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Doctor Zhivago, a beautiful film, a troubling film. A timely film if you’re a person who feels the struggle between political life and a creative life. Giant red trains. Ice-encrusted homes in the mountains. A British cast portraying Russians for some damned reason. Invite thirteen families into your home to watch this classic film. It is more just.


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The Blade Runner Sketchbook

A bunch of illustration geeks have been psyched to see some of Syd Mead’s long-out-of-print work find its way onto the internet in the past week or two. The Blade Runner Sketchbook came out in ’82 and includes a bunch of awesome shit you’ll recognize from the movie, some stuff that got changed around a bit during the set-building and costume designing phases of production, and some weird shit that was never in the movie at all, like Continue reading

In The Cut: The Filming & Editing of Action Sequences

Here’s a very cool sort of nerd-ish look at film editing as it pertains to action sequences (specifically, car chases). Some very insightful comments by film critic Jim Emerson on spatial relations, framing, and making things visually comprehensible for the viewer (I actually thought he was a film professor posting stuff online for a lecture or something). This is an interesting topic to me, both as a lover of car chases and as a graphic storyteller. I think many of these observations can also apply to comic panel layouts. Anyway, it’s a cool little series and I recommend you take a little time to check it out. I hope Emerson posts more of these in the future. Continue reading

Evidence of Failure: My College Photography Class

I took one photography class at MASSART. Probably in like… 1991? 1992? I never enjoyed the process of developing and printing. Didn’t like being so precious about wasting film. Never learned f-stops and aperture stuff. Didn’t learn much at all, really, except that I didn’t want to take another photo class. Not to say I didn’t/don’t enjoy photo-taking, it just became very apparent that I wasn’t cut out for the medium as an art form. Continue reading

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, 1939

Take a look at some amazing found 8mm footage of the 1939 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats and balloons featuring: Pinocchio, Donald Duck, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, Old King Cole, Uncle Sam, Gulliver, Acrobats, The Butcher, The Baker, and the Candlestick Maker, Santa, and more.

I bought this reel at a junk shop in Northampton, Massachusetts (I think?) about a decade ago. It sat unwatched in a box of other random Super 8/8mm reels for quite awhile, until I decided I wanted to capture some of my family’s own home movies. Since I had the projector set up, I ended up sifting through all my other ‘mystery’ reels, and this was one of them. Many of the captured film clips (some of the other ones are awesome, too!) ended up becoming a part of a music video project for my band The Demographic (This Broken Place). My film capturing setup wasn’t too elaborate, just an 8mm projector and a Canon HD camera pointed at a piece of paper, with some color-correcting and editing in After Effects (there is no audio track). Continue reading

MEME: 15 Movies in 15 Minutes

(Truncated because I’m killing time while waiting for a computer thing to finish) A Facebook meme. The usual rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. 15 films you’ve seen that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Shoot heroin into your eyeball. Continue reading

Best Movies of the Decade

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford  
The Departed – Lots of fackin swearin’.
No Country For Old Men – hardcore
Anchorman – Comedies don’t get a lot of respect on “best of” lists because they’re considered less-than-important filmmaking. But damn, that movie made me cry with laughter in the theater which I had never done before or since.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Epic visuals.
The Royal Tenenbaums – Epic storytelling. 
Ghost World – Jeez that feels like a lifetime ago. 
Amelie – Gorgeous.
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Film & TV Titles That I Think Are Really Nice

SIX FEET UNDER (2001-2005)Digital Kitchen, music by Whatsisname Newman – I love this sequence. I think it should so obviously be on this list of Really Nice Things, it almost seems like I should exclude itdue to its obviousity, know what I mean? Great music, great editingcuts to the music, great imagery, great execution. Some of it could have come out corny (time lapse of flowers dying? Come ON!) but they pulled it off. It’s pretty great. Watch the sequence & stuff from the DVD.

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (2006)Shadowplay Studios– Awesome. I assume it was done in After Effects, and it’s top-notch.No bullshit preset animation crap, no dumb effects, just good graphicdesign and typography, sliced up and animated in a classy way. Therecreation of some of the packaging must have been a ball-buster, andit completely paid off. It rocks. Watch the sequence.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)Nexus Productions, I think. – I liked this but didn’t love it.The animation technique was nice, the colors were nice, the overallgraphic treatment was nice. The extended lines off of the type(Helvetica or Coolvetica or whatever the hell it is) really didn’t doit for me at all, which is tough nuts for me because the whole sequenceis built around the gimmick. It all plays very well with the JohnWilliams score. It’s totally like, tons better than most crap movietitles, don’t get me wrong. I mean, it’s on this extremely importantwebpage, right? I mean, I made the effort. Watch it on the YouTube.