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June 9, 2011 - No Comments!

Disney’s Multiplane Camera

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If you use After Effects, you will enjoy the true origins of the Camera Layer / 2.5D animation from this video from 1957. Technology keeps advancing so fast, and has allowed laptop computers to recreate and improve this same techniques once put together by people wearing slacks and dressy shoes. Good to think about this next time you press that "render" button 🙂
via: Accent

May 13, 2011 - No Comments!

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy time-lapse video. Live at Soundcontrol, Manchester 12/05/2011

Messing around with with video settings on my new-ish Canon G12 camera at a gig last night, and discovered the "miniature" setting. Basically a tilt-shift setting, which blurs the top and bottom a bit.

What I didn't realise is that it also plays back at x10 speed and with no sound.

I'm a bit gutted there's no sound as this was one of the best songs of the night, but then at 10x it would be rubbish - which I didn't realise at the time either. I would also have liked the tilt-shift blurriness to have been a bit stronger, as at the minute its more of a time-lapse video rather than minature or tilt-shift. - more play needed I think.

I still think it looks kinda cool being condensed down into 24 seconds - The light show was really good considering the relatively small size of the gig and lead singer Ed Macfarlane dances around like a mad man.

Anyway I thought I'd post it up, so hear it is.  Let me know what you think.

January 14, 2011 - 1 comment.

Streets Against The War

4 Cities / 294 Walls / 2930 km of Road.

Created by Turkish group Sokak Savasa Karsi highlighting the battle against war and terrorism. Covering 294 walls in 4 cities in Turkey, the bodies and the shapes of soldiers were cut out of pieces of newspaper, then fixed in different districts and photographed to create a wonderfully shot and great little stop-motion animation.

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via Fubiz

May 21, 2010 - No Comments!

Write The Future – A proper footie ad

This is how to do a football advert!

Vimeo says this:

Nike Football commercial by Wieden+Kennedy

BEAVERTON, Ore.-- NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today unveils an action-packed film that brings together some of the world’s greatest players to inspire football lovers and sports fans around the world. The epic three-minute “Write the Future” film takes people on a journey that dramatically captures that one moment when headlines are written from a single pass, or one strike can bring a nation eternal happiness, while bringing others to their knees.

Some of the world’s best players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Fabio Cannavaro, Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Patrice Evra, Gerard Pique, Ronaldinho, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Thiago Silva, are featured. Special guest cameos are made by tennis legend Roger Federer and basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. Homer Simpson completes the star-studded cast of appearances. The film will be shown on TV for the first time on May 22nd during the European Club Final.

Directed by renowned Hollywood director and producer Alejandro G. Iñarritu (21 Grams, Babel), this epic football journey unfolds through a match of goal line clearances, game-winning tackles and lightning footwork that literally send a ripple effect across the world.

Football fans around the world will be able to experience the full three-minute film online at nikefootball.com from May 20th at 6pm GMT before it rolls out through global partnerships with Facebook, YouTube and QQ.com on Saturday the 22nd. The spot will then air across 32 countries, sharing the campaign with millions of fans around the world on May 22nd.

This marks the first stage of a journey that will ultimately see fans around the world write their own future through experiences that put them at the center of the action. In June, fans will be able to live like their heroes through a unique experience on nikefootball.com that generates ripple videos and visuals from their own photos and information, placing them at the center stage.

Footballers can then use this creative to build their own Facebook campaign to get noticed and selected for “The Chance” – an elite Nike Academy football camp in partnership with the Barclays Premier League in England that allows players to get scouted and get noticed at the highest level of the game.

“This epic campaign really captures the scale, emotion and impact that one single moment in a football game can have on a player, fan or nation,” said Davide Grasso, NIKE, Vice President of Global Football Marketing. “This is just the beginning of the journey. The next stage allows everyone who loves football to engage and interact in an incredible way.”

The story starts when the viewer is drawn into the heat of battle on the pitch as a ball drops from the air into the path of Didier Drogba. As the world holds its collective breath, Drogba picks his way through sliding defenders and expertly chips the goalkeeper – wild celebrations commence across Africa. But they are curtailed at the last second as Fabio Cannavaro makes a stunning overhead goal line clearance. This game-changing moment propels Cannavaro to pop culture icon complete with television chat show appearances and a song dedicated to his moment of brilliance.

