Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Topical Brain Fodder

May 18, 2010

Back on the clouds, this time with feeling. Magnum Opus etc – for the show.


EMIP, winning in life.

March 24, 2010

W.W.W – found!

March 23, 2010

Reflective silhouetting, excello colours. From the opening credits to the new joy in my life – Wonders of the Solar System.

“Boy, that’s a neat way to travel”

March 15, 2010

1min, 12 secs.

Joe “The Fall” Kittenger

March 9, 2010

In 1960, U.S. Air Force pilot Joe Kittinger flew 30km straight up into the sky using a pressurized, high-altitude balloon. This very nearly made him the first man in space.
He then jumped.

Newness – W.W.W.

March 2, 2010

Cover art for band Wap Wap Wow.

Hello, quick update. Project is for aforementioned band – music is repetitive in the best sort of way. Vocals become instruments, layered, reflected in a call and receive choir and strings thing. Reasons for lame technical breakdown will become clear after I post a couple of images that I have been given or found as a response to the brief.

Above: Monty Python , provided by Rose (of Wap Wap Wow [w.w.w.] inception).Below: stills from Auguste Lumière (1862-1954) and Louis Lumière (1864-1948), Danse Serpentine

Early filmmakers loved dancers. I can’t locate the source of this film, but iterations of the Serpentine Dance were particular favorites of both Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Brothers. Inspired by dancer Loie Fuller’s famed skirt dances, in which colored lights projected onto her billowing garments, this film (and others like it) was hand-tinted to achieve similar affects. Fuller’s solo was mesmerizing, and her copycat film subjects no less so.

Particularly interested in the hand colouring and symmetry of these examples. Surreal, seemingly random colour selection. Will come back to this idea of layering on colour as an enhancement and fantastical act. For now will draw parallel to the music with the multilayered repetition and its original form as a garage band demo that could constantly be added to and altered.

Micro-gravity + Alka-Seltzer = *joy

December 16, 2009

Sublime goodness.

V.I. – Powers of Ten Film

December 6, 2009

V.I. – Powers of Ten context

December 6, 2009

Will case study the remarkable film from Charles and Ray Eames, Powers of Ten. Wikiwiki –

Powers of Ten is a 1977 short documentary film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames.[1] The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

From the Library of Congress

The ultimate Eamesian expression of systems and connections, Powers of Ten explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man’s hand. Powers of Ten illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. The film also demonstrates the Eameses’ ability to make science both fascinating and accessible.

A major theme in all the Eameses’ scientific endeavors was the beauty and elegance of scientific principles and the tools used to study and convey them. Revealing science’s complex integration of art, philosophy, and nature, the Eameses’ films and exhibitions successfully related the unfamiliar aspects of science with familiar and comfortable facets of everyday life. These projects translated complex ideas into simple images to make them understandable to the lay person.

Throughout their careers, the Eameses counted many scientists as colleagues and friends, joining their community as visual communicators.

There was an incredible level of detail and need for truthful communication, unfettered by artistic flair, but not unaesthetic in it’s attempt to appeal to a lay audience. This letter just proves the level of understanding and exchange of information that the Eames’ had with their subject matter.

Beautiful storyboard sketch

Art board images. Get a bit emotional looking at them really –

Above: production (Charles Eames in crane). Below: sweet joy –

Standing Ovation

October 13, 2009

Bernard Gigounon. Rain has never been the same. Extremely witty, multilayered and somehow feels like a problem solved when you watch it. All sublime goodness.