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Not to one up the left field action of our previous posts, but the new video for David Bowie's newest single, The Next Day, is doing a good job of that all on its own. The video definitely makes itself clear about religion as the bar featuring sinning popes and priests is transformed into a place of worship by a sackcloth, singing Bowie. What are they worshipping? We have no idea, but apparently Bowie is the prophet making things happen. The short features features a priestly Gary Oldman in addition to Academy Award winner, Marion Cotillard.
The video itself does not feature any nudity, but was pulled from YouTube for a short time and given an adult rating due to a rather controversial, bloody scene involving Cotillard's hands. The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi who also directed Bowie's other recently odd music video, The Stars Are Out (Tonight). Credits after the jump.
Wieden + Kennedy have just completed work on their newest commercials for Old Spice. With these two spots, the portland-based ad agency has managed to help take the men's fragrance company further out into left field making them even more memorable through a dissonance factor of 10. Terry Crews stars in the two humorous spots that feature the muscle-bound actor discovering his new muscle-bound son and shaving the beard off of a coma patient.
We just came across another great documentary (we can't get enough of these). Frenchie is the latest in the This Must Be The Place series that explore the ideas of home; what makes them, how they represent us and why we need them. This edition was produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui, of Lost & Found Films. We hopped over to check out some of the other videos and they were equally as compelling and well done.
Oreo has really upped their game over the past several months. This, though, has to be some of our favorite work we've seen from the delicious cookie maker. The new spot is the visual brainchild of The Martin Agency. We love love the animation in this piece. It's got a great feel and energy to it — not to mention it's upbeat and cute as hell.
Nicolas Heller, son of well known design critic Steven Heller, just finished up this short film piece called The Cave in which he visually explores the deep dark recesses of his father's study. The depth of stuff contained within Heller's den is amazing. It contains a variety of design artifacts that Heller has used in a few of his books on political and counter culture.
The film work is nicely done and features some great slow pans throughout the dusty, eclectic collection. He even has a couple of pans in there that are wholly unique in which the camera moves by an item and then turns and zooms — all at the same time.
We were over the top to see Dave Shea's post about the CSS Zen Garden turning 10. What got us up out of our seat was seeing that Shea is resurrecting the garden and opening it up for another round of submissions. The new version of the project is getting a major overhaul as the base template is updated to html5 and the flood gates are opened, allowing css3 as part of the experiment.
For those not in the know, the Zen Garden was one of the progenitors of modern web design. It was an experiment that introduced a generation of web designers to the power of web standards and css-based design. The project ran for several years and garnered hundreds of submitted designs over its life. We're hoping that this round will be equally successful.