While I know embedding a bunch of videos for your perusal can be construed as "lazy blogging", I really believe these two clips are WELL worth your attention. In the last couple of weeks many people have all sent me the link to this fabulous piece of "cut up" video art from the artist, Kutiman. While I am familiar with and very much enjoy Kutiman's music, I had no idea that he had the kind of mad editing skills that it must have taken to piece together this fantastic slice of brilliant, visual fun.
This next visual piece was justifiably nominated for an academy award. This background explanation comes straight from the producers:
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace.
38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation.
Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message.
In the six-minute animated film which John Lennon talks about global conflict and the need for peace has caught the imagination of Hollywood.