02.21.11

“Official music video for the movie “Take Me Home Tonight” featuring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, Demetri Martin, and more.” Music by Atomic Tom and of course the video also features Alf.

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02.14.11

Raphael Saadiq sings extra smooth to a beautifully shot video that manages to do two things at once: tell a story and sound beautiful. We’ve been made into fans.

Credits:
DIRECTOR Isaiah Seret
EXEC. PRODUCER Danielle Hinde
PRODUCER Ross Levine
CINEMATOGRAPHER Matthew lloyd
STYLIST Diana Contreras
MAKE UP Shannon Pezzetta
HAIR Julie Rea
PROD. DESIGNER. Emmy Eves
ART DIRECTOR Ashley Fenton
EDITOR Luke Lynch
SOUND DESIGN Peter Fineberg
VFX Benjamin Kutsko
ADDITIONAL FX by Bemo
TITLE by OSK Studio
PRODUCTION CO Doomsday Ent.

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02.10.11

There is some slick art direction happening here anchored by a simple but very effective sexual/masturbatory concept.

D.O.P.: Ram van Meel (Umsjatka Studios)
Technical realization installations: Egbert Steenwinkel
Editor: Derek van Egmond
Audio mixing: Diederik Idenburg
Producer: Macha Rousakov (Suikerdepot)
Executive producer: Paul Harting & Anne-Brit de Jong (Suikerdepot)
Post production: Hectic Electric
Post production photography: Jan Hibma

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02.07.11

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Jamie Hartley was burning up the interwebs with his video for Twin Shadow a few weeks ago, but I stumbled back into his portfolio last night and had to take a few runs through. I honestly don’t know what the hell’s going on in most of the films or where he gets the footage, but I’m really drawn to the dreamscape, indie hippy nonsense he’s got going on.

His music videos include Twin Shadow, How to Dress Well, His Clancyness and Memory Tapes.

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01.28.11

The Spanish collective Canada has yet again turned out an incredible music video, this time for the Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club’s ‘What You Know’, off their debut album Tourist History. The song is pretty damn catchy and the art direction for the video is spot on, featuring a chorus line of dancing girls that all look like they stepped out of Barcelona in 1986. Directed by Lope Serrano and produced by Partizan.

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01.25.11

You have to give it up to Grace Jones. The woman’s got grit.

Released in 2008 off her album Hurricane, Corporate Cannibal pretty much sums up the scene in America that has defined our era. “You’re my life support. Your life is my sport.” I fully expect Grace to be cranking it out well into retirement age and giving me chills.

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Sometimes you come across so much good stuff all at once it’s hard to know where to look. Such is the case with this little treasure over at yourstru.ly, an oh-so-very SF music and film blog that features the work of my new art crush, Heidi Petty. Also based in San Francisco, Petty’s work is a great aesthetic blend of woolly film stock and digital, although the stand out is this intimate piece for Toro Y Moi, aka Chazwick Bundick (seriously?).Mr. Bundick’s music is on pretty heavy rotation here at the CTT studio. That chillwave vibe was definitely the trend of 2010, but damn it melts your core. So check the vid, give a nod to Brian Wilson, the originator of multi-layered chill and enjoy some good old fashioned music and video.

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01.21.11

Off of their 4th LP titled LP4 (what else) from XL Recordings, Ratatat’s own Evan Mast, aka E*vax, delivers a totally stupid surreal bit of awesomeness starring Fellini, Mike Stroud’s pet parakeet. The band is currently on tour in Australia…stay dry, Fellini.

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01.04.11

Here it is, the official Daft Punk music video for ‘Derezzed’, the first single off the Tron Legacy Soundtrack. If you haven’t seen the film, I give it 2 thumbs down on the writing, 2 thumbs up on visuals and 4 thumbs up on the Daft Punk soundtrack. I was really impressed by the soundtrack specifically. It sincerely elevated my opinion of Daft Punk several pegs up. It carries the movie in a notable way.

