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.
This music video for Flying Lotus’ “Zodiac Shift” – off his 2010 album Cosmogramma – was created by animator and graphic designer Lulfuchs for Adult Swim. Enjoy.
I came across this great short film from an online post on nylon.com. Commissioned by Swedish clothing line COS, Petra Collins’ film Drive Time features five young women talking about art, culture, and why they love living in Los Angeles. I was already convinced that LA is the city for me, but this short film really sealed the deal. I’m excited to meet more women pursuing creative careers, and can’t wait to find a home for myself in a city filled with such abundant culture and diversity. COS’ next film takes a look at NYC’s art scene and is directed by Aaron Rose. PS – If you like the song featured in Drive Time be sure to check out the band Cherry Glazerr, which is led by Clementine Creevy.
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.
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.
Today’s ‘Video of the Day’ is Ruby, a short film by Emma Allen that depicts life, death and reincarnation through face paint. It’s a hauntingly beautiful stop motion piece that looks like it took over 80 hours to complete. Enjoy.
Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”
Written and directed by Philip Sansom, One Man’s Loss is a uniquely ironic comedy starring Hande Kodja, Tracy Feith, and Jeremy Mitchell. It has been screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner and LA Shorts Fest, and has been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
In a new series (VIDEO OF THE DAY) I will be posting short films and music videos multiple times per week. From this year’s Sundance Shorts, Until the Quiet Comes, directed by Kahlil Joseph, features three songs by underground musician and producer, Flying Lotus. A magical combination of both mood and rhythm, Joseph’s film is one of the most captivating shorts I have ever seen. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography was done by Matthew J. Lloyd. Truly, one of my favorites.