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Oops: a short film of dropped shots

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Posted by Mark Sinclair, 27 October 2010, 11:18    Permalink    Comments (11)

Chris Beckman's short film Oops recently won the top prize in the Vimeo Awards' Experimental category. It cleverly edits together a whole range of home video clips that each feature a camera being accidentally dropped...

Beginning with a fake earthquake, moving onto a perilous swimming pool scene, Beckman's assemblage reveals a mastery of editing where you wonder where the action is going to be next. An ostrich safari, a rollercoaster, and a metal festival are just a few of the places where the unrelated scenes unfold.

Beckman describes the film here as "a ten-minute art video composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos, seamlessly stitched together via a motif of camera drops" that "serves both as transportative adventure and metaphorical elucidation of YouTube itself (i.e. endless related videos), exemplifying the internet's infinite repository of 'throwaway' social documentation."

Oops, appropriated digital video, 2009, concept by Billy Rennekamp. The full credits for all the clips used is here.


hehehe this is really cool. I love editing like this, especially within films. XD
LOVe the ostrich. OM nom
2010-10-27 12:00:22

You serious!!!!???

This is a pile of sh**!
2010-10-27 12:09:19

yeah, some of the edits are better than others, and it may benefit from being shorter ;)

great idea though!
2010-10-27 12:17:18

maybe You've Been Framed will give him £250 for it!
2010-10-27 12:40:51

Lipz to da floor.
2010-10-27 12:51:19

i think this is great
2010-10-27 15:31:11

I seen this somewhere else yesterday. I liked it, seemed different.
Wonder when the advertisers will rip it off?
stripeyhorse design
2010-10-28 11:32:49

.. its a wonderful bit of work ... fantastic & life affirming and still asking formal questions of film / art / photography ... really fantastic. ) thank you for posting.
MArtha mclean
2010-10-28 12:26:29

I didn't notice the overlap in sound until the bit with the train. That was fresh. Nice work.
Nirav V. Patel
2010-10-29 03:41:50

Doctor Black
2010-10-29 12:55:52

Very endearing, home video cameras really are a marvel, and it shows just what people are willing to share with complete strangers. From shenanigans to more private moments. We are a very social animal really aren't we?
Dan Rayner
2010-10-29 15:03:50

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