Saturday, December 31, 2011

The films of... (Part #2)

  Editor Kess van Dijkhuizen Jr. has just finished his 12-part [the films of] collection.  I've previously posted the first half, (click here to see post),  now here is the next half... showcasing footage from some of the most beloved cinematic directors and their films...

  Enjoy the videos:
(WARNING: Some scenes may not be appropriate for all ages and contain coarse language, and/or extreme violence)
[the films of] Steven Spielberg

[the films of] Ridley Scott

[the films of] Christopher Nolan

[the films of] Baz Luhrmann

[the films of] Michel Gondry 

[the films of] Tim Burton


Bonus Feature:
  Here is another tribute, this time from editor Joel Walden...

  Enjoy the video:
[the films of] Edgar Wright


Click here to see related post: The Films of... (Part #1)
Click here to see related post: Cinema 2010 / 2009

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - movie trailer - and a look behind the scenes


  From the makers of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, comes a new trailer for the much-anticipated return to middle earth... in the film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ... (set to hit theaters December 14, 2012)

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
The Hobbit: Peter Jackson's Video Blog from the Set
  Here is the first 5 installments, currently out, of an informative look behind the scenes of the current making of the feature film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hosted by the film's director Peter Jackson.

  For fans and film making enthusiasts these really are fantastic, showing footage from per-production, production, and post-production giving viewers a rare look at the life and culture of film making, some of the logistics, shooting in studios and on epic locations... As well as a look at some of the technology developed and used during the filming --- such as proprietary camera rigs built to shoot in 3D, and to help further push the boundaries of the-movie-goer-experience these cameras are shooting footage at 48 frames per second (twice that of the normal film rate) for a more immersive experience.  To go along with these new technologies are also more time-honored traditions like planning everything out by drawing with pencils and paper :) ,with a bit of a twist, actually creating concept art for 3D perception (with versions for each eye)... touching on all this and more check it out this series is well worth the watch... 

  Enjoy the video:


  For more great info on the making of  "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", and more, click here to checkout The official blog of THE HOBBIT movies 

Monday, December 26, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

All the best to you and yours.
Here are some fun and crazy-cool videos...
   Enjoy the video:
(Viewer Discretion Is Advised)  
ScreenWerks: Deviled Egg Nog MixmasOne Minute Galactica: The Sith that Stole ChristmasEclectic Method: Haul The DecksDANIELS: Happy HolidaysRoyale: Happy HolidaysGuerillaGorilla: Davey Dance

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GYMKHANA, EXPLOSIONS, ZOMBIES AND GORILLAS

 DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FOUR: The Hollywood Megamercial.

  Enjoy the video:

  Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks. Featuring robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and a hilarious cameo by the Epic Meal Time guys, Ken Block and his Hybrid FunctionHoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.) bring the magic of Hollywood and Gymkhana together.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Have you Hugged a Giant Bear Today?

  Here is a great spot for Pro Infirmis called "Get Closer"

  Enjoy the video:

  A wonderful spot with a great message... 
... After you've found some tissues, and properly composed yourself,...

Bonus Feature:
Dare To Fight?
  And now for something a little different, with possibly less merit then the last video, but much fun, from Improv in Toronto (Canada) comes a challenge to fight!

  Enjoy the video:


EXTRA Bonus Feature:
Nature's Fix: Kingpin
  One more, following up on the bear theme, here is something fun, for Arrowhead Spring Water, from Elastic.

  Enjoy the video:

What Inspires Creativity [and what does not]

   SO GOOD! --- This video entitled 'Deadlines' created by Hungarian ad agency Café Creative (shared by KreativMagazin), created for their clients, illustrates how innovation and creativity need time.

Awarded to the 2011 Golden Drum Shortlist

  Enjoy the video:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Plot Device

   This is simply brilliant!  --- A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.  --- Created for Red Giant TV, writer/director Seth Worley, executive producer/co-writer Aharon Rabinowitz... and what-the-what!... It seems my old friend Andrew 'Beans' Embury did some work on this.  Check it out...

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Behind the Scenes of Plot Device
  See how the short film 'Plot Device' was made.

  Enjoy the video:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TIME LAPSE OF EARTH... FROM SPACE

  Providing five minutes of child-like amazement,... edited by Michael König, and compiled using images from NASA, this time lapse fly-over-view from Space of our planet Earth is sure to be the envy of every timelapse photographer on the planet.

  The time lapse sequences are courtesy of astronauts aboard the International Space Station, more specifically the crew of Expeditions 28 & 29 operating from August to October 2011.

