Sadly that's not the case. I was prompted to start this thread by viewing another very dull video, that was simply lots of random street shots at night, put to music, poorly assembled and yet this dull sequence received near universal praise. Some of the shots would have been great stills, but as part of filmed sequence, that's simply not enough.
No filming imagination or story telling talent was discernable.
Though I have to say I have been very impressed by your timelapse stuff.
I saw the Laforet video as well, and had exactly the same thoughts - there's another thread somewhere where I lament the same. Pretty and very impressive visuals, but so what? Granted, it was probably mostly shot as a tech demo rather than an exercise in short film, but the near-universal photographers' response doesn't bode well for what the combo-cam aficionados will be producing when 5D Mk II is released.
Film (short or long) is a collaborative art, and anyone thinking they can write, produce, direct, shoot, light, record, post, edit and distribute a film by themselves for a pittance should pick up Robert Rodriguez's Rebel Without A Crew
for a sanity check. He shot El Mariachi
on a shoestring budget - that was seven thousands of dollars in Mexico 15 years ago working mostly with friends.
As the saying goes, 99% of everything is shit. But what is said up in the thread makes me even more cynical than usually: photographers are not storytellers, and video needs a story in most cases. And sound. And editing. Etc.
Finally, for those who think there is no audience for the 99% which is shit, I present you this