Posts Tagged ‘ Fake ’

Those ‘Smasher’ Boys Have Done It Again.


For any cinephile or movie aficionado, there are always hopes and dreams for movies that we know will never, (unfortunately) come true on film.  Luckily for us… (Trolly)Smasher and crew have an AMAZING library of concept trailers on their YouTube channel. The first one that we watched personally was the ‘Back To The Future 4’ trailer, and it blew us away.  Because of legal wranglings, there will never BE a ‘Back To The Future 4’… but you would never know that if you stumbled across this at random…

With nearly 200,000 subscribers, and nearly 200,000,000 views, the channel (edited by Rob Long) collaborates and supports professional/upcoming video editors and music composers worldwide.  Make sure to check out their channel here, and do be sure to subscribe.

Follow Fetty Wap Through His Home Turf.


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Tag along with Fetty Wap and his deep, loyal Zoo Gang family to learn about the Paterson, New Jersey star’s rise to fame and the role his crew has played in his success.

Steve Aoki vs. Serato.


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In the midst of his Neon Future tour in December last year at Our:House Festival, we caught up with EDM kingpin and long-time Serato user Steve Aoki for a chat in Auckland Harbour.  In this exclusive interview, he talks frankly about the Aoki-hater bandwagon, his futurist leanings, and why you’ll never see him hunched over a laptop at an Aoki performance.  Say what you will about Steve Aoki, there’s a reason fans flock to his shows by the millions every year. Renowned for his cake-hurling, crowd-rafting antics, the EDM sovereign takes his showmanship to celestial proportions – but his spectacle is by no means ‘it’.

Aoki, who grew up in Newport Beach, California, was in recording studios at 16, and by 19 had founded the now-eminent Dim Mak Records from his college dorm room. Fast-forward 20 years and Aoki is now Grammy-nominated and one of the most successful DJ‑Producers worldwide. Dim Mak, meanwhile, has launched some of indie and electronica’s most exciting careers of the 2000s, from MSTRKRFT, Klaxons and Bloc Party, to Battles and The Kills.  Averaging 250 – 300 shows a year, Aoki is dedication personified. Last year he dropped his second full-length album, Neon Future I and continues to delight EDM fans this year performing it live around the world.

When you’re performing 300 times a year, having a solid tech team is paramount and in this instance, it’s just one guy. Meet the man behind the spectacle and Aoki’s tour manager, Dillon Anderson. In the lead up to Aoki’s performance at Our:House Festival, Dillon talks shop about Aoki’s setup and why Serato Video is crucial to his performance, while Aoki reminds us why “he makes the crowd go f***ing crazy”.

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Nicki Minaj’s Ass Is Up To No Good.


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Nicki recently teased her over 6 million followers with a short video from her upcoming music video Anaconda.  The track itself is a re-working of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’, take a listen below.

The snippet Nicki put up on her Instagram account the other day, has been the subject of a massive response.  There is no sett release date for the video as of yet, but many are waiting to see what the finished product will look like when it drops. Check the method below

 

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The Worf Of Starfleet.


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So by now, the incredible trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wallstreet’ is nothing new.  (If you live under a rock that’s larger than the film’s success, you can click here.)  There have been many a spoofed, or re-edited, re-imagined, or re-constructed fan trailers of many films in the past, but Grant Gourley’s version is impeccable.  Worf’s voice over Kanye’s “Black Skinheads” is a combination I never thought I’d hear, yet the match to the tone and pace of the original trailer is great.  (Especially the singing at the end).  Gourley has done an incredible job editing this piece, and we can’t wait to see more of his work.

Fake LEGO Ads.


These advertisements for LEGO from agency DDB aren’t real, in as far as they certainly weren’t commissioned by the brickmaker, but they’re still pretty awesome.

Oh My God, Becky Look At Her Backpack.


