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{ Monthly Archives } September 2009

Zurich: Meteorite

It could happen to you. It could happen to me. But it probably don’t.Even tho’ shit happens, one way or the other.

Here’s another one in a series of spec spots directed by Francesco Calabrese at Souljacker Films. Just posted: Alien.

Director of photography: Beppe Gallo. Visual effects: Fabrizio Bonaga.

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Zurich: Alien

The truth is up above. So, just keep your eyes on the floor…

Spec spot directed by Francesco Calabrese. Director of photography: Beppe Gallo. Visual effects: Fabrizio Bonaga.

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Portugal. The Man – Do You

Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Wasilla, Alaska but based in Portland, Oregon. Members are: John Baldwin Gourley, Jason Wade Sechrist, Ryan Neighbors, Zachary Scott Carothers.

Do You is a single taken from their 2009 album, entitled The Satanic Satanist, released for Equal Vision.

The music video has been directed by Ryan Rothermel. Director of Photography: Michael Ragen. Editor: Dave Molloy.

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IOC: All Together Now

Continental drift took billions of years to do its job. And now, an half dozen of larger than life athletes would reverse the process in a minute… Playing tug of war?

This beautiful animated spot has been directed by Fx&Mat (François-Xavier Goby and Matthieu Landour) for the International Olympic Committee. Produced at Nexus. Creative agency: Cole & Weber.

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All Together Now: Making of

This is a little making of made by the guys at Cole & Weber about the spot for the Olympic Committee directed by FX & Mat at Nexus. Enjoy!

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Stash Short Films Vol. 1

With the likes of A Gentleman’s Duel, Over Time, Gary and (one of my favourite clips ever) Conehead, just to say the first who came to my mind, this Stash Short Films Vol. 1 DVD will hardly disappointed any of you.

Each and every short included in the DVD is noteworthy not just for the technical achievements, for the amusing story and imagery, for the artistic impression: in fact, it’s because none of these aspects has been neglected in favour of the others, making for a little but still (or even more) perfect gem of filmmaking.

The included booklet gives you the basic information about the shorts, and sometimes about their making; at the end of each page is a link to a web page on the Stash website with additional details.

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WE ARE OM – Chop Cup

Follow the red ball through the hole and down until you get to wonderland. And if you find Alice, please remind her to take the blue pill.

Chop Cup is an amazing piece of visual trickery, directed by the We Are Om collective and produced at Studioset.

Director of photography: David Lee. Music and sound design: Alin Flaidar.

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Sony Ericsson MH907: Magic Headphones

My headphones
They saved my life
Your tape
It lulled me to sleep

I think magic headphones should be intended as in magic mushrooms: at least this is what I understand from the movie.
The spot has been directed by Kristofer Ström and produced at Varelsen studio.
Animation: Eric Buchholtz and Kristofer Ström. Music and sound design: Douglas Holmquist.
Don’t miss the [...]

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Magic Headphones: Behind the Scenes

Take a look at how Ljudbilden bears the idea for a new spot for the Sony MH907 headphones. The fact the I can’t understand a word they say just make the video better for me.

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David: Opening Sequence

Not sure what the story is here: Tarzan? Robinson Crusoe? Well, whatever, I’m just posting this delightful title sequence for a TV series airing on Belgian channel VTM.

Directed by Tom Willems. Animated at Engarde. Music by Brahim via Sonicville.

The actors have been shot on green screen, and then composited to achieve (along with the canvas texture) a painterly look, the main character being a painter.

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Lucien

Lucien is a short film by three students of Lisaa: Nathalie Corcessin, Djamel Meslem, Pierre-Julien Vandenburie.

Original music by Sylvain Rety.

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KUAN WIN CHIN – My Telatori

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein.

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
“A fantastic adventure into the imagination of some local young Malaysian children: exploration and discovery of a new world quickly sours upon meeting a mortal rival and rapidly degenerates into an all out pitched battle [...]

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arjanM – Blackhole

A nice video, that reminds me of the demoscene, more than of ordinary music videos. Music and video are the work of Arjan M. Video produced at House of Secrets.

