‘Grindin’ by Nobody Beats The Drum

If I had to describe this video in a brief sentence I’d have to say it’s, “one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen ever.” The video was created by a guy named Rogier van der Zwaag for the band Nobody Beats The Drum. Roger acts as the visual artist for the band so he was tasked to create the video for the song Grindin’, and what he’s done has blown my mind. Using nothing but spray-painted wooden blocks and stop-motion he’s created a visual experience that’s absolutely brilliant.

All in all there were 4085 photos taken, and he meticulously put together this visual insanity. I think it was pretty clever that he technically only shot a quarter of the video, then flipped it both horizontally and vertically in post. My absolute favorite part is when he uses the black lights to make the blocks glow, it just looks really amazing. Not to mention that the video totally reflects the frantic nature of the song, I mean, to me this is perfect synthesis of art and music.

If you’d like a (comical) behind the scenes look at the video you can click here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 25, 2010 / By

‘Je Me Figeais’ by Baptise Sola

Je Me Figeais, which translates to “I Stood Still”, is a short video created by French artist Baptiste Sola. What I really love about this video is how beautifully abstract it is, so the whole time you’re watching it you’re trying to figure out what exactly you’re looking at. That sounds like it might be annoying but I think it really works for this. It also has some amazing sound design as well which really helps set the mood of the video.

For the record, I think it’s a camping trip mixed with a construction site, but I’m still not 100% sure what I’m looking at. Sometimes I swear I’m looking at fire when it could very well be reflections. This ambiguity is what really makes this video awesome to me.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 25, 2010 / By

If You Could Collaborate by Michael Moloney & John Hooper

If You Could Collaborate is a British exhibition who’s goal is to “provide a platform for the finest creatives from all over the world to question their conventional working methods and outcomes. The contributors have been challenged to produce something a little unexpected, by working with a partner of their choosing from any discipline, profession or background.”

So what Michael Moloney, a filmmaker, and John Hooper, a photographer, decided to do was to combine their talents into one, creating a 4 minute video which documents 24 hours on a hill in the Great Langdale area of The Lake District. It’s a long beautiful shot that’s made even more beautiful by the flashes and strobes of light that dot the hills during the night time parts.

It’s funny though, at first I thought the video was moving too slowly, but then suddenly it was done and over with and I wanted more. Did you get that feeling at all?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 25, 2010 / By

Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2010 Video

Continuing the fashion trend started by the previous video I give you the cinematic version of Vanessa Bruno’s spring/summer 2010 collection. Ms. Bruno is a French fashion designer and this video is amazing, and most of all, very French feeling. You’ve got the oddly beautiful girl dancing around in an old apartment, then you’ve got the sad, middle part with the Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin sort of vibe and then ending with a really fun Ryan McGinley feeling piece. I can’t say I’m a very good judge of whether or not the clothes are cute, but the video definitely works as a great promotional piece.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 25, 2010 / By

Johansson/Heidi Nilausen Promo Video

It’s Thursday so I’m gonna be throwing a ton of video content your way for the majority of the day, but we’re gonna start off with a music video/fashion showcase. The music is by a Swedish artist named Johansson while the clothing was created by Heidi Nilausen and combined they’ve got something really great going on.

The video was directed by Philippe Tempelman and Kian Zubicky and it’s beautifully shot
by photographer Axel Lindahl, who definitely gives it it’s overall mood. To me the video looks like something Karin Andersson of The Knife would do if she made a clothing line. IT’s mysterious and moody and to be honest totally fun. I think not only is the video beautiful but the song is pretty rad as well, I hope I get to hear more from this Johansson fella’.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 24, 2010 / By

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