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Papierkrieg (paper war) by Makaio

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

I watched this interesting video on Vimeo few days back and liked it very much. Thanks to Makaio (aka Matthias) for translating his wonderful short film from German to English especially for LivingDesign. I hope to see more of his work coming online soon.

Papierkrieg:

The two-minute short film ‘Papierkrieg’ tells a story about two kids, arguing about whose paper plane is the best. Everything in the children’s imagination seems to become real and functioning. Rapidly they get mad at each other and start a race of arms until it comes to the final clash with weapons of mass destruction where nobody could end up as a winner.

The film deals with the fact, that kids have the possibility to break the borders of the real world through their infinite creativity. On one hand the story shows children’s playful fantasy and on the other it refers to situations in the real world (e.g. political debates).

Translation:
Boy: My airplane is the best one in the whole world. It even has a jet engine!
Girl: Mine has super cannon, which shoots fireballs!
Boy: Mine deflects them with a tennis racket!
Girl: Mine grills you with a flamethrower!
Boy: Doesn’t matter, it has undestructive-paint!
Girl: You’ll stop laughing after my army of killer bees attacks you!
Boy: But i got a flower bouquet…
Girl: ?
Boy: …of carnivorous plants!
Girl: Acidic rain!
Boy: Protective umbrella!
Girl: Gigantic shredder!
Boy: Soup spoon!
Girl: Shotgun!
Boy: Spider web!
Girl: Hammer!
Boy: Teleporter!
Girl: A-booomb!

6 February Share your
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‘Sky’ by Philip Bloom

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Photography

Interesting time-lapse short film ‘Sky’ shot on Canon 7D, 5D MK II and Panasonic GF1 in Dubai over five days and nights. This amazing piece of work by Philip Bloom is dedicated to his friend Sky Vassar, who died recently at a tragically young age.

19 January Share your
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Stargate studios’ virtual backlot

Under - Media, Miscellaneous, Technology

Founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and special visual effects supervisor and producer, Stargate Studios was conceived as a high tech production company offering visual effects and production services to the film and television industries.

View more from Stargate Studios.

9 January Share your
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Sound, form and space

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics, Music, Poetry

This brilliant piece of work, Syn Emergence, was conceived by Rich Bevan as part of Masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture – examining his associative relationship between sound, form and space.

The project is constructed according to a range of specific sonic and spatial scale rule sets (micro, component, meso and macro) which I designed as part of a cross-disciplinary notation/cartographic system.

21 December Share your
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Going West

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

With well over 500,000 hits on YouTube this ad truly capturing imaginations. The video is visualization of an excerpt from the novel Going West by Maurice Gee. This excellent piece is produced by Colenso BBDO and animated by Line Andersen for the New Zealand Book Council whose mission is to inspire and promote reading in New Zealand.

Bringing Books and People Together
Like no other human activity reading opens up our imagination. It enables us to understand those around us. It allows us to project the future and reach back into the past. Reading can entertain, challenge and educate. We believe that reading can transform people’s lives.

2 September Share your
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Uniqlock: music, dance and clock

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media

Uniqlock

Season 6 is out now. I watched these excellent clips a year ago and was completely blown away. Despite dance being quantum physics to me I think dancers’ synchronization in these clips with music, time and tempo is brilliant. The genius behind this campaign for a clothing retailer is out of box to raise brand awareness.

Uniqlock

Uniqlock

Uniqlo (UNIQue CLOthes), Japan’s leading clothing retail chain, came into world’s attention with its innovative online and integrated campaigns attracting millions worldwide. Produced by Projector Japan, Uniqlock is combination of music, dance and clock in a downloadable screensaver format and blog widget. In Projector’s words:

UNIQLO was seeking an innovative way to build its brand awareness internationally, and promote its business expansion into the global market. We recognized the 70 million blogs worldwide as a powerful buzz-building media, and created a functional and entertaining blog widget for the bloggers to spread the brand globally. The campaign concept we developed was the fusion of a CLOCK which functions as a blog utility, time signaling MUSIC, and DANCE performance videos with UNIQLO clothing. We named it UNIQLOCK. As a 100% UNIQLO branded widget, this automatically became a tool to connect UNIQLO and the world’s bloggers.

