Archive for August, 2008

Two Very Painful Videos

Upon entering film school, a lot of us here at Googly Eyes became very jaded.
“What?”, we cried, “Movies aren’t filmed in chronological order?”
“Exchanges between actors are, in fact, different action and re-action shots??”
“Stop-motion is literally people starting, and stopping, every motion? What the fuck is wrong with you guys?!”

And so, after the revelation of such smoke and mirrors, it has only forced the four of us to truly appreciate videos that have, indeed, taken a lot of time and effort.

Like all films, stop-motion (long hailed for being an inexpensive and very controllable medium), is constrained by the Good Cheap Fast triangle. IE: It’s good, and cheap, but it won’t be fast. (Just like most Hollywood films are fast and cheap, but not very good).

The first one here, Tony vs Paul, took 2 months to film and edit. It is 5 minutes long.

This next one, Architecture in Helsinki’s “Like It Or Not”…well…I don’t really want to know how long it could have taken. All I know is that when I watch it, my fingers ache with the thought of stitching and re-stitching every frame.
Bravo, you sick fucks over at Mathematics. That’s an epic task for a 3 minute song.

But, I digress. These videos are important because really, anyone can do them. Stop motion is a medium that requires little or no money. All you need is a clear vision and a lot of patience and discipline. Not having a social life and ability to go for long periods of time without sleep is also a huge plus. Following the triangle, it’s cheap and good, but not very fast.

So what are you waiting for, kids?! Let’s go make some sweet and painstakingly tedious 30 second films!

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August 31, 2008 at 10:00 am 3 comments

Mathieu Kassovitz

 

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August 29, 2008 at 10:00 am 7 comments

Americans Pretending to Be British

I’m gonna file this entry under the category, “You Know What Really G’s and G?” as in, “grinds my gears,” “gets my goat,” and “gripes my Grandma.” And I’ll tell you what G’s my G – Americans pretending to be British. Let’s begin. 

So it seems like everyone has at least one person in their life who makes a sad attempt at being something other than American when we all know damn well they were born and raised in McBurgerland and putting on a fake accent ain’t gonna do nothin’ to change it. I know at NYU there was an infamous character by the name of “Fake British Rob” who I personally never encountered, and everyone’s got at least one (if not several) person(s) from their high school who wanted desperately to move to Japan so they could work in a Hello Kitty Factory, watch anime, be accepted by their peers (good luck!) and compete on Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (that is what they do over there, right?)  But aside from those incredibly obvious (and somewhat desperate and sad) attempts to pull off another national identity, I’ve noticed an ever-increasing, yet subtle, trend amongst the speech and behavior of young Americans that I can only assume is meant as an effort to appear more worldly and learned, ipso facto*, British

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August 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm 11 comments

Fashion Photography: Food + Beauty = Disaster!

This is currently my favorite music video:

It’s called “Hustler” by Simian Mobile Disco, and it’s directed by Ace Norton from Venice, California, who obviously has a great sense of humor. He’s a young 26 year old, also he directed a Honda hybrid commercial.

 

 It starts off with a babe on a spinning  black plexi glass dais in a singlet ( I don’t know what those are called). Cut to lips, butt cheeks, side body, waist.

The music video then enters this gray area with opacity overlay which is bad because the colors are too hot and it looks cheap.

Haven’t we all learned that opacity overlays look cheap?

 This music video is really strange, yet awesome.

The food is nasty especially the spaghetti.

 I think that this music video patronizes photographers’ use of food and women to make the advertisment more appealing or sexual.

I find it dull when photographers experiment with food and beauty, unless it’s like a great looking donut with sprinkles.

 This video is so nasty it’s delicious.

I notice that the Hustlers are also lip synced.

By the end they’re all wearing ugly masks, spewing black and blue paint, vomiting everything. 

August 28, 2008 at 10:38 am 6 comments

How to Inject a Music Video With Meaning (cheap!)

I’ve seen it happen one too many times. A bunch of spoiled and bratty band members, probably sitting around some mahogany board room desk, fiddling with the levers on their leather rolly chairs. They stop spinning for a minute to get to the task at hand: Their next music video.

“Dudes, I like, want this video to be real man. Raw.
“Yeah brosef, how can we like, show the world how serious we are? Like, we’re… serious musicians!”

Enter War Footage/Music Video.

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August 27, 2008 at 12:50 am 7 comments

McCain? More Like McPAIN!

You already know you should vote for Barack because he’s dreamy, but did you know you should also vote for him because he’s not a hateful, out of touch, conservative crazyman?  It’s true!
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August 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm 4 comments

Ugliest Scoop of Ice Cream (Azz Cream)

INT- SUBWAY L TRAIN- DAY

 A question to consider before reading this:

If he could go back in time, do you ever think that Thomas Edison would get an image of a light bulb, his invention, tattooed on his _______?

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August 24, 2008 at 1:23 am 9 comments

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