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

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
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
you want to blow my book sales in

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
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do

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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