The fine folks from Coast Modern sent me a copy of the newly released DVD. The packaging looks and feels great, and I'm looking forward to checking out all the extras.
Get your own copy here.
These videos are pretty fantastic. They make me nostalgic for an era gone by. The way these designs are presented not only remind us that life did not need to be complicated but still offered opportunity for innovation, but that vision always looked towards the future, or what the future was imagined as.
It's interesting to see the birth of modern design in videos like these but it is also a double-edged sword in that it was also the birth of a hyper-consumerist culture which has led us to the problems we still face today. Arguably, design has become overly saturated by natural progression, it is proportional to the growing interest in profits and competition but also by more innocent motives, like basic improvements to objects that no longer fulfill an effective use.
Adaptations will, no doubt, always be necessary, however, it is the excess in design strategies and convoluted ideas that have unfortunately bastardized an integral part of human efficiency to the point where thoughtful design solutions are too easily overlooked. As a result, the design process, from idea to physical object, is no longer respected as it once was.
What I gather from my own research interests and design documentaries like these, is it seemed there were more risks being taken, more elaborate or philosophical concepts being explored in architecture, automobile design and everyday living inside the home. New materials, textiles and technologies were adopted to assist in the betterment of modern living, but we are learning today that these “new” innovations (ie plastics) are the major contributors to issues impacting contemporary life and health; our future, negatively. Perhaps it’s the Modernist in me, but I don’t necessarily think that all the stuff, things, junk, clutter, objects, etc need to be redesigned per se, but more importantly the materials used for manufacturing need to be improved to lessen the environmental impact of a grossly over-populated and still growing society.
Vancouver Special is hosting a screen & meet
for the newly released documentary on west coast
modern architecture, Coast Modern, that I have a few photos in July 7th at Vancity Theatre, so get your tickets.
And I have a photo in the second edition of the book,
THIS IS EAST VAN
and show at Interurban Gallery launching July 7th
as well. With the after party at Fortune Sound Club.
So buy the book because it's for a good cause.
Looks like I'm going to have a busy night.
I hope to see you all there!
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I'm really excited to announce that 3 of my
photos have been included in the recently released documentary Coast Modern. The world premiere was last night at the documentary film festival, DOXA, in Vancouver.
I'm very pleased at how it turned out and how well it was received by the sold out audience. The film covers west coast modern homes in California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver and we hear what Modernism means from well known architects, critics, writers, residents and artists. If
you have an interest in documentaries, architecture, photography and the philosophy behind Modernism;
in my opinion one of the most over-looked and underrated movements in architecture, I highly recommend finding
out if this film is playing in a festival near you.
You will not be disappointed.
Check out the trailer below, it's been a long process
to get this film released and it was worth the wait.
Great work to everyone involved.
The photos of mine that are included are with Julius Shulman's famous photographs in a short sequence about Case Study House No. 22 designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960.
I recommend watching both of these videos. The issues 99% of Americans are dealing with are not specific to America.
It would be naïve to think so.
I've been looking forward to Urbanized for a looong time.
I really enjoyed Gary Huswit's last two films, Helvetica and Objectified, I'm just bummed there isn't a screening date scheduled for Vancouver.
I watched this short documentary made by Banksy.
It thoroughly entertained me.
I appreciate those who question authority.
Banksy's 'incomplete guide to total anarchy' provides a greatest hits of wayward behaviour, sedition and sabotage.
An hour-long special made by Banksy charting the history of behaving badly in public,
from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics.
By now, I hope you've heard the name Vivian Maier and have seen some of her recently uncovered, beautiful street photography of Chicago and NYC from the 1950s on. I'm happy to hear that a new documentary about her is being produced. I can't wait to find out who Vivian Maier was in more detail.
go to www.vivianmaier.com to learn about her story and see her work.
I guess it doesn't surprise me but I had no idea about all that Led Zeppelin stuff and they're easily my favourite classic rock band. It's just so blatant, which leads me believe that it wasn't malicious music stealing, just that rules of appropriation were probably still in their infancy back then. Interesting nonetheless and definitely looking forward to part IV.
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques involved — collecting material, combining it, transforming it —
are the same ones used at any level of creation. You could even say that everything is a remix.
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It happens to be a huge coincidence that I just watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for the first time tonight and now part II is showing me all its influences. I'm not knocking Star Wars by any means, but it's clear that it's not a marvel of originality, (not sure that it claims to be one?) as my appreciation for the series is still new.
An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films. Part Two of a four-part series.
An additional supplement to this video can be seen here:
If you ever listen to Quentin Tarantino talk about film you can tell he has a huge understanding of film history and can pull from a mega database of movies, referencing decades of scenes, styles, metaphors, dialogue, you name it. It's pretty impressive to see it all remixed (pun intended) together. Sometimes the best way to visually portray an idea is by using existing imagery of what you envision and compiling it to create a whole. It works, Kill Bill is a film that I can watch repeatedly based solely on its graphic quality and visual style.
An extrapolation on the "One Last Thing" from Kirby Ferguson's web series Everything Is A Remix - Episode 2: vimeo.com/19447662
Edited by Robert Grigsby Wilson
Produced by Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson
Dedicated to Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino's Editor, who passed away last year. She was a great inspiration to me.
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So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. --Henry Ford
Part III was just released..
Creativity isn't magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen.
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Nelson and Valdez of Wreck and Salvage each produced videos inspired by Part 3. Check 'em out:
I love this stuff, I just wish it was in feature-length documentary form and not short samples. Such a tease.
This just exploded my heart.
I love time lapse, especially when it's pointed at the sky.
Watch full screen.
During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph +. That made it hard to get the shots I wanted. I kept most of the shots low to the ground, so the wind wouldn't catch the setup and cause camera shake, or blow it over. I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a "Milapse" mount on the panning ones.
Canon 60D and T2i
Sigma 20mm F1.8
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly dynamicperception.com
Shot in RAW format, the Milky Way shots were 30 seconds exposure F2.8 or F1.8 with 2 second interval between shots, for 3-4 hours run time. ISO 1600
Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.
Simon Wilkinson from thebluemask.comcreated the soundtrack "Exodus" for the video
Wired.com article wired.com/wiredscience/2011/06/milky-way-video/
Bad Astronomer article blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/06/03/gorgeous-milky-way-time-lapse/
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