13.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Irma “Save Me”

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This week the award for most-fun-being-had-in-a-video goes to “Save Me” by Irma. Projection-mapping and little dancers are all you need. Watch below.

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13.08.14 by Jeff

Rubber House for Adult Swim

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My favourite animation studio, Australia’s Rubber House, is back with some new work. Greg and Ivan were recently presented with a dream opportunity from Adult Swim; carte blanche to write, design, and produce as many short animations as they could come up with.

There are eight shorts currently airing on Adult Swim and the duo are posting them, one by one, to their tumblr (here) every day this week. Watch two of my favourites so far, below.

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13.08.14 by Jeff

Video Profile: Geffen Refaeli

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The latest episode of the interview series “Like Knows Like” features illustrator Geffen Refaeli, the doodler behind the Instagram account @DailyDoodleGram. Every day she combines elements from things she sees on Instagram into a drawing. Watch the video below.

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08.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Paolo Nutini “Iron Sky” Directed by Daniel Wolfe

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I don’t know how director Daniel Wolfe does it but his work is consistently flawless. You may recall his video for Chase & Status’ “Blind Love” (see it here) where he essentially made a 90s rave period piece, shot on VHS, that everyone thought was actual footage from the 90s.

This video for Paolo Nutini is set in a dystopian future where everyone gets headaches and smokes something called Aurora. There’s not much in the way of story here, but there’s something so compelling about this extremely bleak portrait.

Watch “Iron Sky” below. Slightly not work-safe, brief nudity.

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06.08.14 by Jeff

K.K. Barrett and Kid Koala Bring “Nufonia Must Fall” to Life on Stage

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Eric San (aka Kid Koala) and frequent Spike Jonze collaborator K.K. Barrett recently adapted San’s 2003 graphic novel “Nufonia Must Fall” for the stage. Barrett describes the show as “a live silent film with live performance, live editing, live sound effects, live music played by a plethora of instruments by Eric”.

The story follows a robot who wants to write love songs to the girl he likes but is unable to sing. The characters in the original comic were re-created as puppets, and the comic panels were turned into 12 miniature sets. For three nights in a row, during the Luminato Festival, the story was performed while Kid Koala and the Afiara String Quartet provided the sounds.

Love to see this performed, hope it comes to Vancouver. Watch the video below documenting the artists’ process!

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: HNN “Je Pars”

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This video directed by Hugo Arcier is like that one scene in “Under The Skin”. I’m never fully sold on a video that relies on one effect for the entire clip but it is definitely cool/weird enough to hold your attention. Watch “Je Pars” below.

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Efrat Ben Zur “Robin”

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A terrific stop-motion animation for Efrat Ben Zur’s song “Robin”, by Yuval and Merav Nathan. I love the design of the bird. Watch the music video below.

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01.08.14 by Jeff

Interview: Kevin Spacey and Jameson “First Shot” Film Competition Winners

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I flew out to LA over the weekend to attend the Jameson “First Shot” short film premiere, and to interview Kevin Spacey about his involvement. For the past couple years Spacey and his production company Trigger Street have offered young writer/directors the opportunity to write a short and direct an A-list actor in the lead role. This year the actor was Uma Thurman, and next year it will be Adrien Brody.

The winners were announced when we got there: Henco J from South Africa, Ivan Petukhov from Russia, and Jessica Valentine from the US. That’s the three of them in the image above, alongside producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (in the middle).

I spoke with Kevin Spacey, and the three winners, at the Chateau Marmont just before the premiere at Youtube Space LA. I wasn’t given a whole lot of time, but I was happy to get to ask a few questions.

You can check out my interview below and, of course, watch all three films!

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