Editing Makes Sweet Music in this Film about Falling Objects

By  · Published on March 7th, 2017

Short of the Day

It’s called – what else? – ‘Gravity.’

I think because I’m a writer at heart, I tend to go with selections for Short of the Day that intrigue me narratively. Today, though, I’m opting for a technical marvel, a film that showcases some pretty top-notch editing. It’s called Gravity – and before you snipe, it’s from 2009 so pre-dates Cuaron – and it’s no more than a couple minutes of balls, utensils, dinnerware, and small appliances, among other objects, falling from a short height in front of a concrete wall onto a concrete floor. The catch is, the objects have been synchronized to produce an infectious rhythm.

Renaud Hallée is the mastermind responsible, and the skill he’s showcasing here is truly phenomenal, the editing is seamless and allows for all your attention to latch onto the content. I honestly don’t know how he did it, but I know he did it very, very well. And at only two minutes long it’s a quick and easy commitment, less even than most contemporary pop songs require. So tune in and turn it up, Gravity’s just the film to get your day in motion.

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