The Multitalented Musician and Actress Duets with Ariel Pink Over a Bittersweet LA Tale
A street-stranded mermaid fends off a kitsch beast in Monster Love, a new VHS-recorded promo directed by Soko, who also stars alongside Morgan Krantz and actor, model and marine activist Hannah Fraser. Filmed in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, the short is soundtracked by a song that shares its title, the French polymath’s brand new duet with Los Angeles’ lo-fi underground star, Ariel Pink, that will feature on her forthcoming album. “The whole thing was super DIY and felt like making a school project video with all my friends,” she says. Born in Bordeaux, Soko has starred in a number of films in her homeland, and recently attracted much acclaim in Augustine, a sensuous, César-nominated tale about a 19th-century maid consigned to an asylum. But despite her passion for acting, music remains Soko’s most cherished source of creativity. She has just released her debut album I Thought I Was an Alien in the US, which opens with the stripped-down and haunting track that also features here: “I Just Want to Make It New With You,” written with her collaborator Pink in mind. “We were friends, falling in love, but he was just out of a relationship and I—as always—was broken hearted,” the singer says of a near miss that was the catalyst for today’s film, in which she falls for the luckless protagonist. “We hadn’t shed the heaviness of our past. I imagined that after relationships, we all turn into some sort of monster, and only if we stop being monstrous will we ever be able to be real lovers again.” We got the two together to talk about recording, acting, and the logistics behind becoming a mermaid.
Ariel Pink: The song “I Just Want to Make It New With You” has to do with me a little bit, right?
Soko: Yeah, I wrote it for you Ariel! And you’re singing on the first song in the film, “Monster Love.”
AP: I saw the video and, like all your work, it’s so good. It’s touching, I can’t help but feel for the character. Who the beautiful mermaid lady?
S: She’s actually a real mermaid performer—it’s my friend Hannah who does performances in Las Vegas. She goes swimming with sharks, whales and dolphins all over the world, and hand makes her own costumes. She’s really incredible. She gave me some footage of her swimming under water so that the monster could dream of her. Morgan’s costume was actually a Halloween costume made by my friend Diva: it was perfect, a monster costume with a heart on it.
AP: It’s so great, all this attention you’re getting. And your new movie [Augustine] just came out. How do you feel about the movie and your performance?
S: It was crazy, insane and one of the best things I have done in my whole life. It was the best adventure and experience because it was so far from me. The only reason why I wanted to do movies was because I want to experience things I would never get to experience in my real life. And then I get to be in a film where I’m back in the 1880s in costume, wearing a corset, being a patient in a mental hospital and getting diagnosed.
AP: You’re not acting. You probably would be committed to a mental institution.
S: Yeah right! Well I was paralyzed in the movie, I had my eyes shut for half of the movie and I had my hand paralyzed. I don’t have that in my real life.
AP: Well let’s hope not. I think that’s amazing. I want to make a video with you sometime. I want you to be in my movie when I make it.
S: I wanted you to be in my video.
AP: Me too, but you know how busy we are.
S: But I’m glad throughout the years we always get to collaborate and you are always a part of my creative work as a constant pole and an inspiring muse. It is really important for me, and I love making music with you too.
AP: Oh my God, we have to make so much more together. There is so much left to do, we have just scratched the surface.
Japan’s Polka-Dot Pioneer on a Life at the Mercy of Her Art
“She says that if she doesn’t paint she wouldn’t exist,” says Martín Rietti of his latest subject, 84-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. “Her work has an authenticity that I don’t often see in contemporary art.” The Argentinian director visited Kusama at her studio in Tokyo ahead of her latest show that opens at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, curated by Deputy Chief Curator of MALBA, Philip Larratt-Smith, and Francis Morris, who curated her retrospective at the Tate in 2012. This first major retrospective in Latin America opens tomorrow before traveling to four other cities in South and Central America over the next year and a half. It leads the viewer through over 100 works created between 1950 and the present day, spanning her early period in Japan, 15-year stint in New York where she befriended fellow artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell, and her return to Tokyo, where she has been living voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic since 1977. “Her work is not only a revelation of her inner psychic reality but also a sort of time capsule of the emancipatory and utopian moment of the late 1960s,” says Larratt-Smith. “She is a very seductive person, secretive and charming. When she speaks the obsessive cast of her mind becomes immediately clear: she talks in circles, often repeating the same thing many times. It is clear that she has deep psychic wounds, but also that her work sustains her and keeps her going.”
