Vincent Laforet created this video with a Canon 7D as the first chapter in a series for the Canon video contest “The Story Beyond the Still.” Laforet was given a still image to interpret, and this video is his interpretation of that image. The video ends with another still, which contestants for the second chapter had to then interpret and build upon. The result is a story told by multiple filmmakers, each with their own style of cinematography, dialogue and film making. Each chapter has different actors, but the actors look enough alike that it’s easy to tell which character is which.
The contest will have a total of six chapters, and with four of the chapters now completed I’m curious to see if the contestants will ultimately be able to tie the story together in a neat package, or if we’ll end up with an ending that does not do justice to Laforet’s alluring beginning. With an impressive list of filmmakers on the judges’ panel, my hope is that they’ll be able to find an ending that will satisfy the viewers in both its storytelling and its cinematography. The completed chapters are available here on Vimeo, along with the contest details. Chapter 5 entries are due by June 10, but there’s still lots of time to complete an entry for the final chapter.