You can’t go wrong with samurai moving to a funk-infused beat. Check out Thundercat’s “Them Changes,” featuring Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington, and directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada below!
Directors TS&R spent a few years planning one of the riskiest music videos I’ve seen in awhile. It’s risky in terms of the actual production but also in what it asks of the audience. The team at Pier Pictures had a bold vision to make a single-take music video featuring a character in a life-or-death situation, filmed entirely underwater for the duration of the song.
While it was not my favourite thing to watch, I applaud the efforts of those involved (especially world champion freediver Marina Kazankova) to create something more experiential than your typical rock music video.
Watch the video for Highly Suspect’s “Lydia” below.
Insane Video of the Day: Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Attacked by Shark During Surfing Final in South Africa
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.
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!
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!
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!
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)
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.