Friday, April 13, 2012

Fantastic Short film Friday - Luminaris (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.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. With the amount of short films I watch each and every year, its not often when one jumps out and forces me to take notice of its ingenuity and freshness. Today's short did just that. It's a brilliant mix of live-action stop-motion film shooting and took a painstaking 2-years to finish and the love, the passion, the beauty drips in each second of each frame. Here is the 7-minute Argentinian short Luminaris from filmmaker Juan Pablo Zaramella.

Here's the synopsis:

This is the story of light and the people who live in a city controlled by light. We follow a man and his city, where each morning the inhabitants of the world are woken up and pulled to their jobs by the sunlight, drawn by some sort of magnetic force. The man who works in a factory making electric light bulbs, dreams of something bigger, something more.

As I mentioned before this is a “live action” stop-motion short, one with real actors who are animated frame by frame. This form of animation is called pixilation and you can only imagine how long shooting living beings frame by frame, people who are told to move inch by inch for each shot, hold still, don't breath in, how long something like can take. I can't even begin to wrap my head around the care that director Juan Pablo Zaramella put into every second of this film but it shows, it really really shows and we as viewers are all the luckier for it.

Check this out if you want to see something new and unique. Check this out if you want some light in your life, some romance, some beauty. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with Luminaris.

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