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    If only all emotional break-ups culminated in you dancing through Narnia to a live Arcade Fire show complete with a group of children’s violinists and Win Butler serenading you out of your misery. Unfortunately we live in the real world and we can’t all have Spike Jonze directing the more important moments of our lives in front of a live audience like he did last week for the YouTube Music Awards. Spike recruited everyone’s favourite kooky-kookster and darling of the indie movie scene Greta Gerwig to dance her way through a set in one of the coolest ideas for a live show we’ve seen in ages. What better way to honour the infinity pool of crap that YouTube can sometimes be than with a real performance from a group of truly talented people.

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    Looks like Christmas has come early in the form of a new Michel Gondry film which features the director in conversation with legendary activist, philosopher and world-renowned genius Noam Chomsky. Their deep chats exploring aspects of life you hadn’t even considered before are all illustrated and animated by Gondry himself, making this film almost a hundred percent the cultural highlight of the year. All we can do now is hold hands and wait until we can actually watch the full version and sit in front of it being showered by the fountain of knowledge and creativity it’s going to pour all over us like maple syrup. Hurry up, time.

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    When you make songs as beautiful as those of Cass McCombs you don’t want to go messing everything up and getting a dodgy video to accompany it. So when the time comes to put visuals to your melodies, you’d better give Patrick O’Dell a call and employ his youth-bringing lens to bring your song to life. In this case, Patrick has made a dreamy collage of old skateboarding clips from the days of yore, blending into each other in an endearingly home-made, double-exposure kind of way. Something about the combination of Cass’ nap-inducing voice and the footage of those kids swerving down suburban roads is enough to send you off a good old float down daydream river. See you later.

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    Now I’m not usually one to quote press releases, but when a phrase as juicy as “a global party where everyone is dancing along to the end of the world” crops up, it begs to be repeated. The phrase is used to describe We Are Shining’s debut single directed by the Mill+’s fabulously talented Carl Addy and the video really doesn’t disappoint. The three minutes sees a tumblr exploration of hundreds of psychedelic, schizophrenic GIFs spliced together for an overall effect that literally had me on my feet. This single-handedly proves the worth of a stunning music vid to draw attention to new music – I for one cannot wait to hear what’s next for We Are Shining.

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    Trust Devendra Banhart; beautiful melody-maker, artist, lover of Ana Kras and style icon to pop up with a game-changer of a video like this. Expertly shot, the story is of a young, black nun who escapes the confines of her convent and runs away to the big city where she becomes a glitzy, sexy television presenter. In between haunting imagery of her running through a monochrome forest in her habit, we are met with serene shots of her and Devendra dancing slowly side by side in a hypnotic, finger-clicking rhythm, the whites of their eyes boring into our own through our screens. This is how music videos should be: hypnotic, entrancing, stylish and perfectly in time with the music.

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    You’ve probably already clocked that most “spooky” Hallowe’en content isn’t actually that creepy, but this new music video from Glass Animals properly made us shudder. Maybe it’s because it shows beautiful orchids and wild flowers bursting out of the bloody wounds of some men lying in a dark, autumnal forest. The whole video, directed by Rafael Bonilla Jr, has a superb, jerky, stop-motion aesthetic kind of reminiscent of the style you see in that old Radiohead video for There There, but creepier. Watch if you dare!

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    Director and animator Abbie Stephens came to our attention when she directed a spectacularly psychedelic, glam rock-inspired music video for the latest Temples single. She’s also made animations for Primal Scream and some spectacular short, personal films. Trained in design, Abbie has an eye for what looks just right, which perhaps is part of the reason why she’s been able to take some of the coolest photos of her book collection we’ve ever seen on this feature. Without further ado, here she is…

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    David Lunch, I mean Lynch, is not necessarily renowned for being a connoisseur of pulses. These two short films paint a different picture of the man we more commonly associate with such spine-tingling, unique cinematic creations as Twin Peaks or Mulholland Drive. Whether it’s old age turning this man a bit soft, or just his love for “real, real, real tight little grains” getting the better of him, there’s no doubt that this is typically weird Lynch up to the tricks he knows best. How can someone make the process of boiling some water in a pan so downright menacing?

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    This weekend the clocks went back in the UK, meaning the start of a stretch of pitch-black mornings and frosty evenings to keep us company until well into the new year. Usually, this would also mean the death of morning runs and fitness regimes, but the Dirty Projects are here to save us. Instead of rolling over and hitting snooze on that alarm clock, wack the dirty projectors in your ears and pretend you’re running through Yellowstone National Park, like this lucky chap. Breathtaking, impeccably timed stuff from Adam Newport Berra.

