11.12.14 by Jeff

Animation: A Giant Montage of Gifs Created By Dozens of Animators

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Close to 40 different animators contributed gifs to GIF-JAM 2014, part of Animation Breakdown’s Free For All programming for LA-based cinematheque, Cinefamily. The video was edited together by Kevin Sukho Lee (Nickelodeon’s director of animation development) to music provided by Paul Fraser.

My favourite part comes at the 1:52 mark. Watch the animation below!

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10.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: A Visceral 60-Second Ode to Competitive Swimming

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“When You Say You’re a Swimmer”, a short film written and directed by Chris Shimojima offers a poetic taste of what it’s like to be a competitive swimmer. Watch the video below.

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09.12.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Rag’N’Bone Man “Hell Yeah” Featuring Vince Staples Directed by Truman & Cooper

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This is a stunner of a video; definitely one of the best I’ve seen this year. It’s not often you see something that feels this original. I love the poetic way the story is told here. Stellar performances from the actors, and really masterful work here from directors Truman & Cooper, who also directed one of my favourites last year as well (Kid Wise “Hope”). Watch the video for “Hell Yeah” below.

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08.12.14 by Jeff

Skate Video of the Day: Skateboarding Inside Abandoned Multi-Million Dollar Aspotogan Resort in Nova Scotia

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Twenty years ago construction crews abandoned construction on a multi million dollar resort development on a remote peninsula in Nova Scotia. In September of this year, Ryan Decenzo, TJ Rogers, Joey Brezinski and several other skaters got the opportunity to skate inside the unfinished hotel.

My friends, director Alex Craig, and the Zenga Bros used materials found around the resort to build features around the 175,000 square foot area.

 

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Watch Red Bull’s “Last Resort: Aspotogan” below!

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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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