14 posts tagged chris lenox smith
things I learned today annecy is a town in france
The Primus music video that Chris directed last year is an Official Selection at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival! This means there’s a good chance we’ll head to France in June for the event. (Hooray.)
In other good Chris news, his music company Huma-Huma launched their site redesign today. Check it out and explore the music library. I keep listening to ‘Bird Watching’ and fans of Amélie will love ‘Grasses’.
“a good life Is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.” – unknown
Clichés are hard to argue with when this is the view as you wander to the restaurant up the beach with Chris, your #1 Best Favorite Soul Mate Awesome Person in the world.
favorite things the boys of huma-huma
On Monday night, the boys of Huma-Huma, Matt, Bennett and Chris, presented their sound and music work at the Apple Store in Soho. There, they talked about various projects they’ve composed for, like the inspiring and unabashedly cheerful Hello, I Like You music video.
watch coach “how to wear” videos by michelle higa + music by huma-huma
Sometimes it’s hard to describe what I do, but it’s harder still to explain what Chris does. “He owns two companies,” I say, bracing myself to give the short version of a story which always runs long because there are two of them. In one he directs, produces and animates everything from Google commercials to music videos. In the other, he makes music with old his college friends Matt Lewkowicz (of Little Daylight) and Bennett Barbakow. They call themselves Huma-Huma which makes little sense until they explain that their music professor at Brown used to mutter ‘humma humma.’
While I work from coffee shops and my apartment with three animals, Chris spends his day surrounded by drums, a piano, accordion, guitars, bass, mandolin, ukulele, a new stonophone, a sound booth where echoes go to die, and recording equipment on which he spends a small fortune. It’s a pretty awesome “office”; like a playground, in a way.
Right before Christmas, Chris’s longtime friend Michelle Higa directed these charming “How to Wear It” films for Coach and Huma-Huma made the music. They’re fun spots, and I’m excited to see more companies produce high quality videos as a way of telling their stories.
also see how to wear a trench on coach.com
happy birthday merry christophermas
A little over a year ago, Chris and I decided that being together would be a good idea. But it wasn’t really a good idea because I was already in a relationship. Still, there’s never a “good time” to break up with someone you care about to be with someone you’re in love with, so the only responsible thing to do was to do it. On an otherwise normal Thursday in early November, Mittens and I moved out of the apartment where the old relationship lived.
Chris’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, which was fast approaching following the first days of our (very) young relationship. It’s a birthdate people usually forget, he said, or combines with holiday celebrations. We were only dating for a couple of weeks when I asked what he was doing for his 30th to which he replied he had nothing planned. At that point, I hadn’t even met most of his friends yet.
I found their emails anyway. With a bit of planning and a few white lies, I organized a surprise birthday gathering at Manhattan Inn, now one of our favorite bars — complete with live piano! — in Greenpoint, near his apartment which I “officially” moved into in January.
One year, two apartments, three adopted animals and at least forty arguments later, we arrive at our second Christmas Eve together, his thirty-first birthday.
We celebrated a few days early with a feast at Legend, his favorite Sichuan restaurant in New York City, and cheesecakes from Magnolia Bakery.
Like last year…
It was a surprise.
Though we sometimes become impatient with each other and bicker like curmudgeonly old people, the last thirteen crazy months has also been my happiest.
Happy birthday, Mr. Smith.
photos by eddy vallente
hello, i like you
There was a point at the beginning of our relationship when I would introduce Chris as follows: “Hey [Friend’s Name], this is Chris.” Then, in an earnest whisper, I added: “He is my soul mate.” To a lesser friend it might have seemed creepy or presumptuous, but I did not know how else to describe the guy who was clearly my soul mate, but not quite my boyfriend yet. (Long story.)
So, to celebrate meeting exactly a year ago, here is Hello, I Like You, a music video directed and composed by my multi-talented boyfriend for the 2011 F5 festival, and a few of my favorite pics of the guy who, every day, makes me feel like I win at everything.
shakshuka, a typical homemade dish by chris. this morning
my boys in the morning. march 2012
birthday present. april 2012
tulum, mexico. march 2012
putnam valley, new york. photo by tory williams. new year’s day 2012
on set last night for Metric music video shoot.
metric at sony xperia launch
Check out the view from up here…
filming at the sony xperia party featuring metric
nicely done, mr. smith
The music video Chris directed for the band Primus is live! Nice coverage today on Motionographer and Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco site. Plus, it’s a Vimeo Staff Pick and Gizmodo loves it. Heading out to down bourbon cocktails and eat ramen to celebrate.
Two weeks ago, I helped my boyfriend Chris set up his Tumblr blog to show the music video he’s directing in development. He’s been working 12-hour days on this, six days a week! Though this means there’s no such thing as a normal life routine (10pm dinners are pretty standard during the week), you don’t even think about it when you’re spending every minute and ounce of energy creating something you’re in love with.
Characters complete! Err, now to animate with only 2 weeks left… if anybody needs me I’ll be in my cave.