08.12.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Tourist “Illuminate” Feat. Years & Years

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Super fresh style in this animation directed by Nicolas Ménard, for Tourist’s song “Illuminate”. The visual style is a nod to two video games: X (Gameboy), and Super World Runner (NES).

“In 1992, a man receives love letters in Korean. Since Google Translate doesn’t exist yet, he’s left confused. What could this mean?”

Watch the animation below.

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05.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Jackie Chan and the Art of Editing an Action Comedy Film

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Filmmaker Tony Zhou returns with another brilliant video for “Every Frame A Painting”, his on-going series of video essays on all things film. In this episode Tony breaks down the genius of Jackie Chan and the art of making a good action comedy. Chan has terrific insights into the proper way to cut together action, and the video illustrates how many of today’s editors and directors are ruining films with their editing and framing choices.

This video is for anyone who has tried to watch a Transformers film and had no idea what happened during any of the action sequences. If you’re a filmmaker, of any kind, this is required viewing. Watch the video below.

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03.12.14 by Jeff

The World’s Largest Pasting: JR’s Latest Work Captured in this Stunning Film

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The French port of Le Havre is run solely by men, dockers whose work has been passed down from father to son for generations. The first image, of the three men in shipping containers represents three generations of the same family. JR chose this specific location to continue his Women Are Heroes project, creating a giant image of a woman’s eyes on a 363-metre long container ship. It took 2,600 sheets of paper to complete the image, which will travel all the way to Malaysia.

The artwork brings the first woman to the port, and the film pays tribute to all the men who helped create it. Watch filmmaker Guillaume Cagniard’s gorgeous document of the project, “Rivages”, below!

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03.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Hebocon – Absurd Japanese Sumo Wrestling Robots Battle To Be Crowned ‘Crappiest’

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This video makes me proud to be Japanese. Hebocon was a contest held last year in which 31 “technically ungifted” Japanese people built robots and pitted them against one another in a sumo-style tournament. The crappier a robot was, the more respect it was given. One girl forgot her robot on the train, on her way to the tournament, and went and had a beer instead. She was praised for her ” act of supreme crappiness”.

Robots that made it to the venue to battle were actually penalized if they were deemed too high-tech, and there was a trophy, designed by a third-grader, for the most low-tech robot. The winner of the tournament ultimately felt ashamed for trying too hard. Watch the video below, at the end you can see all the robots in action (I love their names).

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02.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Animation Continuously Morphs Through Popular Films

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Animator Chris Carboni created this terrific animation which continuously morphs through popular films. The piece is a music video for a band called Cruisr, but sorta feels completely unrelated to the music. I actually muted the video and listened to it with Flying Lotus’ Parisian Goldfish (much better). I expected to see a lot of classic films here but it was nice to see more recent films like Under The Skin included too. How many of the films can you recognize? Watch the animation below.

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01.12.14 by Jeff

Animation: Compassion Crew “Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art”

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A cheeky animation following a ticket man on a train, by one of the most talented illustrators working right now, Simon Landrein. The visual innuendos in this play out like the dialogue in a James Bond film. Watch the music video for “Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art” below.

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01.12.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Mr. Oizo “HAM” Directed by Eric Wareheim Starring John C. Reilly

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Eric Wareheim’s latest video for Mr. Oizo’s “HAM” is a pretty harsh critique of American culture. John C. Reilly is almost unrecognizable as an obese scooter-driving monster.

“I was visiting my relatives in St. Louis and we were going to a Wal-Mart to stock up on ammunition because my uncle was going to take us shooting at the range. And at the Wal-Mart there were about six or seven enormously obese people on Rascal scooters all trying to get in the front door at the same time. It was like a logjam. Then I walked in and noticed more of these Rascal scooters were going up to McDonald’s, which was inside Wal-Mart, and they would get their Big Macs and sodas and they would shop with the food, so they would be taking clothes and putting them on their bodies for sizing and they’d be all stained with ketchup and meat grease. It was just unbelievable. And then we went to the ammunition section and it’s literally right next to the toy section, which I couldn’t believe. So this whole idea of how our society is going toward fast food, obesity, and all the gun violence that’s been going on for the past couple years—it hit me really hard and I wanted to make something kind of showing the future of America, or actually present day America. A lot of my work doesn’t really have a social statement but this one leans a little more toward that.” – Eric Wareheim (source)

Watch the video below (warning: it gets a little violent).

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01.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Breaking Bad Remixed

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He’s been called the Mash-up Maestro, video editor Matthijs Vlot, famously remixed films to sing Lionel Richie’s “Hello” (see here), returns once again. This time he’s sliced and diced clips from Breaking Bad to create a brilliant song, complete with rhyming verses, and a hilarious chorus. If you were a fan of the show you’ll love this. Watch “This Is My Product” below!

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