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Vimeo Awards finalists

October 9th will be the first ever edition of the Vimeo Awards in New York City. The video-hosting website recently announced the finalists for the various categories. Take a look, there are some jewels in there.

Vimeo Awards Finalists


Apple Day Off

Let me start off by saying: I’m no photographer… I bought myself a Canon Rebel T2i a couple of weeks ago because the video features just looked amazing and my HMC150 was just picking dust in the basement. But, why not try to take a couple of pictures since I’ve got a pretty good quality DSLR now. Well that’s exactly what I did !

Last weekend was Canada Day, so my friends and I had a 3-day weekend in front of us and we wanted to do something special, and the forecast looked just amazing in New York City. So on friday, just before the sun got up, we packed up the car and drove 8 hours down to the city that never sleeps. We chilled at our hotel’s pool when we arrived to try to kill the 95F temperature, then went for supper in Little Italy bla bla bla… I could go on with that but whatever !

The next day we decided it was pictures day. I was down there with two friends, including Guillaume Bouchard, a long-time friend and photographer, so we both took out our cameras and started snapping everything. It was the first day ever I shot with pictures with a DSLR, and I can’t say I hated it. When I got home, I took those I figured were the best and brought them in Photoshop. I was VERY rusty in terms of photo post-production in Photoshop, I usually just use it to prepare layers for After Effects and stuff like that, so of course this isn’t the best color grading there has been in recent years, but I think I managed pretty well.

Those pics were all shot on the Canon Rebel T2i with both a Sigma 30mm 1.4 and a Canon 85mm 1.8.

So here it is ! My first ever set of photos. I unoriginally entitled it Apple Day Off, of course because we took pictures on a Saturday in New York, but also to refer to the fact I wasn’t sitting in front of my computer to shoot that !

PS: If you happen to be in NYC, go to Webster Hall, one of the best nightclubs I’ve ever been.

Yet another wonderful ad from Target

This ad aired during the Golden Globes last week and it really caught my attention. It was accompanied by another all motion graphics ad from Target that I can’t find yet on the web, and if someone has a link to it, please post it in the comments !

This ad was directed by Eyeball in New York, a studio I didn’t know about, and I must say it was a very interesting find. This studio does a terrific job at mixing live action, motion graphics and character animation in their work, which is what I like, versatility. The Target ad shows the dancers from the group MOMIX in a kind of origami-style universe with the red and white colors from the Target identity.

Surface film

One of my friend Tweeted this student movie yesterday and I was really amazed by it. The movie is called Surface, and it was directed by Varathit Uthaisri, a graduating student from Parsons School of Design in New York as part of his thesis project. The movie really reminded me of a sick ad for Fox about Nascar.
The movie is really clever, and has a good rhythm throughout with a cool climax at the end. Check out the website also, there is a whole section about the creative process as well as the production which is super interesting.