Documentarian and director Gary Hustwit has just released a trailer for the upcoming film Urbanized, his third “design” related film after Helvetica and Objectified. If the previous films are anything to go by, this surely won’t disappoint.
Learn more about the film at it’s website here.
Posted in architecture, design, film
Tagged architecture, design, documentary, film, gary hustwit, helvetica, objectified, urban planning, urbanized
The Fauxgo tumbler, curated and run by the very talented designer and illustrator Tymn Armstrong, focuses solely on “symbols or other small design created to represent a fictional company that exists only on film.” Pop culture nerds (me included) will definitely recognize Monsters Inc., Buy N Large from Wall-E, and other great celluloid corporate design. And best of all, Tymn assures me via Twitter, that one of my favorite faux-corporations, the evil quasi governing empire, Weyland-Yutani from the Alien films, will be added very soon!
Visit Fauxgo here.
Posted in branding, design, film
Tagged branding, corporate design, fauxgo, films, logos, movies, tumbler, tumblr, tymn armstrong
Director Yoann Lemoine has crafted a fantastic four minute visual feast for the song “Iron” by Woodkid. Salivating wolves, hypnotic owls, high contrast, slow motion fight scenes and a post apocalyptic Agyness Deyn. The visuals sit somewhere between Hedi Slimane and “300″ director Zack Snyder, with hi rez CGI blending seamlessly into conventionally shot portraits and running scenes. It’s a buildup to some epic battle, hopefully a sequel is in the works?
A witch cat, a murderous spirit of a deceased Aunt, her possessed house of horrors and group of young girls led by sisters named Gorgeous and Fantasy make up the main characters in the recently re-released Criterion Collection pressing of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 horror film, House. But what I found even more remarkable and was, evidently, unprepared for, were the pure pop fantasy and surreal directing and cinematography. Cartoonish animation, symbolic rivers of blood, mountains of severed body parts, and tons of demonic glowing eyes often inhabit the same scenes and even the same shot. Quick flashes and strobe-light editing along with bold uses of color also create a nightmarish mirage of kaleidoscopic experiences as you watch these young heroines fight for their lives within this crazy fever dream of sequences.
I highly recommend sitting back, ignoring any pretense of narrative or story arc you may attempt to form and simply allow the visuals to wash over you. They may be bizarre, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious, but they are always well crafted and come from a highly creative place.
Check of some screen grabs and the trailer after the jump!
Posted in art, film, inspiration, motion
Tagged 1977, 70's, fantasy, horror, horror film, house, japan, japanese, movie, obayashi, surreal
Fantastic behind the scenes making-of video showing how a lot of the stunts and CGI wizardry was done for the TRON Legacy. Nice to see some good ole’ fashioned acrobatics and acting were at the core of a majority of the film. The video does contain some spoilers, so for those of you who haven’t seen it yet (and you should), be prepared.
Update: Looks like Disney keeps taking this video down all over YouTube, hopefully the new link works. If not, do a search for “making of TRON” at YouTube. God forbid Disney has some content that promotes a popular movie up on the internet for free.
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Tagged CGI, design, effects, motion, movie, movies, technology, tron
To celebrate the New York Times’ newest edition, entitled “The Hollywood Issue”, NYT Mag enlisted a bevy of A-List talent including Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, James Franco and more to be shot vignette-style by director Solve Sundsbo. 14 Actors Acting is a video gallery of classic screen types, dramatically scored by Owen Pallett.
Watch “14 Actors Acting” here.
Despite gloom and doom reports and iPad releases, the print industry is not going anywhere soon. And this beautifully shot short film, entitled simply How Ink Is Made, is basically a long commercial for The Printing Ink Company, but shows how methodical and dedicated to the process these fine technicians and workers are.
Meet Dot, she’s the star of the “world’s smallest stop motion film” using the new Nokia N8 camera phone. It’s pretty remarkable to watch, especially in full-screen mode. On another note, I think this would make a fantastic side-scrolling video game as well!
Matthew Dear’s new album, Black City, is already one of my favorite albums of the year. It’s mostly synthetic and dark, with striking touches of humanity and emotion forming a midnight epic of sorts. Matthew’s record label, Ghostly International just released this promo clip for his newest single “Little People” and it’s a perfect visual accompaniment. Morgan Beringer has created a dissolving, melting world, where cityscapes, faces and rain all wash into each other forming a mind-bending, monochromatic trip.
Visit Matthew Dear’s website for more info on Black City.