Film Archive

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    We’re not really sure why any opportunity to get into the guts of the printing process is so intoxicating, but this tremendous short film provides yet more proof for the prosecution. It features Perrott Bespoke Printing in north London, a die-stamping specialists where father Steve is currently handing over the reins to daughter Catherine, who will be the fourth generation of the same family to operate its presses. We caught up with Evan Gildersleeve – who created the film’s score – to find out a little more about it…

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    To be totally honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy this film when I started watching it. There’s a long and inglorious tradition of “celebrities” being shoehorned into seemingly random contexts to the point it all starts to resemble an Alan Partridge programme pitch (“Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank”). But as it turned out I was engrossed for the full four minutes of The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan showing us around Tate Modern’s Paul Klee exhibition. Firstly because Faris studied illustration at Central Saint Martins in the early 2000s and speaks with passion and intelligence about Klee’s work. And secondly the film links to his own artistic endeavours, so we aren’t just told that Klee influenced his pictures but are actually shown how.

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    What do you get if you combine the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of O’ahu, some pro-surfers and a quadrocopter with GoPros attached? (This isn’t a joke by the way, the answer isn’t even funny). You get the most mind-bending surf film you’ve ever laid eyes on. This four-minute snapshot of (tubular) genius is the work of Eric Sterman, a young Hawaiian surf film-maker, and is a compilation of the best wave rides of the 2013 season. Not much else to say here apart from just continuing to babble on about how great this is, so just sit back and enjoy!

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    Just when you think you’ve seen artists and filmmakers do everything that could possibly be done on the theme of time, another brain-box swans in and turns everything on its head to make the subject completely new again. Enter Adam Magyar, the artist/filmmaker who will make you look at crowded commuter train platforms in an entirely new way.

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    This week editor James Cartwright laments the loss of ham-fisted cinema and urges us to let Kickstarter revive it. As always, you comments are encouraged below.

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    If you’ve ever walked down Shoreditch High Street you’ll be familiar with a man and his dog that sit opposite Tesco. The man, John, is almost always sketching the buildings surrounding him as his dog, George, sits calmly by him watching people go by. John has been the subject of many conversations in Shoreditch, but not many people really know who he is, why he draws and where he’s from.

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    Messing around with paper folding at school didn’t get me much further than a ratty looking origami rose for my mum on Mother’s Day, so Jule Waibel’s incredible dress creations have got me absolutely stunned. The RCA graduate first won us over back in August with her project Enfaltung, and this brand new time-lapse film – which shows the making of one of her Tyvek skirts for Bershka’s 25 Dresses for 25 Cities project – proves that she’s got plenty more ideas tucked away now that she’s out of uni. We can’t wait to see what she’ll magic up next.

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    We like Cass McCombs. For his name, mainly, then his music, then for his ability to make powerful songs like this one that pay tribute to spectacular actresses like the late, great Karen Black. Karen was one of those oddly sexy women who commanded every film she was in with a magical kind of electricity and force, she was a mysterious dark horse that never really got the level of notoriety she deserved. Cass penned a track with Karen, then asked her husband Stephen Eckelberry to help make an extraordinary video to accompany it.

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    Hate to be the bearer of bad news guys but films ain’t made like they used to be. I like to imagine that films are produced how they were in the 1960s, with movie stars being shipped out to Geneva, pet dogs and all, to spend a few weeks chilling on a sun-dappled set and sipping martinis in between takes. Turns out times have changed and now almost every single thing in a film is made on a computer.

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    Have you ever been more charmed by a character in a short documentary film than you are by Umit, in The Way of the Dodo by Liam Saint-Pierre? The film’s subject is a Londoner and film fanatic whose shop houses his entire life’s collection of analog films and projectors; and there are a fair few in there. Starting out as a “rewind boy” in London’s then-new Rio cinema, Umit’s collection grew rapidly and was eventually moved to a little store named “Umit and Sons” in which he sells films and items from his collection, alongside groceries and other bits and pieces. It’s still there, and if you ask nicely he’ll play a little screening for you.

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    This week editor Liv Siddall looks at the BBFC’s announcement that they are cracking down on explicit music videos and wonders if that’s really a good idea after all. As always, all comments welcome below.

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    Polina Soloveichik has such a cool job. In her words “Someone approaches me with a wall or I find a location that is begging for a painting, and then I transform it.” Originally hailing from Russia, Polina is new to Berlin but has already made her mark (literally) all over the city. Despite describing it as a “cold Paradise,” Polina absolutely loves her new home, even more so now she is using her painting skills to create enormous murals all over it. In this nicely-shot film we learn about the life of a mural painter from the first sketches to the magnificent final outcome. I don’t know about you, but I had never even considered that could actually be a job. Turns out it is, and we’re all super-jealous.

