I wanted to transfer from the videos of Thursday into the lovey feelings of Friday. Yes, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, hopefully you’ve realized. so I have a few special V-Day posts planned for today. The first is this really cute video which was done by the awesome folks over at FriendsWithYou. A bit ago they started FWY Studios to handle commercial animation jobs and since have been creating some rather charming pieces.
This one above was created for Match.com and illustrates how we all have a match, it’s just a matter of finding it. In this case, Peas and Carrots unfortunately seem to keep missing each other, but obviously through the wonders of Match they’d find each other… right. Nonetheless the animation is spot-on and totally adorable. I love that the bat and robin go together… like Batman and Robin.
I’ve been keeping my eye on Square for a little bit now, and they continue to pique my interest. Square is a simple idea: letting you people pay for things with just an app and an iPhone/Touch. The benefit of this is giving small businesses the ability to take credit card payments. So when you show up at the taco truck at 1AM after a long night of drinking without cash, you’ll still be in luck.
This seems like such a simple idea, though I’m sure it’s taken a lot of planning and research. But something like this is definitely in need, especially if the process is as easy as the video above illustrates. I’d love to see something like this combined with an iPad, it would almost be like the ultimate all-in-one order form. I’m really looking forward to seeing this idea progress into a more mainstream device.
A little while back everyone was going crazy for that Grizzly Bear video that looked like melty clay… and in my opinion was pretty lame. In comparison is this video for the Bowerbirds song In Our Talons, which is off of their 2007 album Hymns for a Dark Horse. Pretty much the entire video is done in stop motion and looks absolutely amazing, way better then that clay crap.
I think my favorite part is when the crow starts dancing. He rolls into a ball, his feathers change colors, and overall he looks pretty dang real. The crab dancing is funny as well, though the best is when he’s spinning in place, it’s so magical looking. But I think the most beautiful shot overall has to be the praying mantises facing off against each other in the middle of a wildfire. Just writing it out it sounds awesome… and the ending is quite poetic and beautiful.
The video was directed by Alan Poon, who should get some sort of medal for this video. This is how you do stop motion.
The first video off of Jónsi’s upcoming album Go has been released and boy is it a doozy. Musically the song gives me chills. It’s yet another reason to be really excited by this album. I love the way that he chopped up his voice, giving it a bird-like chirp that’s pretty rad. Everything he does always sounds so lush and full of enthusiasm, I don’t know how he does it. Plus listen for the flute part, it’s great.
As for the video it’s kind of insane and reminds me of Tori Amos… I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. It’s certainly pretty but he just looks nuts. Maybe he’ll get a part in Batman 3 as the Birdmaster?