1. Where There's Smoke


    from jeff scher / Added

    394 Plays / / 1 Comment

    I’ve found that staring into the dancing flames of a burning log in a fireplace can take you out of yourself and connect you with a deep and primal place. Fire’s magic is embedded in our basic humanity. At the dawn of man, fire cooked food, kept you warm and all that, but the most amazing thing fire did was conquer darkness for the first time. It did it with attitude: it will burn you and your house if you mess with it. And it did it with style: a constantly changing light show of red, orange, white and yellow, with hissing and crackling, flying sparks and glowing embers. Being by a fire must have given our ancestors a sense of awe and well-being. Fire kept the nocturnal predators at bay and it provided our ancestors with a cinema-like live performance. The shadows cast by the fire undulate in all directions as big logs slowly morph to ash. Completely entrancing, the movement of flames in a good fire are too fast for the eye. The shape of the flames change constantly and appear to flicker; they are quite hypnotic and can even induce a meditative state. The point of departure for making this film was the WPIX (Channel 11 in New York) tradition of broadcasting a burning yule log in a fireplace on Christmas. The camera was locked off on a shot of a fire blazing away while seasonal music played, turning your television into a literal electronic hearth. I loved the idea and I always thought it would be interesting to see if I could make an animated version, which could feel like painting with fire. To make the flames in this film, I covered a light box with a thin coat of black clay. As the light warmed the clay, it became very soft and almost soupy. This made it easy to draw in the clay with sticks and fingers. In the places where the clay was removed; the light blazed through. I laid a sheet of glass, painted red, yellow and orange with transparent oil paints, over the top of the clay to give the flames color. As I drew them, each flame had a Rorschach effect, suddenly turning into a face or some figurative image. Shay Lynch’s delicately haunting score contains echoes of holidays past with the sleigh bells that run through the piece while underscoring the enchantment of losing yourself in this elemental ballet. This video and the accompanying essay originally appeared in the New York Times on line, Opinionator section as a part of my blog "the Animated Life"

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    • pancakes. a.k.a. december.


      from Christian Feldes / Added

      cold winter days. snow and ice. this country house in the mountains. it´s all about pancakes. and hot chocolate. what else! starring | bernadette wörndl camera, editing | christian feldes "Audio Android-Maestro Chip-Extreme Music" http://www.bernadettewoerndl.at

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      • Los Angeles Yule Log


        from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

        17.9K Plays / / 8 Comments

        www.watchyulelog.com By Miguel Jiron http://cargocollective.com/mibaji http://twitter.com/mibaji

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        • Untitled


          from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

          13.6K Plays / / 1 Comment

          www.watchyulelog.com by Ben Barry & Jessica Svendsen http://designforfun.com http://jessicasvendsen.com http://twitter.com/benbarry

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          • Yule Cogs


            from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

            17.7K Plays / / 2 Comments

            www.watchyulelog.com By Foster & Flux www.fosterandflux.com http://twitter.com/fosterandflux

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            • Mr. Forgetful Burns the Tinsel


              from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

              24K Plays / / 1 Comment

              www.watchyulelog.com By Lydia Nichols, Chris Kelly & Stanton Cameron www.LydiaNichols.com www.Oddfellows.tv www.stantoncameron.com http://twitter.com/hulloitslydia http://twitter.com/oddfelllows

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              • Mistle Toast


                from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

                13.8K Plays / / 3 Comments

                www.watchyuelog.com By Jay Quercia http://jayquercia.com

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                • Cretaceous Yule


                  from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

                  21.8K Plays / / 1 Comment

                  www.watchyulelog.com By Pierce Gibson http://piercegibson.com

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                  • Feliz Navilog


                    from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

                    18.1K Plays / / 1 Comment

                    www.watchyulelog.com By TJ Sochor & Brian Gossett www.brianmichaelgossett.com www.3wagonsdeep.com www.twitter.com/briangossett

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                    • World War Tree


                      from Yule Log 2.0 / Added

                      14.1K Plays / / 1 Comment

                      www.watchyulelog.com By Yussef Cole www.yussefcole.com

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