Looking like something between Napoleon Dynamite and a Wes Andersen flick comes Machotaildrop, the tale of “an amateur skateboarder, Walter Rhum, who realizes his dream of turning pro and riding for the world’s greatest skateboard company… Machotaildrop.” The movie looks pretty ridiculous in all the best ways, dues wearing striped shirts, stuffed horses and eccentric foreigners. I also like that they threw in the P:ano song Heaven, which plays in the middle of the trailer. Should be a fun and mindless movie.
I got an email a couple days ago from KN reader Rory O’Sullivan who wanted to let me know that he’d finished a video promoting the Rethink Scholarship at Langara College. They’re offering $18,000 and a 3 month internship for aspiring designers and art directors, all you need to do is fill a sketchbook full of ideas or rebuild the sketchbook into something else.
To illustrate this idea Rory created a visual journey, presenting tips for better ideas. Each page is filled with a helpful tip and small brilliant ways of visualizing them, like opening a chest up to illustrate the idea of trusting your gut. I also think it’s great how he reveals some of the messages through the use of a black light and embossed words. He came up with so many clever ideas and it’s just terrificly done.
Did I mention that today is all video day? Cuz’ it is. I don’t usually like to post videos more than once every couple days but I kept finding videos that were really exciting, so here we are. This video above by LEGO, which was created for their Lego CL!CK site, might be my favorite of them all though.
It’s a short film about a man who’s trying to figure out how to make a man fly by himself. But he’s struggling through a creative block until the literal blocks fall upon his table and turn into a factory of ideas. He searches through the factory, trying to find his idea until he finally comes upon it.
The story is told entirely through stop-motion, or something like it, and almost has an Amélie vibe to it. But there’s also a bit of Wallace and Gromitt-esque humor to it as well, that makes you kind of grin to yourself while you watch it. I also think it’s great that hte factory is filled with all kinds of ideas, represented in different sizes depending on how complex they are. The best example is the idea of world peace, which is a giant light bulb sitting in a courtyard, still yet to be completed. But then there are smaller ideas, like the idea of peanut butter pasta… blech.
The guys from OK Go have a new album out called Of the Blue Colour of the Sky and with it are a slew of absolutely clever videos. They still might be the 2010 version of Maroon 5, but that’s beside the point. The video above is for the song This Too Shall Pass and features the guys marching around with the Notre Dame marching band in an open field, though some are in ghillie suits, hiding among the brush.
I guess the really admirable thing about this video is that it was all shot in one take, or at least it seems to be, though there is a part in the middle where they cut away which seems fishy. Nonetheless it’s quite a feat to coordinate such a thing, and no matter what you may think of their music they excel at creating really memorable music videos.
I’m sure most of you have already seen Andrew Zuckerman’s books CREATURE and BIRD, but have you seen the behind scenes video of these animals being photographed? I used to work for a photographer who took shots nearly identical to these (but many years before), so I know what it’s like to be around crazy animals, who in real life, you’d never get a chance to be close to. It’s so interesting to watch them, well, do their thing.
It’s also interesting to point out all the post production that goes into making these shots look like they do. I used to retouch the images as well, and holy crap is it a lot of work. Anyhow, watch the video and get a sense of how amazing these animals really are.