Posts tagged ‘YouTube’

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!


August 31, 2008 at 10:00 am 3 comments

So What If I’m an 18-Year Old Frat Boy

Okay, so I’m a few months late on seeing this video, and it’s not exactly a current topic anymore, but this student-made fake trailer for “There Will Be Bud” is actually hysterical. Usually I find most pot jokes and references to be really lame and easily worn out, but the sheer effort and production value (lighting?! costumes?!) that went into this video separates it from every other half-baked (no pun intended) college weed-related joke. And the parody of There Will Be Blood is spot on. The performances are pretty good too.


July 1, 2008 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

I Simultaneously Love and Loathe YouTube

YouTube has redefined what the internet is and can be, and had a sincere impact on the world of film, television, and video in general. On the one hand, it’s a great way for people to distribute their creative work to a mass audience and for a mass audience to entertain themselves with genuinely interesting original material (Old Gregg!) that never would’ve seen the light of day otherwise. On the other hand, it’s also a great way for pimply 15 year-olds to upload videos of themselves playing Halo and people with no insight or original content of their own to click around shitting on everyone else’s

Last night I came home very drunk, and while waiting around for my boyfriend to finish smoking outside, decided to check my YouTube account for any new comments. Here’s the comment that I got on a 40-second animatic I had made for my Titling and Special Effects class over the song “Where Is My Mind?” as covered by Nada Surf: “Best cover ever. YOU who put this up, YOU SUCK. WHY PUT THIS GREAT SONG WITH THAT SHIT VIDEO!?” Now I’ve never claimed to be any kind of Walt Disney, and this video was my first ever project in After Effects, but there’s no way it deserves a comment like that. And personally, I want to absolutely destroy the person that left this, known only as ASSDipsy (the name says it all). Normally I take critical comments with a grain of salt, because usually they’re just stating an opinion that they don’t like a video and that’s fine, but this asshole made it personal. I had a look at his YouTube profile (mostly to leave a bitchy comment back) and noticed, hey, shocker, this person has no original content, and instead, has just a list of favorites consisting of Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit music videos and some Star Wars-related shit. And I’m no expert (or maybe I am) but I’m pretty sure having a YouTube account and the ability to work a mouse does not qualify a person as a “director”. As much as I vent about this mofo, I don’t think anything will quell my rage short of personally punching him in the trachea.


May 4, 2008 at 7:29 am 3 comments

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