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by Pas

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Often it’s the most simple message in its most basic form that reaches an audience effectively. This is just one of the many videos created by the group who go under the name “Common Craft”, be sure to check out their other videos too!

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So what do you think?

by Douggie

SSSEEN! is now at 69 posts and already been up for a bit more than 4 months. We have some statistics on how many visitors we have, but a hunch is that about 80% of the average 30 visitors are not human. As in spiders. But not the animal.

We would like to receive some feedback from you guys. Are the videos interesting enough? Have you already seen most of them? Does the page have a long loading time? Are there features on the website you want to see? Do you want to interact more and have a community around this or are you content with just the videos? Is it updated often enough? Do you want to see more text?

There’s a comment link below. Use it to tell us your wishes. :P (Or use Twitter)

And yeah, SSSEEN! will get a slight layout makeover one of these days. ;)

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Yoshinori Sunahara – Lovebeat

by Douggie

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An abstract music video for Yoshinori Sunahara‘s “Lovebeat” which has geometric shapes visualize the song. Directed by Junji Kojima, who is experienced in the field of commercials and music videos and has founded the studio “Teevee Graphics“.

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He has also done a few short films as well, like this hilarious short tutorial about sushi (and some of the Japanese absurt traditions).

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Google Search Stories

by Douggie

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Another Google commercial one! This one about the different ways to use Google to reach your goal is simple and very cute and apparently it has played during the Superbowl so you Americans might have seen this one then. Not sure who made it though.

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Google has a few of these videos called “Search Stories” and this is another one. They have a whole YouTube channel dedicated to it, so check it out!

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T-Shirt War

by Douggie

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A stop motion video where there’s animation on shirts! Over 222 shirts have been used in this Rhett & Link music video directed by Joe Penna. Here’s some info from YouTube:

We changed shirts over 100 times each, taking individual pictures of each unique shirt. The designs on the shirts are not photoshopped. They are real shirts for each frame of animation. The video was exported at 30fps, while the T-shirt animation moves at 6fps (with a few exceptions where it moves faster) So, for each shirt, we took 5 pictures, so the animation of us (Rhett&Link) moves at 30fps, but the T-shirt animations move a bit slower. There are a few places where the motion seems so smooth that it looks like video. That’s because, in those parts, there was no changing in T-shirts, and Joe used burst mode to capture the frames, making it look very smooth.

It’s smart how this doesn’t only meant to sell their music, but shirts as well!

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Google Buzz demo

by Douggie

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Still a sucker for Google promo & demo videos. This one is really simple, but I like the flow and motions of the video. Not really sure who made it. Not really sure if I would use it either.

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Wario Land: Shake It! Commercial

by Douggie

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A small & funny commercial for the Wario Land: Shake It! game for the Nintendo Wii. Directed by Jeff Goodby of Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

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The Uppercase and Lowercase Clock

by Douggie

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Stop motion AND typography? What more do you want? A short but sweet stop motion film made by ruifilipeabreu. The moving fonts are done quite nicely and here’s some “making of”-information of him in one of the YouTube-comments:

This was photographed with a Nikon D60 with a 18-55mm lens. I shot it with Istopmotion which is very easy to use software, and not very expensive. The music was made with Garage band. And most of the sound FX are stock sounds.

The letters were cut in MDF, and I used the substitution technique.

The set is made of 5mm cardboard painted with acrylic ink
and was inspired/copied from Jacques-Louis David’s painting The Oath of the Horattii.

Quite interesting that it is MDF – it sort of looks like clay.

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Lisa Hannigan – Lille

by Douggie


Now for something a bit different – a video that doesn’t have anything post-production related, but is possible to inspire you to use art in a different way. There has been a few videos that use a pop-up book style (like Fergie’s “Clumsy”), but I haven’t seen one which uses a real pop-up book like in this video of Lisa Hannigan, which is an interesting style to visualize the story she’s telling in a more playful way. I also like the fact how the story literally “unfolds”.

The pop-up book is made by Maeve Clancy and Jamie Hannigan, who also directed the video.

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The Perfect Human #4

by Douggie

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Directed by Jørgen Leth for the interesting documentary The Five Obstructions where Lars von Trier gives him five challenges for short movies. Apparently von Trier hates movies and that’s why he gave Leth a challenge to make a cartoon, which resulted in this really stylish short, rotoscoped animation. It is made with the help of rotoscoping expert Bob Sabiston, which you might also know from Linklater’s moves Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.

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