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sketchtravel  is a unique international charity art project.  this red sketchbook was passed from one artist’s hand to another like an olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years.

well, i certainly can’t afford to bid on the original sketchbook (but i wish i could!).  thankfully they’re publishing it for some regular folks like me…too bad it’s only on amazon france.

ETA: well, the auction ended at $96,200!  gyea, too rich for my blood.  owls productions is making a documentary about the project; the site www.sketchtravel.tv already has some videos of the contributing artists.

evolution of style + dance

how cute is this westfield stratford ad?  it combines a bunch of things i like: fashion, dance, couples (i guess?), and videography.

it chronicles 100 years of east london style from the 1910’s until present times.

when i saw this, it totally reminded me of the evolution of dance video (and i wasn’t alone):

and while we’re on the subject of dance…how amazing is david elsewhere?  an oldie but goodie, i can’t help but smile when i watch this:

he’s one of the silhouettes in my favorite ipod ad (break dancing + daft punk? yes, please!):

it’s a shame he never got to perform with michael jackson; they were collaborating for “this is it”…

dancing is one of the (many) things i really wish i was good at.  funny how this turned from a fashion post to dance.

have a great labor day weekend!  i’ll be spending it churning out 8 essays.

MOVE. EAT. LEARN.

so apparently that cool travel video i posted several days ago was part of a series for sta travel.  the one i posted was entitled “move”, and the other 2 are “eat” and “learn”.  i must say these are pretty effective viral marketing tools.  i know i like to move (travel, not exercise), eat, and learn (well, sorta) anyways.

 

 

and here’s “move” again so you can see them all together:

gulp, i heart aardman

based on my blog posts it should be pretty clear that i love animation, especially pixar.  time to show love for aardman.  when it comes to stop motion animation, aardman is pretty much thee studio.  i’m a big fan of wallace & gromit and shaun the sheep.  well, i think shaun is freaking adorable in the wallace & gromit universe but the shaun the sheep series is kinda boring.

anyways, aardman came out with a short entitled “gulp”…not only is it the world’s largest stop motion animation shot, it was all shot on a nokia n8 cell phone.

if you’re amazed by the picture quality, i’m sure it’s due to the 12 megapixel carl zeiss optics camera.

i’m feelin’ this camera bag

finally, a camera bag that looks great and discrete.  liking this option from ona:

designed by tracy foster, a photographer, “ona” (pronounced ō’na) means “to feel,” “to believe,” and “to experience with the eyes.”

ona’s philosophy:
“We believe that your camera bags and accessories should be discreet, stylish, and functional. They should complement, not distract from, your personal style. They should be rich and imaginative, like the photos you love to take. And they should boast an enduring design that allows you to carry your gear safely and comfortably”

and, it’s endorsed by jamie beck of from me to you.  so, i’m into it.

more on national geographic’s up project

as a follow up to my previous post, now with video coverage and more photos:

how hard can it be? recreating pixar’s up

if you know me at all, you probably know that i love animation and once (and maybe still do) wanted to be an animator professionally.  this has led to a most-of-my-life-long dream to work at pixar.  these days i’m thinking i’m not cut out to be an animator, but i’d still like to work in marketing/pr for pixar, but i’m getting side-tracked.

one of the most beautiful images from pixar’s long award-winning film legacy is the pastel-colored house propelled by rainbow-colored balloons against a blue sky and puffy white clouds from their 2009 hit up.

as much as i enjoyed the movie, i dismissed the idea as being realistically impossible and childish fancy.  but the national geographic channel has replicated it–successfully!

seriously…how freaking cool is this?!

a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of los angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000 meters and remained in the air for about an hour.

the filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new national geographic channel series called “how hard can it be?”, which will premiere in fall 2011.

i wonder if they’re going to attempt doing such complex and expensive feats throughout the show.  i must say this is definitely a good way to generate publicity and pique interest in the show.

if they want to create a functioning wall-e, i’d be happy to take him after the show.