Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Photography by: Lucie & Simon, Paris

Silent World is an engrossing short film comprised of an apocalyptic series of photographs by Paris-based filmmakers/photographers Lucie & Simon, set to the music of Philip Glass and Daft Punk. When you think of ghost towns, your mind doesn’t typically gravitate to New York City, Paris or Beijing. Yet that’s what these teeming cities have become in the hands of Lucie & Simon.

Lucie & Simon have used a digital scalpel and a special filter to remove humans from the city landscapes. They have left just enough evidence of our species’ presence, a lone woman in a blood-red coat in Madison Square Garden or a hoisted flag in Tiananmen Square, to make the mysterious, mass disappearances as uncannily disturbing as possible.

Many city dwellers no doubt have dreamed of a magically emptied and peaceful metropolis. But Silent World suggests that life would not be so peaceful in a completely silent city. It’s unnatural and threatening; the uneasy feeling of being the last person on earth could build and build until one goes mad.

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

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The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

Photography by: Jem Cohen, NYC

The ghostly Polaroids that filmmaker Jem Cohen has taken of New York City over the past 30 years remind him of “a sleepwalker’s view of the city.” The impressionistic images, filled with vaporous landscapes, acid colors, deadpan close-ups and long, lonesome vistas, could be said to capture those parts of the city its residents have forgotten, or even what the city has forgotten about itself.

The same can be observed about Cohen’s short films, NYC Weights and Measures (2006) and Lost Book Found (1996), which capture the lonely solitude that exists beneath the often deafening noise and frantic bustle of the city’s streets.

Read more about Jem Cohen’s work in The New York Times here.

Jem Cohen: Lost Book Found (1996)

Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures (2006)

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L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssee de Cartier is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film directed by Bruno Aveillan, which was nearly two years in the making with a team of 50 people. The original score for L’Odyssee de Cartier was composed and arranged by renowned orchestrator Pierre Adenot and recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios; special effects were created by Digital District.

The movie, showcasing Cartier’s standout creativity and innovation, centers around the iconic Cartier Panthere traveling around the world in search of inspiration. The diamond encrusted Panthere comes to life after the lights go down in Cartier’s Paris flagship store and then takes an intricate CGI journey around the world, visiting Russian royals taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, then conversing with a dragon that becomes the Great Wall of China, and then encountering one of India’s famous roving palaces (on top of an elephant) before being flown back to France by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aviation pioneer for whom the Cartier Santos wrist watch is named.

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

(Best Viewed in Amazing HD Full-Scale Mode)

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A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Photography by: Alexander Paulin, Hamburg

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

Decade of Nudes is a fine arts video portfolio of nude photography by the German photographer Alexander Paulin. Since 1999, Paulin has worked as a freelance photo-designer in his studio near Hamburg, Germany. Paulin’s photography has been featured in a number of magazines, including Playboy, Maxim, Stern and Photographie, as well as in many books and calendars.

A Fine Arts Video Portfolio: Decade of Nude Photography

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Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty

Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty

Many years ago, during my time as a child and through young adulthood, I was immersed in the (sometimes solitary) lavish joys of nature in rural South Carolina. The memories of the steaming, dusty red clay roads and the smells of downstate piney-woods are now fading away, replaced by years of gritty urban life in Chicago’s inner-city. However, that doesn’t mean that now I’ve become completely blind to the beauty of rural landscapes. I just have to enjoy it from the comfort of a chair, in more climate-controlled conditions. So this video is pretty perfect for me.

Yosemite HD is an amazing four-minute time-lapse short art film, a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. They made numerous trips to Yosemite National Park, where they captured the beautiful landscape it offers for visitors every year. Set to Outro, from M83’s lovely and stratospheric Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, this might be the best music video you could ask for. So stop whatever you’re doing right now, put this video in full-screen mode and breath very deeply during the film’s duration!

Look Homeward, Angel: Park Pretty (Yosemite HD)

(Best Watched in Full-Screen HD-Mode)

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Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

Prom Night is a wild, high-energy eight-minute narrative short film by director/performer/choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall, which premiered at SXSW last year. Rowlson-Hall stars as a/the/your prom-date in this beautiful, surreal, reference-laden piece. The film takes a very simple concept, a look at the cultural trappings that come with dream girls and trips to the prom, and knocks it out of the park.

Hall, who stars in the film, looks straight into the camera and takes the viewer through a dance in an empty school gymnasium decorated for the prom. While The Ronettes’ Be My Little Baby plays, through a series of wardrobe alterations and spontaneous costume and hairstyle changes, Hall leads the viewer through a litany of archetypal lovers: from the holy virginal, to Lolita, to Carrie. Prom Night is such an engrossing dance/performance short film that you won’t dare take your eyes off of it.

Prom Night: A Litany of Sexy Lovers at the Prom

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On My Own Path: Ode to 2011

On My Own Path: Ode to 2011

Ode to 2011 is a beautiful four-minute short fashion film directed by Gray Agent, a compilation of super-sexy video shorts with music by Massive Attack. The film was shot during Gray Agent’s 2011 West Coast thru the South tour, traveling from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin and Tampa Bay.

On My Own Path: Ode to 2011

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