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CineSkates: Cinema on Wheels

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CineSkates Camera Sliders from Cinetics on Vimeo.

CineSkates is basically a Skaterdolly made out of a Gorrillapod by the add of skaterwheels. Justin from CineSkates sent over a unit to test it but unfortunately I haven’t gotten the chance to do any serious filming yet. However I can tell you the wheel’s quality is as solid as what you’re used to from the Gorillapod itself.

There is no laser as on the original P+S Technik SkaterDolly (amazing concept), but Justin told me there’s a version in the works.

If you would like to get one of these things for yourself you can sign up on the CineSkates Kickstarter account: CineSkates Kickstarter

It seems to have been suficiently backed in the last two days, but there’s a notice that you can still get in on the discounted Kickstarted price.

Via: 5D Cinema

Harajuku Moment Official Film

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Harajuku Moment debuted very well at the TEDxOsaka 2011 event to applause from a packed house. I was very pleased by the response the film received and the discussions that it sparked afterwards. Enjoy the film and let me know what you think.

Harajuku Moment from David Simpson on Vimeo.

An English Professor working at a foreign language university goes through a transformative crisis when his outsourcing company terminates his contract prematurely. He has to find a way to move passed his dilemma.

Notes:

This short was filmed at my university, various locations around Osaka, and my rooftop using the Canon DSLR Kiss X4 camera and edited with Final Cut Pro. The subjective camera angle in act two was used to show the actor’s mentally or unbalanced impressions; and also allowed me to get creative with cinematography and editing. I storyboarded most of the script and it was shot over about 4 days. The main cast member is a good friend of mine, a first time actor.

Writer / Director / Producer:

David Simpson

Cinematography and Editing:

David Simpson

 Main Cast:

Troy MacPhee

Special Thanks:

Lee Blois

Harajuku Moment in Post Production

Film Title: Harajuku Moment (2011)

Details:

Short Film – 7 minutes  (Trailer Coming Soon)

Synopsis:

An English Professor working at a foreign language university goes through a transformative crisis when his outsourcing company terminates his contract prematurely.

Notes:

The book, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, inspired the film. My other influences include Duncan Jones’s (Moon) and Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner). It was filmed at my university, various locations around Osaka, and my house. I used the Canon Kiss X4 camera and it was mostly edited in my Final Cut filmmaking class at the Apple store. The script was typed using Final Draft script writing software.

Main Cast:

Troy MacPhee

Director:

David Simpson

Screenwriter:

David Simpson (Script Included)

Camera:

David Simpson

Editors:

David Simpson

Tomo Tanaka

Lee Blois

CELTA ECC – Phuket, Thailand

This video was shot on a whim using the little camera in my MacBook Pro notebook computer. It started with one interview as a joke and quickly progressed to a longer piece of work. It was shot while I was taking the CELTA course at their ECC Phuket, Thailand training center. It was a pleasure to learn and work with a bunch of great teachers from all overt the world. Lots of good memories...