12.11.14 by Jeff

Weird Video of the Day: Too Many Cooks

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What begins as a boring old Family Matters style show intro becomes something completely insane. Too Many Cooks takes the simple gag of a never-ending cast list to such an absurd level it is hard to deny its brilliance. The show, written and directed by Casper Kelly (interviewed here), is part of Adult Swim’s 4 a.m. programming. Warning: after 11-minutes you will never want to hear this theme song again.

I shared this video in our Secret Email Club weekend link pack but it’s too good not to post. Watch the video below (it gets a little bloody).

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10.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: A Visual Poem On Contemporary Photography

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If you have time to watch one video today, this is the one. “Reely and Truly” is a fantastic experimental short documentary featuring over 30 contemporary photographers. Director Tyrone Lebone shot on almost every film format available: 65mm, 35mm, super 16mm, 16mm, and super 8mm. The result is a beautifully layered visual essay on the practice of photography.

“Reely and Truly” features (in order of appearance): Mark Lebon, Dick Jewell, Juergen Teller, Jack Webb, Sean Vegezzi, Jason Evans, Nigel Shafran, Fumiko Imano, Charchakaj Waikawee, Lina Scheynius, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takashi Homma, Ari Marcopoulos, Jill Freedman, Nick Sethi, Asger Carlsen, Arne Svenson, Petra Collins, Tim Barber, Renee Cox, Mario Sorrenti, and Lele Saveri.

Watch the 30-minute film below!

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07.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: New Instrument Called A Yaybahar Invented by Görkem Şen

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Gorkem Sen has invented a pretty unique instrument that combines strings and drums; he calls it a Yaybahar. Vibrations from the strings are delivered to two drums via coiled springs. Have a listen to the wide variety of sounds and music performed on the instrument in the video below.

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07.11.14 by Jeff

Trailer: Maurizio Cattelan The Movie

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I can’t tell if this documentary is real or not, but I hope it is. This appears to be a trailer focused on the work of divisive contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattelan, who famously retired at 51 following his retrospective at the Guggenheim, in which he suspended all his works from the ceiling. The artist’s body of work includes sculptures of a marble middle finger, a meteor landing on the pope, a praying Hitler; needless to say no one feels luke warm about his work. I personally enjoy the mischievous spirit in a lot of his work (not all of it), I would be disappointed if there wan’t some sort of trick pulled on viewers with this film.

According to the New York Times, director Maura Axelrod has been following him around collecting footage since 2000, and it appears her film will finally be released next year.

Watch the official trailer for it below.

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06.11.14 by Jeff

Artist Profile: Mac Premo

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Really enjoyed this profile on Brooklyn-based artist Mac Premo, by filmmaker Bas Berkhout (the editing is terrific). Take a look at some images of Mac Premo’s work and watch the video below.

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05.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Black Atlass “Jewels” Directed by Yoann Lemoine

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Love this video Yoann Lemoine directed for Black Atlass. Lemoine went back to his roots as a CGI artist and spent 8 months, in between touring as Woodkid, creating every shot in this on his own. He described his process saying “I used a DIY 3D scan system that rebuilds models from multiple still images, and what we call camera mapping” (source). I’d love access to a 3D scan system like this. Watch the gorgeous video below.

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04.11.14 by Jeff

Funny and Creepy Video of the Day: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 3″

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My favourite video series returns with a new episode! “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” is a project by Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling (previously featured here and here) and is quite honestly one of the best things on the Internet. The writing is so funny (and creepy), the sets and costumes are terrific, and the combination of live-action and animated elements are flawless.

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02.11.14 by Jeff

Satisfying Video of the Day: The Making of a Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll

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Watch Yasuo Okazaki turn a piece of wood into a beautiful Japanese wood doll, called a kokeshi. Seeing the doll take shape on the lathe, and watching Okazaki bring it to life with precise brush strokes is extremely satisfying. Watch the video below.

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