1. The world is fascinating. People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us. Our goal with this film is to help viewers further appreciate and take notice of the beauty in life & culture that lies within our world...

    ...so the next time you notice something that strikes you as interesting, stop for a second, start powering on your camera, think about why it's unique, and snap the shot before you miss it. Life is extraordinary. Embrace it.

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    Production Company/Creative Collective: Variable
    Post Production/Editorial: The Mill

    Director: Variable
    Cinematographers: Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb
    Executive Producers: John Rule & Mike Sutton
    Producer: Tyler Ginter
    Line Producer: Viraj Velinker
    Phantom Tech: Nick Midwig

    The Mill: New York City
    Post Production Producers: Dee Allen & Alex Maxwell
    Editor: Ryan McKenna
    Colourist: Sal Malfitano

    Original Score/Sound Design: Salomon Ligthelm - ligthelm.tv

    Special thanks to the risk takers who helped make this job possible:
    Rule Boston Camera - for trusting us with their Phantom Flex - Rule.com
    Angenieux - for trusting us with their prototype glass - Angenieux.com

    --

    WeAreVariable.com
    hello@WeAreVariable.com

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  2. A quick look at the process behind the kite time collapse video vimeo.com/135373919 as told with a bad cold. Sorry bout that!

    If you have any questions feel free to add them in the comments below or on the main video and I'll try to help out. Thx! Cy

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  3. This was shot on June 28, 2015 in an area of San Diego County called the Tijuana Slough. It is the most southwestern corner of the continental U.S. where the U.S. meets Baja Mexico. The landmass in the bottom left of the frame is a neighborhood of Tijuana called Playas de Tijuana and just before that is the international border. The area is historically rich and politically complex. During the 80s and 90s the border exchanges, of Mexican workers, drugs and sewage became central topics in heated local and national debates that continue today. In the national dialog the border is always depicted as a simple binary system but this is not at all the case. The exchange between the environments, the communities and economies has always been nuanced. Any dialog that reduces the relationship to simple “us and them” is very suspect.

    Is this a metaphor about the complexity of the border? No. I’m just trying to make something I’ve never seen before that says something about the region. I injured my shoulder last summer and couldn’t surf or swim all year so I started flying kites at the beach for fun, that’s the source of the idea. In the previous videos I looked for large scale events but for this one I was curious to see what could emerge from something really simple. We shot at the border because it has predictable wind and the area doesn’t attract crowds, so it’s serendipity that I made a video about hidden complexity in a place with an enormous amount of hidden complexity.

    A note on the gray sky, these weather conditions are called June gloom by Californians. Throughout late spring, low altitude stratus clouds are produced over the ocean and brought inland, usually late at night, by prevailing winds. For people from more intense climates, these weather conditions are very mild but for many southern Californians it’s like deep winter and there’s an art to complaining about it. The clouds are a sign that our waters are cool, not warm like much of the east coast. The cool waters make it impossible for hurricanes to reach us and produce an incredibly stable climate, for now.

    Tech notes, the video was shot on a BMCC camera in 2.5k RAW with an 80mm full frame lens and cut in After Effects. The kite separations were done with a combination of the Luma Key, key framed masks and the Soft Matte effect to clean up the edges. The most difficult tech problem was finding the right shutter angle to balance strobing and motion blur. For this particular kite speed we found a shutter angle of 72 degrees at 24fps worked best. In the near future, you will be able to make a video like this with computer vision. You’ll just tell the computer to separate the red kite while you eat a sandwich. If I were you, I would wait till then to make one cause they take forever my way.

    If you'd like to know more about the post process, here's a making-of video: vimeo.com/135602152

    A film by Cy Kuckenbaker

    Camera by Alex Graham

    The San Diego Studies is a series of short videos that collapse time to reveal otherwise unobservable rhythms and movement in the city. There are no CG elements, these are all real kites that have been separated from their original shots and compiled together.

    The rest of the San Diego Studies videos are here:

    San Diego Study #1 vimeo.com/54658957
    San Diego Study #2: vimeo.com/58240175
    San Diego Study #3: vimeo.com/82038912
    San Diego Study #4: vimeo.com/95867186
    San Diego Study #5: vimeo.com/originals/lumia/101557016

    To request permission for distribution and licensing contact: cysfilm@gmail.com

    Connect with me: cysfilm.com, @cysfilm on twitter and instagram

    copyright © 2015 Cy Kuckenbaker

    To see some amazing flocking videos take a look at Dennis Hlynsky’s work, it’ll blow your mind: vimeo.com/102399221

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  4. After a very successful festival circuit, running on over 180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards, we’ve decided that it’s finally time to share “The Present” with the rest of the world.