A reflection of a half body merges with another reflected half body and completes one body. As the models begin to walk back and forth, a mixture of sex and scale creates man-woman, woman- woman, and an unbalanced image of the body.
"My work poses the question: how does reality becomes exquisitely animated by certain social control systems such as politics, mass media, technology, science, and etc. It is my artistic goal to reveal how human beings are fragile and delicate in these social environments. By living in Korea, Japan and the U.S, I have first-hand experience in diverse social systems and have come to view my life experiences as raw material for my research. With my research in mind, my art utilizes the body as the tool for an intensive investigation of the public and private; examining the relationship between how people understand their body and how this understanding represents themselves in the greater context.
Currently, I am curious about human perception developing parallel with the ever-evolving progression of technological world. Thus, I question technology's relationship to reality and illusion; asking what is reality? My work takes advantage of illusion to explore and answer this question, and often my artistic materials consist of the body and mirrors. I use mirrors for integrating reality and illusion. I cut, I extend, I distort, I reconstruct, and I fragment the body to create a chaotic image of a human".
America’s Brightest Pop Hope Spotlights Youth Culture Clans in a New Film
Actress, model and singer Sky Ferreira stars in unsettling art-house short IRL, an eye-opening look into the reality of young life in New York. The film is the directorial debut from Grant Singer, best known for crafting music videos for acts such as Diiv, Tamaryn and Ferreira herself. Scripted by V magazine’s Patrik Sandberg, the Los Angeles-native takes the lead as Angel, a party girl fallen into paranoia and disenchantment. “Patrik was adamant about casting Sky as the lead before I’d ever met her,” recalls Singer who went on to make the video for the singer’s hit “Everything Is Embarassing.” “I met her shortly thereafter and was blown away. She’s breathtaking, and beneath the surface there’s a real depth to her. I was sold on the spot.” The zeitgeist-nailing short features a stellar cast of NYC’s most compelling characters, such as former Throbbing Gristle frontman Genesis P-Orridge, performance artist Whitney Vangrin and songwriter and model Liza Thorn. Today’s excerpt shows Ferreira talking about love with her onscreen boyfriend, model and former soldier Chris Wetmore, a favorite of Hedi Slimane’s. Later this year Ferreira is set to make her major motion picture debut in Eli Roth’s rainforest horror The Green Inferno and release her long-awaited first album I Will. “The internet and social networking has been around for most of my life,” muses Ferreira about the film and its acronymic title that takes inspiration from chat room speak. “I’ve also had times where I felt like I outgrew my friends and suddenly felt like a stranger [as Angel does in the film].” Here, the singer of the moment separates the real from the virtual.
Angel or devil?
Blondie or Madonna?
Blonde ambition. Double meaning?
Boys with cropped hair or long locks?
Depends on the boy.
Going out or staying in?
Love or lust?
NY or LA?
P-Orridge or Bizkit?
Pop or underground?
Virtual or IRL?
There is a particular moment right before fame strikes a young musician – between the full flowering of talent and believing in a dream so pure and strong as to feel bulletproof – which at the same time is almost imperceptible as it is happening. This metaphysical friction is in full effect in a certain Flatbush, Brooklyn family basement. Unlocking the Truth, a metal band composed of twelve year old Malcolm Brickhouse and eleven year old Jarad Dawkins, is playfully arguing about which member can play a faster and more forceful rendition of their self-composed instrumental blast “Physical Therapy.” While Jarad is technically the drummer (he mastered the instrument by the age of two), he is convincingly demonstrating his guitar chops. Being the precoucious, and yet consummate, professionals that they are, the band wants to make sure that in a worst case scenario – say, a member fainting onstage – each could play the other’s instrument flawlessly. It is not atypical for Unlocking the Truth to practice for up to ten hours on weekends. They are so immersed in their music that they barely notice anything going on around them, including their parents, who usually have to force them to stop practicing when it’s bedtime. While their classmates mostly listen to radio pop or rap, Malcolm and Jarad’s enthusiasm for metal was nurtured while watching generous amounts of WWE professional wrestling. But this is no passing phase for the two boys. The band has already written two albums, Madness and Paranoid, respectively, and recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent. Amazingly, they manage to keep up good grades in school. So watch out, America – two smart, young metalheads from Flatbush are coming to a town near you in the near future.