  Enjoy the video:

Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
Images Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Animators Rap!

  Showing how 2D do it... The Phineas and Ferb "Animatin" rap music video is a humorous take on a day in the life of the show's co-creators and producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh as animators on the animated TV series Phineas and Ferb.

  Enjoy the video:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cinematic Storytelling with Brian McDonald


  Here is an incredibly insightful discussion about story and the art of cinematic storytelling, in which Warren Etheredge interviews author/teacher/comedian Brian McDonald at The High Bar --- Great for anyone who wants to write a script and/or is interested in storytelling with appeal that resonates.

  Enjoy the video:

  Brian McDonald is the author of two of the best books out there on storytelling that resonates: Invisible Ink, and The Golden Theme.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Title Design of Saul Bass

   To celebrate the release of the long-awaited book "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design", editor Ian Albinson put together a brief visual history of some of Saul Bass's most celebrated work.

  Again, for those of you who aren't aware of Saul Bass (1920-1996) was not only one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century but the UNDISPUTED master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with the likes of such film legends as Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, and Martin Scorsese.

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
A Brief History of Title Design
  More from editor Ian Albinson

  Enjoy the video:

Click here to see related post: TRON vs. Saul Bass
And/or click here to check out the Art of the Title website - for more great titles and info

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Pixar Story

 Awe-inspiring and informative here is Leslie Iwerks' award winning 2007 documentary...
... about the inspirational story of Pixar.
   Enjoy the video:

Available on the Wall-E 2 & 3 Disc Sets

Wünderful Stuff


See how it was made!
  Ad agency TBWA\London has just released a short film that shows how its recent multi-media adventure the Wünderful Stuff spot was made (which stars an unlikely cast of beloved fictional characters including Yogi Bear, KITT from Knight Rider and the Mister Men) for yogurt brand Müller...

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Müller Ad 2011 - Wünderful Stuff
  See the awesome power of yogurt in action... here in the original commercial
(Mmm... I'm kinda hungry for yogurt now, but am afraid I might turn into Betty Boop...)

  Enjoy the video:


EXTRA Bonus Feature:
Müller Ad 2011 - Music Making of Video
  A further look behind the scenes.

  Enjoy the video:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MOONSHINE: DreamWorks Artists... After Dark!


   DreamWorks first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks.
   This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists. 

  Enjoy the video:

Directed by Alexis Wanneroy & Christophe Lautrette
Artists featured in documentary: Sam Michalp, Nicolas Weis, Griselda Sastrawinata, Christian Schellewald, Paul Duncan, Marcos Mateu, Nathan Fowkes
Special appearance from Jeffrey Katzenberg
Buy the book:

Click here to check out the official MOONSHINE: DreamWorks Artists... After Dark! website.

Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

  Here is some crazy-cool, and scary videos...
 Enjoy the videos:
(Viewer Discretion Is Advised)
Mr.White

JY CINEMASHUP - Shine On

Eclectic Method - The Dark Side

Werewolves: No one knows

Ash: A Man of Constant Sorrow


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Ub Iwerks: Animator, Inventor, Creative Mind


  A short biographical film by Adam Osgood, about animation-legend Ub Iwerks: Animator, Inventor, Creative Mind...

  Enjoy the video:

Friday, October 28, 2011

15 Years of Fox Searchlight

  Celebrating 15 Years of Drama, Compassion, Icons, Romance and Challenges...   Some of the best indie films were brought to us by Fox Searchlight.  To celebrate their 15 year anniversary, from editor Kess van Dijkhuizen, here's a quick recap...

  Enjoy the video:

  Some of the movies featured include Juno, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Napoleon Dynamite, The Last King of Scotland, Crazy Heart, Sexy Beast, One Hour Photo and Thirteen--- Check out more 15 Years on http://foxsearchlight.com/15years!

Commissioned by and for Fox Searchlight, © 2010.

The films of...

  More from young talented editor Kess van Dijkhuizen, from the Netherlands.  I've previously posed some work from his 'Cinema' series (click here to see post),  now from his new series 'The films of'...  showcasing some of his great cinematic editing with footage from various beloved film makers and films... here is a sample of a few...