Got some junk in your trunk? Need a backpack with some extra back? Well let me ASSk you something.  Would you be caught with your pants down without one of these “female form” inspired backpacks dubbed “The Peach” by Yen-Hsiang Skeet Wang?  (YEAH… the man’s last names are Skeet and Wang.)  The designer felt it necessary to tell us that he is enphatuated with the female form.  So what better than to design a backpack that he thinks is really erotic. (Personally I like the asses on the women I walk around with to be a bit more well rounded)  But Yen says a woman’s gluteus maximus was designed to be attractive to men, we would not procreate if we were not lured by their subtle charm.

The idea behind this project is to recycle products in a new and novel way. We were asked to think freely in the use of materials and applications for the project such as creating art pieces, user experience and enhancing the way we work. For Peach I used mannequins, I decided to use human like display forms and breathe new life into them to add a sense of fun to an otherwise spiritless form. I used the discarded lower torso of a female mannequin and combined it with something unrelated.

New Image Tools Can Catch A Photo Fake.


A new photograph-analyzing tool quantifies changes made by digital airbrushers in the fashion and lifestyle industry, where image alteration has become the psychologically destructive norm.  “Publishers have legitimate reasons to alter photographs to create fantasy and sell products, but they’ve gone a little too far,” said image forensics specialist Hany Farid of Dartmouth University. “You can’t ignore the body of literature showing negative consequences to being inundated with these images.”

In a Nov. 28 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, Farid and doctoral student Eric Kee debut a computational model developed by analyzing 468 sets of original and retouched photographs. From these, Farid and Kee distilled a formal mathematical description of alterations made to models’ shapes and features. Their model then scored each altered photograph on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 signifying heavy retouching.

To validate the scores, Farid and Kee then asked 50 people randomly picked through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk task outsourcing service to evaluate the photographs. Computational and human scores matched closely. “Now what we have is a mathematical measure of photo retouching,” said Farid. “We can predict what an average observer would say.”

The researchers started developing their model after learning of the British government’s plans to label photographic alterations in advertising. Psychologists have become vocally critical of such images: By employing an arsenal of retouching techniques, from unnaturally slimmed limbs to the old standby of cleaned-up skin, retouchers create unattainable standards of both beauty and normalcy, ultimately leading to self-destructive body image disorders.

In June, the American Medical Association urged advertisers to work with activists in developing alteration standards. Setting limits, however, is easier said than done.  “One criticism of the British legislation is that they were presenting a blunt instrument. Photographs would be labeled as retouched or not. Anybody knows that there’s different types,” said Farid. “It’s an interesting scientific problem: How much is too much? That got us thinking about whether we could quantify this.”

Farid and Kee’s model doesn’t precisely determine a numerical boundary between psychologically appropriate and inappropriate; that’s a judgement call to be made by society, Farid said. But they do provide an objective metric for evaluating images and trends.  “You look at what photographs looked like in magazines 10 years ago, and there’s a huge difference. And that is escalating,” said Farid.

Kenny Powers Runs K-Swiss.


I’ve been a huge fan of shows of HBO since the first time I saw ‘Entourage’.  But there’s no denying that Kenny Powers from the show ‘East Bound and Down’ is boss, (as is evidence from the video below).  Check the method to see his (fictional) take over of K-Swiss.

Miraculous BMW Drift Video.


On my vacation I made the acquaintance of a female street racer that made me reminisce on the ‘good old days’ of precision driving, and being able to push a car to its limits.  This video is a perfect demonstration of what I mean by pushing a car (and its driver) to the limits.  The 340bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six (and that M3 rear differential) get a thorough workout in this video, posted by BMW Canada. I’m not clear on the advertising message, but it’s definitely worth a watch.

Obama Spits Hott Fire.


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As hard as my team and I work on scouring the interwebs for new source material for this blog, I’ll be the first to admit that we can’t catch EVERYTHING.  Sometimes there are articles, skits, photos, and happenings that simple elude our eyes and ears, but luckily I have other sources that help out without knowing.  I came onto Facebook after spinning a beach party on Cinco De Mayo, and saw a post from my boy Rob Scott about President Obama’s original speech after catching Osama Bin Laden.  Click the pic to watch this hilarious video, and shout outs again to Rob Scott for putting this video on my radar