All Posts in Film & Animation

October 28, 2011 - No Comments!

Time lapse wonders

Some beautifully breathtaking time-lapse shorts by Terje Sørgjerd (TSO Photography).

"The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know, El Teide...if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32"

"I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius"

"My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun. The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours...At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that."

October 24, 2011 - No Comments!

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

It's hard to believe that a monograph dedicated to the work of Saul Bass hasn't existed until now, so I'm very excited about the forthcoming release Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. Laurence King know how to produce a quality tome and this should exceed expectations with 1400 examples of his work (much previously unseen) showcasing his output during a 40 year career: from the iconic posters and title sequences for the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger, to the visual identity of corporate America.

I love the hand-cut feel to his movie posters - bold colours, rough type and symbolic shapes - a style much copied but never surpassed (see Burn After Reading and Precious for homages). His titles for film were no less innovative, capable of summarising the story and underlying themes graphically, and employing kinetic typography to stunning effect. Above all what comes across with his work is how much he enjoyed creating it: sophisticated yet somehow naive, there is a playful and beautiful element at the heart of his visual language.

[pullquote author="Saul Bass"]"I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares."[/pullquote]

May 13, 2011 - No Comments!

Save the Cerrado

Last week WWF launched their new campaign to Save the Cerrado savannah from the ravages of soya production. It's a diverse habitat covering 21% of Brazil and home to many unique species, yet is often overlooked on the global conservation stage in favour of it's more famous neighbour, the Amazon.

Check out this amazing video performed by South American magician El Mago Serpico and produced by the clever people at Neo. Sign up and urge your supermarket to take action by agreeing to buy their soy grown to Round Table on Responsible Spy (RTRS) standards here. It only takes a minute and Waitrose have already committed to the target, so it's working!