Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mr. Innocent Music Video and Overview/Review

The overview/review of my music video.

The music video. Performed by Izaya Burciaga in association with Glass House Records.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Secrets secrets are no fun...

This is a picture of me with Josh's phone... This is also a picture of Brent being busted.

Movies as maps by Andrew Degraff

Great web gallery courtesy of Wired.  But check out Andrew Degraff's work here.  This is an easy one, but name that movie.

I Put A Spell On You - Lip Sync

Almost as entertaining as air guitar. When are they just going to come out with Air Band competitions? Who am I kidding I'm sure that exists already...

Wonderland - Documentary on Creative Commerce

This is an interesting short documentary.  I think we have all talked about some of these same problems and feelings in our roles.  There are a lot of creative leads and directors from past posts here on the Stew.  Enjoy.

Wonderland | A Short Form Doc on Creative Commerce from Eskimo on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MeanMug 'n Slim: The Mug

MeanMug 'n Slim go out for a late night coffee.

Story Corps

Check out the animations at Story Corps.  A lot of the stories are pretty sad, some inspirational, but all are just good storytelling.  I'm curious how much editing to the original interviews the creators did to create such concise and powerful stories.

I think we can leverage something like this for the Hampton work, or other story-based work in the future.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Breaking Bad - An In Depth Look at the First Three Seasons SPOILER ALERT

I don't know how many of you are Breaking Bad fans, but with the final season approaching in just 18 days, I've been biding my time rewatching old episodes and reflecting.  I really love Breaking Bad for how much care and attention they put into each and every shot. It truly is a joy to watch, almost harkening back to the way Film Noir constantly played with light and shadow to hint at a broader picture.  The video below is an in depth look into some of Breaking Bad's visual cues from the first 3 seasons.  Most of which I regrettably don't notice at the time, but still interesting none the less.  If you have not seen the show and do not want any spoilers, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Root Films Movie Club

Introducing the Root Films Movie Club: Like a book club but without the reading. Every two weeks, we'll choose a film that everyone will watch. Then we'll take about an hour and half during lunch to discuss the film. When you watch the film, remember to jot down your favorite scenes so we can cue them up during the meeting.

The Idea is to create a common vocabulary amongst the team and improve collaboration. Watch your email for an invitation and start thinking about what film you want to share.

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Blog New Formatting

After implementing the new blog it's apparent that I need to teach you guys some simple formatting to keep the blog looking nice and clean. I'm using Brent's most recent post as an example because it's typical of what we normally post; a video with some text.

As you can see here (in HTML mode), Brent put his body text below the video code.
We want to copy this body text
And move it above the video code
Now all we need to do is add 2 break lines.  The code for that is <br />
It's as simple as that! I use 2 break lines because it gives a line of cushion between the video and text so it's easier to read.

Upcoming: A Film by Brent L Howard

Hey guys, and girls. I've set a hard deadline for a film that I am producing, it's not called Untitled Film by the way. I'm posting this because I might need some of your help making this possible. Stay tuned.

Awesome Stew Updates

Hey All! I've made some minor updates to the blog. I took away that pre-made template, hopefully we won't have trouble with seeing the comments now, but you'll have to let me know. All of our insane tags can now be viewed on the right hand side of the blog. Also, you can search this blog specifically in the top right search bar, I think this will help for those situations where we didn't tag very well. Also we have a new logo! Happy blogging.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Puttin' the 'SEX' in sextuplet

100 Animators for 1 Typeface

Cool animation made from the work of over 100 animators each given a glyph and no more than 4 colors to work with. Nice little treasure trove of clever reveals.

The best part you ask?  You can see who all contributed and download the project file here.


Dave's Murdah post reminded me of this.

Murdaaah! Ep01

Client/Root Relationship know?

Monday = Plaid Day

Paper Tear Tutorial using C4D and After Effects

Always good to have something like this in our back pocket.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Geekout

Sometimes I like to spend my copious bachelor time looking up stuff that satisfies my analytical brain. Now, this might be right up there with the hardcore science learning thing posted earlier, but in a few minutes I was able to understand a whole system through a simple relatable situation guided by an even keeled patient walk through. When I felt lost the speaker knew it. By the end it all made sense. Say what you wil about the esthetic, but I'm curious if through this style of explanation if you were able to understand this. Also, do you feel that this line of explanation has a place for us? Possibly adding validity to an RSA example. Really just curious - please comment. And of course I cant embed this.... follow the links if you please :) Part 1 Part II

Watch This and Help Me Out

I took video of the Toledo Zoo's Zoo-To-Do event last month. I deliver to the client this Monday or Tuesday. I just wanted your guys' expert criticisms. There isn't any criteria from the client that needs to be fulfilled since he doesn't know I was secretly taking video with the 7D. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Travis 'Moving' - Directors Cut

UPDATE: The creators of the video are being weak and made it private overnight. Here's another video that uses the same concept. It's not nearly as cool though...

Love is in the Air from Wriggles & Robins on Vimeo.

I declare that the last two hours of today is Cool Music Video Day. Dave started with his contribution of Phoenix - Trying to be Cool. Bring out your music videos.

This is my post. I think it's a really clever technique. It's also kind of surreal sometimes, like the guy who is shooting breath missiles.

Travis 'Moving' - Directors Cut from Wriggles & Robins on Vimeo.

Phoenix - Trying to be Cool

So many good things going on here.

Monday, July 1, 2013


This is an independent venture and I'm not sure what I think about it from the trailer. In addition, I don't like when trailers use Top 40 music to sell their film when it doesn't capture the essence of the film others words, cheap titillation. Also, there is another film in the works; Aaron Sorkin is adapting the screenplay from Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" book with Sony financing. Now that I can't wait for.