The art of simplicity and a few things you must see

After a few posts about After Effects, you’d think I’d only be inspired by lots of moving parts. Partially that’s true, but who doesn’t enjoy something so simple it knocks your socks-off? I know I do. Here are a few stunningly simple pieces that have inspired me. Enjoy! Oh and a few things worth your time, but a bit off topic.

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this, but it’s a POWERFUL example of seeing beauty in small details.

A simple story told in a simple way, utterly amazing example of the power of story.

The Power of Music from Life File Videos on Vimeo.

Losing Ground by Matt Slaby

A simple an undeniably moving story told through the simple use of old school techniques

Here’s a post by Matt about this project over at the lucero images blog.

Video commentary for “Birthright”

Original video here:​9358866


One man’s struggle to transcend.
This humble film is about a friend of mine named Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing.

Directed by Sean Mullens
Cinematography by Sean Mullens

El Rey

Surprise surprise! More kick ass stuff from the folks at California is a place. God I hate them! ;)

El Rey from California is a place. on Vimeo.

A debilitating medical mystery

Five babies born over 14 months in Kettleman City, Calif., were diagnosed with cleft lips and palates, Down syndrome or heart problems. Now, state and federal investigators are trying to answer this question: What is causing the birth defects?

Photography and video by Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Off topic…..

Now What Argentina?

Another Kick ass project from

In 2001, Argentina’s economy collapsed, leading to deep economic and social disruption. Over the past decade, people have found new ways to adapt. Yet old struggles persist and new challenges emerge. Rooted in their culture yet looking to the future, the people ask – now what Argentina?

Speaking of KICK ASS,

UC Berkeley News21: Behind Bars

Especially AWESOME is the microfilm feature of this story, Look Ma, NO FLASH!

Rights Not Rescue

Sex workers are subjected to widespread human rights abuses, including police violence and unequal access to health care, in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Despite enormous challenges, sex workers are organizing to protect their rights and demand an end to violence and discrimination.

A report published by the Open Society Institute, Rights Not Rescue, is based on a series of interviews and focus groups with sex workers and advocates throughout the three countries.

In this animated short film, sex workers who participated in the research and related roundtable discussions tell their personal stories and share the challenges they encounter as well as a collective call for hope and change.

Ciudad de México Video Documental by Luis Mandoki HD

Might as well end with something, not so simple, or is it? You be the judge!


  1. The effective power of simplicity to ones message holds true throughout all media. In this instance, for these causes, I feel as if we all could take note of the producers’ practice of stepping away from their pieces and obtaining a broader perspective to make sure they don’t have the text’s message lost during the creative process.

  2. Impressive stuff, especially Great example of how simple things can very well be extremely powerful.

    Thanks for the list :-)