The Art of the Short
I love short film as an art form. I’m always on the lookout for short films that catch my attention in some way. Here are five shorts, some old, some more current, that I really enjoy for one reason or another. When you get some time, check out the films that interest you. I recommend viewing them in full screen mode—the cinematography is impressive.
(For more about the film genre known as “short film”, the evolution of its increasing availability to the masses and its merits as an art form, see my previous post featuring the first semi-annual madlyinlovewithlife Short Film Festival.)
For those of you who enjoyed the animated short The Cat Came Back, here is another classic animated short you’ll love.
Blackfly, by Christopher Hinton, is another humourous and fun animated short from the National Film Board of Canada. It’s based on the “The Black Fly Song”, written in 1949 by Wade Hemsworth, about working in the wilds of Northern Ontario. Covered by a variety of artists over the years, the song remains an enduring classic of Canadian folk music. A new version of the song (with accompanying vocals by Kate and Anna McGarrigle) was made into the animated short Blackfly in 1991. It was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. (Wikipedia)
This fun and witty animation creatively depicts Hemsworth’s experience working on the Abitibi survey crew in Northern Ontario. Once you hear The Black Fly Song, you’ll understand why it became a classic Canadian folksong—the song is so catchy, you’ll likely find yourself humming it for the rest of the day.
I couldn’t find a high quality embed of this film, so if you want to see it, click on the image below to view Blackfly directly from the National Film Board of Canada’s website:
A beautifully filmed, poignant and inspirational documentary. Matt is a reminder that the world is filled with good people and that seemingly improbable dreams can come true.
Eye of the Storm
Technology has made time-lapse photography accessible to non-professional filmmakers, so more and more am I finding breathtaking time-lapse films highlighting the wonder and beauty of our amazing planet. This exquisitely photographed time-lapse film captures the incredible icy cold beauty of the far north and features spectacular displays of the aurora borealis. The perfectly chosen music features soulful cello and builds to a wonderful crescendo, perfectly complimenting the beautiful dance of the Northern Lights.
Staring Down Shorebreak for The Perfect Shot
I love stories and documentaries about people who follow their passion doing what they love and then finding that it brings in money too. There is nothing better than one’s passion becoming a source of income and that’s exactly what happened to Clark Little.
Rodents on Turntables
Rodents on Turntables is simply a humourous little diversion that makes me laugh out loud. Great music choices and sound editing make this little film fun.
TV Couple; CC by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig via Flickr