1. Insanely Great was filmed at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The film highlights the talent of some of the Sunshine Coast’s local surfers. Insanely Great also uses the sound of the ocean to give the soundtrack more texture and realism.

    The section of coastline inside Noosa National Park is picturesque and extremely popular with surfers of all ages and abilities. It’s popular because it offers numerous points where reliable surf is nearly always found.

    As you follow the coastal track that skirts the numerous bays you often encounter surfers - a board under their arm - hurrying to get to their preferred location to catch the waves. Watch the film and you’ll see really skilful action on both short and long boards, and from both young and old riders.

    The film was captured in high definition PAL using a Sony HDR-FX1E camera and was composed using the Panavision aspect ratio. It was post processed using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.

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  2. Just another sunny day in beautiful Amsterdam

    Used my new Sony EX1. Shot everything at 60fps.

    Edited in FCP.
    Added some more contrast using MBL.

    Music: Portishead - Undenied

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  3. This is a really personal short film that I wrote, directed, shot, and edited.

    "Forty Seven" is a day in the life of a young man who is completing a list of "47 Things to do Before I Die" while documenting it with post-it notes and Polaroids.

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  5. Short film made in Death Valley, California using the Letus Extreme and Sony EX1.

    Music is by Nine Inch Nails.

    Filmed in HD 1080p 25fps

    Graded with MBL

    # vimeo.com/937985 Uploaded 27.5K Plays 64 Comments


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Zoetrope : a rotating device that creates the illusion of movement from a series of still images that are shown in rapid succession – probably the simplest way of demonstrating cinema in its purest form.

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Zoetrope : a rotating device that creates the illusion of movement from a series of still images that are shown in rapid succession – probably the simplest way of demonstrating cinema in its purest form.

And so it follows that this channel is dedicated to the exploration of "Pure Cinema". What is Pure Cinema? Pure Cinema is a film theory that proposes that cinema is an art form distinct from the other arts – inherently different to literature, music, dance, drama, painting and poetry.

D.W. Griffith was arguably the first film-maker to emphasize that cinema was different to other performing arts. Griffith’s concatenation – through editing – of a series of short takes demonstrated that this was a far better way of conveying the importance and intensity of a scene than if it was filmed in one take from the point of view of an audience sitting in a theater watching the stage.

Griffith’s body of work – and his attention to editing – strongly influenced early Russian film-makers, especially Vsevolod Pudovkin and Lev Kuleshov, who in turn influenced Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. These Russian film-makers created their movies using uniquely -cinematic- devices such as a canted (i.e. tilted) camera, movement of the camera (i.e. a changing point of view) during a scene, and the jarring juxtaposition of images (a technique known as “Russian Montage”).

Pure Cinema advocates the use of images – since they are the very essence of cinema – above all else. This is not to say that Pure Cinema disdains soundtracks, dialog or any other useful creative technique. Rather, the use of images should be taken as a point of emphasis rather than as a strict dictum.

Alfred Hitchcock – whose career started with silent film - practiced Pure Cinema. He believed that the convincing expression of thoughts and the creation of dramatic intensity could be best achieved through the thoughtful selection and arrangement of images – and with very few words. Other well-known practitioners of Pure Cinema have included Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, David Lean and John Frankenheimer.

Why then should Pure Cinema interest us today? Well, because the short film – in other words, the type of movie that is published regularly on Vimeo – relies on the essential techniques underpinning Pure Cinema. This is, in part, due to the circumstances peculiar to the process of film production by (often solitary) amateurs.

This channel will showcase those Vimeo works that continue the tradition of Pure Cinema. So if you see an example of Pure Cinema on Vimeo, please tag it as such and raise a shout.

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