Leningrad Kolshik Action Sequence in Reverse

Leningrad Kolshik
A ringmaster gets shot into his three-ring circus as his monkey opens the valve on a compressed cylinder.

This is cool! It’s an action sequence played back entirely in slow motion, and entirely in reverse. It doesn’t sound like that big of a deal but it takes something we see all the time and gives it way more attention by giving it a new twist. You’re sitting there trying to figure out what is going to happen that caused what just happened. It’s strange but awesome.

The creativity the director leant to this short film for the band Leningrad’s song Kolshik is exactly what the doctor ordered for multiple viewings, which is what the director was hoping for. Why more views? More views translate into more money. It’s not enough to simply make a solid video these days, it also has to be interesting enough to get huge amounts of eyes on it, which means it needs to stand out. How did the director accomplish that? Taking a normal action sequence and putting it in reverse. Brilliant.

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By:  Craig Kotilinek

Australian Beach Land Mine PSA Video

By:  Craig Kotilinek

If you haven’t seen it by now, this new Australian PSA depicts some carefree Aussie teens ditching school and heading to the beach, only to be blown up land mines. Yep, blown up by land mines. My initial reaction to this video was one of stern WTF, and my sentiments haven’t changed.

The point of the public service announcement was to get teens to stay in school through a shock ad that got attention, and while it certainly did get attention, it didn’t solve anything. Instead, teens in Australia are most likely sitting around eating their morning Vegemite sandwiches (as opposed to their afternoon Vegemite sandwiches, which get washed down with a XXXX Bitter) after just having sheared the sheep and fed the kangaroos, when they happen to glance over at the TV and say, WTF?

The point is, this isn’t just a cultural thing that Americans or Germans or Russians wouldn’t get, because there’s nothing to be got. The PSA makes no sense. I don’t think it’s inappropriate because it’s too dark, I just think it has no bearing on kids staying in school and isn’t terribly clever. I think the boundaries of free speech should be stretched beyond their limits when it makes sense to do so, but a group of teens getting blown up for skipping school? It’s just a horrible concept that someone must have green-lighted in frustration.

This is just one videographer’s humble opinion, however, so let us know what you think after you check out the video below.