An elderly gentleman attempts to retrieve forgotten memories while battling the progression and regression of the cycles of life.
A week prior to his passing, my grandfather shared with me his former aspirations of becoming a filmmaker. After numerous hardships, a narrow escape from the Nazis and an immigration to the US, the dream slowly, but surely, faded away. After his passing, I uncovered an archival trove of dust-covered 8mm film that had seemingly not been viewed by anyone for at least a generation. Mesmerized, what unfolded before me was something most people, myself included, have never witnessed before: the development and utter decline of the human body and mind. Motivated by my grandfather’s unfulfilled dreams of filmmaking, I decided to piece together a film that he had already unwittingly made.
quicksand is not only a personal tribute to my grandfather or father, but to anyone that has ever experienced loss. Whether it be a loss of a loved one, or a loss of memories, quicksand embodies the enigma of life and death.
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Lance Oppenheim
Starring: Roy Oppenheim & Walter Oppenheim
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sigur Rós & Maxence Cyrin
Post-Production Design: J.D. Aronson & Melissa Oppenheim
Special Thanks: The Oppenheim & Pilelsky Families, and GenerationOn
Shot on the Canon T3i
Direction: Francesco Pia - francescopia.it
Editing and grading: Gabriele Rivoli
Cameras: Canon 5D and Canon 7D
Lens: Set Contax Zeiss - 360degreesfilm.it
Audio: Zoom H4N and Sennheiser
Slider: Glidetrack 1mt
Tripods: Gitzo and Manfrotto
Software: FCP and AE
In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.
A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
Unnarrated version here: vimeo.com/40940686
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. planetunderpressure2012.net
The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by anthropocene.info
Anthropocene.info is a beta version. Phase two and phase three of the site development will be complete by the end of 2012.