An Astonishing Sea Rescue in Incredible Shrinking Sydney

An Astonishing Sea Rescue in Incredible Shrinking Sydney

Keith Loutit, a photographer based in Sydney (AU), is interested in “the little things in life” and his remarkable short films make Sydney look like a model city. Bathtub IV depicts a rescue operation carried out by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Sydney. Loutit shot the short film using some amazing tilt-shift time-lapse photography. His tilt-shift photography narrows the depth of field, making Sydney look like a miniature city. The “model city” effect combines selective focus, the angle of light, and speed of playback to trick the viewer into thinking they’re looking at footage of a scale model. Elevation is also an important factor. By positioning the camera above the subject, the viewer looks down upon the scene, which dramatically enhances the effect.

Loutit’s work plays with focus, vantage, perspective and the viewer’s perceptions of reality. In doing so, he challenges his audience not to take their environment for granted. His short films detach the viewers from the real world, helping them once again to remember and recognize the old world charm of their surroundings.

An Astonishing Sea Rescue in Incredible Shrinking Sydney

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Photo of the Day: Everything Has a Dark Side

Photo of the Day: Everything Has a Dark Side

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Hot Dog: A Tail of Sadly Broken Dreams

Hot Dog: A Tail of Sadly Broken Dreams

Hot Dog is an animated short film by Bill Plympton, the third animation about Plympton’s little Dog. Hot Dog follows Plympton’s 2005 Oscar Nominee Guard Dog and its sequel, Guide Dog. Hot Dog played at the 2008 Strasbourg International Film Festival and at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. It was an Oscar Nomination commended animated short film in 2009.

In this film, the Dog decides to join the fire department. The enthusiastic pup will do absolutely anything to become the fire station’s resident pooch. However, at first the Dog moves with a bounding enthusiasm that isn’t shared by his fellow fire officers. As the inevitable disaster builds, tension is increased by the Dog getting a brief moment of glory as the fire department’s new best friend, but then something more interesting grabs the attention of the fire officers and poor little Dog is left to cope all alone. The Dog is stretched to beyond his reach as he resorts to lapping up water from the gutter to put out the outbreak of another smaller fire, but then gasoline leaks into the puddle. Soon afterwards, the little Dog’s hopes are sadly crushed.

Hot Dog: A Tail of Sadly Broken Dreams

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