Close-up challenge

Have you ever thought about the power of close-up in a film? How much a small detail can add to the bigger picture? How much a close-up shot can scare or amaze us?  Using close-ups in cinema was not obvious at the beginning, audiences didn't understand the relation of close-up shots to other, "life-size" images. By now, the language of cinema has changed a lot, and the close-up is often used, maybe even overused. Now we are looking for the perfect use of close-up shots. Submit your relevant films to this challenge, comment on two others, like three of them. The winners of this challenge will be featured all around Daazo.

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This is your film submitted to "Close-up challenge" challenge. Everybody has to leave. Homecoming is a short film made in respect of Terrence Malick's works.


KING is a one minute film, featuring Paul Hunter as King Robert the Bruce, he speaks of his life and sacrifices, then gives us his opinion on modern day life. I use close ups to show the pain n his eyes, also the texture made for a really nice frame Created by Ronnie B Goodwin.


"The story of how a little man's world breaks down when it is basically built for the simple illusion." Guy works at swamp and everything starts to go wrong. Movie was filmed in Finland June 1st 2000. I wouldn't ordinarily dip into the Youtube archives to review a film, but since cast member Ari Miettinen specifically requested a review I thought I'd give this 2000 film out of Finland a chance. The film is shot in black-and-white, while the film has a rather retro feel to it that's not so much intentional as it is a product of the fact that the film was made 12 years ago. The film follows a man (Miettinen) works in a swamp until one day everything starts to go wrong for him. According to Miettinen, the film is ultimately about shattered dreams and how simply life can break down if it's built on a simple illusion. Miettinen himself describes the quality as feeling like VHS, and that's an accurate appraisal of the film. It's also accurate to say that such a quality actually enhances the film's sense of isolation and melancholy. The biggest issue with the film may very well be that the film's original score actually dominates the film rather jarringly, with there being times that the film's music breaks through that sense of melancholy and lands with a rather overwhelming thud. Additionally, while the images do look as if they were created years ago, the music itself feels rather contemporary and the difference between the experience with sight and sound at times creates a distraction. That said, Perfect Life is a moody and dramatic film in which Miettinen himself shines as the isolated man whose dreams are shattering in simple yet profound ways. © Written by Richard Propes The Independent Critic 2.5 / 4

Perfect Life

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