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.
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.
I’ve been on kind of a video binge lately, and this is what started it all. On Thursday, I think I’m going to post nothing but videos for the day, but that’s besides the point. I remember hearing about this little experiment a few months back that Blu Dot, a store that sells high-end design furniture, would be giving away 25 chairs in random locations scattered throughout New York. The buzz on Twitter alone was pretty exciting. But as it turned out, they had much more in mind, what they called The Real Good Experiment.
They ended up watching the chairs from afar, waiting to see who would take them. Not only that, but they even rigged the chairs up with GPS units just in case they lost them somehow. As you’ll see in the video they were able to track a few of them down and then interview the people who took the chairs, to ask them why they took them.
For some reason I find this video absolutely magical. The production value of the video is off the scale, most notably for me was the audio. It’s also funny to see who passes up the chair and who actually takes them. Note to large brands: this is how you get people to buy your products.
My buddy Dave Franzese sent me an email with a hysterical little promotional video his studio Dark Igloo did for New York eatery The Pump and I can’t stop laughing. The video centers around the fictitious Crap corporation, with ads featuring Crap being put on all manners of foods and made to look like modern day twists on old advertisements.
When watching the video you should watch all the way through the first time, then watch again but pause each at each new scenario so you can read the copy that was written, it’s really funny. The ads themselves area also really well done, looking like something you’ve definitely seen before but with a more demented angle to them all.
When I first started this blog I was desperately looking for a WordPress theme that I liked, which if you’ve ever tried to parse through WordPress themes it’s a bit crappy. But I was able to come across a blog by a fellow named Michael Bojkowski who had a theme that was simple and everything I wanted. Well, I still use that theme to this day, though it’s been tweaked to the nth degree, but I owe Michael for helping me out.
Anyhow, he now runs a blog called Linefeed which is filled with all kinds of interesting design and ideas. Every time I visit I’m always amazed by all the new stuff he has up, it’s like he finds things from a different universe, it’s amazing. One thing he does consistently is his Reading List, which is his review of magazines from the month. The one above is a mixture of December and January, but he presents some interesting magazines you might not know about and some insightful commentary on ones you do.
I love meat. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s delicious and I’m never going to stop eating it. If you don’t eat meat, that’s cool too, one of my best friends hasn’t eat meat in 18 years (he’s 30). One of the reasons that people choose not to eat meat is the cruel treatment of animals in regards to factory farming. I don’t really want to get into that aspect of it, what I do want to talk about is the people who do treat animals with respect.
The video above is a butcher named Vadim Akimenko who is butchering a 211 pound pig. After all is said and done, he’s left with only 1 pound of meat that he doesn’t use. To me that’s the ultimate sign of respect to an animal that was raised purposefully to feed us. I don’t know where the pig in the video above was raised, but my guess would be a local farm as the pig is pretty fresh. And while the video is quite intense, I don’t think it should be viewed as graphic. Going to McDonald’s is not the natural way, there’s nothing natural about any of it.
I also keep reading a lot about butchers lately, especially how it’s starting to become more mainstream. I think this is something that we need to start embracing and learning more about. It goes along with the idea of growing your own food and raising chickens. Even in big cities or stretched out suburban neighborhoods these are small changes we can make to do things differently, and more importantly, better.
Back in the end of 2008 Shoot The Player (it’s like the Australian La Blogotheque) got together with the folks in Beach House to record a song. They ended up playing the song Used To Be which wasn’t released until their most recent album Teen Dream. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, but the album is pretty flawless anyhow. She also does a janky rendition of TLC’s Waterfalls which is pretty funny, it’s almost a karaoke quality performance. I hadn’t seen this video until the other day, I’m probably a little behind on this, but I thought I’d share it with you.
On the last #musicmonday I was expressing how much I’m in love with the new Owen Pallett album, Heartland, so I have a little bit of proof to show exactly how great it is. About a week ago the folks at Yours Truly put together a little Twitter contest to be a part of intimate studio session with Owen, so basically a tiny, private concert (insert me being insanely jealous). Owen, along with his fellow musician Thomas, played some of the songs off of new album and they sounded great. The song above is Lewis Takes Action and is one of my favorites.
Heartland comes out on January 12th here in the States and on the 18th in Europe, so be prepared. There’s also another video of the guys performing which you can see here.