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.

 

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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