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    It’s an uncomfortable but unavoidable fact of life that awkward social situations will arise at some point in your life. Whether an innocent but over-enthusiastic conversationalist sneezes on you mid-sentence or you find yourself alone in the corner at a party looking like a sourpuss, sooner or later you’re going to find yourself in a tight social squeeze. Praise the Lord then that you can prepare yourself for such difficulties, with this series of short and hilarious clips!

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    We’ve all been there, sitting under blankets and screaming at the TV “DON’T GO IN THERE!” at mind-numbing horror films showing busty, sweaty teens walk absent-mindedly into abandoned shacks to meet their early graves. It’s those standard horror film formulas that, although predictable, seem to have us enthralled during each and every film they present themselves in. As antidote to this universal problem that will probably never go away, Director Joe Nicolosi has created this faux trailer to poke fun at the textbook horror movie clichés. In Joe’s version, the teens don’t enter the abandoned shack, they can’t be bothered to play with the Ouija board, and decide against watching the video that kills anyone that sets eyes on its content. Very well done.

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    We introduced you to the work of Portuguese illustrator and designer Braulio Amado earlier in the year and showed off some of his lovely work. Since then he’s hit the big time and had a really expensive film made to showcase his talents. This is as big budget as illustration gets, with no expenses spared; there’s explosions, half-naked ladies and Braulio even manages to shoot bullets from his own human fingers. Who said the creative industries couldn’t be action-packed? Braulio’s like the Stallone of drawing. BANG!

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    What could be better than hopping on to a fast train and travelling through America with a bunch of musicians, artists and free-thinkers all summer? Artist Doug Aitken recruited musicians such as Beck and Cat Power to perform on stops along the way and made sure that the passenger’s journey was packed with creativity as they hurtled towards the end destination of San Francisco. AnOther Magazine managed to hitch a ride on this train and interviewed Doug Aitken about this nomadic crusade. Check out their exclusive film by Matt Black to hear a little bit more about it…

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    First you’ll try and work out how on earth Andrew Huang has managed to make the movement in this video so beguiling; stop frame? CGI? Magic? Then you’ll start forgetting that and become completely enthralled by the beautifully undulating landscapes before finally feeling totally inadequate by the sheer quality of what you’ve just watched. Well, you will do if you’re anything like me. Stunning stuff from a supremely talented director.

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    When the full-length trailer for a new Wes Anderson film comes out, the internet begins to tremor as if the plates beneath it are shifting in time to The Kinks. So here we are, it’s time for a new one, and it looks really, really good. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story of a young lobby boy who is taken under the wing of a womanising concierge in the form of the inimitable Ralph Fiennes. Once again, the cast list for what will be Wes’s 11th film looks like the queue for the bar, nay the smoking area, at the Oscars. The Grand Budapest Hotel looks to be a tender masterpiece of characters only Wes could dream up, playing out their emotional lives in settings so visually arresting that only the sporadic arrival of Bill Murray’s tired face can save you from becoming complacent. See you at the cinema!

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    We’re not ashamed to say that we’re huge champions of what those shape-spotting, geometry-loving pattern-finders over at Patternity get up to (we even featured them in Printed Pages a while back) so when they came together with COS to collaborate on a short film which combines sartorial excellence with a stop-motion sequence of circles, squares, angles and objects, we knew they couldn’t go far wrong.

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    Only the most capable creatives can create what feels like an entire parallel universe in a single room inside a gallery, but Korean artist Soo Sunny Park has made this tricky task her niche. Toying with light and space to conjure up waves of rainbows from thousands of squares of prismatic glass tied to a wire frame, she warps our perception of reality into a phosphorescent shimmer of what we know.

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    Don’t ask me why this works, it doesn’t matter. Also don’t ask me who made this, that also doesn’t matter. All you do need to know is that NTS DJ and producer Kit Grill is making beautiful music and someone out there has found some totally entrancing old cycling footage to set it against. Stunning.

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    It’s difficult sometimes to know how to pitch the announcement of a new studio being set up, but we feel that more designers should follow the example of Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel. The longtime collaborators have launched Vallée Duhamel and to help publicise the news, they’ve created this excellently violent little video. Rather than a bland celebration of creative harmony, the pair are seen attacking each other with everything from a fish to a piece of watermelon.