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    Here in London, the end of the London Collections: Men means the end of revelling in sartorial male brilliance right? Wrong! Guinness has created a superb short film which features the Sapeurs, a group of people from the Republic of the Congo who embrace stylistic individualism in a truly inspiring way. It’s part of the Guinness Made Of More campaign, which celebrates those who live their lives with real integrity and character.

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    King Krule has blown up over the past twelve months. The 19-year-old one-man band has smashed into music’s collective consciousness with a decidedly arrogant swagger and a selection of tunes that belie his tender age. In fact he’s so popular that even the late, great Alfred Hitchcock wants to appear by his side, topping and tailing his gravity-defying new video in which the young south Londoner (with the help of director Jamie-James Medina) pays homage to the legendary British director’s infamous cinematic quirks with a video that plays out like one big MacGuffin.

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    Job Wouters is a calligrapher, artist and illustrator based in Amsterdam, who has made creating large-scale typographic murals his thing. His aesthetic combines traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary minimalist edge, which might explain why Italian brand Canali chose to collaborate with him to celebrate their anniversary in this short video for Nowness, in which he creates 80 calligraphic pieces – one for every year of the brand’s existence. The slick simplicity of the video’s composition paired with his unfaltering brush makes for dangerously dreamy, almost hypnotic watching which makes even glancing down at the predictability of your keyboard again entirely unappealing. You’ve been warned.

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    In times gone by, Dan used to go by the moniker of Daniel has Potential for all his creative sign-offs. Now, in the new year he has stripped it back to his actual name, Daniel Brereton, to turn over what looks like a very professional new leaf. He’s been featured on the site more times than we have fingers to count on, and consistently delivers the wittiest and most watchable music videos we get to sit back and enjoy. So who better to kick off our new weekly music video feature than Dan himself? Here he is on his favourite music video, Spike Jonze’s masterpiece for Daft Punk’s Da Funk.

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    Fancy taking a walk through a fuchsia world of palm trees, ancient runes and digital architecture? Follow us, friend. The soundtrack to this journey will be a thrilling, shiveringly good cover of Animal Collective’s worldwide party hit My Girls. As well as being a song that will easily soundtrack any good memory you have stored in your brain at any time, it’s also a treasured amulet of modern music and cannot be covered or remade without some kind of fuss being made. In my opinion, both the cover and video of this remake are spectacular. 80s crooners Tears for Fears have done a smashing job on the vocals whilst American musician and artist Vinyl Williams (real name Lionel) has made a very impressive if mildly headache-inducing video for it. Also, turns out they do say “adobe slats”.

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    Bombay Bicycle Club have had some pretty impressive music videos of late and it’s largely thanks to the creative vision of Anna Ginsburg. The London-based animator has lent her talents to their last few promos that have included stop-motion puppetry and hand-drawn imagery over live-action shots. For their latest single, Luna, Anna’s ditched the animation in favour of straight film, using her meticulous attention to detail to create a few minutes of footage that are utterly captivating. I’d be loathe to spoil the surprise of watching this so all I’ll say is that the costumes, choreography and cinematography are all top notch and accentuate the song beautifully. So props to Anna and her team for their impeccable work!

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    As content combinations go Adam Buxton + David Bowie + LEGO is pretty much a dream formula. Animator Chris Salt has taken Adam’s brilliant sketch explaining how Bowie’s transformation from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane (might have) happened, and brought it to life using everyone’s favourite Danish toy. Reminiscent of Eddie Izzard’s superlative exploration of how on earth Gerry Dorsey became Engelbert Humperdinck, it’s a super-silly but affectionate take-down of one of pop culture’s most iconic figures. We can only guess how the history of music might have been different had Cobbler Bob won out though…

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    The year is 1998, the place is The Lake District, you’re sat at the pub with your mates about to head to the bangingest(!?) rave of your young adult life in a wood somewhere… and at the is point I’d like to pass you over to the polymathic Daniel Brereton and Erol Alkan who will take you by the hand and lead you through the rest of this ultra-euphoric, pill-free upper of a Monday Morning Music Video. Expect beautiful panoramic shots of English countryside and a brilliantly on-point set of subtitles. Perfect.

