Cycling Under The Sea

Cycling under the seaChris Froome has become the first person to cycle through the Eurotunnel, an achievement filmed by car manufacturer Jaguar.

The Tour de France champion cycled through the service tunnel in just 55 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 65km per hour.

The two minute film was released during the British stage of the Tour de France and was anticipated by Jaguar’s #KeepPushing hashtag.

Jaguar has been supplying vehicles to Britain’s Team Sky since 2010 and signed an official partnership deal this year.

Watch Chris Froome in action below and let us know what you think of the film.

The Power of Visual Communication

The Power of Visual CommunicationDid you know that 93% of all communication is nonverbal? Or that cave painting was introduced by the Cro-Magnons? These facts and more are revealed in an infographic, entitled ‘The Power of Visual Communication’.

The infographic, by animation agency Wyzowl, also covers prehistoric knowledge, a timeline of visual styles and how the human mind processes information.

Other statistics such as America’s advertising spend are also included in the infographic.

Take a look at the whole chart here and tell us if you know any other interesting facts about visual communication.

Monochrome photos given a new life in colour

Colourised photosIt’s easy to view history in shades of grey when so many historic photographs and films are in monochrome or sepia, but the trend for digitally colourising old pictures is catching on.

Professional and amateur artists painstakingly research the context of black and white photos to ensure that the colours and textures they restore are as historically accurate as possible. If they can’t know for sure, the colouriser uses their judgement and sense of colour to fill in the gaps.

Famous photographs that have been colourised include ones of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and a newspaper boy selling news of the Titanic.

Take a look at twenty colourised photos here and tell us what you think of them.

YouTube gains British Pathé archive

British PathéBritish Pathé has entered into an historic partnership with YouTube, which means its entire archive will be shareable for the first time.

The company, which documented news and events from 1910 to 1976, is also working with Mediakraft Networks to distribute the 85,000 videos in the archive.

British Pathé covered world-changing events in the 20th Century, including the World Wars, Emily Davison’s death at the 1913 Derby and the start of teenage pop culture.

The CEO of British Pathé, Roger Felber, said: “We have found the best conditions to ensure that our archive content will continue to act as a pioneer in moving images and retain its heritage for future generations.”

Take a look at the British Pathé website here and let us know what you think about the company’s latest move – is it time to open up the archive?

Trio of famous British actors star in #GoodToBeBad campaign

UK car manufacturer Jaguar has added some English elegance to America’s Super Bowl with its ‘#GoodToBeBad’ advertising campaign.

Jaguar’s advert sees actors Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong sweep through London for a rendezvous while exploring why Brits make the best villains. Style, sophistication and the famed ‘stiff upper lip’ are all mentioned, but they decide that driving Jaguars is the clincher.

Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The Damned United, The King’s Speech) directed the advert, which was devised by Spark44.

Spark44’s managing director, Simon Binns, said: “Jaguar produces the most stylish premium performance cars and British actors create the most convincing and powerful villains in Hollywood movies. So we felt the archetypal British villain and the new Jaguar F-Type were made for each other.”

Watch the advert below and tell us what you think – do Brits make the best villains?

Fascinating video shows London in 1927 and 2013

The steps of a pioneer from 1927 have been retraced to demonstrate how London has, and hasn’t, changed over the past century.

Simon Smith recreated Claude Friese-Greene’s journey across Britain. The famous cinematographer captured the hubbub of London life in the Roaring Twenties and Smith aimed to match every shot.

Smith said: ‘Over the past six months, I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study that has revealed how little London has changed.’

The BFI-restored 1927 film is placed next to the 2013 footage and includes famous landmarks such as The Cenotaph and the Houses of Parliament, showing a city that has moved with the times and yet has retained its unique charm.

Take a look at the fascinating video below and tell us what you think.

Inside Chanel

Inside Chanel is an impressive online project telling the story of the iconic fashion house and its founder, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel using a series of videos. 

The project started last autumn when the website was launched.

The final five films are in the process of being released, each combining black and white graphics with archive footage and photography related to a different chapter in the story of Chanel and its founder.

The story of the young Gabrielle Chanel is presented in Chapter 6, ‘Mademoiselle’ in the video below. 

Take a look at the project here and tell us your favourite bit of Chanel’s history. 

Temporary street market kiosks create a creepy backdrop

filmAn eerie town of kiosks by Brut Deluxe are used as the set for a short horror movie by ImagenSubliminal.

