"Moments" by Will Hoffman
"I love projects that move us. This piece has a very simple plot. Moments. But the way it was scripted, shot and edited makes you think about what is important to you in your life. With all of the stuff we get hung up on everyday these are the moments we will remember when we look back at our life."
Moments is a beautiful, effortless documentary/short film about the simple moments that make life extraordinary. Will shot his film in twelve days at multiple locations. Some of the moments he captured are so poignant and subtle. I admire his patience as a filmmaker; all the time he must have spent waiting for that perfect shot! This is a remarkable piece, and Will is an outstanding filmmaker. Will Hoffman has a body of work that distinguishes him from the pack, which is why I picked him as a Z-Kudos Award Winner for this project.
"Snow" by Kevin Shahinian
Kevin has set the bar so high that all of us are stunned and taken aback by this new genre of wedding filmmaking. This video is by far the most amazing wedding concept video I have ever seen. The actual couple who got married are the actors, reenacting how they meet and feel in love. This video was played at their wedding and I can’t even imagine how the guests reacted. How Kevin gets great performances from a wedding couple is beyond me. My review is one word, WOW! He is also a Z-Kudos Award Winner. Make sure to check one of his other concept films, including his amazing "Bollywood" at www.pacificpictures.net
As far as Skywalker Ranch & Prague, I can't decide which one of these films I like more, so I am listing them both. Skywalker has gorgeous shots of the ranch with soft gentle tones and early morning dew, mixed with wonderful starry time lapse. The shots of snow falling in Prague are stunning. One of the moments he captures on time lapse with the snow falling on bricks, instantly reminds me of Dr. Zhivago. Phil showed us what a Director/DP is and set that bar as high as any Hollywood DP. We are all looking forward to what is in store in 2010 for Phil. Congratulation Bro. ~Steve