OOPS: Cameras Being Dropped, Lost, and Tossed

Chris Higgins

oops is a short film featuring YouTube clips of cameras being dropped, submerged, thrown, or otherwise lost -- mostly by accident. Director Chris Beckman does a great job of stitching together the clips in sequence, so they lead into each other. Without context, the film becomes strangely personal, as many of the clips show people just hanging out around the house...or the pool...or the trampoline. And you usually get to hear how upset the videographers become once their camera is dropped. It's ten minutes of near-constant cringing. Part of the "fun" (if you can call it that) is trying to anticipate the drops and how bad they'll be. Obviously all the cameras (or their recording media) survived enough to recover the footage and post it to YouTube, though some of the failures are spectacular. Watch if you dare.

oops is an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Short Film Program. You can read Beckman's description of the film for more information.

oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo.

Have you ever dropped a camera? Post your horrible memories in the comments so we can commiserate.