Video of the Day

Can You Name These Movies with a Color in Their Title?

Another month, another great video from Evan Seitz. This time around, the same filmmaker who brought you “ABCinema” and “123Films” has created “Color Reel,” a new series of animations inspired by classic films that have colors in their titles. Click through to test your movie knowledge now, and let us know in the comments how many repeated viewings it takes before you’re able to correctly identify all 13! … Read More

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Video of the Day: The Evolution of Music Online

If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to music in the past twenty years, you know what the business of making, spreading, and listening to music has changed in almost every way. New technology, new distribution platforms and a growing digital world have shaken up the system entirely and only show signs of further change. Off Book: The Evolution of Music Online, a short film from PBS, will talk you through “these massive changes, and reveal how music blogs and websites have arisen as the new arbiters of quality.” With commentary from such fine internet music trendsetters and game changers as the founder of Hype Machine, a senior editor at Pitchfork, the co-founder of FADER, and the VP of Creative Development at Vimeo, it’s a good overview of the changing face of music. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Explore 1930s New York: “The Wonder City”

Get ready to take a serious head trip through pre-World War II Manhattan, from Wall Street to Harlem, in this 1938 video from Castle Films. You’ll get glimpses of the Bowery, “famous in song and story, but a dingy street today,” the Lower East Side, “its squalor and tenements rapidly being replaced by wider streets and better housing — but the push markets still survive,” Harlem, whose population is “not always prosperous, but seemingly, always happy,” and of course, “Chinatown: exotic, mysterious, where thousands of Orientals live apart in their own peculiar way… a fascinating place, especially on ceremonial occasions.” Well, we won’t deny that Chinatown is rather fascinating, but we’re happy to report that our fair city has come a long way — at least in some respects. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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Video of the Day: Famous Buildings Rebuilt with Everyday Objects

In Luis Urculo’s video project “Covers,” he whimsically recreates iconic buildings using everyday objects like books, flatware, matchboxes and cassette tapes. The project, he writes, “is an investigation about architecture as a consumption object or souvenir and its relation with the domestic non-specialized language of everyday things… The concept is based on the music covers where the original is manipulated, re-represented, revisited to create something new.” We had fun guessing which buildings were being constructed as the books — or tapes, or dishes — went up, and we have to say there was at least one stroke of waterfall-related genius that we weren’t expecting. Click through to watch the video, and then be sure to check out Urculo’s blog and website for even more inspiration. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Amy Winehouse’s Posthumous Video for “Our Day Will Come”

Amy Winehouse’s label is due to release her posthumous album Lioness in December, but to slake your Winehouse-lust until then, they’ve just released a video for the late soul diva’s cover of “Our Day Will Come,” originally made famous by ’60s R&B crooners Ruby And The Romantics. And popular wisdom says to get it while the getting’s good — according to The Guardian, at least a dozen of Winehouse’s unfinished tracks will never see the light of day, and will remain locked in the bowels of Island Records, per the singer’s request. For instance, there’s this song “Procrastinate” that is pretty good.  “If you ever hear Procrastinate, you have my permission to come into my offices here in Kensington and fire me,” exec Ted Cockle said. Well, as the Guardian pointed out, it’s on YouTube (or a version of it anyway). Click through to watch the video for “Our Day Will Come” and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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Video of the Day: Time-Lapse of Earth at Night from the International Space Station

If you’re feeling anything less than completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the world we live in, boy, have got the cure for what ails you. This gorgeous five-minute-long HD time lapse of the earth was created from a sequence of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew onboard the International Space Station between August to October, 2011, and it really is phenomenal. Watch it in full screen and you’ll feel as though you’re floating over our big blue planet, each flash of light a beautiful hint of humanity. For more information, check out the video’s Vimeo page. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Keep Drawing

This morning, the good folks over at Colossal turned us on to this amazing new rotoscope animation by Korean design firm Studio Shelter and directed by Ha Juan, in which every single frame is a drawing of a different character, often in a different style and even a different medium than the frame before. The result is a slightly manic, jagged 2-d video about creativity, form, and character that made us want to pick up the pad. Not only that, but many of the single drawn frames are works of art worthy of display all by themselves, so we can only imagine what it took to create a video like this. Click through to watch, and let us know if you find it inspiring or head-spinning in the comments. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Disney’s Real-Life ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Tea Party

Here’s the coolest thing we’ve seen all day: You know the Mad Tea Party from Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland? Well, fans, although that movie was animated, the tea party itself really happened. Walt Disney was known for staging scenes with his voice actors to give animators an idea of what a sequence should look like, and it just so happens that he did so for this famous moment. And there’s more — he liked the results so much that he used the audio from the take in the final film. Watch the test footage and the finished animation, placed side by side, in a video by YouTube’s lostvocals4 after the jump. … Read More

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What If Saul Bass Did the Opening Credits of ‘Dexter’?

Dexter fans know that we’re only days away from the Season 6 premiere on October 2. Hopefully this Saul Bass-inspired animated opening sequence by Ty Mattson, which references the Ice Truck Killer plot, will help tide you over until then. As the designer, who previously created a poster series tribute to the show, explains, “This is what I imagine the Dexter title sequence might look like if the show had aired in the ’60s.” Click through to check it out now, and let us know in the comments if you like it more than the show’s actual opening — which, for the record, has always been one of our favorites. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Experience London By Bus

One of the best ways to experience a new city is from a moving vehicle — whether taxi or bus or train, there’s something magical about letting the city whirr by, catching snapshots of life amid hastily moving scenery. This short film, created by Moritz Oberholzer, captures that feeling in the great city of London to the chugging beats of Ratatat. The whole short film is shot with a handheld HD camera and a DIY 34mm adapter from a seat (or likely, various seats) in a red doubledecker bus, winding through the London streets and capturing sights large and small. Click through to watch the video, and let us know if it makes you want to hop on a plane  — only to hop on a bus — half as much as us. … Read More

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