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Mindblowing Video/Audio Experience (AKA: Editing Perfection)

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Quite simply, this is video editing that literally blows me away.

When I close my eyes and listen to music, its always been a very “internally visual” experience. I guess that’s why even early on I always wanted to get into making music videos. Something about the synchronization of the perfect visual with the perfect sound always resonated with me.

Josh Prescott (@Khameleon808) has somehow perfected this in 2 completely mindblowing video pieces. Not only is the timing and rhythm impeccable, the choice of video footage is absolutely spot on and pushes the auditory experience to the extreme. I recommend watching the high resolution versions, shutting off your brain and simply experiencing these…

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Montblanc One Second Contest

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Wow, a fascinating and cool idea. Montblanc is putting together this video contest as a tribute to the invention of the chronograph. I think I may have to enter this one, not so much for the prize but for the love of the idea… The site is pretty fantastic too (a nice use of flash here…).

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Horrible Bosses – All 50 States…

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In the first time in a long time, I headed out and saw a flick ‘solo’… And it was great! There’s a million reviews out there already, so I won’t give some long winded tale about this movie… But let’s just say, it’s refreshing to watch an edgy comedy that pulls no punches. Raunchy good times non stop…

I will say nearly the entire cast was awesome. But Jennifer Aniston and Charlie Day steal the movie. It has to go without saying that Aniston is pretty stunning in the movie, but not just visually. With a mouth like a sailor, every scene of hers is drop dead funny. Charlie Day pulls off oddball goofs like no other and its great to finally see him get a starring role in a film… Rush out and catch this movie (unless of course you’re offended by just about anything…then steer clear and go see that horrible looking new Kevin James talking animals movie…).

On that note… Red Band Trailer (NSFW).

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24 Hours of Neon – Philip Bloom’s Stunning bit of HDR Video…

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I am absolutely sucked in to all the fantastic work going on these days with DSLR photography and video and having recently purchased one of my own, am certainly looking forward to getting more and more creative with my own shooting. Philip Bloom is a London based Director and Filmmaker who has a TON of fantastic stuff online, much of it done in a learning/experimenting capacity. His tips are invaluable and there’s days of material to absorb.

His latest piece on Vimeo explores working with HDR Timelapse photography and the results are fascinating.. Everyone knows what timelapse is, but in case you don’t understand HDR photography, it’s essentially High Dynamic Range photography; (via wikipedia:”a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods.”).

The video itself is pretty stunning (I especially like all the stuff that starts around the 1:40 mark), and it’s helped by one of my favorite soundtrack pieces – ‘Moon’ by Clint Mansell… Even better, Philip has put a detailed 30 minute “commentary” track on his site about the technical stuff surrounding this undertaking, and this further enhances the piece. The shots of Vegas architecture and energy are well worth your time…

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Munk “Rue de Rome”

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A nice (slightly NSFW) video short/music video. A little “Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover” with a twist… Good stuff…

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Atomic Tom – Don’t You Want Me (Video)

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So this movie looks like it’s probably horrendous… I could be wrong, but I’ve seen the trailer and it looks sketchy at best… But this ‘promo’ video, is pretty fantastic… It’s like a fun-filled romp down memory lane, where the partygoers (who also happen to be the stars of the film) enact many a classic cinema scene… Worth a watch, for sure…

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World opening title sequence | The Art of the Title Sequence

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World opening title sequence | The Art of the Title Sequence.

A nice little follow-up to my post of my favorite movie of 2010, here’s another fantastic piece over on “The Art of the Title Sequence” about the whole process that went into the making of the opening scene and titles for ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”… As with all their posts, absolutely amazing depth into the process with numerous examples of tests and the thought process going into the scene’s creation.

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Best Flick of 2010 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Well it took until just a few days left in 2010, but I’ve just finished watching the best movie of the year – hands down… Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

This movie has just about everything you can ask for in a movie. Great story, fantastic soundtrack, a cohesive cast, crazy action, hilarity… the list goes on. But above all, the motion graphics and cinematography absolutely blew me away (and I was watching on a crappy old-school 32 inch tube TV…).

I won’t go into the history and backstory of the whole Scott Pilgrim thing aside from mentioning it’s origins as a comic book… With that said, it’s this comic background that is the driving force behind all the subtle and overt uses of crazy motion graphics and special effects… The movie is filled with it, but because of the way its shot and the way the story flows, it’s stunningly not distracting at all.

Did I mention the movie has a “Bass Battle”?  How can you go wrong with that? Actually, this little clip along with the trailer (below) is a great example of the integration of the motion graphics and the style with which this movie is put together and paced…

The editing is fantastic. The cuts and transitions (of which the variety was insane) also really helped to fill in and push the energy and flow the story needed. This is a movie I’ll be rewatching for sure, and at some point I’d love to break it down and really take a deeper look at scenes/cuts/colors/effects/etc. I know I’m rambling a bunch of complimentary adjectives together, but fresh off watching it, there’s not much more I can say besides grab the DVD or hit it up On Demand at your earliest convenience….

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