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ELEMENT TWS SKATE & CREATE 2013

Every year Transworld holds a competition called Skate & Create. This year Element Skateboards was invited to partake, and my handsome husband, Kirk DiAnda wrote and directed the piece.

Featuring the Element team; Boo Johnson, Chad Muska, Chad Tim Tim, Chase Webb, Ethan Loy, Evan Smith, Levi Brown, Madars Apse, Mark Appleyard, Nassim Guammaz, Nyjah Huston, andTom Schaar, with special appearances by Ray Barbee and Johnny Schillereff. Each team had to create a 5 minute video in the span of a week. They are provided a photographer, (Oliver Barton) and two builders to create any skate obstacle they needed.

The concept was to show skateboarding through snapshots of the times, creating a mini documentary. I took a satirical route with the concept and direction, loosely paying homage to the icons, fashion, and design that defined how we got here today. Ultimately, I wanted to commend skateboarders for their creativity and individuality. Since day one, we’ve been inventors that see the world differently, and that gene has been passed down from generation, to generation. The entire piece is strung together with a narrative by Chad Muska, told in the first-perosn perspecitve. I wanted to give that sencse of the narrator telling the stories of his generation, almost like a Forrest Gump-esque walk down memory lane. It’s meant to be humorous but has a sense of truth to it, too.“—Kirk Dianda

Here are some behind the scenes photos I shot while on set. Also check out the magazine article here with an amzing photo spread by Oliver Barton.

Filmed by Ryan Young and Mark Stewart. Edited by Kirk Dianda and Mark Stewart. Narrated by Chad Muska. Original soundtrack by Loren Humphrey, and Muskabeatz courtesy of Chad Muska.

ELEMENT EDEN SPRING ’13

I am really excited to show you guys a sneak peek of the Element Eden, Spring ’13 campaign I shot in Joshua Tree last year. I’m still dreaming of the pastel sunset and warm desert nights we had out there! Thank you to everyone involved that made this such a fun shoot to work on.

Photographer: Amber B Dianda.
Artwork:  Juliana Neufeld
Stylist: Williams and Cook
Hair and Make up: Sandy Ganzer
Model: Rayne Ivanushka @ FORD Models.


RÉSUME 2012

To recap a wonderful year, I would like to share some of the highlights from 2012. Last year was awesome and I’m really enthusiastic that 2013 will be bigger and better. Thank you for all your love and support, i truly appreciate being a part of a network of inspirational and motivated people. – Amber B

PHOTO SHOOTS

The Element Eden Spring ’13 campaign was shot in Joshua Tree, CA. These photos will be featured throughout Eden’s website, and in printed media, including Foam and Nylon magazine. The campaign was extra special, as I had the chance to collaborate with the amazing artist, Juliana Neufeld who created the illustrations that are featured on top of my photos.

Photographer: Amber B DiAnda
Artist: Juliana Neufeld
Make-up and Hair: Sandy Ganzer
Styling: Williams and Cook
Model: Rayne Ivanushka @ FORD Models

The Element Eden x Jac Vanek x Zumiez collaboration was shot in Downtown LA. Element and Jac Vanek created an exclusive collection for Zumiez, featuring the multi-talented Jac Vanek as the designer and model. Stay tuned for the full collection, collaboration, and campaign later this year.

Photographer: Amber B DiAnda
Model: Jac Vanek
Make up: Kirin Bhatty
Hair: Gabbi Pascua
Model: Jac Vanek

Kind Campaign is a movement and a documentary created by Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson which serves as an outlet for girls to share their stories, to learn from others’ experiences, to create awareness, healing and understanding about girl-against-girl crime. I documented their tour while visiting four schools in Seattle, WA.

During 2012 I’ve been collaborating with Valerie Killeen of BLEACHBLACK blogger fame, for the sister-site, SHELTERBLACK. Throughout the year, we shot intimate studio visits with Ed and Deanna Templeton, Claudio Kirac, Lisa Solberg, Mary and Ryan Kingman, and Chad Muska, and are planning some more exciting visits for 2013.

