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You just gotta check this out…

Dancing Pigeons – Ritalin from Blink on Vimeo.

Now that’s different, huh? I’ve decided that I really like this video. I find it fascinating to watch, for a whole lot of reasons.

First, it’s beautifully shot, using a slow-motion Phantom camera at 1000 frames per second for the fire, 400 frames per second for the fire extinguisher. And apparently these aren’t just CG effects. It’s the real thing, shot at night, with a huge range of light that must have been a challenge to properly expose.

But technical issues aside, it’s a compelling little drama. There’s a broader story here that we don’t know about, but somehow, it’s come down to this duel. And all these little questions are raised and left unanswered. For instance, what’s better: A good offense or a strong defense? What do you use to put out the flames being shot your way? Is there any such thing as a winnable war anymore? What’s the old man doing in the pickup? Who is he? Would you rather freeze to death or burn to death? And, most importantly, where did they find these actors?

This short film is a gem, in my opinion. What are your thoughts?