Monday, 28 March 2011

Garage, a good thing, as is facets.

you say Garage, I say Garage!
this is good. Garage under the umberella, in their words; Your online cinema. Anytime, anywhere...
fresh stuff, really quite good. I must balance that with a very short David Lynch quip
for example - they do lists, invited from nitters, this one is comics made into movies, there is quite a bit of trawling to be done here. It is a good springboard into deeper research, and searching out those titles that are elusive.
Whilst we are on this tip. it reminded me of facets, a group in chicago, who were originally a video distributor who had lovely catalogues of titles. they have moved on to be really good gossip and story led organisation. well worth a look, in my opinion. their manifesto "Facets Multi-Media's mission is to preserve, to present and to distribute independent, world and classic film, and to educate adults and children
in the art and legacy of film." Can not argue with that... FACETS

Friday, 25 March 2011

good film about water

Water ink _ BDDP Unlimited and Solidarités International - UK from BDDP Unlimited on Vimeo.

From BDDP,Today, it is estimated that 3.6 million people, including 1.5 million children under the age of 5, die every year of diseases borne by unhealthy water, making it the world’s leading cause of death.

Yet the public isn’t aware of it and political leaders do not demonstrate the drive it takes to end the terrible deaths. The campaign calls on journalists to spread awareness of this scourge and appeal to readers to sign a petition that will be personally handed to the French president during the 6th World Water Forum in March 2012.
The spot, created by BDDP Unlimited, produced by Hush and directed by Clément Beauvais, a young director, illustrator, musician and photographer. His multiple talents and mastery of various techniques enabled him to both create the drawings and direct the spot.

The campaign will be seen from mid-March on TV, in cinemas, on the Internet and in print. A dedicated web site,, will gather signatures for the petition.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Antony Balch - The Cut-Ups

William Burroughs. Yes. where are we now? Film 1966.
william Burroughs, the naked lunch. David Cronenberg Trailer, and a making of video, where the puppeteers talk about the typewriter bug thing. Burroughs talks about the act of writing, and Cronenberg talks about filming someone writing.
Throughout the 1960s, Burroughs dabbled in making / writing films and sound recordings, presciently seeing that the lines between film and the written word were fairly blurry. Many things you can do with film can also be done with words. His cut-ups during this period are an example. As he says in The Job, “Cut-ups have been used in film for a long time. In fact films are assembled in the cutting room. Like the painter film technicians can touch and handle their medium move pieces of it around and try out new juxtapositions.” More Biographical information here on reality

Sunday, 13 March 2011

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A poster show. All students on Developing practice for animation are going to produce an 'academic poster' for their fellow students to regard and understand the research they have been engaged in.
In my experience, animation is considered a non-serious pass time amongst other art forms. animators are regarded with suspicion, caution and befuddlement. We are left to invisibly forage and stumble into film, sound, performance, architectural space, commercial art, and still be considered non serious.

There is a paradox. WE are very serious about our labours, (I hope). I want these posters to be serious about your chosen subject. Well laid out, well designed, have good appeal. professional, with rigour. the picture above is a poster show. note how people stop and take in the information.

How long should one stay to absorb your research? there is quite a lot of info about academic posters. for example - this one - they are often put out by their Universities and are specific, however there are common grounds about design and legibility and editing your research that is shared.
we will make an A1 poster. landscape. I am going to find out if/ where we can print these. I am hoping at Bower ashton, and I am hoping for a price that is good.

I will let you know.

we may have to do a cake sale to raise the funds...

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

trees and Rocks

Big Fan of Alexander Cozens 1717 - 1786, got out there and drew with wet, and with powder. good use of atmospheric toning.

Visual Thinking

If you are struggling with prose; see some devices for sorting out 'things' HERE
* Decision tree
* Mind map
* POOCH: Problem, options, outcomes and choices
* PCD (Possibilities-Consequences-Decision)
* Venn diagrams
* Fishbone diagrams
* Spidermaps
* Concept maps
* Story maps
* Tree diagram
* T-chart
* time-sequence patterns
* cause-and-effect patterns
* flow charts
* PMI - Plus, Minus, Interesting

the site that this comes from has links to other sources to illustrate the examples, which I have not checked, but I am grateful to be able to pass this on, and thanks to the originators at McKinnon secondary College.