The Element Eden Holiday ’12 Amy Purdy shoot was shot at Lake Gregory, California. It is always incredible to work with snowboarder, inspiration speaker, Amazing Race star, and double-amputee; Amy Purdy.

Photographer: Amber B DiAnda.
Videographer: Kirk Dianda.
Model: Amy Purdy.

Studio shoot with fashion blogger Amber Saylor.

Photographer: Amber B Dianda.
Stylist: Amber Saylor
Model: Amber Saylor

EXHIBITIONS

My husband Kirk DiAnda and I collaborated on a stop-start animated music video for the Japanther song “Come Back Home”. We launched the video on Noisey/Vice.com along with a live launch at The Smell in LA with money raised being donated to the depression and anxiety charity, Mentalpod.com.

Our Japanther music video was also featured at the Linoleum Film Festival in  Russia, and the Role Palyback exhibition in Wisconsin, USA.

I was honored to write and direct The Eden Video, which documents the humble beginnings of Element Eden. The story is told through a short narrative, cut to a hand-made animation, both created by myself and co-creator, Kirk DiAnda. The short-film premiered at a private party and fashion show, and then released alongside a series of shorts called, behind-the-seamsSee my behind the seams feature here.

Here is a new AB creature, Even Ghosts have Freckles that was featured at the “1975 IS HAUNTED” exhibition in Rochester, NY! See more of my creatures and read their stories here.

I’m really passionate about self publishing and was able to add two new fan zines to my collection this past year; “Hooray for Phobias” and “Come Back Home”. Each zine is collated and sewn by hand.

FEATURED

Photographer feature in the Australian magazine; Yen.

Element Eden ads featuring photography by Amber B DiAnda in Nylon.

To keep in touch with what I’m up to, follow my facebook and Instagram pages for daily posts. Please contact me on amberbdianda@gmail.com for bookings.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy New Year. – xAB.

ROLE PLAYBACK EXHIBITION

We are currently exhibiting our Japanther music video at the Union Art Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The group show is titled, “Role Playback” as focuses on the complex, collaborative process involved in music video production. The exhibition highlights the work of dedicated art directors, set designers, artists and collaborators of music video production up-close and in-detail for the public view. Production methods spotlighted include a variety of intricate stop motion animations, complex feats kaleidoscopic choreography and the delicate human touch of one’s puppet’s journey through a carnival fantasy.

JAPANTHER “COME BACK HOME” MUSIC VIDEO from Amber B Dianda on Vimeo.

The exhibition will be open until December 14th.

Union Art Gallery 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Here are a couple of video that will also be featured at the exhibition.

Click the link to see some images of the gallery – Role Playback

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ANIMATION CELS FOR CHARITY

These are the one-of-a-kind animation cels from the Japanther music video “Come Back Home”. The music video was made with the classic stop-motion style, where each frame is cut out of paper and shot, then moved and shot again until it resembles a moving image.

There are 15 different animation cels available, and each is unique (1 of 1). The cel comes framed and signed by the moi, and also includes a limited edition ‘zine. The ‘zine features still frames from the music video, and photos by Ian Vanek from Japanther.

Money from the sale of the animation cells and ‘zines will be donated to a depression and anxiety charity.

ABOUT THE MUSIC VIDEO

In homage to Beau Velasco, Brooklyn Punk band, Japanther wrote the song, “Come Back Home”. The song spoke directly to our hearts, and so, Kirk and I were inspired to create a very special stop-motion animation for the music video.

On April 25th at The Smell in Los Angeles, the music video will be played, with a live set by Japanther and special guests, Boys Who Say No.

Vice Mag and noisey.com will be doing an exclusive global online launch on April 23rd.

For more information on the music video, click here:

http://amberbcreate.com/baby-come-back-home

Why Did the Chicken cross the Road? Buy it here!

