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Our Favorite Christmas Ads 2017

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December. That time to confront the better images of ourselves. And advertising is no exception. The weeks before Christmas mark the period in which even ads show a more human side; no longer exclusively focused on selling product, but on trying to prompt us to rememberwhat really matters. To stir emotions. To bring up the […]

Docu Style Music Videos (Part 2: Portraits)

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In part 2 of our Top 5 Docu Style Music Videos we focus on portraits. Amazing music videos that revolve around the experiences and characteristics of real people. Here is the first part of this Top 5, in case you missed it.   1. Declan McKeena – Paracetamol, directed by Matt Lambert Paracetamol is partially […]

Docu-style Music Videos 2016-2017 (Part 1)

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In a media environment ruled by speed and a growing obsession with authenticity, docu-style music videos are gaining ground. They serve as promoters for the music while featuring real characters and stories, and this combination ensures their larger appeal. What you get is documentary filmmaking in a condensed and highly accessible form. I hand-picked ten docu-style music […]

Our Favorite Christmas Ads 2016

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the season to be jolly, time to decorate the Christmas tree, exchange gifts, and watch the annual John Lewis Christmas advert. Yes, what has started as a publicity stunt back in 2007 for the British department store has grown into an annual tradition signalling that the countdown to […]

Top 5 Favorite Apps For Kids (under 6)

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In this second installment of Maria Dicieanu’s Favorite Apps for Kids, she covers ‘must have apps’ for under 6-year-olds. These apps are gooood. You might succumb to the urge to snatch the iPad right from your toddler’s unsuspecting hands to play with them yourself. See the harvest below, or find the previous Top 5 featuring […]

Amazing Apps For Kids (6 and up)

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When it comes to digital devices, parents are still struggling to find the perfect balance between ensuring the tech-savvyness of their children, without compromising other important aspects of their development. I discovered five beautiful apps for kids that pair a contemporary aesthetic with some sort of educational value. Apps that aim to do a bit more […]

Interactive Music Videos

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The interactive music video is a genre that constantly reinvents itself, so it’s beyond high time for an update. Watching what was made over the course of 2015-2016, I noticed a thing or two:   You’re never too old, too famous, or too classic to make an interactive music video. Bob Dylan did so three years […]

Playgrounds Festival

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‘Imagine Whatever’ was the theme of Playgrounds Festival 2015. Maria Dicieanu submerged herself deeply in the festival’s activities for three whole days. Here’s her top 5 most inspiring presentations. Part 2/2. In Part 1, Maria talks about her 5 favorite projects from Playgrounds. Whether they were creative directors, animators, sound designers, interactive multimedia performers or […]

Playgrounds Festival

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‘Imagine Whatever’ was the theme of Playgrounds Festival 2015. Former 2Pause editor Maria Dicieanu submerged herself deeply in the festival’s activities for three whole days to witness some of the world’s top creatives present their latest projects. Here are her five favorite projects from Playgrounds 2015. Part 1/2. In Part 2 Maria talks about her […]

Top 5: Favorite 2Pause Moments (2002-2015)

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Ever since the Great Music Video Renaissance of the late 1990’s, we have been celebrating our love affair with the music video in its many different forms and incarnations in a project called 2Pause.   Eons before Youtube, in 2000, we launched the online music video portal 2Pause – Freezing Music Video Culture. We must have […]

Book Trailers 2014

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Last time we checked, book trailers were something of a phenomenon. We even made four animated book trailers ourselves last year. For a moment, it seemed that the book trailer would become THE way to promote new literary releases and authors to the young, connected generation. But it did not happen. Not yet. Even the […]

Psychedelic Music Videos 2014

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Earlier this month, Submarine Channel screened some of our all-time favorite contemporary psychedelic music videos at the mind-blowingly brilliant Psych Lab Eindhoven. Through all the black-lights, performances by some of the world’s best psychedelic rock bands and trippy visuals, we felt suitably inspired to update our previous Top 5 Psychedelic Music Videos. Consider it our humble […]