This is a shakedown! We have taken to Vimeo to find the Top 5 best videos right now. And, we’re going to tell you why! Having an outlet for our voices to be heard, or in this case, “seen” is hard to come by as a filmmaker. With YouTube being the most oversaturated platform for video content – Vimeo has become the go-to tool to house and push our work. It’s a haven for filmmakers where they can create, express, and learn from those working in the same medium.
For us at Hurlbut Visuals, we’ve noticed that the “new wave” of filmmakers emerging on the scene are taking the Vimeo platform by storm. In the sense of quality and performance, these filmmakers are dominating those at YouTube on a creative front. We have directors, cinematographers, and production designers from agencies like Artistry, Partos, and Prettybird putting out some of the most provocative work to date. Vimeo shows that being a great filmmaker doesn’t always mean you are shooting a major motion picture or high profile commercial. These filmmakers are bending, molding, and changing the industry as we know it to short form media and visual poetry.
More and more, I find myself going to Vimeo to pull visual references for my personal projects. I feel it’s important to share these filmmakers’ work that could inspire and teach us. That said, this segment isn’t just about highlighting the artist and their achievements, it’s also about feeling moved by their work as a true art form.
SANDERSON TO BRACKETTVILLE
Directed by Parker Hill
Cinematography by Luca Del Puppo
A good color grade can make or break your project, and both Parker Hill and Luca Del Puppo understand the importance of that. This piece is immersive, not only because of its cinematography, but because of the way color interacts with your perception of the world. The moment when I saw the Kodak Professional Ektachrome boxes, I felt a sense of understanding and remembered the moment I touched that product last. The look of this project feels cinematic, but not overly stylized (which a lot of filmmakers get caught up in). The documentary also has a nice sense of composition. It understands that its subject is about photography and utilizes that to its advantage. Each shot feels like its own photo, its own story, its own moment in time.
Directed by Fernando Nogari
Cinematography by Douglas Bernardt
For this next one, it’s a music video that goes beyond the pale. This music video is a great example for telling a story through images and creating a journey from start to finish. The director, Fernando Nogari, uses the spontaneity of youth to propel the character’s story from one location to the next. It doesn’t feel low budget or like a missed opportunity to showcase the musician during performance sequences. It feels deliberate and that every edit/image made its point. For the brief second that we see the musician in the television, it made me realize that the filmmaker was in control of this piece the entire time. Even with its quick cuts and fast-paced evolution, it’s refreshing to see the same methodical filmmaking-style reminiscent of Terrence Malick.
Directed by Abel v Dijk
Cinematography by Douwe Hennink
Abel v Dijk understands the importance of manipulating the audience with an edit. To put it simply, this project is honest and to-the-point, yet pushes a complex narrative to chew on. From its well-composed cinematography to the visceral sound bed, I was hooked from the start. Only until the final moments I understood its message and purpose. It was an experience that hinges on emotion and aesthetic – it capitalized on both opportunities. It’s a breath of fresh air to see filmmakers experimenting more and more with image and sound, not so much telling the story through dialogue.
MINI FASHION – WE ARE
Directed by Sergi Castellá
Cinematography by Erik Henriksson
Vimeo has become the undisputed hub for experimental and cinematic branded content. This mini spot showcases the best of what filmmakers can be capable of, along with the hopeful future of marketing. Sergi Castellá and Erik Henriksson developed a piece that captures the culture of youth and their current state of creativity. Whether it be athletics, modeling, art, etc… They give an exciting glimpse into what the future could be for commercials and web spots. Hopefully marketing companies are taking note.
DUNK CONTEST (MAGIC & BIRD)
Directed by Marcus Tortorici
Cinematography by Lance Kuhns
Simple camera movements can go a long way in a music video, and director Marcus Tortici understands that. The way the camera rotates and turns conveys the essence of the music. There has been a major resurgence of making stuff feel retro and vintage. This piece does just that, but it also does a good job of separating itself from its peers. It creates a dynamic piece with moving lights, performance pieces, and throwbacks to two NBA greats. While others might use this look to only stylize their piece, they use this look to create a narrative around who they are and their collaborative efforts moving forward. If you listen to Magic & Bird’s other works, you’ll see that it’s about stringing a story from one song to the next.
So, we hope you liked our little shakedown. Let’s be honest, Vimeo isn’t going to usurp YouTube — at least any time soon. But, it’s good to note that it’s a good thing that Vimeo has its niche audience. As a result, Vimeo naturally won’t suffer from the same issue of useless and basic content that tries to capitalize on impressions over authenticity.
We hope you enjoyed this segment! We’ve been excited about showcasing great, original content for a long time, so please let us know what you think in the comment section below. If you have any videos you think we should highlight, give us a shout out!