Wind beneath your wings. Buy it here!

Japanther Font. Buy it here!

Tia Tequila! Buy it here!

The Meeting. Buy it here!

Roadkill. Buy it here!

Digesting thoughts. Buy it here!

Chook Eeek! Buy it here!

Chorus #1. Buy it here!

Gutty Whuts. Buy it here!

Chorus #2. Buy it here!

Reunited. Buy it here!

Till Death Do Us Part. Buy it here!

This is the End. Buy it here!

 

 

“COME BACK HOME” MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH

We launched the “Come Back Home” animated music video for Japanther last night at The Smell. A huge turn out, punk rock and mosh pits made for a really fun evening!

A very special thank you goes out to Noisey for all their love and support, Japanther for putting on such an amazing show, and all the rad kids that rocked up and bought zines for charity.

There was so much love in the room for our dear friend Beau… We miss you like crazy. xox

Opening band, “Boys Who Say No” were awesome!

Ian Vanek from Japanther!

Kirkasaurus and Ira keeping shit under control in the sound booth.

Free plants for Japanther fans.

Danny was so rad! Keep an ear out for his band Brannigans Law

Ian Vanek introduced our music video, “Come Back Home” by Japanther.

Punk Rock and Mosh Pits!

 

AB x JAPANTHER

Hello friends and family,
I wanted to share my latest collaboration… A music video for the song “Come Back Home” by JapantherVice Magazine and noisey.com have exclusively released the music video, which can be viewed below.

 

Japanther
“Come Back Home”
Beets, Limes & Rice
Stop Motion animation by:
Amber B Dianda
Edited by:
Kirk Dianda

 

Japanther is a band / art project, established by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the band has been described as, “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher Magazine. Their latest album Beets, Limes and Rice, is a celebration of ten years in the underground and an ultra-contemporary meditation on “catharsis and being in love in a time of darkness.”

 

In a homage to Beau Velasco, Japanther wrote the song, “Come Back Home”. Beau was a very special creature; compassionate, full of love, crazy and creative as hell. I met him when I was only 17 years old, and consider him a beloved friend to this day. As long as I knew him, he struggled with anxiety and depression, and three years ago, sadly, he lost that fight. The song spoke directly to our heart, and so, Kirk and I were inspired to create a music video.

 

The video is created with the stop-motion style. Painstakingly, each frame is cut out of paper and shot, then moved and shot again until it resembles a moving image, like vintage cartoons. It took over 2000 frames to create the music video, and was edited by the handsome Kirk Dianda.

 

If you are interested in helping support us, here are some fun ways…

 

Come to the gig!
We will be launching the “Come Back Home” music video on April 25th with Japanther in LA at The Smell.

 

Buy a Zine!
I have made a special edition zine for the event, featuring still frames from the animated music video, and photos by Ian Vanek from Japanther. Money from the sale of the zines will be donated to a depression and anxiety charity. Click here to purchase a Zine, They are numbered and signed, in a limited edition of 150 @ $5 each.

 

Buy an animation cel!
These are the original 15 cels used in the animation. They will be framed and signed with all proceeds being donated to charity. Click the link to own one here.

 

Spread the love and please come along if you’re in LA.

 

Let’s Party!
xa

COME BACK HOME

In homage to Beau Velasco, Japanther wrote the song, “Come Back Home”. The song spoke directly to my heart and so, Kirk and I were inspired to create a very special stop motion animation for the music video.

On April 25th at The Smell in Los Angeles, we will be launching the music video, with a live set by Japanther and special guests, Boys Who Say No.

I have made a special edition zine for the event featuring still frames from the animated music video and photos by Ian Vanek from Japanther. Money from the sale of the ‘zines will be donated to a depression and anxiety charity.

We will also be launching an ebay auction to sell some of one-of-a-kind cels from the animation, which will be framed and signed. All proceeds will be donated to charity!!

Spread the word and please come along to support!

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