A land without sunlight in the winter sounds like it would truly strip the happiness out of you, but in contrast what would 24 hours of sunlight in summer do for you. The long summer nights offer this amazing expanse of additional time to explore and adventure through the beautiful warm months. This beautiful little video Land of the Midnight Sun was produced by Visit Finland to capture the unique beauty of this phenomenon.
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Multidisciplinary studio Yum Yum London has made this wonderful animated short about a man and his ketchup debacle. All of their character design is awesome, with depth that is easy to miss. Despite how short this video is Yum Yum was able to build a great story around some really simple subject matter.
I grew up as a skier. My parents first signed me up for a lesson and dropped me at a small mountain in Western Massachusetts when I was only few years old. Skiing has always been one constant in my life and after just returning from an amazing two week ski trip to Colorado it is evident that the connection has not faded. As the years have passed the sport has progressed on a path of acceleration similar to Moore’s Law. Part of what has most obviously affected the progression of the sport are the developments in cinematography. This allows for shots to be captured at higher frame rates for mind bending slow motion and aerial drone shots of a mountain face. This short film by Sweetgrass Productions is a beautiful example of a ski movie shop studio that is making some of the most unique and enthralling work.
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Most talented architectural photographers are capable of capturing the most general aspects and characteristics of a building. Julius Shulman was able to delve deeper into elements of the constructed world and expose their essence. A feat few others have been able to replicate and many continue to chase. With all of that on the table, maybe photography isn’t the perfect medium for viewing architecture that we can’t experience firsthand? Shulman’s images turned homes into poetry and public works buildings into crafted pros. But to truly experience a building we need to see how it feels surrounding you and how it feels to navigate the space. The tactile nature of the fixtures and the mechanism that powers windows and doors.
This beautifully shot video for a recently completed project by S-AR walks the viewer through the house and through the point of view perspective gives the viewer a fulfilling tour of building. Casa 2G is a minimal modern structure with many unique elements, objects, and features which truly could not be communicated through traditional photography. The combination of moving image and sound gives the building a voice, and allows it to tell it’s story.
We can all I am sure agree that Pixar has created the greatest animated films of all time. They owe this partially to the visual effects and art direction, but the truly remarkable part of of their films is the distinctly human elements of each plot. La Luna is a recently released short film by Disney Pixar, and captures a wonderful coming of age tale illustrating a classic fable.
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The 360 Project was the vision of Canadian photographer and director Ryan Enn Hughes. Using a 48 camera system Hughes was able to capture 360 degree movements in still photography, which when edited together create a beautifully layered depiction of the dancers movements. The Ballet 360 video is also definitely worth checking out.
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I have been hoping and dreaming that Gary Hustwit would put together a box set of his Design Film Trilogy ever since I first saw the trailer for Urbanized. Following suit with the great design work Hustwit commissioned for his films the box set dons a minimal, but carefully detail packaging system designed by Build. I have not actually had the opportunity to inspect the immaculate looking contents, but I would have to say my favorite part is the book. There must be some intriguing and interesting tidbits tucked away in those pages of things that didn’t make it into the final edits of each of the films. The unfortunate truth remains that this was offered as a limited edition only to people who backed the Urbanized Kickstarter for $100 or more.
Gary can we please have a rerelease?
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We live possibly in the most beautiful and diverse landscape in the universe, and we often forget to look at it and reflect on that fact. With the movement of water and light we are usually looking at something that has never been seen exactly like that before. Yosemite is one of those natural wonders whose density is unfathomable. I unfortunately have never visited it, but this video by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, called Project Yosemite aims to capture that beauty.
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Kinkfolk Magazine has a wonderful vibe and a great vision for capturing crafts and curiosities. I am really in love with this new video they have made called Honey Harvest, which captures the process of making honey from hive to jar.
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Ever wonder what happens to your purchase between the counter and the check out at B&H? Yeah me too, so now we know. The guys from Lense put a camera through to give us an awesome inside look. Disclaimer, if you don’t know or haven’t shopped at B&H this may seem really lame. Apologies.
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The time and freedom to hike across Iceland sounds like the best possible thing right now. One thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t document it with quite the same amount of pizazz as Klara Harden was able to do. During the 15 minutes of this film you are taken through the ups and downs, the shear solitude, the raw beauty of the landscape, and the humor a person creates to keep themselves going. Also there is a great easter egg during the end credits, so watch the whole thing. Klara is an Austrian film maker, photographer, and designer.
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Films like this by Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier really make me wish I had studied video in school, or at least had some inclination of how to structure narrative so perfectly. They have captured the story Marc Manceaux and his Fournitures Generales Pour le Piano, which is a junkyard, museum, and shrine to the magical music producing boxes. Marc seems a little stuck in a time warp, which is absolutely fine with him because he doing what he loves.
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Director Riley Blakeway created a series of films in Fiji with some VIP friends that include the likes of Taj Burrows. Riley’s work with color and grain makes these shots look like something shot on 16mm film in the 1970′s.
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Dimitris Ladopoulos is a Greek director making a short film series about people who work and make things with their hands. One of the first shorts from the series is this one entitled The Carpenter, with beautifully simple motion graphics and a true craftsman at work lathing a dowel into it’s nearly finished form. It brings me back to my childhood and the countless hours spent watching and helping my dad in his wood shop.
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This video, if you remove it from the context of it being an advertisement, is overwhelming in it’s beauty and inspiration. A video definition of the word pioneer, the definition is beautifully rendered. It also seems to be set somehow devoid of time, where it could be the past, present or future. The abandoned air place carcass at the beginning makes me think post apocalyptic, but then we have the pioneer character dressed in vintage hiking gear.
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The Interrupters is a film about trying to end gun violence through the lens of inner city Chicago. This film has garnered numerous awards, but that for me isn’t what I want to take away from it. It is the ability to capture powerful change and social evolution and share it with the rest of the world and that it is one of the most powerful tools we have as communicators.
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I know I am not alone in my love and admiration of the new film project called Made by Hand, which aims to document the love and craft that goes into the hand made and locally based small businesses we see sprouting up everywhere. For their first film they documented the newly formed Brueckelen Distilling Company, which is a great starting point. The style of this short film makes me excited for all the great ones that I am sure will follow.
I am pleased to finally catch a glimpse of the Urbanized Film. A few months ago I was one a large group of people who banded together via Kickstarter to help this project become realized. After being so perfectly wowed by Gary Hustwit’s two other preceding master works Helvetica and Objectified I was prepared to do my part to make this third film happen. His work is so transcendent and is enriched by the number of varying opinions and ideas it weaves together surrounding a subject. It is not a far stretch to say a film or movie is like a piece of textile, and I think Gary’s work is a great example of this. The texture created in his films has a feeling of comfort, simplicity, and thus accessibility to the films topic.