12.11.13 by Jeff

Ashrita Furman “The Record Breaker” A Documentary Film By Brian McGinn

Ashrita Furman is the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time (nearly 400). This film by Brian McGinn follows Furman as he prepares to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.

I love everything about this documentary, my only complaint is that it’s much too short! This story deserves to be a full feature! I want to surround myself with people like Ashrita Furman, so full of life!

Watch the film “The Record Breaker” below!

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07.11.13 by Jeff

Arcade Fire “Afterlife” Live Music Video Directed by Spike Jonze

Arcade Fire Afterlife Live at the Youtube Awards

Spike Jonze has done it again! Breathing new life into awards shows by directing a live music video for Arcade Fire and a million other things at the recent YouTube Music Awards (that nobody watched). The slow reveal of the award show itself is perfect. Loved Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha, and she does a great job here.

Did any of you watch the award show? What did you think? It was really rocky at times but it was also kind of brilliant. From the Tyler the Creator performance to the Lena Dunham short, there was an energy to it all that Saturday Night Live and late night talk shows just don’t have. If you missed it you can watch the whole show here.

Watch “Afterlife” below! Props to the camera operator!

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07.11.13 by Jeff

NikeSB x Poler: New York to Iceland w/ Alex Olson

NikeSB x Poler: NYC to Iceland w/ Alex Olson

It’s been incredible to see my friend Benji’s little brand Poler grow into a giant over the last few years. I get so many ideas for things I wanna do with Booooooom just from watching what he’s doing.

Benji and company have just announced a capsule collection with NikeSB (you can see here) and made a fun video featuring Alex Olson adventuring his way from New York City to Iceland’s backcountry.

Watch the video below (love the ending).

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05.11.13 by Jeff

New Michel Gondry Film! “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” [Official Trailer]

New Michel Gondry Film! Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? Official Trailer

I’m so excited to see Michel Gondry’s latest film (and it looks like we don’t even have to wait long)! The acclaimed filmmaker sat down with theorist Noam Chomsky and animated all the things they talked about. Just watching this trailer gets me so antsy to make things!

Watch the official trailer for Michel Gondry’s film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” below!

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05.11.13 by Jeff

Sony’s 4K TV is Dumb.

Sony 4K Ad is an Epic Fail

Sony 4K Ad is an Epic Fail

Sony 4K Ad is an Epic Fail

I rarely do this but I have to rant a little bit about this ad. It’s actually less about this particular ad and more about the cycle of constantly “improving” technology and what’s being deemed creative these days.

Sony’s new ad spot for their new 4k television features 8 million flower petals floating over a small town, symbolizing their new 8 million pixel display. The formula is a very familiar one: Take a bunch of colourful things, throw them everywhere, film it all in slow motion.

The ad is meant to promote the fact that the new Sony televisions will have four times the detail of the current HD sets, but sadly we don’t have these televisions yet! So that means we’re all watching this 3840 x 2160 ad in 1080p, on Youtube, and the fullscreen images look terrrrible.

I realise they must have thought of this, but if it was an intentional decision for us to watch a pixelated ad, is it effective? Does it really make you want to buy a new 80″ television, or does it only expose how stupid this is? I mean, filmmakers must be cringing right now, imagining all their future clients demanding 4k, and dreading the hard drive purchases and encoding times that await them. Do we even want this?

This is a perfect example of how the rapid cycle of upgraded technologies is actually killing creativity. Instead of trying to do something amazing with the tools we have, we are always tossing something in the garbage and unwrapping something else. Then we use that new thing to re-make something we already made with the thing we threw away. Who needs new movies when you can watch the same super hero origin story every six months in higher definition!

This commercial is a completely uninspiring re-make of Sony’s own Bravia ad from 7 years ago, and it celebrates an advancement that only makes it harder (and more expensive) for people to create things. A truly revolutionary moment will be when Sony releases an 8k television, and it comes with a human-like robot designed to actually appreciate it.

Maybe I am just getting old. You can watch the ad (in all its pixelated glory) below.

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04.11.13 by Jeff

“Late for Meeting” another absurd animation by David Lewandowski

late for meeting animation by David Lewandowski

David Lewandowski’s weird naked rubber man is back! If you missed the first video, you can (should) watch it here, it remains one of the best things ever uploaded to the Internet.

Watch “Late for Meeting” below!

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31.10.13 by Staff

“Mooon” by James Kwan

Mooon by James Kwan
An absolutely beautiful film to start your day! Love everything about this! Watch it below.

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25.10.13 by Jeff

Wakeskating the Famous Rice Terraces of the Philippines (The Eighth Wonder of The World)

Wakeskating the Eighth Wonder of the World featuring Brian Grubb

Pro wakeskaters Brian Grubb and Dominik Preisner get a once in a lifetime opportunity to session the famous rice terraces of Banaue, in the Philippines. This is pretty incredible.

Before there’s a flood of comments, Red Bull states that none of the plants or wildlife were harmed during the project, everything was done with agreements from the locals.

I’ve wakeskated before and it is insanely difficult to even ollie the board, let alone hit a rail between rice fields.

Watch the video below!

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