Consume & Update: 1952, Berlin Tetris, and Bavaria-bound

I’ve been talking to a co-worker a lot lately about her balance of consuming and creating, and it reminded me of my old balance between absorbing what the industry is putting out and telling the industry what I’m adding to the mix. After almost two years, here’s the latest Consume & Update!

Great use of soundtrack to arc story

This Vimeo staff pick, directed by Peter Simonite & Annie Gunn, is a stunning result of great cameras handled by great cameramen. It is also a great example of a singular soundtrack lending to the arc of a story in a short film.

I’ve begun teaching a new media lab at THINK Global School, which encourages students to share and reflect their world experiences using new media. An upcoming lesson will be on the use of soundtracks to carve out, structure, or heighten the message of a video. I’m on the hunt for great examples of this, and I’m also asking filmmakers to explain their choices to the students.

What Berlin looks and feels like to Berliners

Christian Andersen makes the second video in his series on the street aesthetic of a city, this one “capturing the culture and everyday life of native Berliners. In this short film, I also tried to capture the special urban vibe Berlin has and visualize the aesthetic of Berlin’s street corners, parks, buildings and structure.” I think the coloration and rack focusing fit really well to the soundtrack by Aphex Twin.

East Berlin architecture in game form

This video by Sergej Hein does what we all wandering East Berlin want to do with our telekinetic powers:

The idea is based on a kind of parody of the former Socialist building style. They used to build whole cities where each house was designed identically to create cheap housing for workers. These ‘blocks’ were so similar that in Soviet times, you could easily wake up at a friends place in another city and still feel like you are in your flat. Even the furniture was the same.

Other discoveries

The Love Competition: A range of people are interviewed about love and then receive MRIs to measure their brains as they ponder love. The arc of the story is compelling, and the music is powerfully linked to the sentiment of the short film.
Berlin Dynamic: A timelapse video of Berlin’s many vistas and defining aspects, including the TV tower skyline, bright yellow subway, and famous buildings
Little Big Berlin: A tilt-shift timelapse of Berlin set to Franz Liszt, if you’re looking for a calming sensation.

Update on Nomadderwhere

For the last month, I’ve been feeling incredibly confident in my role as media specialist for this world-touring school, TGS. I can’t tell if it’s the homey accommodation we have, the energy of Berlin, the enthusiasm of the students, or something else. I’ve created a rhythm of working and playing that feels solid and sustainable, which is harder than it seems to create structure in a fluid, ever-changing environment. It’s been so successful that I’ve been able to document for myself.

This weekend marked our first school trip out of Berlin. We hit up Bavaria for a look at Munich, a nearby concentration camp, the Alps, and the Champions League final game between Bayern München and Chelsea. Details to follow.

Here’s that work from the last month in Berlin:

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The opinions stated in this post are mine and do not reflect the positions, strategies, or opinions of THINK Global School.

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  • Andi Perullo

    What awesome videos!