Whittling down the best of the best is never an easy task. Fortunately, these videos were all easy to watch again (and again and again). Here are the luminescent stars from this past month — the best Staff Picks from August.
Stefan Nadelman took an interesting approach to the surf genre that we hadn’t seen before. By stepping back and contemplating the physics behind a waveform, he was then able to blend both stylistic motion graphics with impressive surfing to illustrate that all motion in the water, be it human-powered or natural, flows in the same way.
Take a peek into Joseph Bennett’s mind and behold the gnarly viking world of “ODIN’S AFTERBIRTH.” This appears to be a passion project of epic proportions, and it completely captivated our team as we learned what it meant to be a warrior.
New York City can be an intimidating place. It’s so full of interesting, attractive, and fashionable people that it makes it really easy to doubt yourself — such as the protagonist in the subway of “The Truth About Meeting Women.” This self-doubt can be so strong, in fact, that even your daydreams might end in disaster.
Director Ben Briand’s followup to his beloved Vimeo Award-winning short “Apricot” wowed us when it debuted at SXSW, and now it’s online. In his follow-up “Blood Pulls a Gun,” a teenage girl gets a keyhole look into a dangerous and mysterious world when a tattooed stranger checks into her roadside motel. An all-star team of collaborators mashup the coming-of-age genre with a crime thriller, and the result is delicious.
A passion project from Munich-based studio Aixsponza, “Seed” is one of the most striking experimental animations this year. A surreal manipulation of organic forms produces alien results, and demonstrates the team’s sophisticated mastery of production tools like photo scanning, Cinema 4D, Houdini, and Flame. A loose narrative surrounds a priestess and seashells, but most importantly, it is supremely pretty.
Director David Wilson combines Gondry-style practical effects, unexpected transitions, and brilliant VFX in the new video for “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala. Centering on a man suffering from a heart attack, the video features some of the most interesting visual storytelling that we’ve seen in a long time.
The Chemical Brothers have spent the past 20 years making amazing music videos. Following in this tradition, director Ninian Doff has taken their latest single for “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted” and created an action-packed, desert-set music video that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
Brandon Li’s world tour continues with a beautiful ode to Bali. Feasting on the visual splendor of the country’s unique rituals and rites of passage, the film digs into the lesser-known stories of the Balinese, from fisherman and rice farmers to motorbikers and musicians. Brandon spent three months making this epic showcase of a beautiful country and its people — may we strongly suggest you spend nine and a half minutes watching it.