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    The start of this film is a bit standard; coloured ink dropped into water but stick with it amigos because this gets much, much better. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Space.NK are launching a series of collaborations with artists, writers, chefs and historians to explore what beauty means.

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    So you’re probably already aware that we’ve released the Autumn edition of Printed Pages; we hoped all those bright yellow banners at the side and top of the website should have let you know what was going on. But just in case that wasn’t enough we’ve made a short film to celebrate too. Arguably the cheekiest feature in the Autumn magazine was an in-depth interview with Dian Hanson, the editor of TASCHEN’s Sexy Book range, where we discussed her life in porno publishing.

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    Anybody who has even flicked through a guidebook of Barcelona will be able to tell you just how impressive the Sagrada Familia is; even in its unfinished state Antoni Gaudí’s basilica is mind-blowing in its detail, drawing on Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau styles to create something which is nothing short of miraculous. It has, however, taken a while to progress – building work having commenced in 1882 (a mere 131 years ago) it only crossed the midpoint in 2010, and in spite of its current size and beauty it still stands a long way from Gaudí’s final vision.

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    Music videos don’t often spell out the title of the track, lest we forget the fruit of 2003 that was Stacey’s Mom, but this video actually feels like you’re crawling through the stars. Well, it doesn’t really, but it’s probably the same sensation. I’d imagine crawling through stars feels a bit like wading through glue, and seeing as this video makes you feel like you’ve sniffed a whole bottle of industrial adhesive, I’d say there’s a tenuous link in there somewhere. Senseless rambling aside, this is utterly brilliant. Watchable, stir-crazy, and a perfect accompaniment to the dulcet tones of Brooklyn five-piece, Crystal Stilts.

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    They have a day for everything now, spurious PR-driven celebrations like National Soft Cheese Day. But some of them are actually quite interesting, particularly when creatively-minded institutions get involved, and these videos by the Tate Britain for National Poetry Day kick bandwagon-jumping to the kerb in some style. The gallery invited three poets to react to some of the work in its collection and create works inspired by it; so we are treated to Scroobius Pip on the Chapman brothers, George the Poet on photographer Paul Graham and John Hegley on a CRW Nevinson painting called The Arrival which has a particularly personal resonance for him.

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    Have you ever done that really awkward thing where you meet someone who you’re connected with on social media and you drop a detail into conversation that suggests you’ve studied their Facebook photos a little too closely? For example: “Hey I like paella too!” “What?” “Um, nothing.”

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    Alright, alright, we’re all totally “over” ads that feature cute animals doing hilarious things. Definitely. 100%. Oh wait, no we’re not! This is hilarious. Creative directors Lucasz Brzozowsk and Robert Herter from Stuttgart agency Jung von Matt have mustered up the guts to make a car advert that doesn’t actually feature a car, a beautiful woman or a swooping shot of a road somewhere near Montenegro. Instead they’ve opted to choreograph a dance for some chickens set to a simply smashing Diana Ross song. No more needs to be said, get your headphones in, you’re about to see chickens in a whole new and glorious light.

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    With a brief such as the word “courage” there’s like, a bajillion things you could do. The possibilities are so endless that you would most likely end up doing something a bit complicated to try and represent such a loaded term. Hats off then (literally) to Miriam Abrahams who tackled this subject in the most simple way possible: to hand over some scissors to her little sisters and play “makeover”. Not much point in writing any more here, just watch it and then give her a big round of a applause because that girl is so brave.

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    So it’s Monday morning, which usually means we greet you with a rousingly upbeat music video to perk you up for the week ahead. Not so this week. Instead we’ve got Keaton Henson, a man whose never written a song that couldn’t reduce you to tears and William Williamson, a film-maker who puts out incredibly honest and focussed short documentaries when he’s not shooting music videos. Together they’ve produced some incredible videos together and this latest piece for You is no exception. The concept is simple but it’s impeccably shot and the song is intense. Sorry if it makes you cry. Enjoy!

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    If you thought that Johnny Depp made for a charming drug lord playing George Jung in Blow, please allow yourself to be swept away by the papier mâché realness being brought to you directly from the very skilled hands of William Child. For his final project the freelance illustrator, animator and designer made a brilliant short film about the bloody work of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, complete with hand-built sets, bags of powder stuffed into gutted fish, scuba divers and a jacuzzi. I know. I have no idea how he did it either.

