Monday, April 20, 2009


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.