Top 11 Videos of 2010

11) The 2011 Mediocrity
Directed by Baker Smith


This is just hilarious. Its is for Subaru and the spot showcases a mediocre car and what went behind it. Enjoy.

10) Oops
Directed by Chris Beckman


Using existing footage of people dropping/picking up their cameras. The first time I saw this video, I’ll be honest, I skipped through it in just under 15 seconds waiting for something extraordinary to happen. I came back to it 4 days later and watched it in its entirety and was amazed. Such a great idea and well worth the watch. Yes it’s 10 minutes, suck it up. This won Best experimental video of 2010 for the Vimeo Awards.

9) Something Lurking
Directed by Psyop


This spot is awesome in its attention to detail, to go along with the flawless CG. Psyop chooses to use real dolls and just change their expressions in post. I love the dolls don’t move or animate, just the sharks. Psyop just does it better than everyone else, period.

8) Nuit Blanche
Directed by Arev Manoukian


We’ve seen a thousand “cool” videos with high speed cameras of stuff blowing up, people getting hit with water baloons etc. But this video actually has a story; and it’s well done.

7) Timelapse Montage
Directed by Mike Flores


Wow. I can’t believe how many times I have watched this or shown it to others. Every shot is spectacular. All timelapse shots taking a photo every 2-5 seconds or so on a motion control rig. Of course an overlayed score from Hans Zimmer doesn’t hurt. The night shots look surreal.

6) Guy walks Across America
Directed by Sam Griffith


Title says it all. The video is all done stop motion. The hi-five at 1:18 is brilliant. Everything was done with a camera, a tripod, and a tape measure. Done in 14 days. 2,770 still frames were used.

5) Shiny Suds
Directed by Buck.tv


This is awesome from start to finish. Great idea, great animation and well executed. I love her “happy face” at the beginning.

4) Last Day Dream
Directed by Chris Milk


I love pretty much everything Chris Milk touches. He has a certain look that I just seem to love. This is a project for a 42 second Film Festival through the life of one man (in 42 seconds). I love how this person’s selected life could pass for literally anyone else’s life. Be sure to let this load all of the way, and watch away. All shot with the Canon 5D Mark II by Chris Milk.

3) Meet Buck
Directed by Dennis Bouyer, Yann De Preval, Vincent Sousa, Laurent Monneron (all from French animation school Supinfocom)


The animation, rigging is all awesome, but the texturing is what really separates this from anything I have ever seen. I just love the painterly approach to everything. Oh yeah, and these guys are all students.

2) Nike Futbol: Next Level
Directed by Guy Ritchie


The World Cup brought a lot of creativity to the ad world this year. And this is an awesome, very entertaining spot. I love how it is just one point of view through one person’s eyes. Similar to Chris Milk’s 42 second spot in the execution. Anyone who has played any sport, not just soccer, can relate to the games, the practices, and the sound design. One of my favourite sports commercials of all time (which is something I make another list about in the future).

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My Favourite Music Videos of 2010

6) Coldplay: Strawberry Swing
Directed by: Shynola


This video uses stop motion, drawing, and perspective extremely effectively. They tell a great story while not being directly related to the lyrics and is one of those music videos where you just keep watching until the end. Not to mention everything is just so cleverly done, the video still has a soul.

Interview herehttp://bit.ly/fgHiUU

5) OK GO: Pick One.
End Love:

This Too Shall Pass:

This entire list could be OK GO videos but I’ll give them just one spot. The one continuous take of This Too Shall Pass and the stop motion piece of End Love are both incredible. I prefer the Rube Goldberg Machine video of the two as it is just too entertaining and the sounds and visuals match the lyrics perfectly. Eric Gunther & Jeff Lieberman directed End Love and James Frost directed This Too Shall Pass, with the help of Synn labs.
Interview herehttp://bit.ly/gc2qCQ

4) Kid Cudi: Pursuit of Happiness
Directed by: Megaforce

This video rocks and so does the song. Slick transitions. Slick compositing. Everything is just so seamless and the theme just fits the song. I am sure this is what Kid Cudi was thinking when he made this song.

3) Charlotte Gainsbourg: Heaven Can Wait
Directed by: Keith Schofield

Schofield is sick nasty. I really had a hard time deciding between his recent stuff. Let love Rule was very original (check it out here: http://bit.ly/dZysBO) and very enjoyable. He also directed MIMS: Move (http://bit.ly/H0XJr) and the XXX: Safe for Work spot for Diesel was hilarious as well (http://bit.ly/geNolq).
But Heaven Can Wait is my favourite. I love how every frame of this video is a great photograph (albeit done before). There isn’t a wasted frame or scene in this and I love how creepy and somber the tone is. The colour grading rocks too.
However. That said, He ripped this off, word for word off of other people’s photographs. See here: http://bit.ly/hS0PjX.
So make your own conclusions. I still like watching the video regardless, because the fact is, it is well done, and i enjoy every scene.

