Douglas Gautraud has been making films since he was eight years old and his latest project is called My Mom's Motorcycle. The short film is about how the objects we accumulate during our lives can be artifacts that tell our personal stories long after we pass.
The film is clearly influenced by Wes Anderson but this it is far more than just a style exercise. This short could have fit in perfectly with the Showtime version of This American Life. Captured beautifully on the Cannon 6d with a homemade lighting setup the film looks remarkable.
When asked about his aesthetic influences he mentioned Charley Harper whose "minimal realism" style is both beautiful and straight-forward.
He also said Richard Sweet who founded Marushuka a company whose handcrafted screen prints were so popular in the 1980s they operated five retail outlets.
He went on to say " to be a great film maker, you need to be a great thinker" and cited Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Albert Einstein, Jesus and Neil Degrasse Tyson as intellectual influences.
Take a few minutes out of your day and watch this film. I promise it won't hurt and you'll thank me for it.
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