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Videokünstler und Comedy-Autor Nick DenBoer hat das weirdeste Zeug von seinem weirden Zeug mal zusammengeschnitten und in ein kleines Best-Of verpackt. Und das Ergebnis sieht ein bisschen so aus, als würde man unter dem Einfluss von viel zu vielen Drogen vom Internet träumen. Welcome to Insanity.


Eine Definition von Heimat hatten wir hier ja schon mal. Die zusammengeschnipselten Video-Fetzen von Peter Paasch treffen den Begriff auf eine crazy Art und Weise aber auch ganz gut. Und alles ist mindestens so absurd wie die Tatsache, dass es überhaupt ein Heimatministerium gibt.

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Claudiu Voicu hat After Effects für sich endteckt und einen Snowboard-Trip im 80's-Look rausgeballert, der aussieht, als hätte man zu viel von den schönen bunten Pillen genommen. Mit Robo-Streisand, strangen things und Synthies. Video-Edit-Skills vom Allerfeinsten.

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Falls ihr in eurem eigenen Leben gerade mal wieder zu nix kommt, schlüpft doch einfach mal für 8 Minuten in das von Nigel Sylvester und cruist mit dem BMX, fahrt Achterbahn, mampft mit euren Dudes hunderte Chicken Nuggets, raucht 'ne Zigarre, nippt ein Glas Cognac und trefft eure Freundin in Paris. Und so gut video-editiert, dass ihr euch dabei gar nicht langweilen könnt. Fuckin' well done.

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Gut, polnischer Rap ist jetzt nicht so meins. Aber das Musikvideo vom Designteam takie.pany zu Taco Hemingway' Deszcz na betonie (Regen auf Beton) gefällt mir grafisch so unfassbar gut, dass ich gar nicht anders kann, als es hier zu verlinken.


Und damit ihr und ich nicht dumm sterben müsst, hau' ich die ohne Gewähr übersetzten Lyrics gleich mit dazu (nach dem Clique):

[Verse 1]
I'm returning back to Warsaw with the express train
I left her in the hotel
Saying: "gotta go, i'll have work to do"
Every problem i had already is overdue
I return to the music
as long as the ether i'm given (?)
Half a year and my identity still known to you
Everybody around still beating on foam
You asked: "Where is Fifi?"
He was hidden on the coast
There i spent the whole marble summer, licking wounds
In my head two different worlds bite each other
I want to be beyond the mainstream
But i'm tempted by the platinum's spectrum
On the one hand, i'd like to shrug off writing rap
On the other i'd like to make money, and feel nothing besides
I thought of a new project
Which will crush my writer's block
And crush walls in my head
But now i'm sitting in Warsaw, with a cup of motorized lury (i don't know what lury means)
Being afraid of forgetting the smell of your skin
[Refrain]
Your skin smells like the last days of vacation
Today the air smells like the last days of vacation
rain on concrete, rain on concrete
Your skin smells like the last days of vacation
What good does me the train do if you're not on the station?
And the music breaks like a Hejnal Mariacki (which is a traditional polish trumpet call in Krakow. See here)
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[Verse 2]
People in love want suffering (pathos)
I try to be normal, and for that i have a way
I won't tell you that your presence is like fate
Or finches (or some other birds?)
Or a fucking lotus flower
Rather like the smell of good coffee in the morning
Short sleeves on a warm day, the smell of cut grass
Full tank, empty road, a series of green lights
The radio plays a song of one of your unknown bands
You're like an unexpected tax return
Long weekend for the drowned in the morgues
Where everybody around doesn't sound like
Your voice still asleep
Like the sound of vinyl in the morning
Sound of rain, which beats on the concrete
Dumming on the windows, when you fall asleep alone
Just like with a woman
When you wake up at dusk, immediatly feeling anxious
You grab your jacket, everything is there
Wallet, keys, phone
[Refrain]
And her hair smells like the last days of vacation
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[Verse 3]
The express train coming to a halt
Warsaw station, nobody is waiting for me
Incognito, since i have no beard
Don't try to find me on the internet, there are no posts
My words are always modest, without any embellishment
My Intentions are good, there are no spikes
My life changes since i began to sing in polish
Now i got to flee, see you in the wax (?)
[Refrain]

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Okay. Macht euch bereit. Jetzt kommt so richtig weirder Shice. Und er sieht aus wie ein mit VHS aufgenommenes YouTube-Video, kommt aber direkt vom Sundance (bzw von Daniel Moshel). Das ist dann aber auch wirklich schon alles, was ich dazu sagen kann - den Rest des Videotrips muss mein Gehirn noch verarbeiten.
PS: hier der erste Teil.


