Here’s a highlight of videos swimming around my desktop this week. Just a random sampling of new or random things that caught my eye.
(1) The first video is for the much anticipated movie Social Network. It was freshly injected into the veins of the internet this week. It’s a bit abstract, but nonetheless, it’s a proper teaser to the epic film David Fincher directed about the founders of Facebook. I recently interviewed Dakota Johnson (Melanie Griffith’s daughter) who acts in this film along with Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg (who plays FB founder Zuckerberg). The film is based in part on the book The Accidental Billionaires. Stay tuned for the Dakota Johnson feature to appear in The Last Magazine’s next issue… which I will post here upon its release on newsstand. The film is slated for October 2010 release.
(2) Sofia Coppola’s Trailer for Somewhere. Filmed at Chateau Marmont. This one has been out for over 2 weeks but I’m posting for those who haven’t had a chance to see it yet. I’m looking forward to seeing this one, and witnessing the blossoming career of Elle Fanning.
(3) Introduced into the digital ether this week, this is an example of executing a mini-doc within a brand partnership, while at the same time, not being an “in your face” commercial overly pimping product. It is edited with a loving spirit and shows the soul of an artist in its true essence. This piece follows Kid Cudi revisiting his hometown, Ohio, during a tour. Hopefully we’ll see more pieces of fine work like this in the world of “branded content”.
(4) A collaboration with Dangermouse and The Shins. This song has a nice landscape to it… the official video is here on High Road. Below is a live performance version which I enjoyed watching. If you can hear this song a few times, do it. There is a sophistication and complexity that you will appreciate after a few listens.
(5) This one is totally random but its a behind the scene video of Megan Fox shooting her cover for Interview magazine. The visuals are just bizarre. Bonding with her shadow, Megan gets down with her dark self. Read the full feature at Interview Magazine.com. Clever shoot concept by Craig McDean.
(6) Just to “one-up” on the bizarre stuff, Hulu launched a channel that digs up old political campaigns. Below is one with John Wayne shouting out his boy Ronald Reagan for office. I was torn between posting this one or Eisenhower’s jingle (see 1952′s “I Like Ike” ), but of course, John Wayne beat him out. If only our political campaigns were more creative like these…
(7) This one is for the Spanish speakers (sorry). Here, some Cuban filmmakers (who go by the name Los Pichy Boys) have “flipped” the story of UP, switching the narrative to an old dude escaping Cuba. Note the authenticity of the real Cuban accents and inside cultural jokes. Smart.