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Land of the Little People

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‘Land of the Little People’ is a work in progress project about four young kids who live in a village of professional soldiers. Not so far away, in the wild fields that surround the village, there is an old abandoned army base. The kids build their stronghold in one of the only standing structures in the camp – a stone shed with an ancient dry well inside. When a war breaks out the fathers go to war and the mothers sit in front of the television and listen to the never-ending news reports.  The kids, with no one to supervise them, go back to their camp. To their amazement, they find two soldiers, who deserted their units, hiding in the secret shed. The kids decide to do whatever they can in order to make the soldiers go away. In their struggle, they use all means necessary known to them.

You are welcome to visit the project web-site and blog at: http://www.landofthelittlepeople.com

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Filming in Midair

My friend and colleague Amnon Houri was assigned by a commercial to film a Cessna skydiver’s plane flying at the height of 3000 feet. Lucky for me he invited me to take part in the flight and to shoot some behind the scenes photos. We took our ride with a Bell Jet Ranger III helicopter, handled with a very steady hand by Dov Peleg.

(Dov stands by the Bell Jet Ranger)

At Habonim beach we grouped with Paradive Skydiver’s Cessna and started climbing to 3000 feet height. On the ground Amnon briefed the Cessna pilot to do three different maneuvers for the film, and once we were way up there in the sky, our nose toward the east and our back to the setting sun, they were done with much talent on behalf of all those involved it the operation. All I had to do is point the camera, take photos and some video footage, and enjoy the magnificent view of our little country shore line.

(Amnon filming the Cessna with his video camera)

Here is 6 min video summarizing the experience from start to end:

Photo Gallery:


April Snow

Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music has a very interesting program with the Israeli nonprofit Mental Health Association (Enosh), where selected talented students take lyrics written by mentally ill patients and transform them into wonderful songs. The program is managed by song writer and performer Ariel Horovitz, and it’s called “Hahani Hahacher” (The other me).

This year they asked me to make a video clip for one of their songs. They’ve selected “Moridat HaShlagim” (The one that bring the snow) written by Lauren Milk, composed and performed by Naama Chetrit.

I had a few ideas for making the video clip; one of them was to involve my street artist friend Imaginery Duck to do some time lapse drawings. After conferring with Naama we decided on a script and launched a small scale production. Shahar Ziv and Almog Sella volunteered to help me in the shooting, while the other participants in the program came to play the extras.

For the scenery I chose a ruined boarding school for girls that I discovered during my “Haunted Houses” project. It has a creepy feeling of sadness and death to it, so we played on that notion with the extras playing as the ghosts of past students.

Even though the production was scheduled for the whole day, we shot it on holiday and had only until noon to film it, before all the participants dissolved. I used a Canon 7D and Almog brought her Canon 5D, which helped to gain more footage from a single performance. Since we had very little time, and no electricity in the near area I used only available light, which could be a problem in a day when the clouds play hide and seek with the sun. A good thing is that Almog has a great L series 50mm f/1.4 lens which helped us in the low light environment.

Shahar, who is a very talented editor, took the materials I gathered and assembeled them for the final result, which you are welcome to watch here:

The photos of the behind the scenes were taken by Imaginery Duck, who roamed the area and did some magnificent drawings on the walls:

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Shooting at The Shrine of the Book

זכיתי בהזדמנות יוצאת דופן לקחת חלק בהפקה של סדרת תלת-מימד (נו, אתם יודעים, הסרטים האלו שרואים עם משקפיים). את הפרק הראשון צילמנו בהיכל הספר שבמוזיאון ישראל. בד”כ אי אפשר לצלם בתוך ההיכל, בו נמצאות חלק מהמגילות הגנוזות, היקרות מפז, אבל במסגרת ההפקה ביליתי זמן רב בהיכל, אחרי שעות הסגירה. התמונות צולמו, כמובן, בלי פלאש, על מנת שלא לפגוע במגילות העתיקות. אתם מוזמנים להנות ממבנה שהוא יצירת אוונגרד, אולי היחידה בארץ, אשר נבנתה בשנות השישים ע”י האדריכלים בארטוס וקיסלר. אני ממליץ בחום לנצל את החופשה על מנת לנסוע למוזיאון ישראל, אשר עובר שיפוץ נרחב ונראה פשוט מדהים! מנהל היכל הספר, ד”ר אדולפו רויטמן, שהסכים להתארח בתוכנית, הוא אדם מרתק, וכדאי לשמוע מפיו את סיפורן של המגילות השזור בצופן ארכיטקטוני יחיד במינו

תמונות מהסט

היכל הספר מבחוץ – יצירת אוונגרד משנות ה-60

מגילת ישעיהו – המגילה שנשתמרה כמעט בשלמותה – כאן בעותק לא מקורי, אבל בתצוגה יוצאת דופן

כיפת ההיכל כפי שהיא נריאת מבפנים – בדומה לראש כד שבו נמצאה המגילה. מתחת לכיפה, ידית המגילה. בארטוס וקיסלר האדריכלים שילבו כאן גם אלמנטים של רחם, פריון, סמלים פאליים ווגינליים – יצירה אוונגרדית, כבר אמרתי

ג’קי מנחה התוכנית עומד לפני מלצלמת התלת-מימד

תמונה קבוצתית של צוות הצילום


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