February 12, 2010

Seen: Nuit Blanche / Rabbit In Your Headlights

Arev Manoukian's award-winning short "Nuit Blanche" is deservngly making its rounds on the internet: it's the rare effects-laden film that doesn't feel effects-laden.

Maybe it's because it's in black and white and our brains don't associate CGI with monochrome imagery. However, there's a certain effect involving a man and an automobile that I couldn't help but associate with another video. Watch Nuit Blanche first:

Great aesthetic, but where have I seen that car trick before? In Jonathan Glazer's canonical music video for the UNKLE/Thom Yorke song "Rabbit In Your Headlights." Compare:


[Nuit Blanche via No Fat Clips]

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Eheh, first thing I though myself (Rabbit is probably my favourite song-video combo ever) but then I was too busy watching it over again to mind it at all!

February 12, 2010 at 9:24AM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM


Don't get me wrong, this footage looks nice, but I swear that hdslr's are creating a new genre of short film that's just basically extending a commercial over a few minutes. I guess it's so fresh and new so everyone is excited to get the kind of shots that we would have had to pay a lot more for just a few years ago, but so many films shot on the 7d, 5d and so on just seem like somewhat narrative tech demos. 'Look what my camera can do!'

February 12, 2010 at 10:43AM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM

Von Bilka

Von, it's a bit light on narrative and heavy on FX for my tastes too, but who's counting?

As for the new genre of DSLR movies, you're absolutely right -- thousands of (aspiring) filmmakers are thrilled with the prospect of shooting great-looking images for unprecedentedly cheap, and so we have tons of films that look great and are about nothing. It'll wear off with time, and the good narratives will come to the front I think.

Nice look behind-the-scenes for Nuit Blanche here -- I had no idea everything but the people was CGI.


February 12, 2010 at 11:21AM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM

Ryan Koo