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Hyper real photos of Star Wars toys

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By J. Cooper in New Photography on Thursday 26 June 2014

I had to look closely a few times before I could make out that these are actually toys photographed and not real space ships. If you’ve ever had a fantasy about flying your own Y-Wing fighter instead of taking the subway in winter, well, look no further.

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Marfa Girl: a new film by Larry Clarke

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Tuesday 18 June 2013

I was hanging out in Saturdays Surf NYC recently reading an article in their mag about filmmaker Larry Clarke’s new Marfa Girl feature, which won Best Film at the seventh Rome Film Festival. You’ll notice while watching the trailer an awesome on-screen chemistry between leads Adam Mediano and Drake Burnette. Clarke has an interesting shooting […]

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Short film by Jakob Daschek starring Norman Reedus (from Walking Dead)

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Thursday 13 June 2013

This is a magically crafted, black and white new short from director Jakob Daschek through Syrup Films/Saints New York. You might recognise the lead from the huge hit series The Walking Dead. Cut together utilising super slo-mo, I’m sure you’ll agree it is a stunning and moving piece.

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Lucky Story: a new short film by Anaïs La Rocca

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Thursday 13 June 2013

I caught this new short by Art Director Anaïs La Rocca at the School of Visual Arts NYC last Friday night. A wonderful, charming, beautiful film, I expect we’ll be seeing much more from La Rocca who may drop the ‘Art’ in her title and perhaps settle for just simply ‘Director’? Here’s hoping, anyhow.

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Ethereal photography by Dublin-based Diego Meijido

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By J. Cooper in New Photography on Tuesday 2 April 2013

Diego Meijido retouched some work for me a while back and, frankly, his new site via the Cargo platform deserves the eyes of the world. Originally from Spain and now based in Dublin (via the UK), Meijido’s work has an ethereal quality to it, evoking a state of reverie for the viewer. I’ve seen the […]

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Germans in Ireland: a short film directed by Nick Ryan

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Wednesday 27 March 2013

I’ve come to this action packed short a little late, but ‘better late’ and all that. Without giving away the ending, interesting things happened within the Republic of Ireland during the Second World War. Nick Ryan who directed this short triggers some questions for me with the ending, and the score composed by Nick Seymour […]

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This Is My Court: new short film by TWiN

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Tuesday 26 March 2013

‘This royal court of kings, this blood-stained ground…’ So starts the narration by Michael K. Williams in the twin Baker Bros’ (who go under the moniker TWiN) new short This Is My Court. A stunning series of vignettes shot by DP Nicolas Karakatsanis, this short really pushes the brothers’ work forward in short form … […]

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New illustration by Steve Simpson

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By J. Cooper in New Illustration on Tuesday 26 March 2013

Illustrator Steve Simpson is the latest to receive my Amongst Inspiration treatment. Originally from the UK and now based in Dublin, Steve is one of the founding members of Illustrators Ireland and has inked everything from advertising to books to packaging. Spend two minutes here finding out what exactly inspires an award winning illustrator along […]

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Film about art and crafter Mick Minogue

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By J. Cooper in New Film on Thursday 27 September 2012

I met art and crafter Mick Minogue in Dublin of March this year. About three minutes after getting into conversation with him, I decided I had to make a little film on him. This is the result, featured online as part of my Amongst Inspiration web film series.

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Stunning Jaguar test commercial by Will Armstrong

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By J. Cooper in Video on Thursday 27 September 2012

Director and producer Will Armstrong’s new test commercial for Jaguar is a stunning look at scenic Ireland and perhaps one of a few car commercials in the world that doesn’t, well, feature a car. A Silver at Cannes Young Director Award 2012 doesn’t hur,t either.

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Paths of Hate: a short film by Polish animator Damian Nenow

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By J. Cooper in Video on Thursday 27 September 2012

If George Lucas had met Polish filmmaker and animator Damian Nenow, he might have been inspired to produce the Red Tails feature in a truly groundbreaking way. Check this trailer out for Paths of Hate. The Making Of Behance.net page is worth a lunchtime visit, too.

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3D animation by directing duo TWiN

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By J. Cooper in Video on Wednesday 26 September 2012

US-based Australian directing duo TWiN have just finished this lovely little short film, Little Kaiju, integrating 3D character animation and live action plates shot in Tokyo. Check it out. There may be a cute toy coming soon, too.

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Styling by Dublin’s Ruth Anna Coss

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By J. Cooper in New Fashion on Thursday 23 August 2012

Ruth Anna Coss is a stylist from Northern Ireland who is starting to make waves in Dublin. She recently styled all three of my Foreign Cities music films and has been teaming up with the London based, Irish photographer Jonny McMillan. Stunning work on their recent collaboration.

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Awesome Cadbury Irish Olympic Team stings

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By J. Cooper in Video on Wednesday 22 August 2012

Designed and executed by the creative team at Piranha Bar Dublin this beautiful set of sponsorship stings were seen over 600 times during the Olympic broadcast. After a motion capture session was shot in the UK, the guys created the final abstracted and colourful animations for delivery to the TV audience.

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New illustrations by Steve Simpson

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By J. Cooper in New Illustration on Tuesday 21 August 2012

I recently had lunch with Steve Simpson after a video shoot we were doing together. The man is a serious talent. As a professional illustrator, he was explaining to me that sometimes, he has to just illustrate something for himself. Magic Monkey was the result this time. Simpson was born in the UK and has worked on animated series’ like Danger Mouse and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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