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    Long before the days of the Nintendo Wii and Hug Me Elmo there was the zoetrope; a very cool old-school gadget which creates the illusion of motion from a series of images which you spin around rapidly on an axis. It may have been sadly shunted to the toy-store sidelines but in December RAMP Ceramics collaborated with Jim Le Fevre to bring the humble zoetrope back into the limelight, stepping it up a notch by creating a ceramic pot which works in the same way.

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    All things considered, I’m not a menacing guy. I once stared quite sternly after a guy who barged into me on his way off a train but that’s about as tough as I get. Of course in the world of action movies; not only do our heroes get to kick the bad guys’ asses, he or she also gets a killer line with to accompany said ass-kicking. The fine folk over at Mewlists have put together this super-cut of the best action movie one liners, from calls-to-arms to corny wisecracks and pretty much everything else in between. All the usual suspects are here (as opposed to all The Usual Suspects) and if this isn’t perfect back-to-work-fodder then I don’t know what is.

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    What a year for music videos! And before you think we’ve just put all of Beyonce’s 14 music videos in one list, think again. We didn’t even include Pharrell’s 24 hour masterpiece (we did put in the Kanye parody though, sorry). This list is a pick of the most graceful, interesting, intricate, watchable moving image pieces that have accompanied songs this year. This’ll kill a good half an hour while you’re bored to tears at home this Christmas. Enjoy!

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    Did you know that if your home lacks a fireplace – and that can be a real problem at this festive time of year – then you can get a realistic-looking film of one courtesy of online video platform Netflix? You didn’t did you? No you’re right it’s a bit weird, but the Netflix chaps have embraced this absurdity with this terrifically tongue-in-cheek trailer for said fireplace. Over-the-top voice-over? Check! Silly quotes that make little sense? Check! An inflated sense of its own importance? Check! Clearly these guys see a lot of trailers, which allows them to lampoon the genre with consummate skill. Well played Netflix, well played indeed.

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    Just over five years ago James Houston graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a project that blew minds across the country, programming a range of analogue gadgets to perform Radiohead’s Nude. Now he’s back with a rewritten christmas carol to warm the cockles of our stone-cold robotic hearts and a video with much higher production values than his debut. It’s still absolutely dumbfounding though. Sing with me! “Hail the machines, sweet old machines, blow off the dust, wipe off the rust…”

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    When you listen to Metronomy do you feel a creeping sensation of loneliness? I do, which is why this video from The Creators Project has struck a particularly raw nerve as it is set in space – the loneliest of all the places. Luckily for the lead, Joseph Mount himself, his cosmic voyage takes him to spots in the cosmos where other beings dwell. Meet smily meteor babe, King Child and sun lady. This is a fantastic video with effects similar to those of early episodes of Red Dwarf, perfect for the song, and directed by the clearly very talented Edouard Salier. Another reason to love Metronomy and space even more than you did five minutes ago.

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    San Diego-based creative Cy Kuckenbake is a man of broad artistic tastes. A glance through the Vimeo page of this innovative filmmaker and photographer reveals that his work swings from Bush League, a multi-award-winning “ character driven ethnographic survey of a tiny village in Northern Malawi” to experiments with editing everyday footage to create extreme visual effects. The latest of these sees him filming the roads round his hometown during the busy midday period, then reordering the footage so that the cars going past become colour-coded. It’s meticulously done and you get more of an insight into how and why Cy did this on the nice Creators Project behind-the-scenes below.

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    Forgive us for two things this afternoon. Firstly for shamelessly nicking this off The Fox is Black and secondly for posting something that was made back in 2008. Yep, that’s right. This utterly perfect promo for Kubrick Season on Channel 4 was created back when the Hollywood writers strike and the sudden death of much-loved actor Heath Ledger was taking effect on the film industry. Nevertheless, popular agency 4Creative took it upon themselves to make a minute-long paean to Kubrick’s infamous The Shining by shooting a fictional, one-take, behind-the-scenes film. Really though, has any promo ever come anywhere near being this good? I doubt it.

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    It’s no secret that we’re longtime admirers of Sarah Maycock. One of our Graduates crop of 2011 when we were blown away by her confident, soulful image-making it’s been an honour and a privilege to see her career go from strength to strength in the intervening years. And now – by way of this excellent film produced by her agents Handsome Frank – I find out that Sarah lives in Hastings, my absolute favourite place in the UK bar none. It’s a beautiful little short, giving us an insight into both Sarah’s practice and personality with some lovely studio shots to boot. We’re confident 2014 holds even more great things for her!

