FUTURE PROOF is a short film developed for the 2011 A/NZ PromaxBDA Conference. Essentially a labour of love for DMCI creative director Nathan Drabsch, this performance piece continues to be admired throughout the world.
The response to this emotive piece, still amazes us. Since launch FUTURE PROOF has been selected for various film and digital media festivals and showcases throughout the world.
The only boundary to the project was the theme of FUTURE PROOF. The development of the film started with an approach that aimed to focus not on futuristic notions but consideration of that which is timeless. People, the expression of self and the interactions between each other are timeless qualities relevant to creativity, no matter what the future holds.
The concept started quite fluidly, by briefing a variety of dancers, with individual performance styles, to develop choreography based on the concepts of growth, sharing, sending and receiving.
Directed by Nathan Drabsch, the performances were shot over one day using two RED Epic cameras, capturing the action at high speed. All design, editing and post production was done in-house by The DMCI team. We worked closely with composers and audio designers Mark Brandis & Jeff Black from ism studios, to create a unique score that perfectly compliments the performances.
As a whole, the focus is on the dancers as they create and interact with abstract forms in a vast unknown world. Their own movements determine the creation and final destruction of these elements. Their own paths of communication and creative expression have come full circle, and all that remains is the individual.
TAAFI Awards - Stash Magazine Presents: VFX Highlights of 2011-2012
Pause Fest - Best in Show
Circuitto OFF 2012
Prix Ars Electronica 2012
Pixellerie Fine 2 – Paris, France
Screening At London Olympics ICCI 360 Visual Arena – Arts Festival In Dorset
IDN Feature: Issue 19 Sexual Graphics
International Melzo File festival 2012
Liberarti Film Festival
Inclusion in Nasjonalgalleriet / Norwegian Arts
Director: Nathan Drabsch
Design, Edit, 3D & Compositing: The DMCI - Brecon Littleford, Bernard Tan, Nathan Drabsch
Produced by The DMCI
Composition & Sound Design: Mark Brandis and Jeff Black @ ism studios
Director: Nathan Drabsch
DOP: Simon Chapman
Camera Operators: Aaron Haberfield & Glen Cogan (Enigma)
Producer: Amy Nguyen
Talent Co-Ordinator/Production: Briony Luschwitz (Motion Picture Company)
Gaffa/Lighting: Steve Scholfield
Best Boy: Andrew Ward
Hair Stylist: Elizabeth Vo
Make Up Artist: Angela Vien-Debetaz
Cameras supplied by Lemac and Enigma
Christopher Van Doren
I was not paid to create this video, I did this out of my passion to create and inspire. If your footage was used in this film and you were not contacted, please reach out to me with any concerns or extra credit requests.
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This video was created by Jason Silva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...
"Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success--
Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.”
"We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..”
Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard..
3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision."
**Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack
**Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock
Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/
And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: vimeo.com/45878034
Camera: Liam O' Sullivan
Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva
Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - http://bravomediainc.com/
Not really a short film... it was a test but I liked it, so I spent a few more hours (ok, a lot of hours!) to finish it...
It was made by editing in Final Cut pro a series of still photos of the actor I took with a Nikon D70s.
I used a lot of hand made paint textures, drops, ink brushed lines, etc. I also used some old stone wall textures.
I composed every shot in Photoshop splitting footage in layers, drawing and pasting things like a kind of "collage" or patchwork.
Later, I made a 3d composition in After Effects.
Every layer was internally animated independently and later composed in a 3d environment in which I put lights and DoF (depth of field).
The music and sound effects were made with Soundtrack and Apple loops.
By the way, thanks for the comments!
This site is really well done! Congrats to the staff!!!!!
A bookmark is stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes light reveals new challenges. muchbetternow.net
A short making of here: vimeo.com/33456325
"Children Jury Award" Bristol Encounters 2012
°Best Short" Content Award Vienna 2012
" Bronzener Nagel" - Art Directors Club Germany 2012
" Rookie of the Year" - Creativ Club Austria
"Special Mention" Rome Idependent Film Festival 2012
"3rd Price" Athens Film And Video Festival 2012
Official Selection: ECU 2012 Paris, Vilinius Shorts, Mo & Friese Hamburg, Taafi 2012, SAL Surf At Lisbon 2012, Tyrolean Independent Film Festival 2012, Nord Nordwest, Supertoon, ...