Monday, September 16, 2013

The Turtle

I found this short film interesting on so many different levels that I don't really know where to start. I guess the first thing that stood out was that I initially thought I was watching some kind of UAE version of Mission impossible.  The helicopter budget for this not so little 14min short must have been somewhere in the mid six figure range. Clearly oil money had a hand in producing this insanely glitzy film. I initially found my self wanting to be cynical and then thought why hate on something just because it looks really good.
The director, Stewart Sugg, seems to be Rolex's go to guy so you know he is well versed in creating a beautifully polished high end product.
Bottom line is this is a beautifully shot, well written, well executed short film with a great message. 

Favorite line: A single idea from the human mind can transform the world.
Favorite scene: When the kid mission impossibles him self down over the table and snatches a delicious looking lamb shank.  I could really go for one of those right now.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Connecting With Nature

Rob Machado is a documentary film maker and surfer who has embarked on a mission to connect with fellow surfers who also have a passion for the arts.  In this episode Rob spends a week in Japan with legendary tree house builder Takashi Kobayashi.
When I look back on my childhood, my fondest memories are those of climbing trees and running through the forest with my brother.  Having spent the last 15 years of my life living in cities, the urge to recapture the feeling of freedom that can only be experienced in the stillness of a forest gets stronger every day.
The human race is constantly reminded that no matter how high we build and no matter how fiercely we beat back the ocean we will never win the battle with nature.
Its a remarkable thing that Kobayashi is able to bring joy back to these children's faces using the same force that caused them so much pain.