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.