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Modest Mouse – King Rat

Much has been said about this video, conceived by Heath Ledger but left unfinished, in the preproduction phase, when the actor and director died. What else could I add? Well, a random quote from the Hamlet.

The video has been completed at The Masses, where Ledger was signed as a promo director, by co-director Daniel Auber, lead animator Norris Houk, animator Jade Taglioli and producer Sara Cline.

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Lilica Ripilica: Espelhos

Spot directed by Denis Kamioka AKA Cisma and produced at Margarida Films.

To interpret all situations, twin sisters rehearsed to perform with perfection identical and inverse movements, in a choreographed dance.

Creative agency: OpusMúltipla. Visual effects: Ilegal FX. Director of photography: Pierre de Kerchove. Editor: Marcio Soares.

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Pull and Bear: World Project ID

The World Project was a video competition launched and held in the past months by Pull and Bear and aimed at people whose ideas could give a contribute to the society.

Two animations and this ID were produced at Antiheroe with sound design by Flow Audio.

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TODD STRAUSS-SCHULSON – Big Pussy

A neurotic nice-guy struggles to find the confidence to tell the girl he loves that her vagina has an… odor.

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VURUP – Insert Coin

GAME OVER

The are no extra lives in the real life. Even though there’s a lot of people using cheats.
Insert Coin is a one minute short film by the Vurup collective, which reminded me of Fredric Brown’s short story, Pattern.
Vurup Animación is Gabriel H. Fermanelli, Leonardo Campasso, Bruno Olguín, German de Vivero and Luz Lázzaro.

Non ci [...]

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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2009: Intro

The opener for the PSIF Short Fest 2009 has been directed by Justin Weber and produced by Danny Robashkin and Oren Robashkin at Make.

The video mixes live-action with 2D animation, 3D animation, stop motion and after effects animation.

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Mail and Comments

Hey! I just received my first post package sent to Nofatclips. Awesome! (In fact, the postman delivered it to my neighbor…)

In other news, I’ve added the canonical URL to single post pages, so that Google webmaster tools should stop bothering about duplicate pages. Some precious info found at Live Experience.

The Automaton has now the possibility to add specific support for a single website along with generic routines. I’ve used it for Spy Films.

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Ceri Frost – Dead All Along

Enchanted by a pixie, a child called Yorick enters a magical kingdom, but when Yorick returns he finds his world ravaged by time. The music video is set in a hand drawn pen and ink world inspired by Edward Gorey and animated in a cut-out style.

The song has been composed and produced by Ceri Frost. Film by Giles Timms, made at the Animation Workshop of UCLA’s Department of Theater.

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2: Footprints

Why did that ninja did that? Maybe he’s still angry for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Or perhaps for those stupid ninja kids flicks.

Ninja Gaiden σ 2 is the latest game in the Ninja Gaiden franchise, whose first game was known as Shadow Warriors for us Europeans.

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Fleggaard: Nude Skydive

While topless skydiving sounds like interesting enough, I’ve actually posted this because I love when a golf match get interrupted.

The spot has been directed by Peter Harton and developed at creative agency Uncle Grey, Denmark.

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BRANDON McCORMICK – Lest We Forget

Nobody lives in vain. And sometimes, somebody even manage not to die in vain.

Lest We Forget is a short film starring Mark Ashworth, directed by Brandon McCormick and produced in four weeks at Whitestone.

This film has been made in association with Paste magazine for their Save Paste campaign.

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Lest We Forget: Behind the Scenes

The making of Lest We Forget. Whitestone produced the film in four weeks from concept to delivery. More videos in the following links.

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Lest We Forget: Preproduction

A short video that covers production management, costumes and music for Whitestone Motion Pictures movie, Lest We Forget.

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Laurie Hill Interview

Engine spoke with Laurie Hill about his moving image work, including his award-winning film Photograph of Jesus, which explores the archive of Getty Images.

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Cough Coughing: Clip Updated

The links for the music video for Cough Coughing were all broken. Fixed them and hosted a clip in house as well.

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Tool – Sober

You might well go crazy looking for something you can’t get, but the madness always comes from inside.

