Jan 30, 2013
Sep 19, 2011
Pascal Monaco and Felix Meyer are 2 students at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, Germany. I wish I would have learned this much in school. These guys killed it in this video. Great design sense. However, the main thing here that impressed me was a great sense of timing. Usually that skill takes a lot longer to develop. Well done. And of couse, who doesn't like Alfred Hitchcock?
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 6, 2011
Check out this slick new music video for the French band, Justice. I'm a huge fan of their music. The video is kind of throwback but with a modern edge to it. Dark with dramatic lighting. It plays as if we're peering into the music making process for the band. The camera follows around the musicians writing, singing, playing instruments, carrying statues, holding puppies, decorating a Christmas tree, sleeping. You know, just normal stuff that happens while making a record. All cut together to seem like one long take. With the help of some compositing, of course.
Aug 30, 2011
This is some smoking hot motion design mixed with some killer vintage imagery. And let's not forget some really great moments with Jay Leno. He's so deep. I love this animation. It's totally deconstructive. Basa Estudio of Mexico animated these opening titles for the Vaseline Design & Architecture Festival. It's a twisted parody of an old school game show. They had a small budget and could do whatever they wanted creatively. Looks like they came up with some really cool shit.
Aug 22, 2011
As an editor, I don't usually nerd out too much about camera gear but this video is just sick. It was shot on the Phantom Flex by Jonathan Bregel of Next Level Pictures in Brooklyn, NY. I find most slo-motion video fairly annoying because it attempts to command the viewers attention with a fancy trick. However, it can also be pretty rad when done with a sense of artistry. Jonathan said about the shoot, "...the idea was to document whatever sort of culture we could within an 8 hour span with literally no pre-production". I think they came up with some absolutely killer material. (Click here to read more about the shoot).
Aug 4, 2011
Another fantastic spot by Wieden + Kennedy. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if you had a handlebar moustache? It would be terribly lonely. However, there is one thing you'd be able to do better than anyone else. This spot is in the same vein as W+K's previous Heineken spot, Snakeskin Jacket. Which is good, but not nearly as creative. It seems like Heineken might be appealing to the 'hipster' demographic that likes to indulge in eccentric fashion choices. Some excellent pacing in this spot. Editing by Steve Gandolfi of Cut + Run. If you don't know Steve's work make sure to check it out.
Jul 20, 2011
It's been a while since I've blogged. I just moved from Kansas City to New York to work at Post Millennium. So, enough about me. Here's a new music video from Foster The People for their song Helena Beat. I'm really digging this band and this music video is quite good. It's like Blade Runner meets Lord of the Flies meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The video was cut by Mandy Brown and the effects were done by Dot & Effects.
Jun 16, 2011
Killer new music video by Jamie Woon. Awesome footage. Excellent song. Jump-cuts are obviously nothing new but I really dig how they are executed here. Also, the digital shredding style of graphics are really cool. It works great with this footage. It was shot in this industrial /trashy suburban setting. Just a really slick music video.
May 18, 2011
FITC, the design and technology events company, celebrated their 10th annual event in Toronto this year and MK12 created this badass short film for the occasion. What starts out as a happy time at the drive-in theater slowly turns into a tripped-out Stanley Kubrick style nightmare. Much like the 50s, everything on the outside seems nice and cheerful but as we look behind the curtain we see the ugly truth behind all the plastic smiles. There's an evil side to all the happy food that we stuff down our throats. Seemingly, the sun is the real villain in this short film. Perhaps because daylight is the archenemy of the drive-in movie? Anyway, be sure to enjoy yet another great short from the tribe over at MK12.
May 2, 2011
The new Nike spot from Wieden + Kennedy is about a special golf ball, the 20XI. There are no golf balls in this spot. There is, however, a horse galloping on a golf course. I don't play golf but I really dig this spot. Some really amazing shots and some spot-on editorial. I really like the variation of fast action shots and nice slow motion photography. The contrasting cuts really accentuate the power and athleticism of this magnificent creature. The spot was cut by Peter Wiedensmith of Joint Editorial and the cameras were directed by the amazing Ellen Kuras.
Apr 25, 2011
New show reel for Smog Films, creative video agency of Bayonne, France. The thing that stands out the most here is the amazing footage. Crazy visually-interesting shots. And there are a ton of them. The pacing has a nice variety of fast hits with some breaths allowing the viewer to thoroughly enjoy the reel. I like the jumpcut, stop-motion feel and the rapid light flashing transitions. The sound effects are minimal but very effective. The intro and outro might be a touch long but other than that it moves along very nicely.
Apr 12, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
This is an older video but with all the hubbub about QR Codes I thought I would write about it. The video was created by the Rumpus Room for the Pet Shop Boys, a band I've loved since I was a kid. The purpose of the video was two-fold. A traditional music video as well as a way to provide information via QR codes. The codes are cleverly used as the predominant design element throughout the video. The video explores identity and surveillance. I shot a few of these with my phone and here are a few topics I was directed to: biometric fingerprint scans, human rights, privacy issues, civil liberties. This is not a great video but I can appreciate the novel approach.
