Video of the Week #64 - Winter Tale

The last video of the week for this year will be about, what else, christmas. It's a very sweet stopmotion movie uploaded just 3 days ago by Sergey Yazvinsky. I have done several Stop-motion shortmovies myself, and the average size of photos per minute in my videos were around 4GB. So I have quite an understanding how much work this was. I especially like that he cared a lot about details. On his website http://timelapse.ru/ you will find some beautiful timelapse clips, worth checking out. Winter Tale (stop-motion animation) from Sergey Yazvinsky on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #63 - Nokta

On our Abduzeedo Facebook Page we discuss about the interests of our reader. Most of you wanted more Motion Graphics. Try this. "Nokta" is a privat project by animateur Onur Senturk from Istanbul. For this project (And another video called "Triangle") he was awarded best motion graphics from Vimeo. Visit his website at http://onursenturk.tv/ Nokta . from Onur Senturk on Vimeo. Making Of "Nokta" Nokta . Making of from Onur Senturk on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #61: Amazing Mapping Projections

Among the greatest live shows you can get to see, there's the amazing mapping projection. These are some amazing shows that I guess are kind rare. I've never seen any, but would love to see some of these in my city. Does anybody know the technology behind these projections? I bet is something really cool, just because the final result is truly stunning. I've searched for some good examples and my picks are these. I really hope you find these awesome. Enjoy! Cheers. ;) The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo. Aeroport mapping from the macula on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #60

During the week we all get to see some amazing videos, and sometimes we just forget to share them with others. But not today. I've seen some pretty awesome videos that I would love to show you guys, and I just know that you're gonna love it. 4 videos from different artists: a cg show reel, an amazing dancing smoke (not the black smoke, obviously), dancing lights and a tilt shift master piece! These are amazing videos worth sharing. Enjoy, people! Cheers. ;) Onesize Reel 2008 let yourself feel. by Esteban Diácono MOTOR / AMBIENT REEL by KU-SCHNEIDER Bathtub IV by Keith Loutit

Video of the Week #59 - Morphologic Studios

This weeks VOTW is different. Morphologic Studios is the name of the laboratory of biologist Colin Foord and musician Jare McKay. They make incredible 1 min HD clips of living coral reefs and I picked some of my favorites to showcase here. MORPHOLOGIC is a scientific art endeavor led by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay. With the aquarium as our primary medium, we explore the artistic possibilities of living coral reef organisms via HD videography and site-specific artworks. Our laboratory/studio is a state certified aquaculture facility perpetuating marine life within the confines of downtown Miami. Working in conjunction with biologists from the Université de Provence in Marseille, France, we are developing a living genetic database, aquaculture techniques, and biological assays of coral species. Explore their website for more interesting videos http://morphologicstudios.com/ 'Oyster Vision' from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. Here we look into the face of the thorny oyster (Spondylus americanus). Unlike most shallow-water oyster species, the thorny oyster is a solitary creature that lives permanently cemented to the deeper coral reef. Its fleshy mantle is adorned with sepia-toned psychedelic camouflage that can vary widely from one individual to the next. The rim of the mantle is lined with dozens of eyes that stare out into the depths. These eyes are quite simple, only detecting changes in light that might suggest an incoming predator. If a threat is detected, the oyster will quickly snap its two shells together, sealing the animal inside with its two powerful adductor muscles. It is the adductor muscle that people eat when they eat 'oysters on the half shell'. Oysters are filter feeders, spending their time siphoning water through gills that strain out particulate matter. As seen in the film, the oyster periodically expels waste and water with a quick contraction of its adductor muscles. 'Cleaner' Pt. 3 from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. The sun anemone shrimp (Periclimenes rathbunae) is the least common of the three species of Floridian anemone shrimp. While the other two anemone shrimp (P. pedersoni and P. yucatanicus) act as cleaners to passing fish, the sun anemone shrimp doesn't seem to engage in this behavior. Instead, it spends its time living almost exclusively upon its namesake sun anemone (Stichodactyla helianthus). Aquarium observations suggest that this shrimp may supplement its diet by occasionally nipping off and eating the tentacles of the anemone. This parasitism suggests a more complicated symbiotic relationship than the sort of simple mutualism that these shrimp are often categorized by. 'Flatworms' from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. The flatworms (Convolutriloba retrogemma) featured in the video are shown at 3x normal speed. They each range from 2-4mm in total length. 'The Florist' from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. Once again we return to observe a cryptic red decorator crab (Leptopsia setirostris); this time living upon, and decorated with, zoanthid polyps (Zoanthus sociatus), close cousins to both sea anemones and corals. Zoanthus in Latin literally means 'animal flower'. The species name sociatus refers to the fact they these flower animals live socially in dense groupings of identical polyps. 'Corynactis viridis' from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. In this video a single Corynactis viridis corallimorph polyp (about 8mm in diameter) is seen capturing and digesting tiny plankton as they flow past in the current. As the tentacles capture food, they retract towards the animal's mouth, located at the center of the polyp. The mouth is likewise transformable; capable of extending, expanding, and enveloping food items. The total elapsed time was roughly 12 minutes and sped up 1200% in order to demonstrate the hydraulic muscular contractions and contortions that the polyp goes through while feeding. 470nm LED light is used to highlight the fluorescent orange ring around the outer diameter of the polyp. Thanks to Trey Radcliffe for the link.

