The Algorithm

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The Algorithm.

by Anna Davis

cool light painting

March 16, 2011 by

this will be something we do for experimental animation, but animated silly!

New Site At

February 3, 2011 by

If you got here from old posts, get the fresh meat at

Keeping this blog up for archive, but went and got bigger and better on the dot com site.

cheers and thanks for reading

“Sketch City” Official Inspiration for 2010 Blender World Cup Animation Competition

June 5, 2010 by

Our “Sketch City” web series trailer somehow wound up as one of the “inspiration” pieces for Blender’s BWC animation competition.

Made it on the short list next to Aardman Film’s “Wallace and Gromit”

and Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”. Nice company!

The Blender World Cup was started in 2004: to promote a competitive spirit within the Blender community while giving artists an opportunity to push themselves beyond what they know about Blender, composition, and storytelling. Learn more about 2010 BWC here

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Bullet Proof Remixes Are In!

May 24, 2010 by

Less than 24hrs after posting, we got the first Bullet Proof remixes in. From 2 offerings by music producer A.V. to a “white label” mix from the intra-webs. Hope you enjoy. Post links to YOUR remixes in the comments for this post.

A.V. Remix

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A.V. vs VJ Pixalot Remix

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White Label Remix

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and the original

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“Bullet Proof” Fashion Film

May 19, 2010 by

Just posted, “Bullet Proof”, a recent short fashion film I put together with Tal Shpantzer. She was photographing Marlon Gobel’s show at the recent NYC Fashion Week for The show was fantastic and at every turn Marlon offers up something unusual and interesting.

Part of the skill of any good creator is to make something really new and different ( and most don’t ), but the great ones do it with such thoroughness and subtly, that the “quirks” add richness to the impact of the work and nothing is gratuitous or unintentional. Case in point, love the “hazmat” slip on booties and id badges the models wore in the show. And just forget about the Dan Flavin meets Buckminster Fuller, meets Dr.No, mid century retro-future evil set!

We were both inspired by Marlon’s dashing secret agent tuxedo/jumpsuit and Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose, a bullet proof broach detail.

I wanted to create a 1 min short of an afternoon with our Agent X and Tal wanted to put together a stills editorial, so we joined forces and came up with this shoot with our Obscure Object Films creative team.

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Tal styled our heroine’s looks with the Ferrari red “Blake – Grenadine” dress from Hayden – Harnet’s current season and some pretty tough cuffs from the same collection. Tal shot their Fashion Week presentation as well.

photo by tal shpantzer

Thank you Patricia and Showroom Seven for the striking Erickson Beamon spiky cuff and mirror necklace.

The model’s rings came from Ayaka Nishi. Several short films lurking in her new collection too!

Miklos Buk got some great cinematic shots in a very impromptu “run n gun” shooting environment, mostly hand-holding a canon 7D. Al Arundel kindly offered us a steadycam rig to use, but the 7D camera was just too lightweight to work with the counter balance. Got to pilfer Aurora Crowley’s lens collection to get the “Ultra-Wide” shots. Miklos litterally just got the camera, no; follow focus, monitor, shoulder mount, nothin. Real-Deal-Hand-Held. Shot everything in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens, NYC

Our secret agents, Alex Geerman and Stephanie Passavant came to us via Major Models and rocked out all day long!

Masha Gvozdov did a great job getting the sexy spy look together with hair and makeup. Props also go out to Charles at Modacycle helping us connect with our great wardrobe. Cheers.

Not only did Francesco from Evandro Tech Motors lend us the Ferrari, but he stepped behind the wheel as our stunt driver. Nice job.

In composing the music, I wanted to go for a really straight forward action score a la John Barry’s amazing music for the James Bond films. I think I ended up hearing more of my favorite Kurt Weill vibe then Mr. Barry…

But wait…. we’ve got Alvin van der Kuech taking this edit to his studios to create another score variation. Taking a minute for us, A.V. is currently enjoying global dance floor domination with his latest release and is about a month away from the next EP.

A long standing friend and creative collaborator is bound to blow our heads off, so stay tuned for the next “Bullet Proof” post.

Produced by Obscure Object Films and Talfoto
Directed by Stephen Dirkes
Camera by Miklos Buk
Still Photography by Tal Shpantzer
Music and edit by Stephen Dirkes
Casting and Styling by Tal Shpantzer
Hair and Makeup by Masha Gvozdov
Transportation by Rebecca Trent
Production assistant Alvin van der Kuech

Special Thanks
Marlon Gobel
Showroom Seven
Erickson Beamon
Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose
Ayaka Nishi
Major Models
Evandro Tech Motors
The Creek & The Cave

particular mechanisms

May 16, 2010 by

a live paint gig up in the frez- working out the live paint mix with video, the best thing was audience participation, and the crazy things people thought up to collage in…

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Obscure Object Films May 15th Screening – More Info

May 9, 2010 by

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Obscure Object Films Gelato! Screening at Brooklyn Movie Labs May 15th

May 5, 2010 by

On May 15th, 2010 we will be screening three of our short films, “Proteus Syndrome”, “J’Adore Porn”, and “Obscure Object Part 3” in a film festival curated by Jason Wicks from Gelato! Arts Salon at Brooklyn Movie labs film studio space on 449 Nostrand Avenue.

