In Praise Of Young Men

2011.07.14

It gives me great pleasure to present my latest short film, a collaboration with writer/photographer/armchair philosopher and handsome bastard – Mr Sean Lotman.
Written by and Staring Mr Lotman, it was filmed basically in 1 day on a 5DmkII at various locations around Tokyo and Directed, Shot and Edited by me.

The process has been an interesting one as a film maker as I have truly learnt the value of having separate sound/wardrobe/lighting and camera people,as doing it all by myself was, even for a short piece like this, incredibly difficult.
I love doing everything myself, having the control to be able to move a title over by 20 pixels because I don’t like it where it is for example.
But in film making as opposed to still photography, doing EVERYTHING by yourself is not really practical.
A lesson learned.

The music in the film is a Domenico Scarlatti choral piece called ‘Quis Non Posset’ and is performed by the rather wonderful ‘The Tudor Consort’.
(The page for the group is here:- http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Tudor_Consort/)
I stumbled across it whilst searching for some choral music to use for the film over on the free music archive, a great resource for Creative Commons licensed music.

Please leave a comment letting us know what you think of the film here or over on the vimeo page:- vimeo.com/uchujin/inpraiseofyoungmen where you can also watch the film in HD (v. highly recommended)

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5 comments

  1. Need to savour the words more because think that speaks to me but probably would have had more time to get the message in my more feral youth. As a grown up it resonates but can’t quite put my finger on why just yet. the look is sublime. Love it.
    Damon

    Damon Coulter, July 14, 2011
  2. The train scene was awesome :)

    *tk, July 14, 2011
  3. Fantastic! Even better on second watch.

    On first watching the visual and aural impact were striking, but the words were partially lost on me (maybe state of mind at the time). Second time round I’ve absorbed the poetry of the message and it’s elevated to an even higher level.

    Again, fantastic!

    Matt, July 14, 2011
  4. still love it. hope it’s the first of many!

    Jon, July 14, 2011
  5. Excellent work, very well done. Audio was not clear to me at first, but after re-tuning my ear, all good. superb shots around Tokyo. hope there’s more in the pipeline..

    Falsalama, August 6, 2011

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