Well I had to face my subconscious fear of clowns in order to take in this strange short film from written by Andreas Nilsson & Jeff Tetrea.

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Felix Urbauer shot this beautiful rider profile of Andi Wittmann on the RED basically just for fun. If this doesn’t make you want to saddle up and shred, I don’t know what will.

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Paul Trillo wrote, shot, directed and edited this short titled ‘How to Fly a Kite’ originally for the 48 Hour Film Festival. Music is by Anthony Bello.

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This has been online for 9 months already but is still worth sharing for the accolades it garnered alone. ‘The Light of Life’ was directed by Daihei Shibata with piano by Naomi Yaguchi and music by Debussy featuring the song “Clair de Lune”. Beautiful video.

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‘Photocopy Romance’ is the latest music video put together by Neverhide Films. It’s a great video and serves as a very ingenuitive piece of stop motion animation. Neverhide took care to thoroughly document the experience and you can see some great ‘making of’ images in their Flickr-folio.

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Martin de Thurah created this short film as a part of the Danish pavillion EXPO Shanghai 2010.

Director Martin de Thurah
Dop Kasper Tuxen, Martin de Thurah
Edit Adam Nielsen
Producer Malene Dyhring / Bacon
Music Michael Andrews, Jonsi & alex, Johann Sebastian Bach

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Sam O’Hare put together this awesome video of the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. You can learn a little more about the project straight from O’Hare himself here. I really love the effect utilized to create videos like these.

Original music by Human (humanworldwide.com)
Composer: Matthew O’Malley
Lead Vocal: Alexx Calise
Music Producer/CD: Mike Jurasits
EP: Marc Altshuler

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Motion/Direction agency Not to Scale has relaunched their website and it’s an excellent example of how to keep a site simple but make it interesting via color and placement. It does a great job at showcasing the work of their top directors and it makes sorting through the content fun.

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Mr. Harrison (if you please) is a graduate from Central St. Martins and has been on a streak directing some highly unusual but brilliant music videos. The most recent of which is the above video for Asprins single ‘Cutter’. It’s not quite like anything I have seen lately. Mr. Harrison is one to keep an eye on.

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Noah Conopask is currently a director in Shilo’s NY office and has worked for Digital Kitchen in the past. He has earned an Emmy nomination for past directorial work. Aside from being an accomplished commercial director he is also a photographer with an amazing eye for composition. In short, he is a multifaceted talent with an amazing portfolio of work.

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“In the future, an Ex-Soldier is placed in virtual exercises to cure his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the simulations, he sees glimpses of a mysterious girl, presumably someone from his past. When a Stranger appears in his facility offering answers, the Soldier finds himself once again asked to kill, this time for her…”

This is a surprising short that is rich in plot and character development. It’s rare you see something of this length put online and it’s equally surprising to see such a strong cast supporting a project like this. It’s beautifully shot and well directed by Christian Swegal.

Starring Reshad Strik, Beau Bridges, Ernie Hudson, and Rachel Specter

Directed by Christian Swegal
Written by Benjamin Murphy
Produced by Ian Colhoun
Executive Produced by Adam Hendricks
Cinematography by Max Goldman
Production Design by Zach Matthews
Costume Design by Marta Villalobos
Sound Design by Jamie Hardt
Edited by Christian Swegal & Tom Muldoon
Music by Cyril Morin

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Spike Jonze executive produced this wonderful video for Lakai that was directed by Ty Evans. Needless to say some talented people were involved in the process. It’s always interesting to see people with such huge pull in the entertainment world producing work for Skate brands. I want to get in on something like this.

Lakai Skate and Create 2010
Dir: Ty Evans
Ex Produced: Spike Jonze
DP: Marc Ritzema
Artist: Ima Robot “Ruthless”
Format: RED MX, 5D and 7D

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“Steve Berra (The Berrics) joins Mexican skaters Jesus Gonzalez, Eder Martinez, Mario Saenz, Angel Santiago and American Luis Tolentino for this Burn Ignite film, shot on location in Mexico City.

This film was created alongside two short-form documentaries, one featuring Jess Kimura and the all girl hardcore snowboarding film collective Peep Show, the other is a portrait that celebrates the electric lyrics and gritty beat artistry of rapper/poet Julius Wright, aka Lyrical God.”

And skate culture continues to inspire the production of good art.

Directed by Garth Davis
DOP: Greig Fraser
Camera: Canon 5D(!)
Music written produced & performed by Django Django

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Graphic Havoc or GHAVA for short has stayed busy and have lately worked on campaigns for both AOL and Mtv. They are a staple on the inspiration list for a lot of graphic designers but they have turned much more strongly toward direction as of late. I particularly enjoyed some of their recent retro Napoleon Dynamite-inspired T.V. spots.

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“This video won the 2nd prize in the fiction category for the ‘Hazlo en Corto-metraje’ competition in Mexico this year. It’s about a hero who has to fall on hard times before discovering his true calling.”

By Juan E. Bedolla.

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I am a designer, director and artist from the Netherlands, living in Berlin.

After graduating college in 2002 I established a company in Amsterdam providing illustration, graphic design and animation for clients such as MTV Asia, Nickelodeon, Submarinechannel, Esquire, Volkskrant Magazine and Park Avenue. This year (2008) I relocated to the German capital. And although I have not stopped working for clients, my primary focus for the moment is on personal work.”

The above video was created as the opener for the 2010 Pictoplasma Festival. You can see more of Fons Schiedon’s videos at his Vimeo page as well.

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The short film Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.

Direction and cinematography by: Arev Manoukian

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Dutch director/artist duo Lernert & Sander have updated their joint portfolio with some new ‘hands-on’ project work for video. Apparently they love their work and it shows through their efforts. We love it too.

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