Posts in the "Film" Category

August 7, 2012

Girl Walk All Day X More & Co.

We went to one of my favorite places in the world this weekend, Mass Moca, to see Girl Walk // All Day play on the big screen out in the courtyard and under the stars. That all sounds wonderful I’m sure, but nothing compares to how actually wonderful, uplifting and exciting it really was that night.

You’ll have to watch the movie (you can see the whole thing on the website, buy the DVD or come to 3S Artspace in Portsmouth where they’ll be showing it on a huge, inflatable big screen to close out the tour in September) to get the full effect of what kind of all-consuming happiness it fills your soul with – but here are a few pics I snapped at the DANCE PARTY that happened after the screening. That’s right. Dance party. If you watch this movie, there is NO WAY YOU WILL NOT WANT TO GET UP AND DANCE.

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June 14, 2012

Wayne White – Beauty is Embarassing

I’ve been meaning to post about Wayne White since the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival went down here in Durham in the spring.  I got a chance to catch the biographical film about White’s life, “Beauty Is Embarassing,” and it was incredible.

Wayne White is a subversive illustrator, art director, sculptor, animator, just-the-right-amount of crazy folk artist.

For those of you out there who don’t realize that you already know who Wayne White is, here are a few images to jog your memory.  Wayne is the creative genius behind all of this (warning: if you’re a child of the 80′s, you may have some visceral reactions):

Pee Wee’s Playhouse – Wayne was part of the small team that designed and built all the crazy shit on Pee Wee’s set

Beekman’s World – Never did get into this one, but still full of insane, glorious 80′s maximalist imagery.

Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” video – Ah, the good old days, when MTV played music videos.

And Peter Gabriel’s acid dream video for “Big Time”

But what I didn’t know about Wayne until I saw the documentary about him, was that he’s also an extremely talented, classically trained painter with a bone to pick and a dirty mouth.  His word paintings (typically painted on top of crappy antique store paintings) are what put him on the radar, or in some cases, in the crosshairs, of the fine art world.


He also plays the banjo, sculpts massive installations, and dresses up with a giant LBJ head and goes galavanting around town.  The documentary, Beauty Is Embarassing, is raising money through Kickstarter to do an independent distribution.  I’d highly encourage you to kick them a few bucks, and if there’s a screening in your area, go see it.


April 30, 2012


So, I found this post on Booooooom last week and I couldn’t stop thinking about it or singing it in my head. I took a look at the comments and a lot of people remarked that this whole vocal loop thing is old, old news – which is true. I’ve even experimented with a loop and drum machine once. It was in college. Whatever.

In case this isn’t old news to you, here are a bunch of really great contenders mainly from the Roland Loop Station festival (which is a big deal in most places outside of the US. Just like soccer. Or football). However, the artists below may be proud prize winners but I still think they pale in comparison to Kawehi’s brilliance in song choice and straight sweetly vocaled finesse. See, she made the song even better than the original.


April 25, 2012

Where things come from

An inspiring motion graphic conceived by Hardy Seiler and executed with the help of his talented peers (yeah thats right, this is student work) for a fictional education tv-series. I am not Hardy’s professor but give this an A… for ace.


April 19, 2012

Jonathan Gurvit

The past few months have afforded me the opportunity to work on a couple of tv spots. I’m new to this game, but so far I’m finding it both incredibly fun and incredibly challenging. As a visual designer, I often find myself letting technique or aesthetic drive the concept instead of building from the core messaging.

Now bear with me on this analogy, and also know that the irony of me being an awful surfer is not lost here. When a surfer takes off paddling, they are looking for the sweet spot on the face of the wave that will drive them forward with enough to speed to allow for a smooth ride. Once they’ve got that speed & stability on their side, they can start carving up the wave and turn a steady ride into a beautiful one. The same is true for a commercial. You need to start by finding the core messaging that needs to be communicated. That’s what drives the spot forward. From that you can build a unique & (hopefully) beautiful spot through technique.

In the midst of concepting this month, Jonathan Gurvit got in touch to share some of his latest spots. I’m a fan.

What do you think?


March 21, 2012

Full Circle

Amazingly clever and well executed video from Callum Cooper (for Klezinski) showing a POV from a jump rope. I really like the creativity and the wow factor of using the this method to film a 360 loop of a person. So pop some dramamine and check it out.

Check out Callum’s site to see a more of his work.


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