Light Emitting Dudes takes a team of freerunners, geared up from head to toe with LED lights, and sets them loose on the streets of Bangkok at night. With acrobatic grace, they carved up the already buzzing nightlife spots while adding their own flair and colour to the mix.
Jason Paul, Shaun Wood, and Anan Anwar are a team of freerunners whose homes are already quite far apart, coming from Frankfurt, Sydney, and Bangkok respectively. Director Frank Sauer and Costume Designer Christina Zahra also had to fly in from Germany, so getting everyone together to shoot this video was a challenge in and of itself. With no definite locations, pre-planned stunts, or even a working LED suit prototype, making the decision to fly to Thailand was a real leap of faith. All I had was an idea in mind of what I wanted to create.
I had worked with Jason before in 2011 to create Dream World, which documented Jason's journey to London to compete in the Art of Motion Freerunning competition. Since then I have been looking for another opportunity to work together and to get the rest of his team involved. I wanted to portray freerunning in a way that hasn't been done before. I realized that freerunning at night was a barely-touched space where I could do some ground-breaking work, so I began thinking about LED suits as a concept.
One of the biggest challenges was putting together a suit that both looked cool and was functional. It had to be able to withstand the stresses of high impact acrobatic stunts, while adequately lighting up the surroundings as we passed through them. Luckily, Christina, with a wealth of experience as a fashion designer, was there to put it all together. Armed with a few morphsuits, some batteries, and a plethora of LED strips and duct tape, Christina really did a great job of fashioning together a Tron-style LED suit on a shoe-string budget.
Once the suits were ready, and we were tired of playing dress-up in the apartment and scaring the cat, it was time for the team to hit the streets. This opened up a whole new can of worms. It turns out, walking around the streets looking like creepy Neo S&M Power Rangers attracts unwanted attention, making guerilla-style shooting particularly difficult, to say the least. And the traffic police didn't take our presence at busy intersections light-heartedly either. Go figure.
The mix of dangerous stunts and exhaustion due to all-night shoots really tested our resolve to finish the video. Maintaining the suits in good condition was also a continual hassle. They needed to be disassembled from time to time so the batteries could be recharged, and damaged LED strips needed to be unthreaded and replaced. The schedule being what it was meant that the suits never really had time to air out. We had to work with the mild stench of men’s locker room on us the whole time. The low light conditions presented their own challenges for shooting, but did provide an opportunity to experiment with long exposure to create beautiful light stroke shots.
For two weeks we were out every night collecting shots and enjoying the confused look on peoples face when we walked by. Oddly enough the cool factor of looking like a general bad ass never wore off. I think a lot big kids dream of dressing up like superheroes and leaping around the city. That's something I can cross off my bucket list, now. We had a great time together. In the end, it's definitely worth it to create something new and unique in a way only you can.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED Frank Sauer (frank-sauer.com)
IN COOPERATION WITH Team Farang (farang-mag.com/)
EDITING Frank Sauer & Sebastian Linda
COSTUME DESIGN Christina Zahra
SOUND DESIGN Jens Fischer
TITLES Stephan Baumann
MASTERING Matthias Greule
MUSIC Metric - Artificial Nocturne (Love Thy Brother Remix)
Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu and Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) - creative team and founders of Musuta Ltd. Jopsu Ramu is a young female designer and Creative Director of Musuta Ltd. Timo Ramu is her creative partner and manager of Musuta Ltd.
This digital art piece was commissioned by TV Nelonen / channel 4 Finland and it was shown as the November break bumpers on one of the biggest commercial TV channels in Finland: TV Nelonen.
Urban Abstract has been highly awarded, it has won bronze / in book award in D&Ad awards in London, Bronze in European Design awards in Rotterdam and most recently it won a Gold Lion from design category in Cannes Lions.
Urban Abstract -piece was born in Tokyo during 2009. It consists of 40 X five second clips or it can be viewed as a one 200 second journey.
The website urban-abstract.com works as a part of the piece and creates an extra dimension for the clips shown on TV.
URBAN ABSTRACT - About the concept:
Urban Abstract is a journey across urban space that unfolds in forty, 5 second parts. The journey, in one, two and three dimensions, is a bit like abstract surfing in which the original destination is only reached after a number of seemingly random yet linked detours occur. Points , lines, planes and other abstract elements create a journey through an Urban Abstract.
The space between things is as important as intended space, perhaps creating a fourth dimension. Meaningful shapes and purposes occur in this dimension's reality as well. The concept of negative space has meaning here.