Video of the Week - Japan: Heartbeats of Time by Trey Ratcliff

I spend a lot of time thinking about the way memory and sight work together. I don't think we remember in "pictures" or long videos... but something in between. Perhaps we also sense, at times, more than 30 fps, and unexpected parts of the brain fire when we are presented with certain objects and forms. If you want to know more about how I made this, see my "Stuck In Motion" page. Below the video, I have placed some of my favorite works from Japan. If you want to find out more about how I made these, see my free HDR Tutorial. I've been working on this video for the past while. I hope you enjoy it. Japan - Heartbeats of Time from Trey Ratcliff on Vimeo. About the Author Trey Ratcliff, who is also known online as “Stuck in Customs”, discusses his photographic journey, influences, and of course his specialty High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. Trey’s insights to photography are not only thought provoking, but inspiring whether you’re a fan of HDR photography or not.

Video of the Week #57 - The Raven

Ricardo de Montreuil and his team of of creatives created a new short film called "The Raven". We follow powerfull Chris Black in a fight against high tech robots in a futuristic Los Angeles. With $ 5000 of budget and a RED camera he did a very good job. THE RAVEN - 720 HD from THE RAVEN FILM on Vimeo. Summary > Chris Black possesses a power that could lead to the destruction of the current regime, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him. The chase is on as Chris runs for his life in this sci-fi thriller set in an alternate and futuristic Los Angeles. Making Of: Find more information & images about the making of on their facebook site: http://facebook.com/THERAVENFILM

Video of the Week #56 - Pixels

Thanks to Magomed Dovjenko, I got to see this video and within the first 10 seconds I knew I have to share it with all you guys. The big apple, better known as New York, is assaulted by 8-bit creatures. Great idea followed by a detailed realization, you wont miss. I was looking for more information about this artists but could not even find a website. I would be really happy to find more of him, so please help me. Edit: Visit them at www.onemoreproduction.com/. Thanks to ddlocks for finding the website.

Video of the Week #55

This weeks video is from an filmmaker I really admire. Sebastian Abes produced some of the nicest skate videos out there. He now works with his creative company "Smog Films" on crazy stuff. This is their showreel of 2009. For more information visit their website at Smog-Films.com Smog Demoreel 2009 from Sébastien Abes @ Smog Films on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #54

Ever find yourself wishing commonplace tasks came with Photoshop tutorials? Say...baking butter cookies, for instance? Then check out this cleverly put together stopmotion video by Maya Rota Klein made entirely of cardboard for competition AdobeYouGC! Adobe Photoshop Cook from Lait Noir on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #53

This stop motion video by the guys over at I Love Local Commercials is incredible. Enough said. Rhett & Link never cease to amaze me with their creativity, and they did it again with this one. Head on over to their personal site for more good stuff, and share your thoughts with me via twitter!

Video of the Week #52

I love to find new projects all over the web. I find really cool experimental videos that try to come up with something that has already been done, but not in a certain way. We've seen tons of stop motions... but I think I've never seen something like this: Still Moving. I drift, half awake, half asleep. Moving through the city I recall but have never been to. This film was made using a digital stills camera to create motion. I guess it would be really awesome to see a movie scene, like a dream sequence, using this technique. I would be very innovative. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it. Cheers! ;)

Video of the Week #50

I'm really loving the creativity behind this video by Langara College in Vancouver. The video basically consists of a bunch of really awesome paper techniques coming together to convey important messages about the design process. Things like "don't fall in love with your first idea" and "figure out what you want to say." Simple messages that we sometimes tend to forget when we get so caught up in our ideas. In the first year of the Rethink Scholarship at Langara College, the call-for-entries video served as an introduction to the scholarship and the application process. For 2010, we offered tried-and-true creative tips paired with classic design techniques to help students get started on their application book. The video is offered as a creative tool and resource, as well as a source of inspiration. It was built with very little budget and a lot of love, which shows what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Video of the Week #47 - Two Fingers: Keman Rhythm Music Video

The video of this week was suggested by Danny Walkman. The video is the recent work of Sterling Pache Romantic Child Studios, where they shot the music Keman Rhythm from Two Fingers. As the song has no lyrics, they were able to interpret it however they wanted. The music video is a modern day response to a Passolini poem. As the video scrolls across from left to right we see angry, scared, tortured and helpless faces intermixed with photographs of representatives of the state. The video ends on the face of indifference. To check out Passolini's poem and the whole concept of the video go to romanticchildstudios.com. And as for the comments at YouTube, the video is modern, different, amazing and has a great atmosphere ... so check it out!

Video of the Week #46 - Coldplay Strawberry Swing

Last year for my birthday, a friend of mine got me "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" by Coldplay. For the past year, this album has been playing non-stop in my car on every morning drive to school and then every drive back home. Track 9, Strawberry Swing, went on repeat at least 3 times. Now finally, a year later, on July 20th they make a video for this wonderful song! If this doesn't get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to create, nothing will. Without further ado, here's Coldplay's new video for Strawberry Swing. Directed by Shynola from Jimmy Cavalcanti on Vimeo.

Video of the Week #45

Some time ago we had a post featuring some beautiful infographics. There was a bunch of great data visualization settings, which I find awesome. Today, I've found a very clever infographic video. Made for a class project by Tomas Nilsson, this video features the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. And it's all about information, what makes it a totally cool video, which I know you'll love. That said, enjoy! ;)

Video of the Week #44

The video of this week is about typography and it's awesome. It was created by students of the Vancouver Film School students Boca (aka Marcos Ceravolo) and Ryan Uhrich through the VFS Digital Design program. The video is called The ABCs of Typography. The “special version of the project” spanned classes and even terms – the students created the basic assets of The ABCs of Typography in Typography class, and in the next term’s Print Design class, they all drew from that pool of assets to create the books, which were printed at school and bound professionally. For more information visit: http://www.vfs.com/blog/2008/06/26/abcs-of-typography/