30.09.14 by Jeff

Artist Profile: Oregon-based Neon Light Craftsman Mike Heist

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Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry in Portland, Oregon for three decades. He has created some of the city’s most iconic neon signs. This is a short film about work and happiness, and it shows that crafting a neon sign is no easy task. Watch “10 Seconds” below.

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30.09.14 by Jeff

The Weirdest Couch Gag in the History of The Simpsons by Animator Don Hertzfeldt

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The Simpsons recently tapped Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt to animate the opening title couch gag and, well, it’s as weird as you’d expect it to be if you’re familiar with his work. To be honest, it’s not really my thing, but I like how left field it is. The show has been unfunny for so long, can anything save it?

I’ve said it before, I think it would be cool if they allowed different artists to do entire episodes. Like the episode where they paid tribute to Hayao Miyazaki would have been so much cooler if it was entire episode produced by Studio Ghibli. The best thing they’ve done in recent years was that intro to the show by Banksy.

Watch Don Hertzfeldt’s weird couch gag animation below.

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29.09.14 by Jeff

Official Trailer: “Inherent Vice” by Director Paul Thomas Anderson

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The official trailer for “Inherent Vice” has been released and it looks fantastic! The film is the seventh feature from director Paul Thomas Anderson, who also wrote the screenplay based on a Thomas Pynchon novel.

The all-star cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Eric Roberts, Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph, and musician Joanna Newsom. The icing on the cake for me is the music is once again by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Watch the official trailer below! Can’t wait.

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29.09.14 by Jeff

“Eyes of Hitchcock” Mesmerizing Supercut by Kogonada

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This is AWESOME. Filmmaker Kogonada has sort of become the king of the supercut, collecting all the hand gestures in Bresson films, one-point perspectives in Kubrick filmscentered shots in Wes Anderson films and many other essays as he’d call them.

“Eyes of Hitchcock” is a mesmerizing journey through the work of Alfred Hitchcock using a repetitive technique that I haven’t seen used so effectively. Love this. You can read a great interview with Kogonada on Filmmaker. Watch the video below!

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29.09.14 by Jeff

“The Black Balloon” by Josh & Benny Safdie

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A black balloon searches for companionship after losing all of its friends. A short film by Josh and Benny Safdie. Watch “The Black Balloon” below.

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29.09.14 by Jeff

POW! WOW! Paints Hawaiian Airlines

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Hawaiian Airlines is a big reason why my friends out in Hawaii are able to make the massive Pow! Wow! mural festival happen each year. Each year the airline covers the flights of many of the world’s best artists for the event, and recently they invited artists to put their work all over the runway. This really illustrates to me the way the Pow! Wow! organizers have grown their event in a few short years; it’s the product of building lasting relationships with people and companies, making sure everyone benefits. If you’re organizing an annual event you could learn a lot from the way they’re going about things.

Watch the video below of the Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicles getting the Pow! Wow! treatment. I’m already looking forward to February!

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24.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Sam Tiba “Déguisement” Directed by Nick and Chloe

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“Déguisement” is the lead single from Sam Tiba’s Samuel EP. Directors Nick and Chloe provide some stunning visuals for the track. Watch it below.

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24.09.14 by Jeff

Steven Soderbergh’s Silent B&W Version of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

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This is likely only going to interest film nerds but director Steven Soderbergh has released a silent black and white version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Actually, the film isn’t silent, Soderbergh has stripped the dialogue and replaced it with music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ scores for The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

It’s obvious Soderbergh holds the film in high regard, and his idea here is to strip away elements of the film to analyze the staging, and the way Spielberg’s shots build. On his blog he quotes David Fincher, saying “there’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong”.

This is not so much a new version of the film as it is an analysis of visual storytelling. How much of the story can be understood without relying on dialogue? I hadn’t seen it for a long time, I forgot how beautifully it was shot (the director of photography was Douglas Slocombe).

It doesn’t seem like the video can be embedded but you can watch the full film on Steven Soderbergh’s blog.