April 9, 2014

Ascent of Man: Bruce McCall’s Artwork Animated by Smiley Guy Studios

This is old but I wanted to post it up anyway as it is so good. Reminds me of the excellent animation by Nina Paley called, This Land is Mine but on a whole other level. I also liked this other video, Clear Conscience by Smiley Guy Studios for the same reason- great storytelling and I have been a fan of Bruce McCall’s work for years.  I also enjoyed this Ted Talk on Faux Nostalgic Art he did in May 2008.  


April 7, 2014

The Hope of a Favourable Outcome by Carly Paradis

Loved this. So cool that the Brothers Lynch used this hypnotic material- all from Victorian phenakistoscopes woven into a seamless and endless loop.  

April 4, 2014
Blood, Music and Disco Balls: This is How to Host a Film Premiere

We went to this event with a small posse of friends of White Hills and were IMPRESSED with the entire evening! Besides enjoying the film immensely, we all laughed while walking around NYC with our dark glasses on and loved experiencing the music and seeing the reconstructed film sets at the music venue, Santos Party House. So fun! Quote about White Hills from the attached article below:

White Hills also performed a representative series of songs, projecting other worldly medleys of harsh, direct, and transportive music. If bleeps could respond like gongs, it’d sound a bit like them. Their sequence in the film shows Swinton and Hiddleston out at a venue (a once in a 100 years sort of thing for Adam) absorbing some of the scene. 

April 3, 2014

King Truelove and the Relics: Two Little Devils at Christmas

I just realized now that I never shared this video we did at Christmas. It’s a very short music video that Zachary and I shot with three cameras. Wolfgang Lehner was the third camera and he was able to light it with his exceptional eye and talent. I like how it came out as it’s super jazzy and fits the nature of the song. I also learned a lot about lighting from Wolfgang on this shoot.  The lights we set up were mounted pretty high up in the room so the shots at :50 seconds in and again at 1:50 give us a nice effect. Loved working with John Truelove and Terry King on this!

We shot it on a Canon 5D, a Canon 60D and a Canon C100. The shoot was in Redbank, NJ at a cool place called, Retromedia Studios. 

March 27, 2014

Travel with Style - Casey Neistat
I love this. Not only because I have been admiring Mr. Neistat’s videos for years but because he does this ad in an interesting and intriguing way to keeps me wanting more. The best moments are when he is surfing and riding the motorcycle IN THE SUIT of course.

March 12, 2014

My friend Antronhy Hodgkinson has posted the first in a series of touring videos on White Hills that you should watch! Antronhy had unprecedented access to the trio so this psychedelic music video, titled White Hills: Starboard 13k4, highlights the band’s private moments on the road and the power in their live performances. I especially like the end at 4:21 where you see the shot from the side of the stage. Wow! Enjoy this 5 minutes of mind-melting trippyness!

February 26, 2014
Lizzie Widdicombe: The Vice Guide to the World : The New Yorker
I thought this was an interesting article as it made me head over to www.vice.com so that I could check out some of their original content. I have enjoyed some of their HBO show so wanted to see their shorter offerings. Their featured video Fresh off the Boat: NYC-Part 1 was the first video I watched as it was the first to come up and seemed recent. It’s a show about Eddie Huang who seems to be a sitcom producer but I didn’t know much more than that from the hip title sequence- maybe he is an immigrant? I guess it’s a travel show where Eddie takes us to local places? I did like the Shanghai episode where I learned he is from Hunan, China and incidently is a restauranteur.
The other video I watched was titled Lebanon’s Illegal Arms Bazaar and I liked that piece much more as it was reported by Aris Roussinos and was a more traditional voice in conflict reportage.  I liked the access they gave me to the gun dealers “behind the news” and how they interjected meaningful questions within the logistics of how all this worked. One of the young masked men that he spoke to was maybe 18 so it drew me in and made me want more.
It reminded me of GNN, or the Guerrilla News Network from years ago. But they aren’t really relevant anymore are they? Don’t get me wrong, I would work for them in a second. I just wonder how they are able to fund all these offices around the world. From the article, I learned that they support themselves from a combination of ventures including an ad agency called Virtue and utilizing sponsored content. The most interesting quote from the article was from Shane Smith, one of the founders who follows two copted internal rules: simplify then exaggerate. “We want you to love us or hate us. We just don’t want you to be indifferent”.

Lizzie Widdicombe: The Vice Guide to the World : The New Yorker

I thought this was an interesting article as it made me head over to www.vice.com so that I could check out some of their original content. I have enjoyed some of their HBO show so wanted to see their shorter offerings. Their featured video Fresh off the Boat: NYC-Part 1 was the first video I watched as it was the first to come up and seemed recent. It’s a show about Eddie Huang who seems to be a sitcom producer but I didn’t know much more than that from the hip title sequence- maybe he is an immigrant? I guess it’s a travel show where Eddie takes us to local places? I did like the Shanghai episode where I learned he is from Hunan, China and incidently is a restauranteur.

The other video I watched was titled Lebanon’s Illegal Arms Bazaar and I liked that piece much more as it was reported by Aris Roussinos and was a more traditional voice in conflict reportage.  I liked the access they gave me to the gun dealers “behind the news” and how they interjected meaningful questions within the logistics of how all this worked. One of the young masked men that he spoke to was maybe 18 so it drew me in and made me want more.

It reminded me of GNN, or the Guerrilla News Network from years ago. But they aren’t really relevant anymore are they? Don’t get me wrong, I would work for them in a second. I just wonder how they are able to fund all these offices around the world. From the article, I learned that they support themselves from a combination of ventures including an ad agency called Virtue and utilizing sponsored content. The most interesting quote from the article was from Shane Smith, one of the founders who follows two copted internal rules: simplify then exaggerate. “We want you to love us or hate us. We just don’t want you to be indifferent”.

February 11, 2014

To celebrate our love of the Olympics, we are very pleased to share with you our video from the 2006 Winter  games in Torino and our own Moralis the cat competing. Any of you who knew Moralis would understand the focus and determination it took to win this one. Enjoy!

January 21, 2014

Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom and Rob Brydon talk about their new film, The Trip to Italy at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. I love these guys and what happens when they put their creative genius together. It sounds  like it’s a sequel to The Trip where one of my favorite scenes ever was captured between Coogan and Brydon who have a rapport that just makes me giggle. It’s basically a mock documentary where these guys just travel around, eat and poke fun at anything and everything like Christian Bale and have a good old time. The chat is interesting because you get to hear a little about their process with Winterbottom chiming in to talk a little about how they set up the structure and then let Coogan and Brydon do their thing with improvising. Wow. There is also a fabulous section at 36:00 in where you really catch why they are such a successful comic team. Their personalities are what mesh together so well and their playful jabbing at each-other is what makes us laugh.

And at 51:35 Coogan delves deeper inside his development as an actor in films, “Irony is really satisfying but ultimately it’s limiting, because irony is like a parachute so you say… it’s like the cowards way out. And I was thinking, how does it feel when you say something sincere and then you DON’T undercut it with a joke. Because that’s REALLY hard to do. And we do that at the end of Philomena, but that’s difficult, it’s important to know when NOT to do the joke.”

Oh and you can fast forward to about 15 minutes in for the conversation to start.

December 22, 2013

Future leaders of the 21st Century.