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Saam Farahmand: Soulwax: Machine Trailer NSFW
Saam is back with “Machine” for Belgian electronic pioneers Soulwax, creating a truly unique interpretation of the ethos behind the audio-visual-obsessional-onslaught that is the Radio Soulwax App. This is a definite NSFW.
Definitely very sexy, and extraordinarily well executed. It’s admirable to see a director that’s pushing the personal work and promos harder and harder. Whether the full “journey” of the melted vinyl is taking the limits of taste a bit too far is really down to personal discretion, but when artists jump on projects like this, and work without boundaries, it’s great to see someone bold enough to create films at this level that test the limits.
Jeremie Rozan – Surface to Air – Easy Like a Sunday Morning
New short by Jeremie Rozan. Sexy, and beautifully composed. Bring back those long summer days. (NSFW)
Fleur & Manu: M83 “Midnight City”
Fleur and Manu create an incredibly beautiful and filmic music promo for M83.
Children of the Damned circa 2011 with a beautiful soundtrack.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 | Comments Off
Daniels: Battles’ “My Machines”
A killer concept and smooth camera moves come together in the latest offering from Daniels. Plus, Gary Numan gets a massage! Win-win.
So-Me: Justice — audio, video, disco
So-Me comes back with his new promo for Justice. He creates the dusty retro world of the band with some beautifully executed camera moves and tricks.
Oh, and there’s a Christmas Tree in it as well.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 | Comments Off
t.o.m. by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray
Award-winning animated short by two recent graduates from the International Film School Wales, Tom Brown and Daniel Gray.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 | Comments Off
Carine Khalifé: Young Galaxy — Blown Minded
I’m so happy to be able to post this up on Motionographer. Finding an artistic collaboration of such beautiful execution that’s off the beaten track is a rare gem.
Months of work have gone into creating this wonderful film. In the YouTube description, creator Carine Khalifé describes the process of making the film. I’ve copied in the whole of her text below. She talks of the exploratory process of animation, the evolution of the image over time, and how the creator’s mood and environment affect the outcome so heavily. It’s wonderful to hear her describe that meditative process and how looking at the completed film is like waking up from a dream.
This is one of the most beautiful animated films I’ve seen all year. The fluidity of the oil paint and connection with the music just wash over you. Despite working at frame rates as low as 8 fps, the motion never really feels jerky. You are aware this piece is an oil-paint animation, but at the same time you’re transported into the world of the film — you accept and get wrapped up in the texture of the piece almost immediately; it really is like sinking into a different mind state.
Please read Carine’s text below. It’s one of the best summaries I’ve read on how rewarding and spiritually engaging animation can be. You live, breath and feel the music by watching this beautiful piece of work.
Today you are being spoilt with a truly exceptional film.
Read YouTube description
Elliot Dear: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: Bubble
Elliot Dear creates a beautiful mixed media promo for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins.
Think ‘The Snowman’ during Autumn in Scotland. The Making Of is wonderful.
Megaforce: Is Tropical: The Greeks
Here’s the new music promo from Megaforce. It feels like the brilliant French trio have really exceeded themselves on this one, straight off the back of their hugely ambitious Cadbury’s commercial.
A fantastic concept, extremely well executed. A great one for a Friday afternoon. Watching this I couldn’t help my smile from ear to ear, in amongst the gasps of “no they didn’t!!!” and countless jaw dropping moments of mindless animated violence.
The best thing is seeing how much fun the kids must have had on this one.
The promo’s sure to cause a stir, but what’s a good promo without getting some chins wagging.
If you’re offended by cartoon violence, you may not want to watch this.
TREAT: E4 Christmas
The sun’s blazing outside, so I thought I’d cast your minds back to Christmas with these brilliant idents for E4 by London animation collective TREAT
Peter Serafinowicz : Alex Metric and Steve Angello – Open Your Eyes
The British comedian and director Peter Serafinowicz takes on his robotic nemesis in this fantastically off-the-wall narrative music promo.
