Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

The Desk

November 15th, 2010

There are always little bits of value hidden in these short videos. This particular one is part of a series that looks at how the shapes of objects and how they affect people in different ways on a daily basis. The rest of the series are also equally as interesting, check those out here.

The Printing Process of Field Notes

November 3rd, 2010

Coudal Partners has come forth this video that takes you from the printing process of the limited-edition Raven’s Wing Field Notes all the way to the packaging. Its a shame this version is sold out, I would have really liked to get my hands on a few.

The covers are printed by Flywheel Letterpress in Freeport, Illinois on an American-made, black-and-charcoal duplex linen cover stock from Neenah. The charcoal-colored inside cover is printed in black on a vintage offset press. The graph paper is lined in grey and come in 3-packs tightly shrink-wrapped with an orange, French Paper Co. band.

Chase Jarvis and the Nikon D7000

September 14th, 2010

YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview ImageRemember back when Chase Jarvis launched the Nikon D90 campaign? Well Nikon and Chase Jarvis have done it again with the new Nikon D7000 project. The first campaign they did was extremely successful and led the way for future campaigns by companies like Canon to do the same. I don’t doubt that this one will be just as successful if not more.

Nikon called up Chase Jarvis and said, “Chase-san. We have a new camera…” (I got a kick out of the “Chase-san” part the first go-around, and I’m definitely laughing about it again). They gave him cameras, the creative freedom and a budget to work with. Chase grabbed his friends and team and took to the road to make it happen. I’m especially blown away by the images that were produced from this shoot. Almost all of the images have a beautiful and tasteful sun flare which really makes me melt.

You can check out some images of the camera here, here and here. Below are a few of the D7000’s key specs for you camera geeks:

• 16.2 megapixels with new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor (4,928 x 3,264 pixels)
• ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 6400 at normal setting; can be raised to ISO 25600
• Full HD (1080p) D-Movie
• H.264/mpeg-4 video compression
• Makes .mov files at 24fps in 1080 (30fps at 720HD)
• Movie has built in mono, but stereo sound recording capability with optional external mic via stereo mini jack
• 20 minute movie recording times
• High durability magnesium alloy body (dust and water resistant)
• 6 frames per second shooting
• 9, 21, 39 AF Point Selection
• Double SD card slots
• 12 or 14 bit color depth
• HDMI out display port
• Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) capabilities onboard


5 Hours of Power: Design Discussions

August 28th, 2010

Justin Maller

James White of Signalnoise

Fabio Sasso of Abduzeedo

Five Hours of Power was a live broadcast event this past week. The broadcast featured Justin Maller a freelance illustrator and art director, Nick Campbell a motion designer & photographer), James White a visual artist & designer, Fabio Sasso a graphic & web designer, and last but not least Erin Loechner of Designchat. Only three of the broadcasts were recorded, but there is still a wealth of advice and information to be taken from each.

I hadn’t heard Justin Maller speak before so it was very refreshing to hear him answer a lot of questions about freelancing and business. In fact besides mentioning “explorimenting” his whole broadcast was about the business side of things. If you’re interested, I believe Justin has a live broadcast Thursdays at 4PM EST.

James White of Signalnoise (we aren’t related) always has something interesting say. The questions were all over the map but there were some particularly great ones about where he finds inspiration and about about growing as a designer. Check out his weekly broadcasts on Thursdays at 3PM EST. I recently have been tuning into them and find them to be inspiring.

One of my favorite of these talks was Fabio Sasso Abduzeedo. This was his first broadcast and Prior to it hadn’t been a close follower of the site. That has completely changed now. Fabio seems to have a lot of great information to share, especially about blogging and doing what you love. He seems to have this way of talking that makes it really easy to listen to.

Thanks go out to the speakers for putting this together and to Fabio for including Wanken on a few of the daily inspiration posts.

Old Spice Response Videos

July 16th, 2010
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You may have seen the new Old Spice commercials and you may be tired of seeing a man without a shirt on, but have you seen these Old Spice response videos? This Old Spice campaign has been one of the most talked about in the history of the company. Even their previous spokesmen Neil Patrick Harris, LL Cool J, Will Farrell and Tony Stewart hadn’t received as much buzz as Isaiah Mustafa.

Typography + Audio Bullys

July 8th, 2010

Some things in our creative industry deserve lots of respect. This music video by Jonas Francois for Audio Bullys is one of them. It employs a stunning use of typography. Most of it cut quickly to the beat but also designed in a way that it is legible to the viewer.

My favorite part about this music video, besides the narrative use of type, is the perspective. The angle is from underneath the action looking up. The setup used to film up at the action is probably plexiglass much like this one by Chase Jarvis.

Found via Motionographer.