Learn more about Unlocking The Truth HERE.
Directed by Luke Meyer / Produced by Julia Wilczok & Tom Davis / Director of Photography: Hillary Spera / Camera Assistant: Matt Burke / Additional Filming by Luke Meyer / Location Sound Recordist: Guillermo Hernan Peña-Tapia / Edited by Harry Nelson / Music by Unlocking The Truth / Special Thanks to Annette Jackson & Tracey Brickhouse
Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram.
Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.
You’ll also find that we’ve added thirteen filters built specifically for video so you can keep sharing beautiful content on Instagram. When you post a video, you’ll also be able to select your favorite scene from what you’ve recorded as your cover image so your videos are beautiful even when they’re not playing.
We’re excited to see what the community will bring to video, whether it’s your local cafe showing you just how they made your latte art this morning or an Instagrammer on the other side of the world taking you on a tour of their city, a mother sharing her joys in parenting as her children laugh and play or your favorite athlete taking you behind the scenes.
So what does this mean for your content? Nothing’s different from photos. We’re still committed to making sure you have control over all of your content. Only the people who you let see your photos will be able to see your videos. And as with photos, you own your videos. You can learn more about Video on Instagram—including our new Cinema feature—by visiting the Instagram Help Center.
2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race, France's epic test of endurance.
Bentley won the race five times between 1924 and 1930, securing its place in Le Mans legend. 10 years ago, Bentley once again claimed a historic first place at the race.
This documentary celebrates the achievements of the Bentley marque and the illustrious group of Gentlemen Racers known as 'The Bentley Boys'.
An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
Directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Chris McKay
With Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman
Two years in the making, street trials rider Danny MacAskill releases his brand new riding film. Whilst previous projects have focused on locations and journeys, MacAskill's Imaginate sees Danny take a completely different approach to riding. Enter Danny's mind and enjoy.
photographer - Cecilie Harris
model- Jon Dartnell @ Nevs
make up - Maria Papadopolou
hair - Manon Grivet
palmer//harding is a men's and women's designer label, created by Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding, focused on bringing directional design to a traditionally neglected garment in a wardrobe, the shirt. Through this concept, palmer//harding create a garment that encompasses the combined aesthetic, skills and international experience of the design duo. By focusing on a single garment, the designs can be seen in a pure form, without distraction, highlighting the progressive beauty and craft of the collection.
Since launching the label in September 2011, palmer//harding have seen their collections grace the pages of international publications, including features in American and British Vogue. Their collection is stocked internationally in prestigious stores including Ikram, Joyce and Louis Boston.
Directed by Ninja
Cinematography by Alexis Zabe
Guest cinematography by Paul Gilpin
Edited by Saki Fokken Bergh
Post production by Left
Produced by ZEF Filmz in association with VICE
Serviced by Elfstone Pictures and Reeleyes Films
Wardrobe by Gabrielle De Gersigny
Art Department: Kezia Eales and Shaun Baskind
Titlez and Grafik D-Zine by Poesbek aka Leri Muthafukn Greere
Inspired by the irreverent world of 60s New Wave cinema, three actors, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller, are the protagonists in a drama of wit and enigma.
Renowned photographer David Sims captures the stars in a stylised interior populated with geometric furniture, designed by OMA for Knoll, borrowed from 'The Ideal House' conceived by OMA for the Prada Fall/Winter 2013 fashion show.
Each actor plays a distinct role, creating a trio of characters who bring their individual points of view and style to the collection, brought to life in the Behind The Scenes video by Sims. Christoph Waltz's character evokes a studied sense of elegance, Ben Whishaw presents an alternative carefree charm and Ezra Miller brings a youthful air of mystery.
The first playable beer. 19th Century technology meets 21st Century music over a bottle of beer in the latest extension to the Beck’s Record Label project.
