I love Albert Hammond Jr. and the video is pretty cool. It shows instruments and people floating arund and multiple guitars and drums and that kind of thing. Directed by Laurent Briet. The video is cool, but the song is really great.
Folk Singer Devendra Banharts new video for Carmensita is like a strange Bollywood film. It stars his current girlfriend Natalie Portman as an Indian princess. There are some crazy effects with detatched heads and glowing snake eyes. The evil Lord Rajah the Malevolent totally looks like Ron Jeremy. Oh, it's a very interesting video. Directed by Skinny.
Gravel is the first video from Orba Squara's debut album sunshyness. "The video was all one steadicam shot with animated/illustrated elements added in using 3D tracking software."- Lorcan Finnegan, Director.
The new video for Radiohead's House of Cards was directed by James Frost. "...no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data." They used two 3D scanners, one for the close ups and one for the scenic shots. Instead of me explaining this and getting it all wrong, Read more here at code.google.com and watch the 'making of the video' below.
Oh, yeah. Lots of stop motion cut outs of the artists moving and spinning in 3D space and a killer tune. The project was directed by Psyop. The track was commissioned by Converse to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Chuck Taylors. I just love Santogold, but Julian Casablancas, singer for the band The Strokes is a surprise to see here. 100 years. Can that be correct?
Shine in Los Angeles, CA recently animated and produced the title sequence for Kung Fu Panda, DreamWork's blockbuster summer film starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. I spoke with Michael Riley, Creative Director at Shine Studio, about creating the titles...
Beautiful and moving Oscar winning animated short film from director Frédéric Back and narrated by Christopher Plummer. Back also hand-drew all of it. It's 30 minutes long and worth watching every minute (although seeing it in a larger format would be nice).
French author Jean Giono's allegory of one shepherd's single-handed effort to re-forest a desert valley in the Alps. The story was published in 1953. (French Title: L'homme qui plantait des arbres)