Full credits here.

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12.29.10

Director Zack Spiger shot this video for Stone Jack Jones’ ‘Black Coal’ featuring West Virginia in Super 16mm with Kodak black and white stock. Just the right amount of fog sets the mood for an eerie yet beautiful video.

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12.27.10

“Robyn’s ‘Indestructible’ music video showcases a project that started over two years ago generating dynamic textiles made from liquid, air and vapor. 1.2 kilometres of transparent plumbing tubing was knitted with fishing wire to skin Robyn’s body.

40 litres of glycerol pumps through over a kilometre of tube, powered by drill pumps that connect to valves releasing air intermittently between the liquid. Gradient colors pulse through the tubes at different speeds, the effect is a living, breathing dynamic skin that traverses the landscape of the body.”

Full credits here.

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12.23.10

‘Sunlight’ is the latest single from the debut, self-titled album by Bag Raiders. Hot girl, good cinematography and a hipster chimpanzee. What more could you want in a music video?

Directed by Fleur&Manu
Produced by Division.

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12.19.10

Tame Impala took a day off of their European tour to allow director Clemens Habicht to arm himself with a 360° camera in a forest just outside of Paris to shoot this video. I have to admit that since their EP came out, Tame Impala has been high on my list of favorite bands. Yes they sound a little bit like a psychedelic version of The Beatles but that description/comparison shouldn’t detour you but make you think about 2 things that are inarguably awesome and those two things are psychedelia and The Beatles. I had a chance to see them at Red Rocks this summer while they were opening for MGMT and I felt like I was one of the only people paying attention to them as they performed a stripped down yet fantastic sounding set. Keep your eye on these guys because simply put they kick ass.

If you need any creative, another music video or illustrations for your next album Tame Impala, we would proudly be your Huckleberry. We have a special affinity for drinking beer with Australians as luck would have it as well.

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12.16.10

!!! or Chk Chk Chk if you are so inclined took a night from boogie nights with some long tracking shots in this super fun to watch video with an equally super fun music track to match. There are some classic moments in this one.

Directed by: Saman Keshavarz (samankeshavarz.blogspot.com)
Associate Producer: Nate Eggert
Producers: Francis Pollara, Tom Lee
Executive Producers: Lanette Phillips
Commissioner: Laura Tunstall
Cinematographer: Justin Gurnari
Art Directors: Evangeline Joo, Mike Rios, Jillian Mamey
Editor: Nate Tam
Visual FX: Gabe Valente
Additional Visual FX: Alessandro Schiassi
Label: Warp Records (warp.net)
Production Company: Mighty 8 (mighty8.tv)

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12.13.10

This video was directed by Saam Farahmand for the Klaxons single ‘Twin Flames’. Disturbing is probably an apropos adjective in this case if you want to put it mildly with a touch of sarcasm. ‘WTF’ spoken by clearly enunciating each word as opposed to saying the acronym might also be a proper response. Regardless of what you might think out loud or inward this is a strange but technically accomplished piece of art.

Director: Saam Farahmand
Production Company: Partizan
Post House: BlindPig@ Absolute
Producer: Fenella Sanderson
Commissioner: Emily Tedrake
DOP: Dan Bronks
Editor: Gus Herdman@Trim

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12.08.10

Director Kristoffer Borgli takes us on a bit of a surreal acid trip with the help of cinematographer Håvard Byrkjeland for the single ‘Wander’ by Heartfelt. The dark visuals accompanied by the sometimes ‘up’ music create some serious tension.

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11.30.10

Director and DP Alex Fischer employs a simple technique to generate a powerfully memorable result in this video for Apollo Run for the single ‘Stars’ off of their EP “Here Be Dragons Vol. 1″. Simple and beautiful both in song and image.

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11.28.10

Sam Boyd directed this video for Cap Pas Cap’s single titled ‘Friends’ off of their ‘Haunted Light’ LP out now on Skinny Wolves Records. Polygons are hot hot hot.

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