A collection of favorite posts and a good introduction to the kinds of things you’ll find on Wonderlust. Please excuse the old blogger formatting style on the older posts!
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Like No Other
May 19, 2011
There’s no way this video/ad won’t put a smile on your face. It made me so happy I almost cried.
Maybe y’all have already seen this, as it was on TV, but I don’t watch TV really (except whatever my dear roommate has on in the background while I blog, or series that I get way obsessively sucked into via Netflix instant, but then there’s no ads) so I miss out on all the ads that get raved about. And I don’t really care if you’ve already seen it. Watch it again.
The team (who I think are brilliant) behind this spot for Sony Bravia TVs wanted to connect people to the product in an emotional, rather than rational way, which is SO smart– it’s what Apple does all the time. TVs are traditionally sold by bragging about the specs and high tech this or that. This spot said absolutely nothing about the product other than “Color like no other,” as part of their larger “like no other” branding campaign, and they made you feel something instead of telling you something.
I also loved this behind the scenes/making-of video, as I was very curious about the details! Here are the basics: 250,000 bouncy balls, 23 cameras. (Tangentially, did anyone else get really thrown off when the theme music from NPR’s On Point came on??)
Also, the images at top are available for purchase as prints– photographer Peter Funch was at the scene and captured these amazing shots.
PS- Happy birthday to my sister Kaki and my niece Ginny! Festive post for your birthday, no?
Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard
April 6, 2011
This is SO This American Life!! Apparently I’m waaay behind on this one, but just in case some of you were too, I had to share it!
Guy resolves to have more adventure in life. It snows in New York, he decides to ski in Prospect Park for some adventure. Finds a film canister in the snow. Develops it. Makes a film about and puts it on youtube to try to find its owners. The video gets over a million hits, and emails pour in from people who believe they may have clues for him.
I don’t want to give away the end of the story, because it’s just much better if you watch the videos. (I will tell you he travels to Europe as a result!) Definitely watch part 1 (about finding the film and requesting help finding the owner) and part 3 (about his journey to Europe).
It’s convenient that he, Todd Bieber is his name, makes films for a living– I can’t remember for whom now, I think it was Upright Citizens Brigade– so the story is really well told in the video.
I think storytelling as a thing is underrated– it’s something that everyone loves, but perhaps not consciously, as it’s not often discussed as it’s own thing. People love movies and great conversation, but it’s rarely discussed that it’s because we all enjoy great storytelling. But why else would this video have gotten over a million hits? Anyway, I think this is one of the best examples of storytelling I’ve come across in a while. The actual “plot” is awesome, and Todd is a wonderful storyteller, not only giving you the facts, but drawing some wonderful conclusions at the end. Enjoy!
Franck Durand / Kilian Martin
January 27, 2011
Les Ailes Pourpres
November 15, 2010
I haven’t seen this film, The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, but I was entranced by this trailer, with its stunning imagery and Coldplay-esque music by The Cinematic Orchestra. Produced by Disney Nature, the documentary was filmed in northern Tanzania in a region never before shown on film.
If you liked Planet Earth or the LIFE series narrated by Oprah, I think you’ll like this. It’s an awe-inspiring reminder of what an amazing creation our planet is.
Music by Cinematic Orchestra
Yes to All >> Ingredients for Good Style
October 11, 2010
Masters and Their Crafts >> Tartine
September 28, 2010
Yes to all.
September 23, 2010
Tastemakers >> Badgley Mischka
September 13, 2010
[original Elle Decor article online here]
Obsession: Theo Jansen.
May 13, 2010
These “animals” move. Or I should say, they walk. They’re wind-powered. It’s amazing. They look like a cross between an exoskeleton and an erector set, which is basically what they are, and then they start moving and they become so anthropomorphic, you wonder if they’re alive in some way.
If you want to learn even more about Jansen and his work, click here for a ten minute video presentation by Jansen that shows more animals walking and an explanation of how they work.
It’s also extremely interesting to hear how he talks about the animals– he doesn’t discuss them as art, or really as machines or product prototypes either– he talks about them as though they are animals that he is looking after, and he doesn’t seem to feel any need to explain the “purpose” of them, which I think is an amazing insight into the brain of someone this creative.
I Love Maps >> I’M DYING THIS IS SO AMAZING
May 5, 2010
Just goes to show, the representation of practical information can be executed in a way that is also aesthetically pleasing.
THE ALLUVIAL VALLEY OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Harold Fisk, 1944
via Pixels & Arrows
Spike Jonze: “How They Get There”
May 3, 2010
April 30, 2010
Wonderment for your Monday
April 26, 2010
LustList >> Wrapped Up in a Book(shelf) – Pt. II
February 25, 2010
Part I here.