Archive for November, 2009

The Blind Side – Inspirational

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
  The Blind Side - Inspirational
Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher. Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness becomes much more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins, Jae Head

Ben & Julia: Dove Nets

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Updated with Q&A


A couple of weeks ago I posted a music video by Ben & Julia for The Main Drag’s song ‘Dove Nets’. Ben (Benoît Créac’h) and Julia (Gaudard) started working together in 2006, and recently moved to Berlin.

There are a few things that made me fall in love with this piece: the diverse illustration/design styles, the use of numerous hand-made pieces, but most of all the ‘Berlinesque’ playfulness of it all.  They have really captured the artistic spirit of the city pretty well in this piece. Although they described this project as a sort of celebration of their recent move, I’m sure this wasn’t their primary aim.

I caught up with the duo, and now have the pleasure of sharing some insight behind their production process with all of you. You can also get more info and credit list on the official site of the video here.

1. What was the brief from the record company/band at the start?

The Brief was clear “Do some Ben&Julia’s crazy stuff “. :-)
No seriously, they really trusted us and we were free to do whatever we wanted. So ‘Dove Nets’ ended up as a surrealistic/psychedelic mix media piece.

2. what were your ideas that came up during your brainstorming process?

We were immediately seduced by the concept of a mouse who’s obsessed with doves. At the beginning the goal was to keep everything real simple, because of the budget and time restrictions, but we couldn’t help writing more new ideas, that’s when the talking books, the eyes in the plug (3rd shot), the Dove Robot, came about. We loved the idea of books telling stories without having to be opened and read!

We are mostly inspired by our travels. Also by dreams, childhood memories,  and TV shows. As an example, for this video,
“Téléchat”– a French TV show from the 80’s, was an important inspiration. “The Storyteller” is also one of our favourites.

Another important subject is the metamorphosis, the kind that Ovid spoke about. Something that’s based in mythology rather than in a new vision of ourselves. The poisoning by the cheese alludes to the use of rat poison. It congeals the blood and kills the rat really quickly. That’s an idea that’s been in our sketchbooks for 2-3 years now.

3. what were the most difficult or unexpected challenges you encountered during the production, technical and otherwise?

We put a lot of work in this music video. Everything was hard and challenging : the animated cartoons, sculptures, plaster bandage, books, and the mouse costume whose ears were made of latex. But we also learned a lot out of this, and that’s really valuable to us. When you make an entire video by yourself, the good thing is that inevitably, there would be some sort of an artistic unity, regardless of whether you wanted this or not.

4. Why did you choose this style/aesthetic and this method?

We mixed all the techniques because this was how we found an “equilibrium”. This is how live action, CG, and puppets can coexist. We try to create ‘Universes’ not ‘animation films’. This is our way to change the world we live in, into a better place…at least for 3 minutes :-)

5. Finally tell us a little bit more about your background and the project…

We are Ben (Benoît Créac’h) and Julia (Gaudard). A French/Swiss duo of Art Director/Director.
Julia studied decoration in Vevey (Switzerland), and Graphic Design in Central St Martin’s, London.
Ben studied editing at CLCF and 3D/Special Effects at Isart Digital in Paris, where he also worked as consultant.

In 2006, we started working as a duo, aiming to create something very original out of clever mixes of all sorts of techniques, be it traditional or digital. We are now represented by Stink. ‘Dove Nets’, which took us 3 months to produce, is our second music video, made as a kind of celebration of our recent relocation to Berlin.

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Blonde Highlights

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Black Magazine taps four of the industry’s hottest blondes for its eleventh issue.  Heidi Mount, Hannah Holman, Constance Jablonski and Siri Tollerod are photographed by Michael Schwartz for a series of cover stories that highlight their unique talents. Heidi and Hanna work the effortless downtown look while Siri and Constance reach new heights of glamour [...]

Bits & Bytes: A Trio of Men

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
We love these 2 new images on Red’s blog of Silviu Tolu and Jullien Ferrera (by David Wang). Fashion: Since the world is in a frenzy with the opening of the new Twilight movie, here’s our gratuitous hunky boy shot of Teen Vogue cover star Taylor Lautner. Taylor wore Calvin Klein F/W 09 last night for the [...]

Scan Processor Studies

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Excerpt from Woody Vasulka & Brian O’Reilly’s “Scan Processor Studies” project

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Anton Sakara showreel

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Anton Sakara showreel.

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The Black Dog’s Progress

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Deliciously dark is how I’d describe Director Stephen Irwin’s latest offering.

A tragic, darkly animated and powerful journey through the life of one dog as he travels from abusive home to even worse.

On the audio side Sorenious Bonk did an amazing job scoring the soundtrack, creating a truly haunting atmosphere of unease.

Warning: because of the subject matter some folk might deem this as NSFW.

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Defamation – Trailer

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
  Defamation - Trailer
In the tradition of films such as Roger & Me and Sherman’s March, Shamir embarks on a provocative and irreverent quest to answer the question, “What is anti-Semitism today?” Is it an immediate threat on the verge of coalescing into a second Holocaust? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, controversial author Norman Finkelstein, and others, Yoav Shamir sets out to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and, surprisingly, often wryly funny. Winner of the Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival and awarded with a Special Jury Prizeat the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for “addressing such a controversial subject with a humorous touch that allows people to ask serious questions,”DEFAMATION also has received praise, exuberant audience response and a provocative reputation at the Berlin Film Festival, Toronto’s Hot Docs and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Directed by: Yoav Shamir

Me and Orson Welles – Trailer

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
  Me and Orson Welles - Trailer
Based in real theatrical history, ME AND ORSON WELLES is a romantic coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in Julius Caesar as it’s being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles at his newly-founded Mercury Theater in NYC, 1937. The rollercoaster week leading up to opening night has the charismatic-but-sometimes-cruel Welles (impressive newcomer Christian McKay) staking his career on this risky production while Richard (Zac Efron) mixes with everyone from starlets to stagehands in behind-the-scenes adventures bound to change him.
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Christian McKay, Kelly Reilly

Old Dogs – Clip – Nut Job

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
  Old Dogs - Clip - Nut Job
Two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins (newcomers ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA and CONNER RAYBURN), leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what’s really important in life.
Directed by: Walt Becker
Starring: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Ella Bleu Travolta, Lori Loughlin, Matt Dillon