A form of art that I haven’t written a post so far, is film. Having numerous film classes in my current course, I have become very interested in watching and creating short films such as advertisements, promos, campaigns and documentaries. For that reason, I decided to research a very talented, in my opinion director; Rick Mereki. What made me choose the specific director was his great passion for travel. This post is going to be the first out of three that I will be posting, all created from Rick Mereki and his travelling experiences, called: MOVE-EAT-LEARN.
Rick Mereki, along with Andrew Lees as an actor and Tim White as a cameraman collaborated in creating these three short films that started as an assignment from a travel agency. They were asked to shoot a very short film around the world, for STA Travel Australia. Their adventure started, and with only 2 cameras available, they travelled 38.000 miles which is approximately two times around the earth. They recorded their discoveries and experiences and brought back with them almost one terabyte of raw video footage, from which they only kept the best parts to create three 1-minute-clips. The music of the films is an original composed by Kelsey James.
I can’t simply choose what it is that I love about this film, because I would have to say everything. The music makes you feel like a part of the experience, the quick pace of the film makes you fully committed to it and does not let you get your eyes of the screen. Moreover, direction here is excellent. The way one short take follows the next one is directed and filmed in an incredible and detailed way, that makes the effect of the film so successful. In that way, Mereki has managed to present footage from six weeks, and shots from numerous countries just in sixty seconds.
In ‘MOVE’, every single second is precious, plays an significant part of the whole concept and has an different meaning. The concept of MOVE is powerful; showing people that traveling inspires us to do, to dare and to discover what lies beyond the consolations of our comfort zones.
Researching more about Rick Mereki, I was reading on of his interviews online, from the ‘Travel and Leisure’ website, and I was very interested to the following question, that was asking the director ‘What has travel come to mean after visiting so many countries in just six weeks’
The more you travel, the more you become attached and connected to the world as a whole. I think that if a greater number of us spent time outside our comfort zones and immersed in other cultures, even for a little while, it would help reduce the “Us vs. Them” mentality that still exists in the world. People will always naturally base their beliefs and opinions on what is best for their family, their city, their country…but I think travel helps create mindsets that are more global.
What I love in such short but original films is the effect they have on me. The specific film gave me the motivation and inspiration to dare, to want to do something different, to take the time to travel around, discover the beauty of our world and experience it in my own, personal way.
How did this film make you feel?
Thank you for reading,
Oh my gosh I’m with you – I loved everything about it and the subject ain’t too hard to look at either, lol. Makes me want to pack a bag and get out of here! Thanks for sharing that and thanks for following!
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Excellent choice Elli!
You might also like http://www.sho.com/sho/video/series#
the sho.com link is not directing to the right page
use this one http://www.youtube.com/show/shortstories
This is great. Loved the film– very creative.
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I loved the video must of been a great experience filming and editing it, I wish I could do something like that for my promos!
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So cool. I want to make something like that now.
Glad it inspired you 🙂
I literally found these videos last week and *loved* them – just completely encapsulates the spirit of travelling and fun!
Yes, I will be posting today the second video, glad you enjoyed it 🙂
This was absolutely beautiful. I felt so many emotions within one minute. The world is so beautiful and so are the people in it. We should always try to connect with everything around us rather than limiting ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing! I loved it!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
it’s a fab film – but I want slow film and slow food and slow travel. I know, call me old fashoned! Did love the way the guy in it has a beaming smile towards the end. Nicola http://islingtonfacesblog.com
I know what you mean, I showed it to my brother and he thought the same. I also like short films but in this one I enjoyed how many shots he managed to include in such little time!
Great work! 🙂
Quite original and well done. Makes me want to hit play a couple more times so I can focus on the background instead of the traveler!
Thank you very much!