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.

 

22.09.14 by Jeff

Vertical Dancers Waltz on the Walls of Oakland’s City Hall

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Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber, two aerial performers from a dance group called Bandaloop, perform a breathtaking dance routine on the side of Oakland’s City Hall during the Art + Soul Festival. I didn’t know vertical dancing was a thing. Would be really cool to shoot an entire movie like this, with different backdrops on different buildings. Watch the video below.

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22.09.14 by Jeff

Artist Pogo Brilliantly Remixes Disney Films into the Chillest Music

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I’ve featured Nick Bertke aka Pogo many times before (see here, and here, and my favourite here), his downtempo remixes of Disney films have swept the Internet several times over. His latest “The Trouble” features samples from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid. Watch “The Trouble” below, it will instantly put you in a good mood.

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18.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video: TJH87 “Good Life” Featuring Artwork by Illustrator Jon Boam

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I’ve always wanted to see Jon Boam’s illustrations brought to life and now thanks to animator Kalle Kotila I have! Watch this little music video for TJH87 below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video Premiere: Benjamin Verdoes “So Bari”

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Benjamin Verdoes (formerly of Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band, and half of Iska Dhaaf) released a solo album at the beginning of the year called “The Evil Eye” and I’m excited to premiere the first video from the album.

“So Bari” is sung entirely in Somali and the video, directed by Tristan Seniuk, feels very much like a play as it features a series of tableaus of an imaginary place. Some nice art direction here; they did a lot with very little. Watch the video below!
 

 

Music by Benjamin Verdoes

Directed by Tristan Seniuk

 
 

16.09.14 by Jeff

Imprint Presents: Jeff Hamada (Full Video)

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In July, I flew down to Los Angeles to speak as part of Imprint Culture Lab’s on-going lecture series. One of the last speakers they had was David Choe so I had a fairly tough act to follow (he began his talk by smashing a chair on stage). Two years ago I set a goal for myself to say yes to public speaking events until I actually enjoyed doing them, and I’m excited to announce I may not ever speak publicly again; I actually enjoyed this one.

I don’t want to give away my whole talk, I’d rather you just watch it, but there’s a healthy amount of embarrassing stories, and things I’ve observed about the Internet. Specifically the way in which it’s killing creativity without most people noticing it.

Watch the full hour-long video below (if you have nothing better to do), and if you have any thoughts/insights about anything I touch on I’m totally into having a discussion in the comments section!

Hope you enjoy it.

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