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‘You Don’t Own This Life’ so says songwriter Alex Highton

Monday, November 17th, 2014

So here’s a plug for one of DF’s favourite singer songwriter Alex Highton and his brand spanking new video. From past experience we know just how much time & effort has gone into this new video, by a hard working creative bunch who are doing it for love and not money.

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The Track ‘You Don’t Own This Life’ is off the forthcoming album ‘Nobody Knows Anything’, it just so happens that DF had a hand in it and is out just in time for Christmas on December 1st.

The albums been getting rave reviews and plenty of support from 6 Music’s Tom Robinson too.

So if you’re fed up with talent shows, plastic pop and artists who are more interested in their latest new fragrance instead of the music, please do your ears a favour and give it watch, like it, share it and show some love people.

All power to you Al, we’re proud to help and support your musical journey.

Every project starts with a brief…

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Briefly from Bassett & Partners on Vimeo.

Every project starts with a brief, but very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why?
Bassett & Partners film Briefly, asks the question that most creatives and clients struggle with at some point or another… What makes a good creative brief?

The resulting film scratches the surface of a question that, in my opinion, is far bigger than any one answer. All I do know is that it’s far easier to get a creative brief wrong, than it is to get it right.

It’s a nicely put together piece and well worth a watch over lunch. I think my favourite quote from the film is… “the best briefs are brief.”

Enjoy!

Nadia Ksaiba ‘Virtual Lover’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is a shameless plug for ‘Virtual Lover’ the debut single of our long time lovely chum and the extremely talented Nadia Ksaiba. Available via Juno from September 16th and everywhere else from September 23rd.

For more info please check out:
Phantasy Sound
www.nadiakasiba.co.uk

Treat ya ears and enjoy!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Whateverest

WHATEVEREST is a short documentary on the creation of a music video for the track ‘Inspector Norse’ by Todd Terje.

Marius Johansen Solem, aka ‘Inspector Norse’, is a norwegian guy who is partial to dance music. As well as being obsessed with dacing to electronic tunes, on occasion he buys a whole load of stuff at DIY stores, mixes it together and creates his own drugs in his kitchen. He then rocks the Norwegian suburbs and uploads his ventures to youtube.

Inspired by this slightly weird character, Todd Terje created a track and named it ‘Inspector Norse’ after Marius’ internet alias. Aparently the track was a hit in the dance scene last year.

Marisu has undoubtably got a great personality and I applaud him for the way he’s immersed in his own world, and doesn’t care about what people think of him. Some people are saying the video’s a mockumentry, but either way it’s a great film and definitely worth a watch. Enjoy.

Unicorns, Crows with hands and riding bikes with no hands!

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Went for a digital stroll on Sunday as a way of getting over a hangover and came across this great short film by Ninian Doff. I never knew Unicorns could fire rainbows out of their horns and it seems you can pick up said mystical creature down Brick Lane. Sadly I’m allergic to horses, my head balloons like Rocky, and so I’m presuming the same goes for owning a Unicorn.

Anyway it turns out the very talented Ninian Doff has a bit of previous in creating really great shorts and videos and it’s definitely worth checking out Ninian’s site.

A few of my personal favourites are below from the very simple ‘No Handed Bike Moves’, the clever ‘Ello Guvnor’, too the freaky Crows with Hands video for Fulton Lights. Enjoy.

Alex Highton – I Left the City

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Very happy to finally be able to share this music video with you that we helped put together for very talented Alex Highton. Alex Highton’s debut album Woodditton Wives Club is packed full of witty, thoughtful songs. Simple, mellow acoustic guitar melodies paired with Alex’s charming vocals make this album really stand out. We love it and if you do too do yourself a favour and buy his album from his website or iTunes. A big shout out to Joe Marcantonio for helping us put this video together. Sit back and enjoy!

Robots Perform James Bond Theme

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

This video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on February 29, 2012. Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.

The engineers from Penn, Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, have formed a company called KMel Robotics that will design and market these quadrotors.

Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig
Quadrotors and Instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar

TAP TO RETRY

Monday, August 20th, 2012

This stunning papercraft stop-motion animated short was created by artist Neta Cohen for her 2012 graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Not bad at all for her first attempt at stop-motion animation.

RIP Ralph McQuarrie

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I can’t tell you the exact date and time when I first saw Star Wars or for that matter how many times I’ve watched each of the films since, but it’s a lot and probably bordering on the unhealthy!

What I can tell you is that Star Wars and it’s sequels, has probably been the single most influential thing on my path to becoming a designer. Now I’m not suggesting for one moment that my Parents, both natural and graphical (you know who you are) friends, art, music, college & university etc, didn’t have some large role to play. But for as long as I can remember Star Wars has always been there.

Of course as a young wide eyed little 70’s wannabe Jedi it was the excitement of the movie that captured my heart first. But as time goes by that can fade, as it has done for many of my friends, now just that film we used to be crazy about when we were kids. I’m happy to say they’ve never faded in my eyes and if anything those films, plus a few others I’m keen to mention, keep getting brighter. But why?

Put simply amazingly detailed aesthetics, and the genius that is Ralph McQuarrie, who sadly passed away this weekend. “Who” I hear you ask? Well you can be forgiven for asking that question as he’s the unsung hero behind some the greatest designs ever to be captured on film. Ralph McQuarrie role call reads like the ultimate Sci-fi/Fantasy top 10 with the likes of Star Wars, ET, Close Encounters, Batteries Not Included, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Battle Star Galactica, all of which I love.

Above is Ralph’s concept drawing for the now iconic Storm Trooper Helmet and below is probably his most recognisable creation Darth Vader.

It’s so easy to overlook just how much Ralph MacQuarrie has contributed to design and I for one can’t imagine a world without his work in it. I think his life’s work is best summed up on his website…

“His influence on design will be felt forever. There’s no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say… ‘that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted’.”

Bad Toys II

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Ever wondered what goes on in a young kids head while they play with their toy cars? Well I’d like to think it’s along the lines of the above short film ‘Bad Toys II’ from Creators Daniel Brunet & Nicolas Douste.

I’ll happily admit that I’m a right old sucker for the original ‘Bad Boys’ franchise, and in my opinion it includes one of the best lines in cinematic history “This shit just just got real”!

Cross this with one of my other loves Adam & Joe Show toy sequences and as Ken Korda would say you’ve got ‘Gold Dirt’. I’m not suggesting for one minute Bad Toys II is a ripoff, as the production levels alone are enough separate the two, while the cutting between reality and animation is a really clever touch.

Enjoy