Lorenzo Fonda: Metronomy – The Look
Curious stop-frame seagulls accompany a wonderful track.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 | Comments Off
David OReilly: The External World
This Irish born, Berlin-based animator has accumulated a lot of fans over the years with his work such as 2009’s award winning “Please Say Something”, 2008’s bizarrely engaging child-like animation “Octocat”, and his breakthrough 2006 piece “WOFL2106”. Getting a cult following for his animated work, David OReilly now returns with his latest offering “The External World”.
After being premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival, it’s such a joy to see this online. Bursting to the brim with ideas, it’s a tour-de-force of comedy script writing, timing, and well placed technical ability.
Having been lucky enough to catch OReilly’s Talkshow with Fons Schiedon at Holland’s fantastic Playgrounds Festival, I can see OReilly’s quick-fire comedy influences clearly at play here (Adult Swim’s Xavier: Renegade Angel springs to mind). But, like any well used influence, OReilly has spring-boarded off these shows to create his very own dark, twisted world.
What I was left with after watching this piece was the renewed sense of why I fell in love with animation in the first place… the sense that anything is possible, given time, energy and talent. You can create a world where you’re able to let you imagination come alive, without boundary.
It’s the pure dedication to applying this principle that makes OReilly such a unique and truly inspirational animator and film maker, and, for me, “The External World” cements OReilly’s place as one of the most exciting talents in animation in the world at the moment.
This has been amended since original posting -ML
SHELLBOOKNATIONAL: David Lynch ‘I Know’
Fan-made music promo for David Lynch’s ‘I Know’, created by Shellbooknational; three young London-based directors; Chris Lee, Sam Pilling, and Paul Storrie
Koja: The Body Shop – Earth Lovers
Film for the Body Shop – Earth Lovers. Directed by Koja. Music by CA Smith
Saturday, December 18th, 2010 | Comments Off
CANADA: Scissor Sisters Invisible Light (NSFW)
Barcelona-based directing collective CANADA have been rocking quite a lot of people’s worlds for the past few months, with their breakthrough music video for El Guincho – Bombay having enough iconic, Jodorowsky-esque imagery in one piece to fill an encyclopaedia!
Nicolás Méndez (from the collective) is back, with CANADA’s first piece since signing with Partizan. It’s no surprise that CANADA’s use of golden breasts got the attention of New York camp-royalty Scissor Sisters.
This jaw-droppingly epic collaboration is a joy to behold, and a perfect pairing of talents (so, massive hats off to commissioner Dilly Gent of Polydor for that one!).
Incredible cinematography by Gomez del Moral and David Valldeperez completes the high production values of this erotically charged wonder. It rounds off CANADA’s exploration of vintage-style montage work perfectly, and I for one will be very interested to see what’s more to come from these Spanish artists. Repeatedly watch-able and, for you all those that need warning, it does contain some nudity!
The Klaxons: Twin Flames and the rise of the NSFW video
1989 was a big year. It marked the fall of the Berlin wall, the year of the first ever liver transplant, and the release of “Like a Prayer” by Madonna. It was also the year that Brian Yuzna’s revealed his twisted fantasy horror “Society” to the world.
Once seen, never forgotten, it’s certainly stuck in the mind of London-based music video director Saam Farahmand (Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions, The XX – Islands, Soulwax – Part of the Weekend Never Dies) with his most recent video for long-time collaborators The Klaxons.
Interestingly, considering Society was so highly acclaimed for its make-up and physical effects, Farahmand has chosen to execute his video with clever use of motion control rigs and computer blending. Using techniques of the modern combined with inspiration from the old, Saam creates a wonderful homage to “Society” in this no-holds-barred NSFW video for the band.
This piece also highlights the current trend in directors and commissioners being able to push the censorship boundaries. Although there have always been controversial promos, it begs the question as to whether the MTV censors are factoring as highly in creative decisions now that we have the level playing field of the online community, or, dare I say it, are more controversial videos being commissioned in order to stand out from the online crowd and rack up the hits?
Containing nudity and graphic scenes, this wonderfully executed piece transports you into a world where flesh is as versatile as rubber. Hold onto your hats! It’s a twisted triumph.