David Bowie has been the star of a number of beautiful videos in 2013 – notably his own, which have been directed by the sickeningly talented Floria Sigismondi. In the Louis Vuitton campaign film ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’, directed by Romain Gavras, Bowie performs a unique version of ‘I’d Rather Be High’ for Arizona Muse at a lavish Venetian party…or does he? You can watch the full director’s cut below.
This luxurious, high end advert is in complete contrast to Romain Gavras’ usual body of work – which includes gritty, controversial videos for the likes of M.I.A and Adidas. I find it quite surprising that Vuitton enlisted him to direct this video, but I’m glad they did.
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This video for Still Corners’ new single ‘Berlin Lovers’ is lovely. It was directed by Christian Sorensen Hansen and reminds me a bit of Christiane F, but without the heroin. Imagine that Christiane F. and Detlev are a lot more innocent – just two regular teens who don’t inject smack into their veins, or give strangers handjobs for drug money – and this is pretty much it. Considering the song is called ‘Berlin Lovers’, perhaps the similarities aren’t even a coincidence. Either way, I like it.
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Tagged arcade, band, Berlin, Berlin Lovers, burgers, Christian Sorensen Hansen, Christiane F., cute, Detlev, director, disco ball, electronic, female singer, film, heroin, indie, Leonie Cumiskey, lights, love, music video, neon, nostalgia, pastel colours, rollerdisco, rollerskating, romance, single, Still Corners, Sub Pop Records, teenagers, twee, video, Vimeo, Youtube
No, seriously. Tyler, the Creator has directed and starred in an ad for Mountain Dew. It gets weirder, though – he voices a female goat called Felicia…a really violent goat, who gets some kind of hallucinogenic kick out of drinking Mountain Dew.
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Tagged 2013, advert, animals, blog, blogging, brands, celebrity, creative direction, director, Felicia the goat, goat, internet, Mountain Dew, music, Odd Future, pop culture, rapper, soft drink, strange, TV ad, Tyler the Creator, USA, video, weird, Youtube
This film looks like it’s going to be amazing – and already comes highly recommended from some of my friends. The Daily Mail gave it just one star, which is surely a good thing, considering that the people at The Daily Mail know fuck all about anything that’s worth knowing about. I love that they used ‘Dirge’ by Death In Vegas for the trailer – so perfect for this twisted feature film. ‘Stoker’ is the latest release from Park Chan-wook, the acclaimed South Korean director of 2003’s ‘Oldboy’.
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Tagged 2003, 2013 films, dark, Death In Vegas, director, Dirge, drama, entertainment, horror, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, modern gothic, Nicole Kidman, Oldboy, Park Chan-wook, South Korea, Stoker, The Daily Mail, thriller, trailer
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Tagged advertising, Agent Provocateur, archive, beauty, celebrities, clothing, compendium, couture, creative advertising, designer, digital, director, escapism, fashion, fashion campaign, fashion shoot, Leonie Cumiskey, lingerie, Louis Vuitton, luxury, magazine, makeup, media, moving image, online, photography, resources, style, styling, video, web design, website, writer, writing
I’ve only just seen this ad campaign but thought I’d post it because of the wintry imagery and enchanting narrative – it feels kind of festive, plus I absolutely love wolves!
The video was directed by Bruno Aveillan, who was also behind the wonderful ‘L’Odyssée de Cartier’ ad from earlier in the year.
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Tagged 2010, animals, Bruno Aveillan, cinema, classical music, cute, director, film, hospitality, hotel, Leonie Cumiskey, Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong, print ad, rescue, resort, Shangr-La, snow, touching, tourism, travel, twist, video, winter, wolves, writer, Youtube
Beach House have released the video for their beautiful new single, “Wild”. Directed by Johan Renck and described as, ‘a series of intense, violent, sexual, and sad moments’, the themes and aesthetic really remind me of ‘Requiem For A Dream’. Much of the video is bathed in a blue-grey hue, making the characters look unhealthy, and the settings look bleak and cold. I like it, apart from the bit in the middle where the song is interrupted so that we can watch the skinny scrapping boys exchange some dull dialogue.
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Tagged 2012, Beach House, bleak, cinematography, director, film, film director, gritty, Johan Renck, Leonie Cumiskey, melancholy, new music, opinion, Requiem For A Dream, SAD, single, song, urban, video, writer, writing, Youtube
‘Gloam’ is a beautiful new short film made by We Are The Forest (comprised of David Elwell & Gareth Hughes). It portrays the journey of a solitary creature making his way through the forest, and is both mysterious and melancholy. Even though the protagonist strikes me as somewhat creepy and bizarre, its character seems gentle and intriguing enough that you have a kind of empathy for him – it’s never revealed what’s in the forest, but I found myself hoping that this strange beast wouldn’t come to any harm. The moving soundtrack seems to evoke a kind of loneliness, and it’s like the creature is searching for something meaningful.
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Tagged animation, beast, beautiful, bizarre, character, creature, dark, David Elwell, director, film, forest, Gareth Hughes, Gloam, Ian Wharton, light, lonely, melancholy, moving image, mysterious, myths, production, SAD, short film, video, Vimeo, We Are The Forest
The video for ‘Aldgate Patterns’ by Little People is both beautiful and strange. The visuals fit the music so well, and the whole thing is enchanting. I really like the mixture of the rural landscape with the futuristic digital projections – you’d expect it to have a weird discordance, but somehow it just works.
Directed by Adam Amaral, the video was made in collaboration with production studio WORK and animator Chris Martz. Amazingly, the post-production work and special effects used were minimal – most of what you see in the video has been created through projection mapping.
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Tagged 2012, Adam Amaral, Aldgate Patterns, amazing, ambient, animation, animator, beautiful, Chris Martz, colourful, critic, digital, digital art, director, electronic music, enchanting, haunting, Leonie Cumiskey, Little People, magical, moving image, music, music video, new music, opinion, production, projection, projection mapping, strange, video, Vimeo, We Work, work, WORK production studio, writer, writing
Alexander Skarsgård + Lara Stone x Calvin Klein = Fuck Yeah.
These beautiful specimens both star in an atmospheric campaign video for the new Calvin Klein men’s fragrance, ‘Encounter’. The advert was directed by Fabien Baron.
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Tagged 2012, advert, Alexander Skarsgård, avertising campaign, Baron & Baron, beautiful, Calvin Klein, cologne, cosmetics, dark, director, Encounter, Fabien Baron, fashion, fit, fragrance, hot, Lara Stone, media, perfume, rainy, sexy, stormy, video, video clip, Youtube