MINERVA | Global Immersion: Seoul

Posted on Feb 15, 2018

THE GLOBAL IMMERSION SERIES

Founded in 2014, Minerva Schools is designed around a new vision of higher education that combines a reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, innovative technology, and an immersive global experience. Students study in seven different cities over the course of four years, where they engage with local civic partners to apply classroom knowledge to practical, real-world problems. The above film is part of a series directed by LA based Andrew Hida in collaboration with Minerva’s Creative Director Ayo Seligman. As a Director of Photography, I had the pleasure to work with Andrew and Ayo together on the Seoul episode and we were all supported with the great help of local producer Mini Kim.

Global Immersion: Seoul” is a short film, which highlights how classroom curriculum extends into the urban fabric and shapes their personal, professional and academic growth. As part of a broader marketing campaign a series of 60-second cuts were also produced for social media engagement.

BRIEF

The target audiences of this series are prospective students and the parents of these students who are seeking to better understand the Minerva global experience. Andrew and Ayo describe how they wanted the viewer to understand the full spectrum of daily life, from the demanding academics, to the immersive social and co-curricular activities. The goal was to make a film which quickly convinces the viewer why they belong at Minerva by telling the story of how the Minerva experience stands apart from that of the traditional university through personal stories of challenge and growth.

CHALLENGES AND RESULT

Over the course of two years, Andrew and Ayo have directed the first four short films in the Global Immersion series. Andrew says that each subsequent episode pushes deeper into stories of personal and professional development as they come into their own. Instead of replicating the same mold for each episode, the storyline instead evolves in parallel to student growth and an evolving world view. This distinct approach enabled Andrew together with Minerva to build on existing story and expand on emotional impact.

In order to achieve the authentic, cinematic documentary style that defines the Minerva brand, Minerva and Andrew say that they assembled a team of cinematographers with a strong background in visual journalism. They further note that weeks of creative design and pre-production proved essential to manage the complex timing and logistics of multiple shooters and photographers, navigating large, foreign cities.

For me, it was great to take part in this great and meaningful project and I am glad that I was able to offer my services as a Director of Photography for the above film. I would like to thank Ayo, Andrew and Mini for all their great support.

PLASTIC GIRLS | CINEQUEST Spotlight Trailer

Posted on Feb 14, 2018

To pay tribute to our participation at CINEQUEST, one of the top worldwide festivals, Udo Lee, In-ah Shin and I made this short and fun spotlight trailer.

PLASTIC GIRLS has been selected as part of the 28th edition of CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL among 1750 entries from more than 120 countries. The film will screen in the Short Film Competition at the following dates and venues:

* Sat, Mar 3, 12:25 PM at 3 Below Theaters & Lounge (formerly Camera 3 Cinemas) – 288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
* Mon, Mar 5 8:15 PM at Century 20 Redwood City (Screen 10) – 1627, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
* Sat, Mar 10 10:00 AM at 3 Below Theaters & Lounge (formerly Camera 3 Cinemas) – 288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
* Sun, Mar 11 10:45 AM at Century 20 Redwood City (Screen 11) – 1627, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL has been voted as “Best Film Festival (of the nation)” in a 2015 poll by the readers of USA TODAY and the HUFFINGTON POST includes CINEQUEST in a list of the “10 Best Film Festivals you’ve never heard of“.

PLASTIC GIRLS at 28th Cinequest Film Festival

Posted on Feb 13, 2018

Plastic Girls at Cinequest

We are incredibly honored to announce that PLASTIC GIRLS will screen in the Short Film Competition as part of the 28th edition of CINEQUEST & VR FESTIVAL from February 27th to March 11th, 2018 in San Jose, California – the world’s most influential technology center, Silicon Valley. CINEQUEST itself has been voted as “Best Film Festival (of the nation)” in a 2015 poll by the readers of USA TODAY and the HUFFINGTON POST includes CINEQUEST in a list of the “10 Best Film Festivals you’ve never heard of“. PLASTIC GIRLS has been chosen among 1750 entries from more than 120 countries.

About Plastic Girls

PLASTIC GIRLS is the last film of a Korea related trilogy following BIKINI WORDS and LAST LETTERS. What unites the 3 films is a strong focus on issues related to space and architecture, but each film itself stands out with an individual subject matter. PLASTIC GIRLS is the most quirky out of the 3 films. The presented mannequins are unique to Korea and the film explores through them a clever way to address gender issues in Korea without flatly denouncing the society itself.

For more information about PLASTIC GIRLS please read a very thorough interview on film blog DIRECTORS NOTES, which dives into some of the ideas behind and the making of this film.

Screening Times

Along with the feature documentary PURDAH by director Jeremy Guy, PLASTIC GIRLS will screen 4 times at the following dates and venues:

* Sat, Mar 3, 12:25 PM at 3 Below Theaters & Lounge (formerly Camera 3 Cinemas) – 288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
* Mon, Mar 5 8:15 PM at Century 20 Redwood City (Screen 10) – 1627, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
* Sat, Mar 10 10:00 AM at 3 Below Theaters & Lounge (formerly Camera 3 Cinemas) – 288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113
* Sun, Mar 11 10:45 AM at Century 20 Redwood City (Screen 11) – 1627, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

For more information about screening times, venues and the festival in general, please visit the CINEQUEST & VR FESTIVAL website.