    “The Present” is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala.
    Make sure to check out his page: mentirinhas.com.br

    “The Present” is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
    We really hope you enjoy the result of our hard work. Thanks to everyone who help creating this film and everyone who supported us during the festivals. Thanks a lot for making this such an incredible journey.


    Soundtrack by "Zealand"
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/present-feat.-septemberkind/id915500091

    A more detailed list of all the festival awards:
    01. Int. Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics Cartoon Club - Cartoon Kids Award
    02. Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival – Grand Prize Best Animation
    03. FESA - Best Film for Children
    04. Animago Award - Nominated for Best Short Film
    05. Int. Student Film Festival Pisek – Special Jury Award
    06. Animalada - Best Short Animated Film 2014, Jury Award
    07. Anim Arte – Maxi Second place: Audience Award
    08. 15 Short Film Festival – Jury Award Best Animation
    09. PISAF – Audiences Prize (International)
    10. International Family Film Festival – Best Foreign Short Animation
    11. Enfoque, Int. Film Festival of Puerto Rico – Best Animation and Audience Choice Award
    12. Filmschau Baden Wuerttemberg – Best Animation
    13. El Corto del Ano - Special Jury Mention
    14. Watersprite 2015 – Best Original Film Music
    15. California International Shorts Festival – Best Animated Short
    16. Short Tiger, Next Generation – Short Tiger Award
    17. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival – Audience Award Kids
    18. Soul 4 Reel Festival – Best Animation
    19. Canada International Film Festival - Best Animation
    20. CMS Int. Children´s Film Festival – Special Mention
    21. Monstronale – Int. Children Jury Award
    22. Sehsuechte Int. Student Festival Konrad Wolf – Best Children Film
    23. RiverRun International Film Festival – Best Student Animated Short
    24. VAFI – MIDI Section First Prize
    25. Newport Beach Film Festival – Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
    26. Timeline Film Festival – Filmmaker Award
    27. Animayo Festival de Cine de Animacion – Director Award
    28. Chile Monos Festival Internationcional de Animacion – Second Place Int. School Short Film Competition
    29. Carmarthen Bay Film Festival – Best Animation
    30. Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth - THE HERMÍNA TÝRLOVÁ AWARD FOR YOUNG ARTIST AGED UNDER 35
    31. Rendezvous Festival – Best Animation
    32. Accolade Global Film Competition - Award of Excellence Special Mention: Animation (Student)
    33. Long Day Short Film – Grand Jury Prize
    34. Animatio Curtas Vila do Conde IFF – Curtinhas Prize
    35. Anima Mundi – Best short film for Children
    36. Maramures International Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award
    37. Real to Reel International Film festival – Best Student Animation
    38. Giffoni Film Festival – Second Most Voted Film
    39. Traverse City Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Kids Short
    40. Ariano Film Festival – Best Animation
    41. Int. Film Festival Nueva Mirada for Children and Youth - Golden Kite" Award
    42. Joy House Film Festival – Media Super's Best Film
    43. ArTelesia Film Festival – School and University Award
    44. Summer Slam Film Festival – Best Animation Short
    45. Catalina Film Festival – Best Animation Film
    46. Sapporo Shorts Fest - Best Student Children Film Silver
    47. Sapporo Shorts Fest - Best Student Director Award
    48. AKUT – 2. Audience Award
    49. NYLA International Film Festival - Best Animation
    50. Austin Film Festival - Animated Short Audience Award
    51. Seoul Guro Int. Kids Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film
    52. Filemon - Best Short Film
    53. Virginia Film Festival – Audience Award for Narrative Short
    54. Ojai Film Festival – Honorable Mention
    55. Gold Coast International Film festival – Jury Award for Best Student Short Film
    56. Short Film Awards – Best Animated Short
    57. Roshd Int. Film Festival – Third Prize
    58. Olympia International Film Festival – Children´s Jury Award for Best animated short
    59. Los Angeles Independent Film Festival - Best Animation

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