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If you look back fondly on those days of seeing an image reveal itself point by point as you worked your way through a dot-to-dot puzzle, then the new video for Foals’ My Number from Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor, better known as the pronoun ‘Us,’ is going to fill you full of sequential number hunting nostalgia. More »

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I create these stories with missing pieces. Missing pieces are very interesting because then people wanna fill them. People are afraid of emptiness and they wanna fill those gaps…. That’s exactly what I want to do with my art. I want people to think about what they see and wonder if what they see is real. If what they see has a meaning.”

If you’ve yet to fall under the spell of French director and musician Woodkid’s (aka Yoann Lemoine) approach to music videos, then I suggest you get comfortable and feast your eyes on this trio of promos for Iron, Run Boy Run, and I Love You: More »

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There’s nothing new about brands partnering with creative talent to give a mutual boost to their respective profiles, but what’s slightly different about the new six-part video collaboration from Noisey and Belvedere Vodka is their approach of pairing non-traditional music video directors with musicians. The first product of this alliance to stalk its way online is Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s Demons for Canadian electronic duo Zeds Dead: More »

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Dead Can Dance has been making their particular kind of mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful music ever since I was but a tot. After disbanding for about 7 years, they reunited in 2005 for a world tour, and last year they released their first studio album in 16 years, Anastasis. Now the band is teaming up with Genero and reaching out to filmmakers everywhere to create a music video for the opening track of the album – Children of the Sun -- and compete for a chance to win £3,000 ($4,740). More »

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Short films featuring puppeteering tend to be rather thin on the ground — in fact only Natalie van den Dungen’s Paddling Ghost music video for Dan Deacon jumps to mind as a puppet centric film we’ve featured here on NFS. Which is all the more reason for me to not let the fine example of the craft that is Dirty Night Clowns go by unshared, even if I have been a little less than quick off the mark in its discovery.
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While some of you may still be in the holiday spirit and enjoying time with family, we’ve got a music video from Sufjan Stevens that may or may not make you feel just a little different about the holiday classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Filmed in 120fps on the RED EPIC, the video took 1 month of preparation, 3 days of set building, and 35 cast and crew members — all for a total filming time of less than 1 minute. Click through to check it out, plus a nifty behind the scenes video of the entire thing in real-time. More »

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Slow motion is one of the many beauteous benefits gleaned from the advancement and proliferation of digital technology — not only has it been made less of a headache to achieve, it’s also effectively cheaper now, too. Like any of the benefits of digital proliferation, it has the potential to be overused, but more importantly, the potential to be gorgeous when executed tastefully. The music video for CocoRosie’s “We Are On Fire,” shot by Filip Piskorzynski with some additional work by John Brawley, is an example of the latter — in this case, shot on the P+S Technik Weisscam HS-2 Mk II — plus, Mr. Brawley has just posted some impressive looking behind-the-scenes material for the video, shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. More »

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The French electronic band M83 has been working with the directorial team Fleur & Manu to produce a trilogy of sci-fi music videos following the adventures of a group of children with X-Men-type powers. We’ve already discussed the first two videos, for their songs “Midnight City” and “Reunion,” and now we have the third video for the song “Wait” — all off the album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Serialized videos are nothing new, but the style and scope is nothing short of spectacular. Click through to check out all three. More »

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Elijah Wood must be best known for his starring role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and less so for some of his darker work (Sin City, Eternal Sunshine, and my personal favorite alien-takeover teen-angst movie, The Faculty). His work in FX’sWilfred rounds it all out, proving that he’s an artist capable of a wide range of roles, in pieces of any tone. Recently, experimental electronic/hip-hop artist Flying Lotus released a music video for his new album Until the Quiet Comes featuring a special effects-amputated Mr. Wood — as well as a found-item prosthetic arm that engenders itself around him. Read on to check out the video as well as an effects breakdown posted by director David Lewandowski. More »

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When one of my roommates moved to LA to pursue a full-time screenwriting career, I used the following criteria to choose a new roommate: “which among our applicants is the most talented filmmaker?” Instead of shooting stills of my Brooklyn apartment I had shot a walkthrough video on my RED (it was sitting on my desk so it was actually easier than taking a bunch of photos, but… most overkill apartment video ever!) and so there were a lot of people to choose from. Paul Trillo, it turned out, had seen me speak at the Vimeo festival and I had backed his Kickstarter campaign, even though we’d never met, so the choice was easy. Paul moved in and promptly shot this lovely music video on his Canon 7D: More »

