After spending the vast majority of my morning viewing the superb collection of videos by Scott Foley on Vimeo, I have developed a rather intense crush. From his choice of music and layering of sound bites from other films to his dreamy and vintage aesthetic to the fonts of his titles, I am giddily in love with every element of Foley’s short films. So much so that I found it extremely difficult to choose just one video to share.
The featured video, “Burnt Drive Drive”, is simply described as “a cacophony of summer memory” and is accompanied by the gorgeous song “Lately (Deuxième)” by Memoryhouse. Unfolding in a series of mnemonic snapshots, Foley’s video conjures up the restless heat of summer days and hallucinatory travels on highways. I could continue rhapsodising, but I think I’ll just let the video speak for itself.
So there might be— or there is, some repeated unicorn sodomy going on in this video, so don’t watch it around conservative, Christian unicorns or your boss. (Unless they’re into that.) But I love this video by Kristof Luyckx and Michele Vanparys because it’s fun to watch mischievous woodland and supernatural creatures. There’s also a psychoactive berry that we see traveling through the sectional anatomy of a bird’s digestive tract. Other than people terrified of birds, people offended by unicorn sodomy and people disinterested in the metabolism of psychoactive drugs… I think we have a real winner for everyone’s enjoyment.
The Scout is beginning to really piss me off. First they do two amazing videos, one with leather goods makers Billykirk and another with interior design impresarios Roman & William, and now they’re at it again with a feature on the Mast brothers and their craft chocolate enterprise.
The Mast Brothers have been making quite the rounds lately, you might remember the video I posted about them a bit ago that Cool Hunting did. The Scout video above differs from their approach, which focused more in the production side of things. In this video you get to hear more about their inspirations as well as their love of craft and sail boats.
The whole thing is amazingly shot as well. I was watching it on my iPad (yep, you read that right) and it’s comparable to food porn in some spots. An inspiring way to start your day.
Last night I had the chance to download a brand new iPad app called Flipboard, which is sort of an aggregate feed made up of your social networks and websites. This description sounds like a lot of existing products out there but what makes this one different is the way the content is being presented. The way I see it it’s somewhere between a traditional magazine/newspaper but with the quickness and flexibility of a web page.
But finding that middle ground is quite difficult as I don’t think anything has really been able to reach that sweet spot. But Flipboard is honestly the closest thing I’ve ever seen to getting it right. The way the pages flip are smooth, the pagination at the bottom expands as you go and gives you a sense of time, the pictures expand as you click on them… basically they got the details very right on this program. I also can’t imagine trying to use a program like this on any device but the iPad, it is 100% made for a medium sized, touch screen device and nothing else.
Currently though the demand for their service has crippled their servers, obviously because they’re doing something very right. So you’ll have to wait a little while to use the social aspects (Facebook, Twitter) but you cans still dive in to the news, tech and style sections to get the idea of what they’ve dreamed up. I really think this is going to get some people’s attention and hopefully smart people will steal some of the great idea Flipboard has to offer.
P.S. The music in the video is a cover of the Aphex Twin song Flim by the jaz trio The Bad Plus.
As I often say, the simplest ideas are often the best, and Luke White and Remi Weekes are full of ‘em. Take for example their video above called Seaweed, which features who I assume to be Luke, contorting his body in random positions but slowly layering himself… over himself. To try and describe exactly what’s happening in this video would be a tiny bit difficult but the end effect is totally rad. In the comments he says he “Cut out the arms and then just jiggled them about” but I have to imagine he did much more than that. Hopefully he starts to post more of these experiments as this one was posted over a month ago.