A match made in androgynous heaven

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tilda Swinton and David Bowie play a middle-aged, middle-class couple (with a twist, of course) in his new video for his song The Stars (Are Out Tonight).  Enjoy!

Tim Burton’s animated filmography

June 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

He did it again. French animator and graphic designer Martin Woutisseth, whose animation on Stanley Kubrick’s filmography we have already admired, created an animated video for Tim Burton’s films, this time. What can we say? We love Stanley Kubrick, we love Tim Burton and now we love Martin Woutisseth.

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Tarantino from below and Anderson from above

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Filming from below and filming from above. Two different techniques, two different approaches, both contributing to the film’s essence.

Kogognada has created two short fascinating videos; the first one is a compilation of Quentin Tarantino’s shots filmed from below.

And the second one is compilation of Wes Anderson’s overhead shots of hands doing all sort of things.

Pretty cool. Don’t you think?

via Laughing Squid

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The ABCs of cinema

February 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

A video quiz this time to test our movie knowledge. Evan Seitz created an amazing animation video, where its letter of the alphabet represents a popular film. How many titles can you name?

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Pictograms are forever

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not only diamonds are forever, pictograms as well. Designer Bryan Lenning has used only pictograms  to depict all 24 James Bond films.

Can you guess the titles just by looking at the icons?

via Design Taxi

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Landscape in the mist

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Landscape in the Mist (1988). RIP Theo Angelopoulos

The sky turned blood red

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I was walking along a path with two friends / the sun was setting / suddenly the sky turned blood red / I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence / there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city / my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety / and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”
Edvard Munch, 1893

Not only poems can be animated, as we have seen in our previous post, but paintings as well. Edvard Munch’s The Scream gets a life of its own in this amazing video, created by animation director and graphic artist Sebastian Cosor.

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There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out

January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

To visualise a poem’s world : what a challenge.

Designer Monika Umba attempts a magical immersion to Bukowski’s world with her mesmerizing animation video of Charles Bukowski’s poem “The Bluebird,” originally published in his 1992 anthology.

The Bluebird

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pur whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

via Brainpickings

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First quiz of the year

January 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Our 2011 ended with a quiz: our last post of 2011 was Stephen Wildish ‘s 1980′s Film Alphabet, a graphic quiz testing our knowledge on pop-culture movies from the 80’s. Today’s post is the first quiz of the year and we decide to go with Stephen Wildish ‘s 1990′s Film Alphabet this time.

You know the procedure: Each letter and a movie title.

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Last quiz of the year

December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Last quiz of the year: Back to the eighties to test our knowledge and memory. Designer Stephen Wildish created the 1980′s Film Alphabet,  a great graphic that challenges our pop culture movie knowledge from the eighties.

Each letter and a movie. Can you recognise them?

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A film and its multiple interpretations

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

A film is a different experience for each of us. A different interpretation based on our interests, experiences, life. The Silver Screen Society created by Trevor Basset, Brandon Schaefer and Adam Hanson is a website which invite artists each month to create art based on a chosen film and present their own ‘visual’ interpretations of their favourite film.

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Living inside an IKEA catalogue

December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

The existential drama of a woman living inside an IKEA catalogue.

Written and directed by: Jeroen Houben, Tim Arts, Stefan van den Boogaard

This is definitely a horror film

November 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, it seems that each film genre has a design style of its own, or, to put it correctly, each film genre has the same design style. French film distributor Christophe Courtois gathered thousands of film posters and assembled them together just to point out that indie film posters are always yellow; there is always a (third) eye in horror films; all women wear red dresses in romantic comedies; people appear blindfolded in law and justice films -perhaps because justice is always blind?- and all nature documentary posters are blue.

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A life in film and design

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

In just a title, you have to capture the essence and give identity to a brand, a cover, a film. That’s why we can comprehend some of designers’ ‘peculiarities’ and that is the reason we love Saul Bass and his work: he managed to convey through graphic design the atmosphere of some of the greatest films of Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

His work is put together in a book, entitled Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, designed by his daughter Jennifer Bass and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham. The large tome covers more than 1,400 illustrations, covering classic films such as Anatomy of a Murder and Vertigo and many others never published before. To celebrate the release of the book, Ian Albinson created the following video, which highlights some of Bass’ most celebrated films.

via Visual News

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Aronofsky does it again

November 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ellen Burstyn getting chased by a refrigerator is the scariest image in film. By far. Lonely, scared, hallucinating old lady on diet-pill amphetamines.

Daren Arononsfky does it again. This time it’s young people and meth. The result is as eerie and full of despair as we’ve learned to expect from Aronofsky.

The short films are part of an ad campaign by the Meth Project. Tony Kaye, Wally Pfister and Alejandro González Iñárritu have created ads for this campaign. But truth be told, nobody does it as well as Aronofsky.

To die by your side…

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

and if a double-decker bus /crashes into us /to die by your side /is such a heavenly way to die /and if a ten-ton truck /kills the both of us /to die by your side /well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

Especially when you are a fictional character popping out from the illustrated first-edition covers of Macbeth and Dracula.

Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die by Your Side) is a short animation film made of 3,000 pieces of felt, all cut by hand by
Olympia Le-Tan and directed by Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn.

The story is set on a bookshelf of the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company and displays the encounter of two cut out figures wanting to be together.


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In the name of design

October 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

More amazing minimalistic movie posters!

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Nuit blanche

August 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just awesome!

The encounter of two strangers in a hyper real fantasy.

Directed by: Arev Manoukian. Watch the “Making of” here.

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Your best bits

August 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

When life flashes before your eyes, which images would you choose to remember? Steve Cutts follows one man’s last moments, as he accidentally falls off a tall city building, in his hand-drawn animated short film In The Fall.

via Laughing Squid

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Filming your steps around the globe

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Walking around the globe and filming your steps. Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees visited 11 countries, traveled 38 thousand miles in 44 days, and created 3 amazing short films: Move, Eat, Learn.

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