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Yes, I Want to Share Another LA Video

This may be the fourth or fifth time I’ve shared a similar video – one that features swooping images of Los Angeles’ beautiful skyline and an impressive array of street art – but I must share this one, because it’s just that good. Simply titled Los Angeles, Ian Wood’s newest video comes as a city-wide follow-up to his previous downtown exploration. As someone who fell in love with Los Angeles and decided to make the move here recently, I’m struck by how much of this city I have left to explore. As evidenced by the range of stunning shots that are stitched together perfectly, this sprawling metropolis is wildly diverse in so many ways. From culture, to architecture and nature, Los Angeles seems to have something for everyone. The experience of watching Los Angeles is so much fun that I find myself enthusiastically bouncing around to the music with every new viewing. Each shot is a sight to behold, and the soundtrack exquisitely compliments the varied imagery. So watch the video and let me know what you think! And if you’re interested, check out this map that highlights all of the shooting locations.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Feminism

I was told I should watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx Talk quite some time ago, but I didn’t get around to seeing it until recently. Oh well, better late than never! In her speech she describes her experience as a Nigerian woman and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to be a feminist. Adichie’s talk is extraordinarily powerful and inspiring, and I invite you to share it with your peers.

First and Final Frames: A Side-By-Side Comparison

This beautiful short film cuts together the first and last shots of several iconic films. Some of my favorite comparisons include Birdman, Her, The Black Swan, Gone Girl, Taxi Driver, 12 Years a Slave, Raging Bull, Nebraska, Whiplash, and Dr. Strangelove.  By Jacob T. Swinney What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film. MUSIC: “Any Other Name” by Thomas Newman Films used (in order of appearance): The Tree of Life 00:00 The Master 00:09 Brokeback Mountain 00:15 No Country for Old Men 00:23 Her 00:27 Blue Valentine 00:30 Birdman 00:34 Black Swan 00:41 Gone Girl 00:47 Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53 Punch-Drunk Love 00:59 Silver Linings Playbook 01:06 Taxi Driver 01:11 Shutter Island 01:20 Children of …

VIDEO OF THE DAY: DTLA

I’m officially four months away from moving to Los Angeles and WOW am I excited. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do when I get there, but goodness gracious I can’t wait to call that city home. I love so much about LA, and lucky for me it’s only a 7.5 hour drive back to good ole Tucson when I’m feeling homesick. I’ve posted LA videos before, but this is by far my favorite one. Make sure to watch it in full screen HD and turn up your volume as loud as you can! Enjoy.

#TBT Video Of The Day: ‘Drop’ By The Pharcyde

Lately I’ve been posting videos of the day more often – and I decided that, in honor of the popular #tbt phenomenon, on Thursdays I will post throwback videos. Before he was a well known director of feature length films, Spike Jonze was the king of music videos. Here is one of my favorite of his music videos, for the song ‘Drop’ by The Pharcyde, which was filmed in Los Angeles in 1995.

Video Of The Day: Dr. Maya Angelou

 Role: Writer & Director Client: Cole Haan Director of Photography: Matthew J. Santo / The Skouras Agency Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen / Streeters Hair: Didier Malige / Art Partner Make-Up: Tatyana Makarova / Walter Schupfer Prop Stylist: Gerard Santos / The Magnet Agency Editor: Mike Sobo Colorist: Stuart Wheeler / Smoke & Mirrors Mixer: Jonathan Schenke Line Producer: Melody Roscher Post Producer: Adam Lytle / Greencard Executive Producer: Emily Wiedemann / Greencard

Video of the Day – Chanel Haute Couture

Making of the Chanel Spring//Summer ’13 Haute Couture Collection This video may be from over a year ago, but it’s certainly worth reposting. The skill and detail that goes into a single haute couture gown is a spectacular thing. More than one gown and that’s nearly miracle status work. These artists and designers put their hearts and souls into their creations and it shows; you’d need a magnifying glass to notice a single flaw. Just as pretty as the Chanel designs in this video is the music, in particular, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé suite 2. (FUN FACT) I adored the song so much that after I found this video I discovered a symphony in Scotland that was willing to let me use their performance of Daphnis et Chloé in my thesis project. Anyways, watch and enjoy. And in an ultra nerdy girl moment, see if you can spot Cara Delevingne on the runway.