Director Paul SG Boyd shares his favourite web videos from the past week. Any theme, any format – it’s a web video free-for-all!
Boo Ya Pictures – “Fifty Shades of Buscemi”
After shattering box office records despite tepid reviews, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson is looking pretty clever for casting the relatively-unknown Jamie Dornan in the role of Christian Grey.
But consider this: if the movie made $81.7 million with minimal star power, how many more horny housewife dollars might it have pulled in with a leading man with proven sex appeal?
A smouldering specimen whose rugged features recall the glory days of Gable and Grant. A loin-broiling bad boy capable of melting hearts with a bat of his buggy eyes.
A man like Steve Buscemi.
Thankfully YouTubers Boo Ya Pictures have shown the world what might have been, re-cutting the trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” to feature the inimitable Steve Buscemi as the lead.
Sliding in several of Buscemi’s steamiest performances, “Fifty Shades of Buscemi” sees the actor subject an unsuspecting Dakota Johnson to a masterclass in seduction.
For more movie trailer trickery, be sure to check out Boo Ya Pictures’ YouTube channel here.
Siska – “Unconditional Rebel”
A lot can happen in five seconds.
Or, in the case of Siska’s “Unconditional Rebel”, you can film an entire music video.
Directed by Guillaume Panariello, “Unconditional Rebel” features 80 actors lined up along the side of a road in La Plaine de la Crau, France. A single camera then shoots their movements from a car going 50km/h, capturing all of the action using a Phantom Flex 4K at 1000FPS.
When played back in slow-motion, the five seconds of footage stretches to fill three and a half minutes: creating a moving mural full of depth and action.
Described by Panariello as the “shortest shoot ever” (though a fair number of effects were added in post, along with several shots of Siska herself), “Unconditional Rebel” provides an innovative, visually interesting twist on the one-shot video genre.
Android – “Friends Furever”
For our last video, we join Internet giant Google in celebrating platform diversity with the furry ball of warm fuzzies that is “Friends Furever”.
Taking a shot at Apple’s “one-device-fits-all” approach, “Friends Furever” celebrates diversity in all its forms – bookended with the Apple-baiting tagline “Be together. Not the same.”
Produced by Droga5 (the agency behind Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign) the video quickly went viral – showing that even the staunchest iPhone users are rendered helpless by the crippling cuteness of a bulldog playing with a lion cub.
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