31
Oct 10

The Rally to Restore Sanity – Recap w/Jon Stewart Closing Speech video

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a refreshing breadth of fresh air.  As a registered independent it felt like this was the first rally directed at people like me. Who would have thought that at a place where over 200,000 people huddled together en masse that the shouting between the far left and right would stop, if only for a moment.

The closing speech by Jon Stewart (embedded below) was brilliant.  Using merging traffic as a testament to the fact that we can and do find a way to get along despite our differences was especially moving.  The experiments conducted by The Mythbuster guys were amazing.  First they created variations of what had to be the largest human wave ever, then they tried to create a seismic tremor by having everyone jump all at once.  It worked, kinda.  The duel between Flower Power artist Yusef and the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne was really entertaining and kept the centrist theme alive. I thought this rally would just be more of the same rhetoric wrapped in sheep’s clothing, instead it was a moment to remind us that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

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TrevZ


28
Oct 10

Everyone Forever Now – “Stoop Sitting”

As a kid I would spend hours sitting on my stoop watching people interacting with each other, laughing, playing fighting.  I still do this to some extent just not so much on my stoop.  Here is a cool little video from the Everynone team that looks at this pastime.

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Trevz


28
Oct 10

1980 News Report Predicts TV’s merging with Computers/Failing Newspapers

Eerily accurate predictions about media combined with now vintage TV Graphics and hardware makes for a really cool watch, especially if you alive back in the 80′s.

This posting courtesy of Mediaite.com

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Trevz


26
Oct 10

Lou Dorfsman – Gastrotypographicalassemblage

The UK based Kemistry Gallery is celebrating the work of legendary designer Lou Dorfsman, art director for the CBS network. The exhibit focuses on his most well known creation a handmade wooden typographic wall that he named Gastrotypographicalassemblage.  For a brief overview of his work check out the video embedded below directed by Christian Carlsson.

Trevz


25
Oct 10

LeBron James – What Should I Do?

Check out the new LeBron James Nike commercial where he answers many of his major critics.  Well sort of. The commercial is titled “Rise.”

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TrevZ


25
Oct 10

Luna Vega Will Make You Internet Famous

I recently spent some time with Luna Vega a digital marketing consultant who navigates the downtown scene and the corporate boardroom with equal virtuosity. Hear what Luna has to say about Social Media’s increasing role in today’s corporate culture.

TrevZ

Luna Vega – Digital Marketing Consultant from luna vega on Vimeo.


24
Oct 10

Kanye West – Runaway Review/Video (Uncensored)

The internet is abuzz about Kanye’s short film/music video “Runaway” a visual tour de force that tells the story of a Pheonix and is a not so subtle metaphor for Kanye’s return to the spotlight.  Kanye says he was influenced by directors like George Lucas, Felini, Kubrik and that he wanted to create a landscape for the tracks that normally wouldn’t see the light of day in terms of a music video production.  With breathtaking costumes, picturesque sets, CGI it’s got it all.  Props to the costume design of Phillip Lim & Martin Izqueirdo, the art director Vanessa Beecroft, and the cinematographer Kyle Kibbe.  They did Yeoman’s work on this project. Kanye is credited as a “Director” and legendary Hip Hop music video director Hype Williams is credited as a writer.  As a filmmaker myself I am always leery of artist throwing their weight around to don the directors cap. A common practice in the music video world where the label often kowtows to the artist’s every whim. However in this film I do see Kanye’s heavy hand at work.

This wouldn’t be a Kanye video if it didn’t have some controversy just for controversy’s sake.  As in a scene where whites play a subservient role to blacks.  This video however brilliant visually has allot of glaring holes technically that I chalk up to Kanye’s inexperience as a director. Take for example the main dinning sequence where he performs Lets Give a Toast to the Douchebags. The camera cranes up and down incessantly falling in love with it’s own creation.  I became so aware of the camera moves that I started to notice that the dancers were strenuously trying to hold their stances.  This broke the illusion for me.  I am a big believer in always keeping the audience wanting more.  Instead I found myself glancing at the timeline. Knowing when to take the brush off the canvas is a discipline Kanye lacks as a filmmaker.

I loved the dance sequence even if the Hip Hop influence in the solo performances were a bit much.  The acting in this video was a major distraction and clearly ran a far second to the visuals.  Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks who plays the Pheonix does a decent job, however the supporting cast and Kanye himself were stiff and unconvincing in the few lines that they had to deliver.  These kind of oversights can be expected on a project where a strong willed director with a strong vision is surrounded by yes-men.

In the end Runaway is unlike anything I have ever seen in the music video realm and I would watch this video again and again however self indulgent and narcissistic it is.  However I think that the distinction between a music video and a film needs to be made here. Without these distinctions artist turned directors will never become disciplined enough to bring out the true potential their very unique ideas can offer us.

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Trevz


21
Oct 10

Aloe Blacc – Take Away Show

Many of us myself included was introduced to the soulful sounds of Aloe Blacc via the title track “I Need a Dollar“ on the HBO show How to Make it in America. This track is remarkably relevant for our time and the show, and has such an authentic 70′s vibe that I thought it was sung by some old timer in his 50′s or 60′s.  In truth Aloe Blacc is a modern day crooner who got his start as a MC in the mid 90′s with an indie rap group called Emanon.

The first video courtesy of La blogotheque is a brilliant example of letting a moment happen in all it’s lo-fi glory. He performs two tracks the second is the title track from the show. Check it out and if you somehow find yourself not toe tapping, head nodding, or hand clapping, then proceed to check yourself into a morgue cuz your dead.

The second part I was hesitant to play this video mostly due to it’s 13 minute plus runtime and my belief that it could not top the first video. In the first 6 minutes of this video where Blacc performs his track “You Make Me Smile” from his upcoming album Good Things I was moved me to tears.  What a simple but lovely moment, what a beautiful song.

Rarely do videos have that affect on me.  And to the director Colin Solal Cardo, Bravo!  This moment could easily get lost with bad framing, missed shots and excessive editing. This to me is a perfect example of what makes today’s videographer a force.  For almost no money and a vision one can do what music videos have failed to do in the past 30 years, that is bring real moments to you that sell an artist without selling out. I’m officially sold on my new favorite artist Aloe Blacc.

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21
Oct 10

DBB – Gratuitious Hotness

A friend and neighbor of mine Igor of Driven By Boredom fame who is also the lead character in my web series The Scene did me a favor recently.  In return I told him I would hook him up with some editing.  In true DBB form he thought it would be cool for me to edit some raw footage he had sitting around of girls making out. Pointless maybe, Hot definitely.  Can’t really question his methods since his site which features lots of hipsters bearing their bosoms gets tons of traffic.  For a deeper explanation of the method behind his madness log onto his site.

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Trevz


18
Oct 10

Guy sends IPhone into space – Records it all

This is one of the most incredible videos I have ever seen. Beyond genius.

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