Yesterday I was searching in YouTube for a tutorial that could help me to fight the breath of cod I eated three days ago, and after two hours guided by serendipity I happened by chance in a nice music video where a band was playing inside a children book, the ones with the pages made of paperboard full of levels which is possible to move some print figures.
This morning as usual I forgot the name of the group and the song and YouTube refuse to support me, so I found only a group of videos where print (or not) design techniques or styles like collage, stencils, wicked worn look where used for the background -or main – animation.
I ask to my music guru Tulsas if he remember some related video, and in a couple of hours we found these ones:
Franz Ferdinand – This Fire
The quartet from Glasgow is studying a war attack inside a dinamyc constructivist poster: sovietic typography, high constrast colors (a scale of orange), geometric shapes (triangles in this case). Masterpiece Take Me Out‘s video has a similar avant-garde approach.
Best frames (for me): from 2:45 to 2:50
Living Things – Bom Bom Bom
Watercolor painting, stencils and seventies’ look for the Saint Louis rock band (where are now? one-hit wonder in the air?). The reciped: starts with a zebra, steal it the stripes, add all the rainbow colors and aged whole works. (better resolution here)
Best frames: from 2:00 to 2:07
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Elisa – Together
The images of Italian (Trieste) songwriter Elisa are principally inserted in a 3D scene, but accompanied by many static images (for ex: soldiers 1:40; camera men 3:25; engine 3:43; and last seconds) inserted as photographic collage. (Pretty girl. I’d like to be the rung at 3:11.)
Best frames: from 1:26 to 1:47
Director: Andrew Bennett e Mark Yamamoto
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
(At the moment I can’t find an embeddable video, so here’s the link). How to insert the faces of the Baltimora’s duo in Rorschach inkblots in motion? With green and violet stencils (so single layered images) in motion.
Best frames: from 1:07 to 1:25
Director: Robert Hales
Royksopp – Remind Me
In Tromsø (Norway) there’s another electronic duo that like the “visual representations of information, data or knowledge”, or infographic. Everything in life can be explained with a isometric projection and a graph, your granny didn’t tell this when you were child?
Best frames: from 0:37 to 0:48
Director: Ludovic Houplain and Herve de Crecy
Royksopp – Eple
Royksopp again shows a journey into an amazing! set of photoes from 70s’/80s’ winter holidays one over the other; zooming out an image this become the particular of the next one.
Best frames: all.
Director: Mother and Toxic
Mark Ronson: Just
Mark Ronson knows that London is full of graffiti there are ready to move when you are distract. (looking at the fuseaux of that blonde nu-raver)
Best frames: from 2:23 to 2:38
Director: Nick Frew
Alex Gopher – The Child
Best frames: from 2:23 to 2:38
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
Vinicio Capossela – Marajà
Absolutely my favourite – and I think best italian music video of all time: for folk musician Vinicio Capossela hundred and hundred of retro images -mainly in sepia tone, but sometimes coloured with red or yellow or green – dancing, from left to right or viceversa like in a theater (present in the incipit) or a circus, in a colossal photographic collage.
Best frames: from 3:08 to 3:11
Director: Ago Panini
Someone else to suggest? Come on!