Nature plays a part as well. To be able to understand and differentiate what is urban one has understand what is nature.
The style of the shorts is fluid and, though seemingly random, stream into a cohesive whole. Perhaps watching them in a different order would be more like seeing the same journey from another point of view. The sound world is also very important -- movement in space is sensed even if watching the shorts with eyes closed. Sounds overlap, fade, come and go.
Architectural, abstract, someway minimalist and abstract with a touch of humanity.
This feeling is reached through mixing techniques such as vectors , hand drawn lines and painting.
Urban Abstract was realized in Tokyo by a team of artists, designers and animators from Finland and Japan. Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu from Musuta Ltd, a concept, art & design -studio based in Tokyo and Helsinki.
About the creators:
Jopsu Ramu (born 1982). She is a young Finnish designer and an art director who runs her own business Musuta Ltd. Ramu creates art, graphic design, space & design.
Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) manager and creative partner of Musuta Ltd.
Musuta Ltd. is a Finnish creative studio operating in and between Helsinki & Tokyo. Musuta is a multidisciplinary design studio that makes art, space, design, graphics, concepts & branding.
Musuta produces Ramu's personal art work as well as creates commercial work for different clients including: Iittala, Hartwall, Pepsi Co., Kawada Group, TV Nelonen etc.
Channel Four Finland – Nelonen Nationwide commercial tv-channel Offers second-highest reach and is the third-largest advertising medium in Finland nelonen.fi
If you embed or publish the Urban Abstract -video on blogs etc. please keep in mind to mention and credit the creators. The video should not be altered or edited in any way without permission from the creators.
Creative Director Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Art Director Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Design&Storyboard Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Opening scene artwork Shun Kawakami artless Inc.
Calligraphy Gen Miyamura
Sound Chikao Maruyama
Producer Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) MUSUTA
Animation&Production: Mitsutomo Maeda & Masaru Ikeda EDP graphic works
Project management Tokyo Masaji Kinoshita / shirofuchi Inc.
Executive Producer MUSUTA Ltd.
Special thanks Taisuke Koyama, Brian Kaszonyi
Created by MUSUTA Ltd. - Jopsu Ramu & Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala)
DON'T call it a come back!
DJ Woody returns with the next episode of his groundbreaking visual DJ performance, Turntables In Technicolor. 'Big Phat 90's' is a nostalgic chronological musical ride through some of the decades dopest moments, reworking the classics with his unique blend of custom graphics, video sound bites and renowned turntable technique to rock the 'slamminest' 90's house party since Kid n Play raised the roof.
In true 90's style, here is a cassette friendly 45 minute 'mixtape' version of the set, enjoy!
Showbiz & AG - Party Groove (Edit)
Blu Rum 13 - 90's Special
Gangstarr - DWYCK (Instrumental)
LL Cool J - Momma Said Knock You Out
Tribe Called Quest - El Segundo (Norman Cook remix)
Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It
Gangstarr - Just To Get A Rep (Instrumental)
De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring
Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
Naughty By Nature - OPP
Nice & Smooth - Hip Hop Junkies (Acappella)
Del Tha Funky Homosapien - Mistadobolina
Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man (Instrumental)
Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique (Instrumental)
Kris Kros - Jump - Jump
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Instrumental)
Pharcyde - Oh Shit
Krs One - Uh Oh (Loop)
Krs One - Return Of The Boom Bap (Loop)
Souls Of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity (Loop)
Wu Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M (Acappella)
Krs One - Sound Of The Police
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Dr Dre - Nuthin' But A G Thang
Portishead - Sour Times (Loop)
Beastie Boys - Sure Shot (Acappella)
Jeru The Damaja - Static (Loop)
Gangstarr - Code Of The Streets
Notorious Big - Unbelievable (Instrumental)
Notorious Big - Juicy (Acappella)
Pharcyde - Runnin'
Skee-Lo - I Wish (Acappella)
Ol Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Acappella)
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II (Loop)
Dr Dre & 2Pac - Cafifornia Love
Fugees - Ready Or Not (Acappella)
DJ Shadow - Bear Witness (Loop)
Luniz - I Got 5 On It
Blackstreet - No Diggedy
Busta Rhymes - Woo-Hah! (Acappella)
Reprazent & Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag
The Aspects - Yes Please Woodypella
Beastie Boys - Body Movin' (Acappella)
Jurassic 5 - Jayou (Instrumental)
Mr Scruff - Spandex Man
Dr Dre - Next Episode (Acappella Woody rerub)
Blackalicious - Alphabetic Aerobics (Instrumental)