Back in October of 2011, a small group of filmmakers, photographers and musicians travelled to the remote countryside of Iceland to document their experience, titling the film Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland. The film features photographers Tim Navis and Kim Holtermand, as well the electronic composer Deru – who composed and curated an original score based on field recordings from the trip. Now you can watch their experience in it’s entirety, which they’ve posted on Vimeo, and which I’ve embedded above.
If you enjoyed the film you should also check out the soundtrack that Deru put together, which features his original compositions as well as music from other great artists like John Talbot, Shigeto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Son Lux, Asura, Heathered Pearls, and lots more. It’s only $9 on Bandcamp
, totally worth the price of two fancy coffees.
New York filmmaker Trent Jaklitsch has created a remarkable short film that documents the minutia of painting. Rather than focusing on the canvas the film focuses on the act of art making, the mixing of paint and subtle strokes that go into a larger whole.
The artist being filmed is painter Alyssa Monks who creates really wonderful large scale portraits of people. Her work is quite expressive and loose but filled with nuance and detail. It’s so interesting seeing all the details that are featured in the video and how they transform into one large, cohesive paintings.
Why do birds look the way they do? Its not very often that we question the whys of fundamental things, concepts we take for granted because it’s what we’re accustomed to. The team at Zeitguised have done just that in their playful short video Birds. They ponder if birds were made of soap bubbles, created out of leaves, had bodies made up of egg shells, and perhaps the deepest question of all: What if a bird was made out of birdhouse? Watch these bold ideas below.
Following up on Nick’s fantastic piece on Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, reader Fabio Valesini sent me a link to a trailer he animated for the Italian release of the book. It’s interesting to see such a different take on the material compared to the Knopf/Harvill Secker that Penguin Random House is putting out.
Though I haven’t read the book yet it feels like Fabio has certainly captured that ethereal, kinda weird Murakami feeling. When I read his work I always get this sense of alien mystery, that you’re never sure what might happen next, which is reflected in the trailer. Really nice work.
It certainly feels like the act of handwriting is being lost. I’ll never be the person who says something is “dead” though clearly computers have decreased our need for writing by hand. If you could see my handwriting you’d understand just how sad the situation has become. Still, you have hold-outs like the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo who still see life in the practice. They see the shops purpose as creating a richer experience for communication as well as giving people a reason to write things down.
Each item in the shop is researched and hand-selected as customers tend to ask detailed questions about how and where the products are made. They had originally tried carrying mass-market products but they couldn’t compete against the larger chains, eventually going back stocking only the finest in pens, papers, and accessories. Now they also make custom made notebooks, you can see the owner assembling each by hand.
Though you may not take up writing notes by hand again it’s nice to see there are still people out there who are passionate about the experience.
The allure of Tesla is that they do things differently. They revolutionized the concept of the electric car with their Roadster and Model S, the upcoming Model X is due in the fall of 2015, and the Model 3 is due after that, supposedly being priced at $35,000 yet still offering 300 miles per charge.
Director David Holm has tried to capture that allure with epic cinematography. The Model S is shown only in brief glimpses, instead the commercial focuses on bringing to light the idea that Tesla is creating the future. This vehicle is fast, mercurial, and that it lives in a world, maybe universe, of it’s own.
As a part of a promotion for the new show Penny Dreadfuls director Gergely Wootsch was asked to create a series of shorts that tell classic stories in only a couple of minutes. Working alongside animators and designers Iria Lopez, Luiz Stockler, and Joe Sparkes they’ve created a moody re-telling that’s explained by writer and historian Matthew Sweet. I love that the short employs a mixture of illustration and collage, and the subtle usage of color really makes the re-telling that much stronger.
They also did versions of Dracula and Frankenstein which are equally lovely.
Yoo Seungah, a Korean artist and animator, recently released a beautiful short video titled Cactus Flower. It’s a simple tale of two men living together in a quaint apartment, one of whom is trying to get his cactus to bloom. Soon after they’re laying at the beach and couple with a small child walks by, and what you realize is that the cactus blooming is a metaphor for having a child, something the couple would like to have.
It’s a simple, lovely tale that’s extremely well-drawn and animated. Seungah has a really expressive style and the color palette used is pretty eclectic. There’s also a great use of texture in the characters and their environments which really creates a world that’s charming and memorable.