I just purchased a book by a fantastic artist named Bagger43 a.k.a. Dennis Brown. I had seen his work in Juxtapoz and was stoked when he emailed to encourage me about Booooooom. Dennis was born in the Philippines and raised in Japan before landing in Florida. Now he’s working for the almighty rhino in New York. Maybe all that moving around is why his style is so eclectic.
I remember when I first saw the “bullet-time” camera in the first Matrix movie – it was cool (I can admit it). It quickly got old when every rap video and shampoo commercial for the next three years used some variation of it. By the time the Wayans brothers stuck it in one of their horrible parody movies I had already implanted a cyanide capsule in one of my back molars so I could quickly end my life the next time I saw the wretched camera move. What you see below is the “bullet-time” for 2008:
Cut Chemist’s video for “1st Big Break” is the first music video ever shot with a 360 degree panoramic lens. It is cool, but enjoy it while it lasts, it’s a matter of months before we see a barrage of panoramic commercials for the Ford Focus.
Head over to Your Face Blog, email Damien Weighill, and he’ll draw your face! Maybe your face will even get published in his zine! Damien just posted face illustration #265 – that’s dedication. I snooped around the site and found a link to his portfolio (CSI should hire me), some really great work over there too.
I briefly mentioned Radar Music Videos back in May. If you’d love a shot at directing music videos but don’t want to spend the next 5 years of your life getting people coffee on a film set, Radar is for you. Filmmakers pitch for commissions and labels get videos tailored to their budget. Perfect symbiosis! I was browsing the “top rated” section and came across this excellent video:
Pegz – What would Happen – Directed by Callum Cooper. Further proof that Radar has a good thing goin’.
If I wrote a book called “Things I have learned in my life so far” one of the statements would be “Make sure you’re having fun!” If you’re waiting until later to enjoy life I got news for you – later will never come! Go to the park right now and make a slip & slide. Thanks to my buddy Cody and his partner in crime Alex over at DiscoVietnam for reminding me what it’s all about!
If you told me your name was Justin Lee Williams, naturally I would assume you were either the prime suspect in a political assassination plot or you were a supremely talented illustrator from Australia. Lucky for us (and the president) Justin is the latter. Keep your eye on this gentleman, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to wake up tomorrow and see him gracing the cover of Juxtapoz.