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The Orange Tune – Martin Sommerdag

I have been following Martin’s work since a few years now. And his unique perspective on various subjects never fails to intrigue me. And right from the scripting to the choice of subjects to camera angles and movements and to the final look of the film, everything about his film, “The Orange Tune” made me admire his scope as a filmmaker.

The Orange Tune, is not an extravagant feast. It is minimalist on many fronts. But at the same time, it wears that grungy look with pride.

The opening shot of the film, in which you see a girl dressed in orange coming down from a staircase. The staircase is emerging from a strange source of light. I felt the director wanted to signify birth over here. Then the girl starts performing the same action over and over again. Like playing the same song on repeat. The Filmmaker, purposefully changed his angles making the days look a little different from one another. But we know that as the action performed doesn’t change, all the angles are the same.

David Brower, the narrator captures the eerie tone that the film wanted to create very well. The voice over itself puts you in a pensive state and the visuals do the rest of the job quite well.

If I have to criticize the film a bit, I felt the opening credits are too long. Sometimes the audience might lose interest if nothing exciting happens in the first few seconds of the film. Apart from this minor suggestion, I felt the film did it’s job tremendously well. The job of leaving me with some unanswered questions.

The film is weirdly motivational. At the same time it is dark. There is no silver lining. It feels like the film is a warning to all the viewers to stop listening to the same song again and again and change the channel once in a while. Or maybe it is just an experimental film that tries to pull you out of your comfort zone. I don’t know that. But I don’t want to find out. 🙂

“Life is like an old vinyl record and if you don’t change track or melody once in awhile you will feel trapped and maybe go a little crazy. THE ORANGE TUNE is about the danger of daily routines and how hard it is to break free from once comfort zone.” The film description says. And I believe no matter what you do, your life cannot be a cycle. Even if you’re doing a job that is perceived as interesting by the world, you cannot paint the whole picture of your life in monotone.

Life cannot be a box of set rules and perfect corners. It needs to be a playground.

“Insanity is doing the same thing. Over and over again. And expecting things to change.”

This is one of my favourite quotes from the Far Cry franchise. And it always made me wonder about our day to day lives. We keep doing the same thing over and over again. And yet we believe in the fairy tale that tomorrow will be different. But it rarely happens. Do get something that we haven’t achieved before we need to do something that we have not done before. I have been trying to implement this in my life for a long time. And I think, now is the time to stop procrastinating.

Check out Martin’s previous work over here:

TUNGUSKA DIARIES – A Different Take

The Unknown Bunker – Martin Sommerdag

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Ebola Warning – A Chilling Truth

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
– Mark Twain
“Based on a true story.” “Based on actual events.” There is something scary about these lines that make any film even more scary. All of us know, film director James Wan using the same warning in most of his horror films. And maybe that slight possibility that the same incidence, can happen to us too underlines the horror in the film.
Not long ago, I had written about Found Footage films. I tried to explain my take on how realism can be used to enhance the experience of a film. I feel the film by Director Martin Sommerdag Ebola Warning [Biological Research Film] takes this realistic approach to a whole new level.

Ebola Warning [Biological Research Film] from Alpha Hawk Films on Vimeo.

As the Director has mentioned, this film is a byproduct of a personal experience. Not by the director himself, but by his father. He was a biosafety level 4 chief virologist and he went missing in 1997. He was declared dead by the authorities but his body was never found. The film is a digitized version of various classified documents together with the old super 8MM film reel. And the film points at a patient diagnosed with Ebola.

The film Ebola Warning was screened at both New York Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008. After which the director claims that a very strange incident happened. A gentleman approached him and telling him that he knows his father. They decided to meet the next day. But that man never came.

The video uses shots from a top-secret biological research film recorded by Centers for Disease Control in 1978. It shows a nurse collecting organic samples from the subject or patient. All under the observation of a mysterious guy dressed in black. I want to point it out to our readers that the patient zero (the first person to have contracted the disease) was identified in the late 70s.
Apart from this, the film keeps itself open for possibilities. It is equipped with an abrupt start and and abrupt ending, leaving it for the viewers to decide and interpret. For me, I am scared of biological weapons since I got the idea way back in school. What if the next super weapon is a biological one? A virus that can kill a country from the inside? How easy it is for a superpower to eliminate its competitors by releasing a deadly virus in a country! How efficient and how clean! The idea gives me goosebumps. The film has planted this conspiracy theory in my mind and it is going to be difficult to get it out.
I think I will have to watch something lighter to get this out of my system. Maybe I will watch another teaser of “A Beautiful View”

A Beautiful View [Teaser 2] from Alpha Hawk Films on Vimeo.