Despite the campaign becoming more rhythmic and animated, Season 1 is till my favourite. You can visit the whole archive here.

23 July 2
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The best movie and TV show title sequences

Under - Design, Media, Motion Graphics

Creative Review blog lists the best film titles ever. Interesting to see how intro titles evolved over the time. Smashing Magazine also featured some inspiring movie and TV show title sequences few months ago.

Watch something different this weekend!

Under - Art, Media, My Musings

If you are planning to watch something different this weekend then I have three movie recommendations for you.

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

This intense and moving French movie is based on the memoirs of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke at the age of 43, paralyzing his entire body except his left eye. Being trapped in his body he blinked out his entire experience in a book.

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Excellent photography by Janusz Kaminski would make you feel as being part of Bauby in his experience of life within confinement of his own body. Having watched this movie you would only appreciate and understand simple pleasures in life that we take for granted.

I haven’t seen many French movies but this appears to be an excellent piece of French cinematography to me and one of the best movies in years I watched.

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The very first thing I wanted to know when looked at this movie’s title was what made my wife to recommend this! But, having seen it, I have no problem recommending it to everyone, everyone who wants to appreciate simplicity of life.

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel

Gobi desert (Mongolia) is one of the least known places in the world and this documentary drama is around a family of nomadic shepherds who wanted to save life of a rare white camel calf that was rejected by its mother. Better summarised by TNS at IMDb:

A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt’s life.

The movie tempo is quite slow (so as life in desert) with quite an emotional ending.

Dancer in the dark

I’ve been listening Björk since ‘Play Dead’. Never knew this Icelandic signer is also gifted with acting talent that was truly evident in her only movie (so far) ‘Dancer in the Dark’ wining her several Best Actress awards. The movie might be a bit grim and depressing for some. It is a musical around an East European immigrant to United States in early 1960s, which was going blind with a 12 years old son.

Selma (Björk) is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale. (Summary from IMDb)

Dancer in the dark

Dancer in the dark

Time lapse sunrise!

Under - Art, Geography, Media, Nature, Photography, Poetry

I haven’t seen anything so beautiful and breathtaking than this … it’s so poetic – is it really real? It is nature’s poetry at unimaginable scale! View these clips full screen where possible.

You can view the whole compilation below including ‘Time Lapse Milky Way at Hakuba Lake’ and ‘Sunrise and Milky Way Rising at Kirigamine’ by mockmoon.

29 May 5
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Magic!

Under - Art, Literature, Media, Music, My Musings, Poetry, Typography

Back in December 1999, I wrote to CC Carpenter II that how fascinated I was with his poetry and requested for his permission to use some of it in one of my projects. I got his reply and permission after three attempts. It has been over 9 years since I had last contact with him – his website, his work is no longer online. I could only dig out 2 emails from that time in my inbox without any contact details, the email address not working anymore – I couldn’t trace him anywhere actually!

To be honest, I don’t remember much about him now – in fact I never knew much about him at the very first place, but his words are still scattered all over in many of my finished / unfinished projects. Back in 1999 I was searching for many answers for one question and somehow found CC Carpenter’s poetry online. It simply clicked. I had done ‘Nut, Bolt & Sparky’ earlier that year and was looking for another substance. His work opened up several windows in my mind. I found a rhythm in his poetry and started to look for a sound that can match it.

It took me over three years to find something that can go with his words. Pakistan produced many great folk singers – remember Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? He is just one of the legends that the world knows, but, there was another one, Pathaney Khan, who passed away quietly three years after him. Pathaney Khan’s voice added life to CC Carpenter’s poem ‘Magic’ with a melodious tune of Reshman (another folk legend) in the background.

I assembled the whole piece in May 2003 but, I’m only been able to write about it now – after six years to be exact!

I took for granted all the things
You said to me.
And now I see that you’ve taken
It all away from me.

Poetry:
Magic by C. C. Carpenter II

Featuring Voices:
Pathan-e-Khan (Mai wi jana jhok ranjhan)
Reshman (Aksar shab-e-tanhai mein)

View Magic


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