Monday, 17 August 2009

Art & Copy trailer

I haven't heard of this until now but luckily, since I've been checking the Apple trailers site for James Cameron's Avatar (which is out on August 21st by the way!), I found this rather cool trailer for a documentary about the advertising industry.

Here's a sound-bite from the Apple trailers website:

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.

Check it out here:

Art & Copy Trailer Link

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Space Collective - Awesome!

I just stumbled upon this site, it's fucking cool! Loads of great work. The only thing I recognise is a collage by John Stezinger but I like the rest of the stuff that's on there. It's going to take a while to look through everything because there's so much cool content but this is really my kind of thing, a great find for me!

Friday, 14 August 2009

jiraffe logo?

Something I've been working on casually just to give this blog a bit of an identity. It's a work in progress!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Universal Everything - Onedreamrush (short film)

"Short film for the Onedreamrush 42 second film festival in Beijing, alongside directors including Harmony Korine, Mike Figgis and David Lynch."

Short Film / Onedreamrush / 42 Below Vodka / China from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

I had a browse on the Universal Everything site to see what they'd be up to lately. I found something that interested me aesthetically. I'm really liking the dramatic use of black and white, I find it really enhances the vast and epic scale of the visuals. ]

The introduction of colour has a real impact as the film comes to it's climax. I liked the juxtaposition at end of a filmed landscape scene against the motion graphics.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Que Houxo - Existence of Light

I've been raiding the corners of the internet again, using the fantastic 'Stumble Upon', to find inspiration. I stumbled upon a feature on a blog called 'Hypebeast'. The entry was called, 'Existence of Light Feature with Que Huoxo'.

The blog entry was reporting about a feature posted on another site about Houxo's work but the images on this site was the thing I was most interested in.

The paintings he does are more like live installations. The thing I was most drawn to was the use of vibrant colour and the work coming to life under the black light. It draws an ultra futuristic experience to the viewing of the piece.

When I look at them I'm reminded of images you see of Tokyo, tonnes of colour and movement. I start to feel like I'm immersed in the paintings, like I'm in an epileptic dream world that's dazzling my eyes.

Seeing this work has kicked my ideas into an extra gear and I'm beginning to think about how I can use colour and light to immerse the viewer into the work.

Here are a couple of my favourites from the feature.

All images courtesy of Hypebeast.

Monday, 10 August 2009

SUPER 8 - Let me try!

So for this summer project I really want to get into doing some video. I haven't got much in terms of a video camera except for my small hand held Sanyo that records onto a memory card. I've had it for years and as much as it's a great little camera, it's hard for me to achieve the aesthetic I want for this particular project.

That's where super 8 comes in! I've always been turned on by the intrigue behind super 8. A truly analogue process that has a very defined aesthetic and so much history attached. Whenever I see something recorded on super 8, I get a sense of a 'hyper reality. The grainy effect, the kind of jerky hand held candid style and crisp picture make the medium so interesting and appealing to work with.

I've never worked with true 'film' cameras but I really want to try. It just seems like there's so much more control and it looks more artistic and beautiful. There's a few super 8 cameras kicking about at the amazing 'Snoopers Paradise' in town for fairly cheap so hopefully I can get some money together and get one. Film and processing is a whole other cost though altogether!

Here's an example of super 8 footage which I found on YouTube. This guy has gone for a home video reel to test out his camera and he's got some nice shots in there too.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Three Transitions - Peter Campus

It didn't take that long did it? Here's my first piece of internet research. Maybe I could make this blog one of my Sketchbooks? Ummmmmm.

I find this clip short film very interesting. It seems more like an experiment but it definitely has a sense of 'virtual self harm' where someone is harming themselves without anthing really happening.

The 2nd and 3rd scenes seem to be using blue or green paint and using the Keyed in 'green screen' effect but the 1st scene is very intriguing and is hard to see how it's done. There's obviously some overlaying effects but I'm not sure whether that's been done afterwards or using a projector. Still, very cool!

I need to make an update!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I haven't been working on much recently although I have been thinking hard and stumbling around the internet, reading books and watching films.

Not only has it been rather enjoyable, having the time to indulge in some activities that I wouldn't usually have the time for, it's also become a form of mild research for my summer project '5 words'.

The project was set by WSA for the whole Graphic Arts course to keep their brains ticking over the summer. And, although I haven't started making anything, which I'm actually getting a little frustrated about, the ball is kind of rolling.

I know what you're thinking! Lazy student, doing nothing with his time but browsing the internet and wallowing in his own filth. That part is true (haha) but it's very important for designers to be wary of the things around them and to keep up to date with current affairs and the vast array of work and ideas that are posted of the web every single day! So there! That's my argument. ;)

So, to conclude, I've basically told you some stuff that isn't really that interesting but as a way of keeping me on track I hope to post a few blogs here and there. I'll be tracking my progress on the project be it research, ideas, sketches or photographs it should all be here!

Kirk out.