25 Gangnam Style Videos In One - Video

It's been a while since my last experimental/mashup video so here is my latest effort: 25 Gangnam Style Videos In One.  See if you can name as many of the 25 as you can before the end credits give you the answer.

So do you need some Gangnam Style parodies, shot for shot recreations, flipbook or minecraft animations? How about Klingon, Zombi or Kim Jong Style? Or try China, Mongol, London or Singapor Style? Well here they are in one go so you'll never have to watch another Gangnam Style video again!


Monday Morning Mini Movie: Pixar's UP! was made in 1965?

On youtube you can find all sorts of films which have been "Premade."  This means going back through hours of archive footage and recreating a trailer for the film if it had been made decades ago.  The best example of this I've seen so far is Up! premade by Whoiseyevan:

Here are some of the ingrediants mixed into this trailer:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, *batteries not included, The Red Balloon, Superman, The Wizard of Oz, The Muppet Movie, Follow Me Boys, Mackenna's Gold, Benji, A Boy and His Dog, Mysterious Island, The Doberman Gang, The Alvin Show, Posse, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Island at the Top of the World, Zeppellin, Stephen King's It, Hollywood Hotel, Jonny Quest, Peter Pan's Flight, Habanera from Carmen, Always

Anyway, enjoy!  And if you want more, search for Premakes on youtube.

Monday Morning Mini Movie: Robots Shooting Bikini Babes

Film makers and advertisers using robots again!  Isn't it cool that you chuck out your tripods, tracking dollies and cranes entirely and use a flying Hexrobot instead?

Now obviously this technology has a long way to go but as it matures a couple of the problems in the video above will be solved:

1. The camera is using a rolling shutter which, combined with the vibrations off the robot, causes weird distortions in the video.  Using a camera with progressive scan would sort this?

2. The shots of the camera dropping out of the sky and stopping just above the models was filmed in reverse. Would you want a robot with spinning blades dropping down on you from 50 meters?  Proximity sensors could solve this one I think...

3. Notice the noise of the robot?  No, obviously not, as no native sound was used at all.  Any dialogue scenes shot this way would require a very clever mic set up or extensive ADR.  I don't see an easy way around this problem.  Can you?


A robot salute goes out to the BotJunkie blog again for this one.

Solo Shed Flip Video - Made Entirely on my iPod Touch.

Yesterday I found that my shed had blow across the garden a bit by the gales the night before:

As I don't have any friends I had to find a way to flip it back over in to place again without breaking it or myself. Here's what happened:

I shot, edited and uploaded this video entirley on my iPod Touch using the back camera, iOS iMovie, VRotate and the Youtube uploader.  On Monday I'm going to post a video tutorial about how to make iOS iMovie add fade to black, titles over photos and how to flip upside down footage.


The Best Act at EJC: Cristiana & Stefan in "Tangram"


My favourite act (by far) at this years European Juggling Convention was "Tangram" by Cristiana Casadio and Stefan Sing.  It was a perfect blend of juggling and contemporary dance/ballet.   It's a beautiful and moving story with a captivating sound track.  Anyway, enjoy!

I edited this video to be included on the EJC DVD and sent a low quality video file to Stephan who put it up on youtube.  I would have sent him the High Def version if I knew he was going to upload it!

You can buy the EJC DVD over here.  Check out Stefan's website here.

Is HDR Video Racist?

So the guy over at Soviet Montage have used two dSLR cameras shooting through a light splitter to produce one of the first true HDR videos I've seen.  The results are defiantly worth a look...

Unfortunately, the results are a bit weird.  The scenery looks great but when the video cuts to the guy talking he seems to drop into the uncanny valley.  The contrast on his skin just looks not quite right.

I'm going to sound racist again here but I'd like to see what effect this has on White, Black, Asian and Chinese people all captured in the same shot.  I from the results above I think that the process would lighten up the black faces and darken down the white faces.  Artistically this may be an interesting experiment but would open a can of politically correct worms.

So Soviet Montage guys, have you thought about the implications of an intrinsically racist video production technique?  No, I thought not.

I'd love to hear peoples opinions about this so get involved in comments below.

Monday Morning Mini Movie: Videostreet

Ok the blog is back after our hectic house move.

I'm looking to buy a new Android based phone at the moment and the Samsung range caught my eye.  Of course I am very interested in the video capabilities of any gadgets I buy so after bit of searching online I came across this:

(Note: this wasn't shoot on the Android Galaxy but an older model.) 

I know I'm not the first to say this but I just love the fact that you can shoot really compelling experimental film using what is in your pocket.  As Chase Jarvis says "The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" though you don't need his iPhone app to prove him right.


Monday Morning Mini Movie: From Big Bang Until Tomorrow?

This week's Monday Morning Mini Movie is "BIG BANG BIG BOOM!" from http://blublu.org

Yes I know it is almost 10 mins long but i think it is worth every frame.

"BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end."


In other news, and the reason why this blog is a bit sparse at the moment; I'm moving house!  South Manchester here I come.  I'm having a joint 30th birthday party and house warming party in a couple of weeks so I'll post some pics then.

Monday Morning Mini Movie: The Windmill Farmer

This morning we have a beautiful animation about a farmer caring for his windmill trees.

I love it when someone finds such a simple idea and turns it into a work of art.  This is how Joaquin Baldwin found inspiration:

"This film was inspired while driving back from a trip to Palm Springs, when my partner said that it must take them forever to plant and grow so many windmills. I wrote down the title The Windmill Farmer for an idea to explore later, and about a year later I started developing it into a character and story."

Follow the artist on twitter and check out her other work here.