Monday, April 20, 2009

Product!

It's so satisfying to finish a semester and actually have something to show for it other than a report card.

This is our German/Scandinavian film Project. Created by Dane Christenson, Sarah Elliott, Rebecca Witmer and myself.


Der Himmel Über BYU from Laura Smith on Vimeo.
The film had to:
- Include a montage
- Include a shadow (as a significant part of the story)
- Include a close-up
- Be exactly two minutes (which we totally broke. oops)
- Recreate a scene from either Wings of Desire (German: Der Himmel Über Berlin) or Wild Strawberries (Swedish: Smultronstället). We chose the German one. Klar!

If you're having trouble understanding what's going on because you haven't seen that movie, this might help: I am an angel. Angels wear trench coats and have ponytails. Angels see things in Black and White and can hear people's thoughts. There's no voice-over of what DJ is thinking - it's implied through the montage instead. DJ is the real person. His world is in color. He cannot see/interact with angels.

We all dabbled in all parts of the filmmaking but two credits that deserve special attention: DJ is responsible for the excellent editing and Sarah bought us all Smart Cookies when we were burning out. mmmm. Cookies.

6 comments:

Markham Carroll said...

That was pretty good! Great choice of music, too - I'd just gotten the soundtrack to "Seven Years in Tibet" just a couple weeks ago.

Jake Wyatt said...

YES!!!!

MAN, that is soooo Kunst-Haus!!! REALLY cool editing, FUN compositions, I love the pan up to reveal Laura Der Engel sitting atop the modern Art. Super creative stuff, Laura. Really fun work.

Sorry I'm so gushy. You should make a some more films. Like, with a camera.

Chelsea Stebar said...

Interesting. That montage was pretty sweet.

kwistin said...

Good work, dear!

Ah, I love that feeling and you captured it perfectly: having something to show for it [kajillions of hours of hard work] other than a report card.

This looks like it was fun to make. I especially liked the facial hair job. I can't believe you guys weren't booted off the campus because it was so realistic. You honor code rebels. :)

But really. Good work.

J said...

Nice work, little filmmaker.

Favorite element: Sharpie Beard

CoyoteLion said...

Woah! You disappeared! Awesome. I haven't seen those movies, but that was a cool little film youz guys made. That's cool that angels wear trench coats. the very thought made me smile.