PLASTIC GIRLS on DIRECTORS NOTES

Posted on Dec 1, 2017

Directors Notes

After BIKINI WORDS and LAST LETTERS now PLASTIC GIRLS, the final part of the Korean shorts trilogy, is featured with an extensive interview on film blog Directors Notes. Directors Notes is a website dedicated to giving a voice to independent filmmakers, covering aspects of filmmaking from concept to completion. Regarding the interview author MarBelle writes that “in the interview Nils discusses his critical exploration of the link between commerce and the sexualisation of public space, as well as his continued experimentation and redefinition of the ‘rules’ of documentary filmmaking.”

Plastic Girls

PLASTIC GIRLS is a quirky short documentary film, which presents mannequins unique to Korea and explores through them a clever way to address gender issues in Korea without flatly denouncing the society itself. To watch the film and also read the in-depth interview on DIRECTORS NOTES, please follow this link.

BIKINI WORDS at 14th Sedicicorto International

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

BIKINI WORDS will play at the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival on October 11th 2017.

Sedicicorto International Film Festival, born in 2004, is a short film festival held every year in the month of October in Forlì close to Bologna, Italy. It boasts submissions from all over the world by filmmakers mainly dealing with short films. The event aims at drawing the attention not only of the filmgoers, but also of the audience interested in the audiovisual world, within an occasion promoting the exchange of ideas.

BIKINI WORDS plays out of competition in the Experia section of the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival, which contains a selection of experimental short films. Together with Werner Biedermann’s JAMAIS VU, Tim Weimann’s UNITED INTEREST, Eileen Byrne’s IRIDESCENE and Benjamin Bardou’s GLORIA VICTIS, BIKINI WORDS will play at Biblioteca Aurelio Saffi (Corso della Repubblica 72 – Forlì) on Wednesday Oct. 11th at 5pm.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

Vimeo Staff Pick for PLASTIC GIRLS

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

PLASTIC GIRLS has been selected as a VIMEO STAFF PICK. This totals 6 Staff Picks during the past 6 VIMEO years! So far VIMEO has been an amazing platform and I am truly thankful for all their support. Also I would like to thank everyone, who has been actively supporting me as a filmmaker. All those collaborations throughout the years have been very inspirational and taught me a hell of a lot. A big shout-out to everyone involved!

Last Letters on DIRECTORS NOTES

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

poster image of short film Last Letters

LAST LETTERS is featured with an extensive interview on film blog Directors Notes. Directors Notes is a website dedicated to giving a voice to independent filmmakers, covering aspects of filmmaking from concept to completion.

The short film LAST LETTERS is a journey through loss, space and memory. On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feel while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

On April 16th 2017 the families will commemorate the 3rd anniversary of this catastrophe. For 3 years the Korean government has failed in uncovering the truth of the accident nor has it been successful in supporting the victims’ families. Contrary to that, all of us can support the families, by simply not forgetting what happened on the 16th of March 2014. Please remember and spread the word.

In order to read more on Directors Notes, please follow this link.

BIKINI WORDS at CineGlobe Film Festival

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

CineGlobe at CERN selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss as part of their official competition for the 7th Edition of their international film festival.

CineGlobe aims “to challenge the perceived divisions between science and the art by demonstrating that they are both essential to interpreting our world. The festival investigates both science in art and art in science, convinced that science, just like art, is an integral part of our culture, and it must be nourished and explored the same way as the other parts of our culture.

While CineGlobe celebrate its 10th anniversary (and seventh edition), “the festival addresses a theme which is crucial in this day and age – the blurring of the line between fact and fiction. Political, Social, and Scientific, this edition – titled Myths and Realities – will underline the importance of information and rationality in addressing the challenges that face our world. Our survival depends on our efforts to combat the increasingly anti-scientific attitudes which surround our modern day political discussion.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented as part of the “Responsibility” programme at CineGlobe during the festival period of March 21-26, 2017.

The film will screen on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017 at 6pm and on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 at 12:30pm at the Globe of Science and Innovation – Square Galileo Galilei, Route de Meyrin 385, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland.

Short of the Week: Best Films of the Month

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

After having been selected as a SHORT OF THE WEEK, now LAST LETTERS also made it into the Top 3 films of the month December on the prestigious online platform SHORT OF THE WEEK!

Each day SHORT OF THE WEEK features one handpicked film, which they consider to be among “the greatest and most innovative stories from around the world”. This way SHORT OF THE WEEK has been serving up epic, bite-sized films to millions around the world since 2007.

Please follow this link to read Jason Sondhi’s monthly review and to watch LAST LETTERS.

On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. The film LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feels while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

LIFT-OFF SEASON AWARDS nomination

Posted on Dec 30, 2016

 

After each Lift-Off film festival screening, evaluation forms are handed out to the audience in order to evaluate each film. Then those sheets are sent to each participating filmmaker by the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network. The above two sheets evaluated BIKINI WORDS at the London Lift-Off Film Festival and ironically show how hard it is to satisfy an audience as a filmmaker: One might hate a film, whereas someone else might love it.

Despite this I am happy to announce that BIKINI WORDS as the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and after having been screened at Lift-Off global film festival events in Tokyo, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney and London, is now nominated for the Lift-Off Season Awards 2016 as a Best Short Documentary Nominee.

At the end of every respective Lift-Off Season the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network awards from the years programme the creatives behind the best of the indie film having been showcased.

The Lift-Off Season Awards 2016 will be hosted by Brain Jordan Alverez and Stephanie Koenig at Pinewood Studios in London on Friday, January 6th from 6.30 till late.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.