Other global football stars including Wayne Rooney experience how a moment on the pitch can last forever. In one scene, the England striker sees an intercepted pass picked up by midfielder Franck Ribery. The ensuing impact brings a nation to its knees and leaves us to imagine Rooney’s destroyed career and his life as a groundsman, living in a caravan, with Ribery’s image looming large above him on a giant billboard. Fast forward, and Rooney relives the moment, sprints after Ribery and wins the ball back. Personal and national pride restored, we see him receiving a knighthood, with headline-grabbing plaudits, a maternity room full of little Waynes and an effortless table-tennis defeat of Roger Federer. The Rooney ripple effect comes full circle.

Similarly, Cristiano Ronaldo is fouled in a game, and as he prepares to take a vital free-kick for Portugal, we flash forward to see the ripple effect if he scores; a stadium named in his honour and a Film Premiere for a movie of his life.

“Every touch you have in a game has the ability to change the entire course of not just those 90 minutes, but your entire tournament or season,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. “One touch of the ball can be an opportunity to leave your mark on the game and write your own future, or equally a moment missed, that creates a legacy for your opponent with their fans.”

Also unveiled is Nike’s supercharged Elite Series football boots providing new levels of performance for players during the tournament. Nike’s Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II, CTR360 Maestri, Total90 Laser III and Tiempo Legend III all feature a new performance upper to improve on-field visibility and a reengineered outsole to deliver lightweight performance for every style of player. The Elite Series is available to players at all levels and also incorporates Nike Football+, which features exclusive insider access to the world’s best coaches, players and teams for total game improvement.

March 24, 2010 - No Comments!

The first NEONFEEDBACK live streamed mix on @ustream :: [nf].[tv] – 23/03/2010

This was the first attempt at doing a live @ustream DJ mix, so apologies if it is a bit rough around the edges... next time will be better. 🙂

Basically I want to try and make the DJ mix/radio show a bit more interesting by streaming video as well live and direct. I have to admit it is not the most exciting video to watch non-stop (just leave it open in a tab or something and have a little flick back every now and then - listening is the important bit!), but I'd love to know your thoughts. 🙂

It was much more interesting live, there were a few people chatting away in the chat room. (Although this does probably provide too many close-ups of my face! I must remember to get some new batteries for my wireless keyboard.) There will also be real-time twitter and facebook updates and integration which I will be introducing for the next one.

I'm looking at doing one every few weeks, probably Tuesday evenings 9-10pm-ish, and will hopefully be getting some guests involved as well.

This mix features artists including:
Seth Troxler, Trentemoller, Bushwacka!, Booka Shade, Nacho Lovers, Simian Mobile Disco, Ellen Alien & Aperat, Nectarios and Supernovac.

I'll also make future mixes available as an audio download or podcast or something.

Cheers.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/neonfeedback
http://www.facebook.com/neonfeedback
http://www.bentopliss.com/alphabet/welcome.html
http://soundcloud.com/groups/alphabet-by-avenir-promotions

February 26, 2010 - No Comments!

End Scene by Steffen Bygebjerg

This video was made by Steffen Bygebjerg in 2009 for the song "End Scene". The track is taken from Troels Abrahamsen's album WHT also from 2009.

The animation work was made in Adobe After Effects. Each frame was then printed and the print was subsequently scanned back into the computer. The scanned frames were then assembled back into the original animation, now with a new rugged look, created by the visit in the physical analogue world. No effects added after scanning.

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Found on twitter via @matt_bullock (http://twitter.com/bentopliss/status/9671960700 )

September 25, 2009 - No Comments!

Orbital at the Manchester Academy 19/09/2009 – videos

 

I’ve had my new iPhone a while now and realised I haven’t used the much talk about (prior to release) video function, so I did a little test at the Orbital gig at Manchester Academy last Saturday (19/09/2009).  (I never generally think to take videos on my iPhone, but I forgotten to clear the memory card before going out and ran out of space on my card.)

 I took two videos on my iPhone and two on my camera ( Canon Ixus 700, http://www.cameras.co.uk/details/canon-ixus-700.cfm) the results are as below:

Orbital - Impact (The Earth is Burning) - Canon Ixus 700

Orbital - Belfast - Canon Ixus 700

Orbital – Satan – iPhone 3GS (held vertically)

Orbital – Doctor? – iPhone 3GS (held horizontally) - This has a bit of a slow start.

I was largely impressed with the iPhones video capabilities, and I like how it automatically knows which way round the phone is being held.  Although the sound sensitivity levels are pretty high on the phone which causes the sound to drop out completely which is no good!

Ps. What an amazing gig!