Zoetrope

  1. Music video for the song Waltz for One by The Real Tuesday Weld

    Dir. Damon Stea
    Cassandra Chowdhury

    Feat. Zack DeZon
    Sarah Ann Head

    Uploaded 894 Plays 6 Comments
  2. This monstrous metal subservient has been the view from my kitchen for the last 18months.
    Quite the co-incidence then, that i decided to record 7days of its drab existence on this week in particular.

    At 4.33 it may be a tad long, but i enjoyed having time for the stark lines and false geometry, to sink in, set against the most natural sight on offer.

    After all, is that not a metaphor for modern day living?

    I called her 'Nancy'.

    # vimeo.com/859934 Uploaded 500 Plays 28 Comments
  3. Co-written by and directed by Joe Shaw.

    DP and editor, Philip Bloom

    This is a rough cut of a powerful short film. The soundtrack is temp, the audio is unmixed and contains only the radio mics not the boom tracks. The title is also one made up by me as it currently is untitled. It needs tidying up and tightening. I can only keep this up for a short while after that I will replace it with the trailer. We want to show people like you guys the film first in its rough form then withdraw it before we release it properly.

    Please treat it as a work in progress. This is my first proper short drama that I have worked on.

    Shot using the Sony EX1 and Letus Extreme in 1080p 25p. Lenses used 17-35mm f2.8 nikon, 50mm Zeiss f1.4, 85mm Zeiss f1.4, 100mm f.2 Zeiss Macro. No follow focs. All hand pulled. Monitor used was Marshall. Track and Dolly was the Wally Dolly.

    Edited on a 17" MacBook Pro, graded using Magic Bullet looks (temp grade).

    We shot this all in a little over 6 hours!

    The film is just under 14 minutes long and is a big file so be patient.

    Uploaded 7,001 Plays 77 Comments
  4. Russia, documentary, student film, 2005, 35 mm, 10 min
    Director Mariya Kozlova, Camera Aleksey Arsentyev, Sound Aleksey Puzikov, Production VGIK

    An effort to screen the Patrick Suskind's novella "Contrabass" by documentary way.

    # vimeo.com/746461 Uploaded 6,249 Plays 46 Comments
  5. Russia, fiction, student film, 2005, 10 min
    Script Elena Shirokovskikh, Director Nastia Tarasova, Camera Irina Shatalova, Production VGIK

    A summer day in 1964, a dacha near Moscow, a playing child, adults who are about to go to the river. Through these pastoral images pierces the sound of a typewriter importunately: in this dacha a "samizdat" (self-publishing) typography is at work. In the evening when the next issue of the magazine is ready, a black car drives up to the house...

    About this film from the MUBI Garage:
    mubi.com/garage/posts/1640

    Dear friends! Join vimeo.com/albatrossdoc!

    # vimeo.com/677158 Uploaded 10.1K Plays 97 Comments

Zoetrope

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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…


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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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