Sober is a song by American progressive metal band Tool. The song, written by Maynard James Keenan, was released as the second single from their debut album, Undertow.

The stop animated music video was directed by Fred Stuhr. Special effects: Adam Jones.

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C-Rayz Walz – Blackout

Nice music video from some time ago, which looks like a cheap cable TV show, with puppets, fancy transitions and VHS noise.

C-Rayz Walz is a rapper from The Bronx, New York. Blackout, featuring The Angel & The Preacher, is a song from his 2005 album entitled Year of the Beast.

The video has been directed by Jonnie Ross and produced at Smuggler.

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Over Time: Link Updated (+ Info)

Over Time is back again online. The original clip is lost somewhere on the net… Thanks to Alex for the heads up!

In other news: the Automaton now supports websites which redirects to a single clip (like Internet Archive) or to multiple clips (like Amazon AWS). Also, started the object oriented rewrite of the software.

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They Might Be Giants – Electric Car

Animals from the forest and the farm, they all come on board of the electric car which, magically, become a station wagon to accommodate them all.

Electric Car is a song featured on TMBG’s latest album, Here Comes the Science, and sung by Robin Goldwasser and John Flansburg.

The video has been produced at Tiny Inventions and directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata.

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Electric Car: The Making Of

Follow Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter and the whole Tiny Inventions team while they assemble the visuals for the video they did for They Might Be Giants.

A demo version of the song is used in the video up until the end of the 1st chorus.

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do bem: Suco de Açaí

The MIDI wafers spot, following Suco de laranja, was created and directed by Hardcuore. Designed and animated by Breno Pineschi and Rafael Cazes.

The song is Tic Tic Tac originally by Carrapicho, reinterpreted by João Brasil.

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Flying Lotus – Infinitum

A young archer tests her skill by shooting an arrow at the moon. To her dismay, the moon falls from its perch and into a turbulent sea.

Music video directed by Daniel Garcia and produced at Concentrate and Bent. Director of photography: Zak Mulligan.

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Guinness Dot: Upgraded to HD

The spot by Psyop is now available in high definition. Zillions of links and the credit page has been added as well.

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Blogspot legacy

Fixed some backward compatibility issues.

First: if you’re accessing from Blogspot, a box displays to tell the good news about Wordpress. Second: wrote a simple plugin that redirects alternate “cases” for tags to the main one.

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Typophile Film Festival 5: Opening Titles

A visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity.

Handcrafted with love by BYU design students and faculty, for the 5th Typophile Film Festival. Creative director: Brent Barson.

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Coca Cola: Mr. Happy in “Cloud”

Mr. Happy finds his little friend being rained upon by a cloud. Turning his clay body into a ladder, Mr. Happy’s generosity allows for his friend to climb up onto the cloud and get out of the stormy weather.”

Spot for Coke, directed by Zoe Wishart and produced at Psyop.

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Coca Cola: Mr. Happy in “Suit”

Some fake claymation from Psyop. More coming. Can’t get the name of the song…

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ENDRE BARÁTH – The Death Grind

The Death Grind is an allegorical short film about the clockwork of gears.

Images and sound by Endre Baráth. Made with Blender.

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Vintage Porn Logos

If you think that the logos are not the most interesting thing in porn movies, well, you ain’t gonna change your mind by watching this video. Still: watch it.

The work of Pornograhics Studio from Barcelona, Spain.

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Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe

In a wicked world, living or dying is just a matter of point of views.

Luv Deluxe is a single from disco house band Cinnamon Chasers from London, United Kingdom.

The music video has been directed by Saman Keshavarz. Director of Photography: Justin Gurnari.

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HP: Flea Circus

Nothing seems to be going right for this band of merry fleas, but their mishaps create a far more entertaining performance.

The spot for HP’s Wobulation has been directed by David Daniels, Jim Clark, Ray Di Carlo at Bent.

While the fleas were all created and animated in computer graphics, the set and props are entirely real: designed using similar computer graphic tools, they were then printed using a 3D printer

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Making of Flea Circus

A brief glimpse on the techniques used in the making of Flea Circus, a spot made at Bent for some video technology developed by HP.

