As someone interested in photography, film and music, I try my best to stay tuned with my favourite filmmakers, YouTubers, photographers or bloggers, and always find myself searching for creative inspiration online in my free time. I titled this series of posts 'Sharing The View' as they will become my own little way of sharing some of my favourite videos that I've come across that week, with you! I hope to do this as often as possible, so that I can share creative work that I really admire, in a hope that someone might appreciate and enjoy them as much as I did.
So, this is me, Sharing The View...
1. SUPER 8 - TOKYO & NEW ORLEANS BY ADRIEN BLISS
This short film follows a group of young filmmakers on their trips through Tokyo and New Orleans, two very different places. What drew me to this particular film was the use of a Super 8 camera. There's a undeniable magic in film photography and filmmaking. Although you can't focus on so much detail and you can't capture the beauty of great landscapes, shooting in this style has a unique character. The other filmmakers versions of this adventure were beautiful, filmed stylishly, with smooth editing and some truly incredible shots, however, Adrian's Super 8 footage brings out adventure behind the camera. The candid, everyday, unspectacular moments that everyone forgets about until they watch it over on film, that hold just as much value.
2. WATER BY MORGAN MAASSEN
Morgan Maassen is a filmmaker and photographer with a unique creative style. Most of his work is themed around surfing and skating, providing him with opportunities to film some of the best professionals in those categories. This particular film titled 'Water' is, for me, incredibly captivating. Maassen manages to capture the beauty of the underwater world like nothing I've seen before, turning waves into mountains and the sea into a galaxy. Featuring some truly gorgeous underwater camera work, this film is unique and special in so many ways.
3. PHOTOGRAPH MUSIC VIDEO BY ED SHEERAN
Ed Sheeran released his new music video this week for the song titled 'Photograph', which is the fifth and final single from his award winning album 'X'. Until this point in his career, Ed's music videos have often been noticeably different, original, and usually wonderful. I watched this video and was smiling from the moment it began to the moment it ended. The video is so personal and so relatable, with footage from Sheeran's whole life leading up to this point. I love that it is purely home-footage, raw and real and so close-to-home. It is simple but brilliant and a real heart-warmer.
4. LONDON NIGHT SKATE BY TIM KELLNER
I'm someone who has always wished I could skate. I've tried so many times and failed so many times. But regardless, it's still something I enjoy watching. There is so much that I love about skate culture and the attitude, the grittiness and the freedom involved in it. Tim Kellner, a youtuber and filmmaker documents a single night in London skating with his friends, passing through East London and Southbank. The film is simple and short but I enjoyed how Tim captured the culture through his point of view, through a first person view. In black and white, the grit and grind of the culture is heightened. Maybe I'll try and learn again... just once more.
5. VOLCANOES AND NATIONAL PARKS, IN THE PHILIPPINES BY JOSHUA COWAN
Joshua Cowan is part of the team that currently work on JacksGap, the incredible channel created by Jackson Harries, with his twin brother Finn. The channel has gone further than they both could have anticipated, which has in turn given them the opportunities to really grind their creative gears and develop some really brilliant work. At only 21, Josh really has a remarkable eye for filmmaking. I admire his editing style for being so unique and fresh and vibrant, against a lot of sleek and stylish slow mo that I've seen so much lately. Featuring Jack Harries himself as the subject, Josh introduces us to the Volcanoes and National Parks of the Philippines for a campaign run by STA Travel titled 'Reel Philippines'. The video tells a story and follows a traveller, with some truly gorgeous landscapes and really captivating camera work. This film massively developed my already existing sense of wanderlust. This is a place I can't wait to visit. Make sure you check out some of the other Reel Philippines videos, such as Beaches In The Philippines by Mollie Mills.
I hope you enjoyed the first post in the Sharing The View series. Please let me know what you thought of the films by commenting below!