Friday, September 9, 2011
Fantastic Short Film Friday - Kitty & Lala, 80 Impressions (live-action)
And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.
This week we have for you a beautifully shot documentary on wedding photography that brings to life a world I know very little about and yet have preconceived perceptions of. Here is a 6-minute Chinese documentary short called, Kitty & Lulu, 80 Impressions from filmmaker, Qiao Li. With the wedding on my mind these days, mainly wedding photographers, as Penny and I slog through endless artistic and black and white photo's to decide who would be the best fit to capture our most important moments- snapshots in time frozen to remember- I came across this documentary and it made me really re-evaluate wedding photography. I've always thought the art kitschy and somewhat generically cheesy, but this short has shown me that they can also be both fun and in a lot of ways culture defining.
This short is about a team of photographers who's photo blog, 80 Impressions, is one of the most visited blogs in China. The pair are known for their unique and playful takes on wedding photography. They have an incredible sense of colorful style and what's so amazing about them is the cultural conventions they've shattered by being playful, by thinking out of the box. For those that don't know, traditional Chinese wedding photographs are the most generic you can get. One background, 2 people, snap snap with smiles on their faces, like right out of your neighborhood family Cosco portrait. Every photo of every couple always looks the same. However the group behind the blog 80 Impressions have moved away from tradition and by seeking to make their couples photos unique have brought about the concept of individual identity, modernism and expressionism, showcasing in their art the modern values of the new China born generation. It's playful stuff yes and a hell of a lot of fun, but it's also societal defining.
Check this out if you're in the mood to see some beautiful imagery that will make you re-evaluate what wedding photography can be. Me, I would love to fight zombies and dress up as a zombie for my wedding photo's but the future missus isn't having any of it. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Kitty & Lala, 80 Impressions.