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February 14, 2008

love in a backwards world

beautifully shot film ::

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Posted by: Aubrey at February 14, 2008 1:02 PM

Indeed, masterfully edited and very artistic. Thanks for sharing Ze

Posted by: Jesse at February 14, 2008 1:29 PM


Posted by: Amiek at February 14, 2008 2:47 PM

Agreed.. Very beautifully shot!

Posted by: Greg Woolf at February 14, 2008 2:54 PM

that was wonderful.

Posted by: mai-ling at February 14, 2008 4:45 PM


Posted by: Rosina at February 14, 2008 4:47 PM

Simple technique, great results... reminded me of The Pharcyde's video 'Drop', directed by Spike Jonze.

Posted by: Thomas at February 14, 2008 5:32 PM

shooting on 16mm film, this effect is so easy-- just hold the camera upside down and have the subject walk backwards.
When you project the film from the end of the roll to the beginning, everything goes back to right-side-up, and motion is reversed.
But I've never seen the trick pulled off this well, or with such a great little narrative. Bravo, bravo!

Posted by: Stan at February 14, 2008 5:55 PM

Beautiful and clever.

Posted by: Casey at February 14, 2008 7:17 PM


Posted by: love at February 14, 2008 7:47 PM

This really made my day. If this was made in film school everyone would have critiqued it to death. Can't make sweet films in an academic environment. Have to have a great 'meaning'. There needs to be a message and a greater calling. But seriously, what greater calling than LOVE?

Posted by: Edward Uken at February 14, 2008 8:01 PM


Posted by: Jason Davies at February 14, 2008 8:35 PM

I love it forwards and backwards!

Posted by: Adam at February 14, 2008 10:24 PM

So well done that I was more caught up in the story than in the technical marvels of how it was created.

Posted by: Susan Z at February 15, 2008 12:22 AM

That's so intriguing. I love films that break away from normal conventions

Posted by: Jared at February 15, 2008 2:46 AM

Thank you for that post V-Day/ pre-V-Day wonderful inspiration! The music is PERFECT!


Posted by: Jeano at February 15, 2008 12:02 PM

Wonderful, thanks for the heads up Ze. Miss you tons my friend.

Posted by: Drake at February 15, 2008 12:35 PM

I love that she had to spit the orange juice into the cup.

Posted by: habile b at February 15, 2008 2:21 PM

While this was indeed shot on film (kodak in the credits), it was reversed in post with a digital editor... that's just how it's done these days. But what makes this so entertaining and interesting for me (a film student) isn't the technical aspects of the effect, it's the human element... the blocking is so mind bending, and I can't imagine what the actors had to do on set, mentally. Playing a role in reverse must be so different from anything these two have tried before! What a unique challenge for everyone involved.

I love that it's not used as a gimmick, but a way to tell the story. And it's a charming story. That sells it for me.

Refreshing closer on my long day of cynicism and pretentious depth. Thanks, Ze :)

Posted by: Jordan at February 16, 2008 7:32 AM

You are the best filter & romantic fool ever.

Posted by: Jan / The Faux Press at February 16, 2008 10:05 AM

ditto with all the comments above.
quick breath in.

Posted by: ingrid at February 16, 2008 10:19 AM

the backwards dancing is so impressive.

Posted by: andrine at February 16, 2008 2:39 PM

Wow. I'd love to see a "making of" for this.

Posted by: Floipoid at February 18, 2008 7:51 PM

crooked beauty :)

Posted by: noir at February 21, 2008 11:41 AM

Good quality Quicktime and WMP encodings are available from the writer/directors web-site:


Thanks for finding this ze.


Posted by: Evan at February 21, 2008 4:40 PM

I did love that. Reminded me of Red Dwarf, inevitably, but it had it's own world, an idea I've always loved to have seen done well, done well.

Bruce Campbell has nothing on those two.

Posted by: Gilmour at February 28, 2008 4:00 PM

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