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Ein oscarreifes Portrait über 3 Bonebreakdancer, die quer durch den Spirit of New York tanzen. Mit flexigen Moves, wunderschönen Bildern und 1A-BigApple-Atmoshräre. It's Showtime.

Erosion is a short film by Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray - starring Dayrome “Bad Day” Wright, Kester “Flexx” Estephane, Anthony “Laiden” John and Makaveli Qu.
Music: Insightful - Black Dress


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Den Videosampler Eclectic Method hatte ich hier ja schon öfter. Allerdings noch nie mit einem DJ- und VJ-Live-Set. 40 Minuten geremixte Electromucke gepaart mit YouTube-Schnipseln - und sogar hörbar. Coole Nummer - darf er von mir aus gerne jeden Monat machen.

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Brett Novak's Kunstwerke sind und bleiben skate of the art. So auch sein neuesters Skatevideo Kurzfilm, in dem alles rückwärts abläuft, außer das, was nicht läuft, sondern skatet.
Und weil ich es mir jedes Jahr mindestens einmal anschauen muss: hier nochmal alle Filme von ihm und seinem skatenden Kompagnon Kilian Martin:

Der französische Videomacher Zac Turgeon ist für einige Wochen durch Indonesien gereist. Dabei hatte er nicht viel mehr als eine Kamera und einen Laptop. Und jetzt ratet mal, was er damit gemacht hat. Richtig. Videokunst. Oder anders: Urlaub für die Augen. 

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Eigentlich hatte ich hier ja grad was vom Burning Man und wollte euch nicht schon wieder vorschwärmen, wie schön es denn dort aussieht. Ari Fararooy lässt mir aber keine andere Wahl. Auch der zweite Teil seiner Burning Moments (hier der 1.) ist wie Süßigkeiten für die Augen. 

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Vimeo, die Arthouseversion von Youtube, feiert Jubiläum. Genauer gesagt die Vimeo Staff Picks, die sozusagen die Oscarfilme unter den Vimeos sind. Vor ein paar Tagen wurde das 10.000. Video mit dem Prädikat: Staff Pick ausgezeichnet. Und genau aus diesen 10.000 wurden nun nochmal die 10 besten der Besten rausgesucht. Das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen (in dem ihr auf Play drückt) und hat wirklich ein paar Perlen zu bieten. 
Schön, dass es noch Orte im Internet gibt, die für Qualität - und nicht nur für Quatsch stehen. Well done, Vimeo.
Meinen Favorit hab' ich euch von Platz 9 auf Platz 1 gesetzt (weil ich's kann):


Wanderers from Erik Wernquist

“Wanderers” is a glimpse into the future. This short imagines a time when exploration has gone beyond sending out rovers and Earth itself, and instead envisions a time when humans themselves are stepping out into the unknowns of space and our Solar System. Erik Wernquist  realizes this dream with incredible CG animation, building upon a strong vocabulary of science-fiction imagery and lending his own voice to the genre.


The Mountain from TSO Photography

There is something at the essence of a time-lapse video that continues to amaze Vimeo creators and viewers. Perhaps it is the god-like ability to compress Earth’s celestial orbit around the sun. Or, the ability to to unlock a view with a camera that the human eye itself cannot expose. Or maybe it is simply the power to capture and share a particularly striking landscape with other parts of the world. Regardless, time-lapse videos have been a mainstay on Vimeo for many years, so it comes as no surprise to see a shining example at the top of our list, with 99,474 likes to date.

Through its exceptional craft in movement, composition, and colors, “The Mountain” is an understandable favorite. The video also stands apart because of its meditative approach, one that provides the viewer space to consider the wonder that our planet has to offer.


