Arena is a short film created using images sourced from Google Earth by Páraic McGloughlin. So much data in the form of aerial photography. What to do with all this data? Make it dance. Great sound and edit. I’m guessing a few hours are involved here, time well spent, leaves you wanting more.
Ferdio infographic agency in Copenhagen have undertaken this very interesting and somewhat curious little project. Flag Stories is a collection of infographics that have come together as a result of careful examination of the many flags of the world. Colours, proportions, shapes, symbols etc. Data collected and brilliantly displayed in a series of snapshots. Still can’t quite make the connection as to why this really pointless data is so interesting! Great project. You can view the complete project here.
From Joseph Bellows Gallery in California, Urban Color by Wayne Sorce. An amazing collection of photos from the late 70’s and early 80’s in both Chicago and New York City. Never ceases to amaze me how much detail (film vs digital) is held in these older images. Whilst technology and resolution have come a long long way, there is definitely warmth and honesty in these colourful shots. Super. You can see more image here.
New hero alert. Arielle Bobb-Willis’s photography really grabbed my attention. Her images are tainted with a little fashion, a lot of fun, plenty of colour and just a hint of oddness. The composition might suggest heavy art direction and uber high fashion, but they also confidently carry a very human, casual, street feel. Salute!
Brooklyn-based musician, comedian and director Daniel Koren makes quirky little videos with a quick pace and sharp edit. On second watch maybe it was just the mood I was in, but I laughed out loud on multiple occasions. Refreshing. Tasty.
Chiara Zonca is a London based photographer whose stunning photography fills me with the urge to travel. Love a good road trip. These images have me searching for maps.
The moon in more detail than you’ve ever seen. Still blows my small mind!
Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere documented local hairstyles throughout the 60’s and 70’s. This pricked my interest more so than you might expect for I am bald. I generally find hairstyles fascinating, and my own lack of options a tad dissapointing. But I do like to rock a wig at a party. These stunning images show true craftsmanship. Fine art indeed. More information here.
Like a child frolicking in a field, so so good. Cars do seem to have personality, but not this much! Foam studio executes this project with sweet perfection. The first of a series of character animation narratives based on the personality of Autonomous Rolf. Bet you can’t watch it just once. You can read more about the project, complete with arousing copy at foam.studio.
In late 2011 I contributed via Kickstarter to “The Happy Film”. A project undertaken by design guru Stefan Sagmeister. The promised USB arrived in the mail yesterday. Sure it was a long wait, but I’m fairly sure Stefan is a very busy man, and there were many issues along the way, not least the sad passing of the film’s initial director Hillman Curtis in 2012.
The premise of the film was to explore whether meditation, therapy or drugs would bring the most happiness. Of course there is no final answer, but the journey that Mr. Sagmeister puts himself through is definitely eye opening. Visually stunning the use of mise en scène is set to a maximum, but there is also an element of squirm about watching such an accomplished man wrestle with mostly himself in pursuit of the smile.
Honest and very pleasing to the eye, the film will most likely not make you any happier, but it’s insightful and a great watch. Preview below.
Use this link to view the full film.
As much as I love city life, I do often fantasize about living in a remote location in a incredible building. James Whitaker’s starburst of shipping containers in Joshua Tree National Park stirs up such thoughts. A truly space age looking pad complete with views in every direction. You can see and read more at this link.
pixelshifter does animation too! Finally got around to putting an animation showreel together. A selection of various recent projects put together to the joyful bouncy sounds of Barry Gray (theme from UFO). Bring some funky motion to your next project / announcement / invite / project or whatever.
Being born in 1970 makes me 11 years old during 1981, one of the many golden years of video gaming. Donkey Kong, Galaga, Frogger and Defender were all released that year. Needless to say my interest in video games has always been healthy. I have also had a strong interest in VR and all it’s been promising since watching movies such as The Lawnmower Man – 1992 (yeah fairly daggy, but sells the concept early on), Strange Days – 1995 (excellent), Existenz -1999 (just good) and of course the Matrix Trilogy – 1999 – 2003 (without peer).
Well it seems that finally the gap between what was being promised and what is now available has been somewhat reduced. I visited Zero Latency in North Melbourne last week. At an empty warehouse in North Melbourne with 3 great friends I had my socks blown off playing virtual reality games. At 47 years old. It made me feel like a kid. You probably only get that sensation during your first experience, but it was real and mighty. Like seeing the Speeder Bike Chase in Return of the Jedi – 1983, on the big screen at 13, it blew me away. You only get that overwhelmed feeling a handful of times in your life.
Yes I was completely aware that I was in a very safe environment with a flat surface beneath me, but I still found myself approaching frightening drops with trembling fear. At one point a simple walk on what was a very non flat surface in the game had me stumbling like a drunk, completely lost in my safe surrounds. I leant over to pat a nonexistent frog, and also found myself arching my back to take in the whales swimming overhead! The amount of disc space and processing power strapped to our backs must have been huge, but went mainly unnoticed such has been the dramatic improvements in hardware. And in short time no doubt both the 3D modelling and texture mapping will improve again and again. When the day comes that the experience is photo real, just wow!
The first of the two games was called Engineerium and rather pleasantly involved no guns or killing. As a team of 6 characters, our aim was to reach certain specific locations to unlock the next platform to advance through the puzzle. I could really feel a sense of potential for this sort of game for teaching / encouraging people to work together in a simulated environment to get a task completed. Or just for the pure sense of wonder. You really feel the potential of the VR technology.
The second (which seems to be typical of the VR experience), was a classic first person shoot-em up. Whilst we were adult enough to not choose the Zombie Survival option, we did play Singularity – the secret military space station option that plays out in a very similar way – you shoot a heap of stuff. Yes the environment is amazing, especially when you find yourself entering large open spaces from much smaller tunnels and lifts, and there truly is a sense of comradery in working together to shoot all the stuff (mainly robots that don’t bleed, it really is well worth trying). But you can’t help but feel that the whole potential of the technology is being lost in emulating the experience of killing? Or I am just turning into a big ol hippie.
Highly recommended. visit www.zerolatencyvr.com
To use words of his own, “The result is beautiful imagery both abstract and very real.” So true. Jaw dropping piece from clearly gifted animator Brett Foxwell. Not unlike a medical scan of the body, but far more interesting and beautifully put together with sound and edit. Not a lot of technique is revealed, but it’s basically a stop motion piece, sand some wood, take a photo, sand some wood etc. The end result is stunning, almost like time travel. Truly a very patient man, there are many other interesting projects to see at his website.
Apparently there is a shortage of urban space in Valencia, Spain. Fernando Abellanas has a solution, a pop-up studio built into the underside of a traffic bridge at an undisclosed location. While most likely not legal and therefore not permanent, it’s a very creative idea which shows true dedication to his original thought. You can read more about the project here.
Words is a beautiful little typography based video project from Enle Li & Liz Xiong. Complete with great sound, the video captures the everyday with just words and colours. I was moved with it’s simplicity. Well done.
Wow. How have I only just heard about this ambitious design project the day after it finished? Sydney based designer Pete Majarich has redesigned a movie poster a day for the past year. I watch a lot of movies, I love movies. His minimal take on well known movies often says a great deal more than the original posters. Maybe it’s because the movies are familiar, but I find most of these to be improvements.
Some of my favourites below. The poster for “Primer” is fabulous. Some of the posters are even available for purchase at his website. And all posters can be seen at his tumblr account. Well done Pete.