Surreal Short Film 'Doxology' Will Keep You Guessing

An experimental film with a comic sensibility features gravity-defying tennis balls, a car that can tango, and other fun surprises. Filmmaker Michael Langan talks about his latest film, Heliotropes, in an interview with The Atlantic. Here he describes how he comes up with images like the dancing car in Doxology:

There's a little movie theater inside my head. When an idea comes about, it usually starts in the form of words (say, "a man dancing with a car"). I then feed those words to the movie theater, and my brain plays back a completed film. Then I go out and shoot what I saw in my head. The technique that my brain subconsciously uses in the head-movie usually turns out to be the most efficient means of expressing the given idea. I just do what my head tells me.

Read the rest here.

For more videos by Michael Langan, visit http://langanfilms.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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