21.05.14 by Jeff

“The Talk of the Sea”

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In a couple days (this Friday) two canoes will embark from Hawaii on a historic three year journey around the world, using only the sun, wind, waves, and stars to guide them. Polynesian Navigators will attempt to circumnavigate the world in a sacred canoe, Hokule’a (the canoe that legendary surfer Eddie Aikau lost his life trying to save), and its sister canoe Hikianalia.

Artist Kamea Hadar and young artists from the POW! WOW! School of Art and 808 Urban painted a beautiful mural to commemorate this event. The painting depicts Papa Mau Piailug, a master navigator from the island of Satawal, Micronesia.

Watch the video below.

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20.05.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”

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Becky & Joe are the creators of “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”, a brilliant video series that mixes live action, stop motion, 2d animation, puppetry, learning, and a touch of pure evil. You can see the first two episodes here and here. They’ve just announced plans to make several more episodes and would love to do it independently so they can keep the creative spirit of the show alive.

Watch the video below!

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12.05.14 by Jeff

Animation: “Totem” by Caleb Wood

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Another feast for the eyes from animator Caleb Wood (previously featured here, here, here, and here). Watch “Totem” below.

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08.05.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Metronomy “Reservoir” Directed by Daniel Brereton

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A whole lot of markers must have been used in this hand-drawn animation for Metronomy’s “Reservoir”, directed by Daniel Brereton (previously posted here and here). Watch the video below.

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06.05.14 by Jeff

Animation: “I Decided To Leave” by Daniel Britt

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This surreal animation by Daniel Britt (from the insanely talented This Is It Collective) is nothing short of a masterpiece. Brilliant writing, and flawless animation. Hats off to everyone involved, especially sound designer Oswald Skillbard. Watch “I Decided To Leave” below!

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05.05.14 by Jeff

Animation: “Birder Dash” by Max Litvinov

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Apparently this is Max Litvinov’s first animated short, kinda hard to believe though. Fantastic style here, really looking forward to seeing more. Watch “Birder Dash” below.

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05.05.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “1050.6(c) against Showtime” Film by Scott Carthy

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Director Scott Carthy beautifully documents the divisive subculture of subway car performers in this 7-min short documentary. From what I can gather 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited.

Scott is hoping to raise funds through Kickstarter to shoot a longer, more in depth, film about these dancers. Watch the 7-min short film below!

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