2) Audiobullys: Only Man
Directed by: Jonas & Francois

This video is just full of awesomeness. Jonas and Francois are without a doubt my favourite music video directors. They love integrating  custom typography, coming up with inventive camera work, energy, and they always seem to do work on great music tracks too (check out the Justice D.A.N.C.E. video they did a few years back: http://bit.ly/fseaMP). very original and creative group of guys. This video has a huge amount of custom designed shoes that look gorgeous on camera. They shoot from below to show a very interesting perspective everything about this is enjoyable for me.

1) Arcade Fire: The Wilderness
Directed by: Chris Milk

http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

I almost broke down when i saw this video. I hadn’t been home in so long that this video kind of hit me pretty hard. They kind of cheated. They used Google maps and HTML5 to drive the visuals to customize everyone’s music video experience. You type in your hometown information, and they create a music video using street views of your neighborhood. Freakin Brilliant.

BS Television

Wow. So I just moved into a new apartment, and decided to opt for just internet instead of the traditional young adult  cable/internet package (does anyone use a landline besides corporations?). I have made it a week without any cable and it has been just fine actually. Everything I would really want is available on the internet anyways. All my CNBC shows are available through iTunes as podcats. I can watch my ESPN through ESPN.com or through ‘other means’. However I came across a series of interviews through  “This week in Startups” an awesome show. If TV was like this, I would watch it every day. Mostly everything on television is so useless that I find it unbelievable some shows (stations) even exist today – But then I don’t. This interview is an awesome talk (really gets good after the 45 minute mark) with two great minds: Jason Calicanis of Mahalo and Engadget fame and David Heinemeier Hansson of Ruby on Rails, Basecamp and 37Signals as they attack everything from startups, to selling your business, to buying a business, to why companies succeed and why focusing on profits is still overlooked. Check it out.

Whew

Wow. Sorry I havent been posting a whole lot lately. Its been a real tough few weeks for me. Some lady hit my car (which is inevitable in Toronto), I finished up my internship, and my parents celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Congratulations to the meathead who hacked into my website. I should get that back up and running this weekend. Im due for a massive update, and I am cutting a new reel from the summer right now.

I had the opportunity to work on a lot of personal projects in my last few weeks at The Electric Company. The guys there were absolutely amazing at helping me with the craziest of ideas.

I was just creating work and ideas that I thought Ad Agencies would be looking for. So that meant creating beer bottle ads, end tag mnemonics, and quick promos.

Trapcode Particular 2

I’ve been messing around with trapcode particular 2, amazing plugin in for after effects. I’m sure most of you have used the previous version of the product. The latest version is a true 3D plugin and allows the particles to respond to lights and casts shadows on each other, which is a huge plus for me. It also has a light streak feature which I’m sure people will be throwing into their promos anytime now. I was messing around yesterday and rendered out 2 tests with particles with multiple lights and shadows. (check it out below) There is also a new tutorial on red giant tv here you can watch that explains the plug in with various quick projects

Particular 2 Tests

Architecture Modeling 3DS Max

Really falling in love with the modeling tools in Max. Everything is really to use and the arch materials are a dream as well. Still nothing like Hypershade, but its fine for now as I have yet to do any complex texturing in Max.

Ive been going slowly through a Digital Tutors DVD that I highly recommend called Modeling Interiors in 3DS Max.

The guy goes through step by step how he models everything in the room. There is nothing on texturing or lighting. Just modeling.

One thing I have noticed is that the difference between a very CG looking object and a more photo-realistic one, is that the CG looking object lacks the imperfections real objects have. Pillows aren’t square they have a bit of a sag to one side or the other. The push/pull painting option (see soft mod in Maya) is great for creating these necessary imperfections.

After I rendered the still out of a simple couch and coffee table scene, I took it into photoshop and added some chromatic aberration, blurring, and dodge and burn. Its not too bad looking but I’m very happy with it because its my first real model with some decent detail. I am not a huge fan of modeling, but it is VERY gratifying to finish something like that. I look forward to doing more.

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Web 2.0 Watercolor Icons

One of my classmates Morgan Finley designed some pretty cool watercolor icons for RSS feeds, facebook, and twitter etc.

check em out here

his website is also here:
http://www.mfinleydesigns.com/

Morgan Finley is a web designer and printmaker who is looking for more and more freelance web design work. Hes a big wordpress guy and understand typography really well. Check him out.