March 27, 1986 |
Vania Heymann (Hebrew: וניה הימן) (born March 27, 1986) is an Israeli artist and director. His work has been well received on the Internet, he is considered by many to be the viral star of Israeli web. Among his most prominent projects: Music videos for artists such as: Bob Dylan, Asaf Avidan, TYP and Adi Ulmansky, videos created during his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design that have received critical acclaim and a TV series composed of two-minute episodes broadcast as part of Eretz Nehederet ("Bekitzur"). Heymann also directs commercials, including spots for Pepsi and American Express.
Early life and career
Heymann began his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 2010 in the Visual Communications track. That year Heymann created a video dealing with religious symbols through replacing them with a simple IKEA watering can; this homework assignment was posted to YouTube and has since become viral gaining hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and Vimeo. Many of its viewers saw this video as an atheistic composition manifesting Russel's atheistic teapot. A number of prominent atheist thinkers shared the video online and supported Heymann, including biologist Richard Dawkins and author Sam Harris.
In his second year at Bezalel, Heymann created three videos (again as homework assignments), each has received more than 200,000 views on YouTube. The first video is a homage to the French series Bref, the video tells (very quickly) the story of a failed blind date. He then created "Der Mensch" an Opening title sequence for a would be Orthodox Western, whose main character frees Agunot. The third video is "shelf life," in which Heymann animated characters on food packaging in the refrigerator; the third video caught the attention of mainstream media in Israel.
In May 2012 a music video Heymann directed for Asaf Avidan was released. The music video for the single "Different Pulses" has 3.5 million views on YouTube and was even named "Video of the Year" by some.In 2012 Heymann was creating commercial work, his first ad was made for Pepsi and was a collaboration with comedian Roy Kafri - the two created together a one minute spot for the drink Pepsi Max. Heymann later created a campaign for Pepsi Max involving an augmented reality app he created. Roy Kafri and Heymann also created an ad for a small start-up starring model Bar Refaeli, the ad was a Macabre one-minute musical. The two also collaborated on a music video for one of Kafri's popular songs ("Yes I Did Approach Ido"). In October 2012 Heymann created a music video for the song "Young Professionals" by the TYP band, the project was a commercial collaboration with the American Express Company.
As of January 2013 the program Eretz Nehederet ("Wonderful Country")of Channel 2 is broadcasting a series called Bekizur ("in short")it is an adaptation of the French series, Bref, a series built of two-minute episodes. The Israeli series stars Roy Kafri, Heymann directed the series and participated in writing the Hebrew version. In April 2013 Heymann created yet another beer commercial this time for Maccabee Beer, the ad features Isaiah Mustafa.A YouTube video of the ad has so far received one million hits.
In November 2013, the website of Bob Dylan released an interactive music video which Heymann created and directed for the song "Like a Rolling Stone; this song was first released in 1965 and had not previously had an authorized video. The video allows viewers to flip through 16 television channels, which all feature characters who are lip-syncing the lyrics of the song. In December 2013 Time Magazine Named the video best music video of 2013. The video has since won many prizes including a Webby Award for Best Editing and 4 Gold Lions at the Cannes Lions in the Film Craft, Direct, and Branded Content & Entertainment categories.
Heymann often edits,shoots and does Visual effects in his own projects.
- 2013- "Bekizur"
- 2012- Asaf Avidan – "Different Pulses"
- 2012- Roy Kafri and Tal Tirangel- "Yes I Did Approach Ido"
- 2012- TYP - "Young Professionals"
- 2012- Adi Ulmansky - "A.D.I"
- 2013- Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone"
- 2012- Shapiro Beer
- 2012- Pepsi Max BeatBox
- 2012- MyCheck ft. Bar Refali
- 2013- Maccabee Beer ft. Isaiah Mustafa
- 2013- Teaser for Tel Aviv's White Night
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