Top 5 Videos of the Week [20/02/2011]

So as I have been away for a while this T5V has a few entries from further back but they are still as strong as ever; this week we have the video game trailer that has everyone talking, John Malkovich being… well, John Malkovich, a stunning piece of animation work and I bit of film relief in anticipation of the Oscars, so enjoy!


1) Dead Island: Official Announcement Trailer

We start this weeks list off with a biggy; this trailer has been buzzing around the internet ever since it was released, and rightly so. This cinematic trailer tells the story of a family of three who are under the attack of… well zombies. The hype has been so massive in fact that the movie rights have alreayd been sold… Crazy.


2) The Blackwater Gospel


This is one of my personal favorites from this weeks list; TBWG is an animation piece centring on the paranoia in a small isolated town after the undertaker arrives. The resulting piece of work is a visual masterpiece that must be seen; watch it NOW.


3) Niteo

Ok, I’ll put my hands up, this is a bit of self-promotion. This weeks number 3 video goes to… me. I made this video a couple of weeks back and I thought this may be a good way to get it out there a little more. The ffect was very simple and cheap to make; it just took a vase of water and some glitter paint. I mounted my camera close to the vase ful of water, and as I poured the glitter paint into the glass, the glitter and paint seperated in a really beautiful way. I like it guys, please don’t forget to ‘like’ if you have a vimeo account :)


4) Butterflies


WARNING: DO NOT CONSUME ILLEGAL STIMULANTS BEFORE WATCHING THIS CLIP. I mean, technically you shouldn’t anyway, but what I’m saying is, this video is VERY trippy. Somehow it has something to do with butterflies, but in reality, this is an exercise in heavy post-editing and freaking people out. You’ve got to appreciate the level of work this must have taken, but personally… I got scared.


5) The Final Chapter [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

We finish this weeks list with a very special entry. Those of you who read my previous article may have already seen this, but in for those of you that haven’t, you’re in luck. I had to repost this because it really is a feat like no other; this vimeo project drew the community together on a collaborative piece of work like I have never seen before. The idea being that this whole video was filmed in segments by separate directors, each segment ends in a still, then the competition opens again and the next segment must start with the still image that the last segment ended with. It’s simpler than it sounds trust me; but that’s why I  have linked you to the blog instead of the video, so that you can read the background into the project and watch the separate clips should that be what you desire.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks list, click here to see last weeks T5V.

My Picture Story: Brighton Fringe Festival.

Hey guys,

Earlier this year me and my very good friend Simon made our annual trip to the Brighton Fringe Festival; this yearly event showcases a rage of arts events but as me and Simon both studied drama together we go with the objective to find new dramatic talent and shows. The 2010 trip wasn’t as successful as our first two outings but was an enjoyable day regardless, we still saw some interesting shows, including one stand-out: A performance of the secret garden, where the audience was free to wander wherever they liked around a large house, viewing the actors in constant character either taking part in a key scene, reading or even sleeping. I bought a disposable camera for the day and you can see all the shots I took that day here, or read on for my picture story…

This was the first photo of the day, I hadn’t used a camera that wasn’t my phone for a little while. So I picked it up and pressed the button!


This is a shot of West Pier which has clearly been subject to a lot of fire damage. This is Brightons second (of three) Piers; I got the effect of this shot by trying to keep the centre of the lens as still as possible and then rotate the rest of the camera whilst taking the shot, I love how it came out!

Another shot of West Pier only this time with some well timed bird flight in the shot…

This is another shot of my mate Simon, I tried the same thing here as with West Pier, though this time I was jumping so it came out a bit more shaky. In the context of our trip we are on the Brighton boardwalk on our way to a performance of ‘The Secret Garden’.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day, on the boardwalk still I got Simon to stand slightly off left, right, up and down of wherever he was the shot before whilst I stayed as still as possible. After I got the photos developed I chopped them up, and made one image to create this interesting effect!


Simon is into metal, so he decided to subvert the Scouting for Girls poster, great… :)

This is part of the set for the performance of the Secret Garden, it’s a courtyard in an old house and you do not see the garden untill the very end, it’s unveiled as the children climb through into it and it was actually quite marvellous.

We did see two other plays and travel around Brighton that day but the photos are quite bland and not very good; this is just one last shot of Simon (and me) on the train home, I’m sure he didn’t have that beard when we started…



Matt  :)