This time, the art label has evolved, and been replaced by the grooves of Auckland band Ghost Wave. Their new single was inscribed into the surface of a Beck’s beer bottle which could then be played on a specially-built device based on Thomas Edison’s original cylindrical phonograph.
Making the world’s first playable beer bottle was a formidable technical challenge. The clever people at Auckland firm Gyro Constructivists first had to design and build a record-cutting lathe, driven by a hard drive recording head. Then they reinvented Edison’s original cylinder player, using modern materials and electronics and built to very fine tolerances.
The Edison Bottle made its public debut at SemiPermanent in Auckland in May to a standing ovation from the assembled media and design community.
Beck’s has had a long association with music and art. In fact, at about the same time Heinrich Beck was brewing his first beer in the 1870s, Tom Edison was tinkering away on designs for the first phonograph.
Considering how beer has influenced recorded music since then, this physical collaboration was very appropriate and long overdue.
Client: Beck’s New Zealand
Creative Agency: Shine Limited
Machine & Bottle Production: Gyro Constructivists
Making-of Video Production: VICE
Record Label: Arch Hill Recordings
Band: Ghost Wave
Featured Single: Here She Comes
Directed by George Tsioutsias
Art Directed by Marlon Rueberg
Post production: TÉAR
Production & Casting: Marlon Rueberg
Colourist: Ned Al-Astrabadi/ Happy Finish
Music: Mimi Xu/ Streeters
Directors of Photography: Neus Ollé & Eva Arnold
Light Assistants: Alyssa Stratton, Emma Ercolani & Astrid Carlen-Helmer
Focus Puller: Eve Carreño
Digital Image Technician: Liran Barlev
Set Designer: Alice Kirkpatrick
Set Design Assistant: Miguel Bento
Camera Equipment: My Red Rental
Lights & Equipment: Pixipixel
What if we could escape our daily routine for a moment ? A Step, just one, that could move us miles away from here, in a second; a flash step. A Shunpo. Shunpo was shot in 6 days in 13 different locations in Paris plus one in Turkey at "Tuz Gölü" salt lake.
The camera used was a Canon 5D Mark III with 16-35 L, 24-70L and 70-200L lenses.
Directed by Steven Briand
With Juliette Nicolotto
Choreographer Fabrice Domenet
Cinematographer Kanamé Onoyama
Steadycam Operator Johan Leclaire Bottarelli
recording supervisor Benoît Maerens
Original Music by Grégoire Letouvet
Sound Design Moritz Reich
Additional Beats Nodey
Produced By Nathalie Lapicorey & Zeynep Gizem De Loecker
with the support of Dailymotion
Photographers: Aline & Jacqueline Tappia Reynaud
Fashion: Lorenzo Posocco
Model: Jarrod Scott @ Why Not Models
Hair: Ezio Diaferia @ WM Management for Mash Up Haircare
Makeup: Rosario Belmonte @ Close Up Milano
Fashion's assistant: Ilenia Arosio
Art places voices in history. Just as Justin Bond carries Bambi Lake’s Golden Age of Hustlers to new ears at the legendary Joe’s Pub in NYC, so would this music video present the collective consciousness of V’s music .
The music video for Golden Age of Hustlers will mix performance from Justin Vivian Bond, live staged tableaus from local performance artists and still projections from San Franscisco's queer community in the 1980s.
The music video is a labor of love for all volunteer crew (Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell directing, PJ Raval as Director of Photography and Ethan Weinstock as producer) . Funds would pay for equipment, costumes (designed by the fabulous Machine Dazzle!) , set design and post production costs.
Please help us archive this time which now has been carried across decades; from Bambi Lake's poetry to JVB's music to our music video.
The Château de Versailles, emblem of Dior's tradition, hosts a new tale which brings to life the Dior Fall 2013 collection.
The chateau and its park abound with well-kept secrets. The heart of the royal land conceals an extraordinary world of poetry and color: in the depth of its mysterious woods a secret garden blooms out of sight, inhabited by flower-women. From the Petit Trianon to the enchanted forest, Versailles becomes the picturesque backdrop of a dreamlike tale.
Behind the scenes
Dating in Los Angeles is hard, especially when you have a shitty car.
