Suddenly, it’s June. How did that happen? Time flies when you’re having fun, or when you’re marathoning the new series of Bloodline on Netflix. If you’re finished with that and are looking for new things to watch, you’re in the right place! Here is our summary of what we’ve been watching this month.

Adverts and Other Things

Nightlife
This amazingly creative short is from Wriggles & Robins for Nikon. The magic of the film comes from seeing how it was made, and it’s the filmmakers’ technical skills which make the finished product so impressive. You get a bit of behind the scenes footage at the start of this video, but there’s also a timelapse of the shoot which allows a much more complete view of what was involved.

Featurettes

5 Brilliant Moments in Film
This video from Cinefix uses five examples from classic films to explore how filmmakers create meaning from tiny details like colour, composition and lighting.

Where The Sounds From The World’s Favourite Movies Are Born
This amazing behind-the-scenes video takes us to Skywalker Foley Sound Studio where Foley Artist John Roesch creates the sound effects for all your favourite movies, often through unexpected methods.

Short Films

If you’re as busy as we are here at Blueprint, if can be hard to find the time to watch movies or series. Luckily you can still get your cinematic fix with short films! This month we’ve featured a couple of great shorts on our Twitter.

1500 Words
This 9 minute dark comedy by Andrew Chaplin explores the importance of choosing your words carefully. The film boasts an impressive stack of awards and festival showings, which makes sense given the careful composition and beautiful colour of the shots, as well as the witty script. As with many short films, the ending does lack closure, but the jokes are good enough that you can look past it and enjoy the rest of the film.

Kitchen Sink
Getting real retro for this one. I love this short, so get ready for some gushing.

Made in 1989, Alison MacLean’s beautifully creepy film about loneliness still grips the viewer in a vice of morbid fascination. The intense depiction of a woman’s isolation and grief, along with ambiguous implications of miscarriage, build slowly to create an atmosphere that feels both sympathetic and voyeuristic. The fact that the film is shot in black and white and is ambiguous about its time period creates an intensely claustrophobic atmosphere, while the almost dialogue-free script adds to the creeping sense of dread which rises throughout the film. At an appropriately spooky 13 minutes this film feels both longer and shorter, and after it ends you’ll be left sitting there, blankly staring at your reflection in the black screen.

Kitchen Sink debuted at Cannes when it was first released and went on to win 8 international awards. This interview with MacLean from 1998 touches on the themes behind the movie, especially interesting as the symbolic nature of the film creates the potential for a huge number of different interpretations.

Kitchen Sink has been hosted and yanked from various streaming sites over the years, and as a result this Youtube upload could definitely be in better quality. Hopefully one day an original copy will surface – until then, this is all we have. Turn the lights off for the full experience.

And finally…

If you need a giggle after that sledgehammer of catharsis, I leave you with this. You’re welcome.

 

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