Get Acquainted With Michael Langan, Experimental Filmmaker and Commercials Director
[An idea from the experimental short film Doxology…]
Thanks to Short of the Week and Chronos‘ online release, I’ve been introduced to experimental filmmaker Michael Langan’s work, and I haven’t been able to stop looking for more information since then.
Langan is an american filmmaker who got on the Festivals Circuit map with Doxology, a 6 minute experimental short he spent a lot of time making and sent to more than a hundred festivals. The short got attention and screened around, but Langan said it really took off when it hit online after Youtube purchased it in 2007.
On the side of his personal work, Langan directs commercials. Last month, the Academy of Art University uploaded a one-hour presentation Langan did to students and that is probably the best way to get introduced to his work and, most importantly, to have a better understanding of how his body of work as a whole is interconnected.
[…finds a new home in a commercial for case.me]
Just like Rian Johnson, Michal Langan demonstrates that what you work on on the side of what you have to do can turn out to be the thing that will open you doors, or become your next big project.
The video below is in two parts: the first part is about 40 minutes long and alternates between Langan’s work (very well integrated within the talk, kudos to AoAU, it doesn’t happen often) and his explanations of the hows and whys behind it, and the last 20 minutes are dedicated to a Q&A that gives more insight on Langan’s inspirations, work habits, technic etc.
It is well worth an hour of time and my guess is, by the end of it, you’ll have a furious desire to grab your camera and experiment.
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— Felix Massie (@FelixMassie) February 5, 2013