October 10, 2010

Vimeo Festival + Awards

All last week submissions were released for the Vimeo Festival + Awards. A few of them were really great. Made me smile. Made me cry.

The first of the five released, "Last Minutes with ODEN", took the first place award in the documentary category. Check it out.

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Consequently, "Last Minutes with ODEN" took the Best Video Award at the festival.

The other nominees were:

Pennies HEART from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Facts About Projection from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Schlimazeltov! from THE LIGHT SURGEONS on Vimeo.

shinya kimura @ chabott engineering from Henrik Hansen on Vimeo.

I'm not sure which is my favorite. The motorcycle doc really grabs me with all the sounds and dynamic shots. "Schlimazeltov!" had some unusual shots that seemed to show they thought way outside the box. The projection documentary was intriguing and the narration was great.

I had questions about some of the choices behind the filming of "ODEN" but was moved nonetheless by the story and voices. I'm curious about documentaries that use clearly set up and artistically prepared shots when the purpose of the film is to capture a raw part of life.

"Toddler" was good, especially the shots of the little girl's eyes.

There were other categories with winners (I haven't seen all of them):

"Thrush" by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
Music Video:
"Liars 'Scissor'" by Andy Bruntel
Animation: "Between Bears" by Eran Hilleli
Original Series: "Break-ups The Series" by Ted Tremper
Experimental: "oops" by Chris Beckman
Motion Graphics: "TRIANGLE" by Onur Senturk
Captured: "Fluid Sculpture" by Charlie Bucket
Remix: "BREAKDOWN the video" by Kasumi

Of the ones I've seen, "oops" and "thrush" I really liked. Especially "oops."

Judges included: M.I.A., David Lynch, Roman Coppola, Ted Hope, Lucy Walker, and Morgan Spurlock, among others.

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Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

The motorcycle one seems to me like a really great feature piece. I love the way it is a narrative, even though it isn't.

I like "oops" a lot, but think it goes to long, and the two most memorable transitions/shots take place too early. I liked it more in theory than I did in practice, I guess.

October 12, 2010 at 8:33 AM 
Blogger Chase said...

I see what you mean about "oops" -- watching it again, I think I agree about its length. Though, the first time I saw it I felt like I barely noticed the time.

Apparently David Lynch specifically judged "oops," which I think is pretty interesting.

That motorcycle piece really was fantastic. I agree, it could be a great feature story for print.

October 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

I'd see "Oden" a while back and found myself unable to watch it again. The motorcycle doc is my favorite in the bunch, as it seems to do exactly what it wants to do. It also revealed the first motorcycles I'd ever felt really drawn to in an I-could-desire-that kind of way. The mazel doc looked good but turned me off really fast.

October 13, 2010 at 12:33 AM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

Agreed about mazel.

That's the one I should have liked best. But didn't at all.

October 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM 
Blogger SC said...

It's easy for me to see why "ODEN" took Best Video. I agree with you, Chase, about the choices behind the project (during the injection scene I became extremely uncomfortable, which is I guess the idea), but the guy's total lack of self-consciousness while he and his dog endure such vulnerability is, to borrow Dr. Jackson's phrase, "really quite stunning."

The sync of shot and speech in "Schlimazeltov!" is amazing--not all but most of the shots are concrete visual representations of arguments that are hopelessly abstract. I liked that.

The motorcycle piece was very cool, and reminded me quite a bit of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

October 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM 

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