  Enjoy the videos:
(WARNING: Some scenes are not appropriate for all ages and contain course language, and/or extreme violence)  
[the films of] Pixar Animation Studios

[the films of] Wes Anderson

[the films of] Guy Ritchie

[the films of] Sofia Coppola

[the films of] David Fincher

[the films of] Danny Boyle


Bonus Feature:
Promo for Cinema 2011
  The Cinema series continues in December, here is a sneak peek

  Enjoy the video:


Click here to see related post: Cinema 2010 / 2009

Sunday, October 23, 2011

MIAM

  From AKAMA STUDIO an impressively well done promotional video "Imagination feeds imagination"...

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
MAKING OF MIAM
  From concept art to completion...

  Enjoy the video:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

POWER POSES... Stop Slouching!



Power Poses
   Good for animation reference as well possibly your own well being...   In this video we take a look at "power poses" and other nonverbal communication or body language,  as Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School discusses how we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies.

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Learn to Speak Body
  Not to take away from the previous video, but just for fun, here is a re-post of a comical look at some samples of 'body language:'
  "Yes, in just a few easy lessons you too can learn to speak body just like humans do."

  Enjoy the video:

Puss In Boots - "You Made The Cat Angry"


  I've got to say I've really enjoyed the Puss in Boots ad campaign so far spoofing some of the most popular commercials in recent years, now here is an actual clip from the movie itself...

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Puss In Boots - "The Cat Haz Swagger"
  Spoofing the Old Spice guy... "Look at your cat.  Now look at Puss In Boots.   Does your cat have Golden Eggs?  We didn't think so."

  "Holy Frijoles!..."

  Enjoy the video:


Click here to see related post: Puss In Boots - Is So Legendary...
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Click here to see related post: More Old Spice Shenanigans
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson's - The Adventures of Tintin


 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, based on the classic Belgian comic strips by Georges Remi (aka Hergé), directed by Steven Spielberg, and co-produced by Peter Jackson

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Just for fun
The Unofficial Title Sequence for 'The Adventures of Tintin'
  Made by James Curran, this features elements from each of the 24 Tintin books.  Music composed by Ray Parker and Tom Szczeniak. --- Love the simplicity of the style, while still managing to nail all the details of the original artwork... 

  Enjoy the video:

Winnie-the-Pooh

   Many grew up knowing Winnie the Pooh (aka Pooh Bear) and his merry band of friends... Now beloved Winnie the Pooh returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years (available on Blu-ray & DVD)... hand drawn animation fun for the whole family.

   Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Origins of Winnie the Pooh
    Writer and playwright A.A. Milne said the idea of Pooh came from his son’s teddy bear which was named after a black bear from the London Zoo and a swan named PoohMilne’s stories and poems about Winnie the Pooh are classics.  Ashdown Forest is the place where the real Christopher Robin spent his summer vacations and where the books were written by Milne, and then illustrated by E. H. Shepard.  --- Here is a bit of the history and making of the latest Winnie the Pooh big-screen adventure.

  Enjoy the video:


Harry Colebourn and Winnie, 1914

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Walt: The Man Behind The Myth

  A great find I stumbled across - here is a 2001 documentary... a portrait of a legend...  

Walt - The Man Behind The Myth
   Walt Disney... founder of The Walt Disney Company, family man, film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, philanthropist,... he helped shape the face of 20th century entertainment...  

  Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth (1901), Inspired by daughter Diane Disney Miller, narrated by Dick Van Dyke, featuring never-before-seen footage, interviews with such animation greats as Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Chuck Jones, John Lasseter, and more.  This portrait offers an intimate look at the man... whose legacy continues to inspire... the world.

   Enjoy the video:
  Part 1 of 8: 

  Part 2 of 8:  

  Part 3 of 8:  

  Part 4 of 8:  

  Part 5 of 8:  

  Part 6 of 8:

  Part 7 of 8:

  Part 8 of 8:

Monday, October 17, 2011

A clip from: The Ballad of Nessie

   New animated short film from Disney, directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, beautifully animated, with art direction evocative of Disney shorts from the 1940s and 50s, the full version version will be made available shortly with the release of the new Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray & DVD.  For now... here is a little taste.

   Enjoy the video:

INKING BY WACOM

  I don't usually promote products, but... Ohhh my!... I think I just found something new to put on my wish list.
   Wacom introduces Inkling, a new digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper.

   Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
And here is a bit on the making of the commercial/trailer
Wacom Inkling Trailer - Making Of
  A mixture of different techniques was used to create this trailer. 2D animation and compositing done in Adobe After Effects, footage filmed with a Canon 5D MKII, 3D animation done in Cinema 4D.  Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator was used to edit the sketches and graphics.

