Someone sent me this Yoko Ono video for ‘Bad Dancer’ as a not so subtle reminder that I can’t dance. It’s ridiculous, it’s frivolous, but it makes me laugh to see all these folks (2 Beastie Boys, Ira Glass, Reggie Watts) jumping around like fools.
In looking for some background on the video, I came across this video from Paul McCartney’s latest album, “New.” Like the Yoko Ono video, it’s got celebrities dancing around, but unlike the Bad Dancers, these folks have no reason to be here. To wit: why is Jude Law being moody with a hat? Why did someone do such a shoddy chroma job with Chris Pine? And why is Johnny Depp listening to his phone, when Paul McCartney is playing piano next to his head? What a punk.
In a Spanish plaza, a young girl drops a coin in front a tuxedoed Bass player. Pretty soon, the lone performer has been joined by a full orchestra. Staged as part of the 130th anniversary of Banco Sabadell, the flash mob is only part of the what makes this video work so well. The production is almost too clean, as if it were staged. But who cares – free, quality public art is its own best justification. This video is an old one, but still a good one.
It’s Halloween, and maybe you dressed up your dog like this guy. But how about a visual trick for your brain?
Both gruesome and cute, Mute comes from the Dutch hands of Job, Joris & Marieke, the animation studio/trio/band of Old World loonies behidn that creepy Dutch wrap video from a few months ago, Fit. Apparently, these guys have a thing with mouths.
Take Django Django, add in the loudest, tallest, most terrifying attraction at the carnival (the Well of Death), then pass it through the brain of Jim Demuth and you end up with a music video that’s half-documentary, half-eye-candy. It’s from Noisey – the Vice music people – which explains a lot. It’s surprisingly refreshing to see a Vice video without all the Vice nonsense.
This tiny little movie from Yankee Peddler – an LA motion graphics duo – packs a lot of laughter in a Lego-sized package.
More and more, I have to wonder what’s going on with French visual graphics, and why there are so many crazy great examples coming from the old world. This, from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, makes me hopeful about dancing in the future the way flying cars and space travel once inspired people. Is this as cool as teleporting around the universe or using hover board skateboards? Yes.
Some folks in France strapped a GoPro to the back of an eagle and caught footage that feels so good it doesn’t seem real. If you’re into this kind of thing, here’s a collection of videos from other flying fowl.
Greg Packer is not a media hound. He’s just a guy who will drive hundreds of miles to appear at a news event and make sure he gets quoted. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Apparently, the Associated Press thinks there is, and they sent out a company-wide memo to discourage reporters from quoting Mr. Packer.
Created by Alex Horner for Red Bull, this video starts with a gorgeous, serious look at how cranberries are harvested. It’s stunning, it’s natural. It makes me want a craisin.
And then the Red Bull part of the equation? The series is all about using winches for extreme sports. Meaning, these dudes go wakeskating on the bog.