Munich and Madrid-based Brut Deluxe’s metal kiosks are designed to look like basic archetypal houses.

The City of Madrid ordered 275 units for different events, but when the huts are not in use they are stored together in rows and form a small deserted town – or in this case the backdrop for this film.  

In the movie a frightened woman is running for her life through alleyways between the kiosks, the black and white Hitchcock style film was made with the kiosk designers as a promotional tool.

Watch the film below to see what happened to that lady, or you can find out more about it and the kiosks here.

New app relives iconic film images in modern Paris

French film lovers will love this new app called ‘Cinemacity‘, which allows users to relive iconic moments from films shot in Paris. 

It’s been made in collaberation between Arte, Small Bang and the Paris City Hall.

The app allows users to track the locations of moments from famous films and then see them through the lens of their phone, users can also submit their own take on a film shot in Paris.

‘Cinemacity’ is available to download and can be found here, or you can see it in action in this video below.

Nissan’s self healing paint

Nissan Self Healing PaintIn a clever marketing campaign Nissan has released a special advert for those that read the news on their tablets. The ad itself is for their ‘self healing’ paint, which recovers from light scratches to look as good as new.

The advert, created by TBWA/G1 Paris, creates scratches in the paintwork of the car as users try to swipe through the ad, which then repair themselves.

Very clever use of the swipe motion that people use whilst browsing to highlight another innovation.

Watch the ad in action below.

Creative Distraction – Draw a stickman

Episode 1Episode 2GameIf like us, you’re back at work this week, then you may find this a welcome distraction.

This site has two interactive episodes and a game which allow you to express your creativity, even if you are not the most artistic of people.
The idea is simple, you start by drawing a stickman, and it develops from there into your very own animated story.

Why not give it go here.

The Walking Dumb – Mashup short

The Walking DumbThe Walking Dumb MashupYou may have seen our blog post about the ‘Dumb Ways to Die‘ short film a couple of weeks ago. Well for those that were following the zombie series ‘The Walking Dead’ here is a mashup between the two – ‘The Walking Dumb (Ways to Die)’.

A lot of gore but also a lot of dancing zombies.

Great fun. Enjoy!

Celebrating the GIF

History of the gifHistory of the Gif FilmFilming History of GifFor all you creative types out there take a look at this great stop motion video celebrating the History of the Gif.

An interesting film short and a bit of fun created by Legs Media of New York and Los Angeles.


Is Father Christmas Dead?

Dead Father ChristmaaDesign studio Beyond has created this short animated film as a Christmas card to their clients.

This is certainly not one to watch when the children are around and it adds a new meaning to ‘Bah Humbug’! A hint to its content is in the name ‘Dead Father Christmas’.

How to kill a moustache

How to kill a moustacheWith Movember having come to an end are you are struggling to get rid of that manly stubble on your top lip? If so then this is the video for you.

Very funny, and worth a watch even if you have not got a moustache, ‘How to kill a Moustache’ helps you through those difficult minutes pre and post removal.

A very crowded sky

Flight FilmTake a look at how every flight landing at San Diego International Airport looks like when compressed into 30 seconds.

This film by Cy Kuckenbaker is of course a composite but it is quite fun to watch – especially towards the end.

Imagine what this would look like if it was Heathrow Airport.

Not for the faint hearted

LG Viral AdDo you have a phobia about lifts? Do you take the stairs just in case? 

If so then this video will definitely not help.

This is the latest viral ad from LG, ‘So Real its Scary’, which has probably put a few unsuspecting lift users in therapy.

From mono to colour

Mono to ColourHere’s a fun video by film maker Eran Amir.

From Black and White to Colour.

The entire film was shot in one go without any color correction and at the end you can see how he went about making it.

Coke gets interactive

Coke Zero MarketingSkyfall MarketingCoke Zero has been getting interactive with the latest Bond movie. 

In a live marketing stunt at a railway station they invited Coke purchasers to take a challenge to win exclusive tickets for the latest 007 movie, Skyfall. Having to rush across the station to beat the clock Coke didn’t make it easy for them.

A fun interactive marketing stunt that has gone viral with more than 2 million views.

See the video below:

What happens when Dad’s left in charge!

Bird Box StudioThis great little animated short is very funny. It considers what happens when Mum pops off for the ice creams leaving Dad in charge.

All we can say is ‘Ouch’. Enjoy!

Film by Bird Box Studios


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