Top 5 Videos of the Week [02/01/2011]

Hey guys,

Sorry for the lack of proper posts this week but sadly as my exams are looming I have less free time to contribute to the blog. However they will all be over in a fortnight and hopefully I can become more active again! However I could not desert my new feature seeing as I only started it last week! So here are the top videos from the last 7 days; it’s a mixed bag this week with: one tutorial, two graduation pieces, a gorgeous short film and something a little bit different. Please leave a comment letting me know what you think!

1. Growing is Forever

This is a stunning visual piece by Jesse Rosten who like me has a great passion for forests. I have always adored the beauty and might of forest vistas and I think Rosten captures these beautifully, set alongside a perfectly appropriate monologue.

Video: Jess Rosten (Click for website)

Music: Window by The Album Leaf

 

2. Time Warp Project

This is the first of this weeks two graduation pieces; it’s an almost photorealistic animation of a car crash from the first person. It’s a visual treat with the perfect moments slowed down to almost a stop, I must say my favorite moment is at 1:07 where the lighting effects are perfect. incredible in every way, this man deserves your subscription.

Video: Urialamour

Music: You Only Live Once by The Strokes

 

3. Slow Motion/Pin Warp

Time for something a little bit different now; this is a tutorial from one of my youtube subscriptions who predominately makes gaming videos. Now this isn’t something I intend to blog about at any particular length, but the technique in this tutorial can be applied to any still image, not just gaming. It’s a simple enough effect where we are taught how the pin warp tool in Adobe After Effects can create the illusion of super slow-motion.

Video: oDcreyfish

 

4. Train of Thought

This is the second of this weeks graduation pieces from the Arts Institute in Bournemouth (Woop!) as these guys are just across the road from where I study am I very proud to hopefully create a little more awareness about this incredible piece of work. Though the effect looks relatively simple it actual took a painstaking amount of work to achieve and you can watch the ‘making of’ video here. Truly this is a masterful piece of work.

Video: Leo Bridle

Music: Portico Quartet arranged by Jack Wyllie

Sound Design: Andrew South

Official Website: www.leobridlefilms.co.uk/trainofthought/

 

5. Holiday Portrait

And now for something a little different, I just wanted to repost the example of video of the latest vimeo weekend project. It’s a simple enough premise with the idea that you set up a self-timer photo then sit with your friends and see how long they will wait, the idea of course that actually no photo is going to be taken they are just being filmed! The concept is called a fauxtograph and I thought this was a really neat little idea.

Video: Blake Whitman

Project Group: Vimeo Weekend Projects

What video was your favorite? Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think. You can see last weeks Top 5 Videos here.

Peace Guys,

Matt  :)

Top 5 Videos of the Week: [26/12/2010]

Hey Guys,

This is a new thing that I hope to continue with, it is as it says in the title, a collection of the best videos I have seen over the week. Nothing more, nothing less; these are in no particular order, so enjoy…

This week was of course the week of Christmas, Matt Cardle was number one and the Queen talked about sport in her speech; meanwhile in video-land though things seldom change. This week sees us witness a new perspective in street level cinema, get up-close to see detail impossible to notice with the human eye, have some down-time with some video games and a couple of unique twists on conventional Christmas themes…


1. Driving Through Mirror City

This video is gorgeous, I’m not sure where this was shot but the video basically takes footage from a street level car and mirrors the top half of the shot. It sounds basic but it’s an incredible effect, shot on a GO Pro HD and edited in Sony Vegas Studio HD.

Music: Liquid Summer by Diamond Messages.

Video: Craig

2. December

This is an excellent short film by 328 Stories, without ruining too much just know that the editing is masterful in the way it manipulates your viewing experience.

Video: 328 Stories

3. Chimæra

This is a gorgeous piece in which we are exposed to the super-detailed vision of winter snow-sports. Here’s the directors blurb:

Chimæra is a utopia. A dream or fantasy. Mythologically, it references a fusion of forms that is the personification of winter. By slowing down our perception of reality we get a unique look at a skier’s life. Just plug in your headphones and let your senses take over.

Music: Snow Angel Summer by Voyager One

Video: Sherpas Cinema

4. Future First Person Shooter

Anyone not familiar with FreddieW’s videos may not quite understand the point of this at first, but you’ll notice him in this video as the moron running straight at the sniper. Freddie makes incredibly polished (usually action based) videos which not only are astute comments on the gaming and film industries and the people who endorse them, but also is a very talented editor and filmmaker; recreating vivid and almost cinema worthy effects just for his youtube channel. Phenomenal.

Video: FreddieW

5. Reindeer

Just a short one to finish, this is a new ‘esting‘ for the british channel E4, I haven’t seen it on the tv yet myself but this was posted on vimeo this week and I thought it was too good to miss out on!

Video: Treat,

Which video was your favorite? Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think.

Peace,

Matt  :)