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In Digital Convergence Episode 92: Lost Memories we mentioned an amazing short called “Grounded” – which was shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D and we also saw it was covered on PetaPixel the other day and it reminded me how much I wanted to share it with you (and it will be added to planet5D Cinema).

It has a huge list of awards (see below) as well as a bunch of special effects (which you can read about in the description too).

I’ve included the special effects breakdown video – it is almost as amazing as the original short! You’ll be totally blown away by how much work went into making this visual masterpiece.

I will confess tho that my brain isn’t big enough to understand everything that is going on in the movie – but it sure is pretty


Grounded



Description

One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

About this Tip Jar -
Did Grounded inspire you? My dad’s life inspired me and his death inspired Grounded. 100% proceeds of this Tip Jar (note vimeo’s 15% service fee) goes to the American Cancer Society in memory of Paul Vincent Margo. Or donate yourself to cancer.org/

Check out the Grounded VFX Breakdowns

Check out the Grounded Trailer
vimeo.com/kevinmargo/grounded-trailer

Website:
groundedfilm.com
Facebook:
facebook.com/groundedfilm
Twitter:
twitter.com/MargoKevin

Score composed by Ken Andrews
kenandrews.com

Full credit list can be seen here:
groundedfilm.com/credits

Festival Awards::
Best Experimental Short:: 2012 USA Film Festival
Best Picture :: 2012 Winter Film Awards
Best Short Film :: 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival
Best Sound :: 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival
Best Cinematography :: 2012 Lakeshorts International Film Festival
Best Editing :: 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Editing :: 2012 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood
Best Digital Effects :: 2012 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood
Best Cinematography :: 2012 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood
Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film :: Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
John Kelly Award for Excellence in Cinematography:: 2012 Fresno Film Fest

Official Selections ::
2012 LA Shorts
2012 Newport Beach Film Festival
2012 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival
2012 Sci-Fi-London
2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival
2012 The Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival
2012 Cine Gear Expo 2012
2012 Montclair Film Festival
2012 Maryland Film Festival
2012 Madrid International Film Festival
2012 Gasparilla International Film Festival
2012 Sonoma International Film Festival
2012 Sacramento International Film Festival
2012 60 Degrees North
2012 VISIONFEST
2012 Fort Myers Film Festival
2012 United Film Festival – Los Angeles
2012 United Film Festival – New York
2012 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

Also: Notes from Petapixel:

It’s mind-blowing what can be created these days using ordinary DSLRs, a small team of people, and a whole lotta skill with visual effects. The short film above, titled “Grounded“, was emailed into us by its creator Kevin Margo, who works as the visual effects supervisor at Blur Studios. He says that it was inspired by his father, who passed away from cancer. Here’s the synopsis:One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop. It was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II for 24fps footage, a Canon 7D for 60fps footage, and the Canon 24mm, 50mm, and 135mm prime lenses. The software used in post include Vegas, PFtrack, Zbrush/Vray/Max, Fusion, and AE/MagicBullet.The project took two years to complete, and Margo himself did pretty much all of the filming, editing, and visual effects. While watching the 7-minute short, see if you can distinguish the DSLR footage from the computer generated imagery.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)



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