Roger Deakins, the incredible cinematographer behind all the Coen Brother’s films and countless others, has a great interview on Vulture about how he achieved specific shots in different films over his career . Check the article out here and if you end up watching the Oscars this weekend, keep an eye out for the best cinematography category. Deakins is up for an Oscar for his work on Skyfall… He’s been nominated 10 times through out his career and has never won…
The film ‘The Fall’ came out in 2007, but somehow I hadn’t seen it until this past weekend. Directed by Tarsem, an acclaimed music video and commercial director, It was shot in over 20 countries and over the span of four years, financed mostly by my Tarsem him self, so he could avoid the creative restrictions that come with a big studio movie. If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend watching The Fall solely based off the visuals and locations… and If you have seen it, you might as well just watch it again because it’s that good. I swear I was taking screen shots every few seconds. So many incredible locations. Keep reading to see the trailer and a bunch of stills from the movie.
Fraser Byrne sent over this rad film. “We just finished up this wee vid I thought you might appreciate. Although its not ‘bmx’ its in the spirit of DIY, cheap living adventure that I think most BMXers can relate to. The vid is based on a guy called Austin Vince who rode around the world (by the longest route possible) on DR350 dirt bikes with 8 mates. Pretty epic trip to say the least.”
A Red camera, BMX and some fireworks… Who doesn’t like that combination. Photographer and Director Brooks Reynolds had some extra time with a Red camera that was being rented for a commercial shoot so he linked up with Lee Dennis, Brad Hill & Josh Lichti and put this dope edit together!
I already know this film will be incredible. The Master is the latest movie from one of my favorite directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood to name a few. Staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix the story is about a new religion that is being launched just after World War II. The story is said to be based on the creation of Scientology and because of this there has been some controversy around the film. Not sure if it is related, but this is also the very first film Paul Thomas Anderson has done with out his long time collaborator and cinematographer Robert Elswit… None the less, the cinematography looks amazing. Check out some stills and trailers after the jump!
Pretty awesome film from Casey Neistat for Nike’s Make It Count campaign. Apparently, he took all the money Nike gave him to make a film and spent it traveling the world until he ran out of money… It only took him 10 days, but he covered some serious ground and put together a great video about it. (via TWBE)
“This 1979 documentary film focuses on gangs such as the savage skulls & nomads who occupied areas of the South Bronx. Perhaps even more compelling is considering that the backdrop and social conditions in this film are a ‘far cry’ from the lifestyle being promoted through disco music and film. Perhaps this answers questions to why many people took preference over the funk records which arguably pathed the way for Hip Hop culture.”
With half a million views on Vimeo, there’s a chance you have already seen this, but if not, it’s definitely worth checking out. Solipsist is a dance film directed by Andrew Huang… it might be a bit slow and long for some of you, but if you don’t have enough time to check out the whole piece, at least jump ahead to around 7:00… So epic!
The first comment in Vimeo sums the film up pretty well: “I still can’t believe that this exists.” Check out the film above and keep reading to see an interesting behind the scenes video from the shoot.
A great trailer from Audi for their new R18 e-tron Quattro. My first car was a Audi 4000 Quatro CS and even though it’s been years since I had it, I still think about it on a regular basis. Such a rad car!
In this short film documenting Oakley’s Josh Harrington’s trip to the seemingly cold and desolate Northern European state of Estonia for the Simpel Session contest, we experience in his own words the solidarity of self-awareness of traveling to a foreign country, unable to adjust to your surroundings while still having to focus on putting himself in the mindset of riding in front of thousands of people on a BMX bike.
This past September, I moved to New York from Vancouver B.C. The main reason for moving out here was motivated by my work and to basically push myself and to take everything I do to the next level. To say moving out here was a good decision is definitely an understatement.
One of the first big projects I’ve finished up is a music video for Theophilus London. Theophilus has had a bunch of mixtapes and great success over the past year or so, but he has just recently been signed to Warner Brothers and is getting ready to release his first full length album next month. The first single off the new album is titled ‘Last Name London’ and I was lucky enough to get to direct the video with my good friend Nathan Brown.
The video premiered on all the MTV channels as well as MTV.com yesterday and we are all extremely excited on how it turned out! You can check the video above and keep reading for some behind the scenes photos that I took during the shoot!