Directed and Written by Anthony Deptula
Starring Tina Kapousis & Anthony Deptula
Executive Producer - Todd Luoto
Produced by Chris Goodwin
Director of Photography - Tamas Bojtor
Edited by Jay Trautman
Original Score by Blake Robin
Color Correction - Zac Stanford
Assistant Director - Chris Holmes
Double Driver - Ward Roberts
Bus Stop Girl - Kelly Campbell
Bus Stop Boy - Gerardo Macias
Bookstore Patron - Robey Clark
Gaffer - Benjamin Kuller
Sound Mixer - Joanne Wu
Music Supervisor - Ryan Wilson
Sound Post-Production - Sonic Magic Studios
Sound Mixed by Spencer Schweiterman
Supervising Sound Editor - Trevor Gates
Sound Effects Editor - Leah Putlek
Dialogue/ADR Editor - Ryan Briley
ADR Mixer - Spencer Schweiterman
Assistant Sound Editors - Kevin Friones & Ben Bradshaw
Sound Studio Manager - Robert Dehn
Tide Animation - Chris Weller
Special Effects - Tony Stockert
Makeup - Dawn Mattocks
Additional Makeup - Mary Delgado & Genevieve Lamb
Wardrobe - Melanie Bauer
Production - Jabriel Anderson & Jack Ho
Additional Photography - Elisha Christian
SHOWstudio is proud to exclusively release the video for 'Fatal Flaw', Daphne Guinness' first single. Shot both in our old Bruton Place studios and our new Motcomb Street space, the surreal, psychedelic film echoes the emotive tone of Guinness' poignant lyrics.
What is the sound of 1 million yuan flapping?
While most nouveau riche happily spend their new money on shit the old money has already deemed acceptable, China's spoiled young princelings aren't content with horses, sports cars, and insanely tacky watches alone. In tribute to the intrepid bootleggers who've propped up their country's market economy, China's rich have taken arguably the worst bird of all time, the pigeon, and slapped a Louis Vuitton logo on it. Racing pigeons are the new thoroughbreds here, with birds auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece and races netting millions for the championship flock. Which sucks for the old timers, whose balcony-bred birds don't stand a chance against these million-dollar superflocks. And which just sucks in general because, well, pigeons. Fucking pigeons.
Swatch surfaces with a new look on life and a Scuba watch with a difference: it's not just for divers, it's for the rest of us, too. As we sail the streets of a gridlocked city, board a submarine subway for a storm-tossed ride home, or take the wheel of a sloop in downtown Manhattan, there's no limit to the power of our imagination when unleashed by passion and the new Scuba Libre from Swatch.
Designboom spoke with the chinese artist about the work he was presenting on this occasion, which came out of the 2012 law in beijing's which passed whereby one is required to present ID when purchasing a knife, as well as registering it, whenever the cutting tool surpasses a length of 15cm. 'gun rack' speaks of international approaches to arms and weapon control and considers the enforcements taken in regards this issue.
Motion animation which presents with humour what's IN or OUT in our daily life.
Produced by the 2FACTORY team : Alyne & Clément (D.A. & illustration), Benjamin (animation) + Lucie, Corry, Manu, Fabien, Romain & all the team (ideas) & Jim (Music/ sound design)
2 FACTORY is a Motion design agency based in Paris 8e
Nokia and Warner Bros. Pictures have teamed up for a global co-marketing partnership with one of the year's most eagerly anticipated movies: Man of Steel.
Directed by Zack Snyder
Cast with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Laurence Fishburne
Starring Mark Mahoney, Shamrock Social Club - Hollywood, CA
Music by Michael Karapetian
Directed by Jeff Solorio, DITA co-founder
DITA Eyewear presents "A Conversation With Mark Mahoney," where the legendary tattoo artist and star of the cult accessory label's Fall 2013 campaign (co-starring Dita Von Teese the internationally renowned Queen of Burlesque) gives a candid depiction of inspirational moments, distinguishing him as one the most iconic tattoo artists and intriguing storytellers of our time.
London-based animator Richard Swarbrick created a unique animation celebrating the best moments in NBA Finals history through art and music. He painted great plays from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Julius Erving, LeBron James, and many others, immortalizing them as art, set against Mint Julep's triumphant "Save Your Season."
