Dear Brother: An emotional 90 second masterpiece
There are not many adverts our there that nail that emotional punch; and the ones that do are likely from South Korea or Sainsburys. But these two film students from Germany (Dorian & Daniel) have a gift that is so darn rare, that it’s inspiring. It’s amazing. In 90 seconds, this film can make you feel everything. Adventure, Love, Sorrow, Fear, peace. A masterpiece.
Firstly, lets start with the story.
Throughout the 90 seconds, we are taken along a journey of these two characters. We don’t know them. We don’t know where they’re coming from, who they are, why they are there and what their intentions are.
And yet, strangely … we connect with them.
We realise it’s two brothers (given away by the title) and the poetry that is accompanying the film. Those deep, resounding words that narrate the scene yet provoke emotions inside you that is not often found. The tone of the narration is also crucial here. These brothers are family… and this story, is not a happy one.
We are introduced to this object that they carry, something that one could perceive as a ball. As a play thing. As nothing of major importance. Alas, it is the most profound of them all.
The way Dorian & Daniel reveal this, through perfect timing with the words, the cinematography, the direction and the emotion that they capture from Happiness, to pure, unadulterated sadness is just astounding.
Finally, releasing his brothers ashes into the ocean (gets me every. single. time) and ending with that infamous Johnnie Walker walk is probably one of the most heart wrenching yet satisfying endings to a short film / advert i’ve seen.
It’s hard to imagine that all of this, all of these points fit perfectly inside 90 seconds.
how does this apply to Weddings?
There is so much to be inspired by here from Dorian & Daniel that can be applied to weddings. Whether it is the story telling; about keeping something hidden until the end. It could be the blend of emotions of happiness, laughter, fun and deep, heart felt emotions. All of which are there on most weddings.
Pay attention to how much they show in 90 seconds, what they choose to keep in the cut and what they likely kept out. How do they introduce the characters? how many shots did it take them? Did they keep them secret from the start and then reveal?
All of those questions you can ask yourself, and then think how you can do that in your next wedding film.
In fact, do that right now. Watch this flick again – then close your eyes, and see if you can imagine a wedding film following (a total opposite ending though) this way of film making.
Try it out – and let us know whether you “saw” something… interesting (let us know in the comments!).
a note on their Color Grading
Check the color difference between the playful scene of the brothers and the broken, abandonded home. Notice the soft warm hues for playfulness, for love, for safety; and the polar contrast of the deep, dark blue and rich blacks; expressing… fear, worry, insecurity.
These frames are literally one after each other.
It can be so impactful to vary up your grading based on WHAT you want your viewer to feel at that moment and the filmmakers here are absolute masters of choosing their colors (or at least, their colorist) that reflect the mood they are going for.
oh, and here are they lyrics to the poem
Walking the roads of our youth
through the land of our childhood, our home and our truth
Be near me, guide me
always stay beside me so i can be free, free
Lets roam this place
familiar and vast
our playground of green frames, our past
We were wanderers
never lost, always home
When every place was fenceless
and time was endless
our ways were always the same
Cool my demons and walk with me brother
until our roads lead us away from each other
and if your heart’s full of sorrow, keep walking, don’t rest
and promise me from heart to chest
to never let your memories die, never
I will always be alive and by your side,
in your mind