Thanks for the heads up, Jadell.
It’s not perfect, granted, but Night and Day is a wonderfully original idea with some great shots. It’s a project by Philip Stockton, who says: “New York: Night and Day is a combination of non-traditional video time-lapse and animation. I filmed day and night scenes from around New York City and combined them back into single sequences using rotoscoping techniques. The piece explores the relationships between night and day, by compositing together scenes shot in the same location over a time period ranging from 4 – 8 hours. I hope you enjoy it.”
Olympic Vermin is such a great title for this video, featuring the scruffy creatures of London having their own mini-Olympic torch lighting. I have to say, I’d almost rather watch this then the real Olympics. Those rats are pretty cute (but you know, not in real life). Nice work from Amael Isnard and Leo Bridle.(via)
“Join this lovable crew of droids as they solve their differences the only way dubstep robots know how.”
Full screen. Headphones. Volume.
This is an unofficial video. It’s made with an excerpt of the animation ‘Girl And Dolphin’ by R. Zelma. The song is from the album ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’. Love that cello!
“I’m a little lost
Or that could be an understatement
Oh now I hope that I have paid the cost
To let a day go on by and not
Call on you”
Loads of familiar faces in the mix…wicked.
The Sham-Ettes sing “(Hey there) Big Bad Wolf”, accompanied by clips from Betty Boop in Dizzy Red Riding-Hood (1931).
The Sham-Ettes (a.k.a. the Shamettes) were Loraine Genero, Jane Anderson, and Fran Curcio, who acted as sidekicks for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in his live Revue. After Sam the Sham had a hit with “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” in 1966 they were called upon to record an answer song, “(Hey There) Big Bad Wolf,” for which the Sham-Ettes are best remembered today.
Do drugs stop working if you know they are little better than a sugar pill? And do cultural factors, like our collective faith in a treatment, have a measurable effect on the benefits?
The response to placebo has increased significantly in recent years (as has the response to medication): perhaps our expectations of those drugs have increased.
The Wikipedia page on Placebos is pretty excellent too.
“Our minds create the medicine, and that is pretty freakin’ weird.”
This was banned in 1934 because it features drug use (she tries to help the creepy clown’s toothache). But… well if you really MUST see it for yourself, just skip to 4.00 in. It’s kind of creepy.
Excellent piece of typography/animation/comedy/etc based around the comments on a YouTube clip of a game, or something. I, for one, absolutely LOVE the comments you get in YouTube. Just so bonkers. There must be a lot of very angry people out there constantly screaming at their screens “WTF! OMG man” – so livid they can’t even type straight. Perhaps it’s actually just hugely cathartic, and they sit down to tea after a good vent with a big smile on their face. “Gosh darling, I feel so much better. Told VikingNinja87 where to shove it. He’ll think twice before flaming me again. These chips are good.”
(with a tip of the hat to Felix)
Sometimes the video that goes with a song is just… well is just exactly right. Oren Lavie’s song, Her Morning Elegance, has this gorgeous piece of stop motion (which he also directed). It earned a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Short Form Music Video”. There’s a website here on which you can buy individual frames.
Some bright spark did a fantastic parody of it too:
I like the second day.
(spotted on someone else’s Facebook)
“And I’m still carrying the gift you gave,
It’s a part of me now, it’s been cherished and saved,
It’ll be with me unto the grave
And then unto eternity.”
Script, direction: Andreas Hykade
Design, animation: Andreas Hykade
Animation assistance: Angela Steffen
Art work: Natalia Eck
Compositing: Christof Hoffmann
Sound, Music: Heiko Maile
Funding: MFG and FFA
Production assistance: Simone Fischer
Production: Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Studio FILM BILDER 2010
Of course, this isn’t the first time the show has taken a swipe at Fox: the cartoon has parodied Fox News, while the network’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, has appeared in the show as a “billionaire tyrant”.
It is the first time an artist has been involved in the opening credits of the show, credited with being the most successful television brand of all time. Al Jean, The Simpsons executive producer, joked: “This is what you get when you outsource.”
Banksy is said to have been inspired by reports that Simpsons characters are animated in Seoul, South Korea.
The sequence is said to have been one of the most closely guarded secrets in US television – comparable to the concealment of Banksy’s own identity.
The episode, MoneyBart, will be shown in the UK on 21 October.
You might recognise Josh Cooley‘s pen from his time at Pixar. For the last two years, he’s spent his spare time working on his Lil’ Inappropriate Book line. They’ve now been compiled into a book, and will be released alongside a rocking set of saucy playing cards. There are a few galleries dotted around. I want to buy one of the prints. There’s a link here to some larger images, and a larger range (though smaller) on his blog. Click through and see if you can recognise the films…