Here’s a pretty brilliant execution at merging the audio to the visuals because in this instance the music was actually created after the film was made. Although, you’d never know really because the two really work so seamlessly together.
Filmed by Spotas and created by Tadao Cern, “Blow Job” has received great acclaim, for it captures the hilarity in watching all of these volunteers step in front of the camera only to be hit by 340mph of wind in their faces. In slow motion playback, you’re seeing their faces open up, sum, ripple as these gusts of wind hit their faces, frame by frame. Continue reading
“Illustrator, animator and fashion filmmaker Quentin Jones paints a daring self-portrait in an inky new film for NOWNESS. The London-based model and Cambridge philosophy graduate, whose mélange of hand-drawn and digital animations have appeared in fashion films for Vogue, AnOther and The Hunger, ditched the usual scripts, storyboards and wardrobe to star in a freewheeling two-tone romp. A personal project developed during scarce downtime between projects for Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Kenzo, Jones toyed with the idea of painting directly onto her subject, in this case herself, side-stepping the interruptions of shooting stop-motion. Overlayed with cut-outs and illustrations, Jones’s films are a cheeky wink to Dadaism. “We developed this technique of dropping the ink onto bits of porcelain and blowing it around with a straw, then filming it move and superimposing that onto video,” reveals the autodidact. Regularly raiding art libraries for imagery, Jones can be faced with up to 25,000 jpegs to choose from, requiring an entirely different set of skills. “It’s a really geeky stage, but editing could be the most creative part of the process, because you need to have a type of intuition.” Here the multimedia artist explains what influences her final edit.” – from the NOWNESS featured article.
Keaton Henson “Small Hands”
Written and directed by Joseph Mann, this video is a complete mastery of puppetry – comprised of these intricately designed scenes of an almost magical forest that’s filled with these incredibly detailed woodland creatures living amongst themselves in nature. In short, it’s about nature, the survival of the fittest, the fact that we (no matter in human or animal form) are simply afraid at times to go through life… alone.
Once you start playing the video, the music leads you into the forest and you’re introduced into this fantastic world – even if it’s only for a few minutes. And while you’re watching in a gaze, you find yourself forgetting for those brief moments that you’re watching puppets or even listening to a song… and that, my friends, is a mark of excellence with this piece. I totally lost myself in this video and now, because of that, I have to seek out more music by Keaton to see what else I might be missing…
… Not to mention the song is just mesmerizing! (So good, I bought the album, and it is downloading now as I type…)
Directed by Nabil Elderkin, the vocals are as dreamy as the tranquil landscapes surrounding the boy. Some of Nabil’s clients have included: Nike, Coca Cola, Warner Bros, Universal Music, Capitol Records, SONY, Vogue , Heidi Klum, Rolling Stone, Adidas, Paramount Pictures, Vans, and MTV – to name a select few. In addition, he has also created music videos for other known artists such as: John Legend, Common, Morning Parade, Kanye West, “Diddy” and Seal, to name a few. The style of his videos exhibits a quality that is superior to most and a “level up” from the norm from the way he lights or captures his scenes to the way he intentionally frames his compositions.
Having browsed through Nabil’s work, I am truly impressed with this Australian-born Director’s artistry.
In this “Holocene” video, it appears these tranquil scenes were shot at a really high frame rate in order to slow it down to achieve that illusive and dreamy look & feel.
“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…”
Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees are the genius behind these three films… along with STA Travel Australia, who commissioned the entire project. The films were so successful, they generated over a million views in just two days. So, it’s probably safe to say STA is happy they ponied up the money for that kind of exposure.