Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

Plan of the City is an amazing new short film, a 13-minute animated collage combining animation with live action, conceived and directed by the brilliant young filmmaker and animator Joshua Frankel. The film is about the architecture of New York City, in which New York’s buildings blast off rocket-like into outer space and resettle on Mars. Plan of the City was created in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and the NOW Ensemble, an acclaimed “indie classical” chamber ensemble. Members of the ensemble, including Greenstein, feature prominently in the film as live actors set within the animated framework.

NOW Ensemble is a composer/performer collective that has quickly established itself as one of the most prominent and promising sounds in 21st century chamber music. NOW’s “alt-classical” performance of Greenstein’s new composition Change genuinely conveys the mood of new classical music with its indie-rock sensibility, combined with amplification and a synthesizer or guitar. The film proves to be one of the best matches of visuals to music that you’re likely to experience. Just as old buildings are transformed into new homes in Frankel’s film, this project seems to forge new ground in the old and well-loved territory of music video production.

Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

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An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil: Changes (Uncensored)

Changes: An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil

Changes is a newly-released surreal short film directed by Jaron Albertin at Spy Films, created for the Canadian indie rock band Stars. Changes is a single from Stars’ last album, The Five Ghosts, which has been described as anthems for the afterlife, contemplations on mortality that envision a foreboding but ultimately blissful unknown.  Albertin’s visual interpretation of the song has been viewed as an otherworldly imagination of good and evil in the world, and how it manifests itself in the individual.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/21700420 w=720&h=500]

Changes: An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil

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Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and The Decemberists have teamed up with The Impossible Project to create a deluxe box edition for the band’s new album, The King Is Dead. Autumn de Wilde was joking when she first offered to take a couple thousand Polaroid shots of her friends in the folk-rock band the Decemberists. But they called her bluff, and a few months later she’d accumulated more than 2,500 single- and double-exposed photos of the five band members, which were taken during recording sessions for the new album and around their hometown haunts in Portland, Oregon. All of the pictures were taken on Polaroid Type 100 peel-apart film provided by The Impossible Project, a group of former Polaroid employees who banded together in 2008 to rescue the beloved instant cameras from total obsolescence.

Here’s a video-montage of de Wilde’s Polaroid photographs, accompanying the band’s new song from their album, Down by the Water. Then take a look through the slide show presenting more of de Wilde’s unique and dramatic Polaroids.

The Decemberists: Down by the Water

Slide Show: The Decemberists in Polaroid

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