Showing posts with label Cinema. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cinema. Show all posts


Old School Alice

I've been re-reading Alice in Wonderland lately and remembering how much I enjoy the humor. I'm thinking about going back and reading some of the novels I was assigned in high school as I know I'll have a completely different experience with them now. I came across this footage from the first film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which was released in 1903. Time hasn't been good to the film but it has some pretty impressive (for the time) special effects when Alice shrinks and grows. If you're a fan of Alice then I'd say it's definitely worth a watch! Here's a bit more information on the history of this little film. I love how quirky it is!

Image by John Tenniel


Costume History: Disney Style

Illustrator Claire Hummel has taken it upon herself to add a wee bit of historical accuracy to some of the most popular Disney heroines. Granted, many of the originals weren't too terribly far off the historical track in terms of costume design but there was definitely some room for improvement. I thought this was such a cool project but I'll fall all over myself for anything that glorifies historical accuracy. While Claire's renderings are still extremely stylized in that Disney sort of way (with a dash of artistic license), I think they are certainly more interesting than the originals.

Originally found here


The Amazing Work of John Frame

Luke and I went to The Huntington last week and found a real gem in the John Frame exhibit. I couldn't believe I had never heard of him before this! He is a sculptor, animator, photographer and storyteller who has been working here in Southern California for decades. He meticulously carves figurative sculptures from wood, metal, fabrics, and various found materials. In 2006 he began to create moveable sculptures with articulated joints, eyes, fingers, etc. and placed them in stop motion short films. The concepts for these films originated in Frame's dreams. He explores "the meaning of life, the inevitability of death, and the nature of good and evil". You know, the basics... Anyhow, his current exhibit at The Huntington is comprised of the actual sculptures, films, and still photographs from the stop motion process. We were completely spellbound and extremely impressed and inspired! His work has such a timeless and theatrical feel to it. Eery and gorgeous. If you're in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend the exhibit. If you're not, then check out his website for some amazing work!

Here is the film that is showing at The Huntington, "Three Fragments of a Lost Tale". Stunning!

Three Fragments of a Lost Tale from John Frame on Vimeo.



From the vaults...

I hope no one was desperately hoping for a Rose Bowl flea market recap today. Apparently I am just not meant to attend this thing! I completely forgot that the final match of the World Cup was the same day. Luke and I ended up trying to go to a Barney's Beanery to watch it but by the time we arrived there wasn't a single table left and I was sooo not standing for the whole thing. Upsetting because I really wanted a Belgian waffle too. So, we were running out of time and ducked into a random (read: crappy) sports-ish/pool hall-ish bar instead. Got a table in front of the ridiculously large TV and had some pizza. The match (if you missed it) went into crazy overtime. If only yellow cards had been goals. By the time the match was over there was not enough time for the flea market. Bleh. Next month...I'm determined to go! I also have the Renegade Craft Fair coming up this month!! Ok, enough rambling from me. Luke found something we've searched for online before and could never find! "Destino", a short film by Dalí and, get this, Disney! Who'd have thought it? I remember telling Luke about this film before we were even dating. I first saw it at the Tate Modern(my favorite museum) in 2007 during a GREAT Dalí exhibition. I even remembered the theme tune. Check it out! It's so sad it was never completed and released back then. It's WAY ahead of its time as it was started in 1945. In 2000, Disney's nephew found it while working on Fantasia 2000. "A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí's wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino's production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench's original footage, but it also contains some computer animation. The 18 second original footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises."(source)


I'm pooped but here's cool video!

Hi all, I've had quite a day and it's nearly midnight here (still need to clean before tomorrow morning)! I'm going to Venice Beach tomorrow which should be fun. While I don't have time for a big, image-filled post, I WILL leave you with this super cool video from the New Zealand Book Council. What an awesome way to explore literature! I can't imagine how long this took to make but it's really excellent. I'd love to see a series of these done for some of the "classics". How amazing would "The Odyssey" be in this format?! Enjoy!

Advertiser: NZ Book Council
Advertising Agency: Colenso BBDO

Production: Andersen M Studio
Design and animation: Line Andersen
Photography and lighting: Martin Andersen
Sound design: Mikkel H. Eriksen (Instrument Studio)



Along with succulents, Stockholm apartments, and silver, one of my other obsessions which begins with an "S" is stop motion! I have such a huge amount of respect for artists who work with stop motion as it is insanely tedious and requires a great deal of patience. But I think the results are always worth the extra effort. So, I'll share one of my favorite stop motion shorts called "Lost Things". Written and directed by Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths and produced by Gallant and Keen with music by A Fine Frenzy.
If you like Alice in Wonderland, this is pretty much a guarantee for you!

Amazon has recently taken the plunge into the world of stop motion with these fantastic ads for their Kindle. AND guess who wrote and directed?? Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths! No wonder I enjoyed these ads so much! Keep up the good work, guys!


I just had my mind blown.

I'll say it again, I seriously just had my mind blown. I stumbled upon this short film over at Design Therapy. Let me just say, this is one of the most beautiful short films I have ever seen. If you're at all interested in architecture, interior design, cinematography, photography, editing, film scores, or CGI, you are barking mad if you don't watch this film in full. Created by Spanish artist Alex Roman (Jorge Seva), this film, entitled The Third & The Seventh, is completely computer generated. I know, I know, crazy! I just started watching it without reading the information first and it took me a minute or two to even wonder. It's just so perfect, I thought, is this even real? It's an incredible visual experience of architecture and art featuring some amazing spaces such as the Mt. Fuji house (Satoshi Okada). But don't take my word for it, enjoy the film itself. I've also added a link to the artist's work and an interview!

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Want a look behind the scenes?

Exeter Shot -- Making Of from Alex Roman on Vimeo.


Images via Alex Roman


First Impressions

We went to see "Robin Hood" this afternoon and I thought it was quite well done for what it was. I was happy to see some real history thrown into the mix. That being said, I'm not going into a review of the film but I do want to mention the closing credits. I can't seem to find a video of them online but they were certainly unexpected. Scenes from the film played out in moving oil paints. It was very interesting and I quite enjoyed it. I started to think about some of my favorite opening and closing credits from films and I immediately thought of the opening from "The Fall". If you haven't seen this film, rent it!! It's one of the most exquisite films I've ever seen and I'd like to think that's saying something. The opening is just beautiful. This YouTube format does not do it ANY justice but in the cinema it was breathtaking. The slow motion, the editing, the narrative, and the simplicity and historical reference of the black and white make this my favorite film opening. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!