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‘The Red Balloon’ Short Film Critique: Relationship and Poetry Through a Child’s Gaze

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1956 French short film classic “The Red Balloon” (Le ballon rouge) features a tender drama with a fine touch of flight of fancy. Its subdued setting features a lot of grays, suggesting the depressing quality of the film’s mood and tone, which is then contrasted with the blazing red balloon in mid air.  This post-war motion-picture classic written and directed by Albert Lamorisse features a seemingly cynical world that turns magical

‘Hedgehog in the Fog’ Short Film Critique: The Phantasm of Venturing Into the Unknown

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1975 short animated film “Hedgehog in the Fog” (Yozhik v tumane) by Yuri Norstein offers an amalgam of terror and pleasure using the phantasm of venturing into the unknown. This evocative work of imagination features the journey of a hedgehog one evening to see his bear cub friend. As he travels in the foggy forest, he encounters many scary things that eventually become transformative moments of wonder. This 11-minute Russian

‘Tango’ Short Film Critique: Overlapping Routines as a Collective Ritual

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class Filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński presents his critically acclaimed 1981 Polish short film “Tango” as a rhythmic play set in a stage that gradually progresses. It begins with a vaguely minimalist room where there are three points of entrance and exit: two doors and a window. These points become the gateways of a plethora of characters that initially starts with easily recognizable parts until each one’s repetitive acts create layer after layer of

Our Rom-com Short Film ‘Pag-ibig sa Panahon ng Coronavirus’ (Love in the Time of the Coronavirus)

romantic comedy, 11 mins., 2020 IMDb Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11997792 During the first month of the coronavirus outbreak when people around the campus start the semester wearing face masks, a paranoid guy who takes extra care of himself with frequent handwashing tries to rekindle an old flame upon meeting his teen crush who is currently recovering from flu. A long-take film for a grad school directing class, shot using an iPhone with FiLMiCPRO app. Actors: Fred Layno and Kathleen MackDirector: Rianne Hill SorianoScriptwriter: John Clifford

Jumpstarting my Trilogy of Technology Shorts: TechNOphilia and Malikmata (Phantasma)

Thanks to graduate studies, I was finally able to jumpstart my trilogy of technology shorts. We just completed the second film 11 years after the first one and currently working on the third one, which is intended to be completed by May 2020. Hopefully, we all get through the COVID-19 pandemic very soon so we can all go back to our daily grind. Top: First shot and last shot of "Malikmata" (English title: "Phantasma"), 2020;Bottom: First shot and last shot of

After my 10-year hiatus on independent filmmaking, wrapping up post for my very first experimental film ‘Isthmus’

My first independent short film in 10 years is an experimental film for grad school. Almost ready for audio post 😀 This is going to be my most personal film to date and it feels great to work on something new (aside from going back to my roots) after working on mostly branded shorts during my indie hiatus. https://www.riannehillsoriano.com/films/isthmus/ #iska #indiefilm #shortfilm #independentfilm #experimentalfilm #gradschool #filmschool

My Film ‘Technophilia’ is Film of the Day at Viddsee

How does technology affect your life? Shot December 2008, premiered June 2009... 6 years after premiere and 3 years after last award, Technophilia is still getting around. Check it out as "Film of the Day" for Viddsee, curated by Alem Ang. Shooting Format: 16mm Screening Format: HD Running Time: 7 minutes Acknowledgments: Colorwheel Media Studios, Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), and Korea University (KU), Asian Film Professionals Training Program, Hit Productions You can check out more about the film via its Facebook

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