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[ UNUM ] An experimental short film in vertical format

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  1. [5]
    mundane_and_naive
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    This is one of the rare films that makes use of the vertical format in a way that is non-distracting, artistic and actually serve the story. Really enhances the fantasy atmosphere. Opening is a...

    This is one of the rare films that makes use of the vertical format in a way that is non-distracting, artistic and actually serve the story. Really enhances the fantasy atmosphere. Opening is a bit more NSFW than necessary I think, but that's minor.

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      AugustusFerdinand
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      I agree somewhat. I disagree. I find there is little to nothing gained in this film by forcing itself into this format. Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional...

      This is one of the rare films that makes use of the vertical format in a way that is non-distracting, artistic and actually serve the story.

      I agree somewhat.

      Really enhances the fantasy atmosphere.

      I disagree. I find there is little to nothing gained in this film by forcing itself into this format. Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional widescreen format.

      Opening is a bit more NSFW than necessary I think, but that's minor.

      Emphasis mine. As someone that is a honey fan (to put it mildly, I have a couple of dozen varietals at present) the premise that honey is old cum of the gods is off-putting. As a honey fan with a beard, the rich guy, for lack of a better term, being careless and getting it in his beard is, from experience, extremely annoying, but it did lend to the story I suppose.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        mundane_and_naive
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        Of course you can, but different stylistic choices produces different effects. The benefits of the landscape aspect ratio is that it makes you more aware of the environment, hence more immersive,...

        Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional widescreen format.

        Of course you can, but different stylistic choices produces different effects. The benefits of the landscape aspect ratio is that it makes you more aware of the environment, hence more immersive, like you're there with the characters. Portrait mode gives off a different feeling, I'm good with words so I don't know how to best describe it but the general sense I got while watching is that it feels more glamourous somehow, makes me feel like I'm looking at a portrait painting or a magazine covers, like a sculpture on display or a carefully arranged art exhibit. I think sacrificing immersion in exchange for aesthetics was fitting for the fairytale-like story the film was going for, given that fairy tales are also usually light on world building and focus more on archetypes and moral messages.

        Another thing is vertical framing places more emphasis on height difference, which is usually used as metaphor for struggles, power differences, class structures... many of which are elements of the film so the framing choice was effective.

        All of this is not to say that vertical framing is superior, or that the film cannot be told just as well in conventional widescreen. All I'm saying is it's a choice that works, and it's art, so why not.

        2 votes
        1. AugustusFerdinand
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          This is my point. If there is nothing gained by changing the format then change for change's sake makes little sense. The film is beautifully shot, well told, etc. I just am unconvinced that it...

          All of this is not to say that vertical framing is superior, or that the film cannot be told just as well in conventional widescreen.

          This is my point. If there is nothing gained by changing the format then change for change's sake makes little sense. The film is beautifully shot, well told, etc. I just am unconvinced that it was better told in this format.

          Different strokes and all that, thanks for posting it as I hadn't come across it yet!

      2. ohyran
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        I have to disagree and as you say below its fairly personal but I think many of the shots where brilliant with the framing, like the vertically aligned scenery and sense of air that could be...

        I disagree. I find there is little to nothing gained in this film by forcing itself into this format. Nearly every single shot would be served just as well in a traditional widescreen format.

        I have to disagree and as you say below its fairly personal but I think many of the shots where brilliant with the framing, like the vertically aligned scenery and sense of air that could be counteracted in some shots by horizontal lines (like the shop with the boy in front of it trimming in the shot to be a small central square in the screen instead of vertically uplifting, or the shot of the city as they entered, shot from below to create a sense of height and air - sure the sides could have been replaced by some other in-shot object drawing the eye upward. But still fairly clever way of hemming in and using the different format)

        2 votes
  2. [5]
    ohyran
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    Notice for others without Google accounts - you need to have one to watch it as its age requirement

    Notice for others without Google accounts - you need to have one to watch it as its age requirement

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      AugustusFerdinand
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      Or replace the "watch?v=" section with "embed/" so the link becomes this: https://www.youtube.com/embed/WvvjvcM-wWA

      Or replace the "watch?v=" section with "embed/" so the link becomes this: https://www.youtube.com/embed/WvvjvcM-wWA

      7 votes
      1. [3]
        ohyran
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        You sneaky person, you! Thank you <3

        You sneaky person, you! Thank you <3

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          AugustusFerdinand
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          You're welcome! I open nearly every youtube link in a private window so it doesn't impact my carefully curated feed and so this gets around the login issue without needing to log in or change the...

          You're welcome!

          I open nearly every youtube link in a private window so it doesn't impact my carefully curated feed and so this gets around the login issue without needing to log in or change the top level domain.

          3 votes
          1. ohyran
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            I simply dont have a google account and all google related things isolated, and all cookies scrubbed when the tab is closed... that said with that comes having to accept cookies every damn time I...

            I simply dont have a google account and all google related things isolated, and all cookies scrubbed when the tab is closed... that said with that comes having to accept cookies every damn time I open a tab and in cases like this not being able to see stuff :/

            2 votes
  3. RapidEyeMovement
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    That's a Dutch Shepherd! (sorry, my dog is this bread of shepherd) It is weird to see so many of her idiosyncrasies reflected here even in a performance piece.

    That's a Dutch Shepherd! (sorry, my dog is this bread of shepherd) It is weird to see so many of her idiosyncrasies reflected here even in a performance piece.

    1 vote