These Simple, Performance-Driven Music Videos Do Songs Real Justice

first_imgStraightforward music video concepts can go a long way. These lean stunners will spark some low-budget, crew-optional ideas.Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” by Grant SingerShot in one day — on no budget — at the urgent request of Capitol Records, “Everything Is Embarrassing” is a straightforward, mostly outdoor performance. Los Angeles’s natural light glows to its maximum in the gaze of director Grant Singer, who took bedroom pop songstress Sky Ferreira out alone (without a crew) to the rooftop of the Capitol Records building, to a playground, and for a ride on the L.A. metro. The result is a fireworks show of Hollywood-starlet vulnerability in severe high contrast.“Everything Is Embarrassing” would introduce Ferreira’s new aesthetic to the world after reaching the Billboard dance charts as a teenager. Due to the short turnaround, Singer threw out an original plan to include a love interest in the video, as he told IMVDb. Ferreira didn’t need one. The focus on her delivery helped facilitate a breakout moment in her career. “Everything Is Embarrassing” dropped on October 1, 2012, about a month after the song had been released online. Two weeks later, upon the Ghost EP’s release, “Everything Is Embarrassing” was deemed “one of the year’s unlikely pop gems” via critic Jon Caramanica of The New York Times. Singer and Ferreira were already a team — he’d made other videos for her and cast her in his short IRL — and they continue working together.Solange’s “Losing You” by Melina MatsoukasEven if you don’t have the funds for an overseas (or out-of-state) trip, a deep neighborhood study (as a music video) can encourage you to flex two modes of filmmaking at once. Solange and her friend director Melina Matsoukas, took a documentary sensibility to Cape Town, South Africa, for “Losing You.” The singer told Pitchfork that the concept wasn’t firm when they decided on a location, only the desire to honor their adventures and an artful, fashionable group called the Le Sape Society (Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People).A book by Daniele Tamagni called Gentleman of Bacongo served as their compass. And the author advised. Audiences’ horizons were broadened, as they’ve been with other Solange joints like “I Decided,” which layer historical and civil rights references with her charming, high-toned pop music. Operations at a tailor’s shop, mural art on facades of buildings, and explorations down townie roads make a joyful recording of Cape Town and complicate the bittersweet “Losing You” to gorgeous ends.Now, Now’s “Yours” by Alexa San-RomanNow, Now‘s Brad Hale made glowy shapes in After Effects for projections, while his band-mate Cacie Dalager danced in front of them as the camera rolled. Sounds pure and simple, and it was — a wealth of energized material for director Alexa San Roman, who also filmed the pair in an eerily lit car and chased Dalager down the beach at night. The distinctly cool palette of pink, purple, and black melts against the grooves of “Yours.”The editing here is musical in its own right.  Hands reaching into the shot to embrace Cacie are a tender match for the breathless vocals in the song.Check out the sunset-soaked desert in San-Roman’s video for “SGL.”Cover image via “Losing You.”Looking for more industry inspiration? Check out these articles.E3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic StorytellingWhat Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets Comparedlast_img read more

NGT directs Uttarakhand, U.P. to display Ganga water quality

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Boards to display the water quality of the Ganga at all strategic locations on a monthly basis, to indicate whether the river water is fit for drinking and bathing.A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, further pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga over its submission that the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, U.P. and West Bengal have not provided relevant information pertaining to the stretches between Kanpur to Buxar and Buxar to Ganga Sagar.“It has indicated that the States have not provided the information and therefore, action plans could not be formulated within the stipulated time frame. The lackadaisical approach of the NMCG can hardly be appreciated as it has been set up by the government with the sole object of rejuvenation of Ganga…,” the Bench said.It added, “We may have to take coercive action, including environment compensation being required to be paid by the NMCG, and U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for not responding and failing to formulate the action plans for Phase II and Phase III.”The green panel has granted NMCG and the respective States a “final opportunity” to file action plans by April 30, pertaining to sewage treatment and utilisation of the same.The Uttar Pradesh government has also been directed to ensure that a committee headed by Justice Arun Tandon is consulted pertaining to waste management following the Kumbh mela in Prayagraj (Allahabad).last_img read more

Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The KaTropa tried to fight back in the latter part of the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 11, 82-71.Thompson, however, had a couple of pretty plays down the stretch first with bail-out bank shot right before a brilliant assist to the trailing Kevin Ferrer for the 88-71 lead with 4:26 left in the game.Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra’s offense with 21 points while getting four rebounds and swatting three shots.Greg Slaughter added 15 points and seven boards while Sol Mercado finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the Gin Kings.Roger Pogoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar goes to the basket against TNT in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena.This wasn’t the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Ginebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter’s three-point play with 6:26 left in the game.“The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we’re not in great shape,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “We’ve got really good talent, we know what we want to do, but sometimes we get tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCone added that it was his team’s versatility that pushed them to the victory especially in the fourth quarter when he didn’t have a legitimate center in the final four minutes of the game and instead relied on wingmen that surrounded Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio.“In the fourth quarter we went small and matched up with the, the versatility of our team is a weapon for our coaching staff,” said Cone. “It’s a long day and we’re glad we got through it.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from troublelast_img read more