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(Via Cannes à la Flip.)

Tokyo Glow is indeed glowing.

As time has shown, this blog is (currently) mostly about sharing and commenting on brilliant web videos. And nothing wrong about that, yet I’m still planning on writing more about my own work. But, tonight I was not in the mood for talking about myself, so what better than making a discovery.

This fantastic 2 minute short film, Tokyo Glow, is more than worth your time. It’s worth a bit of a study. If a visual trip through Tokyo isn’t candy enough, director Jonathan Bensimon‘s rotoscoped vision is like a translucent dream. A tiny story gives the images legs, but this one is all about taking in what your eyes can capture. Putting the glowing lights of Tokyo in front of the camera lens isn’t a original choice per se, but here they’ve got the discipline to contrast that milieu with an element that breaks out of its frame. The idea works perfectly, letting loose a flux of motion. Watch it below, or in HD:


Production-wise, Tokyo Glow is a hybrid; short fiction on the brink of being a commercial – defined as a branded short film by Short of the Week, who deserves credit for making me aware of this film. So, Tokyo Glow was funded by a company (in this case shoe designer The Generic Man), but created by seemingly independent filmmakers (from production company Industry Films, a Canadian firm). Director Bensimon has experience from building videos from still images, and the company write a little bit on their site about the challenges in making the film’s visuals come to life:

To achieve the striking effect of the “illuminated man,” an original light suit was constructed using hundreds of feet of high-voltage LED rope lights and a translucent nylon outer shell. The production had its set of additional challenges, not the least of which was avoiding the Yakuza – Tokyo’s notorious mafia – while shooting extensively in their territory without permission.

Whatever way it was made, I dig Tokyo Glow. And obviously, it’ll added to that long list of compelling reasons to visit the capital of Japan.

Awesome opening credits for Enter the Void!

This is probably the most explosive, colorful and bad-ass opening credits I’ve ever seen – for Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void. Wonderful typography going bananas, crazy music track from Thomas Bangalter (of Daft Punk fame) and an intro to a film that most certainly is just as insane. Sadly, I’ve not seen these credits projected in a big screen cinema with loudspeakers, but that time must come. Here they are, in Flash video embedded from French site DailyMotion. (Via Antville)

Can. Not. Wait. What do you think?

Hollywood vs. New York

The Day After Tomorrow

I love mashups. Love ’em. The new meaning derived from clever juxtaposition of images (often well-known ones) is intoxicating to me. It’s a rising genre within the arena of short web videos, and demands a variety of abilities ranging from insane editing skills, good taste, knowledge of film history and more. As both an avid film buff and film editor, I feel I should make one myself, but I’m hesitating – simply because the best ones are so damn fantastic.

Which brings me to the mashup posted today at TickleBooth, created by, and probably the very best one I’ve seen this fall. Not only does it feature New York, a city so many brilliant filmmakers’ve caressed with their cameras, but this clip – appropriately titled Hollywood vs. New York – is also an homage to a genre I love: The Disaster Film. Though, no video mashup with a New York theme can be successful without referencing Woody Allen, so Goodiebag’s choice of music makes me particularly happy. Get ready for a load of awesome:

In London

I’m visiting London for a few days, which is bliss. Nothing work-related to my visit (this time), but it gives me a nice opportunity to seek out some films and exhibitions that is normally out of reach while staying in Norway. I’m aiming to write up some of my observations here, either throughout these days or next week. On the previous URL-location for this blog, I did a post about London which included two videos and a lot of me expressing my love for this brilliant city.

In case anyone has a particular recommendation I should seek out this weekend; please let me know, I’d appreciate it – either here or on Twitter. I might just look it up.

Credits to Justice on Let Love Rule

Let Love Rule - Justice and Lenny Kravitz

A silly, but fun music video for French duo Justice and their collaboration with Lenny Kravitz on “Let Love Rule”. Directed by Keith Schofield, this video turns the end credits of a fake 80s action-movie into the driving concept. Truly successful only when the most campy, it is nevertheless a satisfying piece with a lot of meta-fun for film nerds. Watch it in QuickTime.

Urban Nature

Via TickleBooth, I discovered Urban Nature, a gorgeous, poetic documentary by Alex Horner. His images captures the connection and contrast between nature, industrial landscapes and architecture. The use of audio in this video is also particularly inspired, so I recommend you to sit back, turn down the lights and up the volume:

No signal?

Via John August, I found this illustrating montage that shows how revealing a horror film cliché is when all the examples are juxtaposed together in order. Behold, No signal?!:

I’m almost proud that most of these examples are picked from films I haven’t seen. My main prejudice against the horror genre is the cheap use of tricks, and here they’re under a scrutinizing light. Any other examples of script or image clichés that have been over-used in films? I vote for a revealing montage of all the unnecessary use of “Poetic close-up of hand touching wheat or grass while walking in a field“.

Une catastrophe by Jean-Luc Godard

2010 might be the year when I decide to become a Jean-Luc Godard completist. (I’m not there (yet). No decision has been made.) But here’s the Viennale trailer I just discovered that he made in 2008 for the Austrians. (The Guardian‘s Ronald Bergan wrote a background story last autumn.)

It’s a few seconds more than 1 minute long. An immersive piece of montage:

Who’s watching it? A look into the subjective POV.

Luv Deluxe

This is not going to be a long piece – but I want to write a passage about this: The use of subjective point-of-view. I discovered a new music video, which uses this technique, that is worth watching. I found this one through TickleBooth, so kudos to those guys (a brilliant site for discovering web video gems). Anyway, this is a video for the band Cinnamon Chasers and their song “Luv Deluxe”. The band was not familiar to me before this, and the music isn’t actually that great. But the filmmaker, Saman Keshavarz, has in his video brought back this particular visual storytelling choice that is both fun and fascinating to watch, when utilized in a good way. (Video examples embedded after the jump…)