Universal Everything for AOL

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The bright and shiny minds behind Universal Everything have created a new ident campaign for the relaunch of AOL. The videos were meant for content to be broadcast through web video, mobile, digital campaigns and outdoor LED displays. When it comes to video, it is all about providing content these days. Is this approach a foreshadowing of what will happen to the production of television commercials in the future? Regardless, it’s gorgeous visual art once again from Universal Everything.

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Michael Paul Young: Updates (Again)

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It wasn’t long ago that Michael Paul Young (one half of the YWFT partnership) put some new work up, but it appears he has just recently launched an entirely new website with yet more tasty tidbits of design and motion graphics work.

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Bablegum – Metropolis Art Prize

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I received word about this contest in my inbox today and felt that with the way the job market has been lately, most people would probably welcome the opportunity to win a contest that offers a hefty cash prize.

“The Metropolis Art Grand Prize: The winner will receive US $20,000, a dedicated artist channel on Babelgum Metropolis and will have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors.

The Best Street Art Video: The winner will receive US $5,000 and have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors. The Best Street Art Video will be selected by juror Cedar Lewisohn, curator of the 2008 Street Art exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery in London.

The Audience Award: The winner will receive US $5,000 and have his/her video screened on Times Square monitors. The Babelgum audience will vote for this award online and on mobile.

The Times Square Special Screening Awards: six runners-up (two from each prize category) will also have their videos screened on Times Square monitors.

Further information about submission specifications and regulations, including deadlines to submit, screen and vote, are available on the Babelgum website.”

20K sounds alright doesn’t it? Good luck.

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OPRE / Twenty120

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Awesome. Don’t wait for a client people. Just get out there and get after it. Build your own body of work. Props to Justin Harder.

Written and Directed by Justin Harder
Executive Producer: Pierre Nobile
Director of Photography: Florian Stadler
Sound Design: Keith Ruggiero
Music: Classixx
Talent: Kelly Thiebaud, Keith Ruggerio (Top hat), Pierre Nobile (Driver)
Line Producers: Pierre Nobile, Mike Silva
Gaffer: Mike Silva
Wardrobe: Maud Cruvelier De Warren
Make Up artists: Kathleen James, Tanya Arce
Duel Choreography: Alex Kudo
Set Photography: Ariel Vardi, Tsugu Wada
Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado
3D Egg: Tim Salikov
Owl: James Rydesky
Design/Animation/Compositing/Color: Justin Harder
Editor: Justin Harder

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Michael Paul Young: Updates

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Michael Paul Young who is one half of We Work For Them/You Work For Them has launched a new website for his personal work. He has some really stunning, what I would call ‘abstract graphic expressionist’ work in his portfolio. He also has a really gorgeous video project (that you can watch above) completed for none other than U2.

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Click 3X

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Click 3X launches a new website complete with a fancy-pants video player (minus a timeline scrubber [sorry, my only beef]). The site isn’t really the hero though, the work is. They have some amazing examples of animation, CGI effects and motion graphics in their ever-growing portfolio. Browsing through their projects is just good fun.

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Absolutely awesome video by Simon and McBess.

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Secta Chameleon – More Than a Feelin

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I really dug both this video and the song.

music by: Secta Chameleon
video by: Emil Goodman

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Konx-Om-Pax: Updates

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Konx-Om-Pax recently updated their site with more bold and strange work, including the video above for Capracara’s single ‘King of the Witches’ (directed and animated by Tom Scholefield). All of their work is very unusual and visually striking.

Link thanks to the almighty Human Resources.

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New York 2008

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Vicente Sahuc filmed the above video recently in New York City while roller skating with his inexpensive casio camera. The camera was mounted on a steadicam that was shooting at 300 fps. After color correcting it himself he reduced the frame rate to 24 frames per second to create the slow motion effect. The result is pretty incredible considering the home-made setup. Expect to see more of this kind of thing in the future as video technology gets better and even more affordable.

I can’t wait until people start shooting quality full length movies. I say do it yourself. Hollywood has got to be sweating. I think very soon the  internet will have them on the run.

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Wild Beasts Video

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“This music video directed by OneInThree for ‘Wild Beasts’ second single of their debut album ‘Limbo Panto’ is a mesmerising & hypnotic tour de force. It pioneers an amazing mind bending visual technique called the ‘Droste Effect’ which is based on an uncompleted lithograph that Escher made in 1956. The maths behind the lithograph was so complicated that Escher was unable to finish the centre of the picture and so left it blank. OneInThree developed the technique from Josh Sommers code so that it could be applied to moving images and apart from a grade & online at The Mill did all the VFX themselves.”

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Radiohead – House of Cards

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Radiohead just released a new video for its song “House of Cards” from the album “In Rainbows”.

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

Watch the making-of video to learn about how the video was made and the various technologies that were used to capture and render 3D data.”

In a word, amazing.

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Nexus Productions

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Brilliant work for motion and video at Nexus Productions. I apologize for never having written about them before. Their work is top notch. Some of the best in the industry.

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Supercar: Wonderword

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This video struck me in a couple different ways. A: It’s weird as hell but also fascinatingly so. By that I mean, after you get over the initial shock of what you are seeing and trying to interpret it gets your marbles rolling around and makes you start to think and consider what is actually happening. B: The music is great and now I am going to go do my homework and find out more about this band and potentially purchase their album.

The video is directed by Koichiro Tsujikawa. You can see a whole slew of his work here at the Pink Tentacle.

Thanks to Denver Egotist for uncovering the link.

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