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Media Spotlight: Creators

Creators is VICE’s arts and culture platform, covering every aspect of the creative process. Its mission is to make art more accessible to a wider audience with diverse voices reporting on emergent arts and artists.

From sculpture and light projections to street art and dance, the platform’s curators and contributors immerse themselves in cultural hotbeds and travel to the far corners of the globe to explore the spectacle and color of making art today. Read more

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Artists: Submit to The Blooom Award by Warsteiner by 31 July

You don’t have to be a fan of beer to love Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately owned brewery, which has now been owned and operated by the Cramer family for 264 years. Brauerei Warsteiner has had a close relationship with the arts for more than thirty years – starting with Andy Warhol, who immortalized the Warsteiner Pilsner glass to help launch the Warsteiner Art Collection. In 2010, Warsteiner established The Blooom Award to offer young creatives in Germany a chance to get their start in the international art market. Since 2012, the competition has been opened up to artists all around the world in the fields of art, design, urban art and film. Applications are due by 31 July. Read more

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Passion projects: “What a Difference Your Love Makes”

The phenomenal music video for this fantastic Basement Jaxx song came to my attention a couple of years ago, thanks to writer Emily Beber of It’s Nice That. In her story, Emily warned us that the presentation was very likely to induce us viewers into both dancing and smiling. To me, those are great achievements for “passion projects,” the typically non-commercial things we take-on as artists to feed our souls.

At the core of this heartfelt project are its celebratory rhythm and its lovely, emphatic sentiments. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote that love doesn’t make the world go round – it’s what makes the ride worthwhile. Writing and making music about requited love, Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Major Buxton (the duo behind the Grammy Award-winning Basement Jaxx) tapped into the type of joy we all aspire to know ourselves, to make our own rides through life worthwhile: “You make me happy, make me come alive, my running reason to survive…” The song also features vocalist Sam Brookes. Read more

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YouTube insights for fun, inspiration and success

Earlier this year, our 10-year-old son told us his career aspiration: More than anything else, he wants to be a YouTuber. In all honesty, our knee-jerk response was not 100% positive, but as the conversation continues, it’s clear that the boy’s onto something. We actually have two highly active young YouTube aficionados in our household (adding our 13-year-old daughter), and as you can see in the sources listed below for this article, my views on YouTube reference multiple perspectives. For anyone wanting to actively participate in the self-broadcasting revolution, here are some noteworthy insights from my latest research. Feedback is most welcome and very much appreciated. Read more

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First Vulture Festival set for May 10-11 in NYC

Vulture and New York magazine are making their final preparations for the first-ever Vulture Festival, proclaimed as “a pop culture extravaganza.” Celebrating the best of today’s television, music, film and more, the Vulture Festival is aiming to bring the witty, in-depth, critical coverage found on the web to life with two jam-packed days of events, most of which will take place at Milk (450 West 15th Street in New York City).

Join the fun May 10-11 for live performances, screenings, animated conversations and more with some of your favorite celebrities and Vulture editors. To learn more please visit http://vulturefestival.com.

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Brilliant directors: NATL

U.S. creative production company National Television (NATL) specializes in awe-inspiring design, animation and live-action storytelling for discerning youths and other young-at-heart audiences. Launched in Los Angeles in 2004 by partners Brumby Boylston, Christopher Dooley, and Brian Won, NATL has built its reputation through patently original creative contributions to projects spanning on-air packages and promo campaigns for top entertainment networks, commercials for leading advertising agencies and brands, and music videos for a Who’s Who of stars and recording artists. Now also based in NYC, NATL’s principals are teaming-up with creative world leaders to deliver the next generation of creative communications across all media platforms. To learn more, please visit www.natl.tv.

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Motionographer spotlight

Motionographer (pronounced like “oceanographer”) seeks to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, animators and designers by sharing:
. outstanding work from studios, freelancers and students
. feature stories that give readers a closer look at influential studios and individuals
. commentary that sparks discussion or introspection about the creative process
. miscellaneous items that Motionographer contributors find interesting

Knowing that inspiration can come from anywhere, Motionographer’s contributors aim to provide interesting material spanning all media forms.

Among their recent selections is an exclusive “behind the scenes” feature story on the Motel 6 “Metamorphosis” spot from The Richards Group and King and Country. Check it out!

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Killer reels: The Media Merchants


The Media Merchants
is the production agency for sensational technology-based consumer activations. As projection-advertising originators known for creativity, innovation and quality, TMM creates stunning original out-of-home media campaigns, digital sign solutions, and original high-concept executions for leading brands and agencies. Every TMM project is turnkey, and each is designed, produced and promoted to maximize exposure, strategically maximizing target audience awareness for every client initiative. Catalyzing ideas into bright and profoundly effective solutions, TMM integrates technology to maximize audience engagement and interactivity.

For more information, please visit www.mediamerchants.com.

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