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15 Mics

This is the latest music video I finished.

The song is 15 Mics and the artist is my friend Vinny aka Verbal Phantom.

So far it’s garnered very positive reviews, which I’m pretty happy about considering it’s the first project I’ve finished since teaching myself Adobe After Effects. All the editing and animation was done by me with the illustrations being done by Kali.

I plan on doing more and more stuff with After Effects in the near future but I think this is a decent start.

Would love any feedback.




Coldest Winter Ever

With a brand new snowstorm brewing in the Northeast. It’s pretty appropriate that Nabil Elderkin would drop his newest collaboration with Kanye West; here is the video for Coldest Winter Ever.

For a video that where the artist doesn’t appear once, it captures the mood of the song amazingly well. Although the visuals are enticing and impeccably done, I can’t help but think I’ve seen this scene before. Namely, the third Harry Potter and all the Lord of the Rings films.

Nabil is definitely breaking away from the pack in terms of artistic music video directors, but I don’t think he can say that this is his best work. I haven’t seen everything he’s done but I know that his Welcome to Heartbreak video is definitely the best thing he’s done with just Kanye alone. If you haven’t watched that, you need to.

Like 3 times.

In a row.

Your monitor is fine. It’s called screen-tearing.



How Is This Not Blackface

Although the song has been out for what seems like forever, I was only able to see the video for the Black Eyed Peas song, “I Gotta Feeling” a few weeks ago. My first reaction was that it looked like alot of fun to shoot. My second reaction came about 3 minutes in when I saw the final setup. Somehow, the directors, producers and talent thought it would be a good idea to paint the eyes and lips of their frontmen in glow in the dark paint and turn off the lights.

I’m pretty sure this is blackface.

That’s not to say that it was a good idea even with the lights on.

Or that he wasn’t shuckin’ and jivin’ before he got the paint out.

It’s sad to see what has become of the Black Eyed Peas since the days of Joints and Jams.

Coonin’ in the club.



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Flyer Than The Rest of 'Em

Filed under: music — Tags: , , — Owen @ 11:55 pm

Brand new video from Wale for his single “Nike Boots”. I haven’t published much about him in a while. After he signed to Interscope, I guess he put a lot of work into his forthcoming album as well as touring the country, building his hype. 

I like the video; shot at the Howard Homecoming, I think the black and white shots of people partying and posing for the camera combined with the added scratch effects represents the dichotomy of his raw swagger and elite taste. Since the W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E. disaster, his videos have come a long way and the DMV representative is poised step out of the underground. And he’ll probably be wearing some sick new shit when he does.


Videos of Sound

Since MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, I sometimes fall behind on new music videos. The videos below are both new and old, but they’re all pretty cool. Click the song titles to download the track; click the artists for their sites.

Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.) – Common featuring Pharrell

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Delivery Man – The Cool Kids

Rick Rubin – Spank Rock

Love Lockdown – Kanye West

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Bonus – Kanye performs “Heartless”, his 2nd single from his upcoming album that I had posted amaetuar video of in a prior post, at a T.I. concert in LA this weekend(?). It’s the last of the video, after Swagger Like Us and Lockdown, but the beat seems to have developed from earlier versions and it sounds like the song is going to be really good.

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Filed under: life, music — Tags: , , — Owen @ 6:22 pm

What I learned from my first music video…

– Deciding on a whim to wave a camera around during a couple live shows results in a lack of footage.

– Bars are dark. Bring lights.

– Get drunk after you shoot. Before and during causes problems.

– Music Videos are a lot of fun to make, I hope to make more.

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