This is not my first video and it’s not going to be my last. But I have the strong feeling that it stays on my mind as the most "difficult cut" of all times.
We had a wonderful 2013 with the "arrival" of our daughter in the summer time. And like so many new, proud fathers I could hardly put away my camera not to miss capturing a single of those "magic moments".
The months passed by and suddenly 2013 was over. When the idea came up to produce a short film of our first time together as a family, I saw myself confronted with "tons" of clips, many hundreds of minutes of material ... (and while going through them I thought to myself that I surely will end up at a shrink :)
How do you squeeze a whole year into a couple of minutes? Is this even possible at all? How do you decide to put these shots in and leave those moments out? It took me more than 2 months with many decisions that were literally PAINful. And … here it is. Hope you’ll enjoy it. I’d be happy if it will whip a smile on your face :)
Camera: NIKON D600
Lenses: 35 mm 1: 1.4 / 85 mm 1: 1.8 / 105 mm 1: 2.8 (macro) / 70-200 mm 1: 2.8 / 14 mm 1: 2.8
This is my second "no budget" film and the sequel to my last year's short "The Killer Cowkids" which you can find here on Vimeo, too: vimeo.com/laiofilms/killercowkids.
I'd like to say thanks again to my nephew and nieces respectively to my talented 3 main actors Anetka (11), Kuba (8), and Bety (5) as well as to Elli (1) for the "special guest appearance" :-). Of course, a big thank you to my wife and her 2 sisters for all the help behind the scenes -- especially the translations (unfortunately I'm still not able to talk with the kids except with hands and feet).
Note: No animals (and also no children!! :-) were harmed in the making of this film. Very special thanks to the amazing horse Vojtíšek and its owner for supporting our little movie!
What to do if you have an idea for a short film but only a tiny budget?
Well, first you gotta find yourself actors who don't cost a fortune: KIDS! You promise them a huge portion of ice cream and they are immediately highly motivated! No airs and graces, no divas complaining and ignoring your instructions... just the pure want of ... getting an ice cream -- it's perfect :)
But shooting with kids is, of course, also challenging. If on top of it the kids don't speak your language, you can almost be sure that you're setting yourself up for disaster ..... Lucky me -- in the end everything turned out pretty well.
So the first thanks goes out to my wife and to my sister-in-law who stepped into the role of translators and by doing so formed a perfect "communication channel" to my 2 talented main actors :). The second biiiiiig thanks goes out to my niece and nephew who did an amazing job and made my little Western homage possible.
In the end we all had fun -- especially the kids when they got their "salary" :) You can see the result ... just press "PLAY" .....
Enjoy, LAiO =)
Camera: NIKON D600
Lenses: 35 mm 1: 1.4 / 85 mm 1: 1.8 / 70-200 mm 1: 2.8 / 14 mm 1: 2.8
Shot with only an iPhone 4 and an "8 mm" plug-in.
Music: "Save The Last Dance For Me" written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman / performed by Michael Bublé.
The trip (May / June 2012):
Havana ==> Vinales ==> Varadero ==> Trinidad ==> Guardalavaca ==> Baracoa ==> Santiago de Cuba ==> Havana
The nicest time of the year to visit the region "Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur" in South France is most likely end of May / June when the lavender fields blossom and the whole region seems to shine resplendent in purple. It was always a dream of mine to go there during this period and capture these amazing pictures you can see on so many posters.
Well, if the trip is your Babymoon and the baby is suppose to come the last week of May -- then end of May / June isn't really an option, is it? :)
So my wife and I hit the road down to South France in the last days of March 2013 and as you can see even during this time it's beautiful and definitely a journey worth!
Anyway, pictures speak louder than words, so I stop here and you can just press "play": Join us on our trip and enjoy the clip!
PS: I usually don't drink wine like this. But when I was a young boy, I use to observe my father tasting wine and he always made these funny faces trying to "extract" the complete flavor of the "sample". So what you can see in this clip is actually me trying to imitate my father ... :)