Dark Side Of The Lens – Monday Movie Club
I originally seen this film at the beginning of last year, when my ‘Facebook’, friend Crash Taylor posted it on his website.
Crash is one of the U.K’s most famous wedding photographers and has featured in Professional Photographer magazine, but he’s recently started producing and filming video shorts using the Canon 5D MkII.
He’s been tirelessly trying to raise production funding for his latest short film ‘A Jar Of Angels‘, in association with Coyote Canyon Films.
After that first viewing of Dark Side Of The Lens, I remember being totally blown away with its sulking beauty, and I wasn’t surprised at all when it went on to win a host of awards all over the globe, including:
Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011
Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo Awards 2012
Winner – G-Raid Driven Creativity award – Professional Category
Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011
Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011
Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011
Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll
Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011
Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice award
Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival
Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Pretty impressive to say the least.
A lot of my friends surf in the cold waters off the South Wales coastline, so this is going to be a real treat for them, but I’m sure that even land lubbers like me, will agree that this is really a beautiful piece of film making.
The ability to capture footage like this takes a lot of skill, experience and a hardcore attitude to surfing.
The raw power and menace of the sea is captured perfectly in the out of water landscape sequences, but the calm and serenity found below the surface of the massive waves of the British coastline creates a perfect juxtaposition of unity, portraying one mans desire to find his place not just on earth but on and beneath the sea.
I hope you all enjoy this piece of art, it really is masterful.