Congrats to director Jared Raab, editor and partner in crime at Six Nine Three Nadia Tan and our buddies at Vulture Culture on this epic video for Diamond Rings. Check out I’m Just Me, you won’t be sorry:
I just stumbled upon a photographer named Patrick Cummins on Flickr who has been taking incredible photos of buildings, houses, storefronts, motels, potholes, garages and everything else in Toronto since the late 1970s… If you live in Toronto and care to sift through this stunning and meticulously compiled collection long enough you will find your home. Absolutely amazing.
I don’t recommend things as often as I should, but this one really needs a mention. Please check out maddieonthings.com, a beautiful photography blog by This Wild Idea (photographer Theron Humphrey). You won’t regret this.
Nadia and I created this behind the scenes documentary on the set of our buddy Jared Raab’s innovative new music video for Arkells’ WHISTLEBLOWER. Spinner launched the doc yesterday – click on the picture to see how Jared’s holographic masterpiece came together:
Special thanks to Vulture Culture’s Pete and Josh for bringing us on board!
Made by Jeff Hanley. Starring Brandon Coffey. Way to go, friends!
So, I have a very talented cousin in Belgrade, Serbia who is also a cinematographer. His name is Vukan Buric and he shot and edited this beautiful piece about Belgrade on the last day of 2010, and it makes me want to head back there more than ever! Amazing that we can keep in touch this way.
Shot on the Canon 60d with the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
Thanks to Nadia Tan for creating this beautiful video. Gotta love that T2i. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In Nadia’s words:
The title of this blog was inspired by American photographer Wynn Bullock who said he loved photography because “it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, ‘This is real, too.’”
MINA MAY, who we did a music video for back in June 09, were recently featured on LA BLOGOTHEQUE (if you haven’t already perused the Take Away Shows, you should definitely spend some time here). Filmmaker Vincent Moon has shot over 100 bands in various locations, mostly in Paris but all over the world at this point, each performing a song in one continuous take shot in a lo-fi, impromptu style. You’ll probably find tons of bands you love on this site, playing in stairwells, bars and playgrounds or, in Mina May’s case, walking up cobblestone streets on the French Riviera.
Here’s the video we did for them last year while they were still based in Montreal:
Here it is, Harmony Korine’s fashion short for Proenza Schouler.
As expected, a very bold take on this new genre.
This was brought to my attention yesterday, and if you’re reading this I really think you should click the link:
Director Chris Milk has created a beautiful, customizable music video for Arcade Fire’s WE USED TO WAIT that merges nostalgia and technology in what is the best use of “interactive media” I have seen so far. I’ve listened to seminars, watched demos and listened to many thoughts on interactive and the direction in which it’s going, and yet no one has really been able to define it. That’s part of why it’s so interesting – we can decide its purpose and conditions ourselves, from one project to the next – but I’ve been searching for an example of a standalone piece that both embraces interactive platforms and can only exist as interactive. A lot of what’s out there are merely promotional counterparts to something bigger belonging to a more mainstream or traditional medium, or just flashy ways of exhibiting work that can otherwise exist with or without the interactive component. This music video has managed to take interactive technology and make it meaningful and personal, its strength being the experience itself. That’s why I think it’s a success.
For different takes on interactive, see the National Film Board’s interactive site. MAIN STREET by Danny Singer is one of my favourites and, coincidentally, shares similar themes with what Chris Milk is getting at in his film.
Harmony Korine directed a fashion film. In case you don’t know what that means: these are short films showcasing clothing lines, usually using pretty experimental filmmaking methods, sometimes involving a simple, mini-narrative and are generally really beautiful. Mostly they’re for the web and are just a few minutes long.
So Harmony Korine made one and it sounds very cool… it’ll be out in September, says this article on NOWNESS. Just look at these stills! Amazing.
The article says Korine’s inspiration was the stuff that many (most) of my favourite movies and books consist of: teenagers and trouble-making. Here’s a quote from NOWNESS:
“In a series of hazy 8mm vignettes, accompanied by a soft, lilting voice over, the girls skulk around schoolyards, spray graffiti, drink, smoke, pose and embrace, evoking the loneliness, confusion and overwhelming wonder of growing up. Korine himself puts a more defiant spin on the film: ‘It’s about girls who sleep in abandoned cars and set things on fire. It’s about the great things in life. The stars in the sky and lots of malt liquor.’”
Very excited to see this thing.