23.10.13 by Jeff

Railside Conversations: Jeff Hamada & Florian Kaps (The Impossible Project)

Levi’s® x HYPEBEAST Railside Conversations: Jeff Hamada & Florian Kaps

A few weeks ago I was brought out to Arizona by Hypebeast to be a part of Levi’s ”Station to Station” project and got to chat with Florian “Doc” Kaps, the founder of The Impossible Project.

This is 10 mins of an hour long conversation we had (in really awkward chairs) and it kinda ends just as it’s getting to the good stuff, but it’s better than it being way too long.

Becoming friends with Doc was the highlight of the entire trip for me, when we shared ideas it was like our heads were two puzzle pieces interlocking. We will definitely be working on a project together in the future.

After we filmed this piece an amazing thing happened, we were having a beer together in another train car, and randomly Giorgio Moroder and Bruce Sudano sat down with us. Some may only recognize Giorgio from the recent Daft Punk album but to me he is the guy who scored Top Gun. What I didn’t realise is he is also the guy who made the first electronic live-to-digital album in 1979. He is Mr. Digital. Doc on the other hand, having devoted years of his life to saving Polaroid from destruction, is Mr. Analog.

The two Mr.’s got into one of the greatest arguments I’ve ever witnessed.

It was a friendly argument, but definitely an impassioned one. Digital versus analog, one-off experiences versus multiple viewings, which of these make life better? The Giorgio side of my brain wishes the conversation had been recorded but the Doc side of my brain enjoys the fact it wasn’t.

You can watch my conversation with Doc below!

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23.10.13 by Jeff

Efterklang “Black Summer”

Efterklang Black Summer Official music video

Directory Kevan Funk and cinematographer Benjamin Loeb provide some beautiful visuals for Efterklang’s “Black Summer”. Watch the video below!

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23.10.13 by Jeff

Nike “Never Not” Part 2

Nike Never Not Part 2 Snowboard Film

Part 2 of Nike’s “Never Not” film is required viewing if you snowboard. Actually, I think it’s inspiring regardless as its focus is really on passion and ambition. The director Per-Hampus Stålhandske beautifully captures the relentless pursuit of a goal.

Now I realise action sports and creative arts are opposites in a lot of ways (I’m usually not risking broken legs when I use a pencil crayon) but when I watch things like this I question how passionate I am about reaching my own goals.

Having said all that, it’s not just a bunch of talking heads. The riding is serious! The screengrab above, for example, is a heli shot of Halldór Helgason back flipping a huge roof gap.

Watch the film below! The opening makes me wanna ride so bad!

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22.10.13 by Jeff

Kutiman “Thru Tokyo”

kutiman thru tokyo mashup

Kutiman, the famous Youtube remixer, is back! The artist has started a series now where he visits cities, records his own video clips, mashes them all together, and creates music. You might remember his last video “Thru Jerusalem”. This time he visits Tokyo!

Watch the “Thru Tokyo” video below!

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22.10.13 by Jeff

Workshop: “Build an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before”

Workshop with Roel Wouters

Earlier this year Dutch designer Roel Wouters led a week-long workshop for Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL. The brief for the workshop was simple: ”Build an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before”.

The results were fantastic. Watch the video below!

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22.10.13 by Jeff

“Silver Creek”

silver creek film by salazar

A short film about about a group of bullied outsiders, created in support of The Trevor Project and Rainbow Resource Centre. Watch the film below!

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21.10.13 by Jeff

Yeasayer “Glass of the Microscope” Official Music Video

Yeasayer Glass of the Microscope Official music video

Microsoft Kinect motion sensor camera used to great effect in Yeasayer’s “Glass of the Microscope” music video, directed by Ruben van Leer. Watch the music video below!

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18.10.13 by Jeff

A Dissection of Rushmore

A Dissection of Rushmore by Matt Zoller Seitz

Earlier this week I mentioned the release of The Wes Anderson Collection book by Matt Zoller Seitz. Well, it appears he’s releasing a series of videos analyzing Wes Anderson’s films as well! In this one Seitz provides some really great insights into Anderson’s second feature film, Rushmore.

It seemed fitting to choose this frame from the movie to sort of match the frame I picked for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” trailer, a couple posts below. I’m a huge nerd. Watch the video below!

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