By Ilan Adler
Breaking Bad is arguably one of the greatest TV shows of the last 30 years. We were absolutely enthralled by it, and watched each episode as soon as it came out. Recently a whole bunch of fantastic Breaking Bad parodies have been hitting the Web, and we thought it would be cool to highlight four of them. These absolutely blew us away, in terms of both production value, comedic factor, and jokes that only fans would get.
Here they are for your viewing enjoyment:
1. “Do you want to build a meth lab?” By Animeme Studios. This one was definitely our favorite! The song is catchy as hell, and the clip is a frame by frame reproduction of the song “Do you want to build a snowman” from the Disney movie “Frozen”. All the insider jokes are in here this, along with fantastic and funny animation. This clip will definitely have you singing “Do you wanna build a meth lab, a rolling RV meth lab” all day!
2. “Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical” by Rhett and Link. This production was also brilliant, featuring both lots of insider jokes and songs, along with the revolutionary concept of airing it as a middle school musical, complete with the appropriate props and effects (big hat tip for the blood effect that happens with Gus’ throat slashing).
3. “This is my Product” by Matthijs_Vlot. Not a classic parody, but an awesome remix nonetheless!
4. “Simpsons Breaking Bad Couch Gag“. via Fox Animation. Want to start a mobile cookie cooking lab? Just join Marge Simpson and you’re on the right track to building a chocolate chip cookie empire!
5. One last bonus clip! This isn’t really a Breaking Bad parody, but it’s really cool, kinda funny, and is made from Legos’, which is always cool. Enjoy!
By Ilan Adler
Me and Shalhevet have been following Casey Neistat’s YouTube videos for quite some time now. Besides the fact that he is now well established and get generous amounts of budget money to do practically whatever he wants, he still has his own unique and personal touch on the films that he makes. I really think that we can learn a lot from him, as Casey is of a rare breed, a true storyteller. This is enhanced even further by the equipment that he uses (while his studio has expanded, a lot of his shots are still from simple point and shoot cameras), his flat editing style (he still edits all his films on iMovie 6!), and his DIY typography and design. In spite of all the lack of fancy editing and cinema quality shots, Casey still can take a mundane subject, and make a truly interesting short film out of it. Besides offering a fresh perspective on the subject matter, these shorts are very enjoyable (as evidenced by his ever growing subscriber base), and keep people coming back for more. He has also taken commercial projects to a whole new level, most famously captured in his #MakeItCount short made on Nike’s dime.
I’ve created a playlist of twelve very different Neistat videos that I have enjoyed and watched and enjoyed over the last couple of years.
Let us know what your favorites are in the comments below!
I’m now in my final trimester of pregnancy with our second baby girl. So I was looking at some videos and saw this one. It was so true and was made in such a good way that I felt I had to post it. Enjoy!
This clip was made just for me.
My father used to print my emails and mark my mistakes 🙂
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes
Stefan Sagmeister talks about the amazing things Digital Technology contribute to Art and Design
By Ilan Adler
Ever since I somehow stumbled on to this brilliant kinetic typography video in the early days of YouTube, I have been enamored with videos where the typography is animated. This clip features the awesome Citizen Cope song “Let the Drummer Kick” which combined with the clever animation in the clip makes it even more awesome and emotional. When I first discovered this clip it had about 100k views, and as of June 23rd 2014, it had over 6.6M views (admittedly a few hundred were probably just me…). Ever since this discovery I have always been looking out for the best most interesting videos in this genre, and in this post I have curated some for your enjoyment.
Pulp Fiction is a great movie, and more than enough words have been written about it. This kinetic typography short of Sam Jackson’s interrogation scene, is just perfectly well done and captures the essence of the movie and Quentin Tarantino’s vision. It’s another personal favorite of mine. “What ain’t no country I ever heard of!?!”
This animation still keeps the mega-viral Old Spice The Man Your Man Can Smell Like video super cool, as it makes the famous one shot video still effective with just a bunch of moving text. Manly enough for you?
This Vimeo gem explains typography and how it revolutionized the concept of opening titles for film (and now TV as well).
I loved David Fincher’s take on the story behind Facebook. This scene uses the moving typography to really illustrate what is going through Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg.
Really there’s nothing more that I can add to this.
I’m not sure if this one is on par design wise with the rest of the clips featured here, but I think that great scenes from great movies have an inherent advantage when it comes to making them into a kinetic typography clip. Thanks to the late Heath Ledger for a legendary performance.
Like great movies, great songs also have a distinct advantage when made into moving text clips. Gary Jule’s Mad World is definitely one of them.
Technically I don’t know if this truly qualifies as a kinetic typography clip, but the text plays such an important part of these titles, and they wouldn’t be the same without it. Inspired by the late great Saul Bass, this title sequence is extremely well done.
Walt is the Danger. Walt is the one who knocks. Walt is the nice old high school science teacher. Now put those in order. If you have no idea, then go out and watch all of Breaking Bad. Seriously. Do it. Now!
Stephen Fry’s oral essay on language is brilliantly captured onto moving words.
This one is brilliant and captures a great scene between Tony and Ralph Cifaretto.
Another Tarantino movie, and an argument about why he’s Mr. Pink
I don’t like to double dip, but this one also based on The Social Network was just too good to pass up.
How can I leave out one of the greatest rants in the history of cinema? I couldn’t, especially when this was recently played at a St. Louis Blues playoff hockey game that I went to.
Have any other suggestions for great kinetic typography examples? Feel free to share them in the comments below!
El Empleo is an animated short film from Argentina. Directed by Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso, it tells the story of some of the modern conditions of working, and the ridiculous hierarchy that is sometimes established. All of this is done with beautiful animation, and with a really thought provoking story line. Both Ilan and I really enjoyed this one, as we love shorts that are not just beautifully designed and well made, but also carry a message or a point across in a way that grabs you.
By Ilan Adler
Shalhevet sent me this brilliant clip, which drives home an amazing point about consumerism, and what type of society we have become. We are addicted to screens all day long, staring at our phones in the morning, working on our computer in the office, checking our phone again on the commute home, and finishing it up on the TV or tablet, when we are supposed to be home relaxing. I don’t want to sound judgmental, as I love being on the computer and discovering new things on the internet, but I am pushing off upgrading to a smartphone as much as I can.
All day long I see people staring mindlessly into their phones, and when they receive a message or a push notification their concentration just goes out the window, as they cannot delay the gratification of seeing what that message is. I am so afraid because I worry that this will happen to me as well, and that’s why I like sticking with my old school ‘dumb’ phone (along with the fact that it can fall down the stairs and nothing will really happen to it).
These guys at BLR VFX really nailed down what these phones do to people, whether its interpersonal communication, the consumerist desire to keep on buying newer things, or the mental effect a broken down phone has on people. I haven’t even mentioned the ‘herd’ phenomena that goes on today with buying new technology.
I urge anyone to carve out 4 minutes and watch this: