22.07.15 by Jeff

Insane Video of the Day: Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Attacked by Shark During Surfing Final in South Africa

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THIS IS CRAZY. Just as the final of the J-Bay Open at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay was getting underway on Sunday, surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on live television. Miraculously he was able to get away completely unscathed, punching the shark in the back, before being rescued. The final was eventually cancelled when two other sharks were spotted in the area.

It is insane to me that they continue to surf here when there are so many shark-related incidents. Pretty wild to see this all caught on tape, but isn’t it only a matter of time before something worse happens? Is it worth it? Watch the full video clip of the event below.

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20.07.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: Chuck Jones – The Evolution of an Artist

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Check out the latest video essay from filmmaker Tony Zhou’s on-going series “Every Frame A Painting.” This time around Zhou focuses on visual comedy master, Chuck Jones, best known for his work on the Looney Tunes cartoons so many of us grew up on.

Essential viewing for anyone interested in animation, specifically characterization, movement, and classic story-telling. “The simpler the desire, the more vivid the character,” Zhou argues using the iconic, Pepé Le Pew as an example. But how does one accomplish this without being too formulaic? Watch the video below!

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17.07.15 by Staff

Arcade Fire Announces Feature-Length Film

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Arcade Fire is releasing a full-length feature film on the making of their album, Reflektor, on September 24th. The Reflektor Tapes is directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose previous work with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus garnered critical acclaim. The film will feature footage from Arcade Fire’s tour, impromptu gigs, trips, and recording sessions. Watch the trailer and a portion of the film below!

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16.07.15 by Kimi Hamada

Elliot Schultz “Embroidered Zoetrope”

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Australian animator and digital artist, Elliot Schultz, embroidered discs with animated sequences that can be played on standard turntables. “Embroidered Zoetrope” was Schultz’s final art school project when he graduated from ANU back in 2013. Check out the delightful and mesmerizing results in the video below!

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15.07.15 by Staff

Hayao Miyazaki Un-retires

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Studio Ghibli founder and iconic animator Hayao Miyazaki is working on a 3D animation about a caterpillar named Boro! The only hitch: the ten minute short will take about three years to make. And once it’s finished it’ll be screening exclusively at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan.

“I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation. Self-indulgent animation,” he said at the time in reference to his short films for the Ghibli Museum. He added then that while neither CG animation or hand-drawn animation is better than the other, he fears the latter is dying.

“I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what’s important is the talent using it. There’s nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don’t have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away” – Hayao Miyazaki (source)

14.07.15 by Jeff

Watch: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Official Television Series Trailer is Bloody Perfection

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Sam Raimi’s 10-episode television followup to the cult horror classic The Evil Dead has a trailer and it is 3 minutes of over the top gore and one-liners; everything you were hoping for. I was trying to figure out a way to work in a ‘Booooooom stick’ joke here somewhere.

Bruce Campbell won’t be alone either, Lucy Lawless will also star in the show reuniting the two actors from their Xena days. Can’t wait! Watch the trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead below, and this sorta goes without saying but a warning for those unfamiliar – it is violent.

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14.07.15 by Jeff

Skate Video of the Day: “Sure”

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Another chill video from Johnny Wilson, who has developed quite a following from his last couple offerings. Watch “Sure” below.

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13.07.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Yogi & Skrillex “Burial” Featuring Pusha T Moody Good TrollPhace

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This video, directed by Grant Singer, wins the award for most unexpected moment (2 minute mark), someone explain to me what is happening in this video haha. Love the combination of the choreography by Nina McNeely, and the weird masks by Barney Burman. Watch the video for “Burial” below.

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10.07.15 by Jeff

Video Profile: Serbia’s Influence on Designer Аna Kraš

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Here’s a terrific little portrait of Serbian artist/designer Ana Kraš, seen through the eyes of director Aaron Rose. Rose followed Kraš around her hometown of Belgrade, and captured some beautiful images and she reflected on the things that have influenced her. Watch the video below.

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