Montreal-based visual artist Carine Khalife produced, directed, animated this music video for the 2011 track Blown Minded, off the album Shapeshifting by Young Galaxy. The entire clip is comprised of oil paint on glass photographed above from a camera. Khalife explains her process a bit more on her site:
Basically, my technique was to paint on a piece of glass fixed to a light box. I would paint on the glass with oil so that it wouldn’t dry, and I could play with it for hours. A camera, fixed overhead above the animation table and plugged in my computer, would capture my paintings frame by frame and create the animation using the software Stop Motion Pro (the aardman studio software). This process took place inside a dark room so that there wouldn’t be interference or changing lights on the paint. The single light source came from beneath the glass, revealing the textures and details of brushes movements.
I worked a lot with transparency. The more paint, the darker the image, and therefore the animation becomes about gesture, and the texture of brushstrokes; it’s a very physical, organic process. I based the number of frames per second (sometimes 8 sometimes 12) on the rhythm of the music. Everything is based on the rhythm. It was important for me, especially for the abstract parts, that I was responding to the song conversationally; like a running dialogue. I think I’ve listened to the song more than a thousand times. And because i would often listen to it and focus solely on drums, voice, lyrics, or melody – I was still able to hear new things each time.
The film has screened in festivals around the world and Khalife won a Director of Photography award at the Salon International de la Luz. (via vimeo)
I had such an absurd amount of fun working with the Sketchbook Project to curate their first mobile sketchbook tour in 2012 that they asked if we might partner again for their hugely expanded 2014 tour that will stop at some 20+ cities in the U.S. and Canada. Colossal will be along for the ride as part of their Central Tour making stops in Brookyln, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. If you’ve never participated or haven’t heard of the Sketchbook Project you can watch the video above to learn more about the world’s only mobile library of art sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY that’s now home to 27,000 sketchbooks from around the world. Last year I had the honor of viewing some 3-4,000 books and I didn’t even get a paper cut, though my brain hemorrhaged several hundred times while I discovered incredible sketches, paintings, collages, poems and even paper sculptures.
So let’s make the Central Tour the BEST TOUR, signup for your blank sketchbook and have your work travel around the midwest—it might even show up right here on Colossal.
Oscillate is a thesis animation made by Daniel Sierra for his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. While essentially an experiment in animation, Sierra says the project was an attempt “to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.” Make sure you view it full-screen, headphones on, you know the drill. I could have watched this continue for twice as long. Hope he got an ‘A’. (thnx, neil!)
Behold the latest work from animator Jake Fried (previously) who works with layer after layer of ink, gouache, white-out and coffee to create deeply textured and truly psychedelic animated shorts. Fried lives and works in Boston where he is primarily known for his painting, but has recently begun focusing on these experimental animations he refers to has “moving paintings,” many more of which you can see on his website.
To help thwart rampant insurance fraud in Russia many cars are now equipped with dash cams to capture what unfolds in front of vehicles in an attempt to aid innocent persons, law enforcement, and insurance firms. This has lead to almost unlimited hours of footage found online of unbelievable accidents, close calls, and some of the worst of human behavior. Luckily somebody took it upon themselves to edit together some of the most amazingly thoughtful actions and tender moments caught with these same dash cams and edited into this short clip. And can I just say what on Earth is up with that kid running around on the highway!? (via kottke)
Filmmaker Willie Witte is currently working on a documentary series for PBS but in his spare time he makes fun experimental films. His latest, SCREENGRAB, was made without the help of computer effects though I can’t quite figure out how. After watching this three times the hemispheres of my brain are the equivalent of cross-eyed. Music by Kevin McAlpine. (via booooooom)
Photographer Nathan Kaso spent almost 10 months making this fun tilt-shift video of Melbourne with a special focus on the city’s annual festivals and other outdoor events. This is where I always make some snarky comment about how I’ve seen enough tilt-shift work, but this video proves that when it’s good, it’s good and the manner of shooting or production just doesn’t matter. Music by Tom Day.
Google Creative Director Alexander Chen (who previously turned NYC transit data into music) recently sat down with his viola and a pair of Google Glass specs to record snippets of video and audio which he then looped and edited to create this miniature orchestra. While the video editing was done externally to Glass, the perspective lends itself nicely to the viola and there’s something sort of life-affirming about the music and snippets of life recorded just beyond the instrument. Beautiful music, well done. (via explore)