Directed by David Daniels, Jim Clark, Ray Di Carlo. Editor: Brian Kinkley.

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[Me] – Westward Backwards

Westward Backwards is the second single by Australian band [Me], an anthem to breaking free of the mundane and into the life we truly wish for.

The music video is the work of Andrew Goldsmith and Jeremy Blode at Toast Films; a combination of pixilation (with a Canon E0S 400D against a chroma screen), Photoshop and After Effects compositing and animation.

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The Secret World: Demon Trailer

Actually dark days are already here, but perhaps contradicting a chick with a shotgun is not a clever idea.

The second trailer for The Secret World, an online RPG developed by Funcom, first shown at the Penny Arcade Expo 2009.

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Volksbank: Patricia Borsch

A visual and poetic documentary portrait of the funkenmariechen Patricia Borsch. A funke is a young carnival dancer performing throughout the West German carnival season. Patricia Borsch lives in the very small village of Windhagen, 50 kilometres south of Cologne.

The short film is somewhat a spot for Volksbank, directed by Stian Smestad at LIFF.

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The Summerlad – City of Noise

“Referencing Magritte, Alice in Wonderland and surrealism in general,” the video follows “a man as he competes against different realities of himself for a magic treasure chest.”

City of Noise, by Canadian band The Summerlad, is originally a 40 minute, mostly instrumental, piece, composed in 2005 and released with this shorter single version in 2007.

The video, starring Trevor Campbell, has been directed and edited by Mitch Barany.

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[BEST OF] August 2009 Pt.2

The customary second part. One day I’ll post the second part first…
Enemies: conspiracy practice.
Chainsaw Maid: claymation splatter.
Juiced and Jazzed: hot jazz music overcomes Lulu.
God of Small Things: microcosms.
They Will Come to Town: stop global warming.
Gone Daddy Gone: what bugs you?
Hemlock: eternal youth. New Years: nature’s waking up
Sorry I’m Late: excuses.
Arjuna the Archer: Patta Chitra Katha.
EMET: [...]

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[BEST OF] August 2009 Pt.1

Greeting from yesterday! Here’s some of the things I’ll remember from this summer.
Red Rabbit: go out and touch the ladies!
Hidden Formula: the secret formula of Coca Cola.
Hitchhiker’s Choice: a classic.
Throw Me To The Rats: vaudevillian cardboard theatre.
Knight Fever: More than stayin’ alive.
Vague Millimeter: dreams.
Introducing Palace Players: new shapes.
Fake: uneasiness.
Do it Again: adventures of a tiny [...]

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Opening Comments

I’m going to stay a couple of days away. Since Akismet seems to do his work quite well, I’m going to open the comments, so that your thoughts will be published immediately, if they pass the Akismet filter.

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Evelyn Evelyn – Have you Seen my Sister Evelyn

NSFW! “Have you Seen my Sister Evelyn” is featured on Evelyn Evelyn’ album “Elephant Elephant”, released for Eleven Records.

The (unofficial) music video has been directed by Alex de Campi. Animation by Jorden Oliwa.

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Great Lake Swimmers – Pulling on a Line

Pulling on a Line is a single taken from Great Lake Swimmer’s 2009 album, entitled Lost Channels and released on March 2009 for Nettwerk.

The music video has been directed by Isaac Rentz. Director of photography: Marc Ritzema.

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NIGEL UPCHURCH – Asteroids, a Love Story

An old fashioned, universal love story from Nigel Upchurch. With happy end and eveything.

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Piece

If you’ve ever tried yourself at artistic creation, you might have had the feeling that your work was starting to get a life of its own, away from your hands.

Piece is a short stop animated movie, a collaboration between the Russian collective Self Burning, and artist Igor Skaletsky.

Drummer: Evgeniy Labich. His live performances were then arranged and mixed in one track. Sound design: Self Burning.

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Melissa Laveaux – Ulysses

Mélissa Michelle Marjolec Laveaux is an Ottawa (Canada) singer and songwriter of Haitian descent. She is signed to NoFormat.

Ulysses is a single from her 2006 debut album, entitled Camphor & Copper.

The music video has been directed by Bastien Roger and produced at Partizan.

