I’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!
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Tagged 2013, America, blogging, British music, cinematography, cool, creative, David Bowie, Dior, fame, fashion, Floria Sigismondi, Gregory Crewdson, high street, Jeff Cronenweth, Jerry Stafford, Jil Sanders, KTZ, Lanvin, Leonie Cumiskey, mass media, McQueen, media, music video, nostalgia, opinion, Première-Heure, Pringle, promotional video, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Saskia de Brauw, short film, stalking, styling, suburbia, surreal, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), thoughts, Tilda Swinton, video, video stills, 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
This breathtaking animated short by Mikey Please tells the story of a scientist who is obsessed with time. While the pared down minimalistic style might look as though it is made using CGI, the amazing truth is that the whole thing has been produced through foam models and stop motion, with shadows and highlights being employed to create the illusion of movement. At 8 minutes long, I can’t even fathom how much time and effort this film took to make, but it deservedly picked up awards from BAFTA, AFI, South by Southwest, the British Animation Awards, Chicago International Film Festival and LA Film Festival…and that’s not even the half of it!
Posted in Art, Culture, Design, Film, Technology, Writing
Tagged 2011, 2012, AFI, amazing, animation, animator, BAFTA, beetle, biology, Chicago, child, childhood, creative, creativity, film, film festival, ideas, insects, Leonie Cumiskey, life, lifetime, London, Los Angeles, Mikey Please, opinion, perception, perspective, production, research, science, scientist, short film, stop motion, The Eagleman Stag, time, Vimeo, wow, writing
Watch this short film by Everynone about balls.
Yeah, so it’s not a video about those kind of balls, it’s a video about spheres. If you’re looking for a video about bollocks then…okay, here you go. Here’s a pretty funny animated short about those other balls for you. It’s called ‘The Frogs’ Bollocks and Other Assorted Bollocks’, and you have Stephen Ong to thank for its existence!
Posted in Art, Comedy, Design, Film, Photography
Tagged animation, assorted bollocks, balls, bollocks, cartoon, circles, Everynone, funny, globes, shapes, short film, silly, spheres, Stephen Ong, testicles, The Frogs' Bollocks, video, Vimeo
‘Tap To Retry’ is an incredibly ambitious project by Neta Cohen. The short stop-motion animation portrays everything in papercraft and, amazingly, this was Neta’s first attempt at stop-motion animation. Unbelievable!
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Tagged animation, artist, craft, media, Neta Cohen, new talent, paper, papercraft, short film, stop motion, video, Vimeo
Oh wow.This new campaign film from Emporio Armani is so exquisite. Shot by Alasdair McLellan in Tokyo, it somehow manages to recall the electrifying visuals of Gaspar Noé’s ‘Enter The Void’, but slows the pace and adds a contemplative soundtrack – echoing the melancholy that runs through Tetsuya Nakashima’s ‘Confessions’.
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Tagged A/W 2012, advert, Alasdair McLellan, Armani, campaign, cityscape, Enter The Void, fashion, film, Japan, label, luxury, models, moving image, short film, Tokyo, Youtube