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I may be alone in this, but I often wonder about pretty wild and crazy sorts of technical things (many times involving VHS tape — don’t ask :). For instance, I’d be curious to see how RED holds up transferred to that good old home video workhorse format, or maybe how VHS-shot footage looks blown up to HD or even 4K (I may or may not be joking about that). I simply have a fascination with this type of thing, and as such, I was very excited about this find! Director David M. Helman has overseen the creation of a Joey Bada$$ (with Chuck Strangers) music video which blends RED footage that was dubbed to VHS, recaptured, stretched, then composited back over the original shots — creating a time-bending nostalgic-but-new feel. Read on to watch the video, and see what this stuff looks like! More »

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The frights of Halloween may be behind us for another year, but the one of the joys of surviving the disturbing images of a good horror film is the pleasure that comes from inflicting that experience on others — which is definitely my intention. If you’re considering starting a brood of mini-filmmakers you may want to skip this one, but if not, David Altobelli and Jeff Desom have given you the perfect excuse for your aversion to hungry knee high humans in their promo for HEALTH track Tears: More »

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Of all the music promos you can currently bring to mind, how many of them would you say feature a retrofuturistic journey at their heart (it’s OK I can wait while you think about it)? In his promo for Gothenburg band Den Stora Vilan’s För Långt Ut, director Joan Manuel Urquiaga Valdes pays respectful homage to some of cinema’s greatest sci-fi adventures of yesterday such as Solaris and 2001: More »

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Trying to capture a musical performance in its entirety without missing anything requires serious planning and attention to detail. Den Lennie over at F-Stop Academy had the monumental task of being the Director of Photography for a live performance of Duran Duran, and rather than film the performance over a number of nights like many tour DVDs, they had just one performance and two hours to get all the material they needed. Check out some of the clips and a description of how Den accomplished this feat along with the help of director Gavin Elder and Producer James Tonkin. More »

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Every once in a while a typecasted Hollywood actor goes outside their comfort zone and surprises everyone. Though some might think that there are always selfish motives behind some of these choices, often actors like being challenged and want to participate in projects because they love the material. Shia LaBeouf, unfortunately best known for being the goofy Sam Witwicky in the Michael Bay Transformers series (the newest being Dark of the Moon), turns in a beautifully moving performance in this Alma Har’rel (Bombay Beach) directed experimental music video/film for Sigur Rós. More »

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There was once a time when the music video director was the king of all he surveyed, with a filmmaker’s toy box full of gear, exotic locations and armies of extras all lavishly funded by labels happy to recoup the astronomical costs from their artists’ future sales. Those days have long been a thing of the past and nowadays directors are regularly required to work wonders on the tightest of budgets. Fully embracing the frugal nature of the promo budget Colonel Blimp director Jack King reunited with band To Kill A King to create the Yorkshire estate set, four-peice music video/drama My Crooked Saint; comprising Bloody Shirt, We Used To Protest, Family and Wrecking Crew: More »

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Music videos have been around for years, and while you’re less likely to see them on television as much anymore (ahem…MTV), there has been a resurgence in the form thanks to services like YouTube and Vimeo spreading the videos around the globe. While the line between short film and music video can be fairly hazy, it’s not often we are fortunate enough to get a full-blown alternate universe and a story serialized over the course of one album. That album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming from M83, and its music videos for the songs “Midnight City” and “Reunion,” feature a group of children with super-human abilities. In the timeline of the story, the second video takes place right after the first — so be sure to check them out in that order below. More »

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This is a post by Joe Marine… much more to come from Joe soon. Stay tuned!

Nikon’s new D800 will be put through its paces soon enough (we hope), but until then we’ve got some moderately compressed videos to pixel peep. I find it curious that these official company videos always seem more compressed than they ought to be – as if to entice more speculation – but that’s a topic for another post. In any case, this music video, directed by Morten Rygaard and produced by Peter Brodin at Nikon Nordic, gives us a small taste of D800 quality: More »

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Egil Pedersen directed the music video for Ruggged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More’s track “Dropping Feathers,” and uses some clever post-production tricks that tell the story in a very organic way. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II in Norway, the stark black-and-white aesthetic of the video subtly incorporates excellent After Effects work: More »

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Director Chris Milk, whose work I’ve covered here before, has released in conjunction with some Google Chrome developers his latest music video, “3 Days of Black,” for the supergroup Rome (which, for this song, consists of Danger Mouse, Daniel Luppi, and Norah Jones). The first full 3D scene is literally eyebrow-raising and the video highlights a number of important web-based storytelling tools, like the 3D browsing technology WebGL. Requires Google Chrome. More »