Intermission: Dropping Your Camera Becomes High Art in "Oops"
A 10-minute video seamlessly weaves found footage of camera drops-and turns it into compelling art.
The short film "Oops," by Chris Beckman, just took top honors in the experimental category of the Vimeo Awards. It's a 10-minute collection of seamlessly woven bits of found footage where each clip ends with a camera being dropped. Oddly enough, it's bizarrely compelling.
Beckman, who got the concept from Billy Rennekamp, describes the project thusly:
Somewhere between a home-video mixtape and a postmodern travelogue, "oops"—a ten-minute art video composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos, seamlessly stitched together via a motif of camera drops—serves both as transportative adventure and metaphorical elucidation of YouTube itself (i.e. endless related videos), exemplifying the Internet's infinite repository of "throwaway" social documentation.\n