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Spam! Lovely Spam!

Argh! While deleting spam, I’ve mistakenly deleted a legitimate comment by Jacob Corn. Sorry about that. I’ve installed the Akismet plugin which, in the long run, will take care this never to happen again.

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Adelaide Airport: Panda Venture

They’re wild!
They’re mysterious!
They’re the wild and mysterious panda bears!

Win a trip to China and save the pandas from extinction! No? Ok, get extinct with them, then!
A television commercial featuring 1950s Fleischer styled 2D animation, produced at PRA.
Directed by: James Calvert. Advertising Agency: Jamshop.

Vinci un viaggio in Cina e salva i panda dall’estinzione! No? Allora estinguiti [...]

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Creation Begins

Adam eats Eve.

The video has been directed by Adam Witten at Re:Birth as a spec spot for a major hardware manufacturer which then asked his brand to be removed from it.

Director of Photography: Derek McKane. Editor: Justin Quagliata. Music: Born Ruffians.

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Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc.

Neurosonics Audiomedical Laboratories is a short film, produced at Partizan by Bonnie Anthony, directed by Chris Cairns and featuring The Scratch Perverts, Foreign Beggars, Shlomo and Will Clark.

Director of photography: Luke Palmer. Editor: Joe Randall-Cutler. Sound Designer and Mixer: Will Cohen. Post production: Partizan and The Mill.

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Tom Jones – Give a Little Love

Tom Jones stars in an old fashioned cartoon in the music video for Give a Little Love, a single taken from 24 Hours, his 2008 album.

The music video has been directed by Emma & Del (Ian Bonhôte and Fernando Reginato) and produced by Fiona Stuart-Bamford at Pulse Films. Animation directed by Ricky O’Donnell at RJDM. Tom Jones character designed at Birdo Studio.

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Bangkok Insurances: Twister

On oldie, but a goldie. Part of a campaign which went to win Gold Lion at Cannes Advertising Festival 2006.

Directed by Thanonchai Sornsriwichai and produced by Angsana Premprasert at Phenomena, Bangkok, Thailand.

Editor: Manop Boonvipas. Music: Jumpol Sepsawasdi. Post production: Oriental Post.

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Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band – Albatross, Albatross, Albatross

Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band is an American indie band from Seattle, Washington. Albatross, Albatross, Albatross is taken from their debut album, released for Dead Oceans on March 2009.

The music video has been directed and produced by Matt Daniels at Thinklab.

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Albatross, Albatross, Albatross: The Making of

The Making of the music video for Albatross, Albatross, Albatross by the Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band.

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Of Montreal – An Eluardian Instance

An Eluardian Instance is a single from Skeletal Lamping, the ninth studio album by Of Montreal, released for Polyvinyl on October 2008.

The music video has been directed and animated by Jesse Ewles.

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Gedda Headz – Spaced Out

The exuberant night of Hong Kong can reserve you many surprises, such as an angry mob of mannequins and a computer generated band coming to save the day, one stunt at a time.

The music video for Spaced Out has been written and directed by Jean-Julien Pous and produced by Sophia Shek.

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Charity Challenge: Just Giving

A nice motion graphics piece for a charity. Thanks to the money raised, Gregg and Lis went to Tanzania in August, to climb a mountain and then help build a school for the children of a small village called Choba.

The video is the work of Alex Robinson and Danny Boyle at Treat Studio.

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JAMES RYDESKY – Slash and Burn

Slasher robots from planet Earth are making ash and smoke of… well, planet Earth…

Slash and Burn is a short motion graphics piece, designed and directed (and anything else) by James Rydesky AKA Jamry.

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Dante’s Inferno: Movie Trailer

Dante’s Inferno is a comedy film performed with hand-drawn paper puppets on a toy theater stage.

The film is adapted from the book Dante’s Inferno by Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders, a modern update of the epic poem, followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso.

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Vimeo Killed the Radio Button

I’ve just added a new feature to the blog: special support for Vimeo.

Check the post for Pigeon Pilfer and click the Vimeo link: the video is now played in a box. The script degrades gracefully: if JavaScript is disabled, the video opens in a new window.

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