  Enjoy the video:



On a side note:  
***This post marks the milestone of Blodgett's Blog's 200th blog post... Ha-zah!!!***

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX

  A new addendum to Kirby Ferguson’s web series Everything Is A Remix (which I've promoted previously) is up.  This is a slick exploration of subtle and not-so-subtle film and literature references in the film The Matrix.  Some you may know, some you may not.

   Enjoy the video:
(WARNING: Some scenes are not appropriate for all ages and contain violence)  

EDITED BY Robert Grigsby Wilson
PRODUCED BY Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson
WRITTEN BY Cynthia Closkey
VISUAL EFFECTS BY Blake Loyd
CROWDSOURCED AT erxprod.wordpress.com

Bonus Feature:
Everything is a Remix
- Part #3: The Elements of Creativity
  Put together by writer, director, editor Kirby Ferguson

  Enjoy the video:

To support this series please visit: everythingisaremix.info
Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/​#!/​remixeverything
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Music available at: everythingisaremix.info/​part-3-soundtrack/​ 

Click here to see related post: Everything is a Remix 
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

FedEx - Zombie Outbreak!

  Hollywood zombie mania inspires new commercial spot from FedEx promoting their delivery services.  Created by BBDO Guerrero, directed by Tim Bullock of Prodigy Films.

  Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
FedEx - Behind-the-Scenes: Zombie Outbreak!
  A look behind the scenes and the making of...

  Enjoy the video:

Monday, October 10, 2011

DANIELS: Weetabix 'Dancer'

  New bad-ass commercial for kid's Weetabix Chocolate Spoonsize cereal --- where eating cereal becomes an acid trip dance party, starring Arizona Snow,and... some bears.  From the super team of Daniel Scheinet and Daniel Kwan, a.k.a. DANIELS

 Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Making Of Weetabix Chocolate Spoonsize 'Dancer'
  A look behind the scenes, showing how teddy bears came to life and more!

  Enjoy the video:

Dir: DANIELS
Agency: BBH London
Prod Co: PrettyBird

Song: "A New World" By Mord Fustang

Click here to see related post: Dogboarding!

“Back to the Start” - Making of

  A stop-motion animated commercial created for The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation


  This may be the most in-depth stop-motion "making of" I've seen.  Tons of great insights into a stop-motion animation work flow and production pipe line, I could see how a number of the techniques mentioned could also be applied to making CG animation as well.  Not to mention a solid, well executed commercial.

 Enjoy the video:


Bonus Feature:
Back to the Start
  Now here is the original commercial:

  Enjoy the video:

  The commercial was created in support of The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, providing funding for sustainable agriculture.  The music track “The Scientist” by c, is available for download on iTunes.

WE MISS YOU


  Maybe it's time to remember an old friend...

Winner! for...
Best European Branded Short - Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best European Filmschool - Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Special Jury Award - Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Saatchi & Saatchi - New German Directors Showcase 2011, Germany
Caligari Award 2010, Germany 


  Created by Hanna Maria Heidrich, a film student at Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg in Germany, this short film is gorgeous, moving and really well executed.

  Enjoy the video:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

TALKING FUNNY

  Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Louis C.K.... four top comedians discuss the business of being funny.
 
  Enjoy the video:
(WARNING: Some scenes are not appropriate for all ages and contain course language) 

Talking Funny by FabioMBarros

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Move, Learn, Eat


  STA Travel Australia sent out 3 mates, Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Less on an amazing  trip around the world.  A 6 week journey of a lifetime crammed into three epic one minute videos: Move, Learn and Eat.

  Enjoy the videos:



http://www.statravel.com.au/i-want-to-know.htm
http://www.facebook.com/STAtravel.AU
https://twitter.com/#!/statravelAU

Click here to check out related post: 1 Full Year - Time Lapse - The Longest Way

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs - R.I.P.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005:  How to live before you die
 Here is the video:

Good bye Steve, the world is a better place for having you in it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

THE BEATLES: Rock Band!

  Winner! for BEST ADVERTISING OR PROMOTIONAL FILM, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2010!!!...   Made for The Beatles: Rock Band game...   Directed by Pete Candeland and produced by Passion Pictures (of which I've been a long time fan)...   PURE AWESOME...

 Enjoy the videos:
Intro 

Outro

Bonus Feature:
Making Of The "Intro Cinematic"
 See more on how these were made.

  Enjoy the video:



Click here to checkout more posts on Passion Pictures

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Puss In Boots - Is So Legendary...

  Puss in Boots is so Legendary... When he looks in the mirror,... his reflection gives him a high five.
  Enjoy the video: