Saatchi & Saatchi’s 21st Annual New Directors Showcase at Cannes this year welcomed the audience with a multidisciplinary, retro-futuristic performance that combined Microsoft Kinect technology, live performance, animation and typography.
The intro was conceived by Saatchi senior creative team Jonathan Santana and Xander Smith, who took over the role of showcase creative directors from former worldwide CD Bob Isherwood and former CD-Global Culture Richard Myers. It enlisted the combined talents of Warp Records musicians Jamie Lidell and Clark, independent producer Juliette Larthe, Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner, software designer Aaron Meyers and effects and video designers Marshmallow Laser Feast.
The opener was a fitting prelude to another eclectic mix of spots, short films, music video and virals from 17 directors. According to Saatchi Worldwide Digital Ccreative Director Tom Eslinger, the agency sifted not just through reels but also cast out more nets to find work through social media, blogs and virals.
Among the audience favorites include Andreas Roth’s Exorcist homage for Dirt Devil; an ’80s-style bromance by The General Assembly; and a design-minded take on domestic items turned sex machines by Lernert and Sander. The show also featured a host of animation and multimedia works, including The Daniels’ Dogboarding clip; Jonathan Higgs’ super-effected “Photoshop Handsome” video for Everything Everything; a world seen from the tushies’ point of view by Tomi D @ Punga; a creepy, hyperdetailed look at a spider attacking its prey by Passion Pictures’ Polynoid; and a poignant contemplation of the passage of time by Agile Films’ Mikey Please.
Nine Types of Light is as much an album as it is a movie by TV on the Radio. The movie is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. The band personally asked their friends and the filmmakers they admired to help direct the music videos. Tunde Adebimpe, the director for the full Nine Types of Light movie, storybooked the music videos together with interviews from local New Yorkers on various topics, including dreams, love, fame and the future. Tunde also directed the music video for Forgotten. Nine Types of Light, both the album and the movie are set to release on April 12, 2011.
Continuing our theme of bringing inspiring films on creativity to Copenhagen, SweetTalk Cph and Plant bring you ‘PressPausePlay‘. Recent winner of ‘Best Documentary’ at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, this Swedish produced film looks at how the digital age has democratised culture, unleashing creativity and unlimited creative opportunities.
Screening will be June 22, 2011 at Grand Teatret with a video introduction from the directors. Get your tickets now (DKK 80). Grand will be open afterwards for some mingling.
A first look at the new “Windows 8″ user interface. It was also previewed at the annual “All Things D” conference (here’s a video of that). Looks quite interesting – and quite different from Windows 7. (One thing, though, was it too much of a hassle for the speaker to wear a microphone?)
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