'était d'improviser, au milieu de nulle part, de tout le monde, et avec moi qui tournais autour d'elle, puis qui disparaissais. On n'avait rien préparé, ni elle qui met des lustres à écrire son spectacle, ni moi qui mets des siècles à finir mes choses, puisque la perfection n'existe pas. La difficulté pour moi, c'est qu'évidemment je ne savais pas ce qu'elle allait faire, puisqu'elle-même l'ignorait, alors cadrer, tourner, rester, ou pas, sur le visage ou une partie du corps ; tout était simple et compliqué, et je ris quand je me rends compte que ce que j'ai raté, je ne l'ai même pas vu.

    Quand on a visionné les images pour la première fois ensemble, je cherchais de la musique sans paroles, parce que je trouve que c'est sans paroles que sa danse lui va le mieux - à elle, et à la musique. En arrivant dans le dossier Tiersen, elle a dit « la rupture », on a ri et depuis je n'ai pas su l'enlever.

    More dance by Stella F : http://www.youtube.com/user/mexicanjunkie/videos

    More films by Axelle Emden : vimeo.com/axelleonaroll

    To contact us, leave a message here & we'll get back to you.

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