MOVE from Rick Mereki

The films that grace Staff Picks are often impressive, but the most impactful ones can also galvanize viewers to create something themselves. “MOVE” did just that by taking a concept that was brilliantly fun and simple in design, and then executing it in a visually compelling and near-perfect way. Creator Rick Mereki delights the viewer, sparking a sense of wanderlust within them to travel the world. But beyond that, he inspires them to pack a camera and document their own adventures with a fresh approach.


The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Alex Roman shook the animation and cinematography worlds with his piece “The Third & The Seventh.” By tiptoeing the line between realism and surrealism, Roman created an architectural world with unparalleled CG craft and then investigated it from the perspective of a photographer. Through this vantage, his piece was able to resonate with animators, cinematographers, and creators.

Each image that is created highlights a curiosity in shape, composition, and light. As the camera moves with precision through buildings in Roman’s world, new lines come into focus and colors paint a scene that constitute the makings of any Vimeo creator’s dreams. Specifically, 49,000 of them, who have since liked the video.


EARTH from Michael König

Michael König is a genuine hero for coming up with the idea of stitching together photographs taken from the International Space Station into a single time-lapse piece. The result of his ingenuity is a mesmerizing voyage over our home planet, offering us a small glimpse of the overview effect: a sense of awe and understanding of the interconnection of life itself. We see the night fall and then the day break. Lightning storms travel from region to region. Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis dance along the atmosphere. Suddenly, the world doesn’t seem so large, and we move our mouse to that little heart shaped icon and click it. Because we know we want to visit this film, these images, and that feeling again.


The Making of "Hero" from Miguel Endara on Vimeo.

“The Making of Hero” is a personal short documenting a project by artist Miguel Endara, in which he drew a portrait of his dad composed entirely out of 3.2 million ink dots. Yes, you read that right. Miguel literally made over 3 million tiny dots and somehow the result is an amazing image of his father. It’s the type of video that has a fantastic hook, but also some really strong documentation and an awesome final product, which is a big part of why it’s racked up over 41,000 likes since December 2011.


DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films

This video is a poetic ode to the often unnoticed, uncelebrated profession of the surf photographer.“Darkside of the Lens” struck a chord within the Vimeo community as an homage to hard work behind the lens and a lifestyle dedicated to passion. On a universal level, the film’s raw and unapologetic message calls us to live life on our own terms, be it in the cold waters of Ireland or anywhere else. This is a rally cry for the underdog, with beautiful cinematography and a score that wells up a sense of pride at wielding a camera. Astray Films blew down the door with this one and in 2012 they took home a slew of festival awards, including Best Action Sports at the Vimeo Festival, and have amassed an impressive 40,000 likes.


Address Is Approximate from sharp & jenkins

When night falls, a desk toy takes a joy ride and sees the world through the brilliance of stop-motion animation and Google Maps. As the toy car and its passenger travel across the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond, sharp & jenkins nail the perfect intersection of creativity, humor, accessibility, and new technology — all while a toy compatriot clicks the mouse to navigate his journey. The entire piece is animated in camera and is done so with flawless design, lighting, and movement.

Various office lights flick on, mimicking the different onscreen scenarios of tunnels and sunsets. Office plants whiz by the foreground as Google Street View displays a dense forest on the monitor. Fresh approaches and inventive adaptations of existing techniques that delight the Vimeo community, andsharp & jenkins remind us how awesome it is to create joyous pieces of work just for the heck of it.


The Aurora from TSO Photography

Like most, I have never seen an Aurora Borealis in person. And yet, I am able to plop down in front of a computer, click play, and understand what it is like to witness such an amazing display of natural light. TSO Photography is the only duplicate creator on this list, and it is a result of their ability to expertly capture and share beautiful moments from their part of world. What a cool, globalized age we live in, when anyone can log into a community and watch and share moments from their own backyard. Be it fantastic arrays of light caused by electrons colliding with Earth’s atmosphere, or the not-so-obvious beauties in a city. The Vimeo community has proven many times over that life is worth sharing and when you do, people will watch and cherish it.


Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths

The charming short film “Splitscreen: A Love Story” follows two distant lovers’ travels across the world to find one another, and depicts each of their points of view, split in the middle. The similarities between their lives mirror each others’ in every way until they reunite. Not only does it warm the heart, but the fact that it was shot on a cell phone reminds us that you don’t need the most expensive camera or a massive budget to create an effective and compelling film. All you need is imagination and a great idea.

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