Low-Budget, High-Creativity Tribute: Star Wars Uncut From 15-Second Fan-Made Clips

If it’s not already “viral”, I’m sure it will be soon. Less than a year ago, Casey Pugh – then a developer at Vimeo – invited people to join him in remaking Star Wars, 15 seconds at a time. The final scene was completed on the 25th of February, and they’ve just released “The Escape”, a teaser from the project. Star Wars Uncut “The Escape” from Casey Pugh on Vimeo. This has so much awesomeness going on, I just don’t know where to start. There’s so much inventiveness, creativity, and pure fun displayed in this trailer, I can’t wait to …

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Ohm Teases Collaborative Music Host; How Should Collaboration Work?

Surprise! Plug-in developer Ohm Force, known for their plug-ins (like effects Ohm Boys and Frohmage), today tease an upcoming collaborative host. It looks like the sort of thing Apple could have done, but hasn’t. There’s a GarageBand-style MIDI and audio editing pane, plus semi-modular routing of plug-ins on a pretty, graphical surface that resembles the “cheese grater” perforated aluminum of a Mac tower, and pop-up window palettes that resemble those we’ve seen on the “flattened UI” of the iPad. The real feature here, though, is collaborative editing in the “cloud”: sessions are uploaded to a server, which in turn keeps …

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"Broken Fingaz" Graffiti Stop Motion for The Glitch Mob

Broken Fingaz -Graffiti Stop Motion from Broken Fingaz on Vimeo. The Glitch Mob, a talented team of musical artists based in LA, are readying their debut album, and along with that comes a range of collaborations with visual materials, too. I covered The Glitch Mob’s upcoming activities, complete with a free song download from the upcoming album, over on Create Digital Music. That includes some details of how they’re handling multiple laptop performers at once, work with the Lemur touchscreens, and sync and collaboration issues — all equally relevant to visuals as to music. (In fact, it’s worth a gander …

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David Byrne on Collaboration, Process

David Byrne is, of course, a legendary name. But part of what I love about music is, for all the hero worship that sometimes accompanies music writing and fandom, there’s always something to learn from musicians whose work you enjoy – whether famous or obscure. David Byrne has been singularly open in talking about his work and process. In an extensive post this week, he shares how collaborations with other artists are born, evolve, and unfold: 03.15.10: Collaborations And, boy, are the collaborations coming now. The new Here Lies Love is a project with Fatboy Slim. In the post above, …

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Processing Beats Keyframing: TypeStar Karaoke Machine Generates Kinetic Lyrics

Scott Garner has taken an effective and useful approach for his motion class assessment. Rather than do the assignment himself, he decided to program an assignment-completing robot! This is a screencast of a Processing sketch I developed called TypeStar. It’s basically a karaoke machine that renders lyrics in realtime according to a number of preset visualization schemes. It was originally created for a project in my Type in Motion class which required students to create a kinetic type animation for the Busy Bee scene from the movie Best in Show. I decided that rather than create yet another kinetic type …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for “Okyo – Monster” by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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Tracking Explosion: Found Image Collage Masks for "Okyo – Monster" by RainbowMonkey

All kinds of fun. Prolific German/New Zealandish artist The Rainbowmonkey unleashes Google Image Search on to Okyo, to spectacular effect. “Monster” by okyo from The Rainbowmonkey on Vimeo. This was basically my first attempt at motion-tracking. Heaps of masks made out of random google images. Some inaccurate tracking and rough motion do show the piece up as a reasonably fast exercise, but I think the lack of motion smoothing fits well with the cut and paste aesthetic. Rough edges aside, the style is spot on for the music, and there are some lovely compositing and effects touches which compliment the …

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Webcam Choreography: Director of Sour’s “People as Pixels” Clip Explain Low-Budget Magic

We Love You So – the blog attached to Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are” feature, continues to post lovely things. Recently they followed up with Magico Nakamura, one of the four “co-directors” of Sour‘s beautiful “Hibi no Neiro” video (previously on CDMo), interviewing him on the techniques they used to choreograph over 80 people/pixels. Could the participants see any of the other webcams, or were they blindly relying on your directions? We filmed everyone separately so there weren’t multiple webcams on the screen however, we made quite detailed animatics of the entire music video and would send it …

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Webcam Choreography: Director of Sour's "People as Pixels" Clip Explain Low-Budget Magic

We Love You So – the blog attached to Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are” feature, continues to post lovely things. Recently they followed up with Magico Nakamura, one of the four “co-directors” of Sour‘s beautiful “Hibi no Neiro” video (previously on CDMo), interviewing him on the techniques they used to choreograph over 80 people/pixels. Could the participants see any of the other webcams, or were they blindly relying on your directions? We filmed everyone separately so there weren’t multiple webcams on the screen however, we made quite detailed animatics of the entire music video and would send it …

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People as Pixels: Coordinated YouTube Choreography in Sour

Just when you think you can’t find another YouTube video trick, someone goes and manages to choreograph an elaborate piece across webcams across the planet. But perhaps this piece isn’t really about YouTube so much as it is coordinating movement across performers and dividing the screen space up in creative ways — something that could be even more interesting in live contexts. Details: This music video was shot for Sour’s ‘Hibi no Neiro’ (Tone of everyday) from their first mini album ‘Water Flavor EP’. The cast were selected from the actual Sour fan base, from many countries around the world. …

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