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Elvis Perkins In Dearland – “Chains, Chains, Chains”

Another beauty from the Sean Pecknold. The mood is just right. More formats available here.

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

Sean Pecknold directs another classic for Fleet Foxes (the last one won the Best Music video of 2008). Two triangles is all it takes to create an epic drama.

Watch the video & here is the making of.

Best Online Videos for 2008

We have posted some wonderful stuff this year, our annual best-of list gives us a chance to celebrate some of them. Dek has a great round up of his favorites. Also, our 2006, 2007 lists.

Shorts

Best Short: Glory at Sea – A 25 minute tour de force that uses a contemporary tragedy (Katrina disaster) to create a powerful myth that seems as old as the hills.

Special Mentions:

Best Stop Motion: Illuminant – To experience this on a big screen like I did at Carrboro Film Festival was incredible.

We posted quite a few innovative stop-motion video including Lucia & Adjustment

Best Short Doc: Bullet Proof Vest

Best Hidden Product Placement: The Ramp

Best Acting in Shorts: R.L. Jackson & Tori Lee in Remember When

Best Abstract film: Pencil Face

Also:

Special mentions for Animations:

Web

Best Web Video: Dr. Horrible – It is nice to see big name talent doing web content. It certainly lived up to the hype. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.

Special mentions:

Music Video

Best Music video: Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal – After a year full of shocking videos, especially in content, the one video that haunted me was Sean Pecknold‘s animated classic. Simple in style, resonant story and a great fuckin’ song.

Sexiest Music Video of the year: Toe Jam

Special mentions Music videos:

Commercials

Best Commercial: JC Penney: Aviator – Also the cutest video of the year. The direction is pitch perfect.

Other awards

Best Interview of the Year: Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin – Unintentionally hilarious that changed the course of the presidential elections.

Best Parody: SNL’s version of Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin – Saturday Night Live came back with a bang. Even more wicked than the original.

Best Online Radio: This American Life: Super

Note: Some of these videos were not released in 2008, they are included here because this is when we discovered them.

Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal

Gorgeous music video directed, lit and edited by Sean Pecknold, and produced at Grandchildren.

Watch it as MP4 or Flash Video

Bumbershoot trailer

Bumbershoot trailer

Sean Pecknold who we have featured here before created this beautiful ad for Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival. The heartbraking song is by his brother’s band, Fleet Foxes.

Watch itdoc on the making of

BBC’s Eat Up Brain

Directed by Sean Pecknold. (Previously)