24.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “The Upsetter” Music Video by Encyclopedia Pictura

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Fantastic music video by one of my favourite director teams Encyclopedia Pictura. Not exactly your typical love story. Watch the video for Metronomy’s song “The Upsetter” below, and also a behind the scenes video of some of their process behind the elaborate costuming.

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23.11.14 by Jeff

Short Film of the Day: “Destroyer”

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A beautifully considered, subtle, short film by writer/director Kevan Funk, and cinematographer Benjamin Loeb (whose music videos I have posted before). Watch “Destroyer” below.

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18.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: The Sound of Interstellar

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I finally saw Interstellar last night, and it is definitely an uneven film but I enjoyed it. I think if certain sequences were left out I would have liked it even more, but Christopher Nolan seems unable to resist turning a cerebral film into more of a standard popcorn flick.

The score and sound design really stood out to me. When I came home I happened to get an email from Michael Coleman sharing a video of Sound Designer Richard King on creating the sound for Interstellar. Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the film yet, but if you have this is cool to see.

Watch SoundWorks Collection’s “The Sound of Interstellar” below!

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23.10.14 by Jeff

Artist Uses 3D Printer To Create A Film Without Any Film

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French artist Julien Maire used a 3D printer to create 85 figurines out of a liquid resin so that light could be projected through them. The little pieces pass through a projector and an image of a man digging a hole beams onto the wall. Maire made the work during a residency at the iMAL Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels. Although the final film has yet to be shared online I think the sculpture itself is most interesting part. Have a look at some more detailed images of the work below.

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22.10.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: What Director David Fincher Does And Doesn’t Do

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This weekend I watched David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, and then my friend Abi sent over this great analysis of the specific way Fincher tells stories. The video below is from filmmaker Tony Zhou’s “Every Frame A Painting”, an on-going series of video essays on all things film. This makes me want to go back and watch Gone Girl again (this video does not contain any content about Gone Girl in case you’re worried about spoiling it).

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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01.08.14 by Jeff

Interview: Kevin Spacey and Jameson “First Shot” Film Competition Winners

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I flew out to LA over the weekend to attend the Jameson “First Shot” short film premiere, and to interview Kevin Spacey about his involvement. For the past couple years Spacey and his production company Trigger Street have offered young writer/directors the opportunity to write a short and direct an A-list actor in the lead role. This year the actor was Uma Thurman, and next year it will be Adrien Brody.

The winners were announced when we got there: Henco J from South Africa, Ivan Petukhov from Russia, and Jessica Valentine from the US. That’s the three of them in the image above, alongside producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (in the middle).

I spoke with Kevin Spacey, and the three winners, at the Chateau Marmont just before the premiere at Youtube Space LA. I wasn’t given a whole lot of time, but I was happy to get to ask a few questions.

You can check out my interview below and, of course, watch all three films!

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29.07.14 by Jeff

Short Film: “A Truncated Story of Infinity” by Paul Trillo

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Lots of great editing in this story of Subject X and his pursuit of a woman on the street. Watch “A Truncated Story of Infinity”, directed by Paul Trillo below!

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