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    It doesn’t matter how creative you might be – every now and again the sheer monotony of the daily slog can drag you into a little grey pit of dullness and boredom. You can’t help it, it’s just how it goes. Peaks and troughs, right?

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    Everyone thinks they know how to make the perfect bacon sandwich, right? (tiger bread, salted butter and HP sauce, OBVIOUSLY) but who better than to shed light on such a hotly debated conundrum than cheeky lad and food guru Jamie Oliver and 80s actor Kevin Bacon? This video, courtesy of Poke London, has a lot of great features (predominantly bacon-related) including tips on how to cook bacon (dip the bread in the fat!) and how eggs are a crucial, crucial sidekick. Before, like me, you start dribbling and thinking about what to have for lunch, it’s best noting that this is an advert for super fast new internet provider 4GEE, which is made clearer when you get to the bit about the buffering. Clever!

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    Prepare yourself for some serious desk-time dancing, unless you are the sort of person who doesn’t like dancing in which case look away now because this will happen to you when watching Basement Jaxx’s new video What a Difference Your Love Makes and it is so great my face is hurts from smiling.

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    At first I couldn’t quite work out whether Tom Kenney’s new music video for Shit Robot was a too-easy-to-be-good stylistic cop-out, or a beautifully simple accompaniment to a great track. I’ve erred on the side of the latter, and ladies and gents, here it is – a guy who’s skin has turned into space. Have a great week.

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    Hey magazine types! Planning a redesign of your title soon? Well The New Yorker have set a new standard in how to talk about it with this short but fascinating video. Art director Wyatt Mitchell explains how, a bid to modernise the magazine but retain its visual character, they have gone back to the future looking at the first ever issues and redrawing the Irvin typeface. Not only does Wyatt explain very succinctly what changes he and his team have instituted, the film is also full of great retro visuals including the initial illustration of a French aristocrat on whom the monocled mascot of the magazine is based. Excellent stuff, and if this is indeed just the start of a wider redesign then we hope the videos keep on coming.

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    If you spent as much of your youth reading too much into MSN statuses and deciding what your Hotmail username represented you as a person (or just made you look that bit more mysterious) then this film is for you. Strangely, I actually don’t think this short film will appeal to anyone who wasn’t a teenager in the age of social media as the angst, panic and sheer helplessness just won’t be as palpable.

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    Perfectly sinister and atmospheric new video here from the beautiful song-machine that is Laura Marling. A lot of her past videos have tried and failed to capture her ethereal nature and songwriting capabilities through the medium of film – in part because she used to refuse to be in the videos until Rambling Man. It seems Laura’s retreated back into her Los Angeles shell and left the directors to their own devices once more, but the results are rather spectacular. In a dark, short film set in the grounds of a terrifying abandoned hotel we are beckoned into a menacing love story that is a contemporary dance version of Tess of the d’Urbervillles with a lot more slow-mo. Perfect.

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    I didn’t know exactly who Conan O’Brien was really until last night. Turns out this flame-haired funny man helped create the The Simpsons with a bunch of other super-intelligent and hilarious men back in the day. Conan’s wry humour is the magic behind countless episodes, perhaps most notably the monorail episode, which he says in this film was inspired by, well, riding on a monorail.

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    There’s nothing I like more than a completely inexplicable music video, and this is from the top drawer. Even though I’ve sat through it four or five times now, I’ve still no idea why all of these snippets of moving image have been spliced together, I still also have no idea who is behind the madness, but you know what, I don’t think I care.

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    “Art as investment” is one of my absolute least favourite phrases and the media’s breathless coverage of multi million pound auctions similarly sticks in my craw (good phrase that). The counterpoint to this fetishisation of art’s financial worth comes in the form of Herb and Dorothy Vogel. A retired postman and librarian respectively, the couple amassed the most extraordinary collection of contemporary work and their story was told in a 2008 documentary by director Megumi Sasaki (see trailer below).

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    I’ll level with you gang, I don’t spend an awful lot of time on architects’ websites (judge me if you must) but this new portal for Dutch-Danish firm Powerhouse Company is a real delight. Designed by Present Plus – the Amsterdam-based agency which helped build the new WeTransfer and has worked with the likes of Stella McCartney, adidas and National Geographic in the past – it’s a really nice combination of web design and embedded film which bring the firm’s projects to life in a way that sets a new standard. Great stuff all round.