This is the first in a series of Brooklyn film festivals in which Gelato! teams up with Dexter Taylor of Brooklyn Movie Labs. The May 15th show will feature films presented at the Gelato! Film Festival in Rome, Italy in December, as well as a few new entries.

We will be there to talk about the films and field questions. There will be two screenings during the evening ( TBA via Gelato! Art Salon blog )

Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Movie Labs is Brooklyn’s first all-digital filmmaking institute and offers several programs in digital filmmaking from the ground up, with a team of industry professionals and state-of-the-art facilities to offer training to create work ranging from video podcasts to features.

Proteus Syndrome

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VJing @ Clinicstudio MAYBELINE Party

January 19, 2010 by

a storefront installation created by labtest

December 26, 2009 by

just re uploaded this- thought folks would want to see…
this is an installation we did at chashama on 42nd street, a couple a years back…

VJ Pixalot Goes Supersonic!

December 2, 2009 by

VJ Pixalot gets Supersonic with NYC’s best DJ’s for an early eve of genre-mashing good times on Sunday Dec. 13th. C U early ( from 6pm ) at Club Sapphire in L.E.S. Remember the boys are bringing in extra bass bins, so eat light before coming….

Also lookin forward to hanging out with Birthday Boy/ DJ Paul C…

Remember back in the day when Jungle was massive and DJ’s were Genre haters, no more. This sunday, come check out NYC DNB legends from Secret Night of Science, Camouflage, Koncrete Jungle, Planet of the Drums and ILOVEDRUMNBASS under one roof NOT spinning DNB all night long!

Ready for a change?


November 14, 2009 by

VJ Pixalot spinning vinyls at Upper East side Salon/Gallery trunk show, Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm at MIDOMA 439 E.75th Street NY, NY 10021. Tal Shpantzer’s “Obscure Object” series prints and T’s on sale! Read the rest of this entry »

“Obscure Object Part 3” at Outlet Seven, East Village, NYC

November 14, 2009 by


The Obscure Object Films, Photo/Film/Fashion media blender keeps spinning next week with an exhibition of stills from “Obscure Object Part 3” by Tal Shpantzer and Stephen Dirkes. Thanks to fashionista and art lover, Patricia Lopes Cardoso Bessa, for introducing us to Showroom Seven and Outlet Seven presenting Tal Shapnatzer’s photography in the East Village outlet. Read the rest of this entry »

VJ Pixalot declares “I Am a Donut” with Berliners at BLK Market

November 12, 2009 by


VJ PIXALOT will be joining the BLK MARKET Krew on visuals this Friday, Nov. 13th ( spooky ) for a killer night of minimal tech with special DJ’s representing the best of the Berlin scene.
KONRAD BLACK [Wagon Repair – Berlin]
ANTHONY COLLINS [Freak n’ Chic / Vakant – Paris] -NY DEBUT
KATE SIMKO Live [Spectral – Chicago]
SHAUN REEVES [Wolf+Lamb / Simple -Berlin]
BLOODY MARY [Contexterrior / Berlin]
Opening Set by: K1W1 [Basic Matter – New York]

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November 12, 2009 by

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A quick peek at the last Bass Massacre party at Coco66 in Brooklyn. Brought to you by Methods NYC and Profound Sound on Oct 23rd, 2009. Borgore is killing the decks, mics and crowd surfing while NYC responds appropriately. Reid Speed lends a hand on levels for a sec. MC Diggadee grabs a chorus, Dave Gee leaves the decks to shoot the video. No doubt Trigon & Eshin were causing mayhem under the cover of darkness and VJ Pixalot cuts it all up for your viewing pleasure.

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November 2, 2009 by

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The Evol Intent live “Unconditional Evol” tour hits NYC on Nov. 20th at Club EXIT in Brooklyn ( 149 Greenpoint Ave. ). Check out what the huge buzz about this group is about. Another in the genre mashing “wildlife” series, B. Rich, I-Cue, Odi, FTL and DJ Vandal get it started and keep the party rollin. Read the rest of this entry »

Catskills Autumn Timelapse

October 26, 2009 by

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Back last night from a great weekend in the Catskills. Shot this on a Nikon DSLR ( Nikkor 24-200 zoom ) as stills. Manfrotto tripod with pistol grip head.

Extra fluffy water the at end of the clip was shot with 1.5, 2 and 3 second slow shutter.

Animated in After Effects, edited in Final Cut and graded in Color. Pine Hill, NY 2009

Making Spaceship Models for Music Video

October 23, 2009 by


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VJ Pixalot Makes Borgore Flavoured Ice Cream!

October 22, 2009 by

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went into the VJ Pixalot deep freezer to put this vid together for Borgore’s new track “Ice Cream” ( Trill Bass ). Catch Israeli dubstep producer, Asaf Borger’s first NYC show this friday, Oct 23rd at Coco66, NYC.


Releasing on Trill Bass, Air Recordings, Shift Recordings and Ultragore Recordings, Borgore is based in Tel Aviv and performs on several instruments in several genres.

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