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The Equinoxio 8 Promotion Video

23 Feb

Good Morning world!

As usual it’s a sunny and freezing cold winter day in Norrköping, Sweden. I woke up to something nice this morning, good memories and also good news.

Last spring, when I was still in Guadalajara, Mexico, I studied a course called audiovisual productions. In this course me and some friends made a promotion video for the company Massive Trance, whom arrange the annual rave Equinoxio. We got to film at the Equinoxio 8, where top notch DJ’s like Talamasca and Space Cat were DJ’ing. It was great being involved in such a huge event. Anyhow, now they’ve started to use this video in the promotion of Equinoxio 9. Which is awesome! As it seems my friends keep on the good work with the production company Nanai Films, and they should since they’re both very talented.

Here below is the final result of the promotion video we made. So if you’re going to Mexico in the near future: check out Equinoxio 9!

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Australian and Kiwi Films on the Schedule

25 Jan

If you have read my blog before you probably know that I’m a big fan of music from Australia and New Zealand, groups like Cut Copy and The Naked and The Famous are some of my favorites. Talking about film though, I’ve seen very little from these two countries. It might be time to sort that out. What I’ve heard there are some real jewels. One called The Castle (Imdb) was repeatedly recommended by Australian friends. From New Zealand there are also some real good ones, I absolutely love the classic Once Were Warriors (Imdb); and I would recommend anyone to see it!

The other week I saw a film with Clive Owen, about a family that faces a very unfortunate destiny. It’s a beautiful narration of a dad who becomes a single parent. The film is called The Boys Are Back (2009) and it’s definitely worth a watch.

Anyhow, there’s also another film on Bio Harlekinen here in Norrköping that I’d love to see. It’s called The Tree and it’s a French/Australian production. The story is quite similar to The Boys Are Back, only this time it’s a mother and her children’s grief after the tragic loss of her husband.

12 Days til Christmas

12 Dec

Ok, so all of a sudden I decided to do a little Christmas countdown with little treats everyday. I know I’ve missed 12 days already, but I’m sure someone else has covered them well anyway!

So, behind nr 12 you find……

“Christmas Lights” by Coldplay, video directed by Mat Whitecross.

I’m actually more a fan of the video that the song, it’s really pretty. I like how they use real requisite and how they’re on an old looking stage – it’s actually a bit like what we’re thinking of doing in a music video we’re gonna film in January. Except..well, a lot less expensive. In a way I like the song too though, it’s fun with something new and not all these re-makes of old christmas songs over and over again.

Happy 3rd Advent!

A Night in Black & White

11 Dec

It’s certainly the time to become more educated within film. I love film, I really do. I work with the marketing for a upcoming cinema and media education centre. I’ve volunteered several years in a row in a film festival. I’ve arranged a short film festival. Ok, you get the picture. Still, I feel uneducated when it comes to films. There are so many films I haven’t seen and honestly, when being around all these film fanatics, it does feel a little embarrassing. Perhaps I have little more knowledge in music, but still I need to sort myself out when it comes to films. I shouldn’t say this out loud..but I haven’t even seen the most important Bergman films! Bad. Very bad indeed.

Anyhow, as I said, I’ve started to educate myself! And yesterday must have been the big B&W night. I watched this awesome French film,La Haine (Hate), by director Mathieu Kassovitz. It is from 1995 and filmed in a sharp, beautiful, black and white. Amazing dialogs and such interesting photography. It takes place in the slums outside of Paris and out of the perspective of their residence. During a day you get to follow three main characters in what could be just a normal day in a Paris scared by riots. It’s a truly impressive film.

The other one I watched in the middle of the night (when I really should have been sleeping since I’m close to the deadline of my thesis) was 12 Angry Men. An old classic from 1957. I was amazed, it’s probably one of my favorite films now. The film basically takes place in one room, where 12 men are trying to agree on the verdict in a murder case. Henry Fonda who plays one of them might just have become my hero. Such interesting dialog and it also feels a bit like a time documentation. Bringing the issues and prejudice of the 50’s to the surface. Very well played characters and morally interesting without it becoming too much like the american series on TV (read: 7th Heaven).

I really recommend both of the films, they’re both interesting and really worth a watch! While thinking about it, both of them are really questioning society in relation to prejudice, democracy and the legal system. Both discuss the view of people in “slums” and it’s really interesting how the same problems seem to exist in the 90’s as it did in the 50’s. Probably even today.

Here below is a clip from La Haine and it certainly show the innovative, daring and truly amazing photography of this film.

Refraction

10 Dec

This is a beautiful and experimental video shot with a Canon 5D and a 100 mm lens. The photographer Jesse Zanzinger has filmed Sesame Street’s Pinball Number Count through oil and water. It is so simple and gives a incredible result!

Stunning really. (You should really watch the video on full screen!)

Also check out his own page on vimeo!

http://player.vimeo.com/video/16980912

Refraction from Jesse Zanzinger on Vimeo.

The Dark Truth of the Simpsons

15 Oct

Check out the Banksy version of the Simpsons! Makes a good point doesn’t it? Can’t help but loving Banksy. Make sure you don’t stop watching after the sofa, that’s when the truth begins.

My favourite is the dolphin head and the starved unicorn, what’s yours?

“Baltimore Clap”

13 Jun

This is an incredible music video made by the talented illustrator, musician, director (and more) Kristofer Ström.

It’s quite a terrifying journey through a “clap factory”.

Artist: Benga
Track: Baltimore Clap
Label: Tempa Records
Duration: 3mins 40sec
ISRC: GBQGW1020001
Commissioners: Bart Yates & Sarah Soulja
Director: Kristofer Ström
Production Company: Blinkink
Producer: Bart Yates
Production Manager: Björn Wahlström
Character Design & Animation: Kristofer Ström
Editing & Animation: Erik Buchholtz
Additional Soundfx and muzak: Douglas Holmquist

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