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    Usually at Christmas I get a bit nostalgic with this slot; historically I’ve posted Wham!, Bing Crosby and David Bowie, so you’d be forgiven for thinking another Christmas classic was due. This year however, calls for a more serious bit of nostalgia, in the shape of one of the most memorable sets of music I’ve ever heard.

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    Can you hear that ringing noise? That’s the collective squeals of the millions of Beyonce fans who this morning had their minds BLOWN apart by the special lady releasing an entire album plus 17, yes 17 video previews. One minute she’s putting us off the scent by instagramming another vegan meal and the next minute she blows every single other pop star out the water with this unveiling. Genius. What are you still doing reading this? Watch all of the 30 second videos immediately so you can start joining in the imminent conversation around it. From now on, Friday will be renamed BEYDAY.

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    By all accounts Tigersushi Furs is one heck of a cool boutique store in Paris hawking the finest patterned clothing money can buy and an eclectic mix of other curated products (they’re also a small record label). For their Winter 2013 range they enlisted the help of fellow Parisians L’Etiquette to help them create a campaign for their patterned finery that makes all wearers of their clothing look like they’re having THE BEST time. The premise is simple: man and woman battle furiously over a pile of lovely clothes, cavorting around a plush modernist building complete with grand piano, mid-century furniture and brutalist stairways while a quizzical ginger cat looks on in confusion. Works for me. I’m off to buy a cardigan.

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    Few things get us as excited in the studio as the prospect of a new animated film of Michel Gondry in conversation with legendary activist Noam Chomsky, not to mention the fact that it has been animated by Michel himself – so you can imagine the way coffee cups flew across the room when we came across his “making of” Is the Man Who is Tall Happy. Fortunately for us Michel talks to himself almost incessantly while working, so this short film gives an unbelievable insight into his painstaking animation process, plus the measures he went to to connect with Noam even writing words down when they found themselves lost in translation.

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    Back in January 2012 we hosted a series of talks at London’s Selfridges store which explored the idea of words through an eclectic set of speakers. One of those was neuroscientist Dr Jenny Crinion whom we invited to discuss aphasia, the inability to form words which often follows a stroke (the video of which is below). She brought with her Lotje Sodderland, whose life changed forever when she suffered a stroke aged just 34. Filmmaker Sophie Robinson became fascinated by Lotje’s story, and has followed her on her difficult journey towards recovery.

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    Linda Brownlee calls this short film “A portrait of a lady who loves to dance,” and that is 100% what we have here. In this touching episode in Linda’s Limber Notes series, we are invited into the home of Isabelle Matthews whose husband Douglas narrates this tender little short, talking about his wife’s incurable love for dancing.

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    I’ve mentioned liminal spaces recently on It’s Nice That, but this short documentary by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley is the perfect example of just how powerful they can be. The Runners follows the two filmmakers as they travel around London’s Victoria park, interviewing seasoned joggers as they pace their routes.

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    We’re very pleased to present part two of our interview with the legend that is Paul Smith. In the second part of the film (the first half of which you can find over here on First Broadcast) by James Aiken and Rob Alderson, Paul lets us in on the secrets of running his business which he has done with gusto since 1970.

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    I just read on Twitter than “craftsmanship is about doing that one thing perfectly a thousand times.” In the case of David Rees, the number two pencil sharpener in the world, it seems this quote was almost written with him in mind. This short film directed by Kenneth Price and written by David himself scooped up five prestigious awards this year at numerous film festivals and has shone a light on an otherwise overlooked craft. I won’t go on, it may spoil it, but next time you think of a pencil I urge you to channel the magic of David and do it with pride, dexterity and

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    Illustrators who can create enormous stream-of-consciousness fuelled drawings never fail to amaze me, especially when they work with the fervour that Shantell Martin exudes at every opportunity. This short interview, produced by Sky Dylan-Robbins and posted by the New Yorker is entitled Follow the Pen, a notion which demonstrates exactly the infallible trust which powers her work. Illustrating everything from shoes, airplanes and walls to shirts and motorcycle helmets, Shantell’s studio resembles exactly what I imagine the inside of her brain to look like. Strictly monochrome, and covered from floor to ceiling in the thick black outlines she has made her own. It’s quite something to behold.

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    Anyone who’s read It’s Nice That for a while knows I’ve got a real soft spot for lo-fi videos of people dancing. I don’t know why I love them so much, but there’s something about the complete joy of seeing someone dancing without overly-produced choreography that really appeals. Anyway, the latest one to seduce me is this from Blood Orange, directed by the fantastic (and expertly-named) Alan Del Rio Ortiz. Stay warm!