A few onlookers hold their collective breath as Berndnaut Smilde pushes a remote control button to activate a smoke machine in the Green Room of the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco. Billowing smoke forms a luscious, cotton candy-like mass in the middle of the Beaux-Arts chamber before it vaporizes into haze, casting a luminous complexion on the room. The Dutch artist’s work is defined by emphemerality, his delicate installations existing for a brief moment before they fall apart, often their only documentation in the form of a photograph. It is this in-between moment Smilde is interested in – the contrast of temporality versus permanence. “It’s not so much about the shape of the cloud but about placing it out of its natural context,” he says. “It brings duality, because you can’t really grasp how to interpret the situation you are viewing. People have always had strong metaphysical connections to clouds as they symbolize the ominous.” People’s fascination with Smilde’s clouds have only increased since TIME magazine listed them as one of the “Top 10 inventions of 2012".
Produced & directed by Julia Wilczok and Maria Judice
Filmed by Fridolin Schoepper
Edited by Konterfei
Sound by Kevin Pate
Music by Carlos Bruck
Special thanks to Meg Shiffler, James Baldocchi & the SF War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
In this sensational film, created for the 2013 CFDA Awards, male models sing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" while showcasing the collections of Thom Browne, Michael Bastian and Duckie Brown, all nominated for the CFDA's "Menswear Designer of the Year." Thom Browne took home the honor.
A private space venture plans to beat NASA in getting people to the red planet by at least a decade. The catch? It's a one-way trip. Mars One will now take your application.
The Pop Artist Strikes a Different Tone in the Wake of the Fukushima Disaster
Japan’s explosive master of color Takashi Murakami contemplates the shifting purpose of his work in today’s short from Friend & Colleague. The Tokyo-born artist was interviewed while surrounded by new pieces at his Arhat exhibition at LA’s Blum & Poe gallery, shortly after the international premiere of fantastical epic Jellyfish Eyes, which took place at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in April. Murakami has earned major retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum, MOCA in Los Angeles and the Château de Versailles, and last year had a solo show at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. His new feature film is a more sentimental and sincere undertaking than his previous work and follows a young boy in Japan mourning the death of his father and readjusting to life while striking up an unlikely companionship with a creature that resembles a flying jellyfish. The ironic undercurrents typical of the artist are noticeably absent, in light of the disasters that have rocked Japan in the last two years, following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. “He is well known for his loud and sometimes shocking work,” says director Alexei Tylevich of Murakami’s apparent about-face. “It was really surprising to hear him talk about unexpected notions like ‘spirituality’ and ‘healing.’”
Brazillian Supermodel Gisele Bundchen was shot by legendary photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia's June 2013 issue!
OriginalFake is closing the brand and store today on May 31st, 2013.
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The Multi-Talented Chicago Musician Willis Earl Beal Reveals an Introspective Animation
Avatars of Lionel Richie and President Barack Obama pop up in Willis Earl Beal’s animated exploration of everyday human values, trials and mediations, Principles of a Protagonist. Chicago-born Beal’s past lives include those of an army recruit and a night-shift security guard before he began recording music, promoting his work by leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around town, accompanied by hand-illustrated flyers. The autobiography-meets-fantasy concept behind Principles of a Protagonist originated in the form of a novella Beals wrote in 2010 while heartbroken and unemployed, and distributed as a photocopied 'zine. He has since hooked up with Hot Charity/XL Recordings, who put out his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery, last year, and are planning a sophomore release for late 2013. Beal continues to integrate his writing and drawing into his recording work, however, and today’s new installment of our Shorts on Sundays series is a testament to his many talents—visual, musical, and philosophical. "The Protagonist does what we cannot," Beal revealed to us in a brief artist's statement. "He embraces an inevitable destruction that is all inclusive. He knowingly constructs a set of principles that ultimately must dissolve within a meaningless void like the perceived order of life into the uncertainty of death."
Our latest challenge from the good folk at Nike was to create a charming motion piece to increase awareness of their impressive Reuse-a-Shoe initiative and it's process. Nike Reuse-a-Shoe takes worn out athletic shoes and grinds them down to create a new material called Nike Grind, which is used to make high-quality sports surfaces including courts, turf fields, tracks and more.
Design, Direction & animation: