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m ss ng p eces' Top Five 2006 CH Videos

by Ami Kealoha
on 29 December 2006

The lyricism and artistry of Cool Hunting Video has everything to do with the talents of the production company m ss ng p eces. What follows are the Producer and Creative Director's picks from the 50+ videos they directed, shot and edited this year.

Producer Ari Kuschnir's Top Five, in no particular order:

The Beautiful Game
This episode combines my love for soccer and art with the surprising excitement of this year's World Cup—all in one.

Quantic: Nugroove vol. 2
I wanted to be his friend before we shot this and now we are friends. Thanks CHV!

Hess is More: Nugroove vol. 3
Bridging the gap between music and tennis, the Danish maestro was one of the most fun collaborators we've worked with.

3:34 of London
Scott takes it to the next level here in a symphony for the senses.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2006, Part One
After 59 episodes we came full circle to where it all started and made a "this is what it was like" short film that captures the Miami madness. With a great CH production team including London contributor SummerSeventySix and the AP Ami K.

Creative Director Scott Thrift:

Art Basel Miami Beach 2006, Part One
I'm really into how this episode plays out in comparison to our coverage of Art Basel 2005. I wanted to encompass the large scale social phenomenon that takes place in Miami during that week. Incidentally, it’s pretty much the only time anything ever happens in Miami.

Okamoto Studio
I wanted to work the story of Takeo digging out his own blocks of raw ice from the frozen lakes of Alaska into this piece but with this format, there just isn’t enough time. Instead I went for showing the entire process (which took two hours) in the same amount of time as a pop song.

There just aren’t enough beautiful women in Cool Hunting Video. (Mental note: have more beautiful women appear in Cool Hunting Video.)

3:34 of London
The idea was to provide a narrow window of perspective into London. There is no way to make a comprehensive documentary about the whole of London even in a ten hour miniseries much less 3:34. At any rate, I had so much fun working on this piece! The gold statue, the drunk in the park, the birds, the fresco painter, the crowds...

Social Suicide
To me, this episode felt like the site jumped right out of the blogosphere and comfortably into a visual format. I loved that it somehow felt like a soft commercial, a supporting film to the wonderful ideas of Simon and Matthew. It’s like a multimedia blog post—wait is that what we’re doing?

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

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Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

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We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

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Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

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People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

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I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

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We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

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I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

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My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

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We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

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The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

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I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

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We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

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Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

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Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

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In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

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I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

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Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

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I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

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What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

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Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

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I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

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I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

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[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

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The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

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It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools
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