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Tobias Stretch – Transmutation

Dang, I don’t know how this got lost in my mailbox. Urrghh!

This is a rough sketch for a Aniboom Radiohead competition by Tobias Stretch whose earlier work is simply out of this world.

Take a peek.

Tobias Stretch – Illuminant

Tobias Stretch - Illuminant

One of the most visually striking films I have ever seen. Films are often described as dreamlike for a lack of words. Not the case with Illuminant which is certainly dreamlike. I don’t necessarily see my dreams in stop-motion but some of the imagery and feel of dreams would be impossible to recreate in another form.

Like dreams, some of the images from this film stick and others fade. Watching it again, I was once again surprised, reminded of why I loved it the first time. It begs to be seen over and over again. When the deer (?) drops the baby off, the camera movement following the deer and then back towards the wheelchair was beautiful. The snow, the face of the robot (?) and the glowing animal at the end are just tremendous. Everything screams originality here, the kind that comes from a deep creative force instead of a filmmaking sensibility.

Watch it.


Another stunning video by Tobias Stretch.


Tobias Stretch has done again his magic for this song of Brian Goss.

Watch Gig.

Song Without A Hero

Song Without A Hero by The Orange Strips from Tobias Stretch.

UPDATE: Watch it on NFCs while Vimeo fixes whatever has to fix.

Matthias Sturm – Blood And Thunder

Matthias Sturm-Blood And Thunder from Tobias Stretch.

More from Tobias Stretch.

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.


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


Special mentions for Animations:


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:


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.

Radiohead video hoopla

It blows my mind how Radiohead manages to stay fresh in the public’s eye. I love it because Radiohead is one of my favorite bands of all time. I think part of the charm in this and other Radiohead projects is that the band is never gun shy about taking risks, no matter how big or successful they get.

Unrelated but earlier today