Saturday, December 29, 2007

Boodas!


Sankt Augustin based Boris Schandert works in illustration, installation and logo treatments and has very solid work on his website.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Keylight research...

So I've been doing alot of research for the best way of saving out green screen footage. Here's what I have so far:

Keylight, a plugin for in Adobe After Effects seems like the best option so far, and it comes pre-installed. Found two good tutorials on it - VideoCopilot.net and Adobe Design Center, and also the User Manuel is a great little book too.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

greenscreen progress...

So removing the wrinkles from the screen was easier than I thought. First I ironed it, then rigged medium binder clips and rubber bands to stretch it out. Next comes the hardest part - the lights.

Friday, December 21, 2007

keeping busy

Last night I set up a 12x10 ft chroma key screen in the gallery. I still need to iron out the wrinkles, buy a couple of side lights, and invest in a softbox. My goal is to be up and running by the 1st of the year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

you'll be missed


My best friend Pumpkin aka 'Punkie, Monkey, Munkin' passed away. I loved him so much, more than anything in the world. Rest in peace little buddy.

film projects on my plate for '08

  1. "Night of the Knife" music video
  2. Short film w/Alex
  3. NYC urban education documentary
  4. "Full Circle" extended re-shoot
  5. Project 121

music video progress... (#5)

Just found out an amazing new feature in Final Cut Pro 6 called "Smooth Cam" which automatically stabilizes shaky footage! So basically no need for an expensive clunky GlideCam. Here's a great little tutorial on how it works.

music video progress... (#4)

Our main goal right now is to find a small bedroom to film the main scenes. Ideally it will have stunning wallpaper, something along the lines of Lotta K, Nama Rococo, or Flavor style.

music video progress... (#3)

Storyboards complete...
IMPENDING DOOM:


INTRO:


LYRIC CREATION:


PAINTINGS / DARKROOM (possibly remove these scenes?)


FIN:


music video progress... (#2)

LOCATIONS:
Room with amazing wall texture/wallpaper with a bed/window/desk
Darkroom
Woods/Rockface/Cliff
Hill w/avilable hole for digging
Abandoned road in forest
River/rapids (+ink)
Well (+fog machine)
Lots of logs (+axe)
Ground (+burn)
Train tracks (+old train)

PROPS:
Bed w/texture/pattern
Small desk (or sitting on ground @ entrance)
Vintage frames
Old typewriter
Long curtains/leaf blower
Old grandfather clock (+burn)
Noose/thick rope
Horse (white?)
Revolver
Shovel
Axe + logs

music video progress... (#1)

I started earlier this month collaborating with my friends Martha (amazing copywriter) and Robbie (lead guy in the band) to create an music video for the Cassavetes. The song is "Night of the Knife".

The lyrics have been divided up into individual scenes...


Next is a rough timeline, idea board, listing out dream states, and locations needed...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lys


Great illustration work from Paris based Lydia Selimalhigazi!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A few more good quotes...

"...it's easy to talk the talk and then not produce anything when push comes to shove. Nine out of ten times hard work trumps skill and talent."
- Amir H. Fallah, Founder of Beautiful/Decay

"It's so important to work with a small group of the very best. Anything [but the best], and collaboration risks dragging a good idea down to the lowest common denominator."
- Elliot Kealoha Blanchard

Incomplete Manifesto of Bruce Mau

Need a creative jolt? Check out the Incomplete Manifesto.

A few of my favorites include:

#2. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you'll never have real growth.

18. Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you're separated from the rest of the world.

29. Think with your mind. Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Terry Rodgers


Terry's paintings are large, complex designs that attempt to reflect his sense of the times we are living in.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Six Letter Word


Simply great poster and tshirt portfolio from Diogo Potes - some of them for sale too.

Gegen├╝berstellung der Erinnerung


"Ink-jet print on blueback-paper pasted on the wall, painting on board (50x40cm)" ...amazing!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Hyena & Other Men


Photographer Pieter Hugo, winner of World Press Photo '07, has some amazing pieces of work on his website. His work is currently being shown at the The Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC.

COLOURlovers


A great site to explore color trends and just get inspiration with color.

Persepolis


One of my favorite book/comic book series is finally becoming a film!