Do you know any information about this film?

vbimport

#1

I am trying to find a short film made in the 1980s, which is quite obscure. It is around 10 minutes long with the defining characteristic is that it’s shot entirely from above with the camera pointing straight down, not at an angle. See this image for an example of what I mean: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Balloonreflection.jpg. It was probably shot from a balloon or perhaps a helicopter (not sure if helicopter filming was that stable in the 1980s). The camera floats over landscapes starting somewhere like Africa then I think it cuts to another landscape so it’s now in LA and so on. Lots of landscapes to make up a short film. It was shot in the late 1980s and I think it may have been a filmed by a commercials director on a personal project.

It’s quite similar to elements of the Koyaanisqatsi series of films, except that its all shot quite slow and dreamy. Also Koyaanisqatsi varies the angles and shots used, but this is all shot from above. This short is more about people as opposed to landscapes.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Brian


#2

It might be this film. There wasn’t any information on buying or veiwing it .


#3

[QUOTE=brianlavery;2575741]I am trying to find a short film made in the 1980s, which is quite obscure. It is around 10 minutes long with the defining characteristic is that it’s shot entirely from above with the camera pointing straight down, not at an angle. See this image for an example of what I mean: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Balloonreflection.jpg. It was probably shot from a balloon or perhaps a helicopter (not sure if helicopter filming was that stable in the 1980s). The camera floats over landscapes starting somewhere like Africa then I think it cuts to another landscape so it’s now in LA and so on. Lots of landscapes to make up a short film. It was shot in the late 1980s and I think it may have been a filmed by a commercials director on a personal project.

It’s quite similar to elements of the Koyaanisqatsi series of films, except that its all shot quite slow and dreamy. Also Koyaanisqatsi varies the angles and shots used, but this is all shot from above. This short is more about people as opposed to landscapes.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Brian[/QUOTE]

These kind of questions usually get quick answers at the TCM Message Board Information Please! thread:

http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/forum.jspa?forumID=149


#4

Cholla: thanks for that answer, it may not be the one I’m trying to find but it could be a useful alternative. :smiley:

VoxHumana: thanks for pointing me towards that other forum, I hadn’t found it through searching on google. :smiley:


#5

It was taken from a hot air nballoon, you can SEE the basket.

Balloons are very stable for filming, as they are essentially stationary to the wind unless tethered.

AD


#6

AllanDeGroot, the image I sent was an example of what I meant when I said that the camera is point directly downwards, as opposed to at an angle; it is NOT an image from the film I am referring to.


#7

Ahhh…

have you tried searching IMDB?

AD


#8

Hi AD,

I’ve tried IMDB, but it’s not been that helpful in this case. I don’t have so much to go on, except this vague description. I guess I’m relying on someone else who has seen the film stumbling across my discussion.

I’ve tried the IMDB section where people ask what the name of the film is, but no luck there.

It is quite an obscure film.

cheers,
Brian


#9

I did some Googling but wasn’t able to find any more than I posted above.
I do remember see something like this several years ago. It might have been a National Geographic special.