Mar 14, 2011
Don't shoot me but I wasn't a big fan of the movie Inception. I won't go into why I didn't like it, but I will say it was NOT because I thought it was confusing, because I didn't. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this little animation created by Wolfgang Matzl for Empire's Done in 60 Seconds competition. The victorian-style illustrations and cut-out animation are a great way to explain the complex and drawn out storyline of the film. Watching the animation with the extremely deadpan voice over really makes these high-minded concepts seem kind of silly.
Feb 23, 2011
The Brewer's Association puts on the annual American Craft Beer Week, which celebrates the culture and community of craft beer. I really like this piece because it does an excellent job of creating excitement about good quality beer. While the narrative is driven by traditional talking head footage, the B-roll here is amazing. Some beautiful close-ups as well as some nice wide shots, with pans and tilts. The film-gate transitions, washed out shots, sound fx, creative editing, and nostalgic audio track give it a nice warm vintage feel. Be sure to watch for Julie Weeks from Kansas City's very own Boulevard Brewing.
Feb 22, 2011
This is one of the best ad campaign's I've seen since the Old Spice campaign with Isaiah Mustafa. I love that they are embracing the fact that not everyone likes Miracle Whip. What a fresh approach! Advertising can do a lot of things but it can't change people's taste buds. So, why spend a bunch of money trying to change things that can't be changed. Know your product, know your consumer. Miracle Whip is more than elitist......it's a miracle. On another note, I really dig the editing here. When cutting for comedy, timing is essential and I think the editor really nailed it. (Click here for the youtube channel and here for more about mcgarrybowen).
Feb 16, 2011
My writer friend, Andre Du Broc, sent me this video. Very cool animation by artist duo Kuntzel & Deygas out of Paris. They run a design studio which focuses on illustration, animation and product design. They were commissioned to create the opening titles for the film adaptation of the children’s book, Le Petit Nicolas. They do a wonderful job of bringing to life the original drawings. I don't know for sure but I would guess the animation was done in After Effects. Amusez-vous bien!
Feb 8, 2011
Artist, Quentin Jones, was commissioned by Penhaligon's to create a stop-motion animation exploring the story behind the new gentlemen's fragrance, Sartorial. This is some insanely creative animation, illustration and conceptualization. Her style kind of reminds me of Salvador Dali. It's a tad reminiscent of the famous dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, which was designed by Dali. Remember the huge pair of scissors? I really dig the 'ransom note' typography and the combining of inanimate elements with human beings.
Jan 26, 2011
This is an animated excerpt from a Seth Godin speech given in New York City. While this is a well designed and captivating video, it also has a great message. Are you going to follow the rules or break the rules? It seems like Terry Rayment of Eskimo has decided to break the rules and I, for one, am glad. I really enjoy some of the fictitious elements, such as the top-heavy office building and the origami-like transitional elements. But I also dig the perfect sense of symmetry and precision.
Jan 25, 2011
HunterGatherer is a great little studio out of Brooklyn with some serious design skills. While they may be a small studio, their work is epic. This is a great stop-motion piece that explores what the plural of 'Prius' would be. The story is driven by a charming song written by Skyrmish, specifically for the video. The piece aims to educate as well as entertain and does so with a throw-back to educational films of the 1980s. But like a Prius, it still has a clean and contemporary feel.
Jan 20, 2011
Nathan is a brilliant commercial editor based in New York. I really dig his edit style. He toys with reality by manipulating natural sounds, jump-cuts and shot progression. It seems like he might be referencing Sergei Eisenstein's theory of montage. This particular video was produced in 2009 for fashion week in Paris as part of the "A Shaded View of Fashion." It's based on the Iggy Pop song "I Wanna Be Your Dog." It's an artistic and subversive way of showing what's inside the mind of a model at a casting call. (Click here to see more work from Nathan Byrne).
Jan 18, 2011
Very creative stop-motion video by Xelyah, a graphic designer out of Madrid. The cardboard cut-outs, crumbled paper, vintage imagery, and real objects give it a lo-fi, personal feel. I love the beginning when the figures fall down revealing the fact that they are just cut-outs. It reminds me of "Breathless" when Godard uses jump-cuts to remind the audience that the film isn't real, but just a sequence of moving images. Good stuff, very inspiring. (Click here to see more of Xelyah's work).
Jan 13, 2011
With the overabundance of kinetic typography videos all over YouTube I rarely watch them anymore. On the contrary, this video is well designed, clean, creative and subtle. It doesn't have that in-your-face movement like most of them. The attention to detail here is amazing. Very unique transitions and the sound effects are spot-on. It has inspired me to "make it better." (Links: Sebastian Batista, Climent Canal, Aimar Molero)
Jan 11, 2011
I recently went to New York for an After Effects class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop. The class was taught by Justin Madden, an excellent AE Instructor and freelance editor/motion designer in New York. At the end of the class he showed this amazing music video that Tiny Inventions directed for They Might Be Giants. The video uses a lot of the techniques that we had learned in the class. Object rigging, camera rigging, puppet tool, pivot-point animation, etc. What I love about this video is that it combines digital animation with handmade objects. So, rather than creating digital illustrations they created everything by hand and shot stills on a white background. The result is a stunningly artistic creation with a stop-motion feel. (Click here to watch the "Making Of" video).