1000FPS Footage + The Creators Project

June 9th, 2010

The Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. At a time in the history of the arts where digital technologies have revolutionized distribution, changed accessibility, and completely re-imagined the how artists can create a vision and reach an audience. The Creators Project is a completely new kind of arts and culture channel.

Now, if only I had a helicopter and a few hundred thousand dollars…check out more these video stories from the creative minds at The Creator’s Project.

Iceland Volcano Timelapse

May 17th, 2010

Time lapse sequences have always amazed me, partly because of the difficulty in producing them, but also that it’s a dynamic showcase of what goes on around us that we don’t see. The photographer who shot this time lapse—Sean Stiegemeier—said about his video:

So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.

Sean shot this on a Canon 5d Mk II on a motorized dolly. I’d be curious to see the dolly set up he used. Eventually I would like to get into shooting timelapses like this one. See more of his videos on his Vimeo.

Nikon Submissions: Your Day in 140 seconds or less

January 13th, 2010

Nikon’s 140 second film festival has been going on for a while now but now the submissions are closed and 50 finalists have been chosen. The final submissions will be judged by Chase Jarvis, Rainn Wilson and Justine Ezarik (iJustine) for the judges award of $100,000 but the audience award of $25,000 is really up to us–the persons video with the most views and highest rating will win this award.

Some of the submissions seem to stray from the original “your day” submission guideline and more towards a video showing off their work, but nevertheless they’re nicely done. The videos above, the first by Skill Lab and the second by Josh Friedberg, are my two favorites. Both are creative ways to look at your day. The the first “numbers” video especially. You can still see/know what is going on even though you’re only seeing a closeup shot.

Mozy on over to to watch a bunch more of the submissions. They are inspiring and may quite possibly spark some ideas for you.

Art & Copy Trailer

August 21st, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageAlongside Objectified, the design documentary film by Gary Hustwit, comes Art & Copy, a film about advertising directed by Doug Pray. Judging by the trailer, it looks to be a very interesting film and can’t wait to see it later this month.


“Art & Copy is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (Surfwise, Scratch, Wise!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & Copy were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

Hit the jump for the Seattle screening times.

Seattle Times
– Friday, Aug 21 at 07:00PM
– Friday, Aug 21 at 09:00PM
– Saturday, Aug 22 at 07:00PM
– Saturday, Aug 22 at 09:00PM
– Sunday, Aug 23 at 07:00PM
– Sunday, Aug 23 at 09:00PM
– Monday, Aug 24 at 07:00PM
– Monday, Aug 24 at 09:00PM
– Tuesday, Aug 25 at 07:00PM
– Tuesday, Aug 25 at 09:00PM
– Thursday, Aug 27 at 07:00PM
– Thursday, Aug 27 at 09:00PM

Ridiculous Requesting: Man Vs. Bear

June 1st, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageAs creatives or any positions really, we see this so-typical, unmanaged, client relationship that results in completely ridiculous requests. Time and time again we are pushed to actually fulfill them. If you do, then more often than not the work that you’ve done falls into the category of “Who’s really designing this, the Client or Creative” and if you don’t fulfill the ridiculous requests you’ve just stepped into the ring for a power struggle. This is where we need to check ourselves and make sure we’re managing the relationship effectively from the get go.

Managing the relationship can be as simple as outlining in the very beginning what the scope of the project is and building the client’s confidence in you. Outline what each party is expecting from the other so you don’t hit road blocks amid the project. I particularly like this quote from the video where the client says, “You aren’t meeting your commitments to me.” The creative then responds back with, “We’re trying, but your priorities keep changing.”

How does this affect our industry?

The more times that ridiculous requests are filled, the more confidence the client builds in requesting ridiculous things.

Think of it as Man vs bear.

Respectively replace “Creative” and “Client” with man and bear and who wins? The bear will seemingly always win unless the man is armed with a gun. The gun in this case is knowledge of dealing with this particular situation. If man (creative) is armed with knowledge, he can tame the bear (client) if you will and deal with it on a human level (by no means am I advocating the use of firearms on clients). The key here is knowing how to effectively stop it or drop it and the more times that designers/photographers are put into this situation, the less chance we have to create work that benefits our clients while having complete creativity.

So here’s my idea—just say no to those clients that from the start expect ridiculous requests from you and those who continually change their priorities. Learning how to say no and still maintain the relationship is tricky. Feel ree to share any thoughts or experiences concerning this topic. This is definitely not rocket science here, rather, something that is often slightly overlooked in the beginning.

Catch Me If You Can Title Sequence

April 13th, 2009

Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can

Some of the most interesting title sequences are ones that reveal elements of narration through simplicity in design. ‘Catch Me If You Can’ does this consistently throughout the piece; Video after the jump. » CONTINUE READING THIS POST

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