Category Archives: Video

Film, People, Video

Dakota Johnson Navigates Relationship Issues in a New mockumentary

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Actress Dakota Johnson – who will play the role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey – is seen in another film about sex and love. Titled ‘In a Relationship’, it’s a nineteen minute short film that takes a look into the private lives of two couples. Directed by Sam Boyd, it explores two relationship phases: the early stages of a romance vs. two lovers stuck in a rut – shot in a mockumentary style. Featuring other high-profile actors (Nicholas Braun, and Peter Gallagher), this so-called mockumentary is an impressively accurate representation of two kinds of relationships—the casual fling/hook-up that has the potential to turn into more and the five-year relationship that is slowly becoming stale.

Inspired by Woody Allen’s ‘Husbands and Wives’ and a frustration with the lack of depth in contemporary romantic comedies, the director set out to create a film that is an honest depiction of young love today: “I thought it was funny that romantic comedies were always about these made-up problems. ‘I met the perfect guy but, oh no, it turns out he’s a ghost! How is this ever going to work?’ The idea with In a Relationship was to dig deep into the things that really hinder romantic happiness,” Boyd said to Vogue.com. Watch it after the break. Read More »

Culture, Fashion, People, Video

When three fashion bloggers learn where their clothes are made

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Sweatshop Dead Cheap Fashion is a Norwegian reality television show that was broadcast in November 2014 on Aftenposten. The TV series follows a group of three young fashion bloggers named Anniken, Frida and Ludwig who had been invited to live in the same conditions of textile workers in Cambodia. Swapping their privileged lives in trendy Oslo for a situation more dire than they could ever imagine. In the fourth episode we hear Anniken lamenting “What kind of life is this?” when the bloggers aren’t able to spend more than the equivalent of $6 worth of food – a huge step back from the $600 Anniken can spend on clothes every month. Beginning like an exciting social experiment, the blogger arrive in Cambodia to realise that their bathrooms back in Oslo are larger than a Cambodian’s entire house. They meet girls of their same age who earn a meagre $130 a month and their first reactions are:  “She doesn’t know it’s bad, though” or “It has been like that all their lives”. As the series move on, the bloggers realise that not everyone has it as easy as they have. Funnily enough, both Anniken and Frida became activists for the cause after their first-hand experience. They complained to Aftenposten for not broadcasting the terrible conditions in which the workers who put together clothes for H&M are employed. The Swedish fast fashion giant met with the two bloggers and have been asked to improve the working conditions. Later on, the issue was also debated by the Norwegian Parliament.

The entire show can be viewed on Aftenposten’s website, complete with English subtitles. Watch the trailer below.

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Advertising, Art, Film, Photography, Video

Brussels photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte freezes a dancer in time

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Brussels based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte and director André (Nicolas Vantomme) have created a stunning project consisting of a photo series and film that features an acrobatic dancer’s elegant movements that seem frozen in time. Expressive bursts of white powder go up in the air while the dancer gracefully and fluidly moves. Created for Friesland Campina Kievit, a Dutch company that makes all sorts of creamers, the team used high-speed cameras to capture the slow-motion footage and photos of the clouds of powder left behind by professional dancer Noi Pakon. The film was shot on a Phantom Miro at 1500 frames per second, while the pictures were taken with a phase one camera featuring a Credo 60 back, able to reach 60 million pixels and Broncolor flashes at 1/6.000 sec speed. Watch the advertising campaign and a making-of below. Read More »

Culture, Film, Video

The upcoming horror film Unfriended takes over the protagonists’ computer screens

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Unfriended‘ is an upcoming horror film that tells the story of a certain Laura Barns, a girl that commits suicide after an embarrassing video of her party debaucheries surfaces on the internet. Plagued by cyber bullying she ends her life, but some time later she comes back to haunt her bullies and find out who put the video online. But is it Laura or someone else who’s messing with them? The entire film unfolds on the teens’ computer screens in a series of YouTube videos and Skype conversations that become increasingly intruding. When the group of bullying friends are suddenly called by the Skype account of the deceased Laura, the event that started as a joke quickly gets bloody consequences.

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Fashion, Film, People, Video

FASHION HOUSE MARGA WEIMANS will premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam

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A fashion documentary following Dutch designer Marga Weimans on the way to the top and back to her roots in Suriname will premiere during the 44th edition of IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) on January 23. Directed by the up-and-coming Maria Visser, the documentary follows Marga Weimans for over a year on her way to the absolute top in fashion. Weimans is a fashion designer unlike others in many senses. Her talent lies in the combination of multiple disciplines: art, fashion, architecture and technology without conforming to the existing norms in haute couture. Read More »

Culture, People, Technology, Video

It’s now possible to ‘hack’ your own face

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Thanks to Nobumichi Asai it is now possible to ‘hack’ your own face, similar to his previous project ‘Omote’. Asai is part scientist part artist who has applied the skills he learned at the science department of Tohoku University in Japan to film making. In the short video below we see realtime face tracking and three-dimensional projection mapping. In other words, a computer projects images on human faces that move while the projections respond to the way the faces move. The possibilities are endless, and those who saw Richard Linklater’s 2006 dystopian film ‘A Scanner Darkly‘ will remember the ‘scramble suit’ that grants anonymity to its wearers by projection different images over it.

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Art, Film, Video

Watch the captivating trailer for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

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The Coen Brothers’ iconic film Fargo from 1996 has had a severe impact on the film industry, with a TV series sequel that aired this past year and the new feature film ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter‘. In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of the popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it—and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

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Culture, Video

Celebrate the underrated art of skateboarding filmmaking

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Skateboarding and filmmaking have been longtime friends from Spike Jonze’s legendary ‘Video Days’ (1991) to his ultra polished ‘Pretty Sweet’ released in 2012, and many other classic skateboarding films. Despite the fact that skateboarding has something intrinsically cinematic about it, there’s often a lack of appreciation how much skill and talent there is behind the camera of skateboarding videos – outside the tightly guarded world of skateboarding. Skate filmmaker and photographer Kyle Camarillo has created this short vid to fill that void. In this piece we see Miles Silvas and Jack Curtin surfing the raw concrete of San Fran, elegantly bombing the hills in high definition.

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Fashion, Video

Clothing brand Moose Knuckles goes into Winter foreplay

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The concept of ‘Winter’ has different meanings in different places. In Los Angeles, for example, it’s a few months of slightly colder temperatures that sometimes have you searching for a jacket in the back of your closet. In Canada, on the other hand, it requires a wardrobe existing of layers of layers. ‘Winter Is Coming’ can either mean a pleasant hiatus from perpetual heat or a struggle against the unrelenting natural elements and with it the anguish that defines your very existence. The second meaning is one that Canadian clothing brand Moose Knuckle knows best – the label sells high quality winter outerwear – and it’s something they illustrate in their latest web ad, ‘Winter Is Coming’.

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Film, Video

Paranoia runs rampant in new Inherent Vice trailer

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Paul Thomas Anderson takes the audience on a trip filled with paranoia in the latest trailer for one of the most anticipated upcoming films, ‘Inherent Vice’. This crime comedy/thriller follows detective Doc Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) as he agrees to help his ‘ex-old lady’ find out what happened to her billionaire boyfriend. Along the way, he starts to lose grip on what’s real and what is a consequence of his uncontrollable drug abuse. In this trailer, the voice-over cites a list of pop culture reasons as to why the ‘groove’ of the early 60s California had began to disappear and how paranoia replaced good will and peace. Compared to the wacky first trailer, this second one gives more insight into Doc’s world and the impressive supporting cast. The film is expected in US cinemas on January 9 and in the UK at the end of January.