08.04.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Five Children, Five-Years Old, Five Religions

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A beautifully shot portrait of five children, from India, South Africa, Japan and the U.S., and their religious practices. Directed by The Mercadantes (who made this fantastic film as well). Watch “Five” below.

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03.04.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “We’re Gonna Be Lords” The Next Generation of New York Hip Hop

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Enjoyed this profile on New York’s next generation of hip hop artists. Action Bronson, The Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, and openly gay rapper Le1f are interviewed in this short, beautifully shot and directed by Robert Lopuski. Watch the film “We’re Gonna Be Lords” below.

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02.04.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Eating Out “Pucker”

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Here’s a video for Vancouver punk band “Eating Out”, directed by Dave Ehrenreich with cinematography by Liam Mitchell. Doing drugs all day isn’t my thing but I feel like Eating Out’s video captures youth culture in the same way that old Linklater films and classic music videos, like Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979”, did. Watch “Pucker” below.

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02.04.15 by Jeff

Funny and Creepy Video of the Day: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 4″

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My absolute favourite video series on the entire Internet (previously featured here and here and here) returns with a new episode. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” is terrific series of shorts by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling that utilize puppets, live-action, and animation to create a sort of bizarro Muppet world.

Every episode begins as a cheerful kids show and eventually shifts into something a little more creepy and sinister. Wonderfully dark humour, exquisite set and character design, flawless editing and art direction; this is as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned.

Watch “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 4″ below!

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01.04.15 by Jeff

Skate Video of the Day: “Vicious Circle” by Olivier Fanchon

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Love the energy in this video, “Vicious Circle”, shot in Paris by Olivier Fanchon. A great edit featuring Yoan Taillandier, Greg Cuadrado, Lucien Clarke, Karl Salah, Sam Partaix, Vincent Touzery and Leo Valls. Turn your speakers up, Nine Inch Nails was a good choice. Watch the video below.

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01.04.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Mew “Water Slides”

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New video for Danish band Mew’s “Water Slides”, directed by Anders Malmberg. Watch the video below.

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31.03.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: The World’s First Hyperlapse 16mm Film (1995)

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According to Wikipedia, American filmmaker Dan Eckert coined the term “hyperlapse” in 2012, referring to a method of filmmaking where a camera is aimed at a fixed point while it is moved large distances. Single images are then aligned in post production to produce a fluid motion. The technique however can be traced back to a filmmaker named Guy Roland who invented it in 1986 and utilized it in a Super8 mm film called “Pace” in 1991.

Roland shot the film you see here, “Pacer”, in 1995 using a 16mm Bolex camera, and it’s a thing of beauty. The original negative of this film was apparently destroyed in it’s only printing in 1995, and that print was digitally transferred last year and painstakingly remastered earlier this year (the version that you see below).

A little side note for Vancouverites, Roland began shooting “Spacer” in Vancouver in 2001 using digital cameras (in the painful early days of digital photography) which was released in 2004 and won many awards before the National Film Board of Canada bought it in 2006 and it’s name became “Kino Citius”. The NFB had plans to follow it up with a digital large format film with Roland, but it was eventually cancelled.

Watch “Pacer” (1995) below. It is amazing what our phones can do with the Hyperlapse app now when you consider how much work it was to achieve this effect back then.

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31.03.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Florence and the Machine “St Jude”

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Another stunning video off of Florence and the Machine’s latest, this one’s for “St Jude”, directed by Vincent Haycock. Watch the video below.

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