Diego Stocco – Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Apr02

We recently heard a great NPR story about a young woman using unconventional methods to produce unique guitar sounds – from implementing old bike tubes to putting beads down the length of the wires to be plucked. Which got us thinking, how far can you take this notion of using the unusual to produce the usual beats and tunes. Well, here is your answer. DJ’ing with leaves. Next step, how can we apply this unique approach to video production?

Chasing Ice Trailer

Mar23

Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice Trailer from milkhaus on Vimeo.

These scientists are the true heroes of the climate change. Let’s not even dive into semantics like global warming. Just keep the words climate change in mind while watching this trailer and see if you can agree at the end of it. Change is happening, that is undeniable. Realizing this historic moment in history, an intersection of change and technology, it offers the hope of capturing what exactly is going on and putting it in a beautiful and engaging manner for the public. Not only is this an amazing journey but the images they return with will move you. Don’t miss this one.

Death Do Us Part

Mar05

When we take this leap of faith we decide to let go of our fears. We begin free falling with nothing to hold on to. These are the rare instances that we are actually living in the moment.

Death Do Us Part from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.

We shared the beginning of this amazing journey a few months back and here is a follow up on this ambitious project. The project was essentially a journey across America with a camera the size of a truck. And while the photos it is producing are amazing, it’s really about the stories behind each photo that is so compelling. It started without much direction and it seems to really have taken on a life of its own, documenting individuals they stumble through the interconnectedness of the internet. While the beginning starts off pretty dark, it morphs into an amazing story.

Days to Come

Feb11

What do you get when you combine helicopters, X Games Gold Medalists, Cineflex and Phantom cameras and Aspen/Snowmass terrain parks? One heck of an epic edit from Vital Films. Between the epic slow motion shots that really bring out the mastery of gravity these athletes have achieved to the subtle pops and slides dubbed back into the video – makes my spine tingle with appreciation for all the hard work that went into this. Which brings me to one of the more ironic things about video production: the more effort, time and hard work put into every second of a video – the less the audience will notice. When done correctly, the audience just gets sucked into the story and leaves thinking, ‘Woah, that was awesome.’ They won’t notice the subtle transitions, the shallow depth of field with the subject perfectly in focus, the subtle noises that had to be dubbed in to tingle the senses. It is an odd irony of video production that we as videographers, producers and editors just embrace because it isn’t a labor for recognition – it’s a labor of love. Now watch an example of all this in action.

Torin Yater Wallace – “Days To Come” from Vital Films on Vimeo.

TED: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Jan07

Happy New Years! Let’s kick off this year right with a dose of synthetic happiness! What exactly am I talking about?

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.


Natural happiness is what we get when we get what we wanted, and synthetic happiness is what we make when we don’t get what we wanted. But here is the kicker – synthetic happiness insn’t inferrior in the human experience of our lives – it can be just as fullfilling. So watch this video, be inspired and head into 2013 with a positive outlook.

Landfill Harmonic Film Teaser

Jan01

Here in Fort Collins, Colorado we can all agree that we need to re-think our views on trash. Recycle more and repurpose materials. This upcoming documentary embraces this notion and takes it one step further – creating musical instruments for kids in Paraguay. Best of all, you’d never guess the sounds they are creating are coming from trash. Truly incredible and inspiring. Happy New Year to all our readers and let’s make 2013 an unforgettable one! Cheers.

American Dream

Dec23

This is one powerful video, I think because we can all relate. We may not be in the same place as the people featured in this video but we all share the same feelings of fear and doubt. Not only is the camera mounted inside of a truck an amazing technical and artistic feat but the stories they capture, seemingly randomly, is downright inspiring. The production is top notch and the footage has this great deep feeling.

American Dream from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.

The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America.

Vimeo Top Picks: Holi

Dec19

The world is fascinating. People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us. Our goal with this film is to help viewers further appreciate and take notice of the beauty in life & culture that lies within our world…

…so the next time you notice something that strikes you as interesting, stop for a second, start powering on your camera, think about why it’s unique, and snap the shot before you miss it. Life is extraordinary. Embrace it.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Our Story

Dec16

We’ve brewed beer we love for more than 30 years, and our pioneering spirit is stronger than ever. – Sierra Nevada Brewing

Being from Fort Collins, a beer lovers mecca, we always love watching brewing videos. When Sierra Nevada brewing released this video we expected current footage with some nice brewery shots sprinkled over some talking. We were pleasantly surprised when footage was dug up from the early 80’s and 90’s and incorporated into the video. It really gave a sense of commitment, from the early days all the way up until now. While not everyone can accomplish this, we think it can be a powerful visual tool. There seems to be a growing group of videographers with a sense of nostalgia, back to the days of terrible clarity and magnetic tapes. And in our opinion, when used correctly it can really convey a nostalgic, emotional visual experience.

LEARN

Dec10

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films….. = a trip of a lifetime. move, eat, learn

This is one of those inspirational videos that you just can’t ignore. I mentioned in an earlier post that we often just shoot footage and derive a story from that. Often when you try to force a story from the footage, it doesn’t work. But when you find a story in your footage, it does. And after 11 countries and 1 TB of footage, I’m sure there was a lot of different directions they could have gone with it. But I really enjoyed what they came up with. Not only is this about exploring the world around you but to take chances and step out of your comfort zone. What comes of it can be amazing.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

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