Wednesday, December 28, 2011


There's a new technique trending with short films: using two split-screens to showcase one full story.  Have a watch below at the two shorts that are similar in method but quite divergent in story lines, (featured below). 

The first, Splitscreen: A Love Story (featured above) is by James W. Griffith; it's about a couple that goes about their day—one spent in Paris and the other in New York—shown side-by-side, until they (and their cameras) meet again.  This film was shot via a Nokia N8, rather than by the new iPhone 4s camera (go HERE to see a sample of a shorts from the new iPhone 4s), so the quality is far from pristine; but nevertheless the concept it endearing, interesting, and effectual for a shorts.

The other split-screen short-film is EAT, by Rick Mereki (featured at right). The concept of EAT is to showcase the experience of traveling through 11 countries in 44 days, which equals to 18 flights and 38 thousand miles.

The short films' main character is played by Andrew Lees, who's an actor whilst produced, directed and edited by Mereki and co-produced and edited with Tim White. There are actually three shorts from this globe-trekking project summoned by STA travel Australia: The other two are called Move and Learn, in which the three stories as a collection, is supposed to provide a compelling story line overall about travelling, food and the experience of the places and the people they've visited along the way.  

Have a watch at EAT, (featured at right).  Both films, Splitscreen: A Love Story and EAT, have very different narrative, but are both successful in using the same approach because each story are enriched by the split-screen impact.  

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