It’s always interesting to see film-makers experimenting with new techniques, especailly ones that bring a complete new visual style to their work.
In this week’s Video Spotlight feature, Joerg Daiber makes use of ’tilt shift’ photography to bring a completely unique perspective to what would otherwise be familiar scenes filmed in some of Thailand‘s most popular destinations.
The careful manipulation of scale, blur and time creates an effect that tricks the eye. Scenes take on a miniature quality – buildings look like models and pedestrians become stick figures.
The title – Toy Thailand – is apt, not just because of the feeling of reduced size, but also as a result of the way things move. The sped-up movements resemble clockwork unwinding – a slightly jerky feeling that adds to the overall dream-like effect.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that short films like this that add clever twists show us a new way of looking at the world. It’s fun and entertaining, but it also helps to keep things in perspective – no pun intended.