Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian!

November 4, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Comedy, video | Leave a comment
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What a classic. He is amazing. What an actor. In a nutshell that is acting!

Showing you care with Pangea Day

April 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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I got introduced to TED through the lovely Get Shouty, and now love him. TED has recently sent an email to invite people to become involved with Pangea Day which is happening across the globe. Pangea Day is using film to inspire people. Celebrating life, demonstrating compassion and strengthening tolerance. 24 short films from thousands of submissions will be screened across the world. The program will be broadcast across the net, TV, live events and mobile. It will probably be one of the biggest (broadcasted) short film festivals of the year.

I’ll be tuning in to see what it’s all about. As a teaser for this event, they released some videos that show countries singing other countries’ national anthems. An example closer to home they’ve got a video of Australians singing the Lebanese national anthem.

 

 

Who’s obsessed with Skins, c’mon hands up!

April 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Posted in video | 1 Comment
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I hated Dawson’s Creek. I think I must have been one of the only people in my grade who did. C’mon twenty-somethings playing teens? Then talking the way they did? Geez. When I heard about the show Skins I was very skeptical. Another Dawson’s Creek? But thank you someone has done it right. A great cast, great storylines (if not hyper reality), great music and great humour (it’s from the UK so it’s bound to be funny). If you’re like me and you live in Australia, we just got the first series through SBS in Jan, just wondering when they are going to play the second series! I feel slightly old watching it though (a twenty something watching a show about teens).

If you’ve never watched it, or heard of it it’s essentially a group of friends who attend college in Bristol so all 16/17/18 year olds. It’s about them growing up, their relationships, juggling school with friends and family. What I love about it, is the fact that the writers/creators have taken risks. I am not going to spoil it, but essentially they kill off a main character in season 2 and not just any character, a character who is loved as well. They also have made the choice to completely change the cast for series 3. That’s pretty brave, but also logical. The second series ends with them all going their separate ways (as you do after you finish school), so there’s really no reason to continue with this current cast. But given that you grow attached to them it’s definitely brave to cut that off.

What I also love is that they are all over the net. You’ll find them on youtube (where E4 hasn’t become a broadcaster and yanked it off), they have their own myspace page, bebo, facebook, dailymotion, they have filmed scenes that aren’t shown on air just on the net (Unseen Skins), they’ve got their own podcast and even filmed some scenes that were tagged as the Lost Weeks to fill in the gap between season 1 and 2 and they even do Skins parties (quite funny considering all the anger over in Oz about the Corey party incident!)

So if you’re in Oz, I would say head on over to youtube to check it out because who knows when it’s going to be shown here! Here’s a taster … Onto series three for me!

Series 1 preview

Series 2 preview

The history of War told through a Food Fight

March 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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This great short film by Stefan Nadelman and Tourist Pictures is a stop motion animation depicting an American centric history of war. Told through a Food Fight. I spent the entire film guessing what the different points in history were, and what countries the food represented (not too good with my American History).  Luckily they have a cheat sheet.

Any guess which country this food represents?

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Demetri Martin If I …

February 29, 2008 at 8:56 pm | Posted in Comedy, video | Leave a comment
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Ok I’ve only included the first one, but due to popularity (and also the fact that I want to record this), here is the Demetri Martin Edinburgh Fringe Festival Show If I. Someone has kindly uploaded it onto youtube, so enjoy at your leisure, before someone yanks it off.

Your own personal annual report

February 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, video | Leave a comment
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I love when people use their ‘ninja-nuity’ (thanks to the kids movie the 3 ninjas for that term, i use it all the time). This video was a project submitted by a student that essentially tracked their own personal annual report (what they did in the year). Thanks to Infographics on this one and enjoy.

Mind controlling parasites!

February 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Posted in hmmm, video | 1 Comment
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I really wanted to post this. It’s a bit like a car crash. You don’t really want to watch it but then you can’t look away! What actually happens is quite disgusting, but the result does look like pieces of art! 

The top secret drum Corps

January 13, 2008 at 9:17 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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Ok, this is pretty sad, but a year ago (or maybe it was a couple), I watched the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Don’t ask me why, I was bored. Yes that’s right, that’s the reason, I was bored. Anyway, I was watching with a glazed look on my face, when a changeover happened and in walked a group called the Top Secret Drum Corps. The fact that it said ‘top secret’ got me to wake up. The group comes from Basel Switzerland, and consists of 25 drummers and flag twirlers. You think drumming, there’s nothing special about that, but the drummers play at an incredible rate, 500 beats per second!Check out the below, I am in awe and take my hat off to these guys.  

Cheer, cheer the Red and the White

August 11, 2007 at 9:36 pm | Posted in Comedy, video | Leave a comment

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I’m not one to really get that excited about advertising campaigns anymore. It’s terrible to think that, but I have been working in the industry for a few years and therefore are exposed to campaigns everyday. But there is one campaign at the moment that I really love. It speaks to me as a fan of the Sydney Swans, and I think that it portrays the personalities of the team perfectly. If you don’t know what I am talking about, or haven’t seen any of the creative I am referring to the Barry Hall Hall. Promoting AFL and the Sydney Swans, with Big Bad Barry as the ‘headmaster’ of the Hall. I think they are not just entertaining ads, they are personifying a team and ensuring the people actually feel for the different players. Here are the TVCs…

The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers!

August 9, 2007 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Comedy, video | Leave a comment

Normally when you revisit cartoons from your childhood, they tend to be a bit of a disappointment (think Voltron, He-man, She-ra). Now the Adrenalini Brothers is probably a lot more recent than my childhood, but I don’t think the effect has worn off. I love it. They don’t speak english, and yet you understand what they are saying. They are little gems that brighten up my day! Love a good cartoon.

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