Coulrophobic time-slice Carousel

Philips’ new fermata vid fizzes.

Our societal Coulrophobia–the fear of clowns–continues around the Carousel, an epic maximalist time-slice short from Adam Berg to showcase Philips new Cinema 21:9 televisions. Distilling a modish SWAT team/clown melée (reminiscent of Batman: The Dark Knight, and reminding me of John Woo’s Hard Boiled), this showcase short offers a masterclass in sensationalist micro-cinema.

Even more impressive is the smoothly executed Philips micro-site which has an interactive video that includes embedded hotspots where the director, DoP, and VFX supervisor give insights into the production.

Time slice has been around for a while, but Berg manages to make it so much more than a technical demonstration. Kudos must go to Philips for being far-sighted enough to not craft naff branding into the piece, letting it stand in its own right, and so take the reflected glory from the fine execution.

More info at Stink.

Red Carpet for This Way Up

Congratulations to Smith & Foulkes who’ve just been nominated for the 2009 Best animated short Oscar for This Way Up. You have the opportunity to see the film as a free download from iTunes as part of a Sundance Film Festival tie-in until 25 January.

I’ve been a huge fan of the output of Nexus Productions and Smith & Foulkes (since their Vehicle days), since featuring their work in the early days of onedotzero. The artfully animated comedy short is a Burtonesque crowdpleaser.

How to spice up your music video

How to lose your best friend

Archangel‘s How To Lose Your Best Friend by Director Eduardo Benchoam through the Guatamalan-based Colectiva arts production company.

Refreshing how a simple idea done right can add some zest to a lo-fi, rough around the edges, video: a simple interactive site allows you to rearrange and follow five characters – remixing